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Welsh-born rock legend Bonnie Tyler is one of the most recognizable female rock singers of the last fifty years, with hits that included ‘Holding on For A Hero’, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and ‘It’s a Heartache’.
Both ‘It’s a Heartache’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ are among the best-selling singles of all time, with sales in excess of six million each.
The extraordinarily talented Rebecca Ferguson has produced a breathtaking new album ‘Superwoman’. Forged from heartbreak and a tale of lover’s abandonment and the bittersweet joy of giving birth to his child, ‘Superwoman’ is infused with the strength of a woman who has finally taken control. It is the ultimate soundtrack for anyone who has ever had to build themselves back up after a heartbreak Rebecca is stronger, happier and more fearless than ever before.
The working class girl from Liverpool who battled so hard to make it as a singer has become one of the most exciting and compelling artists of our times. Since her break on X Factor six years ago, the once shy and insecure artist has gone on to win fans on both sides of the Atlantic, touring Britain, Europe and America winning plaudits from Adele as well as critics winning comparisons to her heroes Macy Gray and Aretha Franklin. Rebecca – whose timeless, soulful voice flows from the bloodline of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington – has created modern torch songs that will touch anyone who has ever felt the pain of loss.
Take two great voices – hers, warm, rich and soulful – his, heartfelt and bittersweet… mix together and stand well back. Jess Greenfield and Gavin Conder became a couple well before they became a duo. They first met twelve years ago, but only stumbled on their unique musical chemistry much later on. Both had already established themselves as must-see live performers by the time they met, supporting a roll call of big names, including Brian Adams, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental, Professor Green, Take That and Sam Smith.
Both had also long been writing and recording their own material, drawing on a host of influences from Sam Cooke, Connor Reeves and Marvin Gaye (Gav) to Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner (Jess). It was only when they decided to record Jess’s song, Forgiveness, singing together for the first time, that they discovered the spine-tingling effect of their voices combined. Producer Steve Brown (Rumer and Laura M’vula) stepped in to take their raw, organic sound to the next level – and the breathtaking vocal personality of The Kondoors was born. The Kondoors
Ireland has produced it’s fair share of Guitar legends and Northern-Irish virtuoso Simon Mc Bride is without doubt the rightful heir to a throne first vacated by Rory Gallagher, and more recently by Gary Moore.
He is unquestionably one of the finest blues-rock guitarists playing in the world today, combining lightning speed with a level of expression and inventiveness that few can match. Add to that a soulful, gravelly voice and self-penned songs that speak of love, loss and righteous defiance, and you have a 21st century blues-rock icon, in the flesh. simonmcbride.net
Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul-jazz singer, Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sundays is now in it’s 10th year running at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul fam jazz musicians the UK has to offer, up close and personal… While guests vary from month to month, there is always an opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their cutting edge material as well as playing soulful covers and classic tunes in an exciting ad hoc setting…
Past guests have been an eclectic mix of talented artists, including ESKA, Jamie Woon, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Lalah Hathaway, Emeli Sande, Omar, Alice Russell, Krystle Warren, Kwabs, Bernhoft, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Shlomo, Dionne Bromfield, Liv Warfield, Shoshana Bean, Jude Perl, Tawiah, Terri Walker, JP Cooper, Shaun Escoffery, Jon Allen, Vanessa Haynes and Natalie Duncan to name a few…
The Soul Family Band, fronted by MOBO nominated vocalist, Natalie Williams (ex Incognito), is joined by an incredible group of regular singers (and artists in their own right): Vula (Basement Jaxx), Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Brendan Reilly (Disclosure), Ladonna Harley Peters (Emeli Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae) and Annabel Williams (Ceelo Green, Alison Moyet, Rumer).
The Atlantic Horns (Mark Brown on sax & Ben Edwards on trumpet) have played with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson and regularly tour with Robbie Williams.
The rhythm section is made up Robin Mullarkey on bass (Zero7, Roisin Murphy, Laura Mvula, ESKA), Martyn Kaine on drums (Kyle Eastwood, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Brown), Phil Peskett on keys (Moloko, Cinematic Orchestra, Nik Kershaw) and Ben Jones on guitar (Pixie Lott, Kelly Rowland, Jazmine Sullivan, Westlife and the VOICE band). Nataliewilliams.com
Belfast Bullfighters brings together an incredible cast of musicians to play a unique brand of Contemporary Celtic Rock. This collective is headed by Dave Marks, who writes and arranges all of the tunes and features the likes of Darragh Murphy (Pipes & whistles), Donal O’Connor (Fiddle), Guthrie Govan (Guitar), Darby Todd (Drums) Matt McGinn (vocals) and many more. belfastbullfighters.com
One of the kings of the 90s club scene, Brandon Block became a radio presenter alongside his old friend Alex P, presenting a show on Kiss FM and had three singles released under his Blockster alias – Something Goin’ On, Grooveline and You Should Be.
He’ll be bringing an outrageous mix of old school groove, funk and disco to the Aurora Dance Club on Sunday evening.
Honey Ryder ‘bridges the gap’ between Folk and Rock into a Nashville-inspired fusion that’s won them fans and high-profile supporters worldwide.
Formed originally by former MTV employee Lindsay and session guitarist Martyn, the Honey Ryder mix of Folk style pop rock, with Country influences, impressed producers and executives alike – former EMI boss Eric Nicoli liked the band so much he invested in them…
Honey Ryder won thousands fans across the UK when supporting Michael Bolton and Will Young on tour, and tracks from their debut album, ‘Rising up’ were play-listed on Radio 2.
With TV appearances and live gigs under their belts, the act expanded to a trio and escaped to Thailand for two months to write their second album “Marley’s Chains”. After a Radio interview with Sir Terry Wogan, he described the band as “Mean, moody and magnificent”. Richard Madeley on Radio 2 was also impressed, saying the band had “Overtones of Fleetwood Mac”.
The title track “Marley’s Chains” was also used in an episode of the US TV crime drama “Body of Proof”. In the UK the album release was supported with live TV appearances on ITV This Morning, Channel 5 Live with Myleene Klass, and an interview and video premiere on BBC Breakfast.
From Lincoln, The Decomposers are Matt Belton (Vocals, Guitar), Louis Belton (Guitar), Mike Tierney (Bass) and Ryan Donohue (Drums).
The Decomposers formed in mid-2015, and spent a year in hiding, writing and recording before releasing videos for THERAPY and BLOOD RUNS COLD followed by their debut EP, BORN OUT OF SILENCE in the spring of 2016. EP available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc.
Matt McGinn has been a lynch-pin on the Irish music scene for a quite a while. Having travelled the world backing major artists, it was the release of his second album in 2015, ‘Latter Day Sinner’ that truly stamped his authority as a songwriter and performer. Daily Telegraph music editor, Martin Chilton, listed ‘Latter Day Sinner’ in his top folk albums of that year. The first track, ‘I’m not Looking Down Anymore’, won Matt a coveted place on the Electric Picnic’s Cosby Stage.
In 2017, Matt’s project ‘Lessons of War’ will take him around the world collaborating with some incredible musicians from countries affected by conflict including those at France’s infamous refugee camp at Calais. Although at home in the studio recording and producing it’s live where the magic really happens. Matt’s immediate bond with an audience whilst surrounded by some of Ireland’s best musicians, mean no two shows will ever be the same.
‘Darkest Before the Day, what a truly beautiful track… Matt, your album is superb. I’ve seen Matt play live, he’s fantastic… and Latter Day Sinner is a beautiful album.’ BOB HARRIS – Radio 2
‘Such a great talent… Such a great songwriter… Matt’s latest album ‘Latter Day Sinner’ just keeps getting better with every play’ BBC’s RALPH MCLEAN
Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album “Still” was released in 2006 and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, Funk and a serious nod to the Blues – their follow up album “Mercy’s Medicine” was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim. The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill and guitarist Jules Fothergill – she, with a dynamic and powerful vocal style, has been described as “Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis“. while Jules’ incendiary guitar stylings have made him a mainstay of the UK Blues scene.
Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals or playing smaller support slots which have included Guilfest, Maryport Blues Festival, London’s Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival (supporting Joe Bonamassa) to various festivals throughout Europe. northsyde.co.uk
Award-winning, Manchester-born singer-songwriter Albert Man plays both solo and with a full band, writing piano-led, melodic pop songs described as “sweet piano led shenanigans that come over like the lovechild of Billy Joel and Adam Levine”.
He is set to release a brand new six-track EP “Nothing Of Nothing Much”, recorded at Pete Townshend’s barge studio, in early 2017 and has already received airplay on BBC Introducing London for his new single “I Feel Like Dancing”. The same song was chosen for Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves on his Fresh On The Net blog in the same week, which is now the third time Albert has been featured – “I Feel Like Dancing, is the result of a highly professional quality of songwriting that, given the publicity, would easily scale the charts.” – Benji Tranter (Fresh On The Net). The music video for this single was premiered with Gigslutz, who commented that the EP “flows with emotion-strewn melodies and a witty lyricism”.
Electric Umbrella is a co-creation between adults with learning disabilities and professional musicians. It creates musical experiences that bring people together in an environment that is fun, welcoming, inclusive and above all JOYFUL, celebrating life, love and music.
Through weekly music sessions to pub gigs, big shows, large festivals, live radio and everything in between, Electric Umbrella is helping to challenge the perception of people with learning disabilities by empowering and enriching their lives through music. electricumbrella.wordpress.com
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Katie Masson and Juan Fos are a UK-based acoustic duo that write and perform in a refreshing fusion of styles that include Soul, Pop, Country and Latin.
The combination of soulful voices and a varied, versatile approach to instrumentation allows them to create a unique sound, blending percussive energy and a dynamism that’s rooted in the very best traditions of classic songwriting. katieplusjuan.com
Luke Scurr is one of the UK’s finest classical guitarists (and one of it’s top Bluegrass banjo players!) with a rich and varied repertoire of classical guitar pieces, as well as Jazz, film soundtrack and contemporary pop arrangements.
His relaxed and fluid playing style, combined with a highly curated choice of works is the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful, relaxing afternoon of culture.
Lauren Archer is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Harpenden who cites her inspirations as Banks, Birdy, Dua Lipa and Tove Lo. She infuses folk undertones with an electronic pop edge and asserts that her primary focus is lyrics and storytelling.
Currently working on her debut release, Lauren has been recording with some of the most in-demand producers in the UK and already has interest from a variety of record labels and publishers. With a raw and focused approach, it’s surely only a matter of time before Lauren Archer is a cited as one of the bright young stars of British Pop music. Watch this space…
Concrete Caverns are a Britrock quartet who formed in October 2014. Their songs build moody verses and lyrically contagious choruses into enormous bridge sections and solos. The band consists of Joe Driffield (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Zach Stone (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals), Liam Banga (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Dan Fishlock (Drums and Backing Vocals). These four lads aren’t shy to perform, putting on high intensity shows with sensational energy. Their sound and stage presence has often drawn comparisons to early Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
COAX are a brand new 4-piece Guitar Pop/Rock band, whose music is the perfect mix of catchy guitar riffs and big pop choruses.
After a mini-debut tour in late ’16, their radio debut on BBC Introducing Solent (and being chosen as Vodafone’s Future Breakers) the band have been writing and recording in the build up to the release of their debut EP ‘Holding On’. This will be released mid-March on all major digital platforms, and features contributions from Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nathan Cross (Saturdays, Jason Chance) and a track co-written with James Birt (Red Triangle Productions).
Since we were small we enjoyed listening to the music of big rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. We started the band playing our favourite rock songs but then quickly decided to start writing our own music. We have come up with our own style and our songs are about daily things in our lives. We decided to name our band after one of our favourite books: “The Magician’s Nephew” which is a prequel to the books of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It’s been an amazing experience so far and we hope you’ll enjoy it too!
Founded in 2007, ThePapersnakes are a St. Albans based songwriting duo of Paul Kerr (vocals/guitar) and Chris Ward (vocals/bass). From the outset, the band was focused on writing and performing original material and original songs have featured in every performance from the start.
Drawing together an eclectic mix of influences including Rock, Pop, Funk, Ska and Reggae their songs have a real variety – from the thumping rock of “Beast in the East”, through the classic funk sound of “Do the Walk” to the radio-friendly acoustic pop of “Glimmer of Hope” : there’s no such thing as a “typical” ThePapersnakes song. Performances are mainly as the acoustic duo but ThePapersnakes also perform in a three-piece band format (with a drums) and full-on electric guitar & bass.
In early 2016, they performed their first live, acoustic radio session on local radio (Radio Verulam) and have since become regular performers on the Station and their songs are frequently played. In May 2017, they released their latest CD, the “Red Jeans” EP, which features three original songs, including the popular song “Glimmer of Hope”. ThePapersnakes are regular performers on their local acoustic/songwriting scene, and are invited to play at many of the organised local organised events (Larks in the Parks. St. Albans Food and Wine Festival, IOFringe).