Monday, 31 October 2016

@BenPortsmouth1 is #Elvis and playing @O2AcademyNew on Thursday 10th November #tribute #takingcareofelvis

The King Is Back: Ben Portsmouth Is Elvis 

Currently touring Brazil following his most recent shows plus recording in the USA, Award winning Elvis - Ben Portsmouth – has already this year had a sell-out tour of Ireland, shows in Canada and Munich, with amazing sales at Belgrade, Coventry and Portsmouth Guildhall. He has also appeared at London o2 Indigo, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Leeds o2, Bournemouth o2, Manchester o2 and Belfast SSE Arena. 

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis‘s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the ‘Taking Care of Elvis’ band. Audiences and promoters quickly realised that this was someone with a special talent. He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists in the UK.

In 2006 Ben was voted the best Elvis at the prestigious international Elvis festival at Porthcawl Wales, the largest of its kind in Europe. He was the youngest competitor and was the total opposite to the stereotypical Elvis impersonator – he was sexy, didn‘t need a wig and was wearing the most authentic outfits flown in from America.

Success in the UK was followed by success in Europe and Ben qualified to represent Europe in the final of the ‘Images of the King’ contest in Memphis 2010 to find the World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist. It was a daunting task to be competing against the best Elvis Tribute artists in what is effectively Elvis‘s backyard. However Ben was up to the task, inspired no doubt by his first visit to Graceland. Ben was voted World Champion ETA by both the judges and the public vote. When Ben returned to the USA some months later and won again at another major Elvis festival near New York the global Elvis industry sat up and took notice. No Elvis Tribute Artist had made a first time appearance at two consecutive major festivals in America and walked away the winner of both.

In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the ‘Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. This success has led to offers from US promoters and all over the world for Ben to headline shows. Ben‘s career in Europe has also taken off where he is playing on the biggest stages to audiences across Europe that are measured in thousands.

However Ben is humble and down to earth. He can‘t believe he gets the opportunity to entertain as an Elvis Tribute Artist and he wants to stay in touch with his core fan base. There will always be a place for the smaller more intimate concert where he can connect on a more one to one basis with his audience. When Ben performs it‘s as if he is inhabiting the persona of Elvis. His triple octave vocal range and perfect pitch allows him to hit the most challenging high notes. His guitar virtuosity enables him to authentically recreate Elvis‘s 1968 comeback concert.

There was only one Elvis but Ben is the closest you will ever get in terms of Elvis‘s looks, his singing voice and on stage charisma.

THURSDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER: NEWCASTLE, Academy 7pm uk/ £28.12 (inc fees)  

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Performance at Ultimate in Memphis

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Friday, 28 October 2016

#livereview #spokenword #livemusic @Mostly_Spoken @TheCumby 27/10/2016

Review: Mostly Spoken, Cumberland Arms 27/11/2016

The simple surroundings of upstairs at the Cumberland provide the perfect stage for the monthly variety night of music and poetry called Mostly Spoken. Simma, who curates the night, opened with three of his original songs: the soon to be seasonal Happy New Year,
delta bluesy Voodon’t and Blue Eyed Baby.

Tony Gadd followed with his storytelling style of poetry, about past jobs and  the 11+. Tony is an engaging performer with a lot to talk about.

Tony Gadd

Oonah Joslin treated us to a poem about the importance of lists, another about the inevitability of the Aber Fan disaster, and others about nightmares and Manhattan Rain, she has a great book out called 3lbs of Cells. Oonah has a way of bringing individual personalities to her poems when performing.

Oonah Joslin
Sam Millington was a nice surprise with his comic country songs about being lost in Ikea and the hell of call centres. Call centres was a subject explored by poet Jenni Pascoe also, and she spoke of relationships and war, in an expressive and passionate way.
Sam Millington
Cath Campbell is a pithy poet with her poems about the impact of war on children, and about comfort eating through loss.

Mr Hopper
The night was completed with a performance, the first in some time by Ben Holland and double bassist “Mr Hopper” who form the duo “Mr Holland”. Ben has written some beautifully observed songs and he has a voice that moves from cynical to treacle within one word.  The haunting Stories In These Walls, the lushly dark Dusk and the pensive I Wish I’d Done Something More were great but I didn’t expect to be choking back the tears during the ode to motherhood, Kid but I was. This was a triumphant return to the stage for Mr Holland in my opinion. I hope to see more of this duo.

Ben Holland

Mostly Spoken happens every last Thursday of the month, upstairs at the Cumberland Arms and promises varied spoken word, and original song-writing artists.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

@FeedTheKidMusic coming to @riversideNCL on 10/11 with @_Audioweb

In 2017 FEED THE KID and label owners B33 Records will head off for an exciting Manchester invasion of China along with the rest of the label roster. The excursion consisting of two three month tour stints, will cover 10 major cities and will represent the first new wave of British band’s granted access to perform in the country. 

Earlier this year, Mancunian blues-revivalists Feed The Kid aimed high with a single release via taste-making imprint B33 Records. Following a prologue of sell-out headline performances at some of Manchester’s most prestigious venues, Feed The Kid are back to solidify their status as the undisputed champions of primal rock and roll. 

Invoking the pleasantly swampy, right in the pocket rock of the early 1970s - the group are best thought of as a sort of Manchester Clearwater Revival - closer to Hulme than the Bayou - their songs are incandescent with civic centre references and odes to this great region.The first of two tub-thumping new singles ‘In The City’ (released September 23) is similarly rooted in the doleful minutia of Greater Manchester, the refrain ‘how this rainy city cries’ reiterates the mundanity of life in our apathetic Northern heartlands. Vocalist Curtis Taylor elaborates; 

“People are struggling all over. It is about our city, but then every city is the same. it chews you up and spits you out. Capitalism at its peak. Even though we are not a punk band this has a longing for rebellion. Call it what you want, punk, psychedelic, rock and roll, punkadelica. Its soundtrack for the rebellion.”


Born out of necessity following the conception of drummer Adam’s child, the group was formed to ease the financial burden of young fatherhood and to literally - FEED THE KID. Curtis wryly affirms; 

“it’s a name that has a true orientation and backstory”

The band which also comprises of bassist Dane Stubbs and recent recruits; guitarist Jake Murphy and keys player Alex Goulding, have rapidly gained a heady recognition for their uncompromising style. A host of taste making radio presenters have backed the band to succeed, such as BBC Introducing’s Michelle Hussey, Terry Christian and XFM’s Clint Boon. Previous single ‘Red River’ was even play-listed by Manchester United and played to fans at Old Trafford. 

Styled in the earthy, autumnal tones of burnt orange and harvest gold, this retro-flavoured sextet are an authentic hybrid of retro-blues and the assured sensibility present in early 90s Manchester. Comfortable with the attention a corduroy sherpa-lined coat can bring; the group were invited to perform in-store at Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green and have also had a single featured in a Jigsaw A/W campaign. 

Coming off the back of a successful and attention-grabbing formation Feed The Kid are set to go from strength to strength with a remarkable tour of China set to fill the band with Eastern promise.. The band have also announced a supporting tour with B33 heavyweights Audioweb. 


Nov 10 - Riverside - Newcastle w/ Audioweb

Nov 12 - Sound Control - Manchester w/ Audioweb

Nov 16 - 100 Club - London w/ Audioweb

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@ApplewoodRd come to @sage_gateshead 14/11 #nashville #applewoodroad #gateshead #music

Two years ago, during the 2014 Americana Music Festival, three songwriters met for the first time at a cafĂ© in East Nashville. What followed on from that meeting became one of the most warmly received albums of 2016 when it was released by vinyl specialists Gearbox Records. Next month, Applewood Road return to the UK to round off a triumphant year which has included performances at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, and a UK tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter. 

“Their no-frills debut album, recorded in Nashville, has rightly won them no end of admirers and the close harmonies, augmented with spartan guitar and banjo, were every bit as exquisite in this performance. Original numbers were inspirational; so too was a soaring cover of REM’s Losing My Religion.” -- The Times (review of Barbican show, July 2016) 

It was a serendipitous first meeting. Emily Barker was in Nashville for AmericanaFest and had been introduced to Amy Speace by a mutual friend. The pair arranged to meet over coffee, and Amy invited her friend Amber Rubarth to join them. By the follow- ing afternoon the three had written a song, ‘Applewood Road’, and the following week they recorded it live to tape at Welcome To 1979 studios around one microphone, accompanied only by Telisha Williams on double bass. 

The three women, each with successful solo careers of their own, assumed that would be the end of the story. But the tape made its way back to the UK and into the hands of Gearbox Records, who signed the three basic strangers to a record deal on the strength of that one song. A few months later a window appeared in their very busy schedules and Barker,Rubarth and Speace reconvened in Nash- ville for one week to write, arrange, rehearse and record a full album. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape. 

“There’s a moreish magic to the harmonies of this country-folk trio that recalls the vintage appeal of the Everlys and the Andrews”
***** Daily Telegraph (Best Of 2016 Releases) 

Applewood Roadwas released in February 2016 to across-the-board critical ac- claim. 4 and 5 star reviews came in from The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, R2, Q Magazine and others. They appeared on BBC2’s Dermot O’Leary show, singing their arrangement of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, which was subsequently included on Dermot’s latest Saturday Sessions CD (Sony). In the summer, an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show was followed by a session on Sky Arts at Cambridge Folk Festival. 


Mon 14 Nov The Sage | GATESHEAD 

Tue 15 Nov Ruby Lounge | MANCHESTER 

Wed 16 Nov O2 Academy | LIVERPOOL 

Thu 17 Nov Classic Grand | GLASGOW 

Fri 18 Nov The Band Room | FARNDALE 

Sat 19 Nov High & Lonesome Festival | LEEDS 

Sun 20 Nov St Laurence Church | STROUD 

Mon 21 Nov Union Chapel | LONDON 

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