Gwyl 2021 festival – ready to watch this weekend

There’s a feeling of spring in the air and festivals both online and live are tantalisingly looming on the horizon. The following week is good place to begin, with a brand new event to go out online. Called Gŵyl 2021, it showcases contributions from four Welsh festivals: Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Comedy Festival…

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Tomaga: Intimate Immensity remix by Floating Points

The final, outstanding release of the London based experimental duo Tomaga will be unveiled on 26th March. Tomaga – Tom Relleen and Valentina Magaletti – worked together since 2013. This work titled Intimate Immensity was finished just before Tom’s passing in August 2020 and distils two years of new creative enhancement. The tracks which have…

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Interview: Anna Demetriou – from movies to music

Anna Demetriou is an established actress who starred in the film Viking Destiny. Alongside her acting career she has been writing her own songs and now, with the help of producer Tom E Morrison, is launching her singing career. What prompted your move into music? Was this a dream you’ve been harbouring for a while?…

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Todmorden’s Golden Lion launches label

The Calder Valley, West Yorkshire is a veritable hotbed of talented new artists. So when a well-loved venue runs into financial difficulties, local bands rally to help. Working Men’s Club and W H Lung have contributed exclusive tracks to help the Golden Lion in Todmorden. Yes, The Golden Lion has set up its own label…

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Bad Thoughts Compilation: new single from Sara Wolff

From the mountains of Norway to Toxteth, Liverpool is not the usual path trodden by artists but it certainly indicates someone carving an individual path. Fledgling Liverbird Sara Wolff had initially uprooted in order to study before adopting the city as her home. The alt-folk singer uses her definitively quirky and singular eye to home…

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GracieSouz: KIN band member’s solo venture

With the success of KIN last year, which included three singles making their way out into the world, their vocalist and synth player Grace de Souza has now launched her solo project GracieSouz. We were delighted here at Gourmet Gigs to feature an interview with the band on the cusp of the launch of their…

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The Besnard Lakes launch their redemptive new album

The Besnard Lakes don’t make things easy for themselves, publicity wise. The new album which launched on January 2021, The Besnard Lakes are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings isn’t a title that fits neatly into social media posts, as well they know. But the Canadian outfit don’t particularly care – nothing is going…

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Lumer launch EP The Disappearing Act

There’s been a surfeit of talented young bands coming out of Yorkshire’s towns and valleys – such as Working Men’s Club, The Lounge Society and Fehlt. And local venues such as The Trades in Hebden Bridge, Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, and Todmorden’s Golden Lion have been instrumental in supporting their burgeoning talent. Lumer are…

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American hope: Hiss Golden Messenger ‘Sanctuary’

The song Sanctuary was written and recorded with a message of hope; fortunately many of those prayers have just been answered, giving its lyrics an added celebratory note. North Carolina folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, with M.C. Taylor at the helm, has produced a warm and beautiful slice of Americana in this atmospherically rich number….

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New single Atlantic by The Weather Station captures the mood

The Weather Station has released a new single and video called Atlantic, from forthcoming album Ignorance (5th February on Fat Possum). The Weather Station is a project lead by Canadian singer songwriter Tamara Lindeman. This latest work is intensely personal (Tamara also directed the video) and it captures the present mood of uncertainty, with climate…

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