In any generation, there are precious few singers that can tap into a seemingly bottomless well of emotion. Jo Harman is just such an artist.
From delicate, fractured introspection to the righteous fury of a woman scorned, the range and raw honesty of her songwriting provides a landscape over which her voice soars, delivering lyrics and melodies that are always beautiful, often heartbreaking and never less than breathtaking. joharman.com
Iain Hornal’s music betrays a lifetime of such artistic diversity that it’s hard to pin him down. He’s played on the world’s largest stages as a sideman with the likes of Jeff Lynne’s ELO and 10cc, but his talents as a multi-instrumentalist and writer are equally impressive.
A deep well of influences seep through his music – flashes of classic 80’s intelli-pop that suggest Bowie, Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel blend with the lush harmony and rich textures of The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. It is undeniably pop, but drawn from an era when pop music had a brain, a soul, and a heart. hornal.net
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
In 2002, Sinéad Quinn shot to success when she was awarded 2nd place in the BBC1 TV show ‘Fame Academy’. As the only contestant selected by a public vote (rather than the judges’ panel), it’s no surprise that she went on to release two hit singles and a self-penned album entitled ‘Ready to Run’.
Her love of music from the ‘50s &‘60s is clearly evident in her own songwriting, although the influence of strong female artists since then brings the feel up to date with a contemporary twist.
One half of The Kondoors, Jessica Greenfield is widely considered one of the UK’s top female vocalists. Her voice, raw, soulful and sultry brings to mind the rock / soul crossover of Tina Turner blended with the emotion and vulnerability of Dusty Springfield. The daughter of musicians, she grew up surrounded by music and began performing in public at age 15.
Since then, her career has seen her performing with the likes of funk/soul legend Roy Ayers, Dionne Bromfield, (The Voice winner) Leanne Mitchell and boxer Barry McGuigan as well as contributing lead vocals for The Herbaliser (USA & European festival and arena tours) and featured on their last album ‘Same As It Never Was’ under the name Jessica Darling.
Recently, she has been co-writing new material with some great songwriters including (Music Week Producer of the Year) Jake Gosling (Ed Sheehan, Lady Gaga, Wiley, Daniel Merriweather), Ben Langmaid (LaRoux) Martin Brammer (James Morrison, Lighthouse family) Peter Vetesse (Annie Lennox, Boyzone, Heather Small) and Tim Fraser (Tina Turner).
Seb Wesson’s acoustic folk stylings hint at an alternate reality where the nimble fretwork of Richard Thompson found itself on the American alternative rock scene of the 90s.
Sweetly sung melody and beautiful harmonies drag over effortless guitar picking with the fragility and laid-back cool of a romantic slacker dream. A unique fusion of styles, his songs are a soundtrack to love, loss and watching moments pass across a lazy, hazy summer. sebwesson.com
From sweet and soulful one minute, to a hard-edged rasp the next, Abi Murray’s voice sets her apart from her contemporaries. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Abi has performed at some of the UK’s top festivals, including the Isle of Wight, Wilkestock and V-Dub Island, as well as doing shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Currently working on her debut EP, Abi’s songwriting draws as much from the elegance of classic American R&B as from the grit of contemporary rock, creating a sound that is filled with soul, energy and passion. Facebook.com/abimusicuk
Don’t be fooled by the staid exterior that Gavin Conder projects. As soon as he opens his mouth, the passion and heartache come flooding out. Drawing on a host of influences that include the likes of Sam Cooke, Connor Reeves and Marvin Gaye, Conder brings a combination of bluesy grit and old school soul to everything he touches.
Equally at home in a driving rock song or a sweet R&B ballad, his voice and stage presence have made him one of London’s most sought after male vocalists.
Born and raised in St Albans, Hope Russell-Winter is a growing YouTube star in her own right.
With a voice that positively drips with emotion, her original songs and cover versions show a vocal range and emotional maturity that makes it hard to believe that she’s still in her teens. hopemusic.co.uk
Mexican-born singer-songwriter / producer Adrian Garcia mixes Latin Pop, Funk, Rock and Electro-Pop to create a sound that is instantly classic and yet undeniably fresh and modern.
Catchy melodies, driving rhythms and tight funky horn parts permeate his work, inviting inevitable comparisons to Bruno Mars, but delivered with a swagger that invokes the heat, excitement and sensuality of Latin America. adriangarciaofficial.com
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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.
Tom Billington & Sinead Quinn came together over a shared love of the Country & Americana music. Together, they make a sound that is as old as the waves that brought their influences here, but as fresh as the wind that carried them. It rolls and it rocks, swings and sings, and is as honest as the day is long.
Their band features drummer Paul Stewart and bassist Ciaran Jeremiah (both of mega-pop band The Feeling), pedal steel virtuoso Matt Park (The Mystery Jets), mandolin supremo Stuart Wilkinson (Andy Burrows… and more recently David Brent’s ‘Forgone Conclusion’) and are rounded out by the fabulous Sam Willcock on guitar. billingtonandquinn.com
Anjali Perin draws on her British and Sri Lankan heritage to create a jazz-tinged style of soulful songwriting which blends influences like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald with South Indian Carnatic music and Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance).
Her sets are filled with spontaneity, navigating the length and breadth of musical dynamism, from intimate moments singing over solo piano to soaring scat solos over a funk-infused rhythm section – with musicality flowing across every phrase, groove and lyric. anjaliperin.com
Tom Billington’s love of performing was built around campfires, amateur dramatics and kitchen parties playing music with his family as a child. For the best part of a decade, Tom fronted the group Mohair, touring the world alongside acts like The Killers and Razorlight, and has since carved out a rich and varied performing career.
When he’s not on stage, Tom is busy championing music education as well as running Electric Umbrella, which provides exciting and engaging music experiences for adults with learning disabilities. A living, breathing music machine, Tom is on a mission to share the joy with as many people as possible. tombillington.co.uk
Paul Canning has been singing and performing from a young age, and music has always played an important part in his life. He picked up the guitar at 14 and hasn’t put it down since, with a rich and varied career that has included signing record deals with Virgin Records and Warner Records.
Over the years, Paul has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including Wembley Arena, O2 Wireless Festival, and on top shows, including ITV’s This Morning and Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show, as well as appearing in national tours and support slots for major artists. Most recently, he has been appearing in the global smash hit Beatles touring show ‘Let It Be’. letitbelive.com
Ciaran Jeremiah is a founding member of internationally acclaimed power-pop band The Feeling. Alongside having written, recorded and toured with the band from 2006 – 2016, he has written and recorded in a folk duo with his brother Kevin Jeremiah (also a member of the Feeling) as ‘The Jeremiah Bros’.
In recent years, Ciaran has teamed up with a number of emerging artists – on a variety of instruments, (most notably playing piano for Iain Hornal) and if you’re lucky, you might catch him playing bass and singing for the Durrell AllStars. twitter.com/ciaranjeremiah thejeremiahbrothers.com
Glasgow-native Kirsty Crawford first found success on ITV’s Pop Idol in 2003, after which she signed a contract for a solo project, writing and recording material with Mark Goldenberg (L.A.), Aerostorm (UK), Tommy Rando and Hannan & Hannan (AU).
Throughout her career, she has had strong ties with rock music and musical theatre, performing onstage alongside James Corden, Melanie C, Peter Andre and Chris Moyles, as the host of the immensely popular Rockaoke, live-karaoke rock band. In March 2010, Kirsty also performed in the role of ‘Maureen’ in the hit musical RENT at the Welwyn Garden City’s Campus West Theatre.
In addition to performing, Kirsty has recently launched her own design company ‘Splat and Sparkle’.
Annie Grace grew up in a musical family, listening to a huge range of music, but was drawn to the gospel stylings of Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone which helped craft her talent and develop a rich tone with deep emotion and soul. She started public performances at 13 and, inspired by expert vocal coaching and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music, at age 16 she attended the renowned ACM in Guildford, completinged four years of study and performance, to degree level.
Annie Grace has recently completed a series of high-profile recording and live sessions singing with major artists that including Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Vaults, Daley, Daniel Bedingfield, Will Young & Beverley Knight. A regular performer at a variety of leading London venues, she appears in residency at the exclusive Arts Club (Mayfair) with her 9-piece 50’s soul band, ‘Tommy T & The Belletones’ and at the Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street with her own quartet.
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Tim Oliver is an experienced TV and film composer with a wide range of credits encompassing theatrical feature documentary, BBC documentary, theatrical features as well as numerous high profile commercials and promos. He comes from a background and ongoing career as a session keyboard player, performing with top artists such as Lady Gaga, Pixie Lott, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Boy George, Neneh Cherry, Mavis Staples, Thunder, Alexandra Burke and Gloria Gaynor. He has played all over the world from Japan to Dubai in venues as diverse as London’s O2, where he yearly performs on the Young Voices tour, to Glastonbury, where his set with ‘Get Cape’ was nominated for Best Live Set in the 2010 UK festival awards.
Tim has also had numerous TV appearances on programmes such as ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’ , ‘Top of the Pops’, ’The One Show‘ ‘This Morning’, ‘The Graham Norton Show’, ‘TFI Friday’, and was a track programmer for the ITV prime-time Saturday night show, ‘Sing If You Can’. He has also worked as the musical director on the hit West End show Taboo.
The Durrell AllStars is something of a supergroup, featuring Let It Be’s Paul Canning on vocals and The Feeling’s Ciaran Jeremiah alongside guitar ace Owen Roberts and West End drum Supremo Dominic Goundar.
The group comes together to play a particular flavour of west-coast USA-infused classic rock and pop. Fans of the guitar-rich and harmony-drenched sounds of The Eagles, The Travelling Wilburies, Tom Petty, The Band and Crowded House take note – there’s a supergroup in town.
Multi-instrumentalist Dave Marks is one of the UK’s most versatile musicians. Starting with a love of songwriting and composition, he fuses a deep sense of groove with an ear-catching melodic approach to creating music.
Over the last twenty years he has toured, gigged, recorded and guested with the likes of Robert Plant, Hans Zimmer, Amy MacDonald, Carl Palmer, Mel C, Hurts, Paul Young, Rick Parfitt, Rick Parfitt Jr, Wishbone Ash, Martin Fry (ABC), The Drifters, Ola Onabule, Belinda Carlisle, Stanon Moore, Boo Hewerdine, Paul Carrack, D:Ream, Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and many more. davemarks.com
Emily Parker is one half of Parker’s Band (with her husband, Owen Parker) whose debut album comes out in March 2017. Her solo set will feature her singing some of her favourite songs from artists such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Rickie Lee Jones, as well as some Christmas favourites!
Emma McGrath, aged just 16, is already turning heads. With influences ranging from Tracey Chapman to Bombay Bicycle Club, she crafts hard-hitting acoustic music carried by an incredibly powerful voice.
At age 15, Emma won the PRS Foundation’s Lynsey de Paul Prize for Female Songwriters, released her first EP ‘The Judgement’ and has since gone on to release another single – ‘Sit With Me’. Sit With Me was featured on BBC Radio 2, both on Dermot O’Leary’s show and Bob Harris’ Sunday show, and was twice listed as the BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC 3 Counties Radio. emmamcgrath.co.uk
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
Draped in velvet, corduroy and displaying a timeless sense of style, songwriter George Frakes emerges from the mists of North London. He steps onto the stage and begins. The sound majestically swells forth from the very marrow of his bones exuding a quiet, calm energy focused into a stream of seamlessly picked guitar and vocals that evokes the folk and blues greats of past and present.
Fresh from supporting acts like Frank Turner and Daughter, he is currently recording his debut album while appearing in folk clubs, blues dives and festival stages all over the UK. facebook.com/georgefrakes1
Born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland, Katrin made the move to London in her teens, where she quickly stood out from her contemporaries, winning the award for ‘Best Vocalist’ in her graduating class at the ICMP in London. Her stagecraft, passion and energy have ensured that she stayed busy with professional gigs throughout her education and since with a range of popular artists including Senser and Aggro Santos.
Soulful, articulate and passionate – her voice, although filled with feminine sensuality, is often unleashed with the confidence and power of a rock singer. She has performed extensively across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Katrin has honed her craft working alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Daddy Yankee, Sir Tim Rice, Saint Saviour (Groove Armada), Damian Reynolds (X-Factor, Britain’s got talent) Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps) and Cock’n’Bull Kid (Moshi Moshi records). facebook.com/IntroducingKat
Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company that was founded in 1974. Primarily based at their own purpose-built venue in North London, they create theatre for all ages and run a range of successful outreach projects, education courses and membership programmes every year.
They are also a registered charity and rely heavily on the generous support of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations in order to continue their pioneering work. For a great introduction to who they are and what they do, visit the Chickenshed website to see a short film by Lex Halaby from Paydirt Pictures. chickenshed.org.uk
The NA Music Glee Club is a welcoming, inclusive environment where children learn to sing and dance, build confidence, make new friends and develop the skills needed to communicate more effectively with others.
Nicola Anne has been performing nationally for 10 years and has a wealth of experience working with children of all ages, with students that have gone to a secure variety of successful roles, including work in commercials and West End Theatre.
The Glee Club is all about the joy of performing and working as part of a group, channelling your energy and emotions into a wonderful creative outlet that everyone can enjoy.
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
We are incredibly proud of our school. We prioritise first hand experiences and promote a love of learning through engaging learning themes designed in partnership with the children.
We are a team who regularly discuss the skills and characteristics of good learners with the children. Through the development of Learning Heroes we have given children a vocabulary for talking about the learning process. Dog, Duck, Bear and Monkey each have specific skills that make them good learners; they make mistakes but don’t give up, try hard and work well with others. Our reflective attitudes, vision and aims shape the developments we make and ensure we have a shared understanding of what is important.
You will discover more about us by exploring the rest of this website, but the very best way to get a feel for our school is to come and visit; you are always welcome. Please contact us and we will be happy to show you around. Bernard Heath Infant School
The UR Crew are a group of DJ’s who regularly take part in DJ skills workshops and run their own club nights throughout the year. They develop their own publicity, marketing materials and visuals, as well as DJ’ing on the nights.
The group is made up of learning disabled young adults who play everything from R&B to Rock, Pop to Punk and beyond! The UR Crew organise regular events at a variety of venues around the St Albans District and are also available to hire to DJ at your event.