Comfy & Acoustic: Dan Walsh, Amit Dattani, Devon Mayson
The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening ‘Comfy & Acoustic’.
Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots.
Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards, Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.
New album ‘Verging on the Perpendicular’ is Walsh’s fourth solo album and again has received much critical acclaim and is accompanied by a hectic touring schedule taking in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Both solo and as a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage with Imelda May, Joss Stone and the Levellers, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.
His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ. The latest is with fellow banjoist John Dowling, combining beautiful harmonies with red-hot picking. Other work has included tours with North East concertina legend Alistair Anderson, sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard. Dan is also an in demand session musician with recent guest appearances, on stage or in the studio, with the likes of Imelda May, Joss Stone, Seth Lakeman, the Levellers, Duane Eddy, Martin Simpson and even the City of London Sinfonia.
Amit Dattani is a singer songwriter known for his unique brand of roots-driven guitar and striking lyrical originality. Behind his raconteur spirit lies superb musicianship, nimble finger-picking and a versatility which has garnered a strong reputation on the live circuit, with over ten years performing across the UK and Europe under his belt.
Having played guitar, banjo and lap slide guitar in a number of roots bands across the Midlands, Amit has recorded a solo album, due for release early 2018 – a collection of stripped back songs with just guitar and voice.
Amit has shared the stage with the likes of Charlie Parr, John Smith, Blind Boy Paxton, Willy Vlautin, Kathryn Williams and Mark Morris
Devon’s beautiful and soulful voice, accompanied with her emotional and raw writing, gives her music an edge that transcends anything currently heard in today’s charts. Devon’s music is inspired by her own emotional journey and will resonate with anyone who has experienced the joys and pains of love.
“UK country is going through something of a surge of popularity at the moment, and we think it’s only a matter of time before Devon Mayson is mentioned in the same breath as artists like the Shires and our 2014 guests Ward Thomas. Mayson’s music sits unashamedly on the pop side of country, but her gift for songwriting lends her debut release ‘Lie to Me’ an understated depth.
With the UK’s Country music scene beginning to gain more popularity, Devon Mayson’s debut album will introduce a younger generation to the beautiful sound of Country.
Her debut single You Only Love Me When You’re Drunk and her Album Lie To Me were released in August and peaked at #3 in the Country iTunes Chart.
“Beautiful country voice, if you only buy one country album this year make it this – you won’t regret it!”
Dan Walsh 9.40-10.40
Amit Dattani 8.45-9.25
Devon Mayson 8.00-8.35
The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks.
No other food or drink to be brought into the premises.
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NOTE: If you are late you’ll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance
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