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Flossie Malavialle Live! Recorded June 2018

Flossie Malavialle is a French-born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. She is an accomplished performer playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK. In June 2018 Heathcote Studio recorded her first Live album in a friends living room in front of a group of fans. The audience had a great time, Flossie really enjoyed herself and the recording all went according to plan.  A week after the recording Flossie joined Bill in his studio and mixed and mastered the album. There was no need to add any overdubs – just a few edits here and there. Her CD (called LIVE!), is her 13th album and is available for sale from her website here

“A massive thanks to Bill for setting up the day before the gig and for being such a star on the day itself, making things both smooth and reassuring for everyone present!”

Flossie Malavialle June 3rd, 2018

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Tony Wilson Recorded November 2019

Tony Wilson Recorded November 2019

Tony Wilson is a singer songwriter, storyteller, writer and musician and coincidentally also comes from the North East of England.

Tony has travelled the world performing either as a folk singer songwriter or as a story teller.

Tony was recorded in November 2019 at a friends house in Leamington Spa. Most of the songs performed were his own compositions and most had a good strong chorus for his audience to sing along. He has been a professional musician for many years and is used to performing at the highest level. This was Tony’s first live album.

Tony played a variety of instruments on the night including a couple of acoustic guitars, a 5 string banjo, a concertina and a mandola.

After the recording Tony said

“Bill made the whole process so easy and comfortable with such a professional air to getting what was, uniquely, right for me and the room. I had nothing but the greatest confidence in his ear and experience. I believe his being a musician gave him a sympathetic attitude and approach. The end results were first rate.” Tony Wilson

Tony’s new website is still under development but it can be found at

tonywilsonfolksinger.co.uk

Review from www.livingtradition.co.uk

For Tony Wilson’s CD A Definite Parallax
Recorded LIVE by Heathcote Studio

My dictionary defines a parallax as “when an object appears to change its position because the person or instrument observing it has changed their position”. Very helpful. This helps explains the theme of Tony’s album, where he looks at many of the experiences in his now longish life, with new eyes, in this retrospective of 15 tracks that are entirely his compositions, written over his 50+ years of experience as a musician and storyteller, and recorded live in November 2019. A couple of those songs though were only days old here, when he performed them to an enthusiastic audience, some of whom were apparently hearing his music for the first time. South Shields-born Tony then throws in an obscure local traditional song, The Newcastle China Metal Garland, as an (unlisted) bonus track. My dictionary (again) defines china metal as “Shale baked to a hard, white, coarse, porcellaneous substance”, and Tony helpfully explains just that.

Indeed, I liked his explanations and his patter a lot: he comes over as a warm, enthusiastic and sincere guy. And an über talented one. He has dazzling multi-instrumental skills, and a voice most of us would happily kill for. His diction is great, thus there’s no need for lyric sheets.

Two of the tracks stood out. His banjo medley The Voice At The Letterbox/Jim’s Jig was a tour-de-force, and the phenomenal brio which he brings to the vocals of Still Got My Tomorrows, and that infectious driving guitar of his, is truly something to behold.

Dai Woosnam

This review appeared in Issue 136 of The Living Tradition magazine www.livingtradition.co.uk/webrevs/ltcd9265.htm