Radio Sessions, Tom McRae, Songwriting Magazine, Sound and Vision

Now on Mixcloud! My People’s Playlist radio show on Future Radio, talking about songs that have been a soundtrack to my life. Listen here to tracks by The Smiths, Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Kate Bush, Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience and more. I also played live on the Drivetime show this week previewing all my upcoming local gigs.

Women in music and country music feature in my new column for Songwriting Magazine, a review of the recent Amplify Introducing event by the BBC. Includes an interview with the one and only Bob Harris here after he hosted a panel on UK country with advice for aspiring country artists.

Another new article is my music column for All Things Norfolk.which includes another music conference, Norwich Sound and Vision, features an In Conversation with Dave Rowntree of blur.

Writing about a beautiful Ryan Adams song, “Oh My Sweet Carolina” with Emmylou Harris, in this cool regular feature for country music blog Belles and Gals.

Thanks to Oxjam Norwich for having me play last weekend. Really nice audience. Live video of “Time to Grow”

This weekend had a lovely gig supporting outstanding songwriter Tom McRae on the last date of his tour at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Thanks so much to Tom for having me play and all the kind words from the audience.

Thanks also to Stephen Foster for having me as this weeks live session guest on BBC Radio Suffolk. There was a live acoustic track every evening and also an interview.

Have two gigs in a week, next one is at the lovely Guildhall in Norwich for Grapevine for Music:

And playing the night after at OPEN Norwich for a lovely night of Americana.

 

 

Amplify Introducing ~ Interviewing Bob Harris, Supporting Tom McRae, Radio Host

Enjoyed a couple of days at the inaugural Amplify Introducing at London’s Excel. Caught lots of insightful panels including ones on women in music and the current country music scene in the UK. It was lovely to catch up with the wonderful Bob Harris and get to interview him for my feature in Songwriting Magazine.

With Radio 1’s Adele Roberts after she hosted a Women in Music panel.

Had fun in another role at Future Radio where I hosted my own radio show for the People’s Playlist. I played and talked about twelve of my favourite songs. The show will be broadcast on Future Radio on Monday, 23rd October at 2pm.

On 27th October I’m very excited to be supporting outstanding songwriter Tom McRae on the last date of his tour at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Tickets here.

Following that I will also be supporting highly acclaimed Americana duo The Worry Dolls at OPEN Norwich, more information here

New video, performing ‘Call Me’ in the home studio:

Ryan Adams at Rough Trade, AMA UK Conference and Awards

It’s been really cool to start the year enjoying some exceptional music. I was lucky to be among an intimate crowd getting to see Ryan Adams preview brand new material from his upcoming album ‘Prisoner’ at Rough Trade East. His new songs are amazing and I love single ‘To Be Without You’ so much I’ve recorded an acoustic cover of it:

Also in my music columnist role I’ve had a fun couple of days enjoying the AMA UK Conference and Awards. Met so many wonderful people all celebrating Americana music. The conference had some great panels and a fascinating conversation between Bob Harris and wonderful songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter.

 

Airplay on Radio 2, Bob Harris Sunday, Amazing Radio and New Features


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I’ve been so happy with the response to ‘Another Place and Time’ ahead of its release on April 8th. It really makes all the hard work feel worth it! It’s available for pre-order at iTunes and I’m excited that the CD copies have arrived! beautiful photography and artwork by my talented friend Claudia Taveira and Nigel Harris at Audiotree:

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Keep an eye on this site as I’ll soon be selling some limited edition signed copies at the store page!

The EP has already received lots of airplay which I’m so happy about. As well as being played on many excellent country, Americana, singer/songwriter folk shows, I was played on this week’s Bob Harris Sunday show on BBC Radio 2, listen again at Bob Harris Sunday

Bob said some lovely words about my career and music and I’m so grateful for all his support over the years. Another supporter has been Baylen Leonard and ‘Music and the Mountains’ was also played on this weekend’s The Front Porch at Amazing Radio among a great Americana playlist.

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I’ve also been doing lots of promo for the EP. Thanks to Belles and Gals, a great website that supports female artist, for this interview

Huge thanks to my dear friend and supporter Claude for this French review

April will be an exciting release month as April 1st sees ‘Courage’ – the single I’ve written for the amazingly talented Breeze Redwine, is also out with its music video premiering also on the 1st, here’s a still and us playing an acoustic version:emotion

Performing at C2C Festival Pop Up Stages! More Shows, Passenger Cover

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Playing C2C Festival at the O2!

Hi guys! Already it’s looking to be a busy year. Country music website W21 Music kindly made my song ‘Carolina Rain’ their single of the week and I’m really excited to announce that ‘ll be playing one of the Pop-Up stages at C2C Country to Country Festival at The O2 for the second year running! Lots of amazing artists from around the world are also playing as well as some new additions to the festival such as a special programme by my friends Bob Harris and WBBC as part of their Under the Apple Tree Sessions. Read all about it in the C2C blog

Here’s the info about me on the C2C site. I’ll be playing the Saloon on Sunday March 8th at 2.10, do come by and say hi, love to see you there!

Bicycle Shop show – supporting The Dreaming Spires March 4th 

After my special headline show, I’m looking forward to returning to the Bicycle Shop on March 4th to support talented friends The Dreaming Spires. Here’s some info about them:

Robin and Joe have carved out some renown as accomplished musicians as well as co-founders of acclaimed festivals, a label and even a record store. Their musical pedigree includes stints in Goldrush and Danny & the Champs, touring and recording with Mark Gardener of Ride, and collaborations with everyone from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks to Garth Hudson of The Band, Mercury Rev to Saint Etienne

Ticket info for the show is here

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Here are a couple of photos from a new video that I’ve been working on with Claudia Taveira Photography. We already filmed some outside shots at the end of last year and we can’t wait to share it with you when it’s done!

 

 

 

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Another free download for you and here’s a live acoustic cover of a beautiful Passenger song. The lyrics really  resonated with me  and I love his writing. It  was exciting that the artist himself took the time to listen and described the version as ‘lovely’. Listen and download here

AMA UK Conference, Amazing Radio Session, ‘Clouds with Silver’ Reissued with Proper Distribution

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Had an excellent day at the second The Americana Music Association UK conference and Maverick Festival It was inspiring to hear Mary Gauthier’s keynote speech about the art of song writing, very inspirational to an artist like myself.  It’s also always lovely catching up with Bob Harris!

After my debut album ‘Slipstream’ was reissued recently, I’m now excited that ‘Clouds with Silver’ has also been reissued with Proper Distribution. Described by Maverick Magazine as “a fantastic insight into a world of love, loss and changes” and Bob Harris as “a beautiful album” Check it out on iTunes

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This week I had a a great time recording a live session and interview for Amazing Radio and Baylen Leonard’s excellent show ‘The Front Porch’ which showcases the finest Americana, country, roots and folk. Baylen has been very supportive, playing ‘Carolina Rain’ and ‘Dreaming in Crowds’ and the session should be aired Saturday July 26th between 6 and 8pm.  Check out the show here

New videos Under The Apple Tree with Bob Harris! Latest Column, TV Appearance

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Photos above by Claudia Taveira Photography from a recent shoot. More photos at Facebook

Really excited to share the new videos from my recent session Under the Apple Tree with Bob Harris and WBBC. Here is the first song I played, ‘Music and the Mountains’ with Bob introducing me.

And here’s the second video from the session. Chatting more with Bob and performing two bonus songs, new song ‘Another Place and Time’ and a special Ryan Adams cover!

Plus you can listen and download the podcast on iTunes

I also had fun meeting the guys at Mustard TV this week. Here is the link to my interview am on in part 2.

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My latest column for Songwriting Magazine is also now online. Writing to a music brief, my experiences so far of writing music for TV, film and top-line melodies.

It was also great to get more airplay on Amazing Radio at the weekend. Thanks so much to Baylen Leonard for playing ‘Dreaming in Crowds’  on his excellent show The Front Porch.

 

 

Amazing weekend at C2C! Airplay on Radio 2!

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Still buzzing from playing 3 Pop Up Stages at C2C at the O2. Thanks again so much to Country to Country for having me play and to everyone who came along to the shows.  The festival had a great atmosphere with so much amazing live music. Thanks to Jeff G Photography for these great colour shots and to Jon Higham for the cool sepia pic. More photos at my Facebook page and they’ll be more pics to come. To make it an even more exciting weekend I was also played on Bob Harris’s Radio 2 show. Bob played ‘The Boy Who..’ from my latest compilation ‘The Sweetest Dream’ describing it as a song that ‘really tugs at the heart’. It’s also a song I performed over the weekend and available on Bandcamp

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Recording a Session for WBBC Under the Apple Tree!

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Such a great day this week recording an Under the Apple Tree session for Bob Harris and WBBC. It was so lovely catching up with Bob again. Videos coming soon. Photo below taken by the great man himself!

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A Christmas Treat! ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ Played on Bob Harris Show!

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Had a great time performing my Christmas single (plus a fun Christmas cover!) at UEA TV’s Reverb Christmas Special. Photos above and video to come soon!

A real Christmas treat hearing ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ played on Bob Harris’s show last night! Bob played a lovely selection of festive songs and described my tune as ‘so sweet and really lovely!.’ Thanks so much to Bob for all the support and also the other radio stations and shows that have supported the single (Future Radio, Norwich 99.9, BBC Radio Suffolk, Acoustic Routes, Wrecking Ball Radio and many more) Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!

Listen again to the show here my song is on at 1:52!