Old News & Spiritual Blues
Three Songwriters from Bristol and Glastonbury in the UK. Harmony vocals like CSN&Y (ish!), mandolin, double bass, Cajon and flamenco rhythms. Blues folk and gospel roots. We love playing festivals and around the Montpelier area cafe's in Bristol. (From the Basis) Perry-Herbert-Shaw are three singers songwriters who have been performing as a trio around the South West for the last four years. Formerly known as 'Shaico' they have just finished and released their second album 'Old News & Spiritual Blues'. The album reflects a range of influences in a stripped- back and acoustic way. Seamus Herbert (a native of Glastonbury) has playing in many bands, including 'One Nation' from the midlands. He has brought influences such as his experience of jamming with Bedouin in the Desert of Morocco to the project. Ian Perry (one-time winner of the songwriter of Bath competition) has spent time playing flamenco with 'gypsies' in Spain, and he brings these rhythms and modes to the sound through the Spanish guitar and the flamenco percussion instrument the Cajon. Daniel Shaw, a music tutor at Strode College in Street, had the opportunity to spend ten days in Memphis Tennessee earlier this year. Daniel stayed with musicians and producers who toured him round landmarks like the famous Sun studios and the Stax museum. Daniel also had the opportunity to meet and briefly talk to David Porter (who wrote many of the Stax hits for Sam & Dave, Otis Reading and others). Daniel has used this stripped back and essential influence in engineering and producing the album. Old News & Spiritual Blues aims to reflect all these influences and produce a kind of (hopefully!) timeless and authentic sound. The core of the group's sound lies in the three voices of the performers (who cite Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young as one of their influences). Daniel's Double Bass playing and the flexible nature of some of their material is inspired by their Jazz/folk hero, the late great John Martyn. Some of the more bluesy numbers evoke Bruce Cockburrn, while there is also a nod to the essential Soul of the staple singers and the 'old timey' sound of the Cohen Brothers film: 'O brother where art thou'. All three of the trio contribute their particular voices in the song writing to the album as well as showing their multi-instrumental abilities. As much of the album ass possible was recorded without overdubs. The band took many takes of each song to get a single perfect take with the feel of everybody responding to each other in the same room. This was designed to evoke the feel in some tracks of the sprit of pre multi-track recordings (such as Sam Phillips at Sun, Lomax field recordings, the Stax sound and Hank Williams recordings).