Great Western Tears go West

21272491_1957006687659175_4809740791643085196_nOctobers early jaunt to Bristol on Sunday 8th for our residency at The Golden Lion finds superb Oxford Americana act The Great Western Tears as headline act, with a fine supporting turn promised by those cheeky chaps The Shudders.

Created by the song writing partnership of Dava Waterhouse and Garry Richardson the band have a real talent for heartfelt acoustic Roots music inspired by the great pantheon of American Country, Folk and Blues. Influenced as much by the soulful wanderings of Kerouac and Whitman as they are by the musical journeys of Neil Young, Creedence and Townes Van Zandt, they are not likely defined by one narrow genre and whatever sound a song may lean on you can be sure there is a real tale at its heart and not one you’ve heard a thousand times before.

Country music is often at is best when laced with sorrow and regret, and Great Western Tears excel at this with some hauntingly stark lyrical imagery adding plenty of heartache, longing and loss to the cleverly understated and restrained and wonderfully played music.

Expressive Country guitar lines pick their way around mournful violin and shuffled drums, pitched to perfection, never once over blown or underdone and the slide guitar wails just makes hairs stand up in places you hadn’t realised they could. Lead vocalist Dava Waterhouse has the sort of voice that belongs in another age: deep, gravelly and warm. If you still believe in Old school values and honest Roots music with a story to tell The Great Western Tears are a fine place to be.

In support are SoP faves The Shudders, a mainstay of the local scene who have played all over the UK, This will be a full band show that will be played with all their usual energy. Expect driving rhythms and heart felt melodies combining their indie, country and rock influences.

Usual details – Music from 4pm and entry is free!


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