Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe is touring his highly acclaimed third album ‘Shedding Skin’, a warm, organic, alternative offering, crafted with a traditional live set-up by the musicians who have become ingrained in the Ghostpoet programme. Ejimiwe is flanked throughout by his touring band: Joe Newman on guitar; John Calvert on bass, who also co-produced the album alongside the man with his name on the sleeve; and John Blease on drums. Ejimiwe is clear on his intentions: “I wanted a consistent sonic direction throughout the record.”
Ghostpoet’s eagle-eyed take on the most minute aspects of everyday living has inspired ‘Shedding Skin’, but there’s plenty of evident emotion at play, too – this is all sung from the heart, from the soul and the stomach, the places where feelings dance on the daily. “For this album, it felt silly to focus just on how great, or not, my own life is,” says Ejimiwe. “My life is only one amongst millions. And that’s the attitude of it.”
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The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.