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Peter Bruntnell Band feat BJ Cole
plus Sophia Marshall

Thursday 19th September 2019

Fat Lil’s, 64a Corn Street, Witney, Oxon, OX28 6BS
Doors 7.30 pm
Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the night
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Empty Room Promotions 2019 ©
Due to sound check restriction the door time indicates the earliest opportunity we can give access to the venue. Live music will start 20-30 minutes after the door open time.
NME claimed that "Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools". And with 9 studio albums under his belt and countless high-profile fans picked up along the way the music doesn't stop. Followers include REM’s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. Peter Bruntnell is a well-established act who is looking forward to continuing sharing his music with followers old or new.

It all started back in 1995 when Peter signed to Almo Sounds, where his label-mates included Gillian Welch and Garbage. He made two albums for the label: ‘Cannibal’ and ‘Camelot in Smithereens’. Grammy-winning Peter Smith (Sting/Squeeze) who produced the debut Cannibal still cites it as “one of the top 3 records I’ve worked on”.

In 1999 Peter signed to Rykodisc/ Slowriver and released ‘Normal For Bridgwater’. This was to be his biggest commercial success and a record that won him wider acclaim in North America. Upon hearing the album, Kathleen Edwards told her producer when recording her debut ‘Failer’ “I want to make an album like this”. Peter struck up a friendship with Son Volt, which resulted in touring together. It also saw the introduction to Peter’s band of a 17 year-old James Walbourne. As well as playing with Peter, James tours as a member of the Pretenders.
Rather than reproduce the Americana feel of ‘Normal For Bridgwater’, Peter’s restless musical spirit has seen him strike out in new direction with almost every subsequent album. Four albums for Loose continued to win him admirers - by 2005, The Independent were calling him “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” and Richmond Fontaine’s front man Willy Vlautin called him his favourite singer.

His most recent release for Loose was 2009's ‘Peter And The Murder Of Crows’. Filled with psychedelic drones and mellifluous tunes, the album found reviewers and fans alike comparing him with Nick Drake and John Martyn. It was one of Q magazine's Albums Of The Year and was Americana Album Of The Month in MOJO Magazine.

Ever inventive, with his latest 2011’s ‘Black Mountain UFO’ Peter mixed West Coast harmonies with the requisite dab of psychedelia. Fast forward to 2016 when the album ‘Nos Da Comrade’ was deemed Mojo magazine’s Americana album of the month and garnered 4 star reviews in Q and other press.
Sophia Marshall burst onto the UK Americana scene as one-half of highly acclaimed band The HaveNots (Cooking Vinyl Records), earning praise alongside as an accomplished female singer-songwriter within the alt-country music scene.
Since the launch of her solo career in 2015, Leicestershire’s Sophia Marshall has continued to develop and hone her own musical voice, showcasing her individuality alongside fond influences worn proudly on her sleeve, but always presented with sincerity and sometimes painful honesty.

Sophia’s gloriously sad ballads and strong sultry vocal performances reach out across genres to break any listener’s heart, whilst her more upbeat numbers will put smiles on faces and set toes tapping.
She has even been known to reinterpret the occasional old HaveNots song, when performing with her new indie-folk / indie-pop full band line up.