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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Sunday 27th January 2019

Start time: 7:40pm

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Headline Act: Kotz & Ko

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Classically trained musician Max Kotz has been turning his hand and heart to acoustic music for nearly 6 years now. Having played with a variety of bands at school and Univeristy he is now giving time to purely his own creations. Crafting songs with supple melody and lyrics, this singer-songwriter draws on a great variety of musical influences - from the folk of Johnny Flynn to the blues of John Mayer, from the harmonies of Paul Simon to the funk of Vulfpeck. Support from Neal Pointon on the fiddle and Jack Ferguson on the vocal chords provides foot-stomping solos and the warmth and colour of vocal harmony.  Find the trio playing regularly across London; details on Facebook.

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Niamh McSmith

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At the age of 16 I was barely getting my head around Biology revision but super-talented singer-songwriter Niamh McSmith is already starting her assault on the music industry.

Her debut Alone Again is a plaintive yet ultimately uplifting guitar ballad about wooing back a lost lover. The video follows Niamh with tumbling pre-Raphaelite curls, denim jacket and Amy Winehouse-esque eyeliner, playing her guitar around the city and eventually befriending a hunky busker.

The sweet soundtrack to young romance, Alone Again has a chorus which will wedge firmly in your head… unlike all that stuff about enzymes and photosynthesis.Niamh has just signed to London’s Downtown Artists so expect more from her – in the meantime, Alone Again is a gorgeous introduction.

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Gary Lucas

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Born in the Kentish town of Maidstone, singer/songwriter Gary B Lucas spent his formative years studying English and American Literature at the University of Kent with the intention of later training to become a Secondary School English teacher. Music however had other plans. Influenced during his teens by the likes of confessional lyricists such as Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos, Lucas’s songs are sensitive and heartfelt with a pop sensibility.
 
In 2010, after graduating from University, the then 21-year-old started work at Wrotham Secondary School as a teaching assistant and quickly found himself supporting the music teacher Andrea Magee in the school productions. Outside of school they continued working together at local gigs around Kent as well as hosting hundreds of open mic nights. This culminated in Andrea’s appearances on X Factor in 2013 for which Gary produced the backing tracks at each stage of the competition before her exit. In 2014 the pair joined Ben Jones and Josh Roots on a 3 month tour of America, eventually joining forces to form Beat Root Revival.
 
In recent years Gary has focused his efforts back onto his original songs in the UK. In 2015 he released “The Way My Story Goes”, a collection of songs recorded, mixed and mastered entirely from his home. When he isn’t providing tuition for piano, guitar and English GCSE, Gary has been working on the follow up to “The Way My Story Goes”, scheduled for a December 2018 release. 

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