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Lail Arad & JF Robitaille announce Birmingham show

August 29, 2017 in News

Lail Arad & JF Robitaille will be hitting the road this Autumn for a 40-date tour across 8 countries! From Italy to India, Luxembourg to London, this intimate duo tour will celebrate the pair’s recent collaboration ‘We Got It Coming’, as well as feature brand new songs and favourites from their respective solo albums.

London-born singer-songwriter Lail Arad’s second album The Onion displays more layers than 2010 debut Someone New. It is a far more coherent whole, both stylistically – a sparse acoustic three-piece setup with scattered solo pieces – and in theme, revolving around love, loss and the creeping suspicion that we’re not getting any younger.

Montreal-bred songwriter JF Robitaille is no stranger to lofty expectations. Yes, he’s long been celebrated as one of the most engaging songwriters North of the 49—a fact evident even in his earliest days, when he fronted indie-rock outfit the Social Register in the aughts—but with 2013’s Rival Hearts, the world began to take notice. After the album charted in Germany, he found himself playing for large crowds at Hamburg’s fabled Reeperbahn Festival along with several other gigs throughout that country. Robitaille’s international rep began to resemble his accolades in Canada. Here, a troubadour cut from the same cloth as Leonard Cohen. Or Nick Drake. Or Bob Dylan.

Lail Arad Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

JF Robitaille Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lail Arad & JF Robitaille play Ort Birmingham on Sat 2nd December 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘We Got It Coming’ below:

Rosie Carney & Henry Jamison to play Birmingham show

July 24, 2017 in News

Rosie Carney and Henry Jamison embark on a joint headline tour.

20 year old Donegal based singer-songwriter Rosie Carney was born in Hampshire, UK in 1997 before moving to Ireland when she was 10 in 2007. Instantly inspired by the vast, rugged, picturesque landscapes of her hometown, Downings, Rosie started to play music. Rosie signed a major recording contract with Universals Polydor when she was just 16 where she made contact and co-wrote with people such as Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs), Angelo Petragalia (Kings Of Leon), Charlie Fink (Noah and The Whale), Turin Brakes, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, to name but a few. In January 2015, due to unforeseen circumstances, Rosie was released (freed) from her contract with Polydor. Although seen as the recipe for disaster, Rosie didn’t stop making and playing music. Things soon took a turn when, in early December, Rosie was invited to Austin, TX by SXSW to showcase her music. After making it onto NPR’s top 100 song list, she made contact with Stevie McMin, founder and head man of independent and home to Phoria label, X Novo Records.

With his stunning debut album The Wilds Henry Jamison is ready to claim his place as the latest in a long line of remarkable storytellers. Blending delicate acoustic guitar and banjo with programmed percussion loops and synthesizers, the Vermont songwriter grapples with the jarring dissonances of contemporary life in his music as he struggles to reconcile the clashes between our inner and outer selves, the natural world and our fabricated society. Jamison is a solitary artist, writing, recording, and arranging everything himself on the album including the string arrangements, and he pens his lyrics with cinematic precision, conjuring vivid scenes and fully realized characters wrestling with existential crises and modern malaise. His dazzling way with words and keen ear for memorable hooks at once calls to mind the baroque pop of Sufjan Stevens and the unflinching emotional honesty of Frightened Rabbit, but the delivery is uniquely his own, understated yet devastating.

Rosie Carney Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Henry Jamison Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Rosie Carney & Henry Jamison play Ort Birmingham on Sat 7th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Awake Me’ below:

Watch the video for ‘Real Peach’ below:

River Matthews announces Birmingham show

July 24, 2017 in News

Despite his youthful years, the music of River Matthews flows from a uniquely timeless place. His distinctive voice, reminiscent of artists like Jeff Buckley and Sixto ‘Sugarman’ Rodriguez, creaks and rasps with wisdom and experience. His patient, personal blend of soul and folk effortlessly transcends eras and genres.

River met a fellow musician, songwriter and kindred spirit, Mike Needle, who introduced him to Jamie Scott, the singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with everyone from Michael Kiwanuka to One DirectionRon Sexsmith to Jessie Ware.

Jamie has now produced the debut EP Feels Like Morningand has been involved creatively along the way.

The EP in question features ‘Catherine’ and ‘Over’ – two beautiful ballads capable of bringing giants to their knees – as well as the poetic ‘Stars’, which was inspired by observing a clear night sky during an overnight stay outside of Inverness, and was written about his family. The title track, the soaring, upbeat ‘Feels Like Morning’ also started out as a slow song but took on a life and tempo of its own when he realized it was all about new beginnings; a perfect soundtrack for kickstarting a new career, you might say.

River Matthews Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

River Matthews plays Ort Birmingham on Fri 10th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch an acoustic version of ‘Feels Like Morning’ below:

Miranda Lee Richards to play Ort Birmingham

May 25, 2017 in News

Miranda Lee Richards is a gifted Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, she grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work.

After graduating from the San Francisco School Of The Arts, she travelled to Paris to model, but soon returned to the U.S. to pursue a musical career. A series of chance encounters with influential people began when she became friends with Kirk Hammet from Metallica, who taught her to play guitar. Early demos of her songs reached the ears of Anton Newcombe, and she soon joined his band The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

In January of 2016, Richards delivered Echoes Of The Dreamtime, recorded at her home studio with husband and producer Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & Lord Huron). It brought together eight pastoral, atmospheric epics into a work that was her most impressive yet, with four stars by MOJO magazine, and 8/10 in Uncut.

In February of 2017, in the post-U.S. election climate, Richards has delivered Existential Beast, via UK based indie label, Invisible Hands Music, with what is arguably her most impressive work to date. Of the album, Richards states, “It is a political album to the core, examining the issues of our time, but with an intent of tackling those difficult and sometimes taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner.”

Miranda Lee Richards Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Miranda Lee Richards plays Ort Birmingham on Wed 28th June 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Lucid I Would Dream’ below:

First Past The Post Tour live in Birmingham

May 15, 2017 in News

South London musician Matt Maltese has teamed up with one of the most promising and idiosyncratic new acts in the U.K., The Rhythm Method, for a joint ‘First Past The Post’ U.K. Tour in May and June – their own take on music and politics engagement movement Red Wedge updated for the 21st century. Tickets are on sale now – £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus UK – and a full list of dates can be found below. The bands said:

“There is a huge misrepresentation of the youth at the moment in politics, and we are once again at a crossroads that could change our long-term future. A landslide for the Tories seems depressingly inevitable and we want to use whatever voice we have to try and make some kind of a difference and encourage young people to turn up at the polling stations on June 8th. We can’t let our future once again be decided by the elderly just because we can’t be bothered to turn up and vote. This election is not about Brexit – something which Theresa May has cleverly banked on to steer clear of other issues in the UK – but more about choosing a better, more humane government. Not a party led by a sound bite queen that breaks the bank for nuclear warfare and privatises everything this side of the sun. But a party like Labour who want to politically address war torn countries such as Syria rather than bomb it, increase funding for schools and police, and actually address major injustices that have arisen in public industries thanks to privatisation. Politics can be serious, funny and stupidly complicated all at the same time. And this tour is about encompassing that and putting politics forward as something that isn’t complicated and, more importantly, isn’t reserved for the grannies and granddads. Like our shared musical philosophy, our politics is to be kinder, more honest and more hopeful. As the world caves in, we could take care of each other.”

20 year old Matt Maltese last week released his second track of 2017, ‘No One Won The War’ – a bruising and introspective ballad which finds Matt ruminating on the world being gripped by constant and cyclical discord. Produced by The Maccabees‘ Hugo White – The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones also plays guitar and organ on the track – ‘No One Won The War’ follows Matt’s acclaimed first single of this year, the crushingly romantic and sinisterly evocative ode to Theresa May and Donald Trump making love after triggering the nuclear apocalypse, ‘As The World Caves In’.

Matt has been lauded by BBC 6 Music‘s Lauren Laverne and BBC Radio 1’s Phil TaggartHuw StephensAnnie Mac and Mistajam alongside The FADERInterview MagazineThe GuardianWonderland, DIY Magazine and NME Magazine.

Matt Maltese Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Matt Maltese & The Rhythm Method play Ort Birmingham on Thurs 1st June 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘No One Won The War’ below:

Allmän Brown to play Ort Birmingham

May 12, 2017 in News

Allmän Brown is a London-based singer songwriter who announced himself back in 2013 with the wonderfully emotive and poignant single ‘Sons And Daughters’, a collaboration with fellow Londoner Liz Lawrence.

To date, the song remains the bedrock of Allmän Brown’s ever expanding catalogue, with over four million Spotify streams, half a million YouTube views, a number two placing on Hype Machine, numerous online cover versions and a raft of notable placements on US TV dramas, including the likes of ParenthoodReign and Beauty And The Beast.

2017 has seen Brown finally release his debut full-length album, entitled 1000 Years. The eleven-song record, a combination of old favourites and new songs (including latest viral single ‘Sweetest Thing’), represents an artist exploring his past, present and future with an ever expanding set of musical tools anchored by a beautiful, rich and distinctive voice. “This album represents and means a great deal to me. I hope that all those who listen will get a glimpse of the times and emotions it contains.”

Allmän Brown Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Allmän Brown plays Ort Birmingham on Fri 6th October 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Ancient Light’ below:

LISTEN: Jordan Mackampa – ‘Battlecry’

May 3, 2017 in News

Coventry-based singer-songwriter Jordan Mackampa shares the gorgeously soulful ‘Battlecry’ ahead of a new EP.

The Democratic Republic Of The Congo-born artist is following up ‘Saint’, which arrived when he announced new short-player Tales From The Broken.

‘Battlecry’ is a thumping, rallying cry that snowballs into a huge, foot-stomping anthem. Mackampa piles on layers of sound, harmonies multiplying until it’s a cacophonous congregation belting out the track’s mantra: “Can you hear the people marching louder than the drums? Can you hear the people coming louder than the drums?”

“‘Battlecry’ is a reflection of the times,” Mackampa explains. “It’s about standing up for what you believe in, refusing to be silenced and coming together. It was written to make people feel powerful in the face of adversity, comforted in times of isolation and brave in the face of change.”

Jordan Mackampa plays Ort Birmingham on Sat 20th May 2017, with support from Ryan Sparrow and Amy Louise Ellis. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Battlecry’ below:

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:

Saint Sister announce Ort show

March 16, 2017 in News

Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the new project from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.

Following their debut performance on Irish television, they opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in Whelan’s. April saw them support San Fermin (Downtown records), and tour Ireland with Dublin band Spies. In August, the band entered the studio for the first time to record their debut EP with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), which was released on November 13th on Trout Records. Over the coming weeks they commence two Irish tours with O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo. They finish 2015 with their first London showcase, and play their first US performance at SXSW 2016.

Saint Sister Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Saint Sister play Ort Birmingham on Wed 31st May 2017, with support from Rosie Carney. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Madrid’ below:

Introducing: Joe Fox

March 14, 2017 in News

Joe Fox, whose debut Blue Flowers EP Acoustic Alley Sessions, released at the tail end of 2016, introduced the young Londoner as one of the most singular new British talents to emerge in recent years, has announced an 8 date tour of major UK cities, calling at Birmingham’s ORT on Fri 17th March.

Acoustic Alley Sessions, is a collection of raw, soulful, unadulterated songs, that illustrate why A$AP Rocky chose Joe to co-write 5 songs on his #1 album At.Long.Last.A$AP, following a chance meeting on the streets of Soho, where Joe was busking and selling CD’s.The EP included the tracks ‘Like Jesus’ and ‘Autopilot’, classic lyrical songs which demonstrated Joe’s dedication to his craft and displayed a total disregard for trends that makes his voice unique in the modern musical landscape.

A student of every great songwriter from the Beatles to Bob Marley, the debut EP, together with these forthcoming live dates, present Joe Fox as a truly magnetic live artist and find him performing in the same way he began making and selling his music: alone with a guitar.

Joe Fox Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Joe Fox plays Ort Birmingham on Fri 17th March 2017, with support from Aaron Jackson and Mikey. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Autopilot’ below: