Substance

Sun Jul 10th 2022
Substance presents Hair of the Dog
The Spice of Life
6 Moor Street Soho London W1D 5NA
Doors:6.00pm Admission:£7 in advance /£9 OTD

Helene Greenwood
Helene Greenwood
Helene Greenwood is a London based singer and composer. She was born in Dover, with a view of Dover Castle from her bedroom window. She started composing at the age of 10, and one of her earliest memories was playing along with thunderstorms.

She studied composition with John Woolrich. He said that "music is made from hundreds of pebbles, and that each pebble has a different idea, and every pebble needs a special colour and quality to it."

Her first album "Collectable You" was recorded with a beautiful band in the spirit of narrative folk and jazz, recording the album in a week. Martin Townsend in his review in the Sunday Express said "One to watch."

Her second album, to be released later in 2015, explores the ethereal moments of beauty in the domestic environment, singing from inside a crystal vase and gazing at the reflections of kitchen units. She journeys outside gazing in wonder at the beach, and from inside the moon, in a state of awe, like an alien. She visits a visionary psychic, Madame Marina, who lives in an empty house perched on the cliff edge.

Bryony Lloyd
Singer songwriter ....

Andre Tajchman
Andre Tajchman
Singer/ songwriter

Duncan Spencer
Duncan Spencer
Raised by a music-obsessed father (and a patient mother) who transformed the family’s spare room with a 3,000-strong record collection, it is hardly a surprise that Duncan Spencer’s music is a melting pot of genres and influences. He sings of heartbreak and hope, of hardship and history and wraps it in the best of Indie, folk and rock.

Although he cites Tom Waits and Nick Cave as key influences, Duncan Spencer’s literate songwriting is perfectly suited for modern times. Since making his official debut in 2019, he has been steadily gaining acclaim for his intricate storytelling and expertly crafted songs. His latest track Serafina is a perfect example of what makes the young writer so special.

Inspired by our recent ‘return to normal,’ the song is a reminder of the connection and excitement we’ve all been missing. “The song is inspired by a late night walk in London,” Duncan says. “Passing by the pubs, you could see the manifestation of months of loneliness and lack of intimacy forced on many. You could feel the high levels of infatuation. It was like people had months’ worth of oxytocin coming out in one hit.

While we’re not fully back to normal, ‘Serafina’ perfectly expresses the thrill of romance and seduction. It is an instantly memorable track from a songwriter with an uncanny ability to speak to the absurdity of the modern era

Matteo Palmieri
Matteo Palmieri
Matteo Palmieri is an emerging singer/songwriter and performer, currently working on original unreleased songs.

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