Euros Childs headlines Doubledotbash! on SaturdayBy Linda Serck
July 05, 2012
Euros Childs, the Welsh folk pop singer with an elfin look about him (and perhaps hence his label name The National Elf Library) may to some be better known for being the frontman of Gorky’s Psychotic Mynci.
But in fact the softly spoken 37-year-old has been pursuing a solo career since 2007, and will be releasing his latest album Summer Special next month.
The ability to deliver an immediate earworm of a melody, combined with a breezy Welsh whimsy, is one of Childs’s strengths, as Spin That Girl Around proves – one of his most recent singles which you can download for free or donate a sum of cash to via his website.
“I like to vary what I do and this one is more of a pop record, it's probably the poppiest solo record I’ve made.” Childs will be coming to Reading to headline the acclaimed Double Dot Bash festival at South Street arts centre, which has been billed as an event for the “discerning” music fan.
There the singer and pianist will join the likes of Japanese band Bo Ningen, Barbarossa (known as the British Bon Iver), Irish songwriter Seamus Fogarty from Fence Records, and flute-guitar-vocal looper Laura J Martin – who will in fact be joining Childs on the flute for two or three tunes during his set.
Otherwise it’ll be Euros and piano, delivering songs from his forthcoming album as well as older ones.
“It’s a good chance to play songs that otherwise wouldn’t work with the band,” he says.
“To play with just piano I can play quieter material that wouldn’t work so well if you had a full band playing.”
He adds that he’ll also be playing some tracks he composed on the piano when he was in Gorky’s.
It’s sets such as these that allow Childs to continue making a living from his music – which in a music business brimming with career-hungry musicians on the breadline is quite a feat.
“One of the reasons I am staying afloat is because I’m not a band,” he said.
“I can just about make a living from what I do. I’ve come to the point where I’m pretty much controlling everything as well, so you’re not giving money away to managers and agents.
“You do get the chance to see how everything works after years of being with a record label and having everything done for you.
“It's quite an eye opener.”
Euros Childs, Bo Ningen, Laura J Martin, Barbarossa, Felix, Geese, Seamus Fogarty, Nought, Hank Haint, Halo Halo, Toddlers, Lua, Pet Cat, J.Perkins, Hired Muscle, Sun Skeletons Duo
Doubledotbash! is on Saturday, 3pm to 11.30pm at South Street Arts Centre, Reading. £10 advance/£15 on the door (0118) 960 6060 or www.readingarts.com
Retro rockers Mellor launched their debut single at The Oakford Social club last week – much to the delight of their home crowd.
The guys had already played in Camden at the start of the week but it was the support of friends and family, sporting Mellor culture in their done up collars and thick-rimmed glasses, that made their Reading gig so energised.
Having formed in March last year the four-piece have been busy gigging at home and in London, gathering a small but earnest following along the way.
Describing their sound as a cross between The Beatles and The Libertines the band are adding something new to the music scene by bringing back the old.
“My personal influences are bands like The Smiths and The Cure but actually our sound is probably quite 50s and 60s, like The Kinks,” said 20-year-old frontman Gary Kingham.
The band, which also includes Christian Inglese, 22, Michael Lowndes, 19, and Josh Woodward 19, played a set of original songs full of catchy riffs – and an impromptu sing-a-long when the bass guitar birefly conked out.
Debut single Catch Me Girl was the hit of the night with its crowd-pleasing catchy chorus, although final number Lillian Believe Me, was also a favourite with the home-crowd.
“Catch Me Girl is actually one of the most simple songs I have written,” said Gary.
“It’s not about anyone in particular but I suppose it would be about a girl you have and then she leaves and you try and get her again. The chase as it were.”
To listen to Mellor visit www.reverbnation.com/melloruk
A trio of musicians who have performed with the likes of Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Tom Jones will be playing an intimate set in Wokingham on Friday.
Keyboard player Oli Silk, former Simply Red guitarist Mark Jaimes and percussionist Miles Bould will be teaming up for a night of laid-back jazz at the Wokingham Music Club.
“I don’t think we have ever had a line-up of artists which such a musical history,” says Wokingham Music Club organiser Stan Hetherington.
“It really is going to be quite something, we are incredibly lucky.”
Between them the trio have an impressive musical CV, with Miles playing percussion for acts including Michael Jackson, Cher, Tina Turner, Sting and NeYo.
Oli has toured America with pop singer Anastacia while guitarist Mark was a member of Simply Red, fronted by red-haired singer Mick Hucknall from 1998 to 2003.
Doors open at 7.30pm, with the first act on at 8pm. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12.50 on the night. To book visit www.wokinghammusicclub.com
Reading’s favourite X Factor export Danyl Johnson and folk singer Megan Henwood will be launching an exciting charitable music event later this month.
The singers will headline the launch party for the Oxjam Reading Takeover campaign.
Oxjam is a national music festival which aims to raise money for the world’s poorest people. It has been going on around the country for several years and now organisers are bringing it to Reading.
Full details of the festival will be released after the launch party with plenty of gigs and musical events in the pipeline.
The launch will take place at the Jazz Cafe at Madjeski Stadium on Saturday, July 28, from 8pm. Tickets are £10 with proceeds going to Oxfam. Visit www.facebook.com/OxjamReadingTakeover
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