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Paul Dunton & Guests – Andy Twyman, Aaric Snook, Ryan Weeks
March 11, 2020 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
When Andy released the first-ever naked Christmas music video it hit the national headlines, leading The Mirror newspaper to ask “Is this the best Christmas music video ever?” With the topics of his songs ranging from pandas to Luxembourg via Pot Noodle, Andy Twyman blends blues with humour and rock and roll to titillate your ears, mind and toes. Having already performed at Glastonbury Festival, on BBC Radio, and on Channel 4, Andy’s reputation is growing as a highly original emerging artist.
Andy first took to the stage aged 12 in pubs and clubs, with his guitar, voice and harmonica, often jamming with local musicians including Rory Graham (aka Rag and Bone Man). Before hitting 18, he had gigged as a solo act in top London venues including The Jazz Café and 100 Club. Driven to create a distinctive and exciting act, Andy learnt to play foot operated drums, giving his songs a beat to get people on their feet. Drawing on influences as diverse as Muddy Waters, Monty Python, the White Stripes and Noel Fielding he developed a one man band show. In recent years Andy has brought this show to Spain, the Netherlands and France has performed twice on BBC Radio and on London’s Resonance 104.4FM, and has had articles written about his music in The Sun, the Mirror, and The Daily Mail newspapers. On Christmas Eve 2015, Andy’s Christmas music video, ‘A Naked Noel’, was broadcast on Channel 4, and in 2017 Andy was interviewed on the London Live TV station to discuss his festival appearances and new live album release. When the summer arrives, Andy performs at festivals all over the country inducing laughter and dancing amongst the drunk and disorderly. He has performed at many of the biggest and best UK music festivals including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Standon Calling, and Green Gathering.
“The master of the one-man-band…a first-class musician and songwriter”
Blues in Britain Magazine
“The audience realised they were in the presence of a real entertainer, a provider of a refreshing blast of new blues”
Blues Matters Magazine
“His guitar sounds either stoic like John Lee Hooker or grooves like Bo Diddley”
“A one-man band with an edge…an excellent, versatile, contemporary singer-songwriter that gives the blues a new take with humour”
Lancashire Blues Archive
“The audience was enthralled and entertained”
The Hastings Flyer
For the last 10 years, I have been writing and performing my own songs and instrumental pieces. I have performed numerous gigs at various venues as well as several small festivals. Over the last three years, I have been focused on my studies at university and honing my art. I have and will be playing charity gigs to raise awareness for different charity and disaster relief campaigns. I am inspired by a wide range of influences, including soul, jazz, folk, rock and modern pop music. My main influences at this time are Jack Johnson, Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club.
The songs I write revolve around my relationships with the people around me, experiences that I have had and using those experiences to embellish a narrative in song. I find inspiration in experience and through arts and literature. Sometimes I think that the music says enough without the need for lyric, so I write instrumental pieces alongside songs.
In the next six months, I will continue to write songs as well as develop songs I already have in my repertoire and release them. Over this same period, I am looking forward to playing more gigs and developing various projects.
Starting to play the guitar and sing at the age of twenty, originally buying his first guitar as a distraction from doing college assignments, Ryan is quickly making a name for himself in the local music scene, mixing soul, R&B, indie-folk and country.
Hailing from Southborough this local singer will have you moving your feet and dancing along. Singing popular covers, chart and his own soulful songs, Ryan weeks is definitely a name to remember.
He’s usually found gigging at venues in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, on a one-man mission to prove that Kent has soul. So come along and have a great time listening and dancing along to the soulful tones of Ryan Weeks.