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2Seas Session #7 – Artist Profile – Neil Cowley Trio

The Neil Cowley Trio The Neil Cowley Trio is an acoustic-jazz piano group consisting of Neil Cowley (Piano) Rex Horan (Bass) and Evan Jenkins (Drums) When Neil Cowley performed on the intro to Hometown Glory by Adele, the talented musician became one of the most listened-to pianists in the world. At the same time, both Neil and his accomplices are best regarded for their incredible take on what is referred to above as an acoustic jazz piano group. You see, there is no one box in which to put this trio, for the range and style of their sound is …

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2Seas Session #6 – Artist Profile – Phat Bollard

Phat Bollard Phat Bollard is a busking folk band and collective of intrepid travellers from Cornwall, England. Above is possibly the strangest description you are likely to read for a folk band, but this only begins to explain one side of this fascinating group from Cornwall, England. Although usually a group of five, Phat Bollard are known for the controversial nature of their songs and a flamboyant lifestyle which sees them travel from one destination to another in the UK, busking everywhere they go. Phat Bollard was named by the daughter of Patrick Aaron, a founding member of the group …

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2Seas Session #5 – Artist Profile – The Leisure Society

The Leisure Society The Leisure Society is an indie-folk bank from England, consisting of Nick Hemming (guitarist/vocals), Christian Hardy (piano/co-vocals) and Mike Siddell (Violin). Having received a nomination for a prestigious award in 2009, the best song at the Ivor Novello, the Leisure society has been touted by many as the most likely successors to popular acts such as Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear. In recent, the acoustic trio was also signed to a UK label called Full Time Hobby with whom they went about re-releasing their instant classic “The Sleeper.” “We were really cynical about the music industry, but Nigel …

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2Seas Session #4 – Artist Profile – Muntu Valdo

Muntu Valdo Muntu Valdo is a Jazz singer-songwriter from Doula, Cameroon. In many ways, Valdo seems to have created his very own style of music as he blends the very traditional sounds of folk music in Cameroon with his own rhythm and melody. Muntu refers to this style as “Sawa Blues ” and there is little way to suggest an alternative title, for there is really nothing like his music. Another clear inclusion in his particular style of music is the wide range of influences which seem to find their way into the songs. Naturally, there are idioms from his …

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2Seas Session #3 – Artist Profile – King Size Slim

King Size Slim King Size Slim, also known as Toby Barelli, is an award-winning musician from the UK with a very distinct approach to the blues genre. King Size Slim is best known for a very experimental sound which the artist recalls as having relevance to his roots. Having toured extensively with “The Selecter”, a certain rhythm has joined the mix of both ska and reggae music which heavily influenced his style. Interestingly, King Size Slim describes his genre as “Heavy Weight Blues” and when you throw in his intriguing lyrics, the uniqueness of this style is never in question. Journeyman …

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2Seas Session #2 – Artist Profile – Wizz Jones

Wizz Jones The “Wizz at 65 Tour” still features on the navigation menu of Wizz Jones’ website. Born as Raymond Ronald Jones, the English acoustic guitarist is best known on the folk music circuit and has a distinct charm as we interview him as part of 2Seas Sessions. However, more than ten years have passed since this particular tour yet Wizz Jones is just as relevant as ever and still gigging on the folk music circuit in the UK. Indeed it feels quite apt to consider how Wizz began his journey as a musician by playing intimate gigs in the …

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