Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Gordy, Somers & Walsh - Dates in Europe

Joe Walsh - Ben Somers - Grant Gordy
The expression 'an embarrassment of riches' which apparently originated in the 18th century might be used to describe the forthcoming dates by Gordy, Somers & Walsh though it might be more appropriate to go for a contemporary expression such as 'an opportunity not to be missed'. Gordy, Somers & Walsh will be bringing their particular blend of Bluegrass, Americana, Folk & Jazz to dates in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

Grant Gordy (acoustic guitar) - based in Brooklyn, NY, Grant has spent many hours learning the language of bebop and the standards of jazz, soaking up the high lonesome sound of bluegrass, investigating classical composers like Béla Bartók and Bach and learning the rhythms of Mali alongside African musicians. This wide range contributes to Gordy’s unique and renowned guitar style. He spent six years in the David Grisman Quintet, filling the big shoes of Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor and other legendary musicians.

Ben Somers (double bass/vocals/sax) grew up surrounded by music and playing gigs with his father, professional country musician Steve Somers. Ben began playing the sax at 16 and studied jazz at Middlesex University. Whilst there, he acquired a double bass and immersed himself in bluegrass and folk. In addition to his day job as a busy, in-demand session musician in London, Ben has toured and recorded with many artists including Dr John, Seal, Bruce Molsky and Dirk Powell.

Joe K Walsh (mandolin/vocals) - hailing from Portland, Maine, the “other” Joe Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste. Named by CBC as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation”, after a number of years with bluegrass supergroup the Gibson Brothers Joe currently splits his time between the group Mr Sun and a trio with Brittany Haas and Owen Marshall. As well as teaching regularly at music camps across America, he’s also a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music.

Grant and Joe are one half of Mr Sun with Darol Anger and Ethan Jodziewicz forming the other half.

Confirmed dates:
  • May 19th - The Harrison in Kings Cross, London - website
  • May 21st - Cellar Bar of The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield - Tickets via Wegottickets
  • May 22nd -“Concert in the Barn” Manor Buildings, Pulborough - Tickets: 01903 892891
  • May 24th - Voormalig Kantoorpand RET Remise Sluisjesdijk, Waalhaven Oostzijde in Rotterdam - Facebook Event Page
  • May 25th - Utrecht Parelsessies at De Parel van Zuilen, Utrecht
  • May 27th - “Illertal Cowboys” Vöhringen-Illerberg , Germany
  • May 29th - Drossenfelder Braeuwerck, Neudrossenfeld, Germany
At time of writing, there is a possibility of an additional date at the beginning of June - Please check Ben Somers' website for updates or additional dates.

Ben Somers