Sunday, 8 March 2015

Matt Henshaw Recommends ... Lew Bear

Mr Lewis Robinson, or Lew Bear, hails from Northamptonshire and is one of the most lovable friendly giants I have come across on my national and international travels, I've got a long list of recommendations on their way, hoping to shine some light on some of the Beautiful Souls I've shared a stage with in the last year.

I'll be honest and admit that Lew posting this video yesterday morning was the thing that triggered me to start with this folksy gospel troubador from Eddie Stobart country ...

... so now you know, I am susceptible to flattery and anyone wishing to forward the Peace, Love & Tea Movement further ... but it's not just that, Lew's ideals and way of songwriting through research of family and local history, fixation on the English folk tradition and a sharer of my own love of gospel music as the love, the light and the truth. Top Man, big voice, growing everytime we cross paths and a gentile guitar playing style that betrays his mighty physique.

With this in mind, I was touched the last time I saw Lew perform, as he was visible onstage, performing a new song about his family lineage in which he discovered that his great great great aunt was the first woman in Northamptonshire to fall in love with a black man, and for this heinous activity she was ran out of town tarred and feathered, and with no-one speaking of it again, until the story was passed down via Lew's aunt's sister, his grandmother. A beautiful, melancholy yarn emerges full of regret and lessons from the past we all must learn and move on.

If you've ever driven through the Northamptonshire countryside you'll know it is a truly inspirational place, however nowhere is adverse to travesty, and Lew's great paradoxical melting pot of musical numbers is a great blessing for us all.

Peace, Love & Tea, MHx

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