Just a quick one today, Kevin Tudge from Ronda and Laura Thompson of Will Dance for Chocolate fame teamed up back in 2010 and this song was made. They shot a video for it which you can see here and if you like what you hear, you can download the track for free by clicking below. I've seen and filmed both artists several times over the years but I've never seen them on the same stage at the same time before so for a picture I've pinched one of Andy O'Hare's snaps. It's ok, he won't mind.
Harrison Bruce is a folk singer/songwriter from Worcestershire who I heard on the BBC Gloucester Introducing show and immediately thought 'Wow, I need to book this guy for the radio show!' A quick google led me to his facebook page, which in turn sent me to his bandcamp page which resulted in me writing this blog. I'll be able to say much more about him once he's been into the studio and we've recorded a session with him, but in the meantime we'll both have to make do with his biog:
'Inspired by the finger-picking folk musicians of this time and that Harrison Bruce takes his influences and incorporates them into his own music. Giving you that bluesy folk that is hard to find in this day and age. Harrison was born in the Midlands and grew up listening to Cash, Dylan and many more classic artists that shaped his sound.'
Birmingham based (although we all know that they're from Worcester) 'dark and tropically fused indie' four piece Peace have recently released their new single 'California Daze' hot on the heels of 'Follow Baby' which you can download for free by popping your email adress in the box which (as is standard now) signs you up to their mailing list. The photo above was taken by a happy snapper for the NME, I figured they've featured enough of my videos on their site, they shouldn't be too fused about me using this picture. Also, it's worth mentioning that after I signed up, it took a while for it to show up in my email and when it did, I found it in my Junk folder, but I fished it out of there and it was all good.
Ellen Louise is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Redditch. I randomly discovered her music as a result of clicking around on SoundCloud and saw her on Gabrielle Aplin's page, saw that she was from Redditch and thought since there's a big lack of local music on this blog, I'd give her a bit of coverage. I don't know anything else about her other than that as she only has a SoundCloud page and there's hardly any info there, but the music is lovely. I've sent her a message asking if she has any original songs and if she has any gigs coming up. When I know, I'll let you know but in the meantime, we'll both have to make do with this.
Local Worcester music impresario Tina V fronts up her band This Wicked Tongue, hosts her own open mic night, is a judge on Txt Factor and has a solo career as well. What we have here is the title track from her first EP of the same name from back in 2009. There's 8 other tracks available for download plus a sampler track, it's all there for the taking. Google Analytics has shown me that I get twice as many visitors to this site from Birmingham than I do from Worcester so if that includes you, you may have seen Tina play at The Free Love Club at the Island Bar or her band at the O2 Academy. They're currently in a competition to win a record deal with RoadRunner records, so if you do know her (despite what she says) or you just like what you hear, why not click-through to this page and check out her band. You need to create a profile to vote but if you don't particulary feel like going through that process, you can still listen to three of their newest tracks on there which will push their play counts up a little and make them seem that little bit more popular. Ah go on, you know it's not that hard to sit on your bum listening to quality music!
Straight from his MySpace page: Theo, the work of one Sam Knight, is one for the math rock fans. Taut, chugging guitar loops layer up with frenetic tapping patterns that interweave in spiralling complexity before near sub-atomically precise, powerhouse drumming clatters and builds each song into juggernaut of riffs and rhythms. To achieve something like this recorded is one thing, but to see Theo perform live is quite another as each song blurs into the next and the dazzling guitar and drum acrobatics leave jaws sagging on the faces of all who bear witness to the talent on offer
John-Joe Murray is a man who's had his finger is many musical pies over the years.
He wrote his bio as follows: The Worrisome Ankletrout is a one man band who makes songs by flopping between instruments with strings on them, whilst using a loop pedal to fill in the gaps and occasionally hitting things that are lying around and squealing like a killer whale; a carnival of aural delights.
Go to the SoundCloud page for the free download.
Claire Boswell is back after a little 'break' and playing with Jez King, click here for a lovely little video by Jim. They played at John Taylor's Lazy Sunday at Cafe Bliss at the Worcester Arts Workshop, which is where I took this picture. Talking of which, after filming her set, I went inside to get a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows (you know how I roll, playa) - £2:90 though?! What's that all about, it was £1.75. Anyways, I was taken to one side and told that the Worcester Arts Workshop is facing possible legal action over their outside performances! They've tried saying that it's only 4 hours of acoustic music once a month but that's not good enough for some nearby residents who want it all shut down! So I've been asked to hurry up uploading my videos from this event to my YouTube Channel so they can be used as evidence in court. eek!
Ah, just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Richard Clarke's only gone and got himself a band! But don't worry, they compliment his wonderful song-smithery perfectly and I couldn't picture any other arrangement of musicians working so well. They've got a new album out which consists of reworked classics and new gems just waiting to be discovered.
Their new album can be brought or even just streamed from their BandCamp page.
Making your music folder better, one song at a time.
_Pretty much everyday I seem to find some amazing exclusive tracks that
some awesome artists are giving away for free as a special one off
promotion. Today, it occured to me that instead of just downloading
them, maybe reposting them on facebook if they're special enough/someone I know and
then moving on, I should start a little music blog on here. Even if it
doesn't last forever, it's still a free song for you each day that it
does! I'd say the character of this blog is mostly electropop and singer/songwriter but I've got plans for mathcore, post-rock and glitch-hop. A lot of these tracks have a download limit of 100 so get in there on the quick. I'd also point out that a lot of the songs will need renaming once you've downloaded them so I'd do them one at a time.