Ever since we first opened our doors to The Buttercup Cafe we seem to have attracted a stream of exceptionally talented local musicians. Lucky, lucky us and lucky, lucky Lewes. At the moment we have several young, up and coming musicians working with us in the cafe and we wanted to tell you about them.
Zoe Brownrigg is a folk singer and songwriter who’s just been interviewed for the back page of this month’s Sussex Life. She’s been signed by Lewes’ own Union Record Label and you can hear a sample of her impressive debut E.P. Not Once Did I See Your Face on the Union Music Store.
Maisie Ashford is a jazz tinged folk singer and songwriter. You can hear her (and Zoe) play on Sunday 12th February at Ouch! Music Cafe on Preston Street, Brighton. Maisie has quite some voice; listen to her song Baking Scones. Amazing!
Jasper Llewellyn plays banjo in the brilliant, Southern-style The Ouse Valley Three. You might have seen them kicking up a storm in the precinct in Lewes. They are a folk and country band to watch out for. They’re young and very talented. Have a listen to them play; their version of Rawhide is sure to make you smile.
Michi (our superhero helper who flies in to assist in any Buttercup crisis) plays fiddle for So Last Century String Band. You can catch them performing over coming months at various Lewes pubs and events.
Then we have our talented cafe friends and regulars. The lovely Stella Homewood, Jaime Regan, Matthew Bird (Small Shipwrecks), Marvellous Martin (celebrated drummer for the likes of Marianne Faithful, Billy Bragg and more), Peter of Ska Toons fame, Joe Behrmann, The Stanza Singing Group and Atlantics (who’ve been supporting The Kooks on tour recently). We couldn’t ask for a more inspirational, musical muddle of friends to keep our feet tapping and hips swaying in The Buttercup kitchen!
We want to include a special mention for Santi – who many of you will remember as the exceptional Spanish guitar player who took up residence in our yard for a summer or two. He made us all feel like we were living in an Almodovar film. Sadly he’s returned home and we still miss him and his music.
Happy listening to all these talented musicians. We’re off to get our maracas out now!