Tom Dale with special guests Liam Jordan & David Matthews
Saturday 26th January 2019
Advance £10/Door £12
A veteran of the blues and folk circuit, with over 20 years of live gigging experience, Tom Dale is a familiar face on the Cornish music scene.
At the age of 21, Tom co-founded 4-piece blues outfit Sugarland Slim, achieving early success as the band quickly pricked up the ears of the UK blues scene. Regularly appearing as featured artists in Blues in Britain magazine, the band performed at theatres, blues festivals and legendary venues across the UK and Europe, sharing the stage with such blues greats as Peter Green, Paul Jones & Dave Kelly and Dr Feelgood.
Tom has also worked closely with Yamaha over the years, demonstrating their acoustic guitars, providing assistance with product development and performing live at guitar shows and festivals.
In 2005, Tom moved to Penzance as a street musician with his beaten-up National Triolian and was quickly embraced and put to work by the vibrant local music scene.
Immersing himself in old-time traditional music, Tom has developed a mastery of slide guitar, fingerpicking and open tunings on his National Resonator, clawhammer banjo, fiddle and pre-war tongue-blocked harmonica, along with a powerful and honest singing style that draws heavily on his blues, gospel and mountain music influences. With a voracious appetite for traditional songs and styles, he brings a deep understanding of the history of the music he plays to every performance.
Liam is a folk-rock singer-songwriter, based in the southwest of England. He started out playing in various folk clubs and bars, honing his craft and learning from his musical mentors on the local scene. His music has been compared to many contemporary songwriters such as Frank Turner and Ryan Adams.
Having just released his debut album, Jordan is set to hit the road this year on a tour of the UK & Ireland to promote the record. His songs have featured on BBC Introducing, and his second single ‘Mansion On The Hill’ featured on BBC national news last year as part of a report on UK poverty.
The album fuses; folk, country, gospel and rock in a travelling blues band style format, forging strong subject matter with powerful and emotive production and nodding a respectful head to songwriting greats such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. His first single ‘Tap At My Window’ is currently featured on Richer Unsigned’s ‘Best of June’ playlist in association with Q Magazine.
“A superb performer” – Sir Tim Rice
“A true and moving artist” – Martin Furey
The son of a cockney and a Cornishman, David Matthews is a unique balladeer known for his special blend of quirky humour and poignant perspective. With original ukulele songs about London Transport, internet dating, tantra, weeds, hamsters, mermaids and school refusers, David now entertains and enlightens audiences across Cornwall.