A sweet little evening recommendation for you tonight. The teenage singing songwriting maestro that is Josh Wheatley. Ever present for the past year or so on the Nottingham music scene, the barefooted songsmith has been delicately caressing the listening ears of the city and building up an arsenal of tunes and admirers and I, for one, can understand just why.
Growing up in Ilkeston, as I did through the first chapter of my life, I can easily understand too why there's an underlying theme of escapism through Wheatley's oeuvre. And it's not to Ilkeston's detriment, the little place can be an inspirational stomping ground, but there's something of a yearning to get away when you grow up in a small town that resides in one of the furthest points from the sea in the UK. Funny then that a lot of the imagery and symbolism in Josh's tunes revolves around the ocean, sailing and boats !!
But that's maybe more so down to folkloric tradition, and whimsical tales, who doesn't love a good sea shanty, or a tale on the high seas ? So with music, escapism and yearning in mind, on stage is where Josh, like myself, is clearly at his most comfortable, us musicians do our best to be sociable off stage, but we end up talking about capos (on which JW is an expert) and diminished sevenths (I try!), but that's not all that entertaining.
Come down to The Contemporary in Nottingham this Saturday and see Josh as the main support to myself, plus a short burst from MotorMouf, at my FREE Peace, Love & Tea Party !! You will not be disappointed, feel the love, spread the love and see what Ilkeston, Nottingham, The East Midlands has to offer ... you will be more than pleasantly surprised, especially I'd assume by this young man I refer to as "Josh 'ever-so-sweetly' Wheatley" ... I'm not sure if he likes that though ?!
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