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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Top producer aiming to give Cumbrian musician helping hand

A Cumbrian musician is hoping to hit the big time after being invited to jet off to the US to work with a top record producer.

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Elaine Davidson with violinist Danny Hart and double bass player Laurence Blackadder

Later this summer, singer songwriter and guitar player Elaine Davidson, from Wigton, and her two band mates Laurence Blackadder and Danny Hart, both of Stanwix, Carlisle, will be flying out to Los Angeles to work with renowned producer Warren Huart.

He has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt and members of KISS and will now give Elaine Davidson, as the contemporary folk trio are known, the VIP treatment.

Warren spent time in Carlisle sharing a house with Elaine and her husband as a teenager when he came to the city with his then girlfriend. He was rejected by the city’s art college but was invited to play in Elaine’s band and later found success as a producer in America.

“The college knocked him back but look at him now, he’s so successful,” she said. “When we invited him into our band we realised he could only play two songs so we sent him to Olly Carlisle musician Alcock to learn [more]. He served an apprenticeship with us.”

The pair lost touch when Warren left the city but they made contact again a few months ago on Facebook. After sending a sample of her work he invited her over to the US to work on a new CD together.

The news is a welcome boost for Elaine’s music career which was put on the shelf several years ago to allow her to care for her husband David who died in October 2012.

“It’s going to be amazing, I can’t wait to get out there. It has changed everything and he really knows his stuff. He told us the music is very good.”

After the CD is completed Mr Huart hopes to be able to sell the rights in the USA for use on television, in films and advertisements. In the UK Elaine hopes to be able to launch it for sale.

Elaine is also working on a new project called Roots in Cumbria, a group set up to support folk, Americana and blues musicians and host events. The first one will be held at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick on June 22.

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