20 July: THE GOOD INTENTIONS + Steve Dan Mills
The Good Intentions are Liverpool’s premier Americana band. Formed in 2003, The Good Intentions are built around the three-part vocal harmonies of songwriter Peter Davies, Gabrielle Monk and Francesco Roskell, with stripped down instrumentation of guitar, autoharp, mandolin, banjo, and accordion.
The Good Intentions have released three albums: Poor Boy (2008) and Someone Else’s Time (2011) and Travelling Companion (2013) which was produced by respected West Coast USA musician and producer Rick Shea.
The Good Intentions’ profile was raised considerably in 2012 following their appearance in the TV documentary 56 Up. This is a series that has been following a group of people growing up from the first broadcast of 7 Up in 1963 – Peter is one of those subjects.
27 July: CHRIS RONALD: English singer-songwriter, now living in Canada + Martin Karran and Sara O’Keefe
Chris Ronald’s musical and song-writing talents and his repertoire of expertly crafted and heartfelt contemporary folk songs allows him to showcase an unmistakably accurate and versatile voice, which has been compared to the likes of David Gray and Ron Sexsmith.
Chris emigrated from his native England to Vancouver, Canada in 2002 though he maintains close links with his family in West London. His music has been described as a meeting of British roots and North American folk with detectable influences including Neil Young and Paul McCartney. In live performances, Chris draws on his abilities as a storyteller and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a live performance accessible to all ages. Chris can often be found performing charitable and community events in and around his hometown of Vancouver as well as showcases, folk clubs, and festivals in British Columbia and beyond.
Chris recently teamed up with award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis (The Be Good Tanyas) to create his third album, Timeline, which was released March 2014. Two songs, “The Mountaineer” and “The Sneeze,” have been nominated in the finals of the International Songwriting Competition. Chris’s attentions are now focused on promoting the new CD with dates lined up across Canada and in the UK.