Woodland Echoes is singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Nick Heyward’s ninth album, tenth if you include Pelican West, the pop-funk masterpiece that he released in 1982 with his first band Haircut 100. Thirty five years later, Nick is looking out at his world, and likes what he sees. “I’m glad I’m alive, I’m glad that I’m writing and putting records out,” he says. “It’s great now because it’s easy to be independent.”
Americana super-group Bennett Wilson & Poole to play in Barton
Americana super-group Bennett Wilson & Poole are touching down next month at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall.
The trio, made up of Danny Wilson (Danny and the Champions of the World, Grand Drive), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Goldrush, Saint Etienne) have joined forces with producer extraordinaire Tony Poole and king of the electric twelve-string Rickenbacker, to combine their voices, guitars, and songwriting to marvellous effect in a collection of songs that began as uplifting acoustic music and grew into something far more wide-ranging and transcendent.
“Bennett Wilson and Poole’s 11 track debut album has strong vocal and guitar throughout, feeling like the true definition of an americana band,” said americana lover Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “And the group has a strong Crosby, Stills Nash and Young influence to it, which will take listeners of a certain age back to their younger days.”
“They pullon influences from the 1960s pop of The Byrds, The Beatles and The Beach Boys, through to the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, with dashes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen thrown in for good measure,” she goes on. “Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that what shines through all of this is the quality and originality of their songwriting”.
All three collaborators have had critical acclaim in their own right. Danny Wilson’s credentials go back to his days in Grand Drive with brother Julian, and his consistent high calibre output with his Champions of the World led them to sweeping the board at the first UK Americana Awards with Album, Artist and Song of the Year awards; Tony Poole’s Starry Eyed and Laughing were hailed as “the English Byrds” on the back of their two CBS-released albums in the mid-70s and he has since built an enviable reputation as producer and engineer; while Robin Bennett has been relentlessly turning out timeless songs from his Oxfordshire base in bands from Goldrush to The Dreaming Spires, alongside founding two award winning festivals (Truck and Wood) and lending his multi-instrumental skills to other bands, including Saint Etienne.
The group are appearing at Ropery Hall on Sunday, October 7 with an 8pm start. Tickets cost £13 or £15 on line and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.
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