The Karousel wagon of delights rolls back in to Islington on Tuesday 17th June for a second helping of Milk & Honey at The Old Queens Head.
Karousel’s regular nights in Wood Green and Soho have garnered attention as the foremost destinations to witness the very best emerging and established acoustic artists from the UK and beyond. Karousel, Milk & Honey stems from these bucolic roots and applies a thousand watt charge. It’s a harmonic raft on a kaleidoscopic delta. It’s a melodic laser beam in the dream of a chameleon. Welcome to the land of new music …
Aural ambrosia this month is fed to you by:
After a number one record in Ireland, top ten in the UK and deals with Sony/Columbia and EMI for Feather & Stone and Skybound, many of you will be no stranger to Tom. His track Miracle was used for the BBC's final Beijing Olympic montage; My Declaration was covered by Eliza Bennett; and he's even been covered by Dame Shirley Bassey who recorded Almost There and performed it with him at the BBC Electric Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall. While that gives you an idea of the pedigree of his writing, as a performer he is knockout. If the spirit of Jeff Buckley were to wade up onto the beach and pick up a guitar, while Marvyn Gaye and John Legend lit up the bonfire and raised the flame by pouring on an 18 year old single malt, it might sound like Tom. Check out Better (the most requested wedding song in Ireland 4 out of the last 6 years) and My Declaration.
Pat Dam Smyth
Patrick Damoglou Smyth from N.Ireland, moved to London via Dublin, Liverpool and Los Angeles. His music is a collection of thoughts on his travels, loves and losses, falling somewhere between Beck, Bowie and Lou reed, People are beginning to take notice of his eclectic style and talent.
Pat’s debut album, The Great Divide, has already been hailed by the Irish music industry as a masterpiece, An album that will stand the test of time, a snapshot of that roller coaster chapter in his career. Made in Belfast, N.Ireland over a month with friends, buskers and local legends (including a talking part from terri hooley of the good vibrations legacy ) It is just the beginning of the story.
Pat has recently teamed up with Drummer and Producer Chris McComish to both play live as a duo (think black keys if it was levon helm and dr. john sitting opposite each other) and to Produce and co-write his next collection of songs. Taking in influences of hip-hop, dirty blues, punk, r&b and folk, The duo are currently recording an exciting new body of work for release in 2014
It's almost as if someone has bottled up all the sun from the summer of '74, fizzed it up with riotous indie pop and put it down next to a hippy with ice cream in each hand. Super feel good, uptempo stuff, these guys have got chords falling out of their trouser legsand harmonies stuck in their teeth. The Monkees meets Supertramp at a Memphis BBQ round Big Star's place while Christopher Cross and Leo Sayer get turned away from a Bluetones gig, or something. This'll be a hoot.