ACOUSTIC SESSIONS: BEAR+ ED GEATER + STYLUSBOY + JAMES ATTWOOD
Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Together they create a sound that is soulful, powerful and wise. An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear combine fresh original compositions with surprising takes on some their most cherished influences, making these songs undeniably their own. Begard provides a perfectly gaged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill.
For Bear, music is about connecting with people, and their live performances are all about sharing the passion for what they do with songs driving home the message of inspiration, empowerment, and self-determination. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound.
Listen to ‘For Me’ below:
Plus support from ED GEATER
Ed Geater is an independent musician who blends acoustic guitar, vocals and beatboxing together, crafting layers of sound using a loop pedal. His songs that draw from life experiences, both the good and the bad. Smooth, heartfelt vocal melodies over delicate fingerstyle guitar and loops of vocal percussion create a sound like no other. Ed Geater is a singer songwriter with a modern edge.
Listen to ‘Scatter’ below:
Plus support from STYLUSBOY
Stylusboy, Coventry singer-songwriter Steve Jones, creates lo-fi folk music influenced by cult contemporary songwriters like Damien Rice and Ryan Adams as well as classic performers such as Nick Drake and Neil Young.
Stylusboy has performed all over the UK including sell out shows at Green Note in London and Warwick Arts Centre in his home city of Coventry. He has supported Newton Faulkner, Nizlopi, Lucy Ward, Paper Aeroplanes and Danny and the Champions of the World.
Watch Stylusboy perform ‘Be The First’ below:
Plus support from JAMES ATTWOOD
As an indie acoustic artist from Birmingham, he channels his guitar playing skills, influences and confidence as a performer into creating his own musical style. His original material reflects both indie music and in places references the folk genre also. Over the past year he has been establishing himself as a singer songwriter, performing around the Birmingham area at acoustic nights, open mics and local festivals. 2015 has seen him continue to do so, seeking new audiences and chances to share his music and passion for performance.
Listen to ‘Mile High Cliff’ below: