25th August 2019: Sophie Frear / Tommy Loose / The Laurette Evelyn Quartet
Sophie Frear is an 18 year old Cambridgeshire based singer/songwriter. Her recent single ‘Beautiful Disaster’ debuted at number 2 on the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Charts and reached number 34 on the ITunes singer/songwriter charts. She has recently been nominated for a Cambridge 105 NMG award for ‘Best solo singer 18 and under’. She can be found gigging in various pubs, festivals and private functions around the Cambs area.
She has performed at many festivals and pubs including Strawberry Fair, Needingworth music festival, The Flying Pig Pub, The Blue Moon and many more.
The Laurette Evelyn Quartet
The Laurette Evelyn Quartet consists of Laurette Evelyn on vocals, Chris Watson on Guitar, Martin Bright on percussion & Tim Wilson on Saxophone and Flute. This is a quartet that enjoy playing together and that very much comes over in the music that they create. An exciting sound with cool bossa jazz vibes, and blues & contemporary twists.
Picture by Dexter Morgan
Tommy Loose is one of the UK’s busiest musicians, with many strings to his bow (pun firmly intended!) His gentle wit, entertaining and varied live show, alongside attention to arrangements and musical variety have resulted in him performing in various contexts all over the UK and Ireland, Europe, Asia and the United States. With 5 solo releases under his belt and 5 albums with his rock band Smokescreen, he is an extremely experienced performer, both as a solo artist and as part of various ensembles.
Tommy began his musical journey at the age of 4, when his Mum taught him how to play the piano. This was followed by learning the tuba some years later (High Honours Grade 8) then learning the guitar with his Dad back in 2000 after getting hooked on Django Reinhardt and Iron Maiden.
So far, 2019 has seen him release his 5th (live) solo offering - ‘Underpromised and Overdelivered (...all being well...)’ and act as a syllabus consultant/arranger for the new RSL Acoustic Syllabus. He performs regularly at functions and weddings, specialising in ‘songs you wouldn’t think would be possible on the Guitar/Harp Guitar’ - some recent highlights include theme tunes from/songs from : Game Of Thrones, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Spongebob Squarepants, Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Stevie Wonder and Harry Potter