Richard James is a singer/song writer from Devon UK currently based in south west London .
Whilst studying Pop and Jazz Richard James has been writing, performing and producing his own material. Richard soon discovered that his original sound was enjoyed by audiences up and down the country from ... See Full Bio
'The Hangman Tree' Album Launch Show... _____________________________ LAURA J. MARTIN + Richard James (Gorky's Zygotic Mynci) + more tba. _____________________________ On 23 January 2012 Laura J Martin is to release her eagerly anticipated debut album ‘The Hangman Tree’ on Static Caravan. Armed with a flute ready for wrangling, mandolin and a loop station, she sings over her loops and beats; songs inspired by subject matter as disparate as Japanese folklore to real life sentiments and characters. The album, which features the vocals of Euros Childs, shows her wonderfully eccentric folk-driven wonkiness in all it’s glory. With a vocal style reminiscent of Bjork, Bonnie Dobson and Kate Bush, Laura hails from the suburbs of Liverpool with influences that ricochet between Serge Gainsbourg, Wu Tang Clan, David Bowie and Herbie Mann. Mining the strange, darker underbelly of folk with untold layers of intrigue, she flits effortlessly between flute, mandolin and xylophone, as well as using looped vocals and instruments to great effect. There’s an otherworldliness to the off-kilter, psychedelic feel of her music, which made her an ideal choice to support the likes of Misty’s Big Adventure, Scout Niblett, Buck 65, Hannah Peel, Bonobo, Little Dragon, Singing Adams and Jonny (Euros from Gorkys and Norman from Teenage Fanclub’s band), with whom she appeared as both guest and support. She has had a string of releases including the single 'Spy' and 'Inside Your Bones' - a single made in collaboration with 'The Simonsound' (with whom she also performs on their live set), as well as having cut a record with Richard James (Gorky's Zygotic Mynci). Laura has also just finished an improvised album with Euros Childs and Sweet Baboo under the moniker 'Short and Curlies’. As well as performing live on Rob da Bank's Campfire Special (Radio 1), Laura has also been championed by Marc Riley (Radio 6), who, wowed by her performance in the live session with 'Jonny' snapped her up for a further solo session in March this year. This show will be one of the few special dates surrounding her debut album release in early 2012. _____________________________ Selected quotes.... ROB DA BANK: "Laura J Martin is one of the freshest dudes out there....musically gifted, addictive and sodding brave please make sure you buy her records and most importantly see her live!' MARC RILEY "Laura J Martin just upped the ante in the lady flautist stakes. When she first came into my studio with Jonny (Euros Childs and Norman Blake) I expected her contribution to be some attracti...ve pleasant brass flourishes. How wrong can one be? She looked like she was trying to wrestle the thing to the floor. She's no flautist - she's a FLUTE WRANGLER! Nothing short of brilliant. More Tull than Galway for sure... and she can sing like an angel and play the Mandolin too... that's why I don't like her. In fact I HATE her. I HATE LAURA J MARTIN... YOU HEAR ME!?" TICKETS AVAILABLE: Jumbo Records - 0113 2455570 - http://www.jumborecords.co.uk/tickets.asp?sort=&event_id=12903 Crash Records - 0113 2436743 - http://crashrecords.co.uk/online/product.php?xProd=11555&xSec=209 Wegottickets - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/147179
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