New EP launch announced
Saturday 13th October at The Pitz, Woughton Centre, Milton Keynes
It’s a not to be missed night at The Pitz, Woughton Centre, Milton Keynes, on Saturday 13th October, as electro folk roots band Togmor launch their new ep ‘Short Stories’.
A welcome return to home turf for this popular band who last played MK in 2006 and just part of a quality triple bill that also includes sets from singer songwriter Stuart O’Connor, a recent support for Ocean Colour Scene and newly returned from touring down-under, and vocalist Lu Cozma accompanied by Steve Askew, formerly guitarist with Kajagoogoo.
Those who caught these acts at the last Togfest Music Festival will know that this eclectic line-up promises to be well worth the £7 ticket price.
Much in evidence on the night will be Togmor’s trademark rocky sound with it’s wide appeal to both fans of Celtic roots music and contemporary folk rock alike.
Electric fiddles and guitars are threaded together with funky melodeon, creative bass lines and inspired drumbeats to create a vibrant mix of powerful modern world rhythms and a twist on the traditional Celtic. Expect a set that interplays ‘prog’ folk/rock with evocative acoustic songs, interwoven along the way with some foot-tapping jigs and reels. Sarah Malleson, ex- Matrix, adds the haunting sound of uilleann pipes here and there as Togmor’s own special guest.
With 19 years and several CD's behind them, Togmor have been playing their own energetic brand of Celtic rock/folk at music venues, arts centres and festivals around the UK and Europe including their own-hosted Togfest Festival in Milton Keynes. They have shared the stage with a wide range of musicians including Lindisfarne, Capercaille, Rock, Salt & Nails, Shoogleniffty, The Oyster Band, Fairport Convention, Ron Kavanagh, Whippersnapper, Kate Rusby and Labbi Siffri to name but a few.
Stuart O’Connor bends a guitar to his will and crafts exquisite songs, mixing folk guitar with modern electronics. His music is gentle, yet powerful and uplifting and is described as quite simply stunning. Riad Abji accompanies on double bass for this evening.
In 2006 with the release of his well-received first solo album, ‘Autonomous Debut’, Stuart took the leap to becoming a full time musician and, before the year was out, had played over 200 shows all over the UK. 2007 has already seen a two month, 52 date tour of Australia and New Zealand, the afore mentioned Ocean Colour Scene support, a further UK tour, winning the Lemonrock.com Single of the week and over 21,500 plays on his MySpace website. Stuart has also sold over 1000 copies of his debut album without management, record label backing or distribution.
Lu Cozma is described as having the folk sultriness and sensitivity of Susanne Vega, the rock 'balls' of PJ Harvey and the pop sensibilities and vocal attitude of Annie Lennox, Lu Cozma is none of these - she's inimitably, distinctively and thankfully... Lu Cozma.
Deftly penning songs that interweave the rootsy genre of folk with the commercial hook of pop, Lu Cozma creates an infusion that is mainstream while retaining the signature sound that is uniquely her own.
Lu's collaboration with guitarist Steve Askew, a founder member of 80’s band Kajagoogoo, has seen the pair tour alongside Hazel O’Connor, and perform at a string of festivals, impressing thousands of new fans, including those at Cumbria's Solfest, and the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Influenced by her father, Lu's determination to express her extraordinary and unique voice came from early memories of watching her father; a folk singer, who performed across the length and breadth of England. It wasn't long before she entered the limelight herself, performing in folk groups, solo projects, on television - even playing at the globally-renowned Mean Fiddler club in London – and all before the age of sixteen.
Along the musical journey, Lu was introduced to Steve who, with five top forty hits under his belt and having been a member of one of the few British bands who 'cracked' both the United States and Japan, had a vast experience and knowledge of the industry, which became an invaluable source of inspiration for Lu.
"We began to write and things quite naturally fitted into place. Steve is as much 'Lu Cozma' as I am”, explains Lu. "He's the composer of the songs, while I'm the lyricist. He helps me progress by totally surprising me with his ideas; feeding and motivating me with music."
Don’t miss a moment of this event which kicks off at 7.30 p.m. Tickets for this musical feast are just £7 and are available now from the Woughton Centre, Milton Keynes. Tel: 01908 660392.
For any further details please contact Linda Rowe on 01908 313413 or 07786 088379