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Posts Tagged ‘acoustic’

My favourite finds from the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2014

The Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition winner for 2014 has been announced, but there were many more brilliant tunes submitted. Here are my favourites which did not quite make my final top three.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova.

A few weeks ago the final showdown between 8 finalists was held at Pilton Working Men’s Club, with the ultimate winner of the 2014 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition announced as M+A with their super catchy tune Down the West Side, below.



When I wrote about my top picks for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition I promised to also share some of the great bands and tunes that did not make it on to my short list. I was given a long list of 140 bands and musicians to listen to, from the genres of folk, country, dance, electronic, dance, indie, pop, acoustic and singer/songwriter - so obviously this selection reflects that choice. The… read more

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Country Mile: an interview with the multi-talented folk singer Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn is back with a beautiful new album, inspired by long walks and becoming a father.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Johnny Flynn by Emma McMorrow.
Johnny Flynn is now a husband and a father, as well as an actor and musician. His many roles have inspired Country Mile, his first album …

Shhh: A Celebration Of Quiet Music, Art and Film – Review

Stranded Horse, Mirel Wagner, Anna Meredith, cans of beer and snow fights at the very relaxed Shhh: A Celebration Of Quiet Music, Art and Film, organised by The Local with The Line of Best Fit.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Completely gratuitous shot of me in the snow, just cos I like the effects.
On Saturday night we took a delightful stroll through the snow to check out the last few …

Interview with Laki Mera and review of new album The Proximity Effect

Meet Glasgow based band Laki Mera, who fuse acoustic and electronica to create a unique trip-hop influenced sound.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Laki Mera by Abi Lewis.
The Proximity Effect is the second album from Glasgow based Laki Mera, a band who excel in the creation of their own unique trip hop influenced …

Wilderness Festival 2011: Sunday Review

I spent most of Sunday listening to fascinating lectures at The Idler Academy and perusing the wonderful hand made treasures in The Secret Market Emporium. By evening time there was fab music from the likes of Guillemots and Laura Marling.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Laura Marling by Jenny Lloyd.
Sunday at Wilderness Festival came somewhat early due to my ill informed decision to put up the tent in the family camping area, a major no …

Album Review: The Magic Lantern – A World In A Grain Of Sand

It's clear from this latest offering that The Magic Lantern harbour some impressive songwriting skills not to mention extraordinary musicianship. There are fantastic songs on the album and it requires your full attention

Written by Emma Barlow

Much of The Magic Lantern’s A World In A Grain Of Sand reminded me of the folk music coming out of London three of four years ago, before the Mumfords …

Album Review: Butcher the Bar – For Each A Future Tethered

Butcher the Bar's album For Each A Future Tethered is Joel Nicholson's second stab at this album malarky and if, as I suspect, this time he set out to create a collection of sweet and sunny folk-pop songs then he has succeeded!

Written by Emma Barlow

For Each A Future Tethered is easy-listening embodied in 11 songs and Nicholson’s is a voice that simply seems to melt into your ears. There are a few artists that …

Interview: Laura Hocking

"Like biting into a cream cake and finding a razor blade" Intrigued? You should be. We certainly are! Here's our conversation with the folk-tinted freak pop chanteuse, which delves into Expressionism, opera-writing, and how to brew homemade beer.

Written by Cari Steel

Illustration by Georgia Coote
As with all the best new music discoveries, my introduction to Laura Hocking and The Long Goodbye began with snippets from light-hearted conversations. By the time …

Austra gig at The Windmill by Laura Godfrey

Austra, Viv Albertine & Daughter at the Windmill: music review

Canadian synth-wavers Austra share the bill with punk veteran Viv Albertine and up-and-coming folkstrel Daughter at the Windmill on Monday 17th January 2010.

Written by Richard Pearmain

Austra by Anko
It may have been a typically miserable Monday night in January, but we were safe from the elements within the hallowed hall that is the Windmill in Brixton. …

Festival Review: Glastonbury!

As our coverage of Glasto draws to a close, we take one last look at the many highlights of this sun kissed and magical weekend. Many thanks go to our contribuor Emma and our team of fabulous illustrators.

Written by Emma Barlow

Illustration by Natasha Thompson
There is no denying Glastonbury 2010 was a really special one. So if, like me, you are still feeling a touch of the post-festival blues read on …

Interview: Kirsty Almeida

In every aspect of her creative and colourful life, this musical dynamo blazes her own trail.

Written by Cari Steel

Photograph by Hannah Kinver Miles
There is nothing generic about Kirsty Almeida; she was not artificially created from a record labels wish-list, nor manufactured during an X Factor audition. Navigating …

First Aid Kit: Review of the gig at Union Chapel, Islington

A review of the First Aid Kit at Union Chapel on 4th March 2010. With illustrations by Joanna Cheung.

Written by Amelia Gregory

First Aid Kit by Joanna Cheung.
When I finish my interview with The Tiny in the dressing room of the Union Chapel I trot over to say hi to the First …

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Who Has The Best Taste? OneTaste does.

London, Music Collective

Written by Cari Steel

If you have been to a UK festival in the last few years, chances are that at some point you found yourself dancing in the OneTaste tent. Having residency at …

Music Listings

Live Music Listings , April 6 -12

Written by Barbara Mattivy

Monday 6th
Gary Nock brings all his sweet melancholy to 93`s Feet East stage this evening. Supported by up and coming indie youngsters Mad Staring Eyes and The Electric Riot, they …

First Love – Emmy the Great

First Love, Live at 12 Bar

Written by Luisa Gerstein

photograph from Gavin Cullen
I should confess that I don’t come to First Love with impartial ears, but more as an inadvertent geek, verging-on-groupie, who has faithfully been following the movements …

Elvis Perkins: Ash Wednesday

Elvis Perkins: Ash Wednesday

XL Recordings

Written by Emyr Price

It is nigh on impossible to talk about Elvis Perkins without mentioning his tragic life story. Son of actor Anthony Perkins, famed for his role in Psycho, who died of …