Nine Beats Collective reveal title track to new album ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’

The title track from a new album by The Nine Beats Collective, this is ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ as performed by Mikael R Andreasen.

The album as a whole is a collection of tracks from artists all around the world, all working to shed light on those who are perhaps less fortunate than ourselves. It is released on June 19th from all the usual places, and comes highly recommended.

For a further idea of what to expect, check out the second and third singles below:

 

OPEN MIC UK 2017 AUDITION DATES RELEASED

Music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017 have been announced!

 

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 14 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!

 

PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD!

 

It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges in the past include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

 

SINGING COMPETITION AUDITIONS – DATES ANNOUNCED FOR OPEN MIC UK 2017

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels like; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many many more…

For more information and to book your audition! Go to the music competition Open Mic UK 2017 website!

 

OPEN MIC UK 2016 MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS

 

Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2017!

 

Sunday 20th August Royal Northern College of Music Studio 4, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

 

Saturday 26th August National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham B40 1NT

 

Sunday 27th August Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

 

Sunday 10th September 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR

 

Saturday 16th September  The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG

 

Saturday 16th September  Tobacco factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

 

Sunday 17th September Marconi Social Club, Chelmsford Essex CM2 9FH

 

Sunday 17th September White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London SW17 7BQ

 

Sunday 17th September  The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L3 5QB

 

Sunday 17th September Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield S1 2JA

 

Saturday 23rd September Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE

 

Sunday 24th September Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

 

Sunday 24th Septembe Dance HQ 411 White Studios, Templeton on the Green, Glasgow, G40 1DA www.dancehq.co.uk

 

Thursday 28th September (evening auditions) Charthouse Music 23-27 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP

 

Friday 29th Septembe (evening auditions) River Studios, 32 Winsor Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9HQ

 

Saturday 30th September White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London SW17 7BQ

 

Saturday 30th September Pyramids, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3ST

 

Reading TBC

 

 

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS – OPEN MIC UK 2017

 

The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, audition places are already filling fast so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

You can enter Open Mic UK 2017 by clicking here!

 

 

Cranky George – ‘Misery Road’ single from ‘Fat Lot of Good Album’

Pleasingly lo-fi and full of charm, this is the video for new single ‘Misery Road’ from folk-rock five piece Cranky George. Taken from their new album ‘Fat Lot of Good’, this rides an easy mid-tempo throughout, and takes highlights from a couple of smart time signature changes.

Based in LA, Cranky George’s signature sound arguably comes from the deep vocal of lead singer Dermot Mulroney, all set to a lilting roots background. And if you’re wondering where you’ve seen his face before, Mulroney is perhaps better known as an actor than musician, having appeared in movies like ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’.

The album is available now from the band’s website.

Ellie Jane releases pop single, EP and video for ‘Clocks’

An acoustic singer-songwriter with a flair for soulful lyrics in spite of her young age, Ellie Jane wowed audiences earlier this year on the way to competing in the final of the nationally acclaimed Open Mic UK competition.  Looking to build on that momentum, Jane has now released her brand new six song EP ‘Clocks’ on iTunes.

The EP has been released alongside the video and single for the title track (above), which is a great showcase for her light, acoustic touch which builds to something more layered over the playing time. However, Ellie Jane is more than just a one trick pony – if you want to hear the full range of genres and styles she uses, you should definitely check out the EP.

Dale McKay – ‘Here and Now’ EP out now

A writer of excellent acoustic pop music, Dale McKay is a promising artist with the potential for a big future. Typified by the song above, his able to fuse together rootsy elements of acoustica, funk and soul with the crowd-pleasing aspects of pop to make music which can appeal to the masses if given a chance.

This approach has seen him compared to the likes of Paulo Nutini and James Morrison, excellent names to be counted amongst in this field. And now, with a new EP titled ‘Here and Now’ available on iTunes from today, it’s the perfect time to discover him.

Joe Rhinewine blends blues and prog rock for new EP ‘Songs from NowHere’

Never has the title of this very blog been more fitting than with song writer Jo Rhinewine, because his roots infused new track is certainly a little less ordinary than the norm. Rambling and free form, the lyrics were reportedly improvised once the blues feel had been established, leading to some unusual but undoubtedly ear-catching results.

It’s an approach typical of Rhinewine, whose approach is a long way from the usual genre boundaries you might expect. His new EP ‘Songs from NowHere’ is available now on Amazon, and given an even greater insight into the wide creative streak from which he draws his ideas. With a total of five tracks to enjoy, it’s worth an investment just to investigate this intriguing new artist.

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITION DATES RELEASED – auditions for Open Mic UK 2016

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2016. The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 15 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups.

 

PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD

It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

 

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS – DATES ANNOUNCED FOR OPEN MIC UK 2016

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels; Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had major chart success last year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

For more information and to book your audition! Go to the music competition Open Mic UK 2016 website!

 

OPEN MIC UK 2016 MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS

 

Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2016!

 

Saturday 13th August National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Sunday 14th August Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 14th August  Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD.

Sunday 28th August Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH.

Sunday 4th September Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

Saturday 10th September Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

Saturday 10th September Britannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham NG1 6BN.

Saturday 10th September The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF243JW.

Sunday 11th September  The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

Sunday 11th September 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR.

Saturday 17th September TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1EE.

Saturday 17th September Sub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

Sunday 18th September The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

Sunday 18th September The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Brighton, BN3 1AS.

Sunday 18th September Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Evening Auditions:

Thursday 22nd September Charthouse Music 23-27 Crouch Hill, London, N4 4AP

Friday 23rd September River Studios, 32 Winsor Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9HQ

 

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS – OPEN MIC UK 2016

 

The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, audition places are already filling fast so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

You can enter Open Mic UK 2016 by clicking here!

‘Wild Mountain Thyme’, new free download from Philip Murray Warson

Based on poem ‘The Braes of Balquhither’ by Robert Tannahill, folk song ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ was originally written by Francis McPeake and has stuck around as a folk standard ever since. It’s a fantastic choice for any aspiring folk artist, and this latest version by independent artist Philip Murray Warson is a fine example of an artist taking an older track and making it his own.

Elevated by lovely moments of harmony and a brilliantly executed horn section, this track is – at it’s core – a pure acoustic folk track. Strummed chords play the foundation to a vocal which, while not note perfect, fits the material perfectly.

This track is free to download, but you can also get Philip Murray Warson’s full EP here.

EP out now – ‘The Ones That We Left Behind’ – Calming River

It seems to have been a while since Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Jose Gonzalez have released a notable record, and of course Elliot Smith is dearly departed. However, dark acoustic folk fans shouldn’t despair. New artist Calming River is proving to be a more than adequate fit for this gap in the market, and he proves it with new EP ‘The Ones That We Left Behind’.

The lead single ‘Solemn Witness’ can be heard above and is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of quality. To hear the rest (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to http://www.calmingrivermusic.com/

Flaming June EP – ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ – released Dec 1st 2015

For fans of folk music, the last 7 or 8 years have either been a blessing or a curse. The huge explosion of bands such as Mumford and Sons and Avicii have on the one hand popularised the genre beyond all recognition, but by splicing in pop genre tropes they have also diluted the raw rootsy sound long time fans might be used to.

Flaming June is a songwriter who sets a great example of walking that balance. Her melodies are undoubtedly memorable, and her structures are based on pop music. However, the sound is pure acoustic folk, and the lyrics draw on the tale telling traditions of the genre.

For a great example see ‘Freedom’s Fairytale for Girls’ above, a track taken from new EP in ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. It’s out now and can be found at www.flamingjune.co.uk.