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Drew Nelson played at No8 Cafe Launceston

first gig of his UK Tour 2010

Drew Nelson singer songwriter at No8 Cafe
Drew Nelson performing at it No8 Cafe Launceston

Colin Hill sent me an email to tell me about the next musician he had lined up at No8 Cafe  and he seemed really excited. Now I know why. Drew played on Independence Day last year at no8 and he was very well received and still remembered by many.

Drew mentioned at one point that he felt that playing again at No8, was like coming back to a place where he knew he was amongst friends. That's nice.

Drew Nelson grew up in MIchigan and later joined the Navy and travelled the world. Returning from his travels around the globe he saw the old familiar small town communities through a different pair of eyes.

Drew's songs are inspired by ordinary everyday events, hometown, travelling the road, friends and family. politics, economics and eavesdropping. Whilst talking with Drew he said that some songs come to him in a flash, whilst other songs may sit around for years before going out to the public. Sometimes he felt inspired by catching snippets of conversation. I can almost imagine Drew sitting in a cafe listening to the chatter around him and thinking to himself "can you talk a little louder please, I am trying to write a song"!

Drew proved he could come up with a spontaneous song when he opened the window and the sound of workmen sawing timber and  local girls laughing and talking as they walked  by on the pavement below, entered the room .  Drew closed the window and started to sing. If he ever produces a song called "Jigsaws and Cornish Girls"  you know where it came from!

Drew Nelson on tour in UK 2010
Drew Nelson live at No8 Launceston Cornwall

  Drew places his songs in two categories. Happy and sad. We were privaleged to to find out that some songs he  sang for us tonight were sung for the first time ever and in fact one song was only two days old! Drew introduced  each song by telling us about the source of inspiration,  which always make the song understandable and gives meaning to the lyrics.

Drew Nelson on UK tour at No8 Cafe
Drew Nelson singer/songwriter in Launceston Cornwall

Some times when listening to a person sing you can say oh he sounds like......and come up with name, sometimes when listening to a song you may think of a style and draw comparisons, well all I can say is that Drew Nelson sounds like......Drew Nelson, and his style of music is very much like that of... Drew Nelson. He is funny, pleasant, friendly, approachable and very entertaining. He is a brilliant musician, singer and songwriter.

Graham Sleeman who provided all the equipment and monitored the sound,said people like Drew were easy to do the sound for because the instrument and the voice were so good, that once the sound desk was set up there was very little to do except enjoy the music. 

Drew makes his own instruments and he said as he tuned the guitar that it thought it was still a tree, meaning it still had life in it. It was certainly alive in Drews hands. His guitar sounded lovely and I thought a couple of times is the man playing the guitar or the guitar playing the man?  Perfect partners.

Drew Nelson Poster for No8
Drew Nelson signed poster.

 After Drew had played his encore, he was busy signing the CD's which he had for sale, along with sweatshirts, the proceeds of which go directly to a very worthy cause.... the Mortgage! I took a poster off the wall which Drew kindly autographed for me. Thank you very much Drew.

No8 Cafe and coffee shop is found in Westgate Street Launceston opposite the post office.

Telephone number -01566 777369

Special Thanks to

Colin Hill for another wonderful night of great entertainment

Adrian Harvey for the lovely venue

All the very friendly staff  for being very friendly staff

Graham Sleeman for the fantastic sound

Drew Nelson for sharing your passion

Drew Nelson has a deep spiritual conection with the planet Earth and the people who live on it and call it home. When I think of home I think of it as "Here On Mother Earth" I am sure Drew would agree. Native American Indian influences come across very strongly in the song "Grand Mother Moon" and "Raindance." Drew has seen first hand the damage and destruction caused by large companies seeking only profit, caring little about the environment or the displacement of  local people who watch their lands disappear.

Please visit Drew Nelsons website where you can download free music and learn more about his desire to help the people who are defending sacred territory called Eagle Rock from a mining company.


To find a gig near you visit Drew Nelsons Show Schedule

Albums by Drew Nelson

Dusty Road to Beulah Land          Immigrant Son


Launceston's  Acoustic Cafe on 29th July was a roaring success.  

Isaac Haynes, Hannah Dawe and Marcus Cole


Isaac on drums, Hanah on keyboard and Marcus on guitar
Hannah, Issac and Marcus gave a great performance at Jerichos Acoustic Cafe in Launceston

The first group to kick off the evening were the ever popular Hannah Dawe on vocals and keyboard, Marcus Cole vocals and guitar and Issac Haynes on Congas and vocals.  These three friends from Launceston college gave a great performance as they always do.   For this evening  they played  a couple of original songs, one called "Hit and Run" to which Hannah wrote the lyrics and Marcus and Issac added the music, another was  Hannah's song called "Miss Lonely"  

Hannah said she loves to write her own material so I am hoping to hear some more new songs in the near future. She  also has ambitions reguarding her future within the music scene and I wish her the best of luck with everything she does.

Isaac, Hanah and Marcus at Jerichos in Launceston
Isaac, Hannah and Marcus at the Acoustic cafe

The set also included  their cover versions of "California", "Shine", "Only exception" and the one that really surprised us was their version of  "If you got the money". This was a brilliant performance that got the audience clapping and cheering and raised the atmosphere by several degrees.   

Hannah, Marcus and Issac are always very enthusiastic about playing at the Acoustic Cafe and one of the questions they always ask is "Can we play at the next one?"  Well you need to speak to Jamie Murphy about that but I am pretty sure it won't be long before we see you all again. Well done to all of you 


Left Nut Jack and the Square Needles


Left Nut Jack and the Square Needles describe themselves as a  five piece alternative instrumental band.  

Now this was something completely different and quite amazing.  The group was made up of five friends from Launceston college who claim to be unable to sing so prefer to stick with playing instruments. The members of the group are Jack Grime on trumpet, Will Samuels on saxophone, Phil Leslie on bass, Duncan Whale on guitar and Olly Simons on cajon drum  

Left Nut Jack and the Square Needles perform at Acoustic cafe
Amazing group Left Nut Jack and the Square Needles

They played one original song called "Easy" and cover versions of "feeling good" (Michael Buble), "By the way" (Red Hot Chilli Pepers), "She said" (Plan B) and "I feel Good"  Left Nut Jack and the Needles are obviously a popular group of lads judging by the crowd of enthusiastic followers that accompanied them to Jericho's  

Left Nut Jack and the Needles play at Acoustic Cafe
A great performance by Left Nut Jack and the Square Needles

When chatting with Jack on Face book after the event he asked me  "Who do I speak to about doing next months one at the cafe? and then said "I hope they will have us again as it was so good on Thursday night.  We loved it."
Going by the huge round of applause as they finished their set I think you will definitely be back. Well done guys. 

Left Nut Jack and The Needles are keen to play their music and would love to entertain you. Find them on Facebook


Hannah and the Madding Crowd


The Madding Crowd play at Jericho's in Launceston
Hannah and The Madding Crowd at Launceston's Acoustic cafe


Hannah and The Madding Crowd are from the Okehampton area and have been playing at festivals, concerts and gigs for a number of years. They have been the support band for many well known acts including  Al Stewart, Kathryn Tickell,  Julie Felix, Roy Harper and Roy Wood.
Graham describes their style of music as indie-folk and acoustic-pop. 

Graham Crocker plays lead guitar, mandolin, slide guitar and vocals, he is also Hannah's Dad and  Phil's Father in Law. Hannah Power sings the lead vocals and is  a songwriter. She is also Graham's daughter and Phil's wife. Phil Power is the rhythm guitarist, sings vocals and is a songwriter.  Phil is also Hannah's husband and Graham's Son in Law. 

Phil, Hannah and Graham play at Acoustic Cafe in Launceston
Phil on Guitar, Hannnah on Vocals and Graham on guitar at the Acoustic Cafe in Launceston

 On this occasion they played three of their own songs called "Turn to me", "From the Sun" and "Free Spirit". They also performed their own cover versions of  "Closer to Fine" (Indigo Girls, "Lucy in the Sky" (Beatles), (Which got people singing along with great gusto), Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell), Attention (The Waifs) and 15 Years (The Levellers). 

This was a brilliant selection of  songs and was really appreciated by the audience. I am sure there would have been a lot of dancing and jigging about given a bit of space in the packed out room. There was certainly a lot of foot tapping, and head nodding  going on. This was an excellent performance you gave us and very much enjoyed by all. Thanks  for coming along.


Robbie Ceredig-evans

Robbie is a talented keyboard player and singer from the Penzance area.

Robbie is also a recent new member of the popular local band called "Six is Out"

Jamie Murphy and Robbie Ceredig-Evans play at Jericho's Acoustic Cafe
Jamie accompanies Robbie at the Acoustic Cafe

Robbie has been studying for his music degree at Truro College where he met Jamie and the other members of Six is Out. They were impressed with his musical abilities and was invited to join the group

Robbie performed solo on his cover versions of  "Ain't no sunshine", "High and dry"and "Easy", and then Jamie joined in on guitar for "Human nature", Don't stop the music" and "Free falling"

This was an impressive act by Robbie and Jamie and delighted all of the people in the room. Well done to both of you.

You can see more pictures and read more about Six is Out here

Robin Vizard

Robin Vizard playing guitar and singing at Jerichos
Robin Vizard at Launceston's Acoustic Cafe

Robin Vizard is a singer/songwriter and musician from St Agnes in Cornwall and a bit of a legend down that neck of the woods. Robin appeared on his own this evening but is sometimes accompanied by other musicians performing as  The Robin Vizard Band.

Robin's songs are a mixture of  folky pop and based on a personal view of the irony of everyday life and written with an underlying twist of humour that makes one wonder about ordinary daily events and raises the question, What is the sense of it all?

His songs include titles such as "Easy Come, Easy Go",  "Sadie's a Lady",  "Falling Apart at the Seams", "A Million Ways", "Down All the Days",  "Captain Zero", "Slow Motion", "Doing My Head In", "Bipolar Bear", "Stornaway" and "Puma in the Shed"

Thanks for sharing you unique style of  music with us Robin. It was great to meet you

A brief roundup of the Acoustic Cafe in Liberty House Launceston on 29th July 2010

 This event was extremely well supported by many talented artists covering a wide range of musical styles to suit the varying taste's of the large crowd of people who came to listen.

Mel and voluntary staff served up huge amounts of  Lamb Moussaka and Vegetarian Goulash main course and a choice of Banoffee Pie or Cheese Cake for dessert.

The people who sat upstairs were able to watch and listen to the the acts as they played, via the video camera link which projected  live video feed onto a large screen.  Many people commented on this feature and they all thought it was a brilliant idea. I have to agree.

Jamie Murphy and Mike Osborne
Jamie (event organiser) and Mike (sound technician)

Jamie Murphy did a brilliant job of organising the event and Mike Osborne excelled as usual on the mixing desk. The sound quality upstairs and downstairs was spot on.

The Acoustic Cafe, held at Jericho's on the last Thursday of every month.

This was another wonderful evening of quality entertainment. Thanks to everybody who helped to make this the very successful event  it was.

And a big thank you again to everyone who kindly gave me permission to take photographs and write about it on this website

The next Acoustic Cafe at Jerichos in Launceston is on the Thursday 26th August.

Contact Launceston's Acoustic Cafe on Facebook here

Read more about Liberty House, Jerichos Brasserie and The Acoustic Cafe in Launceston 

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