A selection of a few photos from the first ever Proc-Cast live event which took place at Rough Trade Nottingham on June 18th. The evening was a showcase of some of the best acoustic music that Nottingham has to offer, with a Country/Americana theme through most of the evening. Each of the artists has featured previously on The Proc-Cast and they were all specially picked to form a lineup that fit together well.
The nightstarted off with the excellent Luke Whittemore who played a selection of songs including some from his new album 'Northern Town', a particular highlight of Luke's set for me was 'Nothing Beyond This Northern Town', a beautiful slow number which had the audience captivated.
Next up after Luke was the exception to the Country/Americana of the evening, Jamie Beau. Jamie's music is far more than you would expect from a man and his guitar. Utilising percussive sounds from the guitar and a wooden stomp box, he creates a fantastic musical backing for his wonderfully strong voice. The style is difficult to describe other than as a mix of alt-folk and singer songwriter with some rock influences added in too. He opened the set with a heartfelt rendition of Catherine, John and Michael from his album 'Tales of...' before playing some more great songs to a great reception.
The penultimate act up was Ryan Farmer. When you meet Ryan you would be forgiven for thinking that he couldn't possibly be a performer because of his shy nature, but you sent him up on that stage and he becomes a different person. His huge voice and songwriting are reminiscent of some of the best blues musicians of the past. The highlight for me personally, was seeing him play an acoustic version of 'Jessica' from his EP 'Lurch'. I loved that song in a full band setup on record and it was awesome to hear it unplugged!
Last but not least, it was the turn of two members of Nottingham's foremost Country/Americana band 'The Most Ugly Child', Stevie and Dan played a number of the band's songs as a duo. A receptive crowd left with smiles on their faces after a great set which included a bit of a domestic on stage.
Thanks to Benedict Cooper (http://benedictcooper.co.uk/photography/) for the photos of Stevie and Dan below.
The whole evening was brilliant! The music, the people, the venue, the sound. A huge thank you goes out to all who were involved in the event and all who attended for supporting up and coming music! Maybe there will be another in the future...