04/02/2015

'SONGS & WHISPERS'' - CIRCUIT 02/2015 (06.02. - 01.03.2015)


„SONGS & WHISPERS“ – Circuit 02/2015


PETER CRAWFORD (CORNWALL, GB)
england-fahneSolo acoustic singer songwriter from Cornwall in the UK who is performing original songs with an Americana/Folk/Rock feel.
A survivor of 24 gigs in 24 hours for charity, completed tours of Germany, Scotland (including a packed Edinburgh Castle show), Belgium and Holland, appearances on BBC Radio and UK festivals.
He is performing concerts across The UK & Europe and his studio work has seen him release two albums of acoustic original songs called 'Six Strings....keep me sane..' and ‘Hold True - re do.’.
‘Six Strings....keep me sane..' will be released on the SONGS & WHISPERS label in March 2015 and accompanied by a tour through Northern Europe.
His third studio album is planned for 2015/16 as well as a release of live cover recordings through his video Youtube channel 'Attic Acoustic Sessions.'
Peter draws his influences from artists such as Ryan Adams, Frank Turner, Neil Finn and Vince Freeman, while bringing his powerful and wide vocal range into the mix. Peter has always attempted to bring a plethora of reaction from his audiences via his songs from the hand-clapping, foot-stomping ‘Hey Lucie’ to the atmospheric ‘Songbook.’
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Peter Crawford ist ein Singer-Songwriter aus Cornwall, England und Überlebender eines Benefiz-Tourmarathons von 24 Shows binnen 24 Stunden. Außerdem absolvierte er Tourneen in Deutschland, Belgien und den Niederlanden, sowie Auftritte für das renommierte BBC Radio.
Sein aktuelles Album „Six Strings…keep me sane“ wird im März 2015 auf dem Label Songs & Whispers veröffentlicht und von einer rund 4-wöchigen Tour durch Europa begleitet.
Für 2015 ist zudem die Veröffentlichung seines dritten Studioalbums geplant, sowie diverser Live-Cover-Aufnahmen über seinen Videokanal „Attic Acoustic Sessions“.
Crawfords Schaffen wird beeinflusst von Künstlern wie Ryan Adams, Frank Turner, Neil Finn und Vince Freeman und bringt seine kraftvolle und einzigartige Stimme zur Geltung. Sein Ziel ist es stets, durch seine Songs Reaktionen im Publikum hervorzuholen. Mit Songs wie dem klatschenden und stampfenden „Hey Lucie“ oder dem atmosphärischen „Songbook“ gelingt ihm genau das.

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Influences: Ryan Adams, Frank Turner, Neil Finn, Vince Freeman

“...a musician with a fantastically powerful and soulful voice.”
- Paul Barnes, Electric Harmony -

                                                        “...a great new talent..”
- Vince Freeman (BBC1s The Voice UK 2012) -
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SIMON VAN GEND (Cape Town, SA)
england-fahneSouth African singer-songwriter Simon van Gend has been writing songs since forming his first band in the early nineties. Originally inspired by songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon, he has developed a style of writing and performing all his own, mixing soulful melodies with lyrics that chart new territories in the internal world.
Simon has recorded four albums with his band, Simon & the Bande à Part. The latest album, Blinking and Breathing, was produced by acclaimed Australian producer Ian Pritchett, famed for his work with Angus & Julia Stone and The Beautiful Girls.
In February, Simon challenged himself to write a song every week for a year.
He has recently returned from a successful tour of the US, playing mostly house concerts up and down the East Coast, including shows in Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
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Simon van Gend ist ein Singer-Songwriter mit Leib und Seele. Vier bisher veröffentlichte Alben mit ehrlichen Songs, poetischen Texten und detailreichen Indie-Folkrock-Arrangements machen genau das deutlich. Kritiker beschreiben seine Musik als eine einzigartige Mischung folkiger, mitreißender, Rotwein- und Kaminfeuerpoesie.  Zuletzt erschien „Blinking & Breathing“, produziert von dem Australier Ian Pritchett (bekannt für seine Arbeit mit Angus & Julia Stone) und aufgenommen mit van Gends Band „Simon & The Band Á Part“.
Die Kritiker ziehen Parallelen zu Cat Stevens, aber auch Einflüsse von Bob Dylan, Neil Young und Paul Simon lassen sich nicht leugnen.
Mit seinem neuesten Projekt, „A Song a Week“ hat van Gend sich vor die Aufgabe gestellt, ein Jahr lang jede Woche ein neues Lied zu schreiben – um seine Fähigkeiten als Songwriter auf die Probe zu stellen und weiter zu entwickeln, aber es ist auch eine Art Tagebuch voller persönlicher Schätze.
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Influences: Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bob Marley, The Beatles


“It’s the songs that take you by surprise.  Persuasive without being preoccupied, full of words without being wordy, delivering life’s lessons without being preachy, they never quite go where you expect.” – Richard Haslop, Audio Video

“The second half of the performance took us deeper into the tapestry of beautifully put together songs with an impressive complexity of chord uses. Evidently real care has been taken to construct these songs and to create interesting progressions, something of great value in contrast to the “three chord theory” often employed by folk artists.” – Marie-Claire de Villiers, What’s on in Cape Town
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