Chris Lewington is our next Wordsmith of the Week that we are elated to be shining the spotlight on. Lewington is a Kent based singer-songwriter, and veteran of the industry. Having previously achieved both mainstream and cult success with The Silence and The Bicycle ThievesChris Lewington now seeks further solo success with new project ‘Riverside’.
Riverside is an accomplished 12-Track project, with all the best elements of 60s and 70s singer-songwriter style, fused with his own eccentric and idiosyncratic style. Riverside is a completely solo venture for Lewington, having written, performed and produced every track on the album his talent, skill and experience is evident.
The project, created in his home of rural Kent is infused by British countryside inspiration, bringing with it a nostalgic, comforting and strangely familiar vibe.
Chris Lewington has already had a success and eclectic career, having performed on the same stages as The Breeders, Jah Wobble and more. Yet Riverside is perhaps his greatest accomplishment to date, benefitting from his wealth of experience, influence and skill developed over his musical career.
Listen now to Riverside, and see the talent for yourself.
Whiteleaved Oak has stood in Malvern Hills Herefordshire for approximately 500 years, a spot revered by thousands of nature lovers and druids. As a result of a recent and horrific arson attack on the woodland many trees faced destruction, including a tree considered to have huge spiritual importance to Druids and Pagans across the globe.
The incident has devastated hundreds of individuals across the world, but has prompted a fantastic response from musicians who have been touched by the tragedy.
Glastonbury based rock musician Lui Krieg has teamed up with the dedicated campaigners behind We The People- Save Our Ancient Woodland, to release a single to honour the lost nature and raise funds for the organisation to continue their work in tree conservation and planting schemes.
The aptly titled track Wildwood is available for just £1, with all proceeds going towards saving our ancient trees. Lui Krieg comments-
Along with the government trying to destroy the UK’s ancient woodlands with HS2 and other projects in the name of “progress”, we are now dealing with vandals attacking Ancient Trees, including in recent years the cutting down of the 2000 year old “Holy Thorn” along with the arson attack on the ancient oaks, Gog and Magog, here in Glastonbury, Somerset.
This is happening all over the country now. In response to this urgent issue and the destruction of the Whiteleaved Oak, I have produced a moving song dedicated to the Ancient Trees and Woodlands of the British Isles.
We commend Lui for the fantastic work he is doing for an amazing cause, we hope people get behind the campaigners so they may continue their amazing work.
We’re ecstatic to be bringing you the first instalment of our Wordsmith Weekly feature. A weekly (believe it or not) feature championing some of the best songwriting talents the industry has to offer.
Our first wordsmith is London’s SAM DOTIA, a soulful singer-songwriter whose lyricism is nothing short of heavenly. DOTIA is by no means confined by the boundaries of genre, dappling in R&B, Folk, Indie, Soul and beyond.
Drawing influence from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver and HYUKOH, SAM DOTIA’s music oozes the same quality, authenticity and emotion. DOTIA’s tracks such as ‘Uriah’s Cry’ could effortlessly soundtrack a coming of age film, he is every music supervisor’s dream.
His most recent release ‘Beautiful Disaster’ is a work of art, a collaboration with the equally talented Rachel Chinouriri. The track is ethereal, infused with soul, feeling and emotion. Truly a beautiful track, and a musical match made in heaven.
Former Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee. The 39-year-old admitted at Leicester Magistrates’ Court attacking Vikki Ager on the evening of 9 April.
The court heard a child had witnessed the assault and contacted 999 to report that a “domestic incident was taking place”.
Meighan was given an 18-month community order and told to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. On Monday, the group announced Meighan had stepped down from the band in order to deal with “personal issues”.
Kasabian formed in 1997 and reached the UK charts with their third single Club Foot in 2004. Major success came with albums Empire in 2006 and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 2009, which featured a string of hits including Underdog and Fire.
Meighan’s departure leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members.
The untimely departure of Tom Meighan may start to make a little more sense for disappointed fans. We hope this is not the end of Kasabian as a band.
Reported by:Jessica Rowe
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