REVIEWS

A selection of reviews and comments from over the years, written and verbal, from various sources.

“Powerful, well-observed songs dealing with unusual subjects, by turns moving, thought-provoking and unsettling. With the observational skills and incisive language of Richard Thompson, Kevin Buxton is above all a songwriter with his own style and agenda. A breath of fresh air.” (Harborough Acoustic)

PRESS


"The evening began with a set by Kev Buxton, whose guitar skills may not have been in the same league as those of the legend he was supporting, but his songs were original and distinctive, and he was arguably the more interesting performer.  A musician of whom I would like to see more." (Time Out)"


"Kev Buxton may be an unknown, but he's one of the classiest singer-songwriters I know - and I know a lot. His songs pull off the rare trick of sounding simple, but they're actually very subtle, and unless you really listen to him you're likely to miss the point because he won't dazzle you with fabulous instrumental technique or vocals that'll pin you to the wall. He'll just play what's right for the song, sometimes punchy and bluesy, sometimes reflective and folky, always soulful and intelligent. Give him the attention he deserves and you'll be rewarded, because his lyrics are brilliant, and unlike a lot of songwriters he can tie them to a knockout tune that you're likely to remember long after he's left the stage." (Al Tait, Blues Matters)


"An intelligent, soulful, modern folk sound, sparkling with ethereal grace. The album blends a rich bleakness with an easy charm that is spooky but very engaging." (Overplay)


VENUES, PROMOTERS, ETC


“Powerful, well-observed songs dealing with unusual subjects, by turns moving, thought-provoking and unsettling. With the observational skills and incisive language of Richard Thompson, Kevin Buxton is above all a songwriter with his own style and agenda. A breath of fresh air.” (Harborough Acoustic)


"Fantastic songs. Best thing I've heard in ages." (Paul Riley, Proper Records)


"Kevin is an excellent musician as well as being an excellent promoter. I have music at my venue every day at the weekend during the summer, and it's largely down to Kevin that we're such a success. Whether he's playing himself or booking me a constant stream of top class acts, I always breathe a sigh of relief when he walks through the door - I know I'm in safe hands." (Ian Joule, Joules Yard, Harborough venue)


"Kev played at our party for over three hours, and such was the variety of his repertoire that no one got remotely bored. When it was quiet early on he played some of his own songs - which were excellent - along with a good mix of covers, then when it got more lively he stepped up a couple of gears and became a one man Chas & Dave, belting out a great mix of old rock 'n' roll, skiffle and singalong pop songs, with pounding guitar, harmonica and foot stomp, even throwing in a bit of old jazz and music hall for good measure. Something for everyone, and very entertaining, particularly as it was a "saga party" kind of crowd. We all loved it. I'd have no hesitation booking him again. If you haven't the space for, or can't afford a full band, Kev's your guy!" (Alan Lines, private party organiser)


"Sharply-observed, poignant songs, deceptively simple and inviting, but cast about with mysterious ambient shadows." (Pat Fish, The Jazz Butcher)


MUSICIANS


"Nicely played. I liked your songs. They were different. Well done." (Bert Jansch)


"That was great. I really liked that. Nice and blasphemous." (Billy Connolly, who caught one of my more scurrilous ditties)


"You're a hard act to follow. You should have played an encore, you got enough applause for one." (Jez Lowe)


"Bring your harps!" (Dick Taylor, The Pretty Things)


"Great harp playing!" (Colin Blunstone)