20th November: 2steps 4words / Joshua Francis / A Lighter Shade of Blues / Dave Smith & Patty Vetta
Dave Smith and Patty Vetta
Dave: Flicking through the radio channels in 2010 , I chanced upon Mike Harding’s folk show and the first hearing of Underneath the Stars by Kate Rusby. Totally blown away by it and that love of acoustic guitar and simple , beautiful voice came flooding back. Out came the acoustic guitar and a desire to get back into acoustic music. Meeting Tony Harris and working with him on live shows and two albums with singer – songwriter Lesley Curtis has been creatively challenging and inspiring.
So to this moment - funny how strongly fate can play in this business – mid 2015 found me with nothing really happening musically until Patty said do you fancy the two of us doing something.
Having heard several of Patty’s albums and her work with a huge variety of artists , I thought for a millisecond and said – “ go on then”. Patty and I have put together a set of our favourite songs and done a few little gigs and our more “folky” stuff will be part of the new show with Steve and Tony. To say I’m looking forward to this is an understatement and the challenge of further musical forays into the bass guitar make it even more exciting.
Patty: Patty moved to London aged 17 and started working in a recording studio. She was soon being asked to do some voice-overs and to sing on some jingles. Later she met and joined The Settlers, the folk-pop group who’d had a hit in 1962 and were still doing cabaret in the 1970s, so she travelled all around the world singing 'Grow, Grow, The Lightning Tree'. It was great fun she says, and after the group split, Patty toured with Settlers singer/guitarist Steve Somers, performing on TV shows and albums, backing Don Everly, Johnny Tillotson, Roy Clark, Joe Brown, Tom O'Connor, Ronnie Prophet, Bert Weedon, Terry McMillan, and Freddy Weller. She has also been the longest serving member of the Wes McGhee Band, and has recorded with Pete Sayers, Paul Millns, Tony Maude and Joe Giltrap, and toured with Johnny Cash and Billie Jo Spears.
Joshua has been writing and recording songs and performing in bands since he was 17 years old. Since then he has recorded at least one album a year.
Influences include Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rat Pack, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Steve Earle.
Sir Joshua's music can best be described as a unique blend of rock n' roll, folk and blues – with powerful vocals! However his repertoire also includes everything from country music to big orchestral ballads.
Lighter Shade of Blues
Lighter Shade of Blues are - David, Brian, Michael & Doug playing traditional/folk/gospel blues. Easy on the ear & with a sense of fun! David takes the main lead on vocals, slide & acoustic guitars & Michael supports him on guitars (also sings some songs too!).While Doug plays acoustic & amplified blues harp + a bit of percussion. Brian locks down the groove on electric upright bass. You can find us on our Facebook page for events/gigs:
2Steps 4Words are a music collective from the edge of the Fens. The music is in the alternative folk, acoustic independent bracket (according to those in the know!) and is delivered with a sense of humour. The two continuous members are Rob (12 string guitar, vocals, violin and foot percussion) and Richard (double bass and vocals). Additional members at present include Stephen (6 string acoustic) and Shaun (harmonica and 6 string acoustic).
The band is currently recording what in the old days would have been called their first album of material. Some female vocals are provided via the web for these songs by Francesca who lives in Italy. It is hoped this will be in some sort of finished form early in 2017 providing there is no shortage of tea during musical proceedings.
Band songs Green Mountain and Moving Along were the first songs available in the download only format during December 2015 via the Bandcamp web site. This release was done in association with the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, with purchases being treated as a donation to that organisation.
Band highlights to date include doing a live acoustic session and interview for BBC Cambridgeshire. For those interested, both songs played on that night, along with the interview, can be viewed on the bands YouTube channel. The 2Steps 4Words SoundCloud site is a recommended place to listen to both recorded and live tracks. The usual Facebook and Twitter sites are other web based places to find links to 2Steps 4Words and their music.