Albert meets – Tony Stanton
If you’ve not met Tony Stanton, then there’s a good chance that you’ve heard him. The lad about town is a well know favourite on the Shrewsbury music scene where he entertains with a britpop-esq swagger that’s hard not to be charmed by.
Sometimes melancholy and other times upbeat, he’s a hard man to pin down to one musical style, but that’s how he likes it. He performs just about everywhere you can imagine, like a whack-a-mole game. One minute he’s on the street busking to late night Christmas shoppers, the next he’s in Albert’s Shed, filling in for the Songwriters Showcase. It takes talent to hold that many songs in your head, and Tony has buckets of them.
We interviewed Tony this week because he’s been invited to perform at the Theatre Severn supporting Dan Owen at a sellout show this Friday 16th November 2018. Now residing in Manchester, Tony is lapping up this opportunity. That’s why Albert wanted to make sure everyone gets down there early (7pm) to support homegrown talent.
Made in Telford
Tony comes from the town of Telford, a mecca for shopping but not quite so well known for musical talent, although there is an abundance of excellent players in the town. Many of those players are regular Shed visitors, either joining us onstage at one of our jam nights or performing in their own right. But sadly, like most towns, music venues are being hammered. Less footfall into music pubs compounded with noise complaints and money grabbing property developers, equals the slow demise of live music. The Haygate in Wellington, Telford is a prime example of an important cultural spot being closed down to make way for ‘progress’.
Flying the flag in Shropshire
Albert’s Shed is committed helping local acts to develop and flourish, not just to give them a platform to perform in Shrewsbury. Our main agenda is for Shropshire to become a hub of original music, where people from across the UK and beyond look to the county for creative inspiration. It’s not going to be a difficult task when you look at the talent we have on our doorstep.
Watch Tony Stanton perform This Is Me Now live for Albert’s Shed below.