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I first came across Siobhan Mazzei shortly before I started TheGuyWithaStick and was impressed by the quality of her songwriting and strong presence on stage and I have been a fan ever since.

Siobhan Mazzei is a very talented songwriter and musician who is not afraid of trying something different. Yes her music is influenced by folk and would sit easily between Janis Joplin and Suzanne Vega but don’t be fooled! Siobhan Mazzei is as comfortable with folk as she is with garage, in fact, Siobhan, through her music and words refuses to be hemmed in by narrow boundaries of genre, which makes TheGuyWithaStick very happy indeed!

The video below is an early one but exemplifies her willingness to be that little bit different….

Siobhan is clear, that, without lugging a guitar and, often an amp, around the streets to play in a local hostelry followed immediately by a street festival elsewhere you won’t develop as an artist. Yes! Siobhan Mazzei is very hard-working, very talented and very much eager to learn and develop her craft, and she’s doing a great job of it!!!

We like Siobhan Mazzei at TheGuyWithaStick!

The question, then, is what else can Siobhan do to progress, to perfect her craft, to take her in different directions without losing the very essence that is Siobhan Mazzei?  Well, Siobhan had added four elements to do just that and they are:

Joe Doyle on Bass, Tom Scarlett on lead guitar and production and Les Hayden on drums, all three highly talented musicians in their own right and all bringing to the table a depth of experience in songwriting, instrumentation and production to name but a few, on top of Siobhan’s own vocal style and songwriting talent.

Siobhan Mazzei Band performs ‘Waiting Awake’ (Not the best quality video i’m afraid)

I asked Siobhan what she thought the guys brought to the table and the way she answered was telling. Her excitement and enthusiasm for everything the guys contribute leapt out at at me, I didn’t think she would stop!! But, the biggest thing I think the guys bring is confidence and a much more relaxed stage presence.

It can be a long, lonely journey tramping the boards on your own week in week out, but, to find people, particularly experienced and highly talented people, who share your outlook is a rare commodity indeed but that is exactly what Siobhan has done! The SIOBHAN MAZZEI band have propelled Siobhan to much greater heights. Siobhan has gone from a really good warm-up act to an accomplished and talented singer/songwriter with a band to envy! Her voice is powerful, as powerful as any one and up there with the likes of Stevie Nicks and yes! Suzanne Vega with a hint of Tanita Tikaram if that’s at all possible… Hell! Anything’s possible with The Siobhan Mazzei Band!

Les Hayden’s drums are top draw, at times he hits them so hard you feel he has a real personal problem with them, Joe Doyle’s bass is clever and frames the set wonderfully while Tom Scarlett’s guitar is perfectly in tune with Siobhan, as though they think as one? These guys truly are a class act. No more Siobhan warming-up the audience for someone else (although she will continue doing what she loves), The Siobhan Mazzei Band are a magnificent headline act in their own right!

Wait a second, I did say their were four elements and I’ve only told you about three! Well, the fourth element is simple, it’s a touch of brilliance… Four different people with four different characters but one brilliant band….. The Siobhan Mazzei Band.

Siobhan Mazzei Band – ‘In Wolfs Clothing’ E.P. is available via the link below and should be in everyone’s collection…

https://siobhanmazzei.bandcamp.com/

 

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Siobhan Mazzei Band

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Hailing from London, Sisteray first came to the attention of http://WWW.THEGUYWITHASTICK.COM through their participation in Edgar’s Gift Cd ‘The 29 Rock You Cancer’, to which they, very kindly, donated a track. Since then, Sisteray have been working tirelessly in developing their craft and they have become a polished, professional and extremely busy, indie/Grunge outfit who are, quite frankly, worth their weight in gold…

SISTERAY comprises of talented songwriters Niall Rowan (vocals) and Dan Connolly (guitar) along with, the equally talented, Marco Polo (drums) and Mick Hanrahan (bass guitar), take their inspiration from a rich variety bands, such as, Velvet Underground, The Clash, The Smiths and The Replacements. Their upbeat melodies are a clear, lyrical, observations of 21st century Britain which they punctuate with high-octane indie/grunge sound and electrifying live performances which have been key to making their live shows unmissable.

In 2015, Sisteray played to their first fully sold out gig and are continuing this trend on their current tour of the UK and with several tracks released over the past months and one more due for release on 1,2,3,4 Records on 16th September at the Ally Cat in London, clearly, Sisteray are keeping extremely busy.

The Leeds Festival was something of a revelation in term of how far Sisteray have come in a relatively short space of time and most, certainly, since THEGUYWITHASTICK first saw the guys back in 2014.

Sisteray certainly have a lot to offer and are well worth seeing live, however, if you can’t get to one of their gigs, do yourself a favour and visit their website http://www.sisteray.com and/or their YouTube channel and get to know these guys. Sisteray really are a class act!

Sisteray’s stated ambition is “to rewrite the indie guitar rule book” and I wouldn’t bet against them doing just that!

http://www.sisteray.com

http://facebook.com/Sisteray

http://Twitter.com/sisterayuk @sisterayuk

http://YouTube.com./sisteray

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