No Coward Soul + Lisa Redford, Green Note, London, 4th December 2018

This was a tremendous double helping of diverse roots music at the cosy Camden Town venue often featured – and always warmly praised – on this website. If you triangulate Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show and Turnpike Troubadours, then the sweet point in the middle could be No Coward Soul. Relatively new as a band with the current line up (which is Brad Schmauss – Lead vocal, Mandolin and Guitar, Egg Phillips – backing vocal, harmonica; Martin Gray – backing vocal, guitars; Jules Clement Smith – Bass Guitar; Sam Kinsey – Drums), the roots were laid some five years ago when Schmauss and Gray started up as a duo. The band all have full time jobs outside their music so have an extra challenge in crafting such accomplished music and performing so slickly. They are primarily British with the notable exception of front man Schmauss who made the quirky relocation from Alaska to South London; a trade off of tundra for musical opportunity. Continue reading “No Coward Soul + Lisa Redford, Green Note, London, 4th December 2018”