Ba­boo brings his bal­lads of ex­pe­ri­ence and imag­i­na­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Approach At Primary - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Singer Sweet Ba­boo is set to charm Ash­ford at a gig next month.

Welsh­man Stephen Black will per­form at Rev­e­la­tion St Mary’s af­ter the launch of his fifth al­bum, The Boombox Bal­lads, re­leased in Au­gust on Moshi Moshi records.

His ap­pear­ance on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2, will not be his first at the town cen­tre venue, hav­ing pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated with Cate le Bon and Gruff Rhys.

Black, or Sweet Ba­boo as he is known, pos­sesses an ear for a sparkling melody and has a gift for a deft lyri­cal turn – from darkly funny, to ten­der, to de­li­ciously self-deprecating.

His ear­li­est mu­si­cal in­flu­ences were fel­low Welsh mu­si­cians such as Su­per Furry An­i­mals and Gorky’s Zy­gotic Mynci.

Later in­flu­ences have in­cluded the Beach Boys and Jonathan Rich­man. His third al­bum, I’m A Dancer/Songs about Sleepin’, was nom­i­nated for the first Welsh Mu­sic Prize in 2011.

His next al­bum, Ships, was re­leased in April 2013 and was fol­lowed by his first head­lin­ing tour in the UK.

Sweet Ba­boo toured again in 2014, and the record was nom­i­nated for the Welsh Mu­sic Prize in 2013.

He has also per­formed at fes­ti­vals such as Glastonbury, Green Man and Lat­i­tude.

The Boombox Bal­lads is a so­phis­ti­cated pop al­bum, in­flu­enced by the likes of Harry Nils­son and Dennis Wil­son.

It is rich with string-laden ar­range­ments and lyrics culled from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and res­onat­ing with do­mes­tic­ity, imag­i­na­tion and wit.

Char­lotte Burke, gen­eral man­ager at Rev­e­la­tion St Mary’s, said: “This prom­ises to be a de­light­ful evening of in­spir­ing mu­sic-mak­ing from this cre­ative and orig­i­nal artist.

“St Mary’s church, in the cen­tre of Ash­ford, is the per­fect acous­tic to hear him and, with a rea­son­ably-priced bar in the venue and ad­vance tick­ets at just £10, we can prom­ise you a great night out.”

The gig on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2 will start at 7.45pm.

Doors will open at 7pm, and tick­ets cost £12 for adults, or £8 for un­der 16s. Ad­vanced tick­ets can be pur­chased at www. rev­e­la­tion­st­ at £10 and £6.

For more ‘What’s On’ sto­ries see pages 30 and 31.

Welsh singer Stephen Black, aka Sweet Ba­boo

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