Jessie Buckley and band sing for frontline workers

It all started with a set of photographs of nurses on a Covid ward, taken by frontline worker Hannah Grace Deller. The work was shown on Grayson’s Art Club – a series presented by Grayson Perry on Channel 4 – which Chris Difford of Squeeze just happened to catch. Chris was impressed by Hannah’s work…

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Poetic drama: Sylvette release album Stiller than Still

I have to credit Chris Hawkins’ early morning show on Radio 6 Music for introducing me to the Manchester band Sylvette. The slinky, crystalline notes of their new single Kelpius cut through the early morning blur and I was instantly wide awake. Music as caffeine. The album Stiller than Still, the band’s second album, was…

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IDLES fundraiser for #saveourvenues

IDLES, in conjunction with Hiwatt, are raising money to support independent grassroots music venues across the UK as part of Music Venue Trust’s #saveourvenues campaign. As all music fans know, the impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for all music venues and particularly those local venues who have provided a stage for countless artists at…

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KIN release dreamy ‘Wander & Lost’ single and video

Interview with KIN band member Grace Strickland de Souza, on the day of the release of their new single and video Wander & Lost. Creative female-focused band KIN are keeping things rolling during lockdown. The London-based trio release the new single Wander & Lost today along with a gorgeously atmospheric video. The multi-talented band are…

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Alabaster dePlume and music to heal the soul

Alabaster dePlume has recently released To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol 1 on Lost Map Records in collaboration with Chicago-based avant-jazz label International Anthem and the Total Refreshment Centre in London. I had to check if this was the same Alabaster dePlume who sang a couple of humorous songs at a Union Chapel daytime session I attended. Although there…

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The Kids Are United – anti-bullying week video

The official video for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is recorded by CBeebies presenter Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, the cover of Sham 69’s ‘The Kids Are United’ features Princess K (who shared the stage with Stormzy at Glastonbury 2019) and the Libera Choir with all proceeds going to the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Stars of CBBC’s ‘Andy and…

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As We Leave release new single from upcoming EP

Psych-pop Isle of Wight band As We Leave have just released a new single from their upcoming debut EP, Everything to a Point, which will be released on 13 November 2020. The new track is called Hope That Kills, a melancholy and thoughtful number with a floaty, wistful feel. It certainly displays the maturity of…

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Hjalte Ross shares latest track Thinking About You

If you haven’t heard Danish singer songwriter Hjalte Ross before, Thinking About You, his latest track, is a good place to start. Opening with an upbeat blast of brass that gives way to Ross’s surprisingly deep and soulful vocals, the path leads you further on into a gorgeously expansive piano section. Thinking About You takes…

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Video just released for Ed Cosens new song ‘If’

Ed Cosens of Reverend & the Makers released a single last week called If – it’s the first number from his up-and-coming debut solo album, Fortunes Favour, out on 29th January 2021. And now there’s a video to accompany the song… it is Part 1 of 4 of , a short film, to be released…

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Save Sea Change festival – crowdfunder now underway

Among those events and venues not chosen for the Cultural Recovery Fund last week was the wonderful, quirky little Sea Change Festival in Totnes, Devon. Sea Change is now in a perilous position and has had to cancel the event for 2021. A crowdfunder is now up, to help it survive and there are a…

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Ed Cosens releases single ‘If’ ahead of solo album

Ed Cosens is stepping out of the shadows to take centre stage. If, his debut single, marks the start of an overdue solo career for the longtime lynchpin of the Sheffield music scene. Best known as the guitarist/bassist and co-songwriter in Reverend & The Makers, Ed has toured the world. With If, the first song written…

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