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Jessica Lynn Unveils 'Crazy Idea' and UK Tour Dates

Jessica Lynn

Being hailed as “the New Woman in Country,” and “Shania's Successor,” Jessica Lynn is fast on her way to becoming a household name.

In the last two years, the New York singer/songwriter has completed three highly successful nationwide tours of the United States and has seen her first two full length concert television specials, “This Much Fun – Live from the Winery at St. George,” and "Jessica Lynn - Takin' Over - Live from The Paramount " be met with rave reviews and seen by millions of viewers nationwide across America.

She has sung her country’s National Anthem twice in New York’s Madison Square Garden by special invite, signed a major publishing deal with publishing giant Round Hill Music that had her in Nashville writing with today’s top hit writers, and wrapped up three national summer tours sharing stages with Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Jake Owen, Sammy Kershaw, Clint Black, Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar and others.

Jessica Lynn

Last year, Jessica hit the road with country legend Jo Dee Messina for a west coast tour and recently had the honor of opening for the “Queen of Country Music” herself, Loretta Lynn. Her high-energy and dynamic live show has garnered rave reviews from critics worldwide with the CBS Evening National News calling her a "Rocket Force."

2016 saw Jessica on her first international tour in Canada and Europe and she released her debut self-titled EP. The first official music video and single from the EP, "Not Your Woman," hit Number 1 for four weeks in a row on "The Iceman's Top 40 New Country Chart." The Iceman’s chart is the only New Country Countdown show listed and recognised in the 2016 Country Music Association’s Industry Guide.

2017 will take Jessica and the band around the world again with a busy schedule that includes a summer long European/UK tour in support of her new EP, “Look At Me That Way.” The new EP produced and co-written in Belgium by acclaimed Producer Patrick Hamilton (Katherine Jenkins, David Garrett), includes three new cuts that will be making their way to UK and European radio this summer.

UK Tour Dates

Jessica Lynn


26th July Glasgow- venue TBC

27th July Slade Rooms Wolverhampton

28th July The Lexington London

29th July Ramblin' Man - Maidstone/Kent

For more information visit the website at www.JessicaLynnMusic.org 
 

Neil Young Endorses Dan Raza to have
his 'Payday'


Dan Raza 'Two'

In the wake of the Iraq war, Neil Young featured a stirring song called ‘Every Little Dog’ on his ‘Living With War’ website. The track was by Indian/British singer-songwriter Dan Raza, a writer who, like Young, creates music that whilst rooted in immediate genres transcends them by being able to touch on universal feelings and concepts. His songs have a strong sense of place and an enigmatic, wistful, restless quality at their heart.

The release of Dan Raza’s critically acclaimed debut album in 2012, alongside dates with Joan Armatrading, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon, Bellowhead, Mary Gauthier, Slaid Cleaves and more, cemented his place in the UK folk and roots scene and led BBC documentary maker, James Ashley Smith, to create ‘Can’t Go Back’, a short feature film about Raza’s sacrifices and struggles for his musical dreams.

Now with the release of his second album simply titled ‘Two’, it should be time that Raza is recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting and authentic new homegrown independent singer-songwriters with an outstanding new album of deeply written songs that every real music lover should lend their ears to.

The album features some great legendary talents backing Raza including BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Bert Jansch), Frank Mead (Albert King, Paul McCartney), and members of Slim Chance, Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Nick Lowe), Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane) and Charlie Hart (Ian Dury, Eric Clapton). The result is a finely produced album that is warm and immediate, yet has a depth and textural range that rewards repeat listening.

Dan Raza

Moments like ‘Shadowlands’ have a Tom Waits or Nick Cave feel with dark moody landscapes, classic sounding guitars and haunting folk instrumentation; others, like ‘Where The Rivers Divide’, suggest bittersweet blue atmospheres that ebb and flow with confidence and mastery whilst ‘Pay Day’ is a straight up gutsy folk-rock belter. The tracks are full of stories influenced by and reflecting all aspects of Raza’s travelling and personal life and the production oozes with quality.

‘Two’ is a special collection of songs which have been honed and lovingly created and should be cherished at home on nights alone or with friends. Release date is 7th July.

For details visit www.danraza.com
 

Stunning Debut from JoAnna Lee

JoAnna Lee 'The Real Thing'

Ladies, gentlemen and undecided… welcome to your earworm of the summer. It’s The Real Thing, it’s the debut single from singer-songwriter JoAnna Lee, it’s released on 28th July - and it’s utterly gorgeous. The album, So Free, follows on 22nd September.

“I wrote this song about a boy who walked into a bar,” explains JoAnna during the video for the acoustic version of The Real Thing, which comes as a bonus track on the single.

“And I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I got his name and number, and we had fun. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!”

Hailing from small-town Oregon, JoAnna Lee currently calls Austin, Texas – where the streets are paved with music – home. Her family – including grandmother JoAnne Riddle on piano and grandfather Janpa on chromatic harmonica – sowed the musical seeds, and by the time she was six she’d already graced a stage or three.

Having these experiences and people who helped build and show me life through music is why I have such a passion for it,” says JoAnna. It is one of the core elements that ties all of us together in this world, and in this life.”

JoAnna Lee

Split-screen 20 years later, and JoAnna had moved to Austin to pursue what comes naturally – which is when the right doors started opening. Her talent pricked the ears of multi-platinum selling producer Dwight Baker, with whom JoAnna worked closely to hone her sound – luscious, soulful pop with just the right amount of grit.

Another break came when she was invited by Les Cutmore to open for Deep Purple at the Dubai International Music Festival – soon after that, JoAnna was signed to Cutmore Records.

And the public are cottoning on in their droves. The Real Thing has surpassed 100,000 views on YouTube, with JoAnna’s beautiful acoustic version not far behind on 40,000. Her official Facebook is knocking on 12k likes, and The Real Thing is gaining solid play on US radio stations.

Oh, and we didn’t say JoAnna Lee is ‘the real thing’, because that would’ve been far too easy.

For more information visit the website at
www.joannaleemusic.com
 

Eliza and the Bear Take you 'Higher'

Eliza and the Bear

Eliza and the Bear take you ‘Higher’ and still ‘give good joy’.

That’s what The Guardian had to say about them and they have a point. Starting out, songs like ‘Light It Up’ and ‘It Gets Cold’ quickly became festival-friendly anthems with all the right chant-a-long choruses and uplifting lyrics, so much so that it was actually hard to hear them without jumping up and down. Even without a drink inside you.

But artists move things along, which is how we get to the all-new, just-as-bouncy but much more poppy sound of Eliza and the Bear 2.0 with its jittery dance sound and parping horns thanks in part to producer Hight, who has worked with the likes of Rita Ora and The Tide. Quite a turnaround, to put it mildly. The joy is still there – in spades! – as the new single ‘Higher’ proves beyond any reasonable doubt (‘Let me take you high, let me take you high…’) but it is a total rebirth, a brave and wholly successful reinvention of the band as a pure pop phenomenon.

By going back to the drawing board (actually it was someone’s dad’s shed and someone else’s back bedroom), the folky vibe was replaced by a pure, bouncy, funky pop with flavours of DNCE Nile Rodgers, Jamiroquai, Maroon 5, even Justin Timberlake proving that real artists have to have the courage to take a risk if they’re going to have a risk that pays off. In this case, big-time!

They were originally given odds of 5000 to one of making it with this whole new vibe. ’We played some shows that made us realise that we were willing to take those odds,’ says guitarist, Martin. ‘We started over and went back to my dad’s fishing shed, manoeuvring around the boxes of bait and tackle, to write “Higher”, which came from nothing but feeling free and wanting to play the most fun music we could make!’

Originally named after a book of poetry and once talked about in sentences containing the words Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons, Eliza and the Bear are five London-based mates who have slipped seamlessly from indie-folk-rock heroes to something altogether fresher. And have managed to take their fans with them.

It all started in 2011, having been in bands in their teens, when songwriter James Kellegher, who you’ll find on lead vocals and guitar, got together with fellow songsmith Callie Noakes, on keyboards. More mates – Martin Dukelow on guitar, Chris Brand on bass and Paul Kevin Jackson on drums – soon piled into the party and, with that strange name that had everyone asking which one was Eliza, started to pull things together. A few highly successful gigs later and a bidding war between the majors broke out.

But it wasn’t about record companies for Eliza and the Bears, it was seeing that people cared about them when they performed that mattered most, which is why they have kept true to their instincts and refreshed their whole sound in a way that’s nothing short of audacious.

People will gasp. Joyfully. The single ‘Higher’ has just been released.

For more information on Eliza and the Bear visit
www.elizaandthebear.com
 

Little Mammoths

Little Mammoths

Little Mammoths are a London-based Rock’n’Roll Bar Band formed in 2014, that continue charging down the vein of The Hold Steady, Drive-by Truckers and Wilco.

Comprised of Matt Owens (ex-Noah & The Whale) and some of his oldest friends, Olly Cox on bass and James Besley on drums, now neatly rounded off by renowned pedal steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte, this band have the sort of chemistry most can only dream of.

Their debut album ‘Phantom Dreams’ was recently released on vinyl in the Spring of 2017, featuring a set of raucous songs about nightly lock-ins the band were privy to over three years of touring the West Coast of Ireland and The Scottish Highlands. Their raw energy prompted Texan legend Ray Wylie Hubbard to declare, “If your ears dig gnawing on the gritty sounds from a young, dirty, cool rock band, I just found Little Mammoths who satisfy the craving…”

The quartet’s constant gigging and tireless work ethic often result in straight sets in excess of four hours, and has seen their road-hardened material performed to ecstatic crowds alongside Mumford & Sons, Fat White Family and Bahamas and at international festivals including Wilderness, Loopallu and The Clonakilty Guitar Festival.

Little Mammoths will release their eagerly anticipated second album ‘Cargo for The Road’ this summer, with pedal steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte now firmly in the fold and backed by a 3-piece horn section. The band are set promote the record through 2017 with extensive touring around Europe, and a full UK festival run, including Glastonbury.

Little Mammoths began their tour with  pre-Glastonbury warm up at Michael Eavis’ favourite watering hole the Pilton Working Men’s Club in April where they played an astonishing 8 hour set which included the entire repertoire their own material and covers by everyone from Radiohead and Foo Fighters, to Townes Van Zant and Wilco. Proceeds went to raising money for WaterAid.

Singer/guitarist Matt explains the long sets becoming the norm, “As we started to tour in a lot of far out places across Ireland and Scotland, you’d get paid, fed and put up if you could play for three hours, as you were the only band the venue needed to book that night. Initially it was born out of necessity, but we found it to be a great driving force to write more music and it's when we started really improving as a band, learning all our favourite songs we couldn’t yet play. We’d be driving from gig to gig listening to music, a track would come on we all loved and we’d say to each other, “we should get this one on up for tonight,” so we did. We still do it now. We’ve now got a set list that’s well over 100 songs, and it’s always great to look down at the setlist and see if it’s not yours, the next song is instead one of your favourite songs of all time.”

He further recounts about these groundbreaking mammoth sets which have given them the reputation as being dubbed ‘The Hardest Working Band in Rock’n’Roll’ out on the West Coast of Ireland, “What’s great is you when see all the regulars come in the afternoon, unsuspecting at the start of the set, have to eventually leave cos they said they’d be home for dinner, and then you see them sneak back in later out that evening to watch you encore for a few more hours. Then there are those that just stay for the duration and you’re literally watching them have an eight hour session right in front of you. I just can’t wait ‘til we’ve got 8 hours of all ‘Mammoths originals, but we’re working on that….”

Be sure to catch Little Mammoths on tour and pick up a copy of the new record ‘Cargo For The Road’. For more information about the band visit www.littlemammoths.com
 

Music


Sixtyplusurfers Interview


Carly Paoli


Carly Paoli

Interview by Jenny Itzcovitz


Nottinghamshire-born classical singer Carly Paoli has released her debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’. Featuring a rare duet with José Carreras, the album is an enchanting collection of classical and original compositions - some featuring lyrics by Carly herself. We caught up with Carly to find out how she started singing, the story behind the new album, and her sparkling singing career.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from and when you first started singing?

I grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire – which is where I am at the moment actually. However, I spend lots of time in Puglia, in the South of Italy, where all my relations on my Mum’s side of the family live.

I believe my passion for music and ability to sing came from that side of my family. From as early as I can remember, I was always singing. First it started with the Disney movies when I was three or four years old. Mum recognised my passion for singing and started buying videos of MGM musicals. I adored hearing the greats like Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra sing and dance.

When I was 9 years old, I started private singing lessons and it’s incredible to think that I’m still with the same singing coach today, and I’m now 28!

What inspired you to sing opera and classical songs, and how did you learn your craft?

Carly Paoli

I don’t feel that I can call myself an ‘Opera’ singer yet as apart from roles that I sang whilst at the Royal Northern College of Music, I have yet to perform on stage in an Opera. But it’s something I would love to do at some stage in my career.

At the moment though, I am loving the privilege of performing and recording songs that I love so much and actually playing a hand in the creative side of the music as well. Even when a little girl my voice always had a ‘classical’ quality and I was awarded scholarships to study at Tring Park and the Royal Northern College of Music, where all the students worked very hard on their technique.

However, you never finish learning and I am still having coaching with Liz Hetherington, my original teacher. Your voice grows and matures with your body, learning to adapt to these changes is important.

I am really enjoying listening to your new album ‘Singing My Dreams’. Can you tell us about it and how you chose the songs to sing on it?

Carly Paoli

I love the fact that you’ve been enjoying the album – that’s wonderful to hear. I chose ‘Singing My Dreams’ for the title as I believe it is the product of what I’ve been doing my whole life. I’ve only ever had one dream and that is to perform and sing on stage.

Every song on that album has a personal connection with me. I wrote lyrics for two of the songs, ‘Memory of You’ and ‘Why’. I’ve also added my own English text to ‘Se Tu Fossi’ (Cinema Paradiso) and ‘En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor’ which reflect the sentiment of the original Italian and Spanish texts. It’s something truly special for me to share writing credits with Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone on one of the most iconic cinema themes.

The first song on the album, ‘Music of Heaven’ I heard performed live by one of my musical inspirations, Jason Robert Brown, when I was just 16 years old. My incredible producer, Romano Musumarra has composed for some of the most celebrated names in music - Luciano Pavarotti and Celine Dion for example. He made the whole process extra special by letting me be a part of the creative process.

The album features the beautiful song En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor, a duet with José Carreras. What was it like to work with Carreras and how did you choose the song?

Carly Paoli singing with José Carreras

Working with José Carreras was everything as special as I dreamt it could be and more. He was one of my ‘go to’ singers whilst I was studying at The Royal Northern. Although obviously as a tenor he wouldn’t directly be singing my actual repertoire, I would often listen to how he would perform songs in the same genre that I was learning at the time.

Such a warm, beautiful voice. I have wonderful memories of recording ‘En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor’ in his hometown, Barcelona. The song means a great deal to him because it depicts the magical garden of ‘Aranjuez’ in his home region of Catalonia.

It was a huge honour for me that he was willing to adapt this classic into a duet and sing it with me. I have added some English lyrics and I feel that is now a modern classic.

I also love the romantic song Il Mio Miracolo with Alessandro Safina, which is sung in both English and Italian, can you tell us more about the song, where it comes from? And also about singing the duet with Safina?

Il Mio Miracolo was composed by Romano Musamarra, my producer for ‘Singing My Dreams’. The song was recorded in ‘The Forum Studios,’ which are located in the heart of Rome. This was such an incredible place to record music as it’s where Ennio Morricone recorded some of his most celebrated soundtracks, so a very inspiring work space.

Alessandro Safina is one of Italy’s finest tenors. His voice is featured in the movie Moulin Rouge. When Ewan McGregor is accompanied in ‘Your Song’ by this rich tenor voice…. That’s Alessandro. I love the song and I think Romano really captured the romance.

Where was the album recorded and who provided the musical accompaniment? What did you enjoy most about the process?

As I mentioned earlier, a few of the tracks were recorded in ‘The Forum Studios’ in Rome, with an all-Italian orchestra. The rest of the music however was recorded in Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Hearing the songs played for the first time by such an amazing orchestra is the moment that always gets me. I can’t describe how special the feeling is when you hear what you’ve seen on the music scores brought to life. I think the whole team has a lump in their throats at that moment.

You have also appeared on stage with Andrea Bocelli, what was it like to perform with him and do you have any special memories?

Carly Paoli sings with Andrea Bocelli

I’ve performed with Andrea Bocelli now on a few occasions. He’s such a big musical name of our generation, I don’t think I knew quite what to expect on the first occasion when we sang together at The Roman Baths or Terme di Caracalla as they are known in Italy.

He broke the ice before we started singing when he said, “You look beautiful in red”. He’s a very gentle, humble soul and a true performer. Singing with him last year at the O2 Arena was quite incredible.

You will be touring with Collabro in the Autumn. Can you tell us more about it and what you are most looking forward to?

I will be joining Collabro on my first UK tour this October, which is something I’m truly thrilled to talk about. They are such talented individuals, and I think we share many of the same musical loves.

It’s going to be interesting singing with not one but four gentlemen. One of the dates, November 21st brings me back to my local area with a show at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. I’m very much looking forward to playing that one!

I understand that you have performed at Windsor Castle and St James’s Palace for HRH Prince Charles. It must have been very special for you. What songs did you sing and were there any memorable moments?

Carly Paoli

I have performed for HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall now on two occasions. Both were in honour of ‘The Prince’s Trust’ foundation. The first time I performed the songs that now feature on my album, and it was a huge honour to be invited to perform again the following year. I think that meant that they enjoyed my singing.

The Duchess of Cornwall did congratulate me and asked for one of the first copies of my album.

How do you warm up your voice before a performance and keep it strong during a long concert or tour?

Training, daily vocal exercises and singing through the repertoire is what keeps me strong and confident for performance. It’s important I look after my body and I have always had a healthy diet and dance or visit the gym for regular exercise.

The voice isn’t an instrument that you can put away in its box, it’s something you live with everyday and the way you treat your body can really effect the way that instrument works.

You have performed in stunning venues all around the world including Rome’s Fori Imperiali and Terme di Caracalla, Monaco, Malaysia, Florence, New York (Carnegie Hall) and London’s O2 Arena. Were there any favourites? And how did the atmosphere and audience vary in such diverse surroundings?

Carly Paoli sings at the Fori Imperiali


The Roman Forum was a breath-taking venue. Last year my song was adopted as the official song for Pope Francis’ Jubilee year, ‘The Year of Mercy.’ The concert was held in the heart of the Roman Forum to celebrate this special message.

I think the artists and the audience were greatly affected by the history that framed the stage that evening. It was like performing in the most epic open air museum.

You have worn some beautiful dresses, who designs your gowns and helps with your makeup and hair?

I don’t drink, I don’t smoke but I do have a terrible weakness for fashion. I’ve always loved clothes and shoes. I love the element of drama that a beautiful gown adds to a performance.

I have had a great relationship with the design team at Catherine Walker for a few years and there is always a timeless elegance with their gowns. Recently I have worn Zuhair Murad, Oscar De La Renta and Ezra Couture for performances. 

What music do you listen to when you are relaxing? And what music inspires and moves you?

Carly Paoli

I listen to a huge variety of music for relaxation. From a young age, I was inspired by Michael Jackson with songs such as ‘Man in The Mirror’ and ‘Will You Be There?’ Frank Sinatra of course has a special something that I can always listen to.

David Phelps has a truly glorious voice, which is very uplifting and I think from endless times of watching ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Hello Dolly,’ Barbra Streisand's effortless way of colouring a song has always captivated me. Luciano Pavarotti, what a voice! Again so free and effortless.

You are patron of the children’s charity When You Wish Upon a Star, can you tell us more about it and how you help the children and their families?

I first sang for the charity ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ when I was just 13 years old. My mother was a travel agent at the time, and so would help organise trips for the children and their families. It is an incredible charity that grants wishes to children who can often suffer with terminal illnesses. It is heart breaking seeing what these children and their families go through.

It’s a gift that this charity helps support in finding time for these families to experience something together that’s not all about hospitals. Not only do they make special wishes happen for these courageous children, they also support the families. I’ve performed for the charity on so many occasions over the years, so I’ve seen first hand the beautiful way the charity gently touches the lives of these children and their parents and siblings.

Last year I released a Christmas single to raise money and awareness of the charity in order to help make more dreams come true. Everton Football Club and Chang Beer very kindly supported this venture.

The success in your career must have been very magical for you. What have been the highlights so far?

Carly Paoli


It has been an amazing journey, not just for me but also for my family. Mum and Dad recognised my love for singing as a child, and I suppose my dream became their dream.

This album has to be the highlight though. It’s the product of all the dreaming I’ve done over the years, all the chatting with Mum in the car when she’d pick me up from school to take me to dance or singing lessons.

How do you rest and relax when you are not performing? What are your favourite hobbies?

I love to dance, especially in Latin American styles. I spend lots of time in the gym or when the weather is pleasant, I run outdoors. I love my period dramas on the TV; ‘Outlander’ and ‘The Durrells’ have been my favourites recently.

When I can I spend time in the south of Italy, as a lot of my childhood friends still live there. I feel like time stands still there. It’s such a beautiful corner of the world.

Have you collected any interesting souvenirs from your many and varied travels?

Magnets … The front of my fridge is very interesting now. They’re lovely reminders of where I’ve been.

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

Carly Paoli

It’s been a pleasure to share my story with readers of Sixtyplusurfers.

I hope you will enjoy listening to my album ‘Singing My Dreams’ as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.

    Now listen to Carly
   Paoli sing Ave Maria




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For more information about Carly Paoli visit her website at www.CarlyPaoli.com

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

    Win Of Time and
Tides by The Hallows


Win Of Time and Tides by The Hallows

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Fifth Element to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Of Time and Tides, the debut album by The Hallows.

English alternative pop band, The Hallows, are set to release their single, ‘Angel’, on August 26th, alongside their much anticipated debut album, Of Time and Tides.

But it wasn’t until listening back to their first single that they even came up with a name.

I woke up one morning and it suddenly seemed an obvious choice, says Joe Rodriguez, one third of The Hallows.

It’s believed that the four elements – air, fire, earth and water – are known as ‘hallows’, and they feature strongly in the lyrics of our songs, so we all felt the name was a perfect fit.

The Hallows

Alongside Joe (drums) is Sarah Rodriguez (vocals/keys/synth) and Dave Pugh (bass). Together, it’s a sassy triptych that formed in London in 2014 after a decade of hanging out and gigging together.

The vision of The Hallows is to ‘create punchy, atmospheric pop with a big sound’, and feel free to quote us on that. It’s intelligent, grown-up pop, with erudite lyrics, dreamy melodies, and vocals that are reminiscent of a bit of Kate Bush here, a bit of Tori Amos there. And in this age of over-production and showing off, it’s a sound we’ve been craving - and one that delivers an infectious idiosyncrasy all of its own.

Unsurprisingly, The Hallows’ musical influences are all the right names. From Motown through to Beethoven via your harder rock, they include Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley and Fleetwood Mac (Sarah), Queen, Radiohead and The Police (Joe), and over in Dave’s corner we have The Beatles, Queens Of The Stoneage and Rage Against The Machine.

And Sarah’s CV is pretty rammed. While touring with Hafdis Huld, she supported Paulo Nutini in the UK and France during his These Streets tour; while working at Disneyland Paris she took a turn as Snow White on the Electric Light Parade; and during the filming of Will Kevans’ Dialling Tone music video – in which Sarah played piano and also starred Russell Tovey - an extra was ejected from the set for exposing himself by way of an ill-fitting mankini. Whether anyone was offended is yet to be ascertained.

Sarah has also performed live at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and SXSW, Joe’s drum skills have seen him added to Odery Drums’ roster of endorsed international acts, and Dave’s classically trained pianist mum can probably take credit for the Beethoven thing.

Oh, and if anyone’s taking notes, Dave is also a really great cook and created a tasting menu to accompany Of Time and Tides.

The Hallows

Being a three-piece also has its advantages, and not just the ‘slightly’ lower bar tab. It means the ideas bounce around with ease, rehearsals are a doddle, and there’s room for everyone to express themselves.

And after 18 months of the above, The Hallows went into Riverside Studios in Bath to put down the debut album, Of Time and Tides, alongside producer Seb Pecchia (Robert Plant’s Mighty Rearranger). Mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin at Metropolis Studios, London, the album is released on 26th August, with the single, Angel, alongside this. And look out for the remix of their song Element, produced by Seb alongside Goldfrapp bassist and Grammy-winning Charlie Jones. A tour is also planned for August.

 Listen to The Hallows



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Of Time and Tides is released on 26th August.

For more information visit www.thehallows.uk

 For Your Chance to Win

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new single
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       a) Rose
       b) Angel
       c) Unicorn
       d) Princess


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Busted Concert at Royal Albert Hall 


Busted perform at the Royal Albert Hall


Following a sterling performance supporting global superstar, Ed Sheeran for his Teenage Cancer Trust show earlier this year, two-time BRIT Award winners Busted have announced a return to the Royal Albert Hall for their very own headline set on 17th October.
Tickets are on sale from LiveNation.co.uk

Speaking about the news, Matt Willis said, “We are very excited to announce a special show at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be no ordinary Busted gig, we'll have a few surprises in store for our fans to make it a night to remember!"

Busted perform at the Royal Albert Hall

The past twelve months have been colossal for Matt, James and Charlie. Following a twelve year hiatus,​ ​the three-piece stunned fans​ ​with​ ​an eighteen date sold out 'Pigs Can Fly'​ ​arena tour and the release of an album packed with brand new material.

Recorded in LA, and aptly titled Night​ ​Driver, the release revealed a mature and sonically rich sound, with lead single - the​ ​disco-pop ‘On What You’re On’​ ​which surpassed​ ​a whopping five million streams.

Busted

Eager to introduce the new music to fans on the live circuit, the band embarked on a sold-out headline tour across UK, Europe and Japan earlier this year and have even earned themselves their first ever Glastonbury Festival slot on Saturday at the Avalon Stage.


Fans will also be able to catch the band at an array of other festivals including AmpRocks Festival, Chris Evans’ Carfest and main stage at V Festival ahead of their Royal Albert Hall show in October.

Upcoming Live Dates

07 July - Cardiff Uni Great Hall
08 July - Bristol Pride, Bristol Amphitheatre
15 July​ ​-​ ​Festival Too, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
16 July​ ​-​ ​South Tyneside Summer Festival, Tyne & Wear​
22 July​ ​- Splendour in The Park, Nottingham
27 July - MTV Crashes Plymouth
28 July​ ​- Carfest North, Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire
19 August​ ​- V Festival, Chelmsford
20​ ​August​ - V Festival, Stafford​
27 August​ - Carfest South, ​Laverstoke Park Farm, ​Hampshire

Busted 'Night Driver'

Night Driver is out on now via East/West Records.
Listen to Night Driver at iTunes and Amazon at:

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iTunes
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Nick Heyward Announces London Show Ahead of new Album 'Woodland'


Nick Heyward


Nick Heyward has announced a headline London show on 19th July in the main room at 229 Great Portland Street to celebrate the release of his eagerly anticipated solo album ‘Woodland Echoes’, set for release on 4th August 2017 via Gladsome Hawk.

The headline set follows in the wake of a hugely successful performance at this year's Great Escape in May with Drowned In Sound saying “his set was one of the finest we heard all weekend, his second coming is imminent”.

‘Woodland Echoes’ represents the masterful culmination of the last ten years of Nick Heyward’s solo career, drawing together the strength of his expertly crafted songwriting and gifted lyricism in what is one of the most captivating releases of the year. Nick’s return will affirm his membership in the pantheon of classic pop songwriters.

Prior to his hugely successful and prolific solo career, Nick came to prominence as the front-man of percolating pop-funk new wave group Haircut 100, a foundational part of the 80s pop explosion. They released four UK Top 10 hit singles, with their debut album ‘Pelican West’ reaching no. 2 in the UK album charts, no. 31 in USA’s Billboard 200, and ending up being certified platinum by BPI, with Nick gracing the cover of pacesetting style magazine The Face.

The singer-songwriter has successfully completed the pre-order Pledge Music campaign from which fans ordered signed CD, deluxe mediabook CD and vinyl copies of the album.

Album is still available to Pre-order here

For tickets visit www.ticketabc.com
 

O'Neill's Sound of
the Summer Bands Competition
 


O'Neill's Sound of the Summer Bands Competition


A well known O’Neill’s venue in London has been awarded an English Heritage blue plaque. The venue, located at 33-37 Wardour Street was the home of the legendary Flamingo Club between 1957 and 1967.

Situated in the heart of Soho, the London district synonymous with creativity and entertainment. Over the years the club has played host to some of the world’s biggest stars - huge names like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart performed here.

This summer, the famous music venue will be hosting the sound of summer competition to find the best up and coming unsigned bands in music. The winning band has a chance to win £6,000, studio recording time and a slot at a leading UK musical festival this summer and a UK of O’Neill’s venues nationwide.

O'Neill's host the O'Neill's Sound of the Summer Bands Competition

The Flamingo Club is no stranger to musical talent. It regularly saw famous faces rubbing shoulders inside its walls and it was notorious as a meeting place for members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix’s band.

Most famously, it was the backdrop to David Bowie’s MTV video ‘Blue Jeans’, as well as the recording location of Georgie Fame’s The Night Train. The club also played a small but important part in the breakdown of racial prejudice following WWI, through the resulting melting pot of music, fashion and social cross culture.

Music history is at the heart of O’Neill’s, and many careers have been launched in its celebrated venues. The Manic Street Preachers have graced the stage here and many famous artists have performed at O’Neill’s locations throughout the UK.

O'Neill's host the O'Neill's Sound of the Summer Bands Competition

The English Heritage London blue plaques scheme has been running for 150 years. It honours some of the greatest national and international artists, actors and figures who have shaped our society and culture.

Tara Dolan, General Manager of O’Neill’s Wardour Street said: “It is an amazing honour to be awarded a blue plaque and to have our musical history and heritage recognised in such a positive way. O’Neill’s is proud of its musical heritage and is keen to continue to nurture emerging musical talent”.

If you’re an unsigned band looking to showcase your talent and break into the music industry O’Neill’s Sound of the Summer is your chance to do just that. Heats will be held between the 15th June- 16th July at the Wardour Street venue, and at O’Neill’s venues right across the UK.

Catch O’Neill’s Sound of Summer competition at venues nationwide until 16th July and regional semi finals in Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Reading and London between 20th July and 10th August.

The grand final will be taking place at Wardour Street on 24th August.

Visit www.oneills.co.uk/soundofsummer  to find your nearest event.
 

Sir Cliff Richard Releases 'It's
Gonna Be OK'


Sir Cliff Richard releaes 'It's Gonna Be OK'

Sir Cliff Richard recently surprised a sell-out audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a one-off performance of his new single ‘It’s Gonna Be OK’ with US and YouTube sensation The Piano Guys.

'It's Gonna Be OK' is Cliff’s 147th single in a career spanning more than 50 years.

The Piano Guys are a global YouTube sensation with an audience of over 1.2billion. At Number 1 for over 250 weeks on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon charts, The Piano Guys came to fame in 2012 when they took their instruments up to the top of the highest mountain of Bryce National Park in Utah. Since then, they have performed at some of the greatest wonders of the world, including The Great Wall of China and Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.

As Britain prepares for a steamy summer, The Piano Guys will be hoping for another great summer holiday with Sir Cliff.

Watch the video on YouTube