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.

Single: Natalie Indya West & Sunny Andrea – ‘Goddess’

As long time readers of these pages will know, we’re huge fans of roots music. In many cases those roots are planted firmly in the UK and international folk and country scene, but occasionally we’re drawn to roots of a different kind.

‘Goddess’ is a single out now from songwriter Natalie Indya West and vocalist Sunny Andrea. Primarily a pop track, the single is notable for drawing on the traditions of Indian music.

This Bollywood infusion makes for a refreshing take on the pop genre, and while it may not be taken from the traditions of old English music, you can’t help but respect the traditions it is drawn from on another continent. A single worth of your time and attention.

Kelly Moneymaker – ‘Stone’ album out now

Some of the finest offshoots of roots music – gospel, country, rock and roll, and particularly soul – stand front and center of this great new album from vocalist Kelly Moneymaker.

Out now, ‘Stone’ finds Moneymaker on really fine form, growling out her powerful vocal over a range of genres, all given a consistency by the clean production and that unique voice.

On top of those solid foundations, Moneymaker sparkles throughout – 13 tracks of varying styles, all adding up to a very solid and consistent release.

http://www.kellymoneymaker.com/

Leo Sayer – ‘Restless Years’ album

Straight up pop laced with folky touches of harmonica, blues, and even a touch of jazz, the new album from Leo Sayer is out now. A million miles from the stomping folk style currently popular in the charts, this is subtle, effective and mellow, but just as uplifting in its own way.

Packed with songs in which Sayer looks back on life with something of a contented smile, the album shows off a songwriter who knows his hit making days are behind him, but still loves what he does. Just look at the production – all taken care of by the man himself – for the proof. Meticulous, clean, and well captured, every note is clear as a bell and perfectly placed.

The lyrics are those of an artist ruminating on the latter years of a legendary career, sharing his thoughts on later life, the state of the world, the music industry and more. Hugely pleasant company you will want to return to time and again.

Buy the album now:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/restless-years/id1021586520

http://www.amazon.co.uk/69/dp/B00XZQIWZ6/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=148R02WGNENHYGG285VC

 

UK TOUR DATES 2015

With special guest, singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong

 

September

Wednesday 9thBIRMINGHAM JAM HOUSE

Thursday 10thMANCHESTER LOWRY

Friday 11thWORTHING ASSEMBLY HALL

Saturday 12thEAST GRINSTEAD MEAD THEATRE

Monday 14thLANCASTER GRAND THEATRE

Tuesday 15thHUNSTANTON PRINCESS THEATRE

Thursday 17thNORWICH ST ANDREWS HALL

Friday 18thBUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Saturday 19thMUSSELBURGH BRUNTON

Sunday 20th GLENROTHES ROTHES HALL

Tuesday 22ndLEEDS CITY VARIETIES

Wednesday 23rdPORTHCAWL GRAND PAVILLION

Friday 25thLONDON HIPPODROME

Saturday 26thHARLOW PLAYHOUSE

Sunday 27thMILTON KEYNES STABLES

Tuesday 29thDURHAM GALA THEATRE

 

October

Thursday 1stISLE OF WIGHT SHANKLIN THEATRE

Friday 2ndSOUTHAMPTON CONCORDE

Saturday 3rdWIMBORNE TIVOLI THEATRE

Sunday 4thBURY ST EDMUNDS APEX

Tuesday 6thLONDON HIPPODROME

Thursday 8thWOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN 2

Saturday 10thHOLMFIRTH PICTUREDOME

Sunday 11thWARRINGTON PYRAMID & PARR HALL

Video: ‘Live on Love’ by Jess Thristan – EP out now

With a lovely, lilting rhythm that strays into a nice country feel, ‘Live on Love’ is the new video from rising star Jess Thristan. It’s the lead track from a new EP of the same names and keeps up the great momentum Jess Thristan has been showing in recent months.

Be it support from Radio 2, writing alongside established hit-making songwriters, or featuring on countless online acoustic sessions, Thristan is clearly building quite the following. Hopefully, it won’t be long before that following becomes too big for the mainstream media to ignore.

 

Jerry Lawson – ‘Just a Mortal Man’ album out now – debut solo album, AGE 71!

Out now through Red Beet Records, ‘Just a Mortal Man’ is a very special album for two reasons. Not only is it a great listen, but it’s the very first solo album ever released by 71 year old Jerry Lawson. Lawson, who has worked at the top of showbusiness for over 40 years, has always been part of hit making groups, but never stepped out on his own. Until now.

The result is this 13 track collection of laid back, low octane but high quality set of tracks with a real rootsy feel.  Charming throughout, Lawson’s smooth baritone moves like warm treacle over the classy backing, taking in folk, gospel, country, pop, soul, funk and so much more. It’s a fitting first album from a man who has clearly still got enough talent to flaunt it, but does it here in humble, low-key fashion.

The only taste you can find online at the moment seems to be the video below, a nice little rock’n’roll number. But trust me when I say there’s plenty more where that came from.

‘It Is What It Is’ – the new album from Songs for Mr Sloane

Out now, the new album from Songs For Mr Sloane is called ‘It Is What It Is’ and it’s a real songwriter’s LP. Not strictly folk or roots, though there are plenty of elements in the lyrics and storytelling, this is instead an album of mixed genres, something of an exercise in eclecticism.

The creation of a group of musicians from different background, you get the feeling that this is music as the band want it to sound. A host of ideas tossed in the juicer to see what comes out, it makes for an intriguing listen – compelling at times, less so at others.

By its very nature the songs ebb and flow as the genres and style change, and it’s hard to imagine one single listener likeing the whole thing. Some of the songs are so different, tied together only by the gruff, no nonsense vocal, that any perceived strengths and weaknesses will be entirely subjective. It will depend on the taste of the listener which bits they think are strongest.

One thing’s for sure though – all the musicianship, production and structural integrity of the songs is on point, and you can’t disagree with those qualities, even if one or two individual styles leave you cold.

http://songsformrsloane.bandcamp.com/album/it-is-what-it-is

Narrow Plains’ new single ‘So Rewind’ is Out Now

‘So Rewind’ is perhaps the sharpest new folk track to have come along in some time, coming courtesy of new alt-folk trio Narrow Plains. Based in London (and likely benefitting from a strong folk scene in the city), these are three very talented musicians and this single bears that statement up.

The production is pristine, the pace and energy are high, and the chorus/refrain is as catchy as they come. With Ben Howard and Mumford and Sons not doing much in the way of new releases early this year, Narrow Plains could be the band to bridge that gap. It’s very easy to imagine this single starting to build some real momentum for them, and they’d deserve it to – even if it’s a matter of finding more ‘cult’ success, like perhaps their most similar artist Newton Faulkner.

Check out Narrow Plains online if you’re as taken as we are by the track above:

https://www.facebook.com/narrowplains

https://twitter.com/narrowplains

http://narrowplains.com/

Mollie Marriott – a new generation of British talent

It must be tough trying to make your way in a business in which your father is already iconic. Such is the challenge for Mollie Marriott, daughter of Small Faces frontman Steve. Back in the day, Steve Marriott was one of the voices of his generation – how do you step out from that shadow?

The answer, in the case of Mollie Marriott is to (a) have a whole lot of talent, and (b) put in the hard graft.

The talent can be seen in the video above for new single ‘Transformer’. The hard graft all went in over the last decade or so. Honing her skills as a backing vocalist for some of Britain’s A-List stars, Mollie Marriott has learned her trade from the ground up, and has finally made the decision to take her own steps into becoming a solo artist. With a few more tracks like ‘Transformer’ (out now), the chances of that look very good indeed.