‘Apple Of My Eye’ are one of the most exciting acts around at the moment and they have just announced the release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December.
The London lads are originally from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin.
You may spotted the guys at a festival this summer as they played the, Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and headlining Exile festival in Sheffield.
The band describe their music as “brand new old songs” and collectively generate all their own material drawing on personal experiences and carefully arranging the music on the guitar, bouzouki, violin, double bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Catch the guys live in action here:
The bands musical talent is most certainly something to boast about, check their credentials…
Kit Massey (Violin) and Phil Cornwell (Bass) are both full time professional musicians. Cornwell is the musical director of West End musical “The Scotsboro Boys’’ and Massey was formally a violinist with the Santiago Philamonia in Chile and has worked as a session musician with artists such as Emile Sande, Dizzie Rascal, Muse and Jamie Cullum. Arran Glass (Vocals and Guitar) and Alex Scott (Mandolin) are both professional Actor-Musicians and Puppeteers who perform and compose the music for a variety of theatre and television. Chris (Bouzouki), Dan (Harmonica) and Ellie Rusbridge (Vocals) are all siblings and come from a rich folk music heritage as their parents met in a folk club and still perform in their own folk band Thornbridge.
The Mcooleys are a British born but Mallorca based trio inspired by the bands of the 60s and 70s, their music characterised by percussively strummed guitars and energetic writing. Given a contemporary twist by the members’ flair for performance and writing style the EP is out now.
For a taste of their impactful style, complete with distinctive vocals from Adam Booley, check out their track ‘What Happened Tonight’:
Formed by brothers Adam Booley (Vocal,lead guitar) and Matthew Booley (2nd vocals, drums) with best friend Jake McCann (Bass guitar), the trio are quickly building a local reputation by gigging around the island of Mallorca.
A guitar based group with their very own swagger and style, they are hoping to take their music to a wider audience with ‘Empty Blue Skies’ – starting with the full UK release of the EP.
‘Empty Blue Skies’ is available now from online stores.
You can take a listen to the band on Soundcloud:
Rolly’s Syndicate: Little Mullu: Buy the Album on iTunes at:
Rollys Syndicate are the Warwickshire based band, that are mixing contemporary blues and soul. They are now set to release a new album for the summer. Working together, Milli aids Roland with moving lyrics, whilst Ro’ brings the guitar backing.
Their music has that open air quality you only reall see in the Jazz genre. With great guitar playing and memorable lyrics, the band congregates together; to make a thoroughly enjoyable collection of moving and expressive tracks.
After a long period of co-operation with the band, Milli could no longer commit to the long term vision of the group. However, in honour of the bands history together, the Roland Syndicate decided to dedicate their debut album to Milli and her lyrical talents.
Fortunately, she happily agreed to collaborate on a short term basis. It’s for this reason that most of the lyrics in the album draw their influence from both the bands everyday life and Milli’s personal journey to this point.
The band has now picked a new vocalist from a selection of more than 30 applicants. Her name is Natalie Brown and the band tells us that she is as good as Milli!
Her background includes being the lead vocalist in the original band, StoneSoulUK from February 2006 to October 2013 (writing and performing mainly original material, as well as cover material). Natalie has also lent her vocal talents to the cover band ‘the Bottle’, whilst studying at university (1997-2000). Ontop of all this she has performed at major west midland venues such as The Yardbird, Victoria Square and The Malthouse.
Natalie Brown’s influences include Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson.
Hungarian born, Roland produced the album as part of achieving a degree at Staffordshire University. He has showcased his talents at many different live gigs such as: The Public (West Bromwich), Hare & Hounds (Birmingham), Bulls Head (Birmingham), Mixing Bowl Theatre (Birmingham). Roland said that he has played many live gigs but for him the biggest event was at the Sziget Festival.
On-top of these live shows, the group has also been featured on the ‘BBC Introducing’ series, played on Radio Warwickshire, Airplay & The Musical Journey show (live), Tweets & web mentions (Clay Lowe/SoulCuzer radio presenter), Radio Plus – Airplay & Live Room Session.
Through the years, Milli and Roland have developed a good understanding of the musical influences they wanted to follow, and thus developed a winning musical chemistry. Roland’s professionalism and creativity seemed to work well with Milli adding her soulful tones, as she is not only a talented vocalist, but also an amazing songwriter with a history in Drama and Literature.
Benny (drummer) & Luke (bass player) were both attracted to the the unique mix of Soul, contemporary Blues and a touch of jazzy elements, they both relate to in their own personal musical backgrounds.
Luke, the bass player in the band was born in Leamington Spa in 1992, picking up his first guitar at the age of 11. It was after watching the video of November Rain that Luke’s hobby turned into a lifelong passion. He has played from many names such as the African Kora players to Art rock bands and anyone else that would give him his next step into the starlight. His talent developed quickly due to dedication and his love to the art.
Benny, the band’s drummer, plays several styles including jazz, rock, blues and funk. He played in jazz trios, big bands, rock and punk bands through the years. He has recently played in the Boogie snakes and the Holly Perkins Bands. Making appearances on many different jam sessions around Oxfordshire. Bennys drum kit is a vintage Yamaha kit from 1973, Yamaha Vintage Series snare, Zildjian cymbals with Evans heads. The drummer says that his influencers are Dennis Chambers, Ed Thigpen and Zsolt Mike.
The Unique combination of styles and influences Rolly’s Syndicate produce demonstrates the colourful background of the group members, Roland’s Passion for blues from a Hungarian Background, Beni’s Amazing talent and vast experience playing with various bands and Luke’s alternative veins and passion for Jazz & World Music.
Caleidra is a young singer songwriter, who is a multi-instrumentalist with powerful raw vocal talent. Well no wonder her EP ‘Another Day’ saw so much success.
Check out this video to get an introduction to Caleidra:
To mark her 18th birthday, the young singer songwriter will be completing a tour of several high schools in the hope of inspiring other promising talent to grab their dreams of being a part of the music industry and to promote her own new found success.
The tour will also follow on from her finishing her own ‘A’ Levels, signing a global publishing deal and having one of her songs played nationally on an advert for ‘Talk Talk’ (sponsors of the X Factor!)
17 year old Caleidra first appeared on TV after a song she wrote for her GCSE music exam led to her being snapped up by one of the world’s most successful producers, John McLaughlin (Busted, 911, Westlife), and also Jud Mahoney (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown). With added assistance from Co-writer Sara Eker (Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, Dannii Minogue).
You can find Caleidra on the Internet at:
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Aside from these achievements, Caleidra has appeared on ITV Granada Reports, performed live on BBC Radio Manchester, been featured on ITV Daybreak, in teen magazines Mizz, Shout and MyBliss, Indie Music Mag and Music Week and described in the national press as:
‘Musically gifted’ (The Independent) ‘A grade A hit’ (The Metro) ‘A bright future ahead’ (The Times) ‘Something special’ (The Guardian) ‘Gifted Teenager’ (Indie Music Mag) ‘She looks like a pop star, she sounds like a pop star’ (ITV) ‘Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant!’ (BBC Radio) ‘Teen Star’ (Mizz Magazine) ‘Talented Songwriter’ (Music Week)
With over 10,000 fans on Facebook (), a 1/4 million views on , 5000 followers on Twitter () and an EP produced by one of the world’s greatest producers, John McLaughlin, Caleidra is certainly an artist to watch out for.
See below for all the dates of her upcoming Schools Tour:
MON 30: BRADFORD : TITUS SALT SCHOOL
HIGHER COACH ROAD, BAILDON, SHIPLEY, WEST YORKS BD17 5RH
TUES 1: NEWCASTLE : WALBOTTLE CAMPUS
HEXHAM ROAD, WALBOTTLE, NEWCASTLE NE15 9TP
NEWCASTLE: HEWORTH GRANGE COMMUNITY ACADEMY
HIGH LANES, GATESHEAD, TYNE AND WEAR NE10 OPT
WED 2: NEWCASTLE : THOMAS HEPBURN COMMUNITY ACADEMY
SWARDS ROAD, FELLING, GATESHEAD NE10 9UZ
THU 3: BARNSLEY : NETHERWOOD ALC
DOVE VALLEY WAY, WOMBWELL, BARNSLEY S73 8FE
FRI 4: BARNSLEY : THE DEARNE ALC
GOLDTHORPE ROAD, GOLDTHORPE, ROTHERHAM, S. YORKS S63 9EW
MON 7: MANCHESTER : PRESTWICH ARTS COLLEGE
HEYS ROAD, PRESTWICH, MANCHESTER M25 1JZ
TUE 8: DRONFIELD : THE DRONFIELD SCHOOL
GREEN LANE, DRONFIELD, SHEFFIELD S18 2FZ
WED 9: BRADFORD : HANSON SCHOOL
SUTTON AVENUE, SWAIN HOUSE ROAD, BRADFORD BD2 1JP
THU 10: WOLVERHAMPTON : MORETON SCHOOL
OLD FALLINGS LANE, BUSHBURY, WOLVERHAMPTON WV10 8BY
FRI 11: MANCHESTER : POYNTON HIGH SCHOOL
POYNTON HIGH SCHOOL, YEW TREE LANE, POYNTON, STOCKPORT SK12 1PU
The tour follows a highly successful first UK schools tour in February where she played to over 4000 pupils. Having already performed in front of thousands of people during two concerts at the Etihad Stadium, at Winterfest in Glasgow, the Salford Music Festival, Dry Live (during the Manchester International Festival) and Roadhouse alongside hosting her own radio show every Saturday on North Manchester 106.6 FM, Caleidra even at such a young age appears to be one of the hardest working artists in the industry.
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