GIG – Raglans at The Joiners – Thursday 26th March 2015

raglansIndomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes, The Fray European Tour and The Libertines reunion at Hyde Park.

Hailing from Dublin, Raglans return to the road with dates just announced at Holland’s prestigious Eurosonic Festival. The band will continue the promotion of their record in Australia at the country’s major Soundwave festivals in February before coming back to the UK for their second headline tour in March 2015. The dates coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’ taken from ‘Raglans’ and recently heard in the motion picture ‘Gold’ starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, The Hobbit). Natives was produced by Kirean Lynch (U2) and Rob Kirwin (Hozier)

Multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Stephen Kelly jokes about the band’s conception, pinching Rhos Horan (bass, backing vocals) from his old band at a music festival and setting off to the capital to meet Conn O’Ruanaidh (drums, backing vocals) and most recent addition Dan O’Shaughnessy (lead guitar, backing vocals) to begin rehearsing, touring Ireland and putting the name out there. “We recorded a demo of our first song’Down,’ and that was that, we were Raglans.”

The name? “It came from a famous Patrick Kavanagh poem ‘On Raglan Road’. Any school student from Ireland would be able to tell you about that poem, so I guess it stems from being Irish, remembering our roots and how we started out.

Raglans released their self titled album to critical acclaim and it debuted at no.5 in the Irish Album Charts and as an LP, encompasses the grouped vocals of The Lumineers, the multi-instrumentalist efforts of Of Monsters And Men, whilst highlighting the substantial post-punk camaraderie circa The Libertines.

From The Joiners website

PLAYLIST – Too Young To Remember by Florrie

florrieFlorence Arnold (born 28 December 1988), better known as Florrie, is an English pop singer, songwriter, drummer and model. Closely associated with the Xenomania production house, since joining as their in-house drummer in 2008 she has played live and on record for popular artists such as Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and the Pet Shop Boys.

In 2010, she began a solo career. She has drawn positive reaction from the online music community for releasing her own material in collaboration with remixers such as Fred Falke for download without charge. In 2010, Florrie released a four-track EP titled Introduction, followed by the six-track EP Experiments in 2011, and by the four-track EP Late in 2012. In 2013, Florrie released a single, “Live a Little”, that was used in promotion for Sony’s XBA-C10 in-ear headphones campaign. In 2014, she announced that she had signed to a major label, Sony Music, and released an EP, Sirens, with an album to follow in 2015.

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GIG – City of Lights at The Cellars At Eastney – Thursday 19th March 2015

city of lightsAlthough City Of Lights are based in Leeds, the original seeds of the band were formed in Paris in April 2011, when Matt Dunwell (acoustic Guitar & Lead Vocals), inspired by the ever-present swirl of possibility floating throughout the French capital, decided to form a band. Collaborating with long-time song-writing conspirator Sean Howey (Ex Drums & Backing Vocals), the two formed City of Lights in the aim to create their own brand of honest rock-pop that would ignite and engage. When the duo pulled in Sean’s brother Ashley to play bass and handle backing vocals, the enterprising crew undertook over a year’s worth of rigorous rehearsals and shows throughout the UK to help shape their sound. In order to further complete the line-up, they drafted lead guitarist Alex Humphreys into the fold to become a 4 piece. With the departure of Sean and the introduction of Ben Freer to the drums in May ’14, City of Lights are a band that have fine-tuned their sound to remarkable proportions and are prised for laudable notoriety.

Meshing the song-writing aptitude of Biffy Clyro with the melodic mastery of UK big guns Snow Patrol and the heart and drive of Thrice, City Of Lights adeptly glide along the tight-rope of having an accessible sound with true longevity. After an initial series of successful shows, the band quickly assembled an army of fans, and word spread fast about the crafty Yorkshire tunesmiths.

Evidently, appearances at Reading & Leeds Festival ’13, various O2 Academy’s and UK and European tours have proven to the masses that the alt-rockers have truly created a sound that will quench the thirst of fans needing something solid, fresh, and inspiring from the rock genre.

From The Cellars website

GIG – Tom Bertram at The Wedgewood Rooms – Saturday 14th March 2015

tom bertramThomas James Bertram (berch – room) born May 29, 1991 is a British singer-songwriter, performer and recording artist. Born and raised in Portsmouth, Hampshire he attended Horndean Technology College until 2007.

His first release Wasting Time was recorded in producer and friend Lee Watkins studio in Bury in 2010 and was released later on that year, the album pushed just over 1,500 copies in its 6 months of promotion.

The second independent release was Brighter Days, which visited a full live band sound. The album was recorded in 2011 and released early 2012, pushing over 2,600 copies.

In 2012 he recorded a new album titled Back Home, this was to be his biggest album to date. Written by Bertram and produced by producer, musician and songwriter Tim Bradshaw, known for his work with John Mayer and David Gray, the album received over 20,000 downloads in just 5 days, still being independently released.

Bertram began his career in 2009 with a sound heavily influenced by popular rock and roll band Oasis, but became more pop/folk by the time of 2010. In 2009 Bertram became popular across the globe but largely in the United States after being linked with pop star Miley Cyrus, although the relationship has never been confirmed. In 2013 Bertram was nominated for best live act in Portsmouth and was featured on independent music website Reverb Nation.

In 2011 Bertram was invited by the Twilight Movie to perform at an event of theirs held in Italy. In 2012 he was also invited to perform by Noel Gallagher at his celebration party for his High Flying Birds DVD and album release, and that same year he was invited to perform at The Queens Jubilee celebration. More recently Tom announced he is in the process of working on a song for One Direction It is yet to be confirmed if the song is finished or will be used.

Being socially active online Bertram built an online fan base in excess of 35,000 people through YouTube videos containing original songs and cover songs. He also thrives on giving away music for free and performs online concerts too.

Bertram announced a world tour in 2014, which will begin in April throughout the rest of the year.

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PLAYLIST – England Skies by Shake Shake Go

shake shake goHaving set across the streets of Britain playing their collection of pop folk anthems, Shake Shake Go have won over hearts from all around the country.

After their first year of being together, the London based five-piece originating from Wales and France have come a long way since their busking days of squeezing five people and a load of instruments into one very small car.

Soon enough they found themselves touring across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with some of the most well respected artists, including supporting James Blunt on the UK leg of his 2014 World Tour .

Captivating audiences with their catchy melodies and high energy drum lead performances, Shake Shake Go are definitely ones to watch.

GIG – Rhodes at The Joiners – Thursday 5th March 2015

rhodesRHODES is a British musician, singer and songwriter from Hitchin in Hertfordshire. He released his debut EP ‘Raise Your Love’ on Hometown Records in October 2013 and released his second EP ‘Morning’ on Rhodes Music on 12 May 2014.

RHODES’ music began to spread early 2013 when his demo track ‘Always’ was playlisted on Amazing Radio at the beginning of the summer and then picked up plays from BBC Radio 1. Following a busy summer supporting Rufus Wainwright, Laura Marling and Nick Mulvey in the UK, his debut EP ‘Raise Your Love’ was released on Phil Taggart’s label Hometown Records in October 2013.

On 12 March 2014, RHODES unveiled the song ‘Your Soul’ – which was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 as his ‘Next Hype’ – taken from his second EP ‘Morning’ released on May 11, 2014. On this EP, RHODES recorded alongside Ian Grimble and Tim Bran/Roy Kerr, producers who have been previously working with the likes of London Grammar and Daughter.

In March and April 2014 RHODES completed his first UK headline tour, including 3 sold out gigs at London’s Sebright Arms on 8th, 9 & 10 April 2014. He supported London Grammar on their UK tour (including one of the O2 Academy Brixton Academy shows) as well as Sam Smith in the UK (at the Roundhouse) and in Europe (Amsterdam and Paris). RHODES also performed at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Glasgow on the BBC Introducing stage on May 25 and at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29 on the Rabbit Hole stage.

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GIG – Man Without Country at the Joiners – Tuesday 3rd March 2015

man without countryMan Without Country aren’t your typical electronic act or your average band.

Not that they’re an electronic act or a regular band at all, not really.

At a time when genre boundaries have become effectively meaningless, Ryan James and Tomas Greenhalf fuse electronic precision with a love of timeless melodies and James’ hypnotic, fragile vocals.

By the time you work out how to label their new album Maximum Entropy, chances are you’ll have already fallen under their spell.

From the Joiners website