Local: Marc Oliver
The trouble with a lot of singer/songwriterly types is that they cannot sing, or, for the most part, write songs. Marc Oliver, however, manages to pull off that rare trick of being able to do both. Previously he has fronted up A Woman of No Importance and been one half of Dot to Dots, but, now, he’s taken a leap of faith and struck out on his own to perform as a soloist. That hasn’t, however, stopped him from lassoing some top musicians to help out on his debut EP including former Martin Stephenson & The Daintees guitarist, Gary Dunn. And the EP, Our Fleeting Time, was recorded by former Lindisfarne bass player, Steve Cunningham. Said EP shows off his big – but nicely unflashy – voice to lovely effect with tracks such as Oh By The Night really grabbing you from the get-go with its joyously swaying, pop/folk charm, which soars beautifully in all the right places. He’s launching the EP at the lovely Bridge Hotel pub in Newcastle on Thursday 14 August with a full band (£4 on the door) in a gig that I imagine is going to be rather special. Check him out.