The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road, SE15 3BE
£6 adv. (STBF)
Mon 3 April 2017
Tom Hyatt is a unique and stand-out artist on the London live circuit. His explosive voice delivers dynamic and forthright songs, backed by propulsive guitar or contemplative piano.
Son of artist and ‘punk professor’ John Hyatt (The Three Johns), it’s unsurprising that Tom gravitated to the stage. A reputation for captivating live shows began to grow amongst his contemporaries, as old habits lead Hyatt to distil the singer/songwriter down to it’s most compelling roots.
With performances at the likes of the National Portrait Gallery, Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival and Bestival, it was Spiritual Bar in Camden that would prove to be the best fit for Hyatt’s mind and music. It’s unique authenticity and eclectic scene of rock, folk and blues musicians honed Hyatt’s craft, captured on his debut live album, Live at Spiritual (2017).
“Sophistication and aplomb which is incredibly rare…
one of the most intelligent, relevant singer-songwriters in the country” — Louder Than War
Coventry was a miserable place back then, with little prospect of gainful employment at home Joe Wilkes descended on the London music scene with not a lot to lose. Unemployed and left to his own devices Wilkes enrolled on jazz piano classes, at Goldsmiths College and went on busking expeditions to continental Europe.
His anarcho-acoustic band had a residency at Soho’s 12 bar club that after a time became alcohol fueled free-form rehearsals with an often confused paying audience. Joe eventually jumped ship to Paris to get away from it all where he started work with Antoine Reininger who he would later work on 3 albums with.
Back in his adopted Southeast London Wilkes recorded his debut album Spotlight (2006). The next year was spent building up a following and reputation as a writer of snappy modern folk songs coupled with a singularly individual guitar tone and intense finger-picking.
Gabriel Moreno is a published poet and singer songwriter from Gibraltar. His songs fuse Mediterranean rhythms with Indie/folk arpeggios performed with a classical guitar. Based on his literary publications, Gabriel versifies lyrics of Love, loss and desire, which are transmitted in sheer emotional nakedness. Having played with multiple bands in Gibraltar, Italy, Peru and Barcelona, Gabriel now presents his solo acoustic project in London called “Songs of Love and Decadence.” (A cry to the night and the intricacies of romantic existence). He also has 8 collections of poetry published in Spanish and English. He is now presenting his new collection of poems called, “The Moon and the Sparrow,” (Omicron 2015) and is signed with Amber records for 2 albums, the first one coming out in Sept. “Love and Decadence.”
Mock Deer (Ricky Damiani) is a singer and songwriter based in London.
Pork Chop Suits – “Song of the day” (FOLK RADIO UK)
“Everything hangs on the voice .. And what a voice it is!” – Real Gone
A self-taught musician with a unique playing and writing style, he has spent the majority of his life in the North of England and has re-immersed himself in the capital’s Alt-folk scene over recent years, playing shows for many of the best local promoters as well as touring both in the UK and in Europe.
As well as writing original music for theatre and television he has released two EPs, ‘Cold and Bright’ and more recently ‘How We Used to Live’ released in July 2015. His renewed involvement in the live music scene has seen him play shows supporting great acts such as The Burning Hell (Can), The Migrant (DK), Sam Brookes (UK) and Kristin McClement (UK) as well as appearing at several UK festivals, including Festival N6, Wilderness Festival, Ramsbottom Festival, The End & Uncivilization Festival
He is currently recording an album with producer Scott Fitzgerald and collaborating with many friends he’s met on the way, The Album promises to be something special and will hopefully be finished by the end of the year. Between the recording schedule he’ll be playing shows and festivals in the Uk/Europe throughout the year