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Elliott Smith Tribute Gig to Raise Funds for CALM, 21st Oct.

On the nine year anniversary of the passing of Elliott Smith, a night of live music to remember one of the great singer-songwriters of our generation will be taking place in Greenwich, London with proceeds from the gig to be split between the NSPCC and CALM.

The intimate basement of Oliver’s Jazz Bar, SE10 will host a bill containing a range of covers of Elliott’s songs.

Entry will be £5 with all proceeds going to two charities that the organisers believe Elliott would have been a supporter of.

You can visit the event’s Facebook page HERE

On the bill:

Spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist Allan J. Begg (The Tacticians, Daddy Long Legs, The Fictive Kinship), Elvers’ sound mixes the dark, melodramic and uplifting into good old fashioned acoustic storytelling. There’s a bit of everything here, from iron-lung deep-sea escapes to storm-battered searches for lost birds – maybe even a bit of town-planning thrown in for good measure. With influences including Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom and Herman Dune and a shifting, layered lineup, Elvers have received a warm reception in recent shows at the Brixton Windmill and the Gin Palace.

Dark Captain (formerly the twice as time-consuming to say Dark Captain Light Captain) are a five-piece rock band from east London in the UK. Their mish-mash of folk, post-rock and motorik grooves and electronic swashes has drawn comparisons to artists as wide-ranging as Fugazi, The Beta Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Massive Attack and The Violent Femmes. Debut album ‘Miracle Kicker’ came in October 2008, with second album ‘Dead Legs & Alibis’ released in November 2011 with lead single ‘Submarines’ featuring in the US iTunes Top 20 singer/songwriter category. Tracks from both albums received extensive play on both Radio 2 and Guy Garvey’s 6Music show.

In addition to currently heading up Americana/Punk/Rockabilly band Sweetheart Contract, Dexy’s prolific solo sets all over London and beyond have earned high praise for his crafted, energetic, big-hearted sound. Gut-wrenching ballads and poetic alt-pop in a style encompassing influences from Big Star, The Replacements, Weezer, and Sam Cooke are all laid out on the table. As well as a solo show on 13th October at Brighton Northern Lights, Sweetheart Contract play alongside Lucero at the Brixton Windmill on 28/29 November.

Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, and picking up the guitar at 11, Mark Coldham was transplanted as an adolescent in the small town of Colchester, Essex, he began making a name for himself in local coffee shop Vagabonds by distributing free demo CD-R’s in sandwich bags. Coldham consitutes his own eclectic one man band, and uses percussive fingerstyle guitar techniques which often usurp the need for extra percussion. His unusually structured, post-modern compositions often deal lyrically with lyric-writing itself, and the quandaries it carries. A self-recorded studio EP appeared in 2009 consisting of songs from 2004-7. Mark is now working on writing and recording new material.

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