Saturday, 26 September 2015

Natural Traditional & Crafted: Crooked Weather - Nathan Flint

Crooked Weather - Control Your Blues.

Background - Based in East Yorkshire, England, Crooked Weather play earthy, unruly and original folk songs. The sound is lead by carefully crafted lyrics delivered by the haunting harmonies of Holly and Will.

The music on 'Long Garden' echoes the ethos of folk songsmiths before them with imagery of escape, adventure, companionship and inner searching but told from a different heart.

“Crooked Weather come from the same fertile ground which gave the world David Crosby’s immortal 'If I Could Only Remember My Name'. They are indie meets World music meets traditional British folk. Think a contemporary Incredible String Band with a 21st century mindset.”
Sid Griffin, The Coal Porters/Bob Dylan Biographer.

From the superb 'Long Garden' album, the featured track 'Control Your Blues' is a fine insight into the band and their music. The music has a natural and genuine feel to it, unspoiled by the increasingly artificial environments that surround us, it is, in my opinion, a work of art. Website (here).

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Nathan Flint - I Will Succeed.

Background - Nathan Flint is a solo Singer/Songwriter playing in the genre of Acoustic Folk. Nathan was born and has grown up on the the South Coast of NSW in the coastal/rural town of Wollongong. 

Nathan Began his music career at the age of 5, learning violin under the Suzuki Method. At the age of 14 Nathan started learning guitar where he joined a rock band with mates and took on the position of lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Nathan continued to play along the genre of rock throughout his high school years but also found an interest for Theatre and Musical Theatre. Nathan followed this passion and studied Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, Surry Hills, Sydney. Nathan performed the role of Tobias in The Australian Institute of Music’s production of Sweeney Todd, He also played small film roles on The Discovery Channel, in TV series such as “Behind Mansion Walls” and “Deadly Women“. 

Nathan has found a passion in the style of folk and has been busy developing himself as an artist playing a huge amount of gigs at Pubs, Clubs, Cafes and functions all of which have been directing him as an artist over the past 10 years. He has recently finished his debut album Stay Here where he composed all of the songs, and played every instrument on the album including Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Piano, Drums and Percussion.

Beautifully stripped back music, reliant totally on a mixture of story telling, comfortable vocals and a trusty guitar. 'I Will Succeed' is a fascinating introduction to Nathan, making the album a  'must hear' for my ears.

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