Balsamo Deighton + Lucy May + Anna PancaldiGUEST LIST FULL: 7:00pm Doors 7:45pm Live music
Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton met over 10 years ago at Grammy award winning producer Martin Terefe's London recording studio where he was working on their respective major label debut albums. Bonding over a love of 70's singer/songwriters, country music and cake, they vowed one day to record together as they felt their voices would blend and give what Emmylou Harris calls 'the rub'.
Several times around the world in various musical guises and their's paths crossed again when Rosalie supported Steve's highly regarded country rock band The Storys. Having returned from touring with the likes of Elton John, Santana, Celine Dion and Joe Cocker, The Storys asked Rosalie to join and help write and record for their 3rd album, 'Luck'.
When The Storys decided to call it a day, Steve and Rosalie took it as a sign that the time was right to make some music together. They called on friend and ace songwriter Julian Wilson of Grand Drive, and slowly and quietly kicked some ideas around at his South London studio. These initial sessions were inspiring, fun and very rewarding and all three realised that indeed they had found 'the rub'.
Recording began in earnest with producer and songwriter John Reynolds, who has worked with Sinead O'Connor, The Indigo Girls and U2, tracking the first song ideas at his North London studio. Influenced by everyone from Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Crowded House, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Douglas Adams, Balsamo Deighton's songs pretty much nod and wink from them all. The duo have released a couple of cover songs to whet peoples' appetites; 'Sky Blue and Black' by Jackson Browne, and Shawn Colvin's 'I Don't Know Why' for which they have made a remarkable, hair raising/removing video.
Balsamo Deighton are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album with producers Tim Hamill and Ben Robbins and are looking forward to sharing the fruits of their labour both on record and on the road very soon.
After more than 2 years of hard work, country pop artist Lucy May is having a big impact on the UK country scene and 2015 is shaping up to be an exceptional year for this hard-working, talented singer-songwriter.
Having played sell-out sets at Country Collective and the C2C Festival which included a live session for Radio 2 Country, Lucy has just come off tour with Striking Matches and is about to go back on the road with Larkin Poe. Her gig diary is filling up with UK festival dates, oh, and did we mention that she released her debut album, “Whirlwind” this week?
Lucy May always stands out from the crowd with her distinctive bee-hive and retro style, so it was apt that she opted to celebrate her album right around the corner from BBC Broadcasting House at The Social in Fitzrovia in the company of record industry and BBC Radio bods.....and us folks from LRB!
Anna Pancaldi shines through from the pack....
Described by Emerging Icons as “having the emotive presence of Eva Cassidy and the folky soul of Joni Mitchell…” Anna Pancaldi is a singer-songwriter on the verge of something big, Gaby Roslin (BBC London) claimed “ That was sensational, I can't believe that you're unsigned, beautiful sound...you've got it.”
We can't believe this stellar line up for our August music evening