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Live Gig Video: the brothers Duffy of Fenech-Soler reveal infimate acoustic performance of ‘Somebody’ from The Bridge writing studio

 
By on Monday, 25th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Fenech-Soler just finished up a massive UK tour last week. In case you missed them – or maybe you’re just itching to get more Fenech – here is a great performance of ‘Somebody’, from the band’s current album ‘Rituals’, by the brothers Duffy – Ben on vocals and piano and Ross on backing vocals and guitar – recorded and filmed at The Bridge, a writing studio in Southwark related to the famed Miloco Studios. Atmospheric? Check. Beautiful? Check. Watch the in-studio performance below.

The latest single from Fenech-Soler, ‘In Our Blood’, was released today and you can watch the promo video for the single here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gepQaBXaZXM[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Stornoway reveal a making-of documentary about latest album ‘Tales from Terra Firma’

 
By on Friday, 22nd November 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Yes, I admit it. I love me some Stornoway. Some bands seem to forget they need to let their fans in on their little world, but not these chaps from Oxford. This is a beautifully shot documentary with interviews with all their band members – Brian Briggs, Jon Ouin, and brothers Oli and Rob Steadman – talking about ‘Tales from Terra Firma’, their wonderful album released in March. (Carrie reviewed it here.) It really gives a great insight on how much blood, sweat and tears it takes to write and record an LP, not to mention how many great people they have behind them, supporting their musical and artistic visions. Take it away, fellas!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNB7wND6xw[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Young Rebel Set’s Matty Chipcase performs acoustic version of ‘Yesca & the Fear’

 
By on Tuesday, 19th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Teesside band Young Rebel Set have unveiled this live performance of their frontman Matty Chipcase performing ‘Yesca & the Fear’, the opening track of the band’s second album ‘Crocodile’, released this autumn. What a gorgeous rendition. Read my review of the LP here.

The band will play a Christmastime homecoming show at Middlesbrough Town Hall on the 23rd of December.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxUKNUR0krc[/youtube]

 

Bryan Ferry Benefit Show (Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Typhoon Appeal) / November 2013

 
By on Monday, 18th November 2013 at 3:30 pm
 

Roxy Music frontman and musical renaissance man Bryan Ferry has announced he and his band will be adding on an additional tour date in London in aid of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the island nation earlier this month. The show will take place at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday the 30th of November and will aid the Disasters Emergency Committee Philippines Typhoon Appeal in helping people in the devastated country. The presale for tickets begins tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th of November, at 9 AM here.

 

Live Review: Foy Vance with Rams’ Pocket Radio at Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA – 9th November 2013

 
By on Monday, 18th November 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

Photos by Cheryl Demas

Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of seeing Northern Irish soul singer Foy Vance play Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. However, those of you in the UK and Ireland will be soon be treated to the same pleasure, as Vance begins touring his new album ‘Joy of Nothing’ on your side of the pond.

The Jammin’ Java show was the final gig of the North American leg of Vance’s tour, and the Saturday night audience had the room filled to capacity. True, it’s a small venue, but its intimate size and acoustics are perfect for Vance’s soulful solo style, as opposed to the Tabernacle in Atlanta, where I last saw him open for Ed Sheeran in January. Perhaps it wasn’t the venue that seemed to dwarf Vance on that night, but the other acts on the bill, hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks and the aforementioned ginger headliner. As the main act on the bill at Jammin’ Java, Vance was much more confident and relaxed; he appeared right at home on the small, sparsely equipped stage.

As Vance gained popularity in America on the strength of his opening act for Sheeran, it follows that his new fans would pay special attention to his choice of guests on his own headline tour. In this case, the opening act couldn’t have been more stylistically different from Vance. Fellow Northern Irish musician Peter McCauley, who uses the stage name Rams’ Pocket Radio, makes the kind of electronic synth-driven music that brings to mind old TV episodes of ‘Friends’ with Ross on his tiny Casio keyboard. That’s, of course, if you aren’t familiar with Rams’ Pocket Radio, and I was not.

Rams Pocket Radio Vienna

Once he started playing, I found very quickly that I had made a mistake in not taking a listen to him sooner. His clear, evenly measured melodies and pleasantly modulated singing voice allowed his intriguingly erudite lyrics to capture my attention. (I probably shouldn’t mention the fact that I had to consult a dictionary while reading through the liner notes of his album, ‘Béton’, which I was impressed enough to purchase from the merch table.) His music falls squarely into the dreaded ‘progressive’ category, but I found it to be surprisingly listenable, despite its purposefully streamlined, deliberately minimal aesthetic, partly inspired by the Functionalist industrial designs of Dieter Rams. While most of the songs on Rams’ Pocket Radio’s setlist were accompanied by synthesized drums, Vance came on stage and took drum kit himself at one point, making a minor cameo before his own set began.

When Vance did begin his own set, it was McCauley on the drum kit and Conor McCreanor on bass providing the rhythm section. In contrast to the taut precision of Rams’ Pocket Radio, Vance appeared mellow and relaxed from the outset. He opened with ‘Be the Song’ from 2012 EP ‘Melrose’, but from that point forward focused almost exclusively on songs from ‘Joy of Nothing’, which recently won the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize. Eight of the 10 songs on that album appeared on the set list this night, and the audience were clearly familiar with them, especially ‘Janey’ and the anthemic ‘Closed Hand, Full of Friends’.

Foy Vance Vienna

Vance’s relaxed mood quickly carried over to his audience. We were quiet with anticipation at the beginning of the show, but his banter and storytelling ability, no doubt the product of growing up as the son of a preacher, soon warmed our hearts and won our rapt attention. Just over halfway through the set, he made the first of several seamless deviations from his original set list, introducing a new song about his current girlfriend, whom he affectionately described as ‘a keeper’. We obliged his request to keep our cameras in our pockets to avoid having the song appear prematurely on YouTube, but this is definitely a tune to keep your ears open for. Perhaps also owing to the easygoing nature of this final gig, Vance accepted a cheeky request from the front row for an old favorite tune, the poignant masterpiece ‘Indiscriminate Act of Kindness’. He closed the set proper with ‘I Got Love’, a simple, soulful tune with an extended suspension in the bridge that left us literally begging for an encore.

At this point, it has become accepted practice for Vance to finish his shows with the well-known ‘Guiding Light’, which is also the final track on ‘Joy of Nothing’. The song is more of an ‘au revoir’ than a final good-bye, and we wistfully joined in singing the chorus at the end, knowing that our evening was well and truly drawing to a close. In the style of a master performer, Foy Vance left us with warmed hearts and smiling faces, but also with the hope of seeing him perform again in the future.

Catch Vance on his current UK and Irish tour; all the dates are here.

Foy Vance set list Vienna

 

Foy Vance / November and December 2013 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 15th November 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

Northern Ireland Music Prize winner Foy Vance has just completed a string of shows in America and is set to embark on a full tour of the UK and Ireland. Following the dates listed below, Vance will play a short series of gigs in Europe (see his Web site for information on European dates). Tickets for the UK and Irish shows are available now, with the exception of the Belfast date, which is sold out.

Sunday 17th November 2013 – York Duchess
Monday 18th November 2013 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach*
Tuesday 19th November 2013 – Norwich Arts Centre*
Thursday 21st November 2013 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Friday 22nd November 2013 – Liverpool Epstein Theatre*
Saturday 23rd November 2013 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 24th November 2013 – Nottingham Bodega*
Wednesday 27th November 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 28th November 2013 – London Koko*
Friday 29th November 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 30th November 2013 – Dundee Non Zero’s
Monday 2nd December 2013 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 – Stirling Tollbooth
Wednesday 4th December 2013 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Friday 6th December 2013 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Saturday 7th December 2013 – Dublin Whelan’s
Sunday 8th December 2013 – Londonderry Sandino’s
Monday 9th December 2013 – Belfast Limelight (sold out)

* with Rams’ Pocket Radio

 
 
 

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