Sunday September 12, 2021
Wednesday November 24, 2021
James Leonard Hewitson is a Composer/Singer/Songwriter from Hartlepool, England. Music from his debut album Only The Noise Will Save Me, has been featured on Made In Chelsea, Tattoo Fixers and BT Sport, and he has had extensive airplay with BBC Radio 6Music and XFM.James and his band will be celebrating the release of more new music in August 2021.
“Plaintive but impassioned folk that instantly demands your attention” - CRACK
"You seriously owe it to yourself to listen to his stuff if you haven't already! For fans of Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, just don't expect a carbon copy; Stilts has far more balls about him than that!" - Line of Best Fit
“Think Baxter Dury’s warped kid brother.” The Times
“Syd Barrett meets Tom Waits”. Louder Than War
“Any ‘Best Albums of 2019’ lists that don't have Scott Lavene’s ‘BROKE’ near the top are bullshit” Dangerous Minds
Have we ever needed great storytellers so badly? Voices to snap us out of our collective grey funk, to pull us out of our narrow, hemmed-in worlds and to lighten our days and enlighten us with their perspectives, Immersing us in their worldview and history. People who can make us laugh, cry, gasp or nod sagely, to see our world anew and not feel so alone. We need stories, vignettes, new windows to look out of, and narrators to help those new visions make sense.
In short, we need Scott Lavene. Born and raised in Essex, but a man of the world who has wandered far and wide, Lavene’s a storyteller who can capture all the madness, joy and frustration of life while singing about worms writhing in the ground. Lavene’s been in bands since his teens, and as such we get a combination of wry observation, humble wisdom, unguarded vulnerability and unpredictable humour – in a music workshop for alcoholics and addicts, long after he’d bid farewell to childhood dreams of pop stardom, and the ghosts and demons that accompany those dreams.
Louder Than War - Live Review
Dangerous Minds - Recent Feature
"The songwriting and the vocal delivery are just so raw, heartfelt and beautiful that I find it irresistible" - Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music
"A perfect slice of alt.folk pop" Charlie Ashcroft - Amazing Radio
"Reminds me of Bon Iver, only with an English accent" - Louder Than War