19th June 2016: Graham Cleaver / Oakleas Rise / Charity Stow / Brotherhoods Roundabout
Graham from Eye has been performing open mic for just over a year and is developing an eclectic mix of blues based music. Graham was brought up in the New England area of Peterborough. His musical influences come from listening to Rhythm and Blues during the late 1960s as a child, then Progressive rock through his teens. Graham also has a love of the Rolling Stones. Recently Graham’s musical journey has found him focusing mainly on traditional blues such as Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed and Elmore James. He started to learn to play guitar after being inspired by local guitarist John Hare. However due to normal trappings of life the guitar took a back seat until after being inspired once more after seeing the Rolling Stones in Ireland 2007. Since then his interest and love of guitar playing has increased.
Oakleas Rise is an acoustic due featuring singer / songwriters Lesley Curtis & Stuart Mcleod who write, record and perform original music. Their songs are a blend of country, folk and rock which makes for a tasty slice of English Americana!
Lesley Curtis began singing in folk clubs at the age of fifteen. She spent her formative years touring with rock and pop bands across Europe and around the UK but turned to songwriting in the year 2000 releasing her debut album “Shock Delayed” in 2003. Since then she has released two more albums“Naked” in 2012 and “Looking for the Girl” in 2014.
Stuart Mcleod started his musical education gigging the working mens' clubs in his native North East as a guitarist in rock bands.
After a break from music he moved to Peterborough and started writing original material often collaborating with other singer/songwriters. It was during this process that he met Lesley Curtis and began writing with her contributing towards her album Looking For The Girl which was released in 2014.
BR was formed 9 years ago by 5 like minded local musicians who had spent many years performing crowd pleasers in pubs/ weddings and functions etc.
The idea was that we would play exactly what we wanted regardless of whether it was popular. We enjoy strange time signatures and learning tunes that are musically challenging in some way for all of us.
After a slow start, the word has got around and we currently enjoy a strong following.
Playing these tunes acoustically is a new challenge for us.
Charity Stow, 16, captivates audiences with her unique vocal style. Coming from a musical family in Stamford she draws upon a wide variety of popular music influences, ranging from Birdy to Bob Dylan via Paloma Faith and Patsy Cline.
Charity is also an accomplished oboist and is a member of Lincolnshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and a music scholar at Stamford High School.