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Songs from the intimate setting of the DeBarras Sitting Room w/ HOST

& Special Guests: Samuel Vas-Y  & Will McNichol (UK)

<b>Samuel Vas-Y </b>

“Samuel’s music has been described as “an illustrative experience.”* The self-proclaimed singer song scribbler has a “lyrical style that seems to have his tongue slightly in his cheek. This isn’t another ‘oh poor me’ singer song-writer, Samuel let’s his quirks show and this sets him apart. Clever humour and lustrous lyrics”** are enveloped with a “minimal set-up and dreamy confident tone”. Different instruments are weaved into the songs, however, no piece ever becomes cluttered. Melodies are trusted to speak for themselves and simplicity is key.” nessymon.com and notverywise.com

“It’s hard to remember being as satisfied by recorded music as I was when listening to that Samuel Vas-Y album. […] It feels like actively engaging with music again”*** His music has been reviewed and blogged by an interesting variety of people, from fencers to drag queen, Panti. It attracts people from all sorts of backgrounds, there is not 1 particular type at his concerts. Serge Gainsbourg, Devendra Banhart, Prince, Kila & Oki, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Elvis, Andre 3000 have all inspired Samuel and his music. goldenplec.com

“We started Sunday with unique talent Samuel Vas-Y, a solo artist who switches between languages, plays the guitar and sings songs about his dog. He is a gem of a find, affable, talented, and he wears a jumper well.” Chasseur Magazine

Self-described Singer Song Scribbler Samuel Vas-Y began life in France but uses Dublin as his homebase, picking up influences from both and a lot in between. On his most recent album, “Tickly Teeth,” Samuel presents a playful blend of familiar and foreign, with little touches of Serge Gainsbourg and Jeff Buckley popping out of the mix. ~ Irene Trudel / WFMU

<b>Will McNichol</b>

a little about Will McNicol
Will began playing guitar at the age of six, and has since gone on to become UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and a Fellow of Trinity College London for his playing and compositions. In 2014 Acoustic Guitar Magazine included Will in their list of 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world. He has released three albums of original material, and has gigged up and down the UK; whether it be headlining his own solo shows, or supporting artists from Pierre Bensusan and Martin Simpson to Mumford & Sons. Will’s music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and he has developed his own unique sound, with Celtic folk being the underlying inspiration behind a large majority of his own pieces. His performances have been described as “beautifully flawless”, as he swaps between nylon and steel string guitars to show the sheer variety of tone guitars can offer.

Will is also an in-demand tutor and has given workshops at festivals including The Ullapool Guitar festival and will be heading up the International Guitar Festival’s Advanced Fingerstyle Course. He is a visiting guitar tutor at The Academy of Contemporary Music’s Regional Centre in Bournemouth, Bryanston School, and Yarrells School both in Dorset.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s worldwide “30 Great Guitarists Under 30” (2014)

Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011)

Fellow of Trinity College London in Guitar Recital (2011)

Licentiate of Trinity College London in Guitar Recital (2009)

Bournemouth Advanced String Player of the Year (2007)

Bournemouth Young Musician of the Year – Runner Up (2007)
some quotes
“at once soothing and uplifting … exceptional” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“flawless” – Guitarist Magazine

“absolutely wonderful” – Stuart Ryan, Guitar Techniques Columnist

“beautiful” – Tristan Seume, Guitarist Columnist

“lovely playing, delightful compositions” – Gordon Giltrap


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