6 reasons to be in Urban Coffee this Sunday

If you like discovering fresh new musical talent in Birmingham and like some pretty awesome coffee too, well Songwriter Sunday is for you.

This Sunday is the second installment of what will be a monthly series at Church Street where local artists of all ages come together and perform their songs live.

This week we interviewed Ian Rooke and Loz Kingsley the organisers of Songwriter Sundays and owners of Fingerprint Music.

1.What is Songwriter Sunday?

The idea behind the event is to celebrate the best in songwriting talent from around the Midlands. Songwriters are invited to perform original compositions in a stylish, relaxed atmosphere in front of a supportive audience. It is a regular monthly event.

2.How did you get started in music?

I started playing the guitar with friends at school and was also self taught. He has played as a multi-instrumentalist in many duos and bands since.

3. You played in bands from Rock and Blues, swing and country, Which artists in particular are you most influenced by?

Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen, John Prine.

4. Which artist do you have in your ipod right now?

The Decemberists, Norah Jones, Iron and Wine, Tom Waits.

5.What more can be done in Birmingham to support local artists?

More investment is needed in terms of time, money and resources by local council, local business and local venues in nurturing new talent, rather than taking the safe option of always putting on established artists. A better balance is required between the up and coming and the those who have already made a name for themselves.

6.What can we expect from Song Writer Sunday on…um Sunday?

A diverse mixture of different genres of music, performed by a variety of artistes of different ages. Great songs, great singing, great company, great coffee !

What more do you think can be done to support local artists in Birmingham? Please leave your comments below or tell us on Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to seeing you there.



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