We are very excited to welcome three very talented musicians to our first ever Plant Fest this Saturday (28th April). The event will take place at our Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary garden centre (opposite Westpoint).
This FREE event will include a host of activities (see the full programme here) including live music.
Exmouth-based indie folk/country rock singer/songwriter Pete Falloon launched his debut album Reed In The River in 2016. He’s supported Britpop legends Dodgy, and UK funk heroes The Blockheads as well as folk acts like Ruarri Joseph, Harbottle & Jonas and Pete Morton. Pete was also nominated for 2017 Best Folk/Acoustic Act in the Radio Wigwam international Online Radio Awards from over 1200 acts. BBC Introducing In Devon said of his live session “Beautiful vocals, haunting, heartfelt lyrics and just exceptionally constructed songs…WOW!”.
The album has received great reviews and widespread radio play from the UK, USA, Netherlands and Canada.
Chris Hawkins has given Lay Down In The Morning Light several plays on BBC Radio 6, saying of the track: “As beautiful as they come.. proper craftsmanship songwriting.. Simon & Garfunkel meets the Byrds.. capturing daybreak quite perfectly”.
Phil Cooper is a contemporary singer/songwriter who has earned excellent reviews from the national press, with his thought provoking songwriting and energetic live performances drawing comparisons to Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook and Ben Folds.
During his live shows, he makes a real connection with the crowd, whether it’s handing out dozens of egg shakers, or passing around his “doodle book” for the audience to draw in. Every now and then you’ll catch him unplugging his guitar and shunning the stage to stand right in among the captivated audience.
2016 saw Phil turning his back on his life in executive management (he was Technical Director for an internet company) and plunge head first into a fully professional music career with the help of a brand new album, “Things I’ll Never Say”.
“One to see live, Definitely” – R2 Magazine
“Quite possibly the most brilliant singer-songwriter you don’t know about and shouldn’t miss” – Jamsphere Blog
The music of former Smoke Feathers singer Matthew Falloon has been compared to Paul Simon and Jackson Browne by Uncut magazine. His songwriting is praised as “exceptional” by Maverick magazine, and BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long says he is “brilliant”. His new album Do No Harm has been championed by BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins and was named best album of the year so far by “The Very Thing” blogger Simon Rickards. An accomplished guitarist and singer, Matthew has performed live on national TV and radio, toured the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Matthew has also played live with Dodgy, Natty, Shura, Blue Rose Code, Hiatus, Samantha Whates and Charlene Soraia. Matthew is an all round talented musician who also plays mandolin, bass and pedal steel with The Orange Circus.
All of this live music will be free to listen to. So sit back, grab a bite from our BBQ and enjoy the entertainment.