Please join us this Friday, August 21 for a TransAtlantic Songwriter’s Round. This will be feature Eric Sommer and Maggie Monroe from North Carolina, USA. London’s Daisy Chute and Lucinda Sieger, both from London, UK , will hold up the British end!
The event, dubbed “The TransAtlantic Songwriter’s Round” will be streamed LIVE! It will come from London. The Program will begin at 2:30 EST on the East Coast and 7:30 pm in London on British time. This is a collaboration between Daisy Chute, a London musician, and multi-instrumentalist, and Eric Sommer, a Roots Americana Musician, Singer, and North Carolina Poet.
The Line Up is Alphabetical, times are in British Standard Time (BST) and in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
7:30 – 8:00pm • British Standard Time | 2:30-3:00pm • Eastern Standard Time
This London-based multi-instrumentalist and performer, composer and producer is our Host in the UK; she is involved in Theatre, Performance and
8:00 – 8:30pm • British Standard Time | 3:00 – 3:30pm • Eastern Standard Time
Maggie is a 16 yr old Country singer and writer from the hills of High Point, North Carolina
8:30 – 9:00 pm • British Standard Time | 3:30 – 4:00 pm • Eastern Standard Time
Lucinda (Lucy) is a singer, Illustrator, and Host of “Lucy’s Lounge” held monthly at Bloomsbury Tavern, UK
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm • British Standard Time | 4:00 – 4:30 pm • Eastern Standard Time
Eric is a singer, bandleader, and Host of the TransAtlantic Writer’s Round in the USA, based in North Carolina’s Piedmont area, which is near Chapel Hill and the Raleigh/Durham Triangle.
The TransAtlantic Songwriter’s Round is the first collaboration between these wonderful artists and represents an eloquent and thoughtful perspective on Country, British Folk and Texas Blues, brought together via the wonders of electronica and obedient electrons, transmitting packets and streams of coolness across the North Atlantic Ocean.
As soon as we have the link set up, we will post it at Eric Sommer Music.
Eric Sommer is a singer, performer, rambler, Texas Blues player, and one of the finest touring guitar players in the land. and with Eric Sommer, you’ll get to see something special: Eric Sommer on stage, singin’ an’ guitarin’ like no tomorrow!
He’s been everywhere and this Texas Blues player has done just about everything: Tours with Nick Lowe, Steve Earl, David Bromberg, and British Pop icons Wreckless Eric and Bram Tschicovsky plus, as the frontman for the ATOMICS, Eric guided the band through three national tours with Mission of Burma, Gang of Four and The Dead Kennedys – putting the ATOMICS squarely in the center of the Post Punk and New Wave cyclone… droppin’ that Texas blues player right into the ix!
This Texas blues player and songwriter has moved decisively into the red-hot center of the Americana Acoustic/Indie Scene with four brilliant records and international tours – an established artist in Texas, Chicago and Chapel Hill, this creative musical powerhouse is well worth the price of admission – whatever it may be!
Share the new record “TURNING POINT” on your playlists and check-in at www.ericsommer.com • Merch, Schwag and CD’s plus downloads all available at www.ericsommer.com!
“How do you call this sidekick to unique personalities ranging from Nick Lowe to John Koerner an underachiever? This multi-instrumentalist bad boy could easily be a superstar in his own right…” Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL
“Eric Sommer is an astounding guitar player, a virtuoso on acoustic and electric… Eric has worked with everybody who is anybody; His resume’ reads like a musical encyclopedia…” Nashville Music Reviews, Don & Sherry’s Blog
“It’s a wonderful evening whenever Eric Sommer is part of it… Not to be missed!” Austin Record, Steve Barron
CityBeat/Best of Cincinnati
Singer/songwriter and touring guitar player Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.
Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene with a vengeance, a Folk-Rock guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt, and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national touring acts and regular bookings – over 40 appearances – at the renowned Paradise Theatre.
Sommer eventually relocated to Europe where he scored tours with Bram Tchaikovsky, Wreckless Eric and Nick Lowe, calling Aarhus, Denmark, and a houseboat off the Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, home for a while. After honing his personal songwriting style and playing every conceivable club as a touring guitar player on the European circuit, Sommer returned to Boston homeless and broke.
Power Pop and The Atomics
Living on the streets and in abandoned squats, Sommer played every available open mic and picked up guitar tips from David Landau and Gary Burton/Steve Howe sideman Mick Goodrick, which led to the formation of a trio called The Atomics, which offered up an American version of Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Nick Lowe during its run. While The Atomics toured relentlessly and shared the bill with the Dead Kennedys and Gang of Four and became one of Boston’s best local New Wave outfits, Sommer was finding constant inspiration in the works of Jeff Beck, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, and Charlie Christian.
With The Atomics’ dissolution, Sommer’s wanderlust took him to New York, as a touring guitar player, Atlanta and finally the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he founded the Georgetown Film Festival and embarked on a phase of independent film scoring. Since then, Sommer has been a troubadour with no fixed address, and playing well over 250 gigs a year, slowing down just long enough to record a handful of brilliant albums, including Rainy Day Karma with his band, Solar Flares, and his latest solo effort, Brooklyn Bolero.
The Future is Sparkling…
If there’s any lingering doubt about Sommer’s supernatural versatility, consider that he’s shared the bill with Old 97’s, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, Bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas, Mates of State, Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Built to Spill. Whether in band or one-man form (which nakedly showcases his amazing acoustic Blues guitar stylings), Sommer is a living history of contemporary music and a musical force of nature.