Virginian singer Cathryn Craig and virtuoso Strawbs guitarist Brian Willoughby to perform song of encouragement for Hillsborough families this Friday
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1. Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby – Time Has Proved You Right
Buy the album Real World from their website
2. Joe Topping – This Love
3. Paddy Clegg – Back To The Start
Buy Paddy’s music on iTunes
4. Antiqcool – Girl In A Room
CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY
Cathryn Craig is from Virginia, USA, and has built a strong reputation as both performer and songwriter. She has sung with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Cathryn’s family is steeped in music – her great-grandfather Jacob Sowder was recorded by Cecil Sharp and is featured in Sharp’s book English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians.
Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St. John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.
Both Cathryn and Brian have accompanied Nanci Griffith.
Their Alice’s Song was an Aled Jones highlight of the year on BBC Radio 2.
Cathryn was Simon Mayo’s star guest on BBC Radio 2Day, live from Nashville.
Real World is the current album, featuring live studio recordings of strong Craig/Willoughby compositions.
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/TsDN54LVPfI – Great singing and top class guitar playing are showcased in this live recording of Cathryn and Brian performing the song Mr Jefferson.
Joe Topping is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has been described as a “cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady”. From the traditional music heard in the folk clubs he grew up around to the Americana and blues influences from his adventures in the USA which have included living in a pickup truck and driving around America for the best part of a year and later walking 1400 miles with a guitar on his back from Chicago to New Orleans!
Joe has developed his own unique bottleneck guitar style which he employs in many of his original songs and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. Joe has played on stage and in the studio with many legends of the British folk scene including members of Fairport Convention, While and Matthews, Andy Irvine and most recently as stand in lead vocalist in the BBC2 award winning “Best live Act” Home Service whilst John Tams recovered from surgery.
Joe also currently plays in the bands Elbow Jane and The Rainbow Chasers (with Ashley Hutchings).
VIDEO PREVIEW youtu.be/t8esDnETz4s?
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Spotlight 111: Friday 25th April 2014 – Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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