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Interview: Sally Haines

May 22, 2015 in News

We caught up with Birmingham singer-songwriter Sally Haines to talk about her many career highlights, her musical influences and the Birmingham music scene ahead of her show at The Glee Club on Saturday 23rd May. Check out the full interview below:

Can you tell us about how you started writing and performing and what inspired you to begin a career in music?

My uncle was a musician, so it was part of my life from an early age. I remember him writing songs and I remember chipping in an idea. My family were great music lovers and I found it a great way to express myself. My first instrument was my voice but having a guitar and a keyboard helped my creative streak. Performing started at school with the choir and orchestra and I joined my first band in London when I was 21

You’re a vastly experienced artist who was worked with many musicians and performed across various genres. What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?

I’ve supported Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, done backing vocals on the Red Shoes album that included Fairport Convention and ELO members and have had my songs played on the BBC and local radio stations. However after years of just being the singer/front woman in bands, I think the moment that gives me the greatest satisfaction was going solo.

Can you tell us more about where you find inspiration for your music?

Life, death and love inspire my writing. It can be a personal experience or something I observe, or have heard – it has to strike a chord with me though.

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?

So many genres of music and artists have influenced me, too many to mention, however I love jazz, neo-soul, singer-songwriters, and strong female artists.

Are there any local acts you recommend we listen to?

In Birmingham there is so much talent, and everyone tends to help each other out. A few of the talented friends I have made on the scene and would recommend are Call me Unique, Kezia Soul, Sic-Nis – they have some great musicians that play with them too. Again there are too many too mention.

You’re a regular performer at Birmingham Pride Festival. Where can audiences catch you at this year’s festival and what have you got in store?

I’m at the Womens Arena (at The Fox) on Saturday 3.30pm. It’s always fun!

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 23rd May?

An insight into me and some nice guitar grooves but hopefully songs that they can relate too or feel.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?

This is a difficult one but I guess someone that could teach me on my instrument and tell me some great rock’n’roll stories, maybe someone like Bessie Smith or Janis Joplin from the past, but modern day would be Erykah Badu.

And finally, what’s your favourite thing to do when in Birmingham?

GIG of course and see all my friends play too. Birmingham has a great musical pool of talent! I love it!

SALLY HAINES HEADLINES THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS AT THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 23RD MAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM TARA, INTERIOR CASTLE & PATRICK BREWER. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

This Week: Gig Roundup 18th May – 24th May

May 21, 2015 in News

After a quiet start to the week, things get loud on Thursday with a visit from Philadelphia quartet  Creepoid who take to the stage at The Rainbow. Friday we welcome local folksters Boat To Row to The Rainbow for an eagerly awaited set. Saturday we invite you all to another Free Entry Acoustic Sessions event at The Glee Club where local songstress Sally Haines headlines. Saturday night sees Buckinghamshire/Birmingham based indie five-piece New Bays play The Sunflower Lounge following rave reviews from Clash. If any of the above takes your fancy then check out the full listings below for more info:

THURSDAY 21ST MAY

Creepoid + Gleam + Holy @ The Rainbow

Philadelphia quartet Creepoid have shared stages with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile and have been compared to everyone from Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Nirvana. They release their third album Cemetery Highrise Slum this summer following their two highly acclaimed albums Horse Heaven and Creepoid. Support comes from Birmingham shoegaze quartet Gleam and psych-rockers Holy. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘American Smile’ below:

FRIDAY 22ND MAY

Boat To Row + Alessi’s Ark + My Grey Horse @ The Rainbow

The Birmingham folk quintet have earned an outstanding live reputation after supporting the likes of Slow Club, Willy Mason and Johnny Flynn, plus crowd pleasing sets at Moseley Folk & Lunar. Their songs play host to winding tales, journeying through light and shade. Expect an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments. Crossroads, Grassmarket and Loyal Light EPs have paved the way for new single ‘Tightrope’. Released on Nocturne Records, it has enjoyed BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music play. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

SATURDAY 23RD MAY

*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Sally Haines + Interior Castle + Patrick Brewer @ The Glee Club

The unstoppable Sally Haines has steadily nurtured her own solo career in many venues in and around Birmingham as well as being a familiar artist in Birmingham Pride. Her capacity for working in diverse music styles is quite remarkable. Even more outstanding is that she is successful in all of them. There can be few vocalists that work with blues, rn’b and soul bands who have also had personal citations from principal soloists at Covent Garden and Bucharest State Opera. Support comes from Interior Castle and Patrick Brewer. More info here.

Watch Sally live in session below:

New Bays + Fox Chapel + Institutes @ The Sunflower Lounge

Out on May 11th, the deeply independent outfit, who have performed alongside the likes of The Cribs, Kids in Glass Houses, Young Kato, released their latest EP Reckless on their own VersicRecords imprint. The title track is a breezy piece of fuzz pop with a nagging melancholic feel, and is currently streaming on Clash. Support comes from Fox Chapel and Institutes. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Reckless’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 22nd – 27th October

October 22, 2013 in News

With touring season well under way, take a read of the local and touring acts Birmingham Promoters bring to your city this week.

 

THURSDAY 24TH

Take a couple of days off to prepare for Birmingham four-piece Black Dollar Bills who play The Sunflower Lounge on Thursday. Drawing comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Weather and The Vines, Black Dollar Bills promise a night of power and energy. With support from Brighton’s hottest new two-piece Royal Blood, plus locals Bad Moon & Curb, we expect this to be a busy one! Tickets are a bargain at £5 advance and are available over on the event page. And don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘House of Love’ by Black Dollar Bills below:

 

Alternatively, fresh from supporting Birmingham babes Swim Deep on their recent UK tour, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves are live at the Hare & Hounds for your viewing pleasure. With support from britpop / grunge revivalists Babypink and the industrial electronic sounds of The Grafham Water Sailing Club, entry to this one is a bargain at just £5 advance. Check out the Facebook Event and find more information about all acts over on the official event page. Oh and don’t forget to send your names over to raya [at] birminghampromoters.com for special £3 guestlist!

Listen to ‘Get Away’ by Circa Waves below:

 

FRIDAY 25TH

On Friday, Bristol trop-pop five-piece Coasts call into The Victoria as part of their UK tour. With support from off-kilter funk six-piece Venkman and dark pop West Midlands outfit Forest Life, tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Listen to Coasts’ brand new track ‘Stay’ below:

 

SATURDAY 26TH

If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then West Yorkshire’s finest The Pigeon Detectives play live at The Slade Rooms. Showcasing the best of four albums-worth of material, this promises to be a lively ruckus of a show. Support on the evening comes courtesy of The Mexanines and The Dead Blues – tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Animal’ by The Pigeon Detectives below:

 

Alternatively, London folk-rock-pop five-piece Goldheart Assembly call in to The Sunflower Lounge to play a show with Cattle & Caine and Circles – find out further information including ticket prices and timings over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Stands to Reason’ by Goldheart Assembly below:

 

Mississippi alt. five-piece The Weeks are also live at The Institute, calling into Birmingham as part of their current UK tour. Playing highlights from their recent debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, make sure to pick up your tickets for this one from £8 advance via the official event page. Support comes courtesy of rock ‘n’ roll Hull four-piece Audio Subscene and the ever-popular Babypink.

Listen to ‘Brother in the Night’ by The Weeks below:

 

SUNDAY 27TH

Round off your week in one of two ways when Birmingham old-school punk outfit The Nightingales (formerly The Perfects) and the shambolically entertaining The Courtesy Group play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are £7.50 advance, moren information over on the event page.

Alternatively, don’t forget Sunday Social at The Yardbird! This week we have performances from Less for Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson. Entry for this show is, as always, free – find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Mutton to Lamb’ by The Nightingales below: