Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Supporting Gary Nock at Best Seat Sessions

I'm delighted to be supporting Gary Nock when he is the featured guest of Best Seat Sessions at Ort on Friday the 7th of March.

Gary is the writer of beautiful songs including "Make It Better" which was used by Mars in a national TV ad and which Gary later rewrote as "Oh To Be a Villan" for his beloved Aston Villa.

Here's Gary's bio;

Gary Nock began his troubadour journey at the advanced age of 17, learning from songbooks, determined to capture whatever it is a classic songwriter has under their fingertips. Within a couple of years he was playing around the bars in Devon where he’d grown up. A while after his own material began pouring out, Nock moved back to the West Midlands – his birthplace – and started touring. His acoustic-rooted songs are steeped in his love of musicians such as James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tracy Chapman, amongst many others.

From these humble beginnings Gary has since shared the stage with many great contemporaries including Ed Harcourt & Newton Faulkner, as well as writing and recording with some amazing songwriters and producers, including Rich Causon (Ryan Adams), Mads Hauge (Pixie Lott) and David Saw (Ben Taylor). Gary’s music has been used on three major TV advertisements, with Mars (UK and Ireland), Arla (Pan-European) and Microsoft (Worldwide) all choosing his songs for their campaigns. In October 2011 Gary released his debut album, ‘The Life We Learned To Live’ which is available on iTunes. 

2014 sees Gary continuing to write and record music, not only for himself but for many other artists now too. Recently having worked with Gary Lightbody and Bo Bruce on a song for the new ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ movie, and now working closely with Polar Patrol Publishing and Kobalt, 2014 is set to be a big year for Gary, not only as a writer but as a performer and recording artist too.

Also appearing is the superb Lobelia Lawson;

American born Lobelia isn't just your typical singer-songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist who worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, she has won multiple awards for her songwriting, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, and was one of the original women of mp3.com in the early days of the Internet. 

Now living in the UK after a 7 year stint in Montreal, she hosts an acclaimed songwriter night at Tower of Song in Birmingham, a lovely little space recently short-listed by the PRS as one of the UK's best small venues. An advocate for sustainable touring, she travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues.

Tickets are £5 in advance- http://www.wegottickets.com/event/262631#.UwdABYWE_Qo

Or you can pay £7 on the door. (I recommend buying an advance ticket as the gig is likely to sell out)

Ort is at 500-504 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH.

The no. 50 Bus route connects Moseley Road to Birmingham city centre.

There is ample cycle parking opposite Ort and free car parking all around the venue.

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