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Festival of the Artisan: at home
26 and 27 March 2021
The UK's best acoustic music livestreamed to your home.

Elaine Davidson

At 18, Elaine Davidson found herself busking her way round Europe, playing songs from the beat generation, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell and the like. Making her way by playing music as well as picking fruit and working in bars and hotels, she alongside a friend, travelled through Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Germany and Ireland.

'You are always going to make friends if you play music. Complete strangers, in whatever language they speak, come up and say 'guitar' and then mimic a guitarist playing. Inevitably they want you to play.'

At 21, she returned back home to Cumbria, with the intention of starting a band. She met her husband and joined the crowd of musicians who played the pubs and clubs in the North of England.

She was inspired to begin writing songs herself after hearing Joan Armatrading's album Love and Affection. 'I remember thinking, that's what I want to do.’

As well as playing the club circuit, over that time period Elaine also played and wrote for several original outfits with jazz, blues, rock and country overtones, learning her craft as a songwriter as well as a performer.

"Elaine Davidson is one of the most gifted singers and songwriters I have ever worked with. Elaine has the unique ability to write a beautiful melody, an incredibly honest lyric and deliver it with true depth and passion. Listening to Elaine’s music recalls a time of mastery in songwriting and story telling and you will get lost in the uncluttered, unfiltered true beauty of it." - Warren Huart (Aerosmith, James Blunt, The Fray) record producer, Los Angeles

Elaine performs Saturday 27 March evening session

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Elaine, through the power of social media, re-connected with Warren Huart, a member of the first band she played in. Warren was now a successful record producer (Aerosmith, James Blunt, The Fray) based in Los Angeles. Warren suggested that he would like to record her next CD and after some discussion about where that would be, it was decided that Elaine and her band would go over to record at Sunset Studios and Warren's own Spitfire Studios, both based in Los Angeles.

Fun was had! Over a two week period they recorded Can't Tell The River. Warren brought in top Los Angeles session guitarist Tim Pearce as well as Blair Sinta on drums (Alanis Morrisette). The extraordinary skill and talent which were involved at the making stage became very apparent in the music.

“We hired a house on the top of the Canyon, the view was incredible, you would have thought we were a million miles away from city, nothing but trees and the Hollywood Hills sign. I felt we were making something really special.”

Meet the artists

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Blair Dunlop
Steve Bonham and The Long Road
Elaine Davidson
Steve Bonham
Kev Moore
Lil' Roosters
Ed Ramsey
Paul Bunting