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The Live Music Project: Sat 28 March 2015

Saturday 28 March, doors 7.30pm
FREE ENTRY
Suitable for 14+

March’s gig guarantees a great night of music with LMP stalwarts Nick and the Sun Machine, Thom Worth Band, Hope and St Albans duo ‘He Ain’t Heavy’. 

Nick and the Sun Machine are a four piece folk/pop/rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire who regularly grace the Live Music Project stage. Their music is a diverse mixture of challenging and melodic, electronic and acoustic, switching between blistering hard rock one minuet and intricate folk balladry the next.

This unique concoction of progressive yet approachable music is bought together by the bands powerful and distinctive 4-part harmonies giving the songs a sense of unity amongst the various musical styles.

With an array of eclectic compositions at their disposal (by front man Nick Stephenson) and innovative arrangements provided by the rest of the band, Nick and the Sun Machine are gaining serious momentum and are headed in exciting new directions after a busy 12 months. In 2014 they launched their debut album (Wide Lying Smiles) an acoustic EP (Quiet Lying Smiles) and supported the million selling Toploader, They have performed at various UK festivals including Standon Calling, Wilkestock, Lubstock, Folk by the Oak and the Isle of Wight Festival.

Thom Worth is making big waves on the music scene, following a busy 2014 touring. Described to have the vocal range of Marvin Gaye and the musicality of Harry Nilsson, Thom’s catchy music has taken on many different forms, but there is always an underlying tone of romance with colourful splashes of nostalgia running throughout well-crafted melodies and insightful lyrics; the music will catch your imagination. Thom’s playing is warm but emotionally charged and this coupled with his friendly stage presence makes for an ambient and dynamic performance. Playing stages at Green Man, Victorious and The Isle of Wight Festival last year left him jumping at the chance to throw his first EP at the world. Thom has an array of gifted musicians playing with him on the record (including Josh Phillips from Procol Harum), which has produced a rich and unique sound.

Hope is a young singer-songwriter from St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK. Hope’s songs are informed largely by issues such as loss, illness, the fragility of life, family and belonging.

In 2011, Hope was a diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called MEN Type 1 which has also played a role in influencing her songs.  Hope has a strong sense of social justice and equality, and an interest in writing songs about balancing the desire to be accepted and the wish to be an individual. She writes about the pressures upon young people to conform to certain social and gender stereotypes. She is primarily self-taught, and composes mainly by ear on piano and guitar. She also plays ukulele.

Hope’s diverse musical influences include Adele, KT Tunstall, Gabrielle Aplin, Mumford and Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran and Kate Nash. She also draws from YouTubers Dodie Clark, Musical Bethan, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Tom Fletcher, Tom Law and Jack Howard.  Recently emerging onto the St.Albans music scene, Hope has also been influenced by local musicians Jack ‘Jacket’ Hobbs, Richard Groves and Nick and the Sun Machine.

Also playing are  the ‘He Ain’t Heavy’  duo, brothers Richard and Stuart Groves, really you would be mad to miss it!

The Live Music Project is run by local music promoter/supporter and community champion, Denise Parsons.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event or would like to sign up to perform, please contact Denise at production@trestle.org.uk