Category Archives: Acoustic

Lisa Richards blends folk and jazz in new album

A Light From The Other Side is Lisa Richards’ new album set for release on 21st April, and the Australian singer-songwriter has formed the new record from a base of folk and jazz that create an almost unheard of sound for modern audiences.

Lisa suffered during her childhood, with a difficult upbringing that included her mother being involved in a car crash and a lot of substance abuse, even from a young age. Yet it is these memories and experiences that allow her to write her introspective songs in her own unique style,

Taken from the new album, ‘Frank Sinatra’ is an upbeat tune full of delicate shuffling guitar and Lisa’s incredible vocals that occupy their very own private estate in the world of singing voices; you’ve honestly never heard anyone quite like her.

A Light From The Other Side exhibits Lisa Richard’s fascinating and turbulent life story, which is weaved throughout her songs. Set for release in April of this year, the record was also put together with the help of internationally renowned producer-singer-songwriter, Greg J Walker.

 

 

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http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

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https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

‘The Wayfarer’ by Glenn Harrold

If you’ve heard of Glenn Harrold the hypnotherapist and multi-million selling self-help author, then you’re looking at the same man! Glenn has changed direction somewhat, bringing his secondary passion of music to the forefront of his career, releasing ‘The Wayfarer’, alongside Dean Rhymes.

Obviously a man of many talents, Harrold’s music is inspired by many of the topics that he deals with everyday  in his career as a hypnotherapist. However, for ‘The Wayfarer’, Glenn has adapted the story of the Peace Pilgrim who spent many years of her life walking across America, all for the hope of world peace. Rather than the conventional life experiences and tales of love that so many use as their main inspiration for their music, it is refreshing to see an artist branching out and adapting true stories of others as material instead.

‘The Wayfarer’ marries gentle acoustic guitar with the resonant and pure voice of Dean Rhymes whose vocals perfectly express the emotion behind the story of the Peace Pilgrim.

Glenn’s hypnosis and meditation downloads and Apps have sold over 7 million copies worldwide and are perennial best sellers on Amazon, iTunes, the App Store, Google Play and elsewhere. Glenn has also written 7 books, which have been published by major publishers Orion in the UK and Europe and McGraw Hill in the US.

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https://www.facebook.com/glennharrold.fanpage/

https://www.youtube.com/user/doctorofthemind

https://twitter.com/GlennHarrold

http://www.glennharrold.com/

https://www.instagram.com/glenn_harrold/

 

Mark L. Oakes – ‘Shredded Jeans’

‘Shredded Jeans’ is the beautiful single taken from Mark L. Oakes’ debut album, Call Me The Moon.

With a highly listenable and endearing singer-songwriter style, Oakes can be compared to the likes of his influences such as Tucker Zimmerman, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Ryan Adams. However, ‘Shredded Jeans’ is most easily identifiable wit the sound of Neil Young which comes through strongly from Mark’s sweet vocal tone and the use of harmonicas in the track.

Mainly tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of Londoner cellist Ben Trigg and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles.

While singles ‘Shredded Jeans’ and ‘Friend From Above (Sleepless Spouse)’ are tinged with soft melancholy vibes, other tunes like ‘Aloof Again’ and ‘None Of These Roads’ display Mark’s wide ranging capabilities as a musician.

Overall, if you’re looking for a well-crafted piece of easy listening Americana, then look no further than Mark L. Oakes’ Call Me The Moon.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

http://www.oakesmusic.com

Homesick Mick’s ‘Black Hole Friday’ EP

Mysterious singer-songwriter, Homesick will be releasing his debut EP Black Hole Friday on 25th November to cleverly coincide with Black Friday when huge amounts of money are spent at pre-Christmas sales all across the country.

This is also combined with Homesick Mick’s Philip Free Friday campaign in which he is attempting to stop people shopping at the stores of Sir Philip Green due to the fact he has left former employees of BHS without their pensions. Along with his petition, Mick is hoping to get his voice heard and force Sir Philip into repaying the pensions.

The EP will feature four new tracks from Homesick Mick that will also appear on the soon-to-come full length album, The Mysterious Abduction and Return of Homesick Mick, which is set for release January 13th 2017.

Find out more on the alluring Homesick Mick here:

http://www.homesickmick.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJG2MMjSTvCATIAbDt_0VFg

Haunting new album Cherry Fair from singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison

‘…like postcards from an earlier, purer, more positive time’ – The Sunday Herald on Stephen’s previous album Today Tomorrow

English-born, Scottish-residing singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison delivers this intimate and heartfelt new folk record Cherry Fair.

Having written his own songs since he was a teenager, Stephen got into music through legendary sixties acts such as The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and George Harrison – the music that his older siblings would listen to.

As a teenager I was writing folk songs on acoustic guitar. Aged 16, I would strap my guitar on my back and head off ‘on my moped’ to places such as the Barnoldswick Folk Club.

During the late seventies, Stephen’s musical interests shifted. Attending the Edinburgh College Of Art in 1977, he was founding member of the post-punk band Metropak. The band supported the likes of The Rezillos and Josef K, and received airplay from John Peel.

Having since disbanded, Stephen has now returned to his folk roots. His new album draws on his experience, exploring an array of pensive topics from unrequited love to reconciliation to the brevity of life.  The subject matter deepens as the tracks progress.

Although minimal in sound, Cherry Fair is the result of a lot careful time and effort, Stephen going to great lengths to achieve the perfect sound using unconventional guitar tunings and a particular picking style. Vocals are often recorded multiple times so that he can achieve the exact phrasing. The result is a very clean and polished record.

Stream the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison/sets/cherry-fair

As well as having a passion in music, Stephen is also a keen painter. Emotional tone plays a key part in his interest in the arts.

Artists that Stephen can be compared to include the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, early Lou Reed and Richard Hawley.

Cherry Fair is out 9th May

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http://www.stephenharrisonmusic.com

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https://twitter.com/harrisings/followers

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison

Newton Faulkner is taking us ‘Up, up and away’!

http://www.newtonfaulkner.com

Newton Faulkner’s single ‘Up, up and away’ is an infectiously uplifting, vocally impressive and super catchy track that fills you with love for the likable songwriter that’s back and touring again.

The track comes from Newton’s album ‘Human Love’ and is part of as big move forward for the singer-songwriter that was signalled by the loss of the length of the famous ginger dreadlocks in the dramnfatic video – ‘Get Free‘.

Human Love is produced by Newton himself and a host of high profile collaborators. ‘Step In The Right Direction’ is produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence And The Machine), Far To Fall was co-written by Ed Drewett (One Direction, The Wanted, Olly Murs), and Shadow Boxing was produced by the Australian duo Empire Of The Sun.- See more at:http://newtonfaulkner.tmstor.es/

He is touring the new album currently and after coming back from the European leg is now set upon the UK.

This is a victorious return for Faulkner to the world of music and it is also a much welcomed one.

Buy the album on iTunes now!

 

 

 

 

Vidal & Curma Release EP on Tradiio Recordings

Vidal & Curmà

Vidal & Curma have played in some of the most prestigious independent music venues London, and their reputation has already won them a residency at the revered Proud Camden, where they were invited for repeat showings by popular demand thanks to the innate energy and sense of fun in their songs.

Now, they have released a three track EP, ‘Another Plane’ – an offbeat, acoustic treat, set to be the first release on Tradiio Recordings, a new record label set up to release the best performing artists on Tradiio, a music discovery app for iOD, Android and Web.

‘Another Plane’ EP is due for release on August 10th.

Watch a live session from Vidal & Curma here:

Links:

https://facebook.com/VidalCurma

https://twitter.com/vidalcurma

http://tradiio.com/vidal-curma-1

Dave Fidler New EP – ‘Easy Gone, Easy Come’ Out 1st Of June

With a live BBC Manchester session and a feature in national Acoustic Magazine already under his belt, Dave Fidler’s previous single ‘Taking Over’ has really started to make waves for the singer-songwriter. Easy Gone, Easy Come, is the title track from  the new EP which is set to retain Dave’s upward trajectory come June 1st.

Influenced by greats like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, this is an artist with incredible potential with songs like EP track ‘Easy Gone, Easy Come’, which you can find here:

Produced by Sam Jones (Alex Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae) and John Bramwell of I Am Kloot, the EP is just the latest step in what is shaping up to be a very promising music career.

Easy Gone, Easy Come Final

Based in the North West, Dave Fidler is a supremely talented acoustic guitarist, whose folk style and intricate finger picking underneath a distinct vocal has the ability to warm and break your heart in equal measure. His songs spin tales we can all relate to, around themes of love, loss and birth – all themes shaped by Fidler’s own personal life over the last year or so.

The past twelve months for Dave have been a whirlwind of recording sessions and great shows including Glastonbury Festival, Manchester’s Whisky Sessions festival and a forty date tour of the UK as main tour support to John Bramwell who describes Fidler as “absolutely brilliant”. He has also been featured several times by key tastemaker Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music.

Music is clearly a true passion for the singer-songwriter, who also runs a music school and charity alongside touring. It’s all very impressive work, and with a barge tour of the UK in the works as well as a potential prisons tour at the end of the year, it’s clear to see that Dave is approaching things in a different way.

If you’re still not convinced, we challenge you to watch his recent session for cult YouTube Channel ‘Ont’ Sofa’ without being supremely impressed:

Links:

http://www.davefidler.com/

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https://www.youtube.com/user/davefidlerofficial

Sandy Kilpatrick new single to be taken from album ‘The Shaman’s Call entitled ‘Your Love is a Weapon’’

Scottish singer-songwriter set to unveil new album on June 15th

 

An acoustic-folk singer-songwriter, Sandy Kilpatrick is now Portugal based having been born and raised in Scotland. His new album, ‘The Shaman’s Call’, is the latest stunning release in a career that has grown organically over time, with his sound echoing great songwriters as wide ranging as David Bowie and Damien Rice, while retaining his own unique take on the genre.

PRimageThose developing years have been spent surrounded by talents who have made it to the mainstream, such as close friend and New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham. Now Sandy Kilpatrick aims to follow in their footsteps.

Having lived in various parts of the UK before moving to Portugal to be with his family, Sandy Kilpatrick’s particular brand of accessible folk music has a well-travelled feel to it. Inspired by a wide ranging exploration of all of life’s experience as seen through Sandy Kilpatrick’s eyes as a writer, Sandy’s last album ‘Redemption Road’ was notable enough to gain the support of key BBC tastemakers Guy Garvey and Mark Radcliffe. One track was even used by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on his ‘Best Bits of 2013’ video.

‘The Shaman’s Call’ marks further progression for Sandy Kilpatrick as an artist, guided out of the gate by new single ‘Your Love Is a Weapon’, a song which focuses on the intimacy and solitude of the writer at work:

Like this track, the album as a whole is designed to feel raw, and not hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of big production. The lyrics are intimate and thoughtful, hitting many highs, lows and moments of heartfelt poignancy – many of which listeners will immediately relate to.

Sandy Kilpatrick’s new music marks a new step forward as a solo artist and musician – not bad for someone who has already shared the stage with many excellent bands including Muse, Elbow and more.

Fittingly, this album represents taking his journey full circle, with a festival show coming up in July where he will be sharing the bill with The Waterboys – a band Sandy loved in his childhood. One of the first songs he learned on the guitar was theirs, ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, and it seems fitting that he should share the stage with them as he celebrates his latest release.

 

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