Monday, 10 December 2018

Eliza Shaddad - Futurenik Creative



Eliza Shaddad

5th December 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Enigmatic singer songwriter Eliza Shaddad on this A World in London! 

When a musician wrestles with the capital’s rush hour traffic  to reach AWIL and arrives with 3 guitars plus an assortment of bags filled with pedals, plectrums, and leads, it’s a sign of complete dedication and devotion, plus good practice for her European tour which kicks off in Hamburg this week! Eliza’s tenacity was echoed in her determination to complete her album after two years of dodging obstacles and challenges that many independent artists face today. The resulting debut, ‘Future’, came out in October on Beatnik Creative, and is a magnificent debut, criss-crossing tempos & styles, built around themes of love & life that connect with everyone. Eliza Shaddad has taken the personal and translated it into universal, selflessly sharing her joys & sadness, which she interprets with heartfelt passion when singing in her beautiful, emotive voice. She’s vulnerable, sincere, and authentic, baring her soul and digging deep into the depths of anguish, but finds uplifting moments, and of course hope in ‘Future’. Between recording tracks with Clean Bandit of ‘Rather Be’ fame, or supporting Turin Breaks on tour, Eliza is a fearless champion for women’s empowerment, part of the new wave of young feminists like actress Emma Watson, and this activism, along with her remarkable musical talent drew her to the attention of Sounds Like London, the Mayor’s first music month festival in June. Eliza is a founding member of ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, the feisty collective creating new platforms for women in music, and she’s also involved with the Orchid Project, which aims to end FGM worldwide. We’ve caught Eliza Shaddad somewhere in the early stages of her journey in music, where the personal is political, and where she hasn’t yet capitalised on her Sudanese roots, but is already ‘successful’. Beyond ‘Future’, we reckon there are some extraordinarily exciting times ahead! www.elizashaddad.com

5/12/18 – AWIL 189  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-5th-december-2018/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week visionary composer Shirley Thompson at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/awil-281-shirley-thompson/ Next week The Sages at 4pm at SOAS Radio, and Peyman Heydarian at 6.30pm on Resonance. #AWorldinLondon –  #TheSoundofDiverseLondon #ConnectingCulturesThruMusic – twelve years - #DJRitu! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Two sides of Sara Dowling

Sara Dowling

Joe the Hat presents

Sara Dowling - voice
Gabriel Latchin - piano
Dario di Lecce - bass
Steve Brown - drums
Vasilis Xenopoulos - saxophones

3rd December 2018
The Exchange, Twickenham, UK

Steve Brown
Jazz aficionado Joe the Hat presented a high calibre night of entertainment and music at The Exchange in Twickenham this week. Sara Dowling has long been a darling of the West London set with regular appearances at Twickenham Jazz Club, and it is a testament to her appeal that both recent local gigs have been sell outs. She shared the front of the Exchange stage with popular saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos.

Gabriel Latchin
Sara Dowling is undoubtedly making an impact on the UK jazz scene. Her passion for both music and film from the 1930’s and 40’s inspires and informs her choice of material and her performances. Those who have seen her shows saluting Jerome Kern, George Shearing and their contemporaries will attest that she is an absolute delight. Sara has just released her second album, “Two Sides of Sara”, a duo record featuring the piano of Gabriel Latchin and the unique joy of Bill Mudge's organ playing.
Vasilis Xenopoulos
Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. London became his permanent home after graduating from the infamous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato, and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner.

Dario di Lecce
The Exchange is a newly built venue owned by Richmond Council and leased to St Mary’s University under an agreement that the building will be used for a mixture of University use, Community Group use and public events. The building has a 300 seat theatre, 5 studio rooms, a cafe and a bar. It is the building directly opposite the entrance to Twickenham station.
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OuterNation - The Refreshment Room


Jason Eli

OuterNation
Jason Eli
Leon Jean-marie
Future World Beats (Amar Saeed)

1st December 2018
The Refreshment Room, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ

Future World Beats presents "OuterNation" a monthly night based in East London bringing together musicians, Djs and artists to explore the best music from all corners of the globe. OuterNation represents freedom of expression in a global village. Resident DJ's FWB, Leon Jean-Marie & Jason Eli take you on a musical journey from South America to Asia, Africa to the Middle East and many places in between.

The Refreshment Room is a retro inspired bar in the heart of Stratford City. A chilled environment with interesting decor, which includes a wall of vinyls, Banksy inspired artwork, retro movie posters and one of the best beer gardens in Stratford.

Jason Eli's music covers breaks, funk, reggae, House, Garage & good grooves. He's remixed and produced major artists including Whitney Houston and Mos Def. Born in London, Eli's big break happened after sending his DJ mix cassette to Ministry of Sound, and he was immediately made their Saturday night resident DJ. Always on a journey for new sounds Eli formed Albino Productions with top UK producer Amar Saeed, with a mission to fuse eastern beats with electronica. They played weekly at “Swaraj” (based in London’s seminal Blue note club) which was one of the first clubs to play fresh World music that could come from both New York and New Delhi. Jason Eli was heavily involved in the nurturing of the UK Garage and UK Urban scenes during the late 1990’, producing and remixing five UK national top 40 hits in that time.

Leon Jean-Marie
London-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Leon Jean-Marie caused a stir in 2008 when he debuted on Island Records with an R&B- and funk-influenced style of pop that often drew comparisons to Prince. Jean-Marie's debut album, Bent Out of Shape (2008), featuring production work by Mark Ronson and Bloodshy, was preceded by the release of the singles "Bed of Nails" and "Bring It On." He promoted the album with live performances on the Wonky Pop tour with Alphabeat and Frankmusik, along with a performance at the Glastonbury Festival and supporting dates with Estelle. In recent years he has established himself as a sound designer and composer, his film scores feature on a several award winning films. Clients/Projects include Vogue, Valentino, Mark Ronson, Jimmy Choo, Universal Island Records, Sony/ATV, BBC and Pirelli.

Amar Saeed
Future World Beats (Amar Saeed) is a world music label, created to introduce listeners to new music through a journey of traditional, eclectic, rhythmic urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe. At FWB they believe that music is music irrespective of its origins. As mainstream music dominates charts in all territories around the world, we have the tendency miss out on quality music from other lands.





Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Nina Miranda and Kadialy Kouyaté - Norman Druker Special



Nina Miranda

14th November 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, Borough, London

Brazil met up with Senegal on A World In London this week – not on a boat in the mid-Atlantic, but in the Resonance FM radio studio – with two of these countries finest artists creating a musical treat for us.

Kadialy Kouyaté
Nina Miranda and Kadialy Kouyaté have both guested before on AWIL, but never played live together on air. In fact, their first public performance was about ten days ago. On the strength of this, AWIL asked them to recreate it for the listeners of London, and they were both happy to.
Nina told us about her latest album (with one track already a hit in Portugal), and paid tribute to one of her musical influences. Kadialy Kouyaté, meanwhile, continues working on solo projects, collaborations, musical theatre, kora teaching and, thankfully for us, live radio sessions.
As well as having the honour of being in the presence of two great singers and players improvising some haunting and beautiful music together...... I've now met someone who's appeared on Top Of The Pops!



Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Stealth - The Real Truth and Nothing But

Stealth

7th November 2018
St Pancras Old Church, London, UK

Hailing from Birmingham, UK singer/songwriter Stealth crafts highly intimate and powerful blues infused music that reveals the depths of his soul. His strong raspy voice echoes the influence of his idols Howlin’ Wolf and Etta James. Stealth has also been carving a distinct mark on the live scene.

Stealth launched the second single off his forthcoming Chorus EP entitled “Truth Is” at Pancras Old Church in London last week. Stealth elaborated: “This single is one I've been excited about since I wrote it with Michael Angelo and Ali Tennant! Personally it feels like a real step up from some of the other things I've released. It's the first time I've really pushed myself as an artist. Writing a song that is happy for once. Also it's an area of my voice not many people have heard - it adds to the vulnerability of the song which is about a man confessing his true feelings to someone.”

“Truth Is” is available for purchase / streaming now at https://ffm.to/truthis. It can also be found on the FIFA 19 soundtrack alongside Barns Courtney, Billie Eilish, Broods, Childish Gambino, Death Cab For Cutie, Gorillaz, Logic, and many more.

Stealth owes much of his success to his hit single “Judgement Day” which was featured on an episode of US TV series Suits, resulting in a phenomenal reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. The track has racked up over 10 million streams on Spotify and YouTube combined and continues to grow everyday. Additionally, “Judgement Day” charted globally in 12 countries on Shazam who described it as “This year’s ‘Take Me To Church.’








Monday, 12 November 2018

Tara Lee - Raw and Glistening

Tara Lee

7th November 2018
St Pancras Old Church, London, UK

Singer and actress Tara Lee cites influences from Blondie to Massive Attack, with a healthy respect for songwriters like Tori Amos and Diane Warren. Lee's raw ballads rub against a contemporary edge that is bruised and glistening.
In 2014 she released her debut EP 'Soundtrack' which reached No.4 on the Irish iTunes Albums chart. Although well known for her acting roles on hit TV dramas such as The Fall and Raw, Lee has obvious burgeoning promise, signing a publishing deal with music giants BMG Chrysalis (international clientele includes Kings of Leon and Duran Duran).


Shirley Tetteh - Jazz Award Warrior




7th November 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London

Award-winning guitarist & songwriter Shirley Tetteh on this A World in London!

The Jazz world has long been notorious as a male-dominated bastion, so kudos to The Parliamentary Jazz Awards last month for recognising female talent. Amongst the winners were Alison Rayner and her ARQ foursome, and Best Newcomer went to tonight’s guest on AWIL, Shirley Tetteh. A graduate of Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors, Shirley is one the musicians at the forefront of South London’s young & vibrant jazz scene, a member of innovative septet Nerija, as well as the established Jazz Jamaica All-Stars. Playing guitar with Maisha as well as sessioning for Zara McFarlane, Shirley also composes her own songs under her Ghanaian first name Nardeydey, the latest of which – Speedial - has just been released by Lucky Number Music as a single. Speedial is available on digital download in all the normal places, and will be followed on November 9th by Maisha’s debut album, plus a Nerija disc next year. Together on this AWIL we ask what is this thing called jazz anyway? And who is it for? We’ve had two eminent jazz women on AWIL in the last four weeks, and both are Shirleys. Smart for cello, Tetteh for guitar. The future for Nu Jazz feels female-led, and fantastic! 

7/11/18 – AWIL 185  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-7th-november-2018/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week new global CDs at SOAS Radio, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/a-world-in-london-276-new-cds/  Next week Minyeshu at SOAS Radio 4pm and Nina Miranda & Kadialy Kouyate at 6.30pm on Resonance. [http://#AWorldinLondon – #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – twelve years - #DJRitu! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio  ]#AWorldinLondon –  #ConnectingCulturesThroughMusic – twelve years - #DJRitu! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio  .


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Martha L Healy - Lucie's Lounge


Martha L Healy
Martha L Healy
Al Shields
Lucinda Sieger
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Rachael Ball

27th October 2018
Lucie's Lounge, Bloomsbury Tavern, 236 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8EG

Lucie's Lounge is an intimate night where creatives come to enjoy listening and sharing, presenting their music, their art, their poetry. Alan Shields performed some of his own songs whilst also performing with the special Martha L. Healy. The talented Rachael Ball presented her new graphic novel WOLF which is out now and can be spotted in Foyles book shop.

MARTHA L HEALY
Fellow Glaswegian singer songwriter Martha L Healy who has just released her new album "Keep the Flame Alight". Martha was accompanied by Al Shields on guitar and backing vocals.
The album was written on Martha’s 3-month “life sabbatical” in Nashville in 2016. She returned to Nashville to record the fruits of her labour in October/November 2017, with David Spicher in the producer’s chair. Featuring a host of Music City’s finest session players – including Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris); Bill Cooley on guitar (Merle Haggard) and Dave Racine on drums (Jim Lauderdale) – the record sees Martha further develop her personal song writing voice.

Al Shields
AL SHIELDS
Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based singer and songwriter, with influences rooted in old-time country, folk and blues music. With a full-length album (Slow Burner) and acoustic EP, Mountains, under his belt, his current record is making waves in the Scottish Americana scene. "Fire On Holy Ground" - which he recorded with his band The Delahayes - has been described as "an excellent EP, Shields convincing as the wounded romantic troubadour while the band all play like seasoned Nashville veterans.” (Paul Kerr, Blabber N Smoke) 

Lucinda Sieger
RACHAEL BALL
A fantastic graphic novelist, cartoonist and creative who will be presenting her new graphic novel “WOLF” which has just come out and can be found in Foyles among some of he best in Graphic novels.
After a tragic accident leaves his family bereft, a young boy called Hugo finds his world turned upside down. His new home comes with new neighbours, among them (according to the boy next door) a dangerous recluse who eats children: the Wolfman. Desperate to return to happier days, Hugo draws up plans for a time machine. But only the Wolfman has the parts that Hugo needs to complete his contraption, and that will mean entering his sinister neighbour’s house…Beautifully illustrated in pencil, Wolf is a captivating and poignant exploration of family, grief and that blend of the everyday and the fantastical that is childhood.
“Wolf” By Rachael Ball Hardback £15.99
https://selfmadehero.com/books/wolf

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Ramon Goose - Electric Blues


Ramon Goose
Ramon Goose

24th October 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK


Assistant AWIL producer Norman Druker spends some time with renowned guitarist/composer Ramon Goose on A World in London radio. 




Norman Druker

Since his last visit to A World In London a year ago, guitarist and singer Ramon Goose is back from Tiznit (the Moroccan-based inspiration of his last CD) and has returned a few steps into his blues roots. He played us a searing electric blues set, powered by a valve amp made from a reconstructed Bell & Howell film projector. Even on a low volume setting, he shook the studio. Our conversation roamed from the power of old blues survivors “rediscovered” in the 1960s, Ramon's joys of playing the Latin American music learned from his Argentinian father, to his introduction to African music by his mother. Never one to stand still, Ramon has a new project underway, working with “a well known producer” (a former guest on A World In London). We're sworn to secrecy, but when the record comes out and hits it big, we're sure that Ramon will visit us – maybe even with Mr Producer – and shake the studio again.
24/10/18 Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, Lucas Keen, and artist Alban Low. Also this week Xylophone Cultures of Africa presented by Lucas Keen on SOAS Radio. Next week GRRRL at SOAS Radio 4pm and Bakk Lamp FALL at 6.30pm on Resonance. #AWorldinLondon – Connecting cultures through music – for twelve years! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio mixlr.com/soasradio
#London #global #music #Blues #Africa #UK #guitar #WorldMusic #folkmusic #radio
Lucas Keen

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Georgia Mancio - Hang 2018

Georgia Mancio
Hang 2018
with
Nikki Iles - piano
Alina Bzhezhinska -harp
Tom Cawley - piano
10th October 2018
Pizza Express Soho, London, UK

Tom Cawley
Award-winning vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, returned with her second Hang – a series of stunning bespoke collaborations and new writing featuring the cream of the UK’s jazz, latin and improvised music scenes in one of Europe’s most iconic venues.

From last year’s landmark recording, Songbook, with co-writer Alan Broadbent and their subsequent performances in Europe and the US (including Ronnie Scott’s and Rochester International Jazz Festival, NY) to her iconic  ReVoice! Festival, work with luminaries Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Bobby McFerrin and Kate Williams, to nominations in the Urban Music, Parliamentary and British Jazz Awards, Georgia is an artist of boundless creativity and dedication in constant evolution. 

Alina Bzhezhinska
2018 is also Georgia’s 18th anniversary as a professional musician. To mark this joyous coming of age she crafted 4 unique shows.

A celebration of female writers with pianist/composer Nikki Iles, a homage to vocalist/songwriter Abbey Lincoln with harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and fascinating character studies in new songs co-written with pianist/composer Tom Cawley.
Nikki Iles


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Kuljit Bhamra - Tabla Maestro


10th October 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Trailblazing tabla maestro Kuljit Bhamra on this A World in London!
Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-10th-october-2018/

Every time Kuljit appears on AWIL, I’m energised by his presence, just as I was when I first met him at Keda Records in the early 90s. His down-to-earth way of talking, wicked sense of humour, and authentic passion for music is infectious which is why he’s such a perfect advocate for the music industry as a whole. Kuljit is one of the most talented composers of our times, having written numerous Bhangra anthems, soundtracks for films like ‘Bhaji On the Beach’, as well as theatre shows such as ‘Bombay Dreams’ and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. He’s the revolutionary & inclusive producer that made records with Indian women and not just men during the 80’s (Sangeeta Singer, Baldip Jabble, HEERA, Premi Johal,..), plus pioneered professional quality recording techniques in the Brit-Asian music industry. Eclectic and versatile, Kuljit has been a key player on the Jazz scene working with sax man Andy Sheppard and vocalist Barb Jungr, and he co-created a definitive history project – The Southall Story, with director Shakila Taranum Maan, about the part of West London known as ‘Little India’. Kuljit is an agile communicator in every sphere, but didn’t learn to read music as a child, so it follows almost naturally that he would be the best person to innovate a tabla notation formula – an unique invention providing a giant leap forward for demystifying Indian music. Maybe ‘Indian Drum Notation For Tabla’ will counter some of the exoticism about anything Indian too, and build more bridges in our world where predictive text still corrects tabla to ‘table’, Kuljit to ‘Colin’, and Ritu to ‘Rita’! Guaranteed that if anything fresh and interesting is happening, Kuljit will be at the heart of it, and now there are three new albums to mark the 30th year anniversary of his label, Keda Records: ‘Dhol Masters’, ‘Passage To India’, and one by his equally popular, singing mum, Mohinder Kaur Bhamra, titled ‘Songs For Punjabi Weddings’. Hear them, and their iconic creator, on this AWIL!! 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

They Might Be Giants - Barbican Big

John Linnell
They Might Be Giants

3rd October 2018
Barbican Centre, London, UK

35-years deep, Brooklyn’s freewheeling heroes are creating startling new music and performing shows packed with spontaneity and undeniable joy across the globe. In London they presented a brand new show, “An Evening with They Might Be Giants” featuring two big sets to a packed out Barbican centre.
John Flansburgh

Rock’s most original perpetual motion machine, They Might Be Giants have released a brand new single “The Communists Have The Music” via Lojinx. Download it for FREE and spread the word. The song is part of their upcoming album, entitled My Murdered Remains. It’s been an instant TMBG classic with the melodic hooks the band is renowned for. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A2-ACZhg_g&feature=youtu.be 

This year the band also released their 20th full-length album I Like Fun to rave reviews, played 50 US cities demolishing stages to mostly sold out rooms, were nominated for a Tony award for their song “I'm Not A Loser”, and posted 20 additional songs on their Dial-A-Song service.

Curt Ramm



Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Gipsydelica - Balkan Psychedelics

Tansay Omar
Gipsydelica
Miroslav Morski - guitar
Tansay Omar - drums
Freddy ‘Fretka’ Stitz - bass

3rd October 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Psyche yourself up for Gipsydelica on this A World in London!
Click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-3rd-october-2018/

Miroslav Morski
Making their debut appearance on radio, and at AWIL, are Balkan psychedelic ethno rock group Gipsydelica! Expect some sensational lead guitar solos by band founder Miroslav Morski, dynamic drum beats by Funkshy Music’s Tansay Omar, and bespoke bass-lines from Freddy ‘Fretka’ Stitz! Bulgaria meets Turkish Cyprus meets Germany via London, on, A World in London!
This week on AWorld In London, jazz vibes by Shirley Smart at SOAS Radio 4pm, and Indian percussion guru Kuljit Bhamra at 6.30pm on Resonance 104.4fm!

Freddy ‘Fretka’ Stitz
3/10/18 – AWIL 180  Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-3rd-october-2018/ Production & pics by Norman Druker, Sophie Darling, and Alban Low. Also this week, folk singer Heather Innes on SOAS Radio. [http://#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TWELFTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio  ]#AWorldinLondon – Connecting cultures through music – for twelve years! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio  mixlr.com/soasradio 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Emily Maguire - The Slaughtered Lamb



Emily Maguire
Emily Maguire - voice, keys, guitar
Christian Dunham - bass
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support by
Ben Walker - guitar

15th September 2018
The Slaughtered Lamb, London, UK

Emily Maguire and Christian Dunham performed to a packed crowd at The Slaughtered Lamb in London for the last night of her 2018 UK tour.  You can see photos of the gig on Emily’s Facebook page. Emily is doing a special one-off gig on Saturday 27 October 2018 at Gaunts House in Wimborne before starting her book tour in November.  Dates and ticket links for all these gigs can be found here.

Christian Dunham
Singer-songwriter, composer, poet, multi-instrumentalist and mental health advocate, Emily Maguire is an artist like no other, her remarkable story of recovery an inspiration for those who know her music. Born in London, Emily grew up in Cambridge with no TV at home, a bookworm obsessed by her children’s history books, playing sport and music, learning the piano, cello, flute and recorder.
When she had her first breakdown at 16, diagnosed as acute clinical depression, Emily left home and dropped out of college.  A car crash that same year triggered fibromyalgia pain syndrome (FMS), a chronic nervous system disorder that causes constant pain.  By the time she was 21, Emily was on walking sticks and registered disabled. In constant pain but elated by her creativity, Emily’s mental health deteriorated until on her 23rd birthday she was taken to Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge in a psychotic state and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She moved back to London, recovered from the FMS thanks to Dr Peter Fisher at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. A few months after coming out of hospital, in a strange twist of fate, she ended up on a plane to Australia to meet up with an old friend, Australian bass player and producer Christian Dunham. A three-week holiday turned into four years happily living a self-sufficient, eco-friendly life on a goat farm in the Australian bush, in a shack built by Christian from recycled wood, tin and potato sacks. There Emily recovered her mental health, helped by constant sunshine and a veggie garden, surrounded by animals on the farm and in the hills around the shack.  She started writing songs again in a wood and tin yurt built for her by Christian, and became a cheesemaker, financing her first two albums and UK tours by making and selling goats cheese on the farm.

In 2010, with a single on Radio 2 and touring the country as Caffé Nero ‘Artist of the Month’, Emily had a breakdown following a miscarriage (portrayed in her ‘achingly beautiful’ song ‘Banks of the Acheron’ on ‘A Bit Of Blue’).
She decided to go public about her mental illness by publishing an extraordinary book ‘Start Over Again’, a brutally honest and deeply intimate account of her experiences of dealing with bipolar disorder.  The book was launched on Radio 2 on World Mental Health Day generating a huge response from listeners.

Ben Walker
As an advocate for mental health, Emily speaks frequently in the media about combating the stigma of mental illness. In 2013 she was interviewed by Libby Purves for ‘Midweek’ on BBC Radio 4, talking about her book ‘Start Over Again’ and her experiences of dealing with bipolar disorder.
In 2017, she was interviewed by Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston for a Radio 4 programme called ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’, talking about chronic pain, creativity and her bipolar condition.  She was also interviewed by Clare Balding for Radio 2, talking about her music, mental health and Buddhist faith.

In October 2017, Emily performed at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin before heading to Australia in December to spend time with family and to start recording her next album.
In early 2018 she performed gigs for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust at mental health hospitals.

Emily is a patron of the mental health charity Restore.

Thank you to Mike and Gail Watts (Dr & Mrs Fizzy) for the invitation to this concert.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Marta Capponi

Marta Capponi
Marta Capponi - voice
Andrew Noble - piano
Emiliano Caroselli - drums

6th September 2018
Waitrose Kings Cross, Granary Square, London, UK

Andrew Noble
Customers at Waitrose Kings Cross are treated to a free jazz concert every Thursday night. The London Granary Square store is part of a recent re-development of the area next to the Regent’s Canal. The store (a converted railway engine-shed) is a meeting point for listeners warming up their evening with a cheeky Chablis or fiery Barbera before reaching out into London's nightlife.

MARTA CAPPONI Italian-born jazz vocalist Marta Capponi began her jazz studies in Rome at the prestigious Saint Louis College of Music. Although a student she was already a busy working musician, and it wasn't long before her precocious talent was being heard alongside a wide array of established Italian and US jazz artists. By the time she left college she was already well known on the Italian jazz scene and she could soon be heard at high-profile venues and festivals around Italy, including the likes of Umbria Jazz, Umbria Jazz Winter, Ravello Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival die Due Mondi, Casa del Jazz, Villa Celimontana and Auditorium Parco della Musica. Looking for musical challenges further afield, in 2012 Marta moved to London, bringing with her an eclectic and remarkable repertoire, from classic jazz standards and pop to folk and Brazilian music.

Emiliano Caroselli
"Her singing is fluent, powerful and captivating, and she has a stage presence to match"

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Steven Page - Union Chapel

Steven Page

Steven Page
Craig Northey
Kevin Fox

10th August 2018
Union Chapel, London, UK
Album: Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II (Fresh Baked Goods / Warner Music Canada)


Kevin Fox
Hot on the heels of his induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Steven Page introduced his forthcoming album to the freethinkers of London in the spiritual cauldron of the Union Chapel in Islington. This was a night of spikey wit and proud political musicality. Although Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II, will be released on Friday, September 14, 2018 fans were rewarded with a preview of this powerful new work.

Ahead of the album’s release, Steven has launched the vitriolic first single, “White Noise,” a naked look at the current political discourse south of the 49th parallel.
Listen/Watch “White Noise” HERE.

Craig Northey
“I grew up in a household where social justice was a fundamental value, and I always believed that it was a fundamental Canadian value as well as a central Jewish one,” says Page. “I’ve watched how the term has been twisted and perverted by the Right over the last several years in an effort to diminish the voices of reason.
Although I grew up politically aware, in a left-leaning household (which, in Canada, was not regarded as anything sinister until the mid-90s and beyond), it wasn’t until I discovered the politically-charged music coming from the UK in the 1970s (the Clash, The Jam) and 1980s during the Miner’s Strike and the Red Wedge movement (Billy Bragg, Style Council, Communards, etc) that I became excited by the power of music and activism. This song pays tribute to that music, and was written in the wake of last year’s events in Charlottesville. The open displays of racism and antisemitism, and the chants of “Jews Will Not Replace Us” made me grab my guitar and tell them I’d be more than glad to replace them.”

Steven Page
Recorded at Fresh baked Woods Studios just outside of Toronto and Vancouver’s Doghouse of Thunder Studio with longtime live bands Odds and The Original Six, and frequent collaborator Craig Northey, Discipline is Page’s fifth solo album and the spiritual follow-up to 2016’s Heal Thyself Pt. I: Instinct. Musically, the album tips its hat to many of Page’s influences including the aforementioned punk rock movement and David Byrne as well as a nod to the Bee Gees and the Zombies.


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Sarah Vista - Somers Town Festival


Sarah Vista

Date: 14th July 2018
Venue: Somers Town Festival
Releases: Bandcamp

Camden town’s Spaghetti Western Songstress Sarah Vista and her posse of outlaws arrive in a blood-soaked blaze of bullets, armed with a unique sound inspired by the great western movie soundtracks and dark country classics.

With a series of live bookings already under her gun belt (Nashville, Sweden, Germany, Spain) and a number of original compositions already selected for forthcoming movie soundtracks, Miss Vista and her gang are ones to watch..

Revenge is red hot and blonde, and heading for a town called mediocrity, to wish them hell!

START, or Somers Town and St Pancras Art, has brought an annual street arts festival to this area of London for over 19 years. Fittingly, Somers Town has a pioneering history of arts and community being seen as important as housing: ‘housing is not enough’ meant providing community centres and sculpture as well as new homes after the 1920s slum clearance.

Today’s hugely popular START grew out of a first festival of cultures in 1997, begun to try to bring harmony to the disparate cultures in Somers Town, after racial tensions and a murder of young Richard Everitt. Former festivals featured acts as diverse as Alexis Sayle, Les Dennis from Family Fortunes, performances by the gurkas, Tibetan monks, and the British TaeKwando team, as well as local bands such as the Mighty Caretakers, and Oh!Gunquit, activities like first aid displays, filmmaking, history exhibitions, art workshops, and the ever popular Funfair.