Armatrading's Singer-songwriters


0120130211Joan Armatrading discovers and showcases a new generation of singer/songwriters from across the land.

Joan, whose own career spans 40 years, is passionate about the art and the business of songwriting. She wants to offer her musical wisdom and an opportunity to young talents who are the future of music in Britain.

In this programme, we feature the polished pop of Jason Clarke and his band and the huge talent of 16 year old Triona - both acts from Belfast.

There's the rolling American acoustic vibe of Wooden Horse who play Joan's gig in Cheltenham and Minnie Birch, the singer songwriter some of whose lyrics are inspired by the extraordinary job she has in a prison. We enter the world of Paul Dunton too - part performer, part impresario running his own club, part professional golf coach! Rory Graham is a professional carer - not that he looks the part. He's a great blues singer songwriter whose acapella number at the Dome in Brighton brought the house down.

02 LAST20130218Joan Armatrading showcases a new generation of singer-songwriters, including Afro-Scot music in Glasgow, a hot rapping duo from Birmingham, and world music with a twist in Norfolk.