Lisa Richards blends folk with jazz to form new album ‘A Light From The Other Side’

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A Light From The Other Side is the new album from Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards, who has developed her very own brand of jazz infused folk, with a few hints of blues and roots music too.

Growing up in North Queensland, Australia, was difficult for Lisa; her Mother who was formerly a concert pianist, had moved there for her Father and thus Lisa’s childhood became a turbulent time. Alcohol and substance abuse were issues from a young age, but Lisa eventually fled her troubles to the city where she would pursue a career in music.

Check out ‘Frank Sinatra’ from the album here:

Lisa’s travels and experiences have woven a rich tapestry of musical styles into her own work, resulting in the artist she is today. As a result, her eclectic, yet endearing sound has seen her compared with the likes of Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse and even Ella Fitzgerald.

Despite this, Lisa has been gifted with a voice like no one else’s that will immediately stop you in your tracks the first time you hear it; it’s truly like nothing else.

A Light From The Other Side is out now and was produced with the help of renowned singer-songwriter/producer, Greg J. Walker.

Links:

http://www.lisarichardsmusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/mymadmusic

https://soundcloud.com/lisarichardsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/lisarichardssongs

https://www.youtube.com/user/lisamrichards

Beldon Haigh’s Anti-Trump Protest Song: ‘Freedom’

Standing up to the questionable presidency of Donald Trump is Scottish singer-songwriter, Beldon Haigh.

With his song of protest, ‘Freedom’ tells you everything you need to know about the 45th president of the USA and why you should stand up and protest his leadership. You might be wondering why a Scotsman is writing an Anti-Trump protest song, but in fact, Beldon’s wife is a Honduran immigrant with family in the US who fear that they may be deported. He is also concerned about the messages that Trump has sent out so far concerning race and sex, and he doesn’t want his three children to grow up in a world where these comments are considered acceptable.

Taking influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Lou Reed, Beldon has penned an easy-listening pop-rock tune that is both pleasing to listen to, as well as being informative, with a powerful agenda.

Beldon’s affinity for writing ballads and protest songs is demonstrated through his quality musicianship and clever storytelling, employing touches of humour along with substantial lyricism that always has a purpose. As well as this, Beldon favours true musicality, utilising real musicians and real instruments to create his contemporary style of melodic pop-rock.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

Track Review: ‘Storytellers’ by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

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‘Storytellers’, originally written in 1977, but never released, is now out as a build up single to the reissue of Gaodhal’s Vision, by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, which is available from 28th April 2017.

The fusion album may be celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the sounds that lie within it are timeless. This song acts as a crucial example of the band’s indo-celtic flair, with the soft sounds of the violin caressing the notes; the melody feeling almost like a precursor to smooth soul classics such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’.

What is wonderful about this piece of music is that it takes you on a journey of feeling, allowing the listener to be swept along, with the highs and low of its varying paces and tones, into different realms of emotion.

There are so many musical elements to ‘Storytellers’ that it feels ahead of its time, for example the electric guitars that slide in midway through the track are still being echoed today through funk numbers like Daft Punk’s 2013 hit ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’.

Limerick-born Joe has said he plans to use his tools as a musician to combat the commercialism that currently surrounds St Patrick’s Day, and with skillful music such as his, I believe he’s going the right way about it.

 

Listen to ‘Storytellers’ here on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/storytellers-feat-rory-gallagher-single/id1212148858 

Follow the band’s Facebook page and Twitter account:

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

Plus, don’t miss out on their 40th anniversary concert either: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/from-egypt-to-eire-40th-anniversary-of-gaodhals-vision

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‘Call Me The Moon’ From Mark L. Oakes

Call Me The Moon is the latest project and album from the experienced and talented musician, Mark L. Oakes.

The Belgian singer-songwriter has compiled a collection of beautiful ballads and easy listening folk rock tunes that are sure to please any ears.

One might compare Mark’s sound to a modern version of Neil Young with a bit more piano instead of guitar, but Oakes is by no means a tribute artist. He has developed a melodically driven style of folk music with strong subtext and a truly emotive sound. Mark also notes artists such as Tom Petty, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams as some of his primary influences and this is clear when listening to his expertly-crafted songs.

‘Shredded Jeans’ is a highlight from Call Me The Moon and the name of the track seems perfectly apt when you consider that Oakes labelled the record as the ideal soundtrack for a ‘karmic road trip’.

Mainly tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of Londoner cellist, Ben Trigg, and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles. Travelling between Europe and the United States with a bag full of projects, Mark sees Call Me The Moon as a silver thread out of a vague existential maze.

Find out more on Mark L. Oakes here:

https://soundcloud.com/mark-l-oakes

https://www.facebook.com/oakesmusic

https://twitter.com/markloakesmusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA

www.oakesmusic.com

 

 

Jon McDevitt Brings Us The Present of ‘Father Christmas’

If you like your Christmas songs with a little more substance to them, rather than the usual tinsel-drenched tunes, then Jon McDevitt is here to save the big day with his festive offering, ‘Father Christmas’.

Having been a part of the 2000 record selling band, Geist, and also writing the theme tune to Channel 5’s A Different Life, Jon has a lot of songwriting experience that exhibits itself in ‘Father Christmas’.

Co-written alongside Dominic Hudson, ‘Father Christmas’ depicts a festive period without the gift-giving man and provokes listeners into thinking what it would be without him. As you can see, the track has a deeper subtext than most Christmas songs and the quality of the songwriting process is evident, knowing that it’s a song that makes you think, rather than one you simply absorb yourself in. All of this, along with a catchy melody, makes ‘Father Christmas’ the perfect new number for the festive period.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/jonmcdevittsongs/

https://twitter.com/jonmcdevitt

www.jonmcdevitt.com

 

Tuffet Bunnies release ‘Love Songs For Scarlett EP’

The aptly named Tuffet Bunnies is the musical front for Clem Darling’s enchanting, folk love songs.

‘Love Songs For Scarlett’ is the LA based musician’s debut release devoted to his girlfriend that focuses on the often difficult to describe sentiments involved with being in love.

However, Darling’s humble and simple approach to songwriting lends itself perfectly to what he’s trying to do. After all, surely being honest and true is the best policy when you’re in love, right?

‘Everything’ is highlight of the collection with its upbeat, almost hoedown-esque sound for guaranteed feel-good vibes, whilst ‘Enjoy’ is an 8 minute long symphony of noodling violins and two-note basslines that demonstrate Darling’s talent for simple, effective songwriting.

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/tuffetbunnies/

https://soundcloud.com/tuffetbunnies

https://mobile.twitter.com/tuffetbunnies

Review: ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’

A group of famous and talented have come together to create the ultimate Burt Bacharach tribute album. Featuring 13 Burt Bacharach hits, ‘We All Love Bacharach’ is a blend of jazz, swing and funk to form a refined, elegant compilation.

The album has been produced by Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti for PLAY (Milan) and Oracle Records ltd (London).  The producers took inspiration from acts such as Chet Baker, Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, which has formed the smooth jazz sound but with strong clever hints of pop, funk and folk. Within the 13 tracks are 5 instrumentals that depict the several nuances and moods of the classic Bacharach sound.

The variety present in ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ makes it an album for all occasions; easy listening on a Sunday afternoon, relaxing on the commute home or even at a dinner party (guests are sure to recognise Burt’s classic tracks and the instrumentals provide the perfect elegant soundtrack to your evening).

Die-hard Bacharach fans will not be disappointed with the quality of the recordings nor the repute of the artists on the record. Featuring the likes of Massimo Colombo, Peter Erskine (ex-drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Michael Stever and Kathleen Grace (West coast folk singer).

Highlights include the new upbeat version of ‘Walk On By’ which has a real head-nodding groove to it, and also the smooth-jazz influenced instrumental of ‘Close To You’ (made famous by The Carpenters).

Overall, the album is essential listening for Bacharach fans helping you to rediscover why you fell in love with his music in the first place, whereas those unfamiliar with the great songwriter may just be surprised as to how many of his songs you actually know anyway.

Find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/weallloveburtbacharach/