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Acoustic Plus at Frome Cheese & Grain

THE next Acoustic Plus is on Friday 28th March at the Cheese & Grain, Frome.

The organisers say, “Yes, we’re back, with a strong dose of what we’re all about… fantastic original music from performers of all ages, all from here or hereabouts, with a full range of sounds from contemplative acoustic balladry to full on African-inspired dance music.

“We’re not sure where Jane Thomason is from, but her songs sound as old as time, and that’s a good thing! She has a unique way with the guitar and an outstanding voice, both of which transcend the inevitable Joni Mitchell/ John Martyn comparisons. Sounds more akin to the soul of Nick Drake to me…she was awarded Semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in 2009 for “A Place To Rest” in the Open category and in 2010 for “Where You Wanna Go” in the Folk/Country category. FYI. ‘Sublime, melancholic and rich’ says Kit McKenzie, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

“Then… it’s Dexter’s Extra Breakfast, for everyone. Otherwise known as Dave and B or sometimes as ‘Tasty Malcolm’, they’ve been inside a lot but are coming out to play for us. Inveigled by Richard Kennedy O’Toole and his excellent tactician Domenic DeCicco into going public again, they will surely enchant us with gorgeous songs sung by a gorgeous singer, accompanied by particularly plucky piano playing and an all-star cast. Expect “better than quite good”.

“It never hurts to have a recommendation… “I think Molly Ross is a huge talent as a writer and performer. She is a prolific and unique songwriter with a huge future” says Mike Batt. Molly first played A+ way back in November 2012 to the sound of no pins dropping and amazement at her wise-before-years songwriting prowess. Since then she has gone from strength to strength on all fronts, and is now a seasoned festival performer with way more than enough songs to meet the half hour requirement!

“And guaranteed to get the joint jumping, Baku Dan are our homegrown eight piece African fusion dance band. Presenting an irresistible mix of traditional West African songs, wrapped around a joyous groove machine and awesome frontline, they should really be the preserve of the festival circuit. But there are no festivals at the moment. Luckily for us.”