The Ringmaster General (2012, Unclassified 18+)

Dir: Chris James Champeau, Dave Stewart, USA, 90mins

Full of great songs and a star-studded line up of musicians, this inspiring fly-on-the wall documentary follows the eccentric Dave Stewart as he records two great albums.

Stranded in London by the eruption of the Iceland volcano, Dave Stewart (formerly with The Eurythmics and The Spiritual Cowboys) wandered into a guitar shop and became inspired by an old acoustic guitar, to head to Nashville. One impulsive act of creativity led to another and before his manager could track him down, he was underway with a crazy five-day session of creative genius. Directed by Stewart and Chris James Champeau, the documentary gives you a ringside seat as Stewart unleashes his talent on two albums – The Blackbird Diaries and The Ringmaster General – involving talent such as Alison Krauss, Stevie Nicks, Joss Stone, Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon), Travis McNabb from Sugarland and many more.

‘Captures the crazy joy of making music with classic tongue-in-cheek moments.’
Dan Harr, Music News

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