Onika Venus– Everything You Are – Album Review

Onika Venus arrived in the South West about 11 years ago. From Jamaica via London she soon teamed up local musician and promoter Mark Venus. They worked together and then teamed up in partnership, marriage and parenthood. I start there because the family side of Onika is front and centre to everything she is. HerContinue reading “Onika Venus– Everything You Are – Album Review”

Review : Generator by Alfonse

It seems these days everyone has at least one alter ego, perhaps a necessary survival technique of the lockdown to manage our various pathologies and quieten the call of the disorder of multiple personalities. Indeed I have been a long term advocate and practitioner myself. Alfonse also it seems as he has existed since JanuaryContinue reading “Review : Generator by Alfonse”

MJ Reynolds – Coming Home

This one doesn’t mess about. A neat drum roll announces the latest track from the regular releases of one of our long time favourite SongSmith artists. Straight into a no nonsense sunny piano driven pop tune. Despite the fact that it is about train travel it really motors! (Yes sorry expect lots of (un)necessary trainContinue reading “MJ Reynolds – Coming Home”

Dora Lachaise : Artist Profile

Dora is the dark alter ego of jazz-tinged pop singer / songwriter Maaike Siegerist and she brings her considerable writing and performing talents, particularly her singing into this persona. Her publicity describes Dora Lachaise thus ‘lives in an attic overlooking Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol. A European émigré drawn to the city’s lively arts sceneContinue reading “Dora Lachaise : Artist Profile”

Review : Dora Lachaise – Bone Collector

Dora is the dark alter ego of jazz tinged pop singer / songwriter Maaike Siegerist.  This is a very different affair.  Her publicity describes Dora Lachaise thus ‘lives in an attic overlooking Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol. A European émigré drawn to the city’s lively arts scene and cloudy ciders’. That’s relevant because the songContinue reading “Review : Dora Lachaise – Bone Collector”

Review : In My Head – Fenris

A lazy almost laconic acoustic guitar evoking a desert highway is starkly punctuated by a heartfelt, pleading vocal.  Can you be yearning and snarling at the same time?  Seems so on the evidence of this slow burning piece of loveliness.  Subtle stabs of instrumentation pierce my heart as I listen to the mournful and skilfulContinue reading “Review : In My Head – Fenris”

Fenris – Artist Profile

Multi-talented, multi-genre and multi-instrumentalist Fenris is now based in Berlin having relocated from her native Scotland, specifically Glasgow. She has toured all over central Europe before settling in Germany whilst maintaining strong Scottish and UK links, these days of course mostly online and is involved in many groups including SongSeeds, Sunday Songwriters and Women Producers.Continue reading “Fenris – Artist Profile”

SongSmith Artist Profile: Matt Reynolds

Matt has the voice of an angel with the reliability of the seasoned and experienced performer he is.  An ocean of experience as a front man both solo and in bands, his bread and butter is covers.  The original songs are the jam. He writes with a vulnerability and honesty that is endearing and enticing. Continue reading “SongSmith Artist Profile: Matt Reynolds”

Review – Everglow by Matt Reynolds

Hits you with a slab of gorgeous sound straight off.  A subtle but effective Hammond riff – we like a Hammond at SongSmith.  Then the voice.  Well I know a lot of singers.  Mostly I go for the female voice.  There are a few male exceptions, notably Bowie, Ferry, etc.  Add Matt to that list. Continue reading “Review – Everglow by Matt Reynolds”