Who am I - Long story...
Simplicity; that is the key, and also; honesty. If you take those two things and merge them together something very profound and beautiful is what will result. The music of, Albatross, (30 year old Adam Stockdale) focuses around this idea. In a world full of people trying their hardest to out-do each other in whatever way fashion dictates in that week, Albatross’, heartfelt and often philosophical songs offer some well needed relief. The masterly crafted tunes cut straight to the heart with lyrical themes rushing from love and life, but with added poignancy being brought to the table by the optimistic and inspiring message throughout. Often performed completely solo, accompanied by his astounding ‘finger-picked’ acoustic guitar, Albatross’ music is as real and honest as it comes. Like his heroes, John Martyn, Nick Drake and co. he understands that a truly great song will shine without fanciful dressing up.
The past few years has seen Albatross travelling the world over, playing a host of shows to audiences all over the world, many of these dates have been as support act for, Mumford and Son’s; a band with whom, Adam, feels a great kinship and on whose 2011 E.P "The Wedding Band" he guested on pedal steel. He has also been seen supporting the likes of Chris Thile, Johnny Marr, Ben Howard and performances at Telluride Bluegrass festival. His first release "Out From Under" was recorded in Cairns with Mark Myers from popular Aussie band "The Middle East", (whose 2011 release "I want that you are always happy" Adam also played lap steel on). Out From Under features a number of guest performances, from local talent there and from both Nashville and London. Most notably Levi Lowery on fiddle, Matt Menefee on banjo, Bree Suzanne Tranter's vocals and Nick Etwell and Dave Williamson on trumpet and trombone. It was released just in time for Christmas 2013, and received a great deal of praise, form American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation, Communion Records and Daytrotter.
2013 saw Albatross follow in the footsteps of so many British musicians; out to the States. Attracted by the musicianship and quality of records coming out of the town, he based himself in Nashville and has already played on a number of albums in town, and can be found regularly performing and collaborating with other artists in town (look out for The Whistles and The Bells). His debut LP "Desperate Times Best Forgotten" was released in August of 2015 on Word Of Mouth Recordings (A label started by Stockdale and the first to allow fan investors to receive equity in the record). True to his British Singer/Songwriter roots, it is another delivery of articulate acoustic songs with thoughtful lyrics and ear pleasing melodies, but has captured the Americana/Bluegrass elements so akin to the town he now resides in. It was met with nothing but praise, again with both American Songwriter and The Bluegrass Situation showing a lot of love. Perhaps most notably the lead single, "Game Of Love" was premiered by Q magazine and also reached number one on the Indie Shuffle Folk charts. It too featured many of Nashville's finest, Matt Menefee on Banjo once again, Ross Holmes on Fiddle, Kai Welch on Keys, Royal G Masat on Bass and Jamie Dick on Drums. When not playing with Albatross they can be found with such names as - Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, Rhiannon Giddens, Abigail Washburn and Mumford and Sons. Its a record you should surely be adding to your collection. Evolving from primarily solo performances, Albatross is more prone to Duo (Stand up Bass) and Trio (Fiddle and Banjo) performances. Keep your eyes peeled.
All this aside, I will end the way I started. We live in a world awash with fakery, confusion and pretence. Our lives have become whirlwind emotional rides that often leave us seeking and desiring pure and simple truths; enter, Albatross, with some of the most heartfelt, direct, hopeful and above all, incredibly beautiful music you are likely to hear these days. Spread the word and free the bird!
Written by English poet/playwrite/musician Derek Meins
Simplicity; thats the key, and also; honesty. If you take those two things and merge them together something profound and beautiful is what will result. The music of, Albatross, (30 year old Adam Stockdale) focuses around this idea. In a world full of people trying their hardest to out do each other in whatever way fashion dictates in that week, Albatross' heartfelt and often philosophical songs offer some well needed relief. The masterly crafted tunes cut straight to the heart with lyrical themes rushing from love and life, but with added poignancy being brought to the table by the optimistic and inspiring message throughout. Often performed completely solo, accompanied by his astounding 'finger-picked' guitar Albatross' music is as real and honest as it comes. Like his heroes, John Martyn, Nick Drake and co. he understands that a truly great song will shine without fanciful dressing up.
Reviews and Articles
"Folk hits that John Martin himself would have been happy with" - Roland
"Stockdale melds his British songwriter background and percussive guitar style with the church, gospel and old-time musical influences of his supporting cast of Nashville" - American Songwriter
"Albatross has pulled off something thoroughly sincere and convincing" - Indie shuffle
"Born in England, the singer's abilities on guitar resemble James Taylor's while his voice and style nods to Donovan and Paul Simon" - The Bluegrass Situation
"Albatross' restless melancholy unfolds emotions living in the hopeful crossroads between gentle lullabies, sad good-byes and friendly salutations" - Maximum Ink
"With deft use of instruments en vogue with indie-folk bands, Albatross could be considered part of the alt-country movement" - Best New Bands
"Bringing a direct, British song writing style stateside to blend with his locally inspired Americana/Bluegrass stylings. Think Passenger meets The Punch Brothers" - Euphoriazine
"An honest journey through some intense subject matter, but also conveys an overall theme of hope" - Ditto
"Songs of life and love, messages that inspire you as he finger-picks his acoustic guitar to perfection" - Best New Bands
"He sounds like a classic songwriter, akin to Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, and the like" - Monday Morning Mixtape
"His warm, let’s-look-to-the-future-with-a-sense-of-hope message is readymade for Radio 2" - The Crack Magazine
"A deceptively lush instrumental palette that never overpowers the strong simplicity of the song-writing" - Pop Culturez
"Delivered with soul" - Music Connection
"The slice of Americana present owes more to the classic sound of the late sixties/seventies folk rockers like Bread" - The Source
"Stockdale’s guitar skills something to leave your jaw dragging on the floor and your eyes as wide as saucers" - Blog it Dance it Shout it
"Albatross had the audience in the palm of his hand, the entire room dead silent while he played" - Communion
"This is beer music, pure and simple" - Beer For The Ear
"It’s an extremely intimate and thoughtful track. It’s made for those nights that offer an opportunity to reflect back on someone important in your life" - The Revue