Joseph Brill , Old Sea Brigade and Tom Joshua to play Mad Hatters in August.
Representing London, Nashville and Teeside, the Then There Were Three tour brings a triple-header of emerging singer-songwriters to North Scotland.
Tom Joshua, with a folk heart, lays strong emphasis on his observations on life, quoting Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens and Damien Rice as his influences. “The Tom Joshua sound..” he explained in an interview “is not down one line, some songs come out sounding like Disney because it’s there in your head from way back but then sometimes they come out a bit dark because I listened to a lot of emo growing up as well. You’re kind of like the sum of everything you’ve ever listened to”.
London based Joseph Brill was originally frontman for heavy rock outfit Burning Beard. He has found himself described as “a haunted, whisky-assisted songwriter exiting in the same dystopian wilderness as Nick Cave or Sparklehorse” and drawing similarities to John Grant and Father John Misty. His new Ep ‘I’m Not Alright’ was released in July an boasts 80’s sensibilities, warm baritone timbre and soul-bearing intimacy and sonic intensity.
In the top twenty “Best Folk Songs of 2017 So Far” on Amazon, Old Sea Brigade hails from Nashville. His sophomore EP “Wash Me Away ” earned praise from Clash who described it as “Gorgeous, meditative songwriting… able to nail the complex nuances of emotion in a single line”