The Wakes, The Wakes, Theatre Square, Telford, West Midlands, TF2 6EP
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In association with Pale Fire Music we are proud to announce First Mate playing live at Forge at The Wakes
Influences: Old Time Country & Western, Mexican folk music, Eastern European folk music, 90's alternative guitar music, punk rock, Silvio Rodriguez and Brian Eno.
The predominant musical influence in creating the songs on First Mate was a country and western compilation cassette, left behind in the tape player by the previous owner of a '99 Skoda Felicia I bought last year. It featured the likes of Martyn Robbins, Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson and inspired me to take a stripped-back and heartfelt approach to the song writing and production on this album. This no-frills methodology proved to be the perfect way to channel what had been on my mind. There was no interweaving concept in the traditional sense, other than trying to get back to a basic and exposed sound in order to better express complicated emotions. The songs on my previous albums have featured implicit stream-of-consciousness lyrics". First Mate consists of narrative-based fables, which are both surreal as well as inspired by real life.
Smelly Cat Club
Music described as 'urban folk' or 'geeky folk' about everyday subjects from different angles. Some of the songs are seen as 'funny', maybe 'quirky'