Echoes of hometown in singer-songwriter Gavin Osborn's new album Echo Bridge

Published on: 01 Sep 2017

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A Keynsham singer-songwriter is releasing his latest album this month – and its name will be familiar to everyone in his hometown.

Echo Bridge by Gavin Osborne will be available from September 1 and name-checking the bypass bridge isn’t the only reference to Keynsham.

The album begins with a track called Starzecs, which tells the story of the Starzec family who set up a cobbler’s business in Keynsham after escaping from Germany to the UK in the late 1930s. The business can still be found in the High Street today, of course, and the song, with its references to “chocolate town”, the county bridge and more, delighted a crowded bar in the Ship Inn at its first public performance

during Keynsham Music Festival.  With Gavin’s mix of wit and pathos with a little bite, the song is also a comment on the plight of immigrants at any period in history.

The title track reminisces about a teenage love affair, including a rendezvous under Echo Bridge, while I Am A European is less personal and much more political.

The album was recorded with Keynsham’s Johnny Hare over the early summer and during Gavin’s Australian tour, during which he performed a five-night stint at the Melbourne Festival of Comedy. It has a Bristol release preview at the Cube Cinema on Friday, September 8, with more to follow nationwide – details will be published on the Keynsham Music Festival Facebook page.

Echo Bridge should be available from Longwell Records in September.

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