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COUNTRY IN THE AFTERNOON 3 - 16th - 17th May 2020 - Half Moon Putney, London

Cumbrae Promotions are delighted to announce that Country in The Afternoon returns to The Half Moon in Putney, London on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2020 with a stellar array of talent from UK, Australia and USA. All four international artists will be making their London debuts.

The third edition of Country In The Afternoon will, on Saturday 16th May, feature the award winning Blake O’Connor from Australia, Birmingham’s Gasoline & Matches, millions-selling Nashville artist Jeremy McComb and multi-Grammy nominated Sandy McLelland, while on Sunday 17th May, Nashville’s John Gurney and Ruthie Collins, along with fast rising UK artists Chris Mossop and Megan Louise, will take to the legendary Half Moon stage.

Blake O’Connor not only won the biggest competition in Australian Country Music in 2019, Toyota Star Maker, which places him with the likes of previous winners Keith Urban and The McClymonts, he was recently nominated in Australia’s biggest Country Music Awards Night for Male Artist of the Year and won the Qantas New Talent of the Year Golden Guitar Award. With an amazing voice and guitar skills, and having already appeared at last year’s CMA Fest in Nashville, Blake is destined for a great future in country music.

When Gasoline & Matches make music, an explosion of creativity ignites. Clever thought out lyrics, close harmonies and melodic guitar licks pull you in. No stranger to success and notoriety, two-time British Country Music Association ‘Duo of the Year’ and Birmingham Music Awards ‘Best Folk/Country Act’, chart-topping Gasoline & Matches are known for delivering sharp, energetic performances, with playful humour and serious musicianship.

Fiercely Indie, Nashville based, multi-million selling recording artist Jeremy McComb is a road tested, relentless touring performer, who has an incredible magic trick of audience connection.  Jeremy is an entertainer and a story-teller, with a live show that allows no false notes and makes sure nothing goes without being tied together for the purpose of a set-up and a pay-off. Blending his knack for stories that bring crowds from full laughs to pin drop silence, Jeremy’s connection with you, as a part of the experience, is un-matched, while still true, organic, real and raw.

Scottish born singer songwriter Sandy McLelland released his very successful new album ‘Cross The Line on 18th September. 2019. The music in ‘Cross the Line’ is unashamedly rooted in the American country, blues, folk and soul music he absorbed in his early days in Glasgow. In addition to being a three-time Grammy winner, Sandy has won many awards during his long and illustrious career. Often full and vibrant, sometimes achingly bare and personal, Sandy is capable and comfortable across many, diverse, musical styles, always with a highly personal core.

John Gurney's musical roots run deep; a composer/performer mother with a gift for lyricism and an acoustic engineer father with a pitch-perfect ear.  Raised in metro Chicago, with bedrock Midwestern roots, John packed up his degree from the University of Missouri and headed for Nashville. John began to find his voice, as performer and songwriter, and within a few short years, wrote the song that won the prestigious 2018 NSAI Song Contest, presented by CMT. More than 280,000 monthly Spotify listeners would testify than John is a talent to be reckoned with.

Ruthie Collins wears her heart on her sleeve and pretty much always has a sparkle in her eyes. Raised on a farm in Fredonia, NY, Ruthie blends the vulnerable, the volatile and the serene in her music. As demonstrated on her debut album, ‘Get Drunk And Cry’ and her soon to be released second, ‘Cold Comfort’, her songs straddle the line between Americana, bluegrass and modern country, upheld by buoyant and agile vocals reminiscent of her musical icons, Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris.

Chris Mossop is a Scottish singer/songwriter, who has had a blend of comparisons made of him ranging from Damien Rice to Bruce Springsteen and even David Gray. He has one of those distinct voices that fully engages the audience and his tone is heartfelt and surprisingly disarming. No wonder that Jason Rosman of BBC London Radio describes his music as “stunning”, while Forth One Radio say that he is “definitely one to watch”.

17 year-old Contemporary Country singer-songwriter, Megan Louise, from Merseyside, released her debut single called ‘Train Song’ in August 2018 to great success and critical acclaim, going straight in to the UK iTunes Country Chart at number 3, and has just released her latest single “Time Bomb”. Megan Louise has performed live sets and been interviewed on many of the biggest National/Regional radio stations in the UK, including BBC Radio 2, Under the Apple Tree Sessions with “Whispering Bob Harris” and Chris Country.

For further information, please contact Gavin Chittick of Cumbrae Promotions at or 07780 953490.

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