Songsmiths, Americana Magic and Bangin’ Boogie night at the Troubadour Club on 10th October

A night of Songsmiths, Americana Magic and Bangin’ Boogie awaits London’s gig-goers on Thursday 10th October at the famous old Troubadour Club, previously graced by the likes of Dylan and Paul Simon. On this occasion, you’ll find assembled the brilliant talents of Connor Selby, Mandy Woods, Saiichi Sugiyama, and Andy Twyman. Links and more on the artists below: Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk/event/songsmiths-americana-magic-and-bangin-troubadour-tickets/9858675?pl=troubadour Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/744333562647568

Andy Twyman sings about pandas, Luxembourg, Pot Noodle, and anything else that sparks his imagination in his repertoire of blues blended with humour and rock and roll, guaranteed to titillate your ears, mind and toes. Andy first took to the stage aged 12 in pubs and clubs, with his guitar, voice and harmonica, often jamming with local musicians including Rory Graham (aka Rag and Bone Man). Before hitting 18, he had gigged as a solo act in top London venues including The Jazz Café and 100 Club. Driven to create a distinctive and exciting act, Andy learnt to play foot operated drums, giving his songs a beat to get people on their feet. Drawing on influences as diverse as Muddy Waters, Monty Python, the White Stripes and Noel Fielding he developed a one man band show. In recent years Andy has brought this show to Spain, the Netherlands and France, and top UK music festivals including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Standon Calling, and Green Gathering. Allow Andy to tickle your funny follicles with lyrics absurd and profound, and dazzle your ear drums with music and sound. See www.andytwyman.com
Saiichi Sugiyama is a singer-songwriter and rock blues guitarist who has played/recorded with the bassist Andy Fraser, Pete Brown, Clem Clempson, Shana Morrison, Zoot Money, Boz Burrell from Bad Company, Paddy Milner, Phil Williams and Mike Caswell of Walk on Fire, Andy Smith of Hot Chocolate, Cutting Crew’s rhythm section and, John Cook from the Rory Gallagher Band, Sam Kelly, Wayne Proctor, the guitarist Paul Wassif, and Malcolm Bruce. Saiichi has supported many acts from The Yardbirds, Jools Holland, Simon Kirke, Wishbone Ash to Josh Smith, and Kirk Fletcher. Saiichi Sugiyama plays his own material, some written with Cream lyricist Pete Brown, or hand-picked covers. Elements of Classic Rock, Folk, Blues, Soul, Jazz, and Americana combine in the set of an artist whose many influences include Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Paul McCartney and George Harrison.  “…the touch, playing and songwriting of Saiichi… spawns greatness and deserves plaudits now” – Blues in Britain magazine. See www.saiichi.com
Connor Selby, fresh from supporting The Who and Kaiser Chiefs at Wembley Stadium, and ahead of a tour supporting the legendary John Mayall, is a blues/folk/soul singer songwriter who draws inspiration from the American musical tradition ranging from the original country Blues of the 30s, to the Gospel and Soul music of the 50s, the music of the Folk revival in the 1960s and everything in between. Some of his main influences include Robert Johnson, Snooks Eaglin, Dave Van Ronk, Ray Charles and Eric Clapton. See www.connorselby.com
Mandy Woods, who we saw greatly entertaining the crowds at a festival last summer, is a fine songwriter, singer and guitarist whose stories and humour shine. A seasoned writer and performer in both Europe and America, she spent a decade in Austin, Texas, where she sang with fellow singer songwriter L L Straughan. Later she made a return visit to the States in 2010, drawn to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wrote several songs with singer songwriter Terri Calderon. Mandy has performed in the UK with accomplished guitarist Harry Brzezinski; with Amanda Burgess in the duo Bluebird; with Jayne Ingles in Yellow Rose; and with Annie Greig in The Mockingbirds. She has played a number of gigs with talented Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson. www.mandywoods.me

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