Further to yesterday's article on the Military Wives', here they are promoting their new album announcement in London at Trafalgar Square where their Christmas journey is just beginning. We love this photo too!



Women from the many branches of the Military Wives Choir have been involved in the creation of a special Christmas album that aims to show what Christmas means to them.



The Military Wives have returned with their biggest project so far, ‘Home For Christmas’, which will be released 25th November. Twelve recognisable festive songs and carols will feature on the album, but the Military Wives had added their own distinctive twist: some of the lyrics have been adapted to fit in with the experiences of families from military backgrounds during Christmas. For example, ‘Away in a Manger’ has been changed to ‘Away in a Far Land’, and the title track, ‘Home for Christmas’, uses the tune from ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.



The story of the Military Wives choir began in 2012 when they found success with their Christmas hit, ‘Wherever You Are’, and since then, many more choirs have been established across the country,and even the world, uniting women of military backgrounds together through the pleasure of singing.



The album features around 1000 women from 65 choirs, some of whom will be performing on the accompanying Military Wives cathedral tour during November in some truly spectacular venues, such as Durham and Winchester cathedrals.



Produced by BMG, and pioneered by three accomplished choral conductors - Hilary Davan Wetton (City of London Choir), Will Dawes (Bath Choral Society) and Mark De-Lisser (Vocal coach on BBC's 'The Voice') – ‘Home for Christmas’ could be Military Wives choirs’ most ambitious, yet accomplished record to date.



Chair of the Military Wives foundation commented on the new album and its significance during the Christmas period: ‘The festive season can be a difficult time, particularly for those within the military community. By creating ‘Home for Christmas’, Military Wives are supporting each other through music – and extending this unity to families throughout the UK, and across the world.’



Links -


Website: www.militarywiveschoirs.org


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Military-Wives-Choirs-Foundation-517997721663047/)


Twitter: @MWChoirs


Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Military-Wives-Choir-tickets/artist/1738474?tm_link=artist_artistvenue_module

From The Police, to Wayne County and the Electric chairs, to The Subterraneans, to The Flying Padovanis to releasing a solo album, Henry Padovani, known as the only Corsican punk, has carved out an impressive career to rival all within the music industry.



Henry hit London in 1976, only coming for a week, but extending his stay, the first gig he saw was The Damned and the next day Henry was a changed man, he cut his long hair and shaved his beard, he was going out every night to a different gig and began meeting members of The Clash, it was not long after Henry met Sting and Stewart Copeland and formed the legendary The Police. London punk gigs were legendary and they soon built a following until Henry decided to go his own way, He continued his punk career with the ground-breaking Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, a major part of the androgynous glam-rock, proto-punk hangover, and succesful on both sides of the Atlantic, who even then hired The Police to support them on a major tour, still following his punk dream, Henry became a member of The Subterraneans, the band formed by NME journalistic legend Nick Kent.



Henry is the strange, enduring link between many artists such as Sting, Cher, Bono, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Kim Wilde, The Pretenders, The Sex Pistols, B.B. King and countless other players in rock's rich history. Music has clearly only been Henry's one true calling and with 'I Love Today', Henry has finally recorded his first full 'solo' album. A rich and sometimes dark mix of unique and emotive, original songs, coupled with some favourites of his long journey on the road - encompassing delta blues, rock and chanson, all flavoured and impregnated with Henry's unique guitar style, his huge, dynamic voice and irrepressible Corsican personality all in time for Punk's 40th anniversary. In amongst Henry's own songs are covers of songs as diverse as 'Into My Arms' - Nick Cave to 'Jealous Guy' by John Lennon, and he even teamed up with Jef Aerosol also known as the 'French Banksy', a charismatic, outlaw street artist to create the album artwork.


Henry is a true punk legend, full of the wildest stories, best friends with numerous legends, and the only way to find out more is to talk to the man himself.



http://www.henrypadovani.com/i-love-today-dhzm3
“Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination” - Gwilym Simcock



Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group’s sound that they invited them to play at King’s Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.


Mercury has since gone on to be nominated for awards such as the Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, their lead member Tom Thorp making it to the grand finals of the Taichung International Sax Competition. Developing their sound to incorporate elements of electronica, psychadelia, classical and indie, they have been slowly reshaping jazz for a 21st Century audience, and now have a brand new album in the pipeline titled Sea Speak.



Listeners wanting a taster of the band’s upcoming album can listener to this demo version of title track ‘Sea Spark’, a progressive and smoky piece that builds and ebbs like the ocean itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBH-SUC7EoI

'One of the most authentic and open artists to emerge from the region in years'

A progressive, authentic, fluid and dynamic artist, Omar Kamal is set to be the first global star to hail from Nablus, Palestine. Born in 1992, Omar spent his early years listening to classical and world music and playing the piano until he discovered his life-long passion, singing. Omar’s multi-cultural influences have given him a rich taste in music ranging from Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, to Arabic idols such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, and even modern trendsetters like The Weeknd.

Omar has a musical background, at the age of nine he started playing the piano, by the age of fourteen he attended an international music festival in Germany where he was introduced to the world of classical music. Since then Omar's love for the classical world intensified also taking up violin lessons before deciding to focus on vocals and piano which led Omar to find a more contemporary sound.
During university years, Omar was lead vocalist of the University's Big Band, where he toured the UK and participated in competitions, which led him to the realisation that music was his ultimate passion. On a trip back to Palestine, Omar organised a local concert in the hope that it would kick-start his professional career in music for himself and his band, and this caught the eyes of Sony Music Middle East and Omar signed a multi-year recording and management contract in late 2014. Known as the Palestinian Frank Sinatra, Omar even sat with Tina Sinatra and had a chat, he managed to let her know that her father had heavily influenced and changed Omar’s life. Omar very often experiments with his music and adds new sounding elements which all adds to the uniqueness of Omar's music.

Omar's single 'Love Never Felt So Good' showcases the powerhouse vocals that Omar has been blessed with, it is a classic take on the Michael Jackson hit. With a perfectly fitted video to go alongside the track, with a vintage, retro feel, it complements the vocals extremely well, what makes the track even more special is that Omar works with the same guitarist that worked on Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ album - the legend that is Tim Pierce. Omar has a forthcoming album too, work on the album began in early 2015 with Canadian producer Dave Pierce and legendary producer Bob Rock, not one to shy away from working with legends, ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ was mixed by 23 time Grammy award winning Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Omar hopes to be able to bridge the musical gap between East and West and bring everyone together all through the power of music.

'One of the most authentic and open artists to emerge from the region in years'

A progressive, authentic, fluid and dynamic artist, Omar Kamal is set to be the first global star to hail from Nablus, Palestine. Born in 1992, Omar spent his early years listening to classical and world music and playing the piano until he discovered his life-long passion, singing. Omar’s multi-cultural influences have given him a rich taste in music ranging from Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, to Arabic idols such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, and even modern trendsetters like The Weeknd.

Omar has a musical background, at the age of nine he started playing the piano, by the age of fourteen he attended an international music festival in Germany where he was introduced to the world of classical music. Since then Omar's love for the classical world intensified also taking up violin lessons before deciding to focus on vocals and piano which led Omar to find a more contemporary sound.
During university years, Omar was lead vocalist of the University's Big Band, where he toured the UK and participated in competitions, which led him to the realisation that music was his ultimate passion. On a trip back to Palestine, Omar organised a local concert in the hope that it would kick-start his professional career in music for himself and his band, and this caught the eyes of Sony Music Middle East and Omar signed a multi-year recording and management contract in late 2014. Known as the Palestinian Frank Sinatra, Omar even sat with Tina Sinatra and had a chat, he managed to let her know that her father had heavily influenced and changed Omar’s life. Omar very often experiments with his music and adds new sounding elements which all adds to the uniqueness of Omar's music.

Omar's single 'Love Never Felt So Good' showcases the powerhouse vocals that Omar has been blessed with, it is a classic take on the Michael Jackson hit. With a perfectly fitted video to go alongside the track, with a vintage, retro feel, it complements the vocals extremely well, what makes the track even more special is that Omar works with the same guitarist that worked on Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ album - the legend that is Tim Pierce. Omar has a forthcoming album too, work on the album began in early 2015 with Canadian producer Dave Pierce and legendary producer Bob Rock, not one to shy away from working with legends, ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ was mixed by 23 time Grammy award winning Al Schmitt at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Omar hopes to be able to bridge the musical gap between East and West and bring everyone together all through the power of music.


For lovers of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, Ian Martyn's expressive and greatly inspiring new single 'I Can Feel Your Power' epitomises the support and comfort that art can bring to people especially at their darkest times in life. In Ian's case it’s living with the earth shattering experience of losing both his wife and mother in the space of just 5 months.

As well as using his dreams to inspire his lyrics (I Can Feel Your Power) he visited a Tibetan monastery in Scotland to study Buddhism in order to help him manage the difficulties of his new life. At the monastery he had the unusual experience of meeting a soul-mate and felt a severe case of' Déjà Vu'.

Ian Martyn's unique approach to writing his music is that of writing the lyrics as a wholly meaningful and poetic piece of literature, so beautiful that the words alone just scream out for music. Ian's music aids the healing process of any kind of personal strife or bereavement and is the perfect soundtrack to finding a new directions in life.

Although Ian doesn't gig or tour he has some very notable people who have performed on his music. Richie Buckley (from Van Morrison) played the saxophone on the track 'Déjà vu' who Peter Eades (Clannad) also performed drums on. Larry Hogan, Ian’s co-producer, on ‘I Can Feel Your Power’ and ‘Déjà vu’ has worked with Clannad, Thin Lizzy, Bob Geldof, Ronan Keating, to name but a few.

You can listen to ‘I Can Feel Your Power’ here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riIlTBrMK1c

https://soundcloud.com/user-873800220

His other co-producer Richard 'Digby' Smith for 6 of the other album tracks also played some bass and supporting keyboards on some tracks. ‘Digby' has worked on such artists music as Bad Company's Album, Led Zeppelin's 3rd and 4th albums, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, John Martyn (many more of note) and humbly possesses 2 Gold Disc awards and has had 2 No.1’s simultaneously worldwide that he engineered.

Alongside his emotional life journey Ian features international artists for his music artwork. Some artists worthy of note are Jack Vettriano (on 'Why Don't You Tell Me'), Leonid Afremov and Sera Knight (on 'You Are The One'), Laurie Hamilton, Adam Scott Miller, Delmary and (on 'I Can Feel Your Power') Daniel Eskridge (on 'Dance With Spirits'), Rassouili and Josephine Wall (on 'Déjà Vu').

They have all said they are delighted and honoured to have a share in Ian's journey and adding an extra dimension to Ian's enlightening music.

Links:
Website - www.ianmartyn.co.uk
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIVir13c4m0

Singer-songwriter and gifted guitarist Pedro Syrah prepares for the release of his new album Fairytale Land with this intimate new track ‘Summer Night On Fairytale Land’.


The Portugal-born artist has already played in esteemed Lisbon venues such as the mighty Aula Magna and now hopes to take his fresh and exciting sound to the rest of the world!

Watch the video for ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCU8EbAA_sI

A creative guitarist, he draws a lot of influence from classical music, also playing with unconventional tunings to form a unique sound that is entirely his own.

His upcoming album is set to centre around a variety of personal themes including love stories, the loss of friends and a roadtrip he took in California. Pedro has described his sound as ‘an immersive experience into ourselves and our feelings’.

With recording set to take place in Abbey Road studio with Sean Magee, Fairytale Land is sure to take this sound to new levels.

Pedro’s music is likely to appeal to fans of indie-folk artists including Ben Howard, Damien Rice, The National and Jamie Cullum.

Pedro Syrah’s upcoming album Fairytale Land is out October.

Links:
www.pedrosyrah.com
https://soundcloud.com/search?q=pedro%20syrah
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvJP_Irnyam2yoLAquUiO1w

Vintage inspired rock and roll artist Cado, brings us a refreshingly nostalgic EP ‘Take Me Back’ set for release 12th August.
Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music that will make people smile, dance and enjoy themselves!

Listen to/download the EP here: https://cadomusic.bandcamp.com/

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since! The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing everything in his home studio. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves.

The retro sounding EP has strong nods towards classic artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. The EP is out on 12th August.

Links
Facebook - www.facebook.com/cadomusic
EP Download - www.cadomusic.bandcamp.com
Spotify - https://play.spotify.com/album/3SlafrQsP2ixHRjhy0yTtf
Soundcloud - www.soundcloud.com/cado_music
YouTube - www.youtube.com/CadoOfficial

Combining a compelling ear for storytelling and a mesmerising vocal tone, Ashley Iona comes through with a fresh sound comparable to the likes of Florence and the Machine, Sia and Chet Faker.


Her new single ‘Taking Me Under’ is set to appear on the deluxe edition of her new EP and comes with a powerful and emotional video.

Watch video for ‘Taking Me Under’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddaclevHgxs&feature=youtu.be

Ashley Iona has recently worked with the likes of acclaimed lyricist John Bettis (a big fan of her work and vision) and Alice Randall (the first African American woman to score a country hit in the US). She has also worked with highly-praised mixer Justin Hergett (who was nominated a Grammy for mixing Beyonce’s acclaimed self titled 2014 album).

Other exciting collaborations include a single with Date Night, the Australian DJ trio who just celebrated 1 million streams on Spotify. Iona wrote and is featured on their next single in October.

Currently based in Los Angeles, she has previously lived in countries across the globe from Australia to the UK to Uganda and moved more than 20 times in her life. Her touring has also taken her around the world and she recently opened for Szjerdene for SoundCrash Music on August 22nd. Ashley Iona has also been asked to perform at the BMI headquarters as a part of their invitation only Songwriters round. She’ll also be at Salon Noir in Soho on September 27th.

A classically trained singer from the age of 10, Ashley has spent the past 4 years in LA working with the Valeria Morehouse Studio in LA, home to other acts such as Sia and Christina Perri, to develop and find her own voice. She has experimented with different musical styles and her exploration and keen musical sense can be heard in her new heartfelt single ‘Taking Me Under’.

Links:
www.ionasongs.com
www.soundcloud.com/ionasongs
www.facebook.com/ionasongs
www.instagram.com/ionasongs
www.twitter.com/ionasongs
Effortlessly blending elements of pop, rock and jazz, fresh indie five-piece Goldsands come through with an excitingly unique and authentic sound.

Their latest single ‘A Place Far Away’ tells the story of a faded film star’s unlikely bond with a neglected young woman after crossing paths in Tokyo, drawing inspiration from cult classic movie Lost in Translation. Sonically it perfectly captures the size and scale of the movie’s cityscapes, whilst also encapsulating the mood of the relationship between the two characters.


Self-produced in a converted apartment in Birmingham, the track was later mastered by Geoff Pesche at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Stream the single ‘A Place Far Away’:
https://soundcloud.com/goldsands

Goldsands’ genre-defying sound is most comparable to groups like Radiohead, The Beatles and Coldplay, and is the result of the band members’ eclectic musical backgrounds. Liam’s rock background provides a driving groove, Tom brings a jazz flare, Ramsey takes his cue from the experimental sounds of the 60's, James gives suitable guitar ambience and Matt is a sucker for a pop hook.

Two of the bands members Matt and Tom Rhodes are brothers, adding to the group’s tight sense of synergy.

The group is set to embark on a UK tour spanning from London to Edinburgh.

‘A Place Far Away’ is out September 30th

Tour Dates:
Thursday 29th September - Zigfrid's Underbelly, London
Saturday 1st October - Actress and Bishop, Birmingham
Tuesday 4th October - The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
Wednesday 5th October - Star and Garter, Manchester
Thursday 6th October – Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh
Friday 7th October - 360 Club, Leeds
Saturday 8th October - Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham
Wednesday 2nd November – LS6, Leeds
Friday 11th November - 02 Academy 2 Islington, London
Friday 9th December - The Workshop, London
Friday 16th December - O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/goldsandsmusic/
https://twitter.com/goldsandsmusic
https://soundcloud.com/goldsands/a-place-far-away/s-jPw5Z

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