Liz Simcock – www.lizsimcock.comwrites songs and performs them in folk and acoustic clubs in and around the Southeast. She has recorded three albums and is gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. When not appearing solo Liz performs accompanied by Dave Ellis and Boo Howard (see below). “Liz is a great songwriter and gorgeous singer with a relaxed and endearing stage presence.” (Hitchin Folk Club)
Dave Ellis and Boo Howard – www.daveandboo.com. Dave and Boo’s acoustic partnership began 1998 creating something entirely new and all their own to present to the folk and acoustic clubs with songs that are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining. ‘Stuff’ is their latest recording which sees cajon and tenor guitar making an appearance for the first time and where, as ever, all the songs are original.
Little Machine – www.little-machine.com. Poems, classic and obscure, are given a new voice in songs crafted by South London band LiTTLe MACHiNe: Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell and Chris Hardy. Acoustic instruments, strong melodies and watertight harmonies create songs that draw on a thousand years of poetry from William Carlos Williams, Blake, Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy…all get the treatment.
Hearing Eye/Torriano – www.hearingeye.org, is a small independent press established by John Rety and Susan Johns in 1987 with the publication of the pamphlet Cats’ Parnassus by John Heath-Stubbs. Since then, Hearing Eye has published over 200 books and pamphlets by new and established poets, ranging from selections of haiku to epic poems
The Poetry Society/Cafe – www.thepoetrysociety.org A small, friendly enclave of the poetry world, the Poetry Cafe serves up good food, good poetry and much else. It’s an ideal place to go for a drink – alcoholic or otherwise when in Central London, alone or with friends or needing some relaxed, small-scale, uncommercial entertainment. The Poetry Society has offices and studio on the floors above. .
Fourth Friday – fourthfriday.wordpress.com, is a poetry and music event held at the Poetry Cafe in London’s Covent Garden on the fourth Friday of every month which features booked poets, singers, songwriters and musicians, known and not so known, as well as voices from the floor. Fourth Friday is hosted by Hylda Sims
Simon Prager – www.simonprager.com, has been performing blues to appreciative audiences since the heyday of the blues revival in the 1960’s. During this time he and his late friend and Harmonica player Steve Rye became known as Britain’s Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. Simon also has a penchant for playing a wide range of more sophisticated acoustic music often touching upon ragtime and vaudeville traditions
Leon Rosselson – leonrosselson.co.uk, is an acclaimed singer and songwriter with more than 50 years of performing under his belt and the author of 17 children’s books. He has performed around the country and toured North America, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia. His songs range from the lyrical to the satirical, from the personal to the political, from the humorous to the poignant, Celebrating Subversion, 2012, is his latest recording
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke – franmike.com, have played folk, roots and blues clubs and festivals throughout the British Isles and Europe both as a duo and fronting the five piece band So Long Angel. Original songs form the core of Fran & Mike’s music and these are complemented by soulful, dynamic and powerful interpretations of blues, and British and American folk songs
Bernard Greenwood (violin) – balabustah, is one part of Balabustah together with Chris Taylor (accordion). They play Klezmer, traditional Eastern European music and original compositions. Bernard also performs with The Crispy Hot Club, a gypsy jazz swing quartet
Cafe Viva – www.cafeviva.co.uk, is an independent coffeehouse in Choumert Road, Peckham, South East London, offering great coffee supplied by local small batch roasters, homemade and locally sourced food and a friendly atmosphere