He's only 19 years old, but when George Ezra sings he sounds like an old soul. That's less surprising when he reveals that his earliest influences were Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, later followed by Tom Waits.
This astonishingly confident and accomplished singer songwriter and guitarist from Bristol – with tones and style reminiscent of Ruarri Joseph – is heading further West next week on a mini-tour of Cornwall.
George has created a batch of songs that have already received plaudits at Radio One, 6Music and XFM, leading to him sharing a stage with rising stars Lianne La Havas, Tom Odell and Laura Mvula.
He is currently writing and recording his debut album and the Cornish dates offer an opportunity to see a future great in intimate surroundings.
George Ezra plays Toast, Falmouth, on Tuesday, April 30; Cafe Irie, Newquay, on Wednesday, May 1; The Taphouse, St Agnes, on Thursday, May 2; and he is supporting Brother and Bones at the B-Side at Bunters Bar in Truro on Friday, May 3.
Husband-and-wife duo make a top folk team
There's a rare chance to see husband and wife Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, winners of the Best Duo Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, live on stage when they play the Old Chapel in Calstock tonight and tomorrow. Among the UK folk scene's most accomplished performers, the pair, who live at Horrabridge on the edge of Dartmoor, have graced stages the world over in a number of collaborations but it's as a duo that they truly excel. Kathryn's crystal vocals and deft keyboard skills and Sean's sublime guitar-work compliment each other perfectly. Hear them perform tracks from their much-acclaimed recent album Hidden People.
Double treat as Andrew supports his hero Paul
There's a treat of a double bill in store when Irish artist Paul Brady – singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – graces the stage at Exeter Corn Exchange on Wednesday, May 1. Not only will Paul be singing some of the great traditional ballads along with an eclectic 40-year back catalogue, but his support act is award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Andrew James O'Brien, who cites Paul as a huge influence.