Sun Mar 11th 2018
Substance presents Hair of the Dog
The Spice of Life
6 Moor Street Soho London WD1 5NA
Doors:6.00pm Admission:£5 OTD

Dariush Kanani
Dariush Kanani
“Beautiful clean guitar tones with intricate arrangements and a magical voice are the powerful ingredients for Dariush’s music ... I’m jealous!!!” - Stefan Grossman.

Dariush’s powerhouse, percussive, ba ck slap' guitar technique and solid grooves are reminiscent of a young John Martyn. Coupled with an ethereal voice that evokes shades of John Mayer, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Michael Jackson, his sound is deeply soulful. A consummate musician, his songs skilfully combine pop, folk, soul and jazz into a style that is truly his own.

Dariush has studied guitar with fingerpicking guitar virtuosos, Stefan Gross-man and John Renbourn and supported Grossman by his request on his sell out tour of the UK last year. He has also played frequently alongside British guitar legend, Wizz Jones and will appear at a special tribute concert for the late John Renbourn this September at Cecil Sharp House in London along-side Jacqui McShee, Ralph McTell, Bernard Butler,Graham Coxan and more.

In 2015 Dariush was invited by Wizz Jones to play alongside him at The

Good Life Experience festival in a musical tribute to the late, great John Renbourn. The festival was founded and hosted by BBC presenter/musician, Cerys Matthews

Marle Thomson
Marle Thomson
“Thomson demonstrates that rare type of dedication to authenticity, focusing inwards to find the right balance of sound and spirit and delivering it outwards with passion and care.”
Music Week (UK)

Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands Marle Thomson is a singer and songwriter, influenced by indie pop, neo-soul and jazz. Brought up in a musical family she started to play the violin at a young age and joined the gospel choir in church. After high school Marle was accepted at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, to study vocal jazz. During her studies she won the Jazz Talent Foundation award (Mathilde Santing Award). She further honed her skills by taking vocal classes in New York City.

In February 2016, Marle launched her first EP called ‘THE CANOPY’. The title of this EP symbolizes the writing process and the layers in the songs.

After a year of many shows and media coverage, Marle launched a new single in February 2017, entitled 'Satellites’. An unprecedented, striking song written, recorded and produced by Marle herself. The track was immediately picked up by blogs like Music Week (UK), Guestlist (UK) and Clash Magazine (UK).

In May 2017, 'THE CANOPY - ACOUSTIC’ literally continued where the The Canopy EP left of. On the album, some of the songs that have already been released have been completely stripped down and recorded with just a guitar and Marle’s voice to get closer to the essence of the songs

George Boomsma
George Boomsma
George Boomsma is a progressive folk musician from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. George's effortless vocals and sensitive guitar playing evoke an intimate atmosphere that silences even the rowdiest of crowds.

George released his debut self-titled debut album in summer 2016 which he is currently touring through out the UK and Europe.

He has supported artists such as 'Natty', 'The Travelling Band' and 'Skinny Lister', been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing stage.

George is a classically trained musician having received a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Manchester. He also has a keen passion for production having recieved a Masters Degree in Sound Design from the University of York.

"If it were possible for Nick Drake and Thom Yorke to collaborate, it might sound something like this."

James Robins, Fresh On The Net

"It was a great pleasure George. I really enjoyed your music."

Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Songs of exquisite beauty, with a voice that could melt ice caps... gorgeous stuff."

Bob Fischer, BBC Tees

"Simply stunning."

Jericho Keys, BBC York

"A charming collection of sweet melodies and sincere vocals that will serenade away your worries."

NEVolume Magazine

Dana's a singer-songwriter from Switzerland who recently moved to London to study music. She had great success with her first EP and has been touring throughout the whole of Switzerland and Germany in the last few years. After having been on stage with her five piece band back home, Dana is now playing intimate solo shows here in London, singing and accompanying herself on the guitar.

Richard Lucas
Richard Lucas
London based Soulful Singer/Songwriter

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