Welcome to this our second retrospective from the 2014 Beeston OxJam takeover. We’re back at the Guitar Spot and this time we’re focusing on some of Nottingham’s finest singer-songwriters.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Chris Zwingel began his journey into music with guitar lessons at the age of ten. Soon after that he discovered the Blues… love at first sight. At the age of 18, he was already playing guitar and the harmonica and singing in Blues jam session around the country. After getting his degree as a sound Engineer on 2001 he decided to move on and left his home country. He spent ten years in Leipzig, Germany, where he worked as session guitarist, recording engineer and music teacher. Now based in Nottingham, Chris is rocking the blues like never before with his three hour-long one-man-band show. Find out more about his music as his website and Facebook page. And here he is with Carolan playing his composition ‘Down the Road’.
Emma Bladon Jones is fast making a name for herself as a talented young writer and performer and building a reputation for her performances in venues around the Midlands. Not only does she have a great voice, but she is also a accomplished and experimental acoustic guitarist combining fine fingerpicking and strumming with live looping . Her recently released debut EP “Life Is Self Taught” is available at gigs, though her online store and also on iTunes and Spotify. You can find out more at her website and on Facebook. Here we see her putting Carolan though its paces when she dropped by the Guitar Spot between sets during Oxjam.
Nottingham songwriter Phil Langran’s songs are a powerful combination of immediacy and slow-burning subtlety, crossing over between Folk, Blues and Americana. His 2011 album ‘Jukebox Love Songs, Leaving Blues, Border Crossings and Lovers’ Laments’ was released on the Nottingham-based Folkwit label and featured a selection of Phil’s own songs alongside musical settings of poems by Langston Hughes. You can follow Phil and his band at their website and Facebook page. Here we find him playing his own song ‘Meeting by the River’ from his 2014 album ‘Still the Heart’ accompanied by Steve Benford.
Jeremy Galgut is a resident of upmarket West Bridgford, but can often be spotted crossing the tracks to experience the downmarket musical temptations of Beeston. He was frontman and songwriter with legendary combo ‘Moose Malloy’ (reputed to be reforming for a comeback gig in 2015 due to popular demand) and is still to be found singing and playing with their arch-rivals, splinter group and nemesis Goose McCoy. Here he plays us his composition ‘Hallelujah Night’ on Carolan.