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Thu, 04 Jan



Shereef / Tom Emlyn / Epileptic Lizards

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Shereef / Tom Emlyn / Epileptic Lizards
Shereef / Tom Emlyn / Epileptic Lizards

Time & Location

04 Jan 2024, 19:30

Newport, 14 High St, Newport NP20 1FW, UK

About the event

Shereef is an acclaimed and celebrated singer-songwriter hailing from Cardiff, Wales.

After receiving a Masters Degree in Songwriting and Production in association with the Libertino Records Award for Excellence from the University of South Wales, Shereef’s final major project managed to gain so much industry praise that it subsequently led to a demand from some of Wales’ leading industry figures for the work to be released and performed live.

Within the space of just a few months of performing his work to a live audience, Shereef managed to catch the attention of just about every small venue promoter and pretty much everyone working in music in Cardiff and surrounding areas.

His lyrics are often spoken of in the same context as music legends such as Bob Dylan and Eminem with his song structures and productions leaning towards styles reminiscent of The Beatles. His delivery at live shows hint towards the likes of Elliott Smith and Kurt Cobain with his vocals sounding as if they’ve been pulled directly from a 1930s Robert Johnson record.

Celebrated by the likes of Gruff Owen (Libertino Records), Josh Gaffin (West Virginia’s The Afternoon Show and associate of Elliott Smith and band Heatmiser), Frankie Francis (Amazing Radio) and many many others.

His recorded works have found their way on to everything from major radio stations across the BBC to independent stations such as Charleston’s WTSQ 88.1FM and Amazing Radio UK as well as Amazing Radio USA.

His studio skills have allowed room for his work to be self-produced exactly how the songs were intended to sound.

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Tom Emlyn crafts honest, swirling songs; tall tales and dark jokes that cut straight to the bone.

His current solo work maps an alternative Southwalian landscape, a hallucinated community drawn from psychogeography and local history. Written on foot and by bus, his observational, poetic lyrics and simple 60s-folk influenced melodies explore what it means to belong to a place - the bitterness, the love and the humour. In the particular is contained the universal; and Tom Emlyn's captivating songs explore the particularity and peculiarity of human experience in a unique way.

His sound, while rooted in garage rock, is tinged with psychedelia, folk, and jazz/blues overtones - including a recent adoption of the harmonica as a lead instrument. In summer 2022, Tom released his debut solo album News From Nowhere, a bittersweet love letter to his hometown of Swansea, described by Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales) as a record of "undoubted brilliance, eloquence and energy".

It has been hugely positively received, with airplay and support from Radio Wales, BBC Horizons, R.E.P.E.A.T. fanzine, God Is In The TV, and Joyzine, among others.

Tom's second album I've Seen You In Town followed hot on the heels of the first - a more mellow, acoustic affair which was similarly well received. His third album Return Journey Revisited: Scaredycat Vol 1 was released in May 2023. He is currently promoting these records with intimately explosive solo and band performances across Wales and beyond.

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------------------- Epileptic Lizards are a psychedelic four piece from Cardiff, Wales. Made up of Vocalist and Guitarist Coel Gifford, Bassist Samuel Duval, Keyboardist Jo Mountain and Drummer Karl Horanszky.

Formed in 2022 at the University of South Wales, they quickly made waves in the Cardiff local scene, playing venues such as Fuel Rock Club, The Moon and Porters before making their festival debut at ‘In It Together’ festival in the summer of 2023.

The band are soon to release their first single ‘Tell Tale Boogie’ by winter of 2023. They have also performed at Swansea Bunkhouse and are lined up to perform at Immersed Festival 2024 on the same bill as headliners Bob Vylan.

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Thursday the 4th of January 2024 Shereef + Tom Emlyn & Epileptic Lizards Le Pub Newport, £8.50 / 7.30 / 16+

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