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Theo Bard, East London singer songwriter. Sharp lyrics, a deft ear for melody and a knack for a killer hook.
A leading figure in the East London music scene, Theo is a skilled lyricist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, bass), with intelligent lyrics and a deft ear for melody. His songs celebrate love, friendships and good times, the thrills and spills of busking in London’s markets, and his legendary Woodburner music nights in Hackney.
Always delivered in the direct and frank narrative style that marks him out as an exceptional songwriter, his songs are borne of a lifetime steeped in music and song. He played violin from the age of four, spent his childhood singing round campfires at Forest School Camps, and honed his craft busking in London’s busy markets.
He is also the man behind the legendary Woodburner Music. Woodburner has grown into a heady experience that regularly attracts 100s of revellers a week to its summer season at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. Woodburner has hosted performances from the likes of Johnny Flynn and Nick Mulvey, as well as hosting events and stages at the likes of the Southbank Centre and Wilderness Festival.
Theo kick-started 2015 with extensive touring in the UK, Belgium and Germany, and he's had a busy summer of touring and festivals with appearances at Glastonbury, Wilderness, Camp Bestival and a host of others.
His first solo EP, You Give, which he wrote and produced himself, was released in October 2015 and is available to buy on Bandcamp and all the usual digital channels.
“The actual quality of the songwriting is exceptional” – Bruce MacGregor, Travelling Folk, BBC Radio Scotland.
“Theo is a one-man band with an ear for a lyric and a message deftly delivered with honied vocals, simple rhythms and the catchiest of melodies….” - Rawmg.com
“a reggae-infused pop philosopher… on the cusp of very good things” – The Guardian
“For an acoustic singer/songwriter Theo Bard always somehow managed to convey the sense of an epic rock band playing unplugged. Now he has a band in tow – including Björk drummer Tansay Omar – you can only guess he’s found the on switch and an even bigger groove.” - John Blakely, Eartrumpet Music
“I would never get a tattoo; unless it was a lyric by this guy I saw busking called Bard.” – “What, Theo Bard?”