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A/S: Lockdown Session w. Ady Johnson, Julian Brown & Sonya Smith

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🌟 Ady Johnson

🌟 Julian Brown

🌟 Sonya Smith

Ady Johnson

Suffolk born, Colchester based antique furniture restorer/musician Ady Johnson, had both livelihoods threatened after he severed two tendons in a finger with a chisel. Thankfully he made a full recovery. Having already had success with Colchester band FuzzFace and gaining an Honours Degree in classical guitar performance, Ady decided to down tools and focus on music.

Ady’s first notable public performance was in 2010 after he busked outside 6Fest – BBC6 Music’s event to celebrate their successful national campaign against it’s closure. Ady was asked by the organisers to stand in for a band on the main bill after they cancelled. Metro ran the story ‘Busker bags festival after band cancel’ a few days later.

Thank You for the Good Things received praise from Americana UK and other online reviewers. The title track was again chosen for Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape and this and other songs from the EP received widespread regional airplay. Thank You for the Good Things video was released and premiered by MUZU.TV. The EP was chosen by London’s Resonance FM for their ‘Top 5 EP’s Of 2015’.

1st January 2016 saw the release of New Year’s Day (Single mix) and accompanying video. The single was chosen for Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape and also received regional airplay. Later in the year, Ady was invited as special guest to support Scott Matthews and his Band on eight dates of their UK tour in November and December. Reviews from Rhythm and Blues and blog Musical Chairs, praised Ady’s performance at The Glee Club Birmingham.

Following a successful Pledge Music campaign, Ady’s second album London Songs was released on 23rd February 2018. The album received critical praise from RnR Magazine, Blues Matters and Americana UK among others. London Songs presents songs ranges from intimate vignettes, to full-band Waitsian stompers, inspired by people, places and personal experiences, since Ady moved from Colchester to London. Personnel include Pete Flood (Bellowhead) – drums, Tom Briers – Sousaphone and Toby Bull – piano, trumpet and P-bone.

Tom Robinson again championed Ady’s latest release and regularly featured songs from London Songs on his BBC 6 Music Show. Ady was Tom’s guest for his ‘Johnson and 16 Years of 6 Music’ show on 10 March.

Ady is currently working on his third album.

“He’s damn good live!” Tom Robinson – BBC Radio 6 Music

“One of the UK’s most inventive songwriters.” Stephen Foster – BBC Radio Suffolk

“…might well be the first contender for album of the year…deserves to be massive.” 9/10 Press Association

“…an ebullient, life affirming collection with a touch of kitchen-sink romanticism worthy of Ray Davies and a bluesy sound filtered through the uniquely English lens of skiffle.” 8/10 Americana UK

“Excellent debut album! – Record company opportunity!” Mojomanic

Julian Brown

Julian is a singer/songwriter based in Berlin. He presents his songs with a guitar, his voice and a loop pedal. His lyrics are about love and breakup. In addition to melancholy and thoughtful songs, he plays some happy sing-along tunes too.

Sonya Smith

Sonya is a singer songwriter, known for her distinctive, lyrical, wide ranging vocals, variously described as ‘ Throaty Soulful Blues ’ and the unadulterated ‘ Voice of an Angel’. She accompanies herself on acoustic guitar.

Her writing is influenced by the lyrically rich, storytelling tradition of artist like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen ... ranging from mellow ballads, to songs with a drive and beat, drawing on Blues, Folk Roots, Soft Rock and Country traditions. She writes about love in all it’s forms, & how it affects our lives and moves us, from pain and passion, loss & redemption, discovery & self worth.

Sonya lives in rural Mid Wales in the UK. She’s been performing across Shropshire and Wales, for many years appearing at intimate venues, lively bars, and numerous large events and festivals, including Ludlow Fringe, Womens's Festival, Llangollen Fringe, Landed Festival and the International Music Eisteddfod for several years.

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