Friday, 14 August 2015

The Road to the BCMAwards 2015: Spotlight on host Caddy Cooper

The Road to the BCMAwards 2015: Spotlight on host Caddy Cooper

The 2015 British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) will be held at the Concorde Suite, Crane Lodge Road, Heathrow, London, on Sunday October 25th, 2015.

The hosts for what will be one the biggest events on the Brit Country calendar are frequent compère Steve Cherelle the BBC Radio Essex “Big Country Show” country presenter (BBC Page)/ country artist and he is joined by the lovely West Australian singer-songwriter Caddy Cooper whose musical style is described as being a mix of blues, country and folk.
Caddy excitedly tweeted the news!
We take a look at her music, live events and background profile
Get Onboard with Caddy Cooper!

Firstly get to know her better through this interview when she spoke with Dan's LivelyWoodPictures at Bracknell's Party at the Park 2015 which was held at South Hill Park on Saturday 1st August to 4,000 people!

On June 28, 2015 is was announced via a press release that a new regular Country Music Night format at The O2, London had launched. Its aim is to dish up the best in Country, Americana and Bluegrass.

The fortnightly Country Music night takes place at the Water Margin Jazz Club # within the O2 London, hosted by country/blues singer songwriter Caddy featuring special guests. These nights include visiting artists and emerging talent dishing up the best in Country, Americana and Bluegrass.
The first event (Episode 1) took place August 6th with further events to follow on 20th, and September 3rd and 17th, starting at 8pm (Tickets £7.00 on the door/ £5.00 in advance)

Forthcoming gigs:
Thurs 20th August 2015 - The Water Margin Jazz Club ,London(The O2, 23 Entertainment Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 0DY) Tickets £5.50 Event Detail  special guests include BCMAward Horizon Act of the Yea nominee Katy Hurt
Thurs 3rd September 2015 - The Water Margin Jazz Club (The O2, 23 Entertainment Avenue, SE10 0DY) (Special featured guests Antony Snape and Pete Kennedy for "Caddy's Country Kitchen" Live Show) Event Detail

Weds 9th September 2015 - Songwriters Circle, Cellar Bar, South Hill Park Arts (Ringmead, Bracknell, Bracknell Forest RG12 7PA) includes guest musicians fellow Aussie, Anthony Snape and local blues man, Mark Harrison Event Detail
Weds 7th October 2015 - The Water Margin Jazz Club, London (The O2, 23 
Entertainment Avenue, SE10 0DY) Special Guests include: Alan West + Steve Black and Paul Carella Event Detail 

Saturday 17 October 2015 -  Butters Cafe (89 High Street, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1ND) Venue website - Facebook:
Thurs  22 October 2015 - Mama Liz's, 9A North Street, Stamford PE9 1EL - Event Detail
Weds 28 October 2015 - South Street Arts, Reading (Caddy returns + support to this fabulous arts venue for another local-ish show Tickets: £8 in advance, £10 on the door Event Detail
Weds 11 November 11, 2015 - Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham Event Detail
Sunday 29 November 2015 - Railway Venue, Bolton (37 Chapeltown Rd, Bromley Cross, Bolton BL7 9LY) Event Detail
Sunday 20 December 2015 - Norden Farm Centre for the Arts (Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 4PZ) A festive themed Caddy's Country Kitchen!
Friday, February 12, 2016 -: St John's Church, Farncombe (St John's Street, Farncombe, Surrey GU7 3EJ) Event Detail

Caddy Copper has released two albums. The first titled SNAPSHOT, was a 13 track set, self released on Feb 11, 2014.
It is available for purchase from Amazon UK and iTunes  
Our Choice Top Track: *** This Old Guitar
She tour the UK to promote it and the album received airplay on CMR Nashville and BBC Radio Shropshire featured “Get Onboard” and “This Old Guitar”
"Snapshot is a great new album by Caddy Cooper, 100% original and fits nicely in the Contemporary Folk/Country genre of today." wrote Lee Williams CEO Country Music Radio, Nashville CMA Broadcaster of the Year 2013 & President of the BCMAwards

This year on March 2, 2015 she released a 15 track follow up OUTSIDE THE WIRE (Amazon UKUK iTunes) which was well received. It was described as an “awesome mix of blues, bluegrass and country” and that “it is clear that Caddy is a hugely talented writer" Listen to the “title cut
Our Top Picks: *** Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, ** Get Onboard , ** Sunshine Hot, * Far To Go
Take a listen to “Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter”

We love this track!
Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is an historic ballad and was inspired by the upcoming ANZAC centenary. Cooper explores the tale of Fay Howe, the daughter of a Lighthouse Keeper living on Breaksea Island who purportedly used semaphore to translate messages to family and loved ones from ANZAC troops docked in King George's Sound, Albany. The story goes that Fay fell in love with an ANZAC soldier who tragically died on the beach at Gallipoli.
"I was really moved by this story and felt compelled to share it in musical form as there is something intrinsically tangible in the intimate nature of it. So many loved and lost at this time when international communication was slow and hazy at best and (in my opinion) their stories and strength helped to shape our cultural identity. I find the generation who lived through this period utterly inspiring." shared Caddy.
Listen to the acoustic version from  her Soundcloud page

Suggested Tweet
Have you heard ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter’ by @BCMAwards host @CaddyCooper on #SoundCloud? #np

Critical reception for Caddy Cooper’s Outside The Wire:

For The Country Record (Andy Macbride) wrote: After my first listen of ‘Under The Wire’, it’s clear to see the various musical styles that influence Caddy’s music. I feel like I’m in a honky-tonk when I’m listening to ‘Get Onboard’ whereas I’m taken to a chilled acoustic set in a local bar in ‘My World and Everything In It’ then all the way to New Orleans with the bluesy ‘Last Night’s Lover’.

The aforementioned track ‘Get Onboard’ kicks of the album and gets you clicking your fingers and tapping your feet....Caddy’s vocals are impressive, and although she possesses a powerful vocal range, its beautifully controlled and what you’re left with is a sound as smooth as the cream on my hot chocolate....‘Lighthouse Keepers Daughter’ is the perhaps the most folksy track on the album, adopting a more nautical theme, a different story of a love between a soldier and his lover....Overall there are 15 tracks of a very consistent good quality....The thing I admire about Caddy, is that I’ve rarely heard someone so utterly comfortable within her sound, and how the delivery sounds so natural, un-rushed and all together beautiful...... Fans of blues and country will enjoy this album….Read More Test Drive the album on Spotify

The Blues Music Blog wrote: ….From the opening country shuffle of "Get On Board" to the rollicking blues of "I Be Leaving You" and the acapella/doo-wop track "I Love You In the Morning", Caddy Cooper has combined all the elements of country, blues and folk roots in an album that shines from start to finish. Definitely and "all-killer, no-filler" effort, Caddy's crisp and eloquent vocals combined with a HOT backup band that includes searing and twangy guitar licks, a shuffling back beat, "front porch" harmonica, complimenting backup harmonies and 2 stand out duets with Paul Carella. Caddy's songwriting skills are exceptional, well crafted and tell stories that will make you sit up and listen.
Outside the Wire (Tray Inlay)

Threechordsandthetruth wrote: This album, a follow up to 2014’s SNAPSHOT, is bursting at the seams with songs designed to melt, engage and enthral the listener. 

The treasure trove of glorious tracks effortlessly moves through a haze of late night lounge jazz blues onto more feet shuffling rock n’ roll, always paying the utmost respect to the style of the traditional songbook....OUTSIDE THE WIRE is a restless, feverish and marvellous album release by a talented artist determined to buck the trend.  Caddy Cooper has an ear for a great sound and the skill to produce a superlative record successful in steering its content in the right direction for many discerning fans of roots music.... Read More

About: Caddy Cooper
Genres: Acoustic Folk, Blues, Soul
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Acoustic singer/songwriter

Caddy Cooper is a West Australian acoustic blues and folk songwriter.
Her website describing her music and performance states:  This self-confessed troubadour weaves an irresistible tapestry of vivacious melodies and poignant stories of the souls encountered on her travels. Caddy entices her audience into the most intimate of emotional landscapes with tales of love, loss and the fragility of the human condition. With a ‘little Martin’ guitar and a voice of epic proportion, Caddy Cooper gives a live performance guaranteed to leave you smiling and humming her tunes for days afterwards; an experience not to be missed.

Acoustic Blues, Country and Folk singer songwriter, Caddy Cooper is a travelling soul.
After training at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Music Theatre, Caddy played featured roles in musicals such as The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and A ChorusLine.
The lovely Caddy Cooper - Publicity Photo
At aged 21 she moved to the UK with her parents.
She has performed in major theatres across the UK, Ireland and Australia for the likes of Sir Richard Attenborough, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, the West Australian Agent General Kerry Sanderson and a number of BBC television personalities. 
At 25 she changed direction and concentrated on her music.
She was the lyricist and composer behind Australian Pop Burlesque girls ENVY (>> Teaser Video) singles Fever Fever Fever and Monster in Me and was awarded a prestigious Honourable Mention in the International Song of the Year Competition for her urban composition Tender Heart (Teenage Girl) in 2012.

In March 2012, Caddy published the first of a series of children's sign language songbooks called 'Sign & Song' (short-listed for the Rhinegold Publishing 'Best New Resource' Award 2013) using Makaton signing to encourage language development and cohesion between children in the mainstream and children and young adults with special needs.
Caddy released ACOUSTIC (EP) in 2011 which quickly gained momentum (>>  watch the EP Press Party & Digital Launch)
After a year dotting across the globe from a British military tour in Afghanistan through Australia, Europe, India, festivals, extensive radio play and a tour spanning the length and breadth of Britain promoting her critically acclaimed debut album, SNAPSHOT.
Caddy returned in 2015 to repeat the process with her band and recorded a brand new set OUTSIDE THE WIRE on March 6th, 2015 at Club WM, The O2, London.

A live EP will be released in London in October and a third album is slated to drop in early 2016. Additionally she has signed to a new publisher penning songs for others.
“...excellent self-penned songs, good musicianship and Caddy Cooper's warm, stunning vocals shining throughout.” - Blues Matters Magazine *****
“Infectiously charming; the real deal” - Blues in Britain ****
Deemed ‘one of the finest songwriters in the land’ - Express FM
Caddy’s ‘natural, un-rushed and all together beautiful’ vocals - For the Country Record
“Infectious charm”’ - Blues in Britain Magazine
"All Killer, No Filler"  - The Blues and Roots Music Blog
CONNECT with Caddy Cooper:
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1 comment:

  1. Great food and great people with awesome styling and interior. Also great Los Angeles event venues for cheap happy hour drinks. However, the downstairs beer selection is about as standard as it can be while upstairs can be a bit more creative.