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Gig Review: The Bayshill, Cheltenham, 8th October 

A night of acoustic music (and some electric) took place at Cheltenham's The Bayshill, fast becoming a hot spot for acoustic acts on Wednesday nights.

Courteney Baikie

Tonight's line up opened with Cheltenham's 18 year old Courteney Baikie, who treated us to a set of her own songs and some well known covers. Her smooth, soulful voice easily dispatched classics from Amy Winehouse and more recent hits from the likes of Imagine Dragons. With one finger on the pulse and an eye on the past, it was a thoroughly enjoyable set.

Check out a video of Courteney performing her own song Stupid Love

Next we had a fingerpicking and looping masterclass from David Waddington, easily one of the best guitarists we've seen. Again, a nice blend of originals and covers, my highlight was his set closer Moved.

Check out David's song Moved


Rob Lane

Birmingham's Rob lane continued the high quality musicianship with a mix of acoustic fingerpicking and
 strumming, coupled with catchy choruses. Perfect for this venue, his song Very Own Way showcased his talents

Watch Rob perform Very Own Way

Closing the evening were local band and hosts The Drawing of the Three, who left their acoustic guitars at home this month, and brought some electric guitars to the party instead! With their bass player just having recovered from a broken wrist, their set was hurriedly put together in only one rehearsal. Their set featured regulars Broken Walls, Ashes and Fear of Flying - tonight with added effects and distortion more akin to their studio recordings. The band have also been spending a lot of time listening to BBC 6 Music, evidenced by their choice of covers. A blast through Johnny Marr's new track Easy Money, Alt-J's Left Hand Free (particularly relevant to bass player Dave) and reverb heavy Ryan Adams' Gimme Something Good - went down a storm.

Watch the band cover Ryan Adams Gimme Something Good

If you missed it this time round, check out this monthly night (held the second Wednesday of the month at The Bayshill Cheltenham) on its return Wednesday 12th November. Then we'll be feasting on the likes of Alex Petrie (Stressechoes) and Vince Freeman (BBC1's The Voice).

Listen to 'Broken Walls'

Broken Walls

by The Drawing of the Three

Debut album released 18th November 2013. Recorded by Andy Rowland at Gatehouse Studios. Mastered by Andy 'Hippy' Baldwin at Metropolis London.

“Built upon catchy riffs, strong bass lines and some thought provoking lyrics Broken Walls is as good an album as you’ll hear from any artist this year” evilkev.tumblr.com

“They manage to draw influence from bands like the Pixies and Radiohead without sounding overtly like either” danielbase.tumblr.com

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  2. 2 £0.79 Three Words 03:09
  3. 3 Free God is in the TV 02:50
  4. 4 £0.79 This City 03:38
  5. 5 £0.79 No Change Girl 02:43
  6. 6 £0.79 Broken Walls 05:03
  7. 7 £0.79 Modern Life 03:31
  8. 8 £0.79 Ashes 04:00
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