26th August 2018: Pembroke Tenneson / Jess Orestano / The Tom Wright Band
Inspired by singer-songwriters of the 60s & 70s, some English folk and a dash of the blues, Pembroke’s songs range from humorous takes on the morning commute and academic study to loves won and lost. First noticed by the BBC in Warwickshire in 2015, he enjoys writing in diverse styles, and in the three years he’s been gigging professionally, Pembroke has learned to make dramatic use of his fingerpicked guitar work, harmonica and 4-octave singing voice. He also covers a range of his favourite songs from the Beatles to Simon & Garfunkel, and loves to get audiences singing along.
Early in the year he released his 4th EP, Blue Water, the first release he's made under his own complete creative control. He's hard at work on his next release, an as-yet-untitled full-length album.
Jess Orestano is a singer/songwriter from Northants who uses picturesque views as the foundation for her songwriting. These settings are overlaid with lyrics based on her own experiences and experiences of those around her, and caricatures of people she has met throughout her life.
Drawing inspiration from a range of artists, such as Eva Cassidy, Joan Armatrading, Laura Marling, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Don McClean and Joni Mitchell, Jess has way of telling stories through song that will leave you wanting more. Jess also has a repertoire of over 60 covers, ranging from David Bowie, Queen, Michael Jackson and Cat Stevens to Jamie T, Muse, Kings of Leon and Justin Timberlake, in the hope of playing something that will please everyone and also to explore her vocal abilities and guitar technique. With such versatility, Jess enjoys playing at gigs of all kinds for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Tom Wright Band
Tom Wright is a 23 year old, British singer-songwriter. Brought up with the stylings of such artists as Johnny Cash, John Mayer and Brad Paisley, his songs delve into the creative, story- telling element of country music, with the guitar-heavy drive of classic rock anthems.
Primarily a guitarist, Tom has performed with a number of various musicians, travelling across the UK and Europe, and has played alongside such people as Tom Chaplin (Keane), Don Felder (The Eagles), The Feeling, Ronan Keating and Huey Lewis.
Alongside playing for other artists, Tom has been promoting his own songs at various festivals with his band after finally decided to record an album. This self titled album comprises of 13 original songs, with most of the instruments and vocals (including piano, bass and guitar) played by Tom.
As well as his own material, he is also touring around the country as the guitarist for Never 42, The Billy Joel Songbook, and various other artists. The self titled album is available to order now on iTunes, or on CD from his website (www.tomwrightguitar.com), and has already managed to climb to number 10 in the iTunes Country chart, and Tom was nominated for Musician Of The Year at the British Country Music Awards 2017.