Steve and the Sweet Baboo posse are back in The Fulford Arms in February. They have a new EP out including this little festive ditty that's sure to raise a smile - http://sweetbaboo.bandcamp.com/track/dont-be-alone-this-christmas
We have two solo acoustic supports, timeless acoustic-pop from Luke Saxton
and all new material from former singer with The Savoy Ballroom and Tumbleweed Salesman Chris Mather - Music.
Tickets ar £8 in advance and are available from The Inkwell in York, Jumbo Records in Leeds and online via http://www.pleasepleaseyou.com
Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the north Wales countryside and a single-minded, idiosyncratic singer. Black possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating.
Sweet Baboo’s third album, I’m a Dancer/Songs About Sleeping, was nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize in 2011, a year which also saw the release of his EP, Girl Under A Tree. Influenced by fond musical favourites, The Beach Boys, Daniel Johnston and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Girl Under A Tree tells tales of girls, loss, adventure and drinking.
Over the last few years, Sweet Baboo has played at Latitude Festival, Green Man Festival and SXSW. He has also been repeatedly invited to record sessions for BBC 6 Music's Marc Riley, Huw Stephens and Stuart Maconie.
Black's productivity is all the more remarkable given his extra-curricular activities which have seen him working with an ever-growing array of musicians. Black has played on albums by Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline, and has been a regular part of the touring line-up for all three bands. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Islet and Spencer McGarry Season and collaborated onstage and in the studio with Gruff Rhys
. 2012 saw Sweet Baboo set off on a world tour as part of Slow Club’s live band as well as a North American and UK tour in Cate Le Bon’s touring band.
The Boombox Ballads highlights Black's wry and subtle songwriting skills whilst displaying his talent as an arranger with many of the songs augmented with strings. Once again released for indie label Moshi Moshi, it's another superlative work further proving Black's knack for songcraft and melody is a cut above.