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Kerri Watt to play Ort Birmingham

October 16, 2017 in News

Scottish born, but having spent her formative years between California and Glasgow, Kerri Watt has a distinct style that has truly been influenced by such contrasting locations.

Citing Sheryl CrowJohn Mayer and The Rolling Stones all as influences that have contributed to her sound, Kerri has found her music being regularly played on Radio 2, finding success with singles ‘Long Way Home’ and ‘The Wild’.

Alongside this she has also had the opportunity to spend time touring across the UK, Europe and US, with the likes of Ward ThomasEmbraceNina Nesbitt and Mike & The Mechanics, amongst others. Adding to her touring profile, she has also performed at UK festivals Isle Of WightGlastonbury and Secret Garden Party.

Hungry for further success in the UK, and having already achieved great in herearly career, Kerri has proved to be a blossoming young artist with an exciting future ahead of her.

Kerri Watt Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kerri Watt plays Ort Birmingham on Sat 11th November 2017. Tickets available here

Watch the video for ‘Long Way Home’ below:

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: