About Sham Chewali


Sham Chewali is a musical collective formed by Michael Shaw, a Singer songwriter who was born and brought up in Bury in Lancashire.

Michael originally formed the band fishonastick with Adam Goodwin (lead guitar). Joined by Phil Popplewell (bass, percussion and vocal), Paul Feely (drums), Wayne Shotton (drums) and more recently James Youngjohns (strings, keyboards, percussion and many other instruments), they played all over the country and have shared stages with bands like Fairport Convention, the Strawbs, the Animals. They played festivals such as the Head for the Hills and Party in the Park with the likes of Beth Orton and the Waterboys and the Inspiral Carpets.

In their material you can hear the influences of Michael’s Lancashire and Manchester childhood and of the years they have all spent in and around the music venues of England. You could call it Alt-Folk or Indie Folk and comparisons have been made to early REM, Richard Hawley, Nick Cave and Guy Garvey.

“I was instantly reminded of the Manic Street Preacher’s Holy Bible album. For an artist to so seamlessly fuse together Gothic Rock and Experimental Folk and still create an immersive, accessible sound is a testament to the ingenuity of Sham Chewali……..with Sham Chewali’s vocals, it’s impossible to refuse the catharsis from listening to the velvet mellifluous vocal notes… should leave any fans of Nick Cave, David Bowie, and Lou Reed enamoured”.

Amelia Vandergast – AnR Factory

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