Preview: Gaz Brookfield, Tom James, Rob the Liar, Tim O T and Cat McLean at The Bent Brief (08/12/12)


Seriously, what a fantastic line-up, for a free show, on Saturday night in Portswood, Southampton, with acts from all over the UK coming together for an acoustic show. Where do I start…?

I shall begin with Gaz Brookfield , an acoustic singer songwriter whose Christmas single, ‘Diet of Banality’ is officially released on 16th December. Gaz has said “I think that this song perfectly sums up my, and a lot of other people’s feelings about the manufactured music industry, and what better time to release it than when the industry is saturated with pop nonsense, that purely exists to generate money, not art.” I certainly can’t argue with that. Gaz has been busy touring alongside The Levellers, and has also played with Frank Turner, Newton Faulkner, Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun and Pete Doherty. Local to Bristol, last year Gaz became the first unsigned solo act to ever sell out The Fleece in the city. Impressive stuff!

Image courtesy of Tom James

Also playing on Saturday is second year Marine Biology student Tom James, who recently supported The Coronas at The Joiners. With Falmouth in Cornwall as his hometown (the same place as Ben Howard), his influences shine through and his guitar-playing prowess and vocal talent really are brilliant to watch. Southampton Uni Alternative & Indie Music society have had the pleasure of having him play at two Frequency events. His new song Layers is definitely worth a listen, and his artistic music videos are lovely too.

Image courtesy of Tim O T

Next there’s Tim O T, a singer-songwriter from south west London, who draws inspiration from the likes of Bright Eyes, Jamie T, Brand New and Joni Mitchell. “A grubbly folk singer with OCD”, he sings. Check out this live recording session for yourself!

Cat McLean, a very endearing and sincere urban folk songwriter will be providing a change in pitch with her lovely voice. Rob met her doing open mics and is a big fan. Organizer of the event is Rob himself, a.k.a, Rob The Liar, who will also be playing. He delivered the best set of his life supporting Sean McGowan and Beans on Toast last month and I am always stupidly happy when I’m listening to him play. You can hear me and my friends belting out his lyrics to ‘Poetry and Melody’ from the footage from that gig.

Check out the event on Facebook and turn up on Saturday for what promises to be a great night of free live music. Drink, listen to some quality musical artists and be merry.


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