NO wonder Juan Zelada has a grin on his face – the Spanish-born, London-based artist will release his new album in a fortnight, and if High Ceilings and Collarbones lives up to his recent successful leanings, he’ll not simply be smiling, but laughing.
Already the record has been given the ‘Album of the week’ title on Radio 2, and recent single What Do I Know made it onto the station’s A-list.
A few weeks back, while City Nights was tucking into our pre-work brekkie, the fella turned up on the BBC News sofa too.
Juan was fortunate enough to tour with the late Amy Winehouse and counts Macca as a real and proper fan... and word has it, Paloma Faith is a bit partial to Zelada’s material too.
Pianist, guitarist, singer-songwriter...he’s a master of plenty of things musical, and out to get your support.
Last night he began a major UK tour at the Northampton Roadmender, and this evening you can catch the man and his band live on local soil, at the Craufurd Arms in Wolverton.
We stay with the Craufurd tomorrow evening when Underpass Promotions deliver a four band bill of nearly all-local proportions, topped by Footswitch, and also featuring Frantic Alice (recently seen in support to Our Man In The Bronze Age at the same venue, left), One More Year, and Ryker Sear.
Tickets are a fiver and doors open at 7.30pm.
On Saturday night Pianos Become The Teeth headline the haunt.
‘Brimming with sincerity and brandishing an experimental ambience, the band is pushing beyond the boundaries of a stale genre,’ they say.
Pop along, see if that literally sounds right, while also soaking up sounds by Goodtime Boys, Brotherhood of the Lake, Gates and Fallacies.
Tickets are a fiver in advance for this one, and once again it’s doors at 7.30pm.