Saturday, 20 July 2013

Hickman And Cassidy Q&A

Your name:
James Hickman.

Where are you from?

Name of band:
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy.

Who else is in your band?
Dan Cassidy.

How would you describe yourselves?
Music inspired by the traditions of America and Britain.

Who are your main influences musically?
Not in order of preference - David Grisman, Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Tony Rice, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Stephane Grapelli, Martin Carthy, Doc Watson, Mark O'conner, Pink Floyd, Yes, Charlie Parker, Bob Marley, Daoiri Farrell, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Ricky Skaggs, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, Solas, Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Kate Rusby. Ralph Stanley.   

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Proficiency and artistic freedom.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The last Shrewsbury gig, it's always tough playing to the home crowd for me because I get nervous, but this gig was brilliant, no nerves, lots of new material, a great sound and a really great audience.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We have no regrets, though once in a blue moon someone likes to tell us how we should be doing things, those moments are always very forgettable.

If you had to choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our latest song to be recorded (not for release yet) 'Nothing But Dreams' as it mingles bluegrass vocals and song structure with a more folky guitar and general feel.

Where can we listen to it?
Keep an eye on the website, we'll be releasing the single/video soon, in the meantime 'The Walls Of Time' shows how we treat an old time American song.

Where can we find out more about your music?

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