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Mark Harrison

Feb 2nd 2018 @ The Big Comfy Bookshop

Coventry, United Kingdom
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Friday, February 2nd, 2018
7:00 PM
The Big Comfy Bookshop
Coventry, United Kingdom
The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'.
Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots.

Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison's highly individual, all-original music has been going down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Mark has taken the style of the early blues and folk/blues innovators, and given it totally modern relevance. His songs all have something to say or a story to tell. With their memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong rhythms, they make people think, smile and move. He is doing something genuinely fresh and different, tapping into the timeless quality of 'old' music to produce something brand new and totally relevant to the present day.
Mark's live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as 'wry' and 'dry', these mark him out even more as a unique artist.
Mark is a thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. He appears solo and with band, his band consisting of some of the UK's top roots musicians. With them he has released four albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay (including BBC) and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US

Louis Brennan
London based Dubliner Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in
the folk tradition. His folk however aren't the field hands
and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle
managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late stage capitalism.
They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and
interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennan's cracked
baritone, at times embarrassingly intimate, at times
spuriously broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.
Brennan has performed in many guises on many stages and is
known for a live show that takes the listener on a journey,
turning the mirror from himself onto the audience, commanding
dynamics as if conducting an orchestra not standing alone with
an acoustic guitar.

Rhiannon Scutt
Rhiannon's first solo release, #9 comes out over two years after her unexpected departure from the rapidly rising duo Rita Payne. For those familiar with the duos material, the subsequent development in her craft as a songwriter and lyricist during this time is evident in the tracks featured on this self-published release.

The short collection of five songs is both deeply personal yet entirely universal, the subject matter effortlessly echoes experiences we all share with a tender and open honesty. Lee shares with us the loss of a childhood friend and evokes the sensation one feels when a shift in season conjures vivid memories of that season in former years.

The final track, Another Way can undoubtedly be read as a song to her former band mate, and the ear-worm hook in the bridge of I Swim speaks of the naivety of youth with a knowing fondness towards her younger self.

Throughout #9, even through painful and presumably cathartic subject matter, the songs are delivered with lightness and a distinct sense of hope shines through the music through use of triumphant chord progressions and the chosen instrumentation.

The recording of this release is something unusual in itself. Recorded live at Sheffield's Café #9, the back of the EP has a disclaimer of sorts which reads 'All tracks recorded live without any prior rehearsals. All parts created on the spot by these wonderful musicians who had never met of played together as a whole before this evening. As a result, it is beautifully imperfect'. There certainly are a few moments of uncertainty, a wrong note here, and mis-timed one there, but each 'imperfection' is more than compensated for in the overall feel of the recording. Instrumentals that were written mere moments before, somehow feel like they've always belonged. A bold and curious method of recording for a debut release, this free and liberal approach shows a confidence in her own songs, and the ultimate trust Rhiannon has in the musicians around her.

In live performance, Rhiannon's ability to captivate an audience is only superseded by her ability to deliver a line that can break your heart in an instant. Looking around the audience at shows proves to me that Rhiannon is an artist who moves you or makes you move.

Stage Times
Mark Harrison 9.45-10.30
Louis Brennan 8.50-9.30
Rhiannon Scutt 8.00-8.35

The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks.
No other food or drink to be brought into the premises.
For details of the bookshop please visit

NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance.
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