Country Songbook with Special Guest BJ Cole

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Last Show: Wednesday 3 rd November 2021

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

The Songbook series returns with a celebration of Country Music's greatest songwriters including Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. Following on from the Tom Waits and Beatlest Songbook nights, singer-pianist Joseph Paice is joined this time by the great BJ Cole - one of the world's leading pedal steel guitar players , as well as by country, folk and pop singer Rachel Cunniffe, renowned electric guitarist Ryan Marshall, and in demand bass player Andy Hamill.

"Best Pedal Steel player in the World I'd say..."


BJ COLE is one of the top Pedal Steel Guitarists in the World. His unique and eclectic style had a strong impact on the British music scene in the early 1970’s with his contribution to Elton John’s record ’Tiny Dancer’, and the Walker Bros hit ’No Regrets’. Through the 1980’s and up to the present day, BJ has established himself as a major session musician with his work with Brian Eno, Scott Walker, The Stranglers, David Sylvian, Harold Budd, Bjork, John Cale and many more. BJ Cole is also a recording artist in his own right, and has released a series of experimental albums that have helped to inspire new projects with other recording artists. See his website:

RACHEL CUNNIFFE is a country, folk and pop singer from Hertfordshire. Before returning to the stage most recently to perform at WeyFest music festival with Ryan Marshall, Rachel spent much of lockdown recording her own acoustic covers of classic songs for her YouTube channel, Rachel Lou Music.

RYAN MARSHALL is a London-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was almost born with a guitar in his hands. Inspired by his father’s record collection, the sounds of Hendrix, Clapton and Santana captured his imagination from an early age. An improviser at heart, guitar remains the focal point of his music.

ANDY HAMILL has played double bass and bass guitar with many artists including: 4 Hero, Laura Mvula, Eska, Natacha Atlas, Carleen Anderson, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Mark Murphy, Rebecca Hollweg, Rumer, Tracey Thorn, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Tim Minchin, Tim Vine, Lee Mack, John Hegley and Harry Hill among many others.

JOSEPH PAICE is a singer, songwriter and pianist. His album 'Wonderstruck' was produced by Portishead bass player Jim Barr and featured the horn section from award winning Bristol group, Get the Blessing. He returns to The Pheasantry after his previous successful Beatles Songbook and Tom Waits Songbook shows. Joseph has performed at many top jazz clubs in the UK. He also 'moonlights' as Programming Manager of PizzaExpress Live.