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27th July 2016

Tom McRae plus Josh Massey

Artist's website: Tom McRae / Josh Massey

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Tom McRae:

Tom McRae, long regarded as one of our finest singer songwriters last played a sell out show here in 2013, and this is rare chance to hear this brilliant and elusive performer.

"Fifteen years on from a debut that earned Brit and Mercury nominations, Tom McRae is an enduring outsider. The son of Christian missionaries, this songwriter from Essex decamped to the US a decade ago and is now based in France.

McRae's seventh album has a fire and brimstone flavour, and in his mid-forties he's acquired the malevolent eloquence of Tom Waits and Nick Cave... middle age and exile have only sharpened his wits." [The Evening Standard].

Tom's fantastic live reputation is hard won and well-deserved, in the years since the release of his Mercury and Brit nominated debut, he has toured regularly all over the world, garnering a fiercely loyal audience, especially in Europe and North America.

Says McRae: " As a male singer-songwriter working in the early part of the 21st century, I feel I should be constantly apologising. But as a man in his forties I also feel I don't want to. Also, I can't really remember what the question was".

Tom McRae 'From the Lowlands' solo tour, live at 'Het Patronaat' Haarlem from Klaus Verscheure on Vimeo.

Josh Massey is a singer songwriter from West London who recently released his debut EP ‘Streetlights’.

"Different artists and songs inspire certain songs and lyrics of mine. For example the title song ‘Streetlight’ has a lot of inspiration from David Gray’s ‘This Years Love and The 1975’s ‘Heart Out.’ Other inspirations of mine include; James Bay, Nina Nesbtt, Tori Kelly, Saint Raymond, Lewis Watson, Hozier, Jeremy Passion and Amber Run."

'When I first heard the music by Josh Massey it was his vocals that instantly caught my attention. He has this wonderful gentle tone that entices you to listen. This captivating tone can be heard throughout the EP which is accompanied by an equally gentle guitar style. This combination is the reason that Josh’s music has become a hit with me. There are additional layers to his music but they are subtle as to not distract you away from the guitar and vocals. I must also add that Josh has a good grasp of how to write some amazing lyrics to accompany his music. They are quite deceiving as they seem simplistic but there is so much more to them, give them a listen and you will understand what I mean.' [Review]