Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 10:59

The Eden Project Café in St. Austell will be hosting a gig and album launch party by acclaimed singer-songwriter Mehal.

The acoustic rock artist, joined by live local band, will be launching his album Oranges and Seals and playing the first gig the new café has hosted.

Mehal was born in Ireland but is based in Truro and takes his influences from artists as diverse as John Martyn, David Bowie, Groove Armada, Jethro Tull, Primal Scream and the Savage Rose. The 12-track Oranges and Seals is Mehal’s first album out on general release.

Also performing at the café on the night will be Dublin-born Paul McNulty who takes his influences from Joan Armatrading and Kings of Leon. His songs are inspired by stories of life in the city and the country, with tales of the people, places and emotions encountered in both.

Dan Ball, manager of the Eden Project Café, said: “This is the perfect way for us to launch the Eden Cafe's music events programme, by supporting local talented musicians. We're really looking forward to Mehal's performance of his fresh material on what will be a great evening."

Mehal said: “We are delighted to be playing at the Eden Café who have really embraced the concept of showcasing the best of local talent. The band, featuring Joe Hoskin on bass and Matt Harding on drums will take you on an incredible journey in a fantastic venue. This promises to be a great night."

The gig takes place on Saturday May 7, starting at 8pm and running until midnight. Tickets cost £4 (£3 for Eden ticket-holders, students and concessions) and are available on the door. The first 50 people will be eligible to buy the album at half price.

The Eden Project Café is in St. Austell’s White River Place. The café is open seven days a week serving delicious local food and drink.