Danny & The Champions of the World
Friday 6 July, 8:30 pm
We are super pleased to have been able to secure a festival warm up show from ace Americana act Danny & The Champions of the World, a band who have been nominated twice at this years UK Americana Awards – for Best UK Album and Best UK Artist. In support are SoP regulars Case Hardin and Black Sheep Apprentice.
This all happens at The Victoria in Swindon on 6th July. Tickets are £12 plus booking fee from Seetickets or save the booking fee and buy direct from the venue.
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD
With the latest album ‘Brilliant Light’ Danny Wilson has made his ‘All Things Must Pass’ – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs. Of special note to fans here in Swindon the track ‘Swift Street’ features a writing credit to local musician Carra Bacon (Josh Kumra).
The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved. Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record this line-up has come up with so far, while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house; there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention, and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”. That’s typical Danny Wilson, a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved; for their whole-hearted openness, their democracy, and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives, and that is no small achievement.
UK Americana favourites, Case Hardin are a Clubhouse Records recording artist. Their latest album – ‘Colours Simple’ has been described as a ‘rock masterclass’ and was awarded 4/5 stars by Q magazine. Its predecessor – 2011’s ‘PM’ was the same publication’s roots Album of the Month. Case Hardin recorded a session for Bob Harris ‘Under The Apple Tree’ series and Harris has also played their material on his BBC Radio 2 show.
Case Hardin are a powerfully engaging live act and have toured extensively throughout 2016/ 17 promoting ‘Colours Simple’. They have performed at the world famous London Palladium and the O2 Arena as part of the C2C Country 2 Country festival, where the band have appeared in three consecutive years (2015, 16, 17)
‘Pete Gow and Case Hardin are fast carving out a place for themselves in the list of finest UK song writers. Colours Simple is ambitious, headstrong and no holds barred’ – No Depression
‘Pete Gow emerges as one of the UK’s most gripping, evocative and under- rated songwriters’ – Classic Rock Magazine
‘Their live show truly is a fearsome beast’ – R2
BLACK SHEEP APPRENTICE
Black Sheep Apprentice formed in 2009 with a view to playing A darker genre of country music that catered for a more adult audience. The band has gigged extensively and received a warm reception that has bolstered the bands energy and encouragingly is still gaining momentum…
Band members have come and go over the years, leading to a protracted recording process for their eagerly anticipated debut album, but with a now settled line up and with the watchful eye of production team Jon Buckett and Pete Hewington at Earthworm / Amber helping the band to push their creative limits to new levels this record is due out in March 2018 through Secret Chord Records.