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A Band named Brian – ‘Just Songs’

June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Brian Madigan doesn’t just write songs: he writes ‘just’ songs: full of passion, comment and exhortation to strive for better. Accompanied by violinist, bass player and vocalist Rob Whale, Brian weave’s a narrative through stories and songs, taking his audience on a unique journey into their own conscience. The style is two-parts Billy Bragg, to one part Levellers, with a hint of Johnny Cash and
perhaps a dusting of Tom Lehrer.

Last summer, the pair cycled from Bath, down to Shindig Festival near Ilminster in Somerset, then out to
Pembrokeshire. Unfortunately – due to a bereavement – the tour had to be cut short mid-way, before
resuming with a further Bath gig and a glorious finale at Glastonbury Festival. Highlights included a
wonderful night at The Pembroke Yeoman in Haverfordwest, the revival of Trehale Farm’s amazing barn
venue (supported by local talent Abbie Jebbers) and a very warm welcome at The Cellar in cardigan.
Once again, Brian will be talking with local deejay B B Skone on Pure West radio, ahead of the
Pembrokeshire gigs, on Sunday 2nd June. That same date sees the pair perform at The Whitehall in
Llandovery, one of the venues missed due to the sad interruption last year. Another was Cwrw in
Carmarthen, where they will appear on Tuesday June 4th. Naturally, both Trehale Farm and The Cellar
insisted a Band named Brian return once again, with gigs on Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th

But Brian and Rob don’t just song about change: they embody it. Both are keen cyclists and are
determined to demonstrate this is a viable and enjoyable way of getting about without burning fossil fuel.

The tour will cover some 585 miles and take in hefty climbs along the way. The duo will be carrying
everything they need with them, instruments included, and are grateful that most venues are either
providing or sponsoring overnight accommodation.

“When you travel by bike” says Brian “You really experience the journey. Going by vehicle can sometimes
feel like time-travel, in that you get in a box in one space and time, then leave it at another – more or less
oblivious of what lies in between.”


June 16
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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