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Mahalia to play The Glee Club Birmingham

April 5, 2016 in News

Fresh from releasing her new EP Never Change, Midlands teen Mahalia is one of 2016’s most exciting new propositions. A storyteller at heart, her unassuming songwriting manages to express an instinctively innocent gift for melody with a mature complexity in composition and a natural affinity for imaginative narratives.

There is nothing forced about Mahalia’s music and it is testament to her innate talent that she has been championed by Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, while enlisting esteemed producers including Supa Dups (Rihanna, Bruno Mars), 1985 (Drake, Nicki Minaj) and Steve Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith) for her forthcoming EP and debut album.

Her breakthrough song was the utterly arresting ‘Let The World See Your Light’, and its success led to Ed Sheeran inviting Mahalia to join him on several dates to perform a duet of ‘Goldrush’. With his own star in the ascendant, record labels were keen to find out more about the 14 year-old guitar playing songwriter able to hold her own alongside Sheeran. Mahalia ended up signing with Asylum, the same label as Ed.

With a debut album set for 2016, Mahalia closed last year with the EP Never Change, four tracks of sublime songwriting.The EP is stripped back and subtle, refusing to be stifled by genre, while retaining a cohesiveness that is inventive, youthful and utterly mesmerising.

Mahalia Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

MAHALIA PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY 5TH MAY 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Watch the video for ‘Never Change’ below:

Clare Maguire returns with new album & Bham show

March 24, 2016 in News

Clare Maguire listens to all sorts of artists these days; they have only one thing in common. “They are true to themselves,” she says. This, more than any genre or sound or era, is all that matters to the 27-year-old singer-songwriter right now. “It’s a certain attitude that I’m really drawn to,” she explains, “and it really doesn’t matter what music it is, and it doesn’t matter who the person is. That’s the inspiration for me.”

This much is clear in Maguire’s new music. After a moment away from the spotlight, the Brummie chanteuse is back in full force – still with that amazing, swooping, haunting voice, but with more raw, fragile vulnerability.

She posted a series of songs online herself over the past year to high praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Fader and Rookie. These beautifully fragile tracks also caught the attention of Christopher Bailey, head designer at Burberry who invited Clare to perform at multiple runway shows across the world, a creative relationship which continues to flourish.

Now Clare is poised and ready to release her brand new album, Stranger Things Have Happened with brand new single, ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ the first song to be heard from the album.

Clare Maguire Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

CLARE MAGUIRE PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB STUDIO BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY 2ND JUNE 2016. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM 9AM ON FRI 8TH APRIL HERE

Listen to ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ below:

Frances to play The Glee Club Birmingham

January 20, 2016 in News

Hailing from Newbury, songwriter, Frances, released her debut EP Grow on Communion Records last July.

Following in the footsteps of such iconic female singers as Carole King and Laura Marling, the EP is a haunting and emotive affair, showcasing the power of the 21-year old songstress’ soul-laden voice, as well as her innate skill for crafting songs that have the ability to be at once both intimate and powerful.

2015 saw Frances support James Bay, receive extensive airplay from BBC Radio 1, as well as be nominated for the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice. Tipped by Apple Music, Spotify and Digital Spy as one to watch 2016, the young songwriter is currently recording her debut album.

Frances Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

FRANCES PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 15TH MAY 2016. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM 9AM ON FRI 22ND JANUARY HERE

Watch Frances perform ‘Grow’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 22nd – 28th June

June 23, 2015 in News

This week gets off to a start on Thursday with House of Sound, a new music night at The Rainbow that collects the very best of the UK’s emerging talent alongside open mic slots and chilled vibes. This week’s events is headed up by The Piratones and Kizzy Crawford. On Friday Sheffield indie quartet The Sherlocks take to the stage at The Rainbow fresh from Isle of Wight Festival and support slots with The Buzzcocks, Reverend & The Makers and The Enemy. Friday also sees maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School play a show at the Hare & Hounds to celebrate the launch of their new single ‘Love Calling’. Saturday we welcome Boat To Row frontman Michael King to The Glee Club as he headlines the Acoustic Sessions for what promises to be a beautiful set. Following that over at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham-born singer-songwriter Benjamin Yellowitz returns to his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP. Bringing it all to a close on Sunday we can’t wait to welcome Alden Penner, co-founder of celebrated Canadian art-pop band The Unicorns and his close friend Michael Cera to The Rainbow. Take a look at the full listings below for more info:

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

House of Sound ft. Kizzy Crawford & The Piratones @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Beatfreeks presents a brand-spanking new music night collecting the very best of the UK’s national and emerging talent alongside open mic slots, tea and chilled vibes.This month they’re bringing you the ska punk sounds of The Piratones & bi-lingual music magic from Kizzy Crawford, alongside open mic slots.

FRIDAY 26TH JUNE

The Sherlocks + Cubstone + Young Skins + The Regulars @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Having performed in excess of 500 gigs, including supporting the likes of The Enemy, The Buzzcocks & Reverend & The Makers, the Sheffield indie quartet play The Rainbow with support from Birmingham indie-rock four-piece Cubstone, Lichfield indie/psych quintet Young Skins & Wolverhampton based indie four-piece The Regulars. 

Watch the video for ‘Escapade’ below:

Free School + Hoopla Blue + The Grafham Water Sailing Club + Field Harmonics @ Hare & Hounds
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Maximalist cosmic voyagers Free School have won the support of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Gilles Peterson & Jacques Renault. The duo’s live show features a live drummer, a string of guest vocalists and has seen them support Editors, Andrew Weatherall, Walls, Ulrich Schnauss and Fujiya & Miyagi. Free School have set sail for bolder territories on their new LP. Together with a fearless band of shamanistic vocalists (Maps, Greg Bird, Tomlin Mystic, Sigmund Frued) they have created their most unique and profound set of hypnotic broadcasts to date. New single ‘Love Calling’ was recently premiered on BBC 6 Music. Set your controls for the heart of the sun.

Watch the video for ‘Love Calling’ below:

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Michael King + Greg Larkin + Simon Joseph Gregory @ The Glee Club Lounge
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The lead singer and songwriter in much loved Birmingham folk quintet Boat To Row takes to the stage at The Glee Club as part of the weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions. Support comes from Manchester based acoustic instrumental guitarist Greg Larkin and Simon Joseph Gregory, guitarist in Birmingham indie-folk band Midnight Bonfires. 

Watch the video for ‘Tightrope’ below:

Benjamin Yellowitz + Indica Campbell + Atlas @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Birmingham-born singer-songwriter, backed by the likes of Ben Howard, Fink and Coldplay, returns to his hometown to celebrate the release of his brand new EP. The self-produced musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes acoustic roots to new levels with his dark ambient production style. Support comes from 21 and a singer/songwriter Indica Campbell,  daughter of UB40′s Ali Campbell and granddaughter of folk singer Ian Campbell, plus opening support from Emma-Lee Shepherd aka ATLAS, an experimental indie/pop singer-songwriter from Birmingham.

Watch Benjamin perform ‘Ash Wednesday’ below:

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE

Alden Penner (The Unicorns) & Michael Cera + The Adam Brown @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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In 2003 Alden Penner cemented himself in the annals of indie rock history as the co-founder/singer of The Unicorns, Montreal’s beloved dysfunctional art-pop outfit. Following a series of low-key self releases Alden Penner is back with a new EP Canada In Space. Featuring his friends Michael Cera, Laura Crapo and Farley Miller Penner will be playing songs from his new EP along with songs from throughout his career. Support comes from The Adam Brown. 

Listen to ‘Meditate’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 15th – 21st June

June 17, 2015 in News

This Wednesday we welcome much-hyped Scottish hip-hop outfit Stanley Odd to Birmingham’s The Sunflower Lounge. Following that, Thursday sees North-London pop-rockers Room 94 take to the stage at The Rainbow after tour dates with the likes of Union J and Lawson. Friday we bring you the second installment of Baddie’s Banquet, a night that brings you 3 rooms of live music and DJs until late. This Friday’s event is headed up by rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, with support from Manchester duo Bad Grammar and local four-piece The Drive. Saturday sees 20 year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter Jack Watts headline the free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club, followed by a visit from Melbourne garage rock quintet Money For Rope over at The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE

Stanley Odd + Loose Lips + Bear @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Edinburgh-based alternative hip-hop band Stanley Odd return with their third studio album A Thing Brand New. The record follows up from the band’s second album Reject, which was shortlisted for a 2012 Scottish Album of the Year. Since then, Stanley Odd have continued to tour heavily, taking in some their biggest shows to date including a string of US dates with The View and numerous festival slots including Wickerman, Belladrum, Insider, Greenbelt and Celtic Connections. Support at this show comes from Telford-based acoustic hip-hop duo Loose Lips and acoustic hip-hop and soul influenced Bear. 

Watch the video ‘Pastime’ below:


THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

Room 94 + Young Braves @ The Rainbow
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North London pop-rockers Room 94 have built up a loyal following over the last couple of years through shows withUnion J, Lawson and Twenty Twenty. Their debut albumNo Strings Attached reached the Top 30 in March 2014 – a mightily impressive feat for a then unsigned band. Less than a year later, they’re back with a second self-titled album. What follows is even more impressive, with anthemic, hook-heavy rock that recalls the band’s love of You Me At Six, The Offspring and Bring Me The Horizon. Support comes from Shropshire based rock four-piece Young Braves. 

Watch the video for ‘For the Day’ below:


FRIDAY 19TH JUNE

Baddie’s Banquet: Hyena + Bad Grammar + The Drive & more
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late. Headlining this week are rising Telford noisemakers Hyena, Manchester noise-rock duo Bad Grammar and local indie rockers The Drive. 

Watch the video for ‘Mental Home’ below:


SATURDAY 20TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Jack Watts + Contact + Franklin & Jones + The Gardener’s Son @ The Glee Club Lounge
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After recently releasing his debut EP, Red Shortbread, Jack joins us at the Glee Club Birmingham to headline our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions! A song-cycle of sorts tracing the transition from a failed relationship into stability & contentment elsewhere, Red Shortbread is the work of a magnetic new talent, as distinctive and assured as the emotional territory it inhabits is fragile. Support comes from acoustic duo Contact, folk duo Franklin & Jones and folk singer-songwriter The Gardener’s Son. 

Watch the video for ‘Red Shortbread’ below:

Money For Rope + Millbrook @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Melbourne-based quintet Money For Rope’s raw brand of rock music has earned them a reputation for chaotic, ambling musical mayhem tied together by harmonies driven by the spirit of rock. Twin drum kits, two guitars, four voices, a bass, keys and a sweltering, sultry, swaggering style, Money For Rope are dealers in a raw brand of rock music that must be felt to be believed. With their public-bar rise propelled by word-of-mouth whisperings, 7” releases and an energetic, swirling live show that seethes with energy, Money For Rope released their much-anticipated self-titled full-length recording in November 2012, taking their pulsing sound from dark stages to stereos right across the globe. Support comes from Birmingham trio Millbrook. 

Watch the video for ‘Easy Way Out’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 8th – 14th June

June 9, 2015 in News

This week kicks off with a visit from Boxed In, otherwise known as songwriter and producer Oli Bayston, who combines his love of Krautrock and house music in his critically acclaimed solo project. Wednesday is a busy day at The Rainbow, with celebrated folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad playing in The Rainbow Cellar, whilst rock’n'roll trio Little Barrie take to the stage in The Rainbow Courtyard. Friday sees the first of a series of events called Baddies Banquet, an event that delivers 3 rooms of music every Friday at The Rainbow. Headlined by the dynamic Birmingham indie/ska fusion band The Underclass, this event should be the first of many great nights! And bringing it all to a close on Saturday at The Glee Club, Birmingham troubadour Barnesy plays a much anticipated set as part of the weekly Acoustic Sessions events. Check out the full listings below and see if something takes your fancy!

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE

Boxed In + Zola Blood + Midnight Bonfires @ The Rainbow
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Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the VoyeursRosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. Boxed In brings together Oli’s two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. Inspired by the motorik rhythms of CanCluster and Neu! as well as house producers, like Pépé Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasises that the art of pop song writing is right at the heart of Boxed In. Support comes from London-based electronic-rock band Zola Blood and Birmingham’s Midnight Bonfires,a band who fuse folk sensitivity with rock and roll energy.

Watch the video for ‘Mystery’ below:

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls + Ghosts of Dead Airplanes @ The Rainbow Cellar
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 Andrew Jackson Jihad have always had a way with words. That’s pretty obvious from their near endless catalog of songs like ‘The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving’ and ‘Love in the Time of Human Papillomavirus’ for example. But on their latest album, Christmas Island, the Phoenix folk-punk weirdos seem intent on upping their eccentric lyric game. Support on this show comes from Californian punk trio Hard Girls and energetic Birmingham quartet Ghosts of Dead Airplanes.

Watch the video for ‘Temple Grandin’ below:

Little Barrie + Gil De Ray @ The Rainbow Courtyard
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Following the release of their critically acclaimed album King Of The Waves, the rock ‘n’ roll trio return with latest album Shadow, recorded with Edwyn Collins. Recorded and mixed in just 17 days there is a relaxed urgency about Shadow inspired by having recently worked with Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Damo Suzuki (Can), Andrew Weatherall and Pete Molinari. Support comes from Gil De Ray.

Watch the video for ‘Bonneville Ride’ below:

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE

Baddies Banquet: The Underclass + Bloom & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar
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Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. Aftershow follows in the bar with Testify DJ’s spinning 60s R&B, Northern Soul and Disco till late.

This week features The Underclass, Savannah, Hope Street, Party Hardly, Bloom, Rituals, Fringe & Shooze!

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Barnesy + Mike Moloney @ The Glee Club Lounge
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2014 saw Barnesy make huge strides in the right direction, playing sets at Lunar & Moseley Folk Festivals, sharing stages with John McCullagh and James Walsh (Starsailor). Barnesy is currently recording in the studio following the release of his single ‘Blue Flashing Lights’, mastered by the legendary Pete Maher.  Support comes from modern day crooner Mike Moloney.

Listen to ‘Blue Flashing Lights’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 1st – 7th June

June 1, 2015 in News

We’re off to a flying start this week as rabble-rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap land at The Sunflower Lounge on Monday. Hotly-tipped Irish duo All Tvvins join us at The Rainbow on Wednesday, closely followed by Glasgow quintet Admiral Fallow on Thursday. We’re back at The Sunflower Lounge on Friday for acclaimed alt folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain, and on Saturday afternoon our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions at the Glee Club Lounge continue with headliner Tara Chinn. Saturday night sees Essex rockers The Bohicas take on The Rainbow, whilst Chilean electronic-psych mavericks Follakzoid arrive at The Sunflower Lounge this Sunday! Full details for this weeks events below:

MONDAY 1st JUNE

The Mirror Trap + The Surrenders @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Gaining attention whilst joining Placebo on tour, the rabble rousing indie rockers The Mirror Trap unite the political passion of Billy Bragg with the angular chops of Franz Ferdinand. Support comes from psych-blues quartet The Surrenders.

Watch the video for ‘Little Ease’ by The Mirror Trap below:


WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE

All Tvvins + Kiera Lawlor @ The Rainbow Cellar
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Recently signed to Warner Bros. Records, Irish duo All Tvvins are influenced by TV On The Radio’s art-pop twists with the leftfield psychedelic excursions of Animal Collective. Support comes from alt-pop singer-songwriter Kiera Lawlor.

Watch the video for ‘Thank You’ by All Tvvins below:


THURSDAY 4TH JUNE

Admiral Fallow + C Duncan + Oh Stockholm @ The Rainbow
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With new album Tiny Rewards released in May, 2015 promises to be a huge year for the Glasgow quintet Admiral Fallow, who have toured with the likes of Fyfe Dangerfield & Snow Patrol. Support comes from fellow Glaswegian C Duncan, and Birmingham indie-folk trio Oh Stockholm.

Watch the video for ‘Evangeline’ by Admiral Fallow below:


FRIDAY 5TH JUNE

Rozi Plain + Lexis @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Heralded as ‘One to Watch in 2015′ by The Guardian, Bristol based alternative-folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain released her third album Friend in May to much critical acclaim. Support comes from Solihull songstress Lexis.

Watch the Rozi Plain video for ‘Actually’ below:


SATURDAY 6TH JUNE

Acoustic Sessions: Tara Chinn + Matthew Socci + Eagle Empire + Kerry Smyth @ The Glee Club Lounge
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Our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions at The Glee Club Lounge continue, this week headlined by Birmingham’s own Tara Chinn - blessed with a voice that seamlessly marries soul, blues, Americana and country, recalling classic female voices including Dusty Springfield & Carole King. Support comes from Matthew Socci, Eagle Empire and Kerry Smyth.

Watch Tara perform ‘Cigarettes & Gin’ below:

 

The Bohicas + Dead Sea Skulls + TempleVesta @ The Rainbow
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Poised for a major breakthrough in 2015, Essex rockers The Bohicas announce a UK tour ahead of the release of their much-anticipated debut album…“Channelling Marc Bolan, Led Zeppelin and Arctic Monkeys to riveting effect.” – The Sunday Times. Support comes from unstoppable punk-rock trio Dead Sea Skulls, and new Brummie quintet TempleVesta.

Watch the video for ‘To Die For’ by The Bohicas below:


SUNDAY 7TH JUNE

Follakzoid + The Hungry Ghosts + Sky Children @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Chilean electronic-psych mavericks Follakzoid released their latest album III to widespread acclaim following appearances at Primavera, ATP Festival and Austin Psych Fest. Now they hit the road this spring, calling at The Sunflower Lounge on Sun 7th June! Support comes from garage-blues four-piece The Hungry Ghosts, plus cosmic pop troubadours Sky Children.

Watch the video for ‘Electric’ by Follakzoid below:

Interview: Alex Moir

May 28, 2015 in News

We caught up with Birmingham singer-songwriter Alex Moir ahead of his headline show at The Glee Club Lounge on Sat 30th May, as part of our weekly free entry Acoustic Sessions. Check out the full interview below:

Can you tell us about how you started out as a musician and what inspired you to begin a career in music?
I’ve always had an unexplainable attraction to music. I heard a guy at school who was the son of a teacher called “Jake Flowers” and he was the first reason why I started writing music. He was quite a bit older than me and I just thought he was doing something that was cool and unexpected. I wanted to be a part of that.

You released your debut EP The Numbers Game in April. Can you tell us more about the release?
It’s been a very long time coming. The 3 tracks were recorded over a 3 year period, so obviously there’s been some ups and downs along the way. I’m just relieved to be able to hold something physically that I can call my record. 

You launched the EP with a show at The Sunflower Lounge, how was it?
Incredible. I chose The Sunflower Lounge because it’s somewhere I’ve been going since I was 16. There’s been countless nights where I’ve fell in love with the place and I knew I had to released the EP there. It was a sold out show, so that’s given me reassurance about what I’m trying to do with music. 

You’re currently back in the studio recording your second EP. What can we expect from this release?
I’m attempting to strip everything back but also not rely on conventional instrumentation. I have to have music that lets my lyrics breathe but at the time isn’t bland and uninteresting.

Can you tell us more about where you find inspiration for your music?
Everyday there’s a different reason to write a song. I tend not to write about personal situations and rather about fictional scenarios. I hope people can find a reason to connect to the stories and relate it to their own lives rather than mine. 

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
I could give you a massive list here. I won’t. Elliott Smith is the most important musical figure to me. Musically and lyrically there is no-one like him. He was a great talent and it’s a devastating that he left us so soon.

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 30th May?
 It’s still a full band but we’re stripping it back quite a bit. Expect harmonies and hooks.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?
Elliott Smith. For all the reasons I listed before but also because I only want to work with people who care. People who will stay up all night trying to get a vocal take right. He definitely comes across as someone who fits that category. 

And finally, what’s your favourite thing to do when in Birmingham?
Aside from going to The Sunflower Lounge, I like The Electric Cinema, Snobs and talking to Basketball man.

ALEX MOIR PLAYS THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 30TH MAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM JIMM ZORN & KATE ROBERTA. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE

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: