Adam Cleaver is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter gearing up to release his first, highly anticipated EP ‘Boxed & Braised’ at the Sebright Arms this Saturday 21 June.
There is a great buzz around Adam at the moment. He was recently reviewed on Supajam and Amazing Radio and has been featured on John Kennedy’s XFM Xposure show.
Adam is a East London-based folk influenced musician and alongside producer Matt Harris of Veta Records, has developed a melodious sound. Adam is refreshingly unpretentious, movingly poignant; his arrangements in both voice and melody are finely tuned and matured, with a slight delicacy to some of the songs. Boxed & Braised is an EP filled with delicate rich vocals, enchanting lyrics and acoustic guitar. Each track emerges casually and confidently, with a smooth blending of Adam’s influences.
Adam has spent the last 12 months on the open mic circuit in London working on his growing catalogue of material. It was early during his open mic performances at The Hideaway in Tufnell Park that Adam met Matt Harris, Veta Records and set about working together on a debut EP that would allow Adam to realise some of the more larger scale influences on his writing like Jackson C Frank, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty and Other Lives. Adam began performing shows with a full band in early 2014 and has played the Lock Tavern, The Elgin, The Garage and various other key venues drawing a crowd each time.
2014 is set to be a whirlwind year for Adam.
London-based HAWK have been described as everything from alt-pop to dark folk. Julie, Matt, Chris, and Sam hail from various corners of the UK and Ireland. Their sound has been described by Subba Culture as a “fusion of ambience and power, fronted by a soaring, crackling vocal”.
Lead singer Julie Hawk who has been described as “a bit of the Bjorkside of brilliant bonkers” (Artrocker), began collaborating with Matt Harris, as a solo project in 2012. After a year of garnering plaudits on the acoustic scene, the band gained support from DJs such as Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson (BBC6Music). The pair joined with Sam and Chris to form HAWK, adding new edge and expansion to their sound, while retaining the detail and delicacy of their acoustic roots.