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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win Gok's Divas

Win Gok's Divas

To celebrate the release of Gok Wan's new album, we've joined up with Warner Classics to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Goks Diva's, a stunning album of opera arias.

Gok Wan, has teamed up with the renowned classical recording company, Warner Classics to release an album of his favourite arias: Gok’s Divas, released on 10th March, 2017. The album brings together some of the most celebrated, and beautiful, operatic showstoppers ever written. The collection has been lovingly curated by the man with the enviable fashion sense and the trademark glasses. It’s a role he took very seriously indeed - and with much relish.

“Opera, as we know it, is quite a closed community. But I wanted to build bridges for people who felt just like me, people who loved the music and wanted to find out more, I suppose I’m here to say: Opera is for everybody. It’s for all of us.”

Gok's Divas

Gok’s Divas, brings together 30 classic numbers from the world of opera and musical theatre. It features works by Puccini, Bellini and Mozart alongside Bizet, Gershwin and Bernstein. There are familiar, breath-taking moments like Maria Callas singing Casta Diva, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa singing Un bel di vedremo and Montserrat Caballé’s O Mio babbino Caro, and there are newer treatments of old treasures: Natasha Marsh with Alfie Boe singing the ‘Drinking Song’ from Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ and Katherine Jenkins singing the original French language version of I Dreamed A Dream from ‘Les Miserables’. Like a musical massage, it’s all luxuriant in the way that other music rarely is.

“I think I first discovered opera in the 1980s,” Gok says. “I remember watching a film called The Hunger, with Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie. It was about vampires, and it had this song in it, The Flower Duet by Delibes, which I just absolutely loved. My ear immediately became sensitive to it.”

And he has been developing that ear ever since. By his late teens, he was studying performing arts. “That was when I started listening to opera more and more: to Madame Butterfly, to Tosca and Puccini and beyond. The more I heard, the more I loved.”

With Gok’s Divas, he has thrown open a door, and is encouraging all of us to step inside, to look around, and fall, like him, in love with the sumptuousness of it all.

For more information visit the Warner Classics website at www.warnerclassics.com

For further details about Gok Wan click on www.gokwan.com

Follow Gok Wan on Twitter @therealgokwan

For Your Chance to Win

 Tell us the name of
 the song by Natasha
  Marsh and Alfie Boe
     from La Traviata
 which is featured on
        Gok's Divas
?

 a) Venetian Story
 b) Drinking Song
 c) Sunset Serenade
 d) Waltzing Sonata


  To Enter the Competition

Tell us the name of the song by Natasha Marsh and Alfie Boe
from La Traviata which is featured on Gok's Divas? Then send in your answer, together with your full name, postal address and telephone number by clicking on the Sixtyplusurfers link below:

 sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry
Gok Wan Competition


* This competition is open to
our UK readers only

 

Neil Diamond Anniversary Tour

Neil Diamond Anniversary Tour

Live Nation is honoured to announce that musical icon, Grammy award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member, Neil Diamond will be extending his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Europe in 2017. Celebrating his unparalleled career, the tour will begin in Zurich on September 13th before coming to the UK in October for six stunning arena dates.

“Neil Diamond is more than just a music icon. His singular artistry and talent has left an indelible mark on American culture and has helped shape the sound of popular music for five decades” says Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment.

“Live Nation is honoured to be a part of bringing his 50 year anniversary tour to fans around the world.”

In addition to his upcoming tour, UME and Capitol Music Group have announced the March 31st release of Neil Diamond: The 50th Anniversary Collection, a celebratory music package that includes 50 songs that range 50 years in Diamond’s career. Under the supervision of Diamond, the anniversary set includes his own handpicked songs and a carefully curated 50 page booklet with new liner notes.

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honours bestowed upon songwriters.

Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

VIP Hospitality and Meet & Greet packages are also available to purchase via VIP Nation.

September 2017

Wednesday 13th Hallenstadion Zurich
Saturday 16th Sap Arena Mannheim
Tuesday 19th Stadthalle Vienna
Thursday 21st Olympiahalle Munich
Saturday 23rd Ziggo Dome Amsterdam
Tuesday 26th Barclaycard Arena Hamburg
Thursday 28th Sportpaleis Antwerp
 
October 2017
 
Sunday 1st Arena Manchester
Tuesday 3rd Sse Hydro Glasgow
Thursday 5th First Direct Arena Leeds
Sunday 8th Sse Arena Belfast
Tuesday 10th 3arena Dublin
Friday 13th Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Tuesday 17th O2 Arena London


Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond tickets are available to buy from www.livenation.co.uk

 

G4 Love Songs

G4 Love Songs

X-Factor Stars and Multi-Platinum Vocal Harmony Group G4 are releasing a new album 'G4 Love Songs'.

Britain's most cherished soprano, Lesley Garrett, duets on 'I'd Do Anything For Love' and 'All I Ask of You', and The Osmonds' own lead singer Merrill Osmond joins them for a cover of The Osmonds' biggest hit 'Love Me For A Reason'.

Merrill Osmond

G4 are on exceptional vocal form. They put their inimitable stamp on some of the most iconic love songs of all time. Their extraordinary vocal range will captivate you in these phenomenal performances, in a unique style of classical, pop & rock fusion.

G4's latest release includes thrilling versions of I'd Do Anything For Love, Your Song, Love Changes Everything, All of me, Everything I Do (I Do It For You), Can't Help Falling in Love, A Million Love Songs and much more...

The album also features three stunning collaborations. Britain's most cherished soprano, Lesley Garrett, duets on 'I'd Do Anything For Love' and 'All I Ask of You', and The Osmonds' own lead singer Merrill Osmond joins for a cover of their biggest hit 'Love Me For A Reason'.

G4 are also delighted to have added the enthralling sound of world-renowned saxophonist Oli Nez on 'I'll Be There' and 'Love Me For a Reason'.

Lesley Garrett

The trademark rich harmonies of G4 combine with sumptuous orchestral arrangements, which are expertly performed by the sensational City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hailed the “Kings of Popera”, these four classically trained singers have crafted 13 exceptional tracks on this hotly-anticipated album.

Fall in love with G4 Love Songs.

G4 Love Songs Track Listing

1. I'd Do Anything For Love (featuring Lesley Garrett)
2. Your Song
3. Love Changes Everything
4. A Million Love Songs
5. Everything I Do
6. Because We Believe
7. Can't Help Falling In Love
8. Go the Distance
9. Love Me For A Reason (featuring Merrill Osmond)
10. Amigos Para Siempre
11. I'll Be There
12. All I Ask of You (featuring Lesley Garrett)
13. All of Me

To buy the album: https://goo.gl/tUas4o

To buy digital album: https://goo.gl/Pb9esE
 

Music

 

Sixtyplusurfers Interview

COLLABRO

COLLABRO


By Jenny Itzcovitz


COLLABRO captured the nature's hearts when they won Britain's Got Talent in 2014. They are releasing a new album, 'Home' on 3rd March and preparing for a UK tour
. We caught up with Jamie, Michael, Tom and Matt to find out more about the group, their fabulous music and forthcoming concerts.

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves, how you met, and how you formed COLLABRO?

"Matt and Jamie knew each other via working abroad and that's how it all began! We wanted to do something that would help us have a career in singing. It's very difficult to get into the West End so we had to come up with something new and different."

You won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014, what was it like to take part in the show? And how did it feel to win among such other great contestants?

COLLABRO


"It was fantastic! Our other finalists were so brilliant so it was very intense and no one knew what the result would be but we ended up winning with one of the biggest margins ever which was so phenomenal and humbling."

How did appearing on Britain’s Got Talent help you further your career?

"We originally put COLLABRO together for entertainment and cruise possibilities but when we sang our first song in the very first rehearsal, we realised we had to take it to a bigger audience - and Britain's Got Talent was the perfect springboard!"

What were your favourite moments on Britain’s Got Talent?

"Definitely each time we made it to the next round. Nothing can compare to when our families joined us on stage after winning, though. It was absolutely beautiful."

I understand you are releasing your third album ‘Home’ on 3rd March. Can you tell us about the new album, the theme and the songs you have chosen to include?

'Home' by COLLABRO


"Of course! The album is primarily a Musical Theatre album. That's why it's called 'Home' - we feel as though we are returning to our preferred genre, the one which won us Britain's Got Talent and made us who we are.

"We have songs on there from the biggest musicals including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Jersey Boys, Wicked and more. It's really wonderful."

Where did you record the album and what did you enjoy most about the process?

"We recorded at our Producer's house in the south of England. It was lovely because it felt so comfortable and relaxing.

"Recording can be really stressful and, in the past, has been quite a negative experience for us. This time round it was brilliant. We worked really hard and really got involved together."

You will also be appearing at the London Hippodrome on 2nd March. Can you tell us about the concert and the songs you will be performing?

"The concert is essentially a first-look at the album for the fans. We will be performing every song on the album and it will be a really wonderful, intimate experience."

Will there be other concerts and live performances after this show?

"Yes we have concerts lined up all throughout he summer but we are also going on tour between October and December all the way throughout the UK. Details can be found on our website www.collabroglobal.com"

What do you enjoy most about performing live?

COLLABRO


"We love seeing the audience reactions. At the end of the day, singing is what it's all about. All the work behind the scenes leads to that magical moment when we are on stage."

How would you describe your music and who are your influences?

"We sing four part vocal harmony versions of Musical Theatre songs. Our harmonies are what we live for. We absolutely love the build and swell of a song, and telling the story. We like to think our music is very powerful."

What are your hobbies and interests when you are not performing?

"Jamie loves politics and cooking, Michael loves to dance and also reads a lot of crime novels. Tom is really into gaming and Japanese Manga, and Matt is a really keen sportsman, especially
golf and football."

Do you have any interesting musical souvenirs that you have collected while you have been singing?

"The best things we collect are lovely gifts from fans. All of our flats are full of them - it's really touching to receive such lovely, thoughtful presents."

You are always impeccably dressed, where do you buy your clothes and do you have a favourite designer or stylist?

"We love loads of designers. We buy all clothes and style ourselves. Our favourite designers include Noose & Monkey, Kooples, Alexander McQueen and many more!"

Who would your dream dinner party guests be?

"That's a tough one but people like Michael Ball, Lea Salonga, Emma Watson - they are all really interesting, cool people!"

What are you working on at the moment? And what are your plans for the future?

"We are fully concentrated on the album release but we are also really excited for our UK tour. We are also off to the USA again at the end of March for a tour, which is really exciting."

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

COLLABRO


"We would love you guys to become part of our Collabro family. We think of our fans as extended family members and we love to share our music with them.

"We would be honoured for you to come and join us on our adventures!"

About COLLABRO

COLLABRO's new album 'Home' is out on 3rd March.

Pre-order on
iTunes

Pre-order on Amazon


For more information about COLLABRO visit
www.collabroglobal.com  

Stars Come Out for Cornbury Farewell

Kaiser Chiefs

See the Kaiser Chiefs at Cornbury


A fantastic all-star line-up of artists will gather at Great Tew Park this July for Cornbury Music Festival’s Fabulous Finale.

Joining Canadian superstar Bryan Adams for the Festival’s farewell weekend on 7-9 July, will be big band supremo and national treasure Jools Holland, Chrissie Hynde’s perennial Pretenders, and a host of Cornbury favourites including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack Savoretti and Scouting For Girls.

Bryan Adams

        Bryan Adams plays at Cornbury

Yorkshire rockers Kaiser Chiefs make their Cornbury debut headlining Friday night. Recent No.1 country sisters Ward Thomas also make a welcome return, along with Keane frontman Tom Chaplin, festival darling Imelda May, and last year’s crowd pleasers, Australian troubadours The Pierce Brothers.

Heading up the newcomers, and boasting an awesome live reputation, US soulsters St Paul & The Broken Bones will join Paul Weller protégés, Stone Foundation, Mark Ronson-collaborator and indie darling Rose Elinor Dougall, and Danish new-disco superstars Black Dylan. Also joining the bill are Festival promoter Hugh Phillimore’s favourite 90’s popstars Right Said Fred and the man who created Band Aid Midge Ure.

Phillimore recently announced that this year's event, the 14th Cornbury, will be the last: ‘When you’re having a farewell party you want to be surrounded by people you really love, so we’ve invited artists we’ve known and enjoyed watching over the years and luckily they’ve all been keen to join us for our Fabulous Finale’.

Nicknamed ‘Poshstock’, England’s most upmarket festival, Cornbury, has featured many brilliant performers over the years – Joe Cocker, Amy Winehouse, Robert Plant, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Blondie, Bryan Ferry and Georgie Fame amongst them. The festival has gained a reputation for its unique and friendly atmosphere, beautiful Cotswold location and its loyal audience of multigenerational families, aristocracy, Prime Ministers, film stars, farmers, rockers, Jeremy Clarkson and even the odd royal!

'We've had a fantastic run over the last 14 years and are very proud of the lovely event we've created' says Phillimore: ‘This year we will end on a high. I know that every artist on the line-up will deliver an exceptional live show. Live performance is my great love and for me its the essence of Cornbury’.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

   Sophie Ellis-Bextor sings at Cornbury

To book tickets and for more information go to www.cornburymusicfestival.com 

Local festival fans can avoid booking charges by buying their tickets direct from Chipping Norton Theatre box office.

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win Smash The Clock
     by Bruce Foxton


Smash The Clock by Bruce Foxton


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Pledge Music to offer three lucky readers the chance to win Smash the Clock on CD by Bruce Foxton.

Bruce Foxton, the original The Jam bassist, recorded Smash The Clock at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios. The album was co-written with
From The Jam band mate Russell Hastings and features guest appearances from Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Paul Jones.


Bruce Foxton

With ‘Smash The Clock’, Bruce and Russell have captured From The Jam’s inimitable live energy on record. Driving bass riffs sit beneath layers of inventive guitar parts, piano, brass, and each chorus feels like it is tailor-made for a crowded venue to sing their hearts out to. Bruce says the meaning of title track ‘Smash The Clock’ is simply that “good music is ageless and timeless”.

Like Bruce’s last full length ‘Back In The Room’ (2012), the album was crowd-funded through Pledge Music, with a campaign in which fans could purchase items such as handwritten lyrics, signed CDs, LPs, artwork, etc. The band say “its success was made possible by you the public getting involved, for which we can’t thank them enough.”

Bruce Foxton

Bruce was reunited with Paul Weller recently at Somerset House exhibition ‘About The Young Idea’, which showcased previously unseen items from The Jam’s archives such as early scrapbooks, personal photographs and unreleased music videos.

From The Jam have gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago. On their ‘The Public Gets What The Public Wants’ tour they play classic The Jam hits such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground and Town Called Malice. Their acoustic ‘That’s Entertainment’ tour gives fans the opportunity to hear those songs in a stripped down form. In late 2016 they’ll be launching their ‘As and Bs’ tour, which will include rare tracks from The Jam’s back catalogue.

Track Listing

1. Now The Time Has Come
2. Round & Round
3. Pictures & Diamonds
4. Louder
5. Sunday Morning
6. Full Circle
7. Smash The Clock
8. Back Street, Dead Street
9. Writing On The Wall
10. There Are Times (To Make Me Happy)
11. Alright Now
12. Running Away From You
13. 50 Yards Down Sandy Lane

For more information about Bruce Foxton visit his website at www.brucefoxton.com  

 For Your Chance to Win

Tell us the name
of the studio where Smash The Clock was recorded?

a) Red Fox Studios
b) Gold Star Studios
c) White Hot Studios
d) Black Barn Studios


  To Enter the Competition

Tell us the name of the studio where Smash The Clock was recorded? Then send in your answer together with your full name, address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry
Smash The Clock Competition

* This competition is open to our
UK readers only

 

Diana Krall
Tours in 2017


Diana Krall


Diana Krall announces a 2017-2018 World Tour in support of her highly anticipated new album, including two shows at the Royal Albert Hall on September 27th and 28th, 2017. The new album celebrates a return to jazz and The Great American Songbook, reuniting Diana with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Tommy LiPuma. The album will be released by Verve Records on May 5th.

Krall’s world tour kicks off in North America on June 2nd in Minneapolis, MN at The State Theater with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks. The European leg of the tour will begin September 10th in Vejle, Denmark at the Musikteater and also features two nights at The Royal Albert Hall on September 27th and 28th. Tickets are on sale now.

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy® Awards, eight Juno® Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall’s unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time.

Royal Albert Hall Ticket Information


Start Time: 7.30pm
Boxes - £ 85
Arena floor / Stalls & 2nd Tier - £70
Front Circle - £60
Rear Circle - £50
RV - £40

Tickets are available from the venue direct or the 24 hour ticket hotline www.ticketline.co.uk

For a complete list of dates and for local on-sale information, please visit www.dianakrall.com 
 

Mark Sullivan


Mark Sullivan

Herts-based singer-songwriter, Mark Sullivan takes his inspiration from recording in America and embarks on two UK tours in lead-up to first single and EP release. After an inspired trip to the US in 2016 to make a record in Bruce Springsteen's hometown with acclaimed producer, Steve Greenwell, Hertfordshire-born singer-songwriter, Mark Sullivan, is gaining some serious musical momentum.

He recently embarked on a Coffee House Tour across the UK's universities, this follows with a Caffè Nero Tour in February, all in the lead-up to the release of his first single, Warm Your Bones, taken from his forthcoming EP ‘Still Good For Nothing’ out March 10th.

Warm Your Bones is written from a man's prospective of when he is in love and in a long-term relationship. He is explaining that throughout everything; the arguments, the ups and downs, that none of it matters. All that matters is that he loves her and would do anything for her.

To accompany the beautiful guitar driven, timeless pop classic is the equally beautiful accompanying video shot by up and coming filmmakers Tusko Pictures. It does exactly what it says on the tin - ‘Warm Your Bones’.

Sullivan is no stranger to live performance; he's been a working musician for some 20 years, and has shared stages with major names at big UK festivals including Isle of Wight and Big Feastival.  On stage, he is something to behold; his performances are laden with cool effects and sounds, which complement his rich, powerful vocals. He makes particularly good use of his loop pedal, which has become somewhat of a Mark Sullivan trademark. It also generates that fuller sound, to the extent where it becomes quite unbelievable that it is, in fact, just one man and his guitar.

Mark Sullivan

“I've always been a band guy, so I like to fill my sound out as much as I can; I'd love to put a band together someday, but for now, it's more of a one man band,” he smiles, adding that he hopes to don the same festival stages and more this summer.

“After the experience of making the album in the US, I am looking at things with a little more focus; we have a booking agent on board now, and a real 'plan', so things are looking bright; it's now a case of making it all happen.”

Which all started at the University of Essex on January 16th, his first Coffee House performance. From there, Sullivan descends on a string of Student Union gigs across the country including Holloway, Queen Mary University London, Bedford University, Bath and Bath Spa Universities, Loughborough, Nottingham, Lincoln, and Bradford.

“I'm also playing [venues] in Camden and Hackney during that period, and then we have a packed out February including a date at The Bedford in Balham for Independent Venues Week, which should be a good one,” Sullivan reveals.

On March 10th, the single for Warm Your Bones will drop, taken from the three-track EP Still Good For Nothing. March also sees Sullivan embark on a second tour, performing at a string of Caffè Neros, which have proved a great nurturing ground for many rising stars across the UK.

Still Good For Nothing by Mark Sullivan

Sullivan remains positive, yet humble, about what might happen next. “I've been gigging since I was 14, so I know nothing is a given in this business, but maybe now is my time,” he reflects. “After the single, we will release the EP which is called Still Good For Nothing.

The title is a little tongue in cheek, as for me, there is no backup plan, and this all literally could be good for nothing! But on the other hand, this could be the beginning of the rest of my life. So now it's all about me connecting my music with the right audience, and hopefully that's what will happen.”

Mark Sullivan releases his single Warm Your Bones taken from the EP Still Good For Nothing on March 10th.

For more information on Mark Sullivan visit Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

     Watch Mark Sullivan
  Sing Warm Your Bones




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