Chelsea might lift the cup

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IN spite of the name, Chelsea Alice Scott is an acoustic singer/songwriter based in Sheffield making music that covers a variety of “real life stories and emotions”.

In fact, she is no stranger to telling her audience about the stories behind her songs – as punters at her debut EP launch at Costa Coffee’s Division Street branch will discover on February 5.

Chelsea first revealed her love of the stage via various Crucible productions. As she got older she realised singing was something she wanted to do more of and in the summer of 2009 taught herself guitar and began writing songs.

“Music is all about telling my stories and helping people feel good about themselves,” she says.

“I love to sing but I also love that music is a vehicle for me to influence people and shine a little light on situations I’ve come through.”

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Are you Shed-y for this?

FOLK circuit raiders Something Nasty In The Woodshed show their festival-slaying credentials in the compact surrounds of The Greystones ‘Backroom’ this Saturday.

Traditional music with a difference and with a foot firmly in the rock and folk camps, the Lincolnshire lot tender a mix of self-penned storybook songs and revamped traditional themes.  

“They take the jigs and reels from the attic of their ancestors and plug them into the national grid,” says local promoter Mark Scott.

“With songs of the military and industry, Jacobean derring-do and seagoing grief, they bring a refreshing blast of tempo and rhythm to the folk traditions of the British Isles.”

Expect the potent mix of drum-driven electric and acoustic instruments with the emotive sound of the Highland bagpipes and humour that has filled three albums, including the recent Quistrium’s Revenge.

“When I first heard them, the hairs went up on my arms and the back of my neck and then a massive grin spread across my face. At full pelt, they are an impressive and unique force,” adds Mark.

Eagles have jazz landed

SAXY beats Partikel blame an ear infection that struck their sound engineer for delaying their second album.

On the record, Cohesion, brothers Duncan and Sam Eagles and Max Luthert trip the musical spectrum from North African and Latin American through jazz, funk and classical music, bonded by soulful melodies and a virtuosic band sound and energy.

Having developed material over 18 months on the road, Partikel arrive match-fit for the start of their album launch tour at The Lescar next Wednesday.