McCool boasts the very finest musical background, graduating from the highly prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with top honours. A burgeoning alumni career has seen McCool perform at Hyde Park to an audience of 120,000, with a live four-track EP from London’s Abbey Road Studios also under her belt. Fans of McCool’s work include Sir Paul McCartney, Bernard Butler (Suede), Steve Lamacq and Mojo founder Paul Du Noyer.
A young disciple of her influences Johnny Marr & Elizabeth Fraser, McCool’s signature sound is her ice-pure voice layered over chorusdrenched guitar – both shimmer amongst sounds that are natural yet fashioned to bespoke perfection. She taps on the doors of listener’s hearts with a hush of absolute conviction and beguiles the ear to long for more. Everything about Natalie McCool is original and bona fide – with each second of ‘Dig It Out’ oozing real and authentic emotion.
Where her previous single drew together a dense fabric of influences including Jeff Buckley, Cocteau Twins and Stone Roses, ‘Dig It Out’ sees McCool turn towards a more contemporary mindset. As delicate as a rose and as utterly conspicuous, ‘Dig It Out’ sits in a glorious hinterland between isolated frost and simmering heat. The track has a laid-back feel with highly exposed production, it jumps and spirals with complete freedom and seclusion whilst McCool’s breathy voice brilliantly hems the listener in, keeping them involved and interested. Topped with David Berger’s (Outfit) fantastic production work, which sees instrument and voice meld into one during the canny chorus, ‘Dig It Out’ is the perfect continuation of Natalie McCool’s excellent catalogue of pop brilliance.
McCool is currently on tour.
Roxanne de Bastion
The New EP – Seeing You
Hidden Trail Records
“recalls moments of Martha Wainwright , Joni Mitchell and, more contemporarily, Laura Marling” -Artrocker
“If you ever get a chance to go see her live – definitely do!” – BBC Introducing
Seeing You was recorded in London and produced by Ben Walker (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee).
The EP contains 4 new tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he's] ever heard”.
Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. The young troubadour tours throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the United States, all on trains and busses. She self-released her debut album The Real Thing, produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in 2013 and has since then been invited to speak at music industry panels on the subjects of DIY music, copyright and the future of music, along side Fran Healy (Travis) and Ed O’Brien (Radiohead). She has already been championed by Tom Robinson on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, as well as MTV and Radio Eins in Germany. With Seeing You, Roxanne de Bastion continues to forge her own style and a unique approach to a classic musical genre.
Musically, Roxanne’s compositions are routed in the music of the 1960’s, but the tone of voice is very much her own and the stories told are expressed in a way that could only be now. Her lyrics range from introspective journeys in Seeing You and Same Moon, through to observations on instant gratification and repetition (Rerun) and the tearing down of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Roxanne’s town of birth (Wasteland).
NEIL COWLEY TRIO
performing music from their current recording Touch and Flee
The Barbican, London 3rd October
And on tour throughout the UK
26th September – 30th October 2014
On the eve of their forthcoming UK tour, Neil Cowley Trio release a video to the stunning composition Sparkling, a highlight taken from their current release, Touch and Flee (Naim Jazz).
A rippling tune of drifting and oscillating arpeggiated melodies, Sparkling suggests a flash of glittering aura. Conceived during a soul searching year of scrapped albums and new directions, Cowley’s composition harnesses the power and emotion of the trio’s sound to create an elegant concert hall mediation. It’s a sound that has marked the trio as one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic bands. Shot in Cowley’s hometown, the video shows the band losing themselves performing together, in a quintessentially English setting.
Released earlier this year, Touch and Flee strays from the trio’s usual ferocious workouts presenting instead exquisitely graceful movements, dark haunting passages and dreamy melodies. The Guardian suggested it was “the Cowley album for anyone who ever wished this gifted maverick might dig deeper”. This autumn, Cowley embarks on a UK tour with his long time trio featuring Evan Jenkins on drums and the big- bearded Rex Horan on bass. Together they perform gorgeous expansive music from their new recording alongside a rip-roaring thrilling hi octane set of Cowley classics including eternal crowd-pleasers such as She Eats Flies and Rooster was a Witness. With Cowley’s instinctive flair and ingenuity as an entertainer, his trio’s powerful, dynamic and captivating live show promises to be a must-see this autumn.
Touch and Flee is out now on Naim Jazz
Neil Cowley Trio UK Tour 2014
26th Sept SOUTHPORT The Atkinson – www.theatkinson.co.uk / 01704 533333
1st Oct BRISTOL Colston Hall – www.colstonhall.org / 0844 887 1500
3rd Oct LONDON The Barbican – www.barbican.org.uk / 020 7638 8891
4th Oct SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims – www.turnersims.co.uk / 023 8059 5151
8th Oct CARDIFF The Gate Arts Centre – www.orchardentertainment.co.uk / 02920 483344
9th Oct BRIGHTON Brighton Dome Corn Exchange - www.brightondome.org / 01273 709709
10th Oct OXFORD SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church – www.sje-oxford.org
11th Oct GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead – www.sagegateshead.com / 0191 4434661
14th Oct BIRMINGHAM CBSO Centre – www.thsh.co.uk / 0121 345 0600
18th Oct MANCHESTER RNCM –www. rncm.ac.uk / 0161 907 5555
23rd Oct DERRY Derry International Choral Festival – www.codichoral.com
25th Oct BELFAST Crescent Arts Centre – www.crescentarts.org / 028 902 42338
26th Oct DOWNPATRICK Downs Arts Centre – www.downartscentre.com / 028 4461 0747
28th Oct ENNISKILLEN Ardhowen Theatre – www.ardhowentheatre.com / 028 6632 5440
29th Oct OMAGH Strule Arts Centre – www.struleartscentre.co.uk / 028 8224 7831
30th Oct PORTSTEWART Flowerhill Arts Centre – www.flowerfield.org / 028 7083 1400
BELLOWHEAD SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘LET HER RUN’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Double A side single ‘Let Her Run / I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’ out now on Island Records
November Tour Dates now on sale
‘Let Her Run / I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’ is the new double A side single from Britain’s most successful ever traditional folk act, Bellowhead. 10 years old this year, Bellowhead released their new album ‘Revival’ on legendary label Island Records earlier this summer. Entering the charts at no.12, ‘Revival’ was the band’s highest album chart position to date.
‘Let Her Run’ is a raucous song with its pounding drums and upbeat horns and is a reworked adaptation from the hauling shanty “Let The Bulgine Run”. ‘I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’ is a cover of the Richard & Linda Thompson classic which was itself released on Island in 1974. ‘I’d done half an arrangement anyway, said vocalist Jon Boden, ‘Then we’re sitting in the Island boardroom and there is a reproduction of the Bright Lights single cover on the wall and it just felt like the perfect choice’.
Watch the video here: http://po.st/LetHerRunVideo
The release is the latest step in an ever burgeoning career for Bellowhead and one that, in view of them being an 11 piece, initially seemed destined to have a short lifespan. Early success with their first album ‘Burlesque’ included slots on Later and widespread critical acclaim. Third album ‘Hedonism’ saw them link up with acclaimed producer John Leckie and became the best selling independently released trad folk album of all time. Leckie was also at the controls for the last album ‘Broadside’ which collected Radio 2 album of the year at the Folk Awards in 2013. Bellowhead are widely praised for their stunning live shows, wowing audiences in venues across the UK, Europe and North America and becoming a key fixture on the festival scene. In the process they’ve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Live Act an amazing 5 times, as well as Best Group twice. This November, they hit the road again.
November UK Headline Tour
07 – HALIFAX – VICTORIA THEATRE – 01422 351 158 – GIGANTIC – VENUE
08 – SHEFFIELD – CITY HALL – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
09 – BIRMINGHAM – SYMPHONY HALL – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE ****LAST FEW TICKETS****
10 – LIVERPOOL – PHILHARMONIC HALL – GIGANTIC – VENUE ****LAST FEW TICKETS****
11 – GLASGOW – ROYAL CONCERT HALL – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
12 – YORK – BARBICAN – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
13 – GATESHEAD – THE SAGE – GIGANTIC – VENUE ****SOLD OUT****
14 – YEOVIL – WESTLANDS CENTRE – GIGANTIC – VENUE
15 – SOUTHAMPTON – GUILDHALL – GIGANTIC – LIVE NATION – VENUE
16 – PLYMOUTH – PAVILIONS – GIGANTIC – VENUE
18 – BRIGHTON – DOME – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
19 – READING – HEXAGON – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
20 – LONDON – SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
21 – CAMBRIDGE – CORN EXCHANGE – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
22 – LEAMINGTON SPA – THE ASSEMBLY – GIGANTIC – VENUE
23 – BRISTOL – COLSTON HALL – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
25 – MARGATE – WINTER GARDENS – GIGANTIC – VENUE
26 – CARDIFF – ST DAVID’S HALL – GIGANTIC – VENUE
27 – NORTHAMPTON – DERNGATE – VENUE ****SOLD OUT****
28 – SOUTHEND – CLIFFS PAVILION – GIGANTIC – VENUE
29 – NORWICH – OPEN – GIGANTIC – GIGS+TOURS – VENUE
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