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Charlie Straw to play Ort

April 5, 2017 in News

Charlie Straw doesn’t know when to stop. He’s relentless in his artistry, a perfectionist who’s dedication has taken him across the country several times over. Debut single ‘St. Ives’ was an explosive online success, quickly racking up more than a quarter of a million streams. Setting out on the road, Charlie Straw couch-surfed his way across the UK, playing a total of 30 dates in 30 days.

Originally from the Wirral and now based between Leeds and London, Charlie’s music sits somewhere between Blues and Folk. Taking inspiration from artists including Justin Vernon and Jeff Buckley right through to Howlin’ Wolf and Etta James, his sets consist of calming songs mixed with a dark, soulful edge.

Alongside sessions for BBC Leeds and BBC Introducing, he has supported artists such as James Morrison, James Bay, Nathaniel Rateliffe and Marika Hackman, as well as numerous UK festivals.

Charlie Straw Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Charlie Straw plays Ort Birmingham on Thurs 13th April 2017, with support from Ryan Sparrow, Matt Millard and Lucy Shaw. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘St Ives’ below:

Howie Payne to play Hare & Hounds Birmingham

January 31, 2017 in News

Howie Payne (aka Howard Eliott Payne) is a solo artist, producer, songwriter and the driving force behind Liverpool group The Stands, which he formed in 2002, and with whom he scored four top 40 singles and two top 40 LPs in over just three years before disbanding in 2005.

Following The Stands, Payne teamed up with legendary producer Ethan Johns and recorded his highly influential debut so lo LP Bright Light Ballads, which initially released as a digital download only, reached No 13 in the iTunes Album chart.

After a whirlwind decade of near constant live performances that took him around the globe, Payne took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on songwriting and production, remaining in the public conscience through his music, with a host of artists recording and performing his songs while both The Stands LP’s, and Bright Light Ballads quickly achieved cult classic status.

September 2016 saw Payne tour the UK for the first time in 3 years, and on October 23rd he released, High Times, Home Recordings, a free 10 track download LP, recorded at his home in the late summer/early autumn 2016. High Times, Home Recordings features outtakes taken from the writing sessions for his next LP, which will be released in 2017.

Howie Payne Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Howie Payne plays The Hare & Hounds Venue 2 Birmingham on Tues 7th February 2017, with support from Matt Millard & Patrick Brewer. Tickets available here.

Watch a live video of ‘The Brightest Star’ below: