Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Support announced for Erasure 2018 Tour @BrightLightx2 BRIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT #choreography album out now.




BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT's album 'Choreography' has taken him on a whirlwind ride in the last year or so, and the journey gets even more exciting as Rod Thomas (aka BLBL) tours Europe, including the UK and Ireland, opening for his musical heroes ERASURE from January 29th to March 9th.

Having previously remixed BLBL’s 'Running Back To You', Vince Clarke is a friend of Rod’s, and with Erasure being one of his biggest influences, plus Rod signing to Mute Song last year, both acts hitting the road together makes perfect sense, and will undoubtedly be a great tour to start 2018 in fine style. Speaking about the upcoming tour Rod Thomas says:

"My love of Erasure and how important I think they are both to the LGBT community and to music in general has been well documented. Being able to do a full tour opening for them is a TOTAL joy. The teenage me can't believe what's happening and the current me isn't much calmer either really! Vince and Andy are legends and also happen to be two of the nicest people I've met, so all in all, this double bill is a dream."

With a penchant for "drama" like Erasure, BLBL’s song 'Little Bit' from the acclaimed album captures his most euphoric and over the top loving side: a song about wanting to show someone the extent of your love orchestrated by pounding drums, gorgeous synths and saxophone. It's accompanied by a club-friendly, deeper electronic mix by NYC's John "J-C" Carr who gives effortless cool to the track. Listen here

Bright Bright Bright Bright is the alias of Welsh synth pop artist Rod Thomas. With numerous nu-disco flecked releases to his name including the critically acclaimed albums ‘Make Me Believe in Hope’, ‘Life Is Easy’ and most recently ‘Choreography’ Rod has seen success both sides of the pond, with the latter two records both cutting the UK Independent Albums chart top 20. Throughout his fascinating career, Bright Light Bright Light has collaborated with everyone from Scissor Sisters to Elton John to Alan Cumming; he’s performed on Graham Norton’s chat show; been nominated for the Welsh Music Prize; and last year even managed to make an appearance as an extra in one of his favourite TV shows: The League of Gentlemen. 

An always intriguing and exuberant artist who continues to surprise, don’t miss Bright Light Bright Light as he supports Erasure on their UK & Ireland tour.


29-31 Dublin Olympia


2 - Dundee Caird Hall,
3 - Edinburgh Ulster Hall,
4 - Newcastle City Hall,
6 - Liverpool Philharmonic,
7 - Hull City Hall,
8 - Manchester Apollo,
10 - Cambridge Corn Exchange,
11 - Birmingham Academy,
12 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall,
14 - Ipswich Regent,
15 - Southampton Guildhall,
16 - Cardiff St David's Hall,
18 - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,
19 - Brighton Dome,
20 - Guildford G Live,
22 - Norwich UEA,
23 / 24 - London Eventim Apollo

'Little Bit' Digital Single is released on January 26th

'Choreography' Album - Out Now



Monday, 29 January 2018

THE BELLRAYS ON TOUR #tickets http://bit.ly/BellraysTour



Punk. Funk. Rock. Soul. The main ingredients in a potent witch’s brew that the Bellrays have been mixing for a long time now. Returning with their first full new album since the release of ‘Black Lightning’ in 2010, ‘Punk Funk Rock Soul Volume 2’ follows the release of ‘Volume One’, the four-track taster EP released in 2017 as an appetiser for the main feast. ‘Volume Two’ arrives February 2nd via Cargo Record UK.

 If music is food for the soul, then the Bellrays are thanksgiving and they know how to cook. The Bellrays strip down to the meat of what music means to them.  Growing up in SoCal, they thrived on radio channels that broadcast more than once one kind of music. It was a party. ‘Punk Funk Rock Soul’ is their party with their songs and friends.
“We take our ear where our heart lives in simple song writing, making ourselves and hopefully all who hear it feel good,” explains singer Lisa Kekaula. “We are proud of its simplicity and love how the new songs sound like old friends. This release is a collection of songs that illustrates why we do what we do. We are not 20 year olds and that’s okay.  We are proud of our mileage and journey and PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL validates our comfort in what music means to us. Viability, trend and meaning are up to the eye of the beholder…we like to rock.”

With each song, the BellRays play with the formula. The dynamics shift and change from straight ahead rockers like “Bad Reaction” “Junior High” and “Never Let a Woman” to more rock/pop songs like “I Can’t Hide” and “Brand New Day”.  “Man Enough” features tornado drumming and Caravanesque guitar solos. How do you make the dark sound light? Listen to “Perfect”, which is heavy while singing about finding that rhythm together. “Now” spreads out with a simple melody and message of being in the moment.  “Every Chance I Get” gets to the blues with its plaintive resolution to use time as wisely as possible. “Love and Hard Times” closes the album with an easy, R&B tinged lyric reminiscent of Levon Helm and The Band. Throughout PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL, The BellRays slide from song to song, changing the dynamics but not the dynamism. In the studio or on stage, the BellRays equals energy.  E=BR(P+F+R+S).

Catch the band live at the following dates in March 2018

Thurs 1 - Ramsgate - Ramsgate Music Hall
Sat 3 - Middlesbrough - Westgarth Social Club
Sun 4 - Edinburgh - Opium
Tues 6 - Glasgow - Broadcast
Wed 7 - Newcastle - The Cluny
Thrs 8 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
Fri 9 - Manchester - The Soup Kitchen
Sat 10 - Newport - Le Pub
Tues 13 - Southampton - Talking Heads
Wed 14 - Bristol - The Lantern 
Thurs 15 - Brighton - The Albert
Fri 16 - Norwich - NAC
Sat 17 - London -  The Camden Assembly

Watch The BellRays performing Black Lightning - 

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Name: The BellRays

DOB: Started in 1990.
Origin: Riverside, Ca.

Members: Lisa Kekaula – vocals, percussion, inspiration

Robert Vennum – guitar, bass, vocals

Career Objective: To bring Live, High energy Rock and Soul Music to anywhere in the world we can get to.

 Work Experience: 28 years of independently writing and performing music in a wide variety of situations, including, but not limited to: festivals, night clubs, parties, television shows, community events, radio shows,
Countries: United States, Canada, Brazil, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Japan, Australia, New Zealand

Genres: The BellRays is an all-original, high energy, Punk, Funk, Rock and Soul band.

Compared to:The BellRays is frequently compared to/described as “The Stooges meet Aretha Franklin”.” Tina Turner and the MC5″, “James Brown being kicked in the balls by the Who”

Influences: The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Cream

Motivation: We do it because we must. Who else is gonna do it?

Career Goal: For audience to be involved and responsive.

Inspiration: Always do something that matters.

Landmarks: Surviving the first tour. Playing Redding Festival. My first TV performance (Canal Plus, Paris FR) 

Sucesses: Having been able to perform for a living for the last 18 years.

 Music Description: The BellRays is a high energy, Rock and Roll band. Come and see us and form your own opinions.
Why do it: Good at it. Love doing it. People keep coming to shows. 

Target: Our audience is anyone of any age, race, or gender who loves music. They love interaction with a band on stage. They like the fact that what we do is real and honest.



The BellRays (1990)

In the Light of the Sun (1993)

Let It Blast (1998)

Grand Fury (2000)

Meet the BellRays (2002)

Raw Collection (2003)

The Red, White and Black (2003)

Raw Collection, vol 2 (2005)

Have a Little Faith (2006)

Hard Sweet and Sticky (2008)

Merry Xmas (2009)

Black Lightning (2010)

Covers (2016)


Wall of Soul 7″ (1995)

A Vital Gesture Xmas (1996)

Punk, Rock & Soul w/Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs (1999)

Good Thing/ Half a Mind 7″ (1998)

Bellrays/Fireballs of Freedom 7″ (1999)

Bellrays/ Adam West 7″ (1999)

Suicide Baby 7″ (2000)

Fire on the Moon tester (2002)

They Glued Your Head On Upside-Down tester (2002)

Get It Right/ Chain on You 7″ (2003)

Smash the Hits 8″ (2003)

Warhead/ Swingin’ the Blade 7″ (2003)

Lion’s Den 7″ (2003)

Le Cornichones 7″ (2006)

Tell the Lie 7″ (2006)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

CATHOLIC ACTION have announced a fourteen-date UK headline tour next year that will see them bring their raucous live show to venues across the country




Watch ‘Black & White’ video on YouTube | Vevo 

In Memory Of is the sound of Catholic Action setting their sights on success” DIY ****

“… a debut album that fizzes with energy and charm with an immediacy that’ll have them crowned as your new favourite band after the very first play” Dork ****

“… In Memory Of doesn’t disappoint” London In Stereo

Glasgow’s CATHOLIC ACTION have announced a fourteen-date UK headline tour next year that will see them bring their raucous live show to venues across the country, including London’s Birthdays on 23rd February.

 Frontman Chris McCrory says: 
In Memory Of has been a long time coming for us, and it wouldn’t have happened were it not for you. It’s a record we’re incredibly proud of and we hope you are too. So, we’re thrilled to be heading out on a headline tour of the UK to perform tracks from In Memory Of and more for the people that made it happen. Thank you! And see you in February."

Following the release of their acclaimed debut album In Memory Of, Catholic Action toured with alt. rock trio Kagoule this November which included a stop at the iconic 100 Club. The band have also just been confirmed for SXSW in 2018 alongside other British rising stars including The Magic Gang, Nadia Rose and Shame, firmly cementing their place as one of the most exciting ones-to-watch for 2018.

In Memory Of offers 11 shining examples of modern guitar pop, and its confident, future facing sound attracted rave reviews as well as praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, who featured In Memory Of on his It’s Album Time segment.

Catholic Action also recently shared the video for their latest single ‘Black & White’. One of In Memory Of’s standout tracks, the track was written by frontman Chris McCrory, as a reaction to finding out about the death of David Bowie.  

Catholic Action 2018 Tour – tickets available here

20th Feb Newcastle, Underground

21st Feb Oxford, The Cellar

22nd Feb Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge

23rd Feb London, Birthdays

27th Feb Bristol, Crofters Rights

28th Feb Leeds, Oporto

1st Mar Sheffield, Record Junkee

2nd Mar Bedford, Esquires

3rd Mar Liverpool, Shipping Forecast

4th Mar York, Fulford Arms

20th Mar Southampton, Heartbreakers

21st Mar Brighton, The Hope

22nd Mar Guildford, Boileroom

23rd Mar Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Catholic Action were formed in 2014 by McCrory alongside Jamie Dubber on bass and Ryan Clark on drums. Andrew Macpherson later joined as lead guitarist to add extra sparkle to the group's own brand of glam noise rock. The band are a product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to their peerless pop masterpieces. The four-piece band are centred around the singular talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory – already known among key taste-makers as the drummer in Casual Sex, another of Glasgow’s leading musical lights. 

Debut album In Memory Of is was released by the Modern Sky label in 2017. A vivid collection of smart guitar-pop anthems, the record is as rewarding as it is challenging and features BBC Radio 1 favourites ‘L.U.V.’ and ‘Propaganda’. The record garnered critical praise from the likes of DIY and Dork magazines, both of whom gave the album 4* reviews, whilst the album also featured on ‘It’s Album Time’ on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 show.  Produced by McCrory and Margo Broom, the record combines a youthful energy with an innate songwriting prowess and shines with a rarely seen confidence. Despite having nods toward guitar pop from the past and present, the album has its gaze truly fixed in the future. 

Catholic Action: In Memory Of is out now on Modern Sky Records. 
Available – https://catholicaction.tmstor.es/


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Review: To Kill a King, Fours and Soham De "All Killer, no Filler" @TheCluny 15/01/2018

Review: To Kill a King, Fours and Soham De
All Killer, no Filler
The Cluny 15/01/2018

The respectably-sized crowd at The Cluny were treated to a rare thing at this gig. All three acts were outstanding. Soham De opened with his thoughtful songs with beautiful minimalist guitar and his soulful voice. I get the impression he will go far and still has more to give as a songwriter and performer. He says he doesn’t tend to name songs however his website https://www.sohamde.com/ is coming along nicely and look out for his upcoming single Brave.

 Fours consists of a frontwoman, Edith Violet and three amazing blokes providing the live backing, drums and bass in addition to sparkly synth loops that life the indie to indie pop in a rather magical way. They could be compared to Florence and the Machine but I’m just not fussed with FATM and Fours did something more to get the audience dancing: they moved them emotionally.They play with enthusiasm that’s infectious and they are musically, visually and personality-wise a superb pop package. They have a clear songwriting talent behind them too and their new single  Sweet Reality is out soon. Their music can be found on Spotify via their website : https://foursband.com/.

To Kill A King have somehow passed me by up to now. I’m not sure how they are not all over the airwaves with the stunning set of songs they have at their disposal. Songs of the modern world and its loss of its soul like Spiritual Dark Age and Good Old Days somehow manage to move from quiet and impassioned pieces to massive anthemic numbers in a heartbeat. They manage to go through an entire set without a single musical turkey. It’s just all so good.

Lead vocalist Ralph Pelleymounter has a versatile vocal range that moves between a deep cross between George Ezra and Louis Armstrong up to expressive high pitched singing, when required. The whole band seem to contribute to the vocal harmonies with keyboard player Ben Jackson adding other-worldly and choral effects that just add to the musical soundscape. It was fantastic to see a band so together and fully invested in the sound. Joshua Taffel on drums, was extraordinary in his passionate playing. The sound was completed with James Ball on bass and Grant McNeil on guitar. Everyone in the band never missed a beat. The audience danced and sang through songs like My God and Your God, and Fictional State: they were definitely fans.  We were so impressed we bought a copy of the new album Spiritual Dark Age and a T Shirt. Definitely a gig to remember. I don’t like overuse of superlatives in reviews but as a live band, To Kill a King are an absolute triumph. See them, as soon as you can. Visite their website: https://to-kill-a-king.tmstor.es/

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

#buddyholly tribute Marc Robinson ‘A LEGEND REBORN’ at @thecustomshouse #southshields


Relive the rockin’ 1950s music scene at The Customs House this month.
The UK’s number one Buddy Holly tribute act, Marc Robinson, stars as the musician who changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll.
Clutching a Fender Stratocaster, sporting a pair of heavy-rimmed glasses and sounding exactly like Buddy in his heyday, a legend is reborn.
Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn is an all-new production celebrating an artist who shot straight into the limelight as soon as That’ll Be The Day hit the radio. 
Though his career was short, this one-man powerhouse gave the world a stack of hits that will never be forgotten, including Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Words of Love, It’s So Easy and Rave On.

Marc fell in love with Buddy Holly’s music at the age of eight and donned his first pair of Buddy-style specs in his early 20s, when he and a few friends started performing as a tribute rock ‘n’ roll band.
He hit the limelight himself after taking part in the original series of TV show Stars in their Eyes, which proved to be a real turning point for him and sent his professional music career into orbit.
Ever since, he has spent his time travelling the length and breadth of the UK, as well as overseas, taking his tribute act to all types of venues and even appearing on the same bill as Buddy’s original band, The Crickets.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “We’ve had Marc perform here before and he really is the real deal. You won’t be disappointed.”
Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn comes to The Customs House on Sunday, January 21, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £21, are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at www.customshouse.co.uk.

Friday, 12 January 2018

INTERVIEW: Ahead of their UK Tour, Adam @WakemanOfficial and @Damian_Wilson talk to Mark Rawlings and Joanne Oliver for the NORTHEAST MUSIC GUIDE

Ahead of their UK Tour, Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson talk to
Mark Rawlings and Joanne Oliver 

I decided to draft in my old school friend, Mark Rawlings as he had a penchant for the clever side of rock. I remember him being the first person I knew with an electric violin. Mark is now an astrophycist. Thank you Mark for your excellent questions..

MR: Having grown up in and around the music business, what are your thoughts on how it's changed over the years? Is it more "business" and less "music" these days?

AW: Sadly, that's a sign of the times. When I was younger you'd get an album deal and advance payment. Nowadays you have to raise the money, be proactive with marketing, social media  and be a business manager as well as crafting your art as a musician. That said, I think it was a much bigger step since my dads days in the 70's. Personally, I like being more in control of what's going on and where every penny is being spent so it suits me. I definitely don't get as much time as I'd like to be creative though.

MR: Geeky synth musician question: A lot of musicians have favourite instruments that they're particularly fond of (guitarists are notorious for this). Culturally, synthesizers seem to be less of involved in this (although there are a couple of synths and drum machines that have become somewhat iconic in certain circles). Although electronic instruments, and synths in particular, have changed immensely over last few decades, are there any in particular that you're still particularly fond of, are are they all just different tools?

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AW: They are always tools, but the exception for me is my 1964 Hammond C3 organ and Leslie 145 speaker. I love them like a fourth child. It has so much character and life in it. I've played hundreds of sessions and gigs with it and it makes me smile every time I play it, which is what it's all about in my book. It's such a diverse instrument too. I recently played on Stormzy's number 1  track "Blinded by your Grace part 2" and the tracks before that was a 70's rock tune. You can't get much more diverse than that!

MR: Second geeky synth musician question: Do you think the fact that it's now possible to make pretty much any sort of sound imaginable electronically has affected creativity in popular music as a whole? If so, for better or worse?

AW: I don't think so - the sounds are just tools for the song. If the song's not there, then you can cover it in all the new sounds available and it'll still be rubbish....

MR: This might be a good one for both of you, given that Damien's also done "Les Mis": Historically, there seems to be a lot of musical cross-pollination between prog rock as a musical genre, theatrical musicals, rock operas, etc. Do you see this as something that'll continue to happen in the future? If so, are there any literary works, films, etc. that haven't had the rock musical treatment that would be your dream project?

DW:I certainly hope progressive music will always be progressive although as many will point out it often isn’t. I can’t think of any thing off hand, I think if there was something then I’d be working on it now.

AW: I expect Andrew Lloyd Webber owns the rights to everything by now...

MR:How difficult is it to be recognised as an accomplished musician in one's own right, when there's the potential for being perceived to be in the shadow of a parent who's already very well known? (This is one that I've wondered about on and off for a few years now, having witnessed first-hand what wonderful musicians the sons of Willie Nelson & Frank Zappa were in their own rights, while watching them play their fathers' music).

AW: When I was younger, it troubled me but now not so much. Music's for enjoying and once I realised that, I stopped worrying about what people think of me, or my dad and making assumptions of why I was doing the career I'd chosen. I liken it to being a builder. I've got a pal called Kev who's dad was a builder. He might get a job where the client says "Hey Kev, I know your dad - he's a great builder" but the fact is, you wouldn't hire some blokes son to build your house just because his dad was a great builder! It may be a conversation starter but ultimately, people hire you or listen to your music because they like it. Or if they don't, they don't!

JO: How great is it to get out on the road, with music you’ve written together and to be the main attraction rather than offstage musician or just another band member?

DW: It’s great being on the road with Ad, a dream in fact, although he does get all the attention.

AW: It's great touring, and I'm really looking forward to getting on a British tour in a car again, driving up and down the country to all the places that I used to tour with my dad 25 years ago! Back then we'd do 50 shows in a row, no days off. It was great. 

JO: What can we expect from a Wakeman/Wilson live show?

DW: I’m expecting Ad to turn up and complain about there not being a grand piano...

AW: I'm expecting Damian to turn up and complain there's not darjeeling tea leaves on the dressing room rider..That aside, the audience can expect 2 old friends playing songs they've written together and played with other artists and some banter about life, the universe and everything in between.

JO: What do you reckon the chances are of Ozzy finally making it to Newcastle so many years after the cancelled gig when he had the legendary quad bike accident?

AW: Who knows! I just go where I'm told...first up is America in April, followed by South America and Europe. Ozzy wants to do a big tour so I guess there's always a chance...

JO: Do you think having songwriting experience over such a broad range of genres improves the quality of the music you release in your own name or does it make it harder to decide what your musical identity is?

AW: I think the more experiences you have in music helps the next music journey you take. As long as you're doing something you feeling genuinely about, then it's true to your identity. It all falls apart when you try and do something musical for the wrong reason....

JO: Finally, to both of you, what is your favourite cheese? This may seem trivial but your answers can reveal a lot about you, we find.

DW: A nice crunchy English Cheddar 

AW: Vintage cheddar, stronger the better.

JO: Cheese preference analysis: A desire for strength, quality, and dependable Englishness.

Adam and Damian will be starting their tour at the Washington Arts Centre 


Friday 2nd February         Backstage @ The Green Hotel Kinross, Scotland  
Saturday 3rd February     Town Hall Kirton In Lindsey, Lincs                          
Sunday 4th February        The Stables, Milton Keynes                                
Thursday 8th February     The Wharf, Tavistock, Devon                                
Friday 9th February          The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall.                             
Saturday 10th February    The Accord, Penzance, Cornwall                           
Thursday 15th February   St Pancras Old Church, London                            
Friday 16th February        St Mary's Art Centre, Sandwich, Kent                  
Sunday 18th February      Acapela, Pentyrch, Wales                                     
Thursday 22nd February  Core Theatre, Solihull, Birmingham                       
Friday 23rd February        St Mary's Church, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire       
Saturday 24th February    Trading Boundaries, Fletching, Sussex                  
Sunday 25th February      Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich                                

MARCH 2018

Thursday 1st March          Huntingdon Hall, Worcester                                  
Friday 2nd March              The Chapel Bath                                                  
Sunday 4th March             Basement, York                                                
Monday 5th March            Theatre Royal, Dumfries, Scotland     

Friday, 5 January 2018

WILSON AND WAKEMAN ON TOUR starting at @ArtsCtrWton #sunderland #tyneandwear

Wilson & Wakeman to tour the UK early 2018

‘Great musicianship, great singing, great songs and a great atmosphere. You can’t ask for much more than that really’ 
Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio 2 / 6 Music

‘A guaranteed night of premier entertainment from two of the UK's finest young musicians. 
I cannot recommend their Weir Keeper's Tale album highly enough’ 
Jerry Ewing - Prog Magazine

On February 1st 2018, Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson will embark on their latest acoustic tour ahead of their brand new album release.

Featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar, they’ll be playing songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums. 
The 18 date UK tour will see them travel the whole of the UK and the acoustic led performance will be complimented with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers in a show not to be missed.

Their new album The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour will be available on February 16th 2018 and is the follow up to their critically acclaimed album Weirkeeper’s Tale. Mixed and mastered by Gary Stevenson (ABC / Go West / Tony Hadley) features guest musicians Andy Dunlop on electric guitar (Travis), Ash Soan on drums (Adele, Robbie Williams, Seal), Haley Sanderson (Strictly Come Dancing vocalist) and Tony Woollard on Cello.

Adam Wakeman

Best known as the keyboard player with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, Adam Wakeman has also released nine albums with father Rick Wakeman as well as releasing four solo albums. 
As a classically- trained pianist, his albums cross many genres and styles from classical, to rock. He co-wrote Ozzy Osbourne’s most recent platinum selling album Scream and has also toured extensively with Travis, Annie Lennox, Will Young, Slash, 10CC and many more. The most recent Black Sabbath The End world tour saw over 81 shows in 30 countries around the world, playing to over 1.5 million people. In April 2018, Adam will hit the road with Ozzy for his next World tour which will run into 2020.

Damian Wilson

Damian Wilson is a songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases. Damian is widely known in the progressive rock genre, for bands and projects such as Headspace, Threshold, Ayreon and Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album. 
Damian has also worked with Guy Fletcher, Maiden United, After Forever, Mostly Autumn and Praying Mantis. He played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on their UK National Tour. 




Friday 2nd February         Backstage @ The Green Hotel Kinross, Scotland  
Saturday 3rd February     Town Hall Kirton In Lindsey, Lincs                          
Sunday 4th February        The Stables, Milton Keynes                                
Thursday 8th February     The Wharf, Tavistock, Devon                                
Friday 9th February          The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall.                             
Saturday 10th February    The Accord, Penzance, Cornwall                           
Thursday 15th February   St Pancras Old Church, London                            
Friday 16th February        St Mary's Art Centre, Sandwich, Kent                  
Sunday 18th February      Acapela, Pentyrch, Wales                                     
Thursday 22nd February  Core Theatre, Solihull, Birmingham                       
Friday 23rd February        St Mary's Church, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire       
Saturday 24th February    Trading Boundaries, Fletching, Sussex                  
Sunday 25th February      Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich                                

MARCH 2018

Thursday 1st March          Huntingdon Hall, Worcester                                  
Friday 2nd March              The Chapel Bath                                                  
Sunday 4th March             Basement, York                                                
Monday 5th March            Theatre Royal, Dumfries, Scotland     

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

@AMERICANSmusic Return for Jan/Feb 2018 Tour Debut album "I'll Be Yours" out now via @LooseMusic


Return for Jan/Feb 2018 Tour

Debut album I'll Be Yours out now via Loose
Watch video for The Right Stuff:

Listen to title track "I'll Be Yours"

"The whiskey-soaked rockers and gritty ballads of their debut LP roll with hell-bent immediacy, as frontman Patrick Ferris straddles primal ferocity and haunted vulnerability." Uncut 8/10

"Forward-thinking roots rock in the vein of Bruce Springsteen." Evening Standard (Virtually Famous)

"Their primal rock'n'roll roots ground this album and vocalist Patrick Ferris's voice bleeds, pleads and yearns." The Mirror ★★★★

THE AMERICANS are delighted to return to the UK in January to play Celtic Connections and the UK Americana Music Awards, as well as club shows in Newcastle, Oxford and Leeds. Full dates as follows:

SAT 27 JAN - Newcastle, The Cluny 

SUN 28 JAN - Glasgow, Celtic Connections @ Oran Mor

TUE 30 JAN - Oxford, The Bullingdon

WED 31 JAN - London, Americana Fest UK (Venue TBC)

SAT 3 FEB - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Los Angeles quartet The Americans released I’ll Be Yours earlier this year. Having started out as a roots band enthralled by pre-war American country and blues, they have evolved into a blistering amalgamation of those influences, injected with a fiery blue collar rock’n’roll attitude, absorbing and reconfiguring the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen. They named themselves after the controversial photo series by Robert Frank, which was first published in 1958 with a foreword by Jack Kerouac. Like Frank's photos, The Americans' songs are miniature biographies, intimate and empathic portraits of individuals that leave much unsaid.

In addition to critical acclaim from the press, the record was also championed by key record stores – Rough Trade made it one of their Albums Of The Month – “From crooning laments, rich and glorious with sweeping sweet orchestrated lushness to disheveled, bluesy, rocking, frantic party time hoedowns, this album lifts you up and gently drops you down”.

The Americans were plucked from obscurity by Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford to appear in the recent PBS/BBC4 series American Epic. Featuring artists such as Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes and many more, the film reconstructs the story of the first American music in the 1920s and re-assembled the recording apparatus that was used at the time. As experts in early music, The Americans were invited in to figure out the equipment and make the first recordings. Once the sessions were underway, they functioned as the house band, backing up various artists and suggesting songs to the filmmakers. Burnett was quoted as saying; “The Americans are part of this group, these genius 21st century musicians, that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century.”

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