Rob Clucas-Tomlinson meets Spence Cater, a singer/songwriter who shares his time between Stroud and Oslo. Originally from the West Midlands, Spence moved here two years ago, and is happy that he did.
Spence describes his style as 90’s influenced guitar pop – ‘Dodgy & The Wannadies meet They Might Be Giants’. In the words of Comedian Henry Normal: “I was gobsmacked at the range of his songwriting, he’s got everything from pop to rock to country and western, uptempo, ballads, everything.”
“What I like most about Stroud,” he says ”is the sense of community. My partner and I have been made to feel very welcome here. Our neighbours are friendly and the music and spiritual community are very inclusive.”
And it’s music that is closest to Spence’s heart. He has performed his songs in Belgium, New York, San Francisco, Oslo and all over the UK. His songs have been used in adverts, promotional videos and across Europe in in-store plays.
“I have played live on BBC radio to an estimated audience of three million people, and I was invited to record two songs on Broadway in New York for the Jimmy Lloyd Songwriters Showcase, which was broadcast on NBC.”
In addition to writing his own songs, Spence also teaches the guitar, and he often plays to mentally and physically challenged people as part of their daily programmes and therapies, an activity which brings him tremendous joy. He also performs in bars, restaurants, and at weddings where he mainly plays well-known covers.
Spence will next be performing at the Turnpike Inn, Oxford, on 20th December. His first album, Leaving Lost Vagueness, is available to buy and, believe us, it’s well worth a listen.