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Sound of the Sirens play The Glee Club Birmingham

July 5, 2017 in News

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. The girls appeared on ITV’s Weekend show with Aled Jones and the video for ‘Smokescreen’ was added to the BT TV playlist. For All Our Sins is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.

New single ‘Together Alone’ is an uplifting, catchy acoustic-pop song with eloquently delivered lyrics that carry a powerful message. They say “It’s a song about the power of people being connected in this life and about making the most out of the one we have.”

Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. Chris Evansdeclared himself “blown away” when he saw Sound of the Sirens for the first time, and subsequently invited them to perform on TFI Friday last year – and more recently Jeremy Vine declared them “a revelation” after seeing them live. Last year saw them play a number of shows in the UK including Camp BestivalIsle of Wight Festival and supporting Rick Astley on his sold out UK tour. They supported Kiefer Sutherland on his UK dates in June, as well as playing at Glastonbury Festival and at a number of other festivals in the UK & Europe including Big FeastivalJimmy’s Farm and Greenbelt.

Sound of the Sirens Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Sound of the Sirens play The Glee Club Studio Birmingham on Thurs 9th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Together Alone’ below:

Beans on Toast & Skinny Lister Double Trouble Tour

June 14, 2017 in News

This coming winter Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister will head out on a co-headline tour of the UK.

Label mates, touring buddies and drinking companions they make a perfect match. Both bands are hardworking, fun loving, heavy touring acts that bring a unique and modern take on the age old tradition of English folk music. Together they are given the opportunity to play on bigger stages and bring their shows to larger audiences. Both bands will be playing full sets. It’s going to be one hell of a party.

For Skinny Lister, this tour will wrap up the worldwide campaign of their third and critically acclaimed album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight. Following up on a fully sold out UK tour in May after another in October ‘16, extensive tours of Europe and The USA and a summer ram packed with festivals including a prestigious slot on Glastonbury‘s Avalon stage on Sunday night.

This tour will also act as the UK album tour for Beans on Toast’s 9th album, released slap bang in the middle of the tour on 1st December. He’ll be bringing a full live band with him with fiddle, accordion and honky-tonk piano playing a mix of brand new tunes from the forthcoming album and old classics from his huge back catalogue.

Both acts release music on Xtra Mile Recordings, home to Frank TurnerAgainst Me! and Will Varley to name just a few. The label prides itself on community and family values as well as punk rock attitude and incredibly good music. All of these aspects will shine through in this awesome collaboration of a tour.

Beans on Toast Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Skinny Lister Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Beans on Toast & Skinny Lister play The Glee Club Birmingham on Tues 28th November 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for Beans on Toast’s ‘I’m Home When You Hold Me’ below:

Watch the video for Skinny Lister’s ‘Geordie Lad’ below:

Callaghan at Glee Club Birmingham this Friday

May 31, 2017 in News

Callaghan plays piano and guitar and delivers a stunning vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions which are part of everyone’s lives. BBC London’s Gabby Roslindescribes hearing Callaghan live as “breathtaking…absolutely incredible”.

Her latest studio album A History or Now was recorded in Nashville. Since it’s release in spring 2015 Callaghan has played live on Clare Balding’s Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2, with Gaby Roslin and Robert Elms on BBC London, and on regional radio across the UK.

After several years in Nashville Callaghan’s musical journey has now taken her to LA where she’s written and recorded the first of 3 new EPs. The Other Side was recorded with acclaimed producers Anthony RestaJeff Fair and Starr Parodi and will release in June 2017.

Callaghan Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Callaghan plays The Glee Club Birmingham on Fri 2nd June 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Crazy Beautiful Life’ below:

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 


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


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 


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:


House of Sound ft. Kizzy Crawford & The Piratones @ The Rainbow Courtyard

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.


The Sherlocks + Cubstone + Young Skins + The Regulars @ The Rainbow Courtyard

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

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:


Acoustic Sessions: Michael King + Greg Larkin + Simon Joseph Gregory @ The Glee Club Lounge

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

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:


Alden Penner (The Unicorns) & Michael Cera + The Adam Brown @ The Rainbow Courtyard

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:


Stanley Odd + Loose Lips + Bear @ The Sunflower Lounge

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:


Room 94 + Young Braves @ The Rainbow

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:


Baddie’s Banquet: Hyena + Bad Grammar + The Drive & more

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:


Acoustic Sessions: Jack Watts + Contact + Franklin & Jones + The Gardener’s Son @ The Glee Club Lounge

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

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!


Boxed In + Zola Blood + Midnight Bonfires @ The Rainbow

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:


Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls + Ghosts of Dead Airplanes @ The Rainbow Cellar

 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

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:


Baddies Banquet: The Underclass + Bloom & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar

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!


Acoustic Sessions: Barnesy + Mike Moloney @ The Glee Club Lounge

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:


The Mirror Trap + The Surrenders @ The Sunflower Lounge

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:


All Tvvins + Kiera Lawlor @ The Rainbow Cellar

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:


Admiral Fallow + C Duncan + Oh Stockholm @ The Rainbow

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:


Rozi Plain + Lexis @ The Sunflower Lounge

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:


Acoustic Sessions: Tara Chinn + Matthew Socci + Eagle Empire + Kerry Smyth @ The Glee Club Lounge

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

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:


Follakzoid + The Hungry Ghosts + Sky Children @ The Sunflower Lounge

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: