Rock legend Robert Plant and his latest ensemble, the Sensational Space Shifters have been wowing audiences. With storming, wide-open versions of such Zeppelin classics as Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love and Rock and Roll. Where lead guitar blends with the Gambian riti, a one-stringed fiddle played by Juldeh Camara. “It’s a far-out collision of styles, very infectious and fluid”. Though his contribution to Pop Culture began with his work with Led Zeppelin, his path since has been uncompromising: keep it fresh, spin the bottle, dig deep, embrace the past – visit it – celebrate it – but don’t build a home in it.
EUROPE - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - the hit that started it all for them! To think this is almost 30 years ago now - "we hardly recognise ourselves!" Whilst this was an important chapter in their lives, EUROPE have evolved over the decades and they still love what they do today, bringing power and emotion! They have got some great surprises in store for their 10th studio album which is currently in the pipeline, so stay tuned!
Billy Strings (born William Apostol) is an American guitarist and bluegrass musician. Rolling Stone named Strings one of the Top Ten New Country Artists to Know in 2017. In 2018, Rolling Stone published an article entitled "Bluegrass Prodigy Billy Strings Plots 2018 Spring Tour," saying, "Billy Strings doesn't have any trouble living up to his name. He is one of the latest breakneck guitar pickers to emerge in the bluegrass world."
Mike Peters is best known as the lead singer of The Alarm. After the band split up in 1991, Mike wrote and released solo work, before reconstituting The Alarm in 2000. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Foundation, a wonderful charity promoting bone marrow donation and saving the lives of cancer victims. Mike was also the lead vocalist for Big Country for a couple of years as well as The Alarm. Full of drive and enthusiasm, Mike is hugely charismatic in real life as well as up on stage. A truly gifted performer.
One of the biggest misconceptions to most people is that Hootie & The Blowfish became an overnight success in 1994 when their debut album Cracked Rear View, moved over 16 million copies (and counting) in the U. S. alone. What most people don’t know was that the album’s triumph came after a decade of hard work.
In December of 2018, the band appeared on the Today Show to announce a return to full-time touring along with news of a forthcoming album. The 2019 Group Therapy Tour saw the band play to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and Canada, including two nights at the iconic Madison Square Garden, as well as a run of shows throughout the U.K. and Ireland. The triumphant return to the road earned Hootie & the Blowfish several prominent profiles recognizing their important musical legacy, including the cover story of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section. On November 1, 2019, they released their first new music in nearly 15 years with Imperfect Circle, named one of the “biggest albums to hear this season” by Entertainment Weekly and featuring radio single “Hold On.”
“A greatest hits? I never thought we’ d even get to make a single,” chuckles Scouting For Girls singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist Roy Stride. “When we started all those years ago, all I wanted to do was make music with my mates. If it went really well we thought we might earn enough to give up our day jobs. ”It’ s too late for that of course. Over the course of three sparkling, life-affirming, Top 10 albums the UK band Scouting For Girls have made the journey from playing pubs in Harrow and Ruislip to headlining Wembley Arena. This, then, is the tale of three friends who followed their dream, seduced a nation and sold two million records along the way.
Vampire Weekend is an American indie rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. Mixing well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of indie music in the late 2000s and 2010s. The band's fourth album, Father of the Bride, was released in 2019, again winning Best Alternative Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Album of the Year.
UK band Elbow were one of the brightest discoveries of 2001, their first single, “Newborn”, gaining a Single of the Week from both the NME and The Independent alongside ranking in many paper’s end of year charts for that year. Lead singer, Guy Garvey, fronts the band who are all approaching their fortieth birthdays and have been together since their late teens. The elbow of 2014 are both the same and markedly different to those five lads of 1992. Always critically respected, from their debut EP, ‘Noisebox’, a self-release that landed in John Peel’s Festive 50 of 1998, through the Mercury nominated debut of ‘Asleep In The Back’ (2001) to the current day. Still the only band to score four consecutive 9/10 album reviews in NME, the band may now have Mercury, BRIT and Ivor Novello awards to their name and graduated from halls to arenas, inside pages to front covers, best kept secrets to globally recognized names, festival second stages to main stage headlines but their core motivation remains that stated by Guy on the release of debut single proper ‘Newborn’ in 1999: ‘It’s not very fashionable to give a shit about anything but, for us, both lyrically and musically it has to be sincere’.
When President Abraham Lincoln signed Gallaudet's charter as created by Congress, our country created a beacon in the world for visual learning, visual language, social justice and full rights for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. This singular act recognized the importance of higher education to advance the lives and opportunities of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Consequently, Gallaudet is the go-to source of knowledge about the deaf and signing community - a hub of history, achievement and inspiration.
Madness are one of the most recognized and probably the most successful English ska bands of all time. Originating from Camden Town, London, they formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with their most recognized line-up of seven members. Madness are currently in the middle of a major tour and recently performed at Buckingham Palace and the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Checkout their website for tour dates and tickets as well as downloads and some fantastic media.
WHO THE %#!* IS SARASIN? Forged in the steel mills of gritty Hamilton, Ontario, Sarasin has been satisfying the palette of “The Hammer’s” Metalheads for 30+ years. As visionaries, they recorded their 1st indie EP in the 1980’s long before other bands realized it was possible. However unlike the fame seeking “poser” bands of that era they did it quite simply for their fans. Whether playing a dingy local bar or on the stage of a concert hall, the throttle is always fully open. Unpretentious persistence has kept this band driving forward with their heads down simply doing what they love, smashing their fans in the face with hard hitting, pulse driving Metal.
Known in Hard Rock circles for being the band that saw the musical debut of drummer Jason Bonham, Airrace was the brainchild of former More guitarist Laurie Mansworth. Following the acclaimed 1984 release of their debut album, ’Shaft Of Light’, the band supported rock titans such as Queen, AC/DC and Meat Loaf, but they parted company in 1985. It took a 25th anniversary reissue of the record to reunite the group (with a slightly amended line-up), and they eventually issued a second album, ‘Back To The Start’, via Frontiers in 2011. A third Airrace album in their off-and-on 35 year existence looked unlikely when guitarist and band leader Laurie Mansworth put the band on ice a few years back to concentrate on managing The Treatment, and even less so when soon after a new line up came together, Keith Murrell departed. However, Mansworth returned in 2017 with a new line up and a new studio album Untold Stories, released by Frontiers Music Srl on August 10th 2018. An opening salvo from the record arrived in September 2017 with a single entitled 'Eyes Like Ice'. Untold Stories has been hailed as one of the best AOR albums of 2018, typically receiving #1 ratings across the industry and ARfm's Album Of The Year 2018.
Secret Service is a legendary Swedish pop/new wave band, originally formed 1979. Ola Hakansson, former vocalist of Ola & The Janglers teamed up with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg to write a few songs that they submitted to the European Song Contest. Besides Ola Hakansson (vocals), Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg (keyboards), the original lineup included Tonny Lindberg (guitars), Leif Paulsen (bass) and Leif Johansson (drums).? Secret Service's first single "Oh Susie" became a hit in Sweden as well as parts of Europe and South America, it was number 1 in 29 countries. "Ten O'clock Postman" became another hit and the title of the next album. Other successes followed, their synthesizer based number "Flash in the Night", hitting the charts all over continental Europe, as well as the duet with ex-ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog, "The Way You Are". Ulf and Tim re-assembled the band 2006, with a new lineup. Because of family and business reasons Ola decided to not join the band. So together with Mats Lindberg (bass) they invited Mikael Erlandsson (vocals and guitar) Johan Becker (vocals and guitar) and Jaime Borger (drums) to join the new live version of the band. Since then the band has been successfully touring.
Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri is a Singer, Keyboardist and Producer. He has collaborated with many artist such as James Christian (House Of Lords), Robin Beck, David Forbes (Boulevard), Nick Workman (Vega, Kick), Moon Calhoun, Jeff Paris, Frank Nemola (Vasco Rossi), Michele Luppi (Whitesnake, Secret Sphere), Alessandro Del Vecchio, Rob Marcello (Danger Danger), David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Cirlce).
Wheels Of Fire: “Hollywood Rocks” 2010 (Singer, Keyboardist, Producer) “Up For Anything” 2012 (Singer, Producer)
Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen is easily one of the hardest working people in music, and an artist that defies being pigeonholed by genre. She will forever be known as the vocalist for melancholic metallers "The Gathering". Since striking out on her own in 2007, she has solidified a solo career, recorded and performed multiple times with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend, and lending her honey-sweet, yet powerful voice to the likes of Anathema, Icelandic folk group Árstíðir, Within Temptation, Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Moonspell, John Wetton and Napalm Death. This has provided Anneke with a huge catalogue to choose from as a live performer, but it has also created a certain amount of confusion amongst her fans which has led to the creation of a new group, VUUR, a band that features some of the best heavy metal players in the Netherlands.
VUUR released their full-length debut in October 2017 on InsideOut Music. From there the band hit stages across Europe and beyond. Make no mistake: VUUR is a band and not a project, meaning that Anneke will focus on new material as well as the heavier side of her previous outings.
Boris Carloff's origins stemmed from studying classical violin and his first band Palm Beat was formed in 2003. He later played with several other projects and as producer he collaborated with acts including Krystof and Wohnout. His first solo EP, Good Stuff was released by Red Salamanda Records in 2004 and his debut full-length album The Escapist was released in 2012. The album reflects on the passing of Carloff's brother and father in the two years prior. It includes guest performances by Doug Yowell and Ghetto Priest. The album won Apollo Award for the Best Album of the Year. He was also nominated in five categories of the Czech Andel Awards, while winning two: Video of The Year for Falling and The Best Electronic Album.
Based out of Westchester County, New York, Kevin fronts the rock band “Big Guns”. In the style of skid row, nickleback Bon Jovi, Big Guns have been together on and off since 1995. A recent reunion went over so well with so much response they decided to get back to work again. Mostly for fun, they all have "paying" jobs, Big Guns can be seen back on the New York Rock circuit. Kevin toured Europe, Paris, France, Portugal, and Spain in 1996 and on another project with a guitarist named Jimmy Packes. stayed and did some work in East Sussex UK at Stanbridge Studios.
The sympathetic singer from Switzerland has experienced a lot in the last 23 years. From one day to the next, her life has changed from the Embassy secretary, to a successful artistic life. Her CV was completely rewritten in 1995 with today's evergreen "Take your time again" (Nimm dir wieder einmal Zeit). By winning the Grand Prix of Folk Music on September 2, 1995 in Vienna, Austria, she has taken the professional career of a singer. Since that day, she has dedicated her life and profession exclusively to songs and stage - with the Staffords on Stage - Stageprompter!
"When I was a kid I used to play to impress. Nowadays, I only play to express. My sanity depends upon it."
Without a doubt, Todd Sharpville is one of the most soulful blues guitarists in the world today along with having a burgeoning reputation for being an incredibly sought-after songwriter & lyricist: a veritable “Randy Newman of the blues”! Additionally, his shows are famed for being highly intense affairs, emotionally charged and full of spirit. One of a small minority of British acts who’s a regular “face” on the international touring circuit, Sharpville is in the process of taking the USA by storm and reminding blues fans around the world of the invaluable contribution that Britain still offers to blues culture.
Blues ConFusion was formed in 2013. Phil Bourgault met Deb Gill at the Hills Blues Club and Phil gave Deb a CD of his original songs. Deb was impressed and they decided to sing Phil’s original music as a duo at open mic nights. Phil then asked Guy Slingerland to join them on drums and Deb introduced bass player Peter Hackett. There was an immediate creative buzz and the band has played at various gigs in the Perth Hills. They play a mix of Phil’s original music and covers of blues and jazz blues artists. They are currently recording a CD of Phil’s original music with Fenton Oldmeadow at his Gemsound studio. They are well known in the Perth Hills music scene and were consistent contributors to the Hills Blues Club.