This is what A Flock of Seagulls song ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ sounds like as seven different genres

Everyone’s favourite 80’s new wave band, A Flock of Seagulls, are making a comeback!
For the first time since 1984, all four original members of the band appear on-record together for brand new album ‘Ascension’. To celebrate their return, we’re re-living the best covers of the band’s smash hit ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’. What’s clear from the variety of versions is that there’s not a corner of the music industry A Flock of Seagulls haven’t touch with their calling card hit. From stripped-back piano renditions, to pop-punk covers, and a rap homage, there’s a little something for everyone below.

Tori Amos

This renowned songstress covered the hit on her Original Sinsuality/Summer Of Sin tour in Denver, during Piano Bar Time, after confessing she had ‘gotten into this weird 80’s thing’. Despite worrying aloud that her cover might not be up to scratch, she later released the version along with the rest of the show in the 3rd CD of The Original Bootlegs. This video is a live audio recording from her show at Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO on 19 April 2005.

Buy Tori Amos – The Original Bootlegs here.

Bowling For Soup

The pop punk heroes put their stamp on the single for the 2003 reissue of Drunk Enough to Dance and their Punk Rock 101 single. Both the original and the punk cover are the theme song of the American DiC dubbed version of Saint Seiya, also known as Knights of the Zodiac. The cover is also featured in the film National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year.

Buy Bowling For Soup – Drunk Enough to Dance here.

Hidden in Plain View

This New Jersey five-piece gave I Ran (So Far Away) the post-hardcore treatment for covers compilation album Punk Goes 80’s under Fearless Records. It’s not miles away from the Bowling For Soup cover, but if you’re looking for a little more grit and a little less bounce, this is the cover for you.

Buy Punk Goes 80’s here.

Darude & Blake Lewis (Gareth Emery remix)

Well, you never have to wonder what it would sound like to cross a platinum-selling Finnish DJ, an American Idol finalist, and a trance legend with 80’s new wave. Darude and Blake Lewis covered the tune in 2008, before Gareth Emery got his hands on it, turning it into this floor-filling banger.

Nickleback

The titans of rock aired their no-frills, high-octane version during several dates of their Dark Horse tour in 2010, with guitarist Ryan Peake on lead vocal duties.

Lonely Island

The comedy duo contributed this unbeatable cover for an SNL skit entitled ‘Iran So Far’. Andy Samberg serenades Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadeinejad (Fred Armisen) with a song about their undeniable love, while Maroon 5’s Adam Levine lends his vocals for the ‘I Ran’ chorus. If you’re not sold on that information alone, know that there’s also a cameo by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Slim Thug

You’ve heard the pop punk covers, the stripped down piano versions, and the comedy takes, now it’s time to hear the rap version. American spitter Slim Thug adds a taste of the streets with his cover ‘I Run’. The track, which was featured on his 2009 album Boss of All Bosses, interpolates through his bars.

Grab a copy of Wishing: The Very Best and remind yourself of A Flock of Seagulls biggest and best.

LEAD SINGER OF ‘THE STYLISTICS’ EBAN BROWN ANNOUNCES UK TOUR & CHARITY OPENING NIGHT

Acclaimed vocalist and musician Eban Brown has announced his 2015 UK tour and Opening Night Charity Event for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Best known as the lead singer of ‘The Stylistics’, Eban’s news is sure to be excitedly received by old and new fans alike.

“It is with great honour that I announce my 2015 UK Tour as a solo artist. I have written and produced a song entitled “Eyes of a Child” for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Families need the assistance and great care that GOSH can provide, and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. As a parent myself, the thought of your child being ill is unbearable but through the help of others, we can all be making a contribution to help in some small way! All proceeds from “Eyes of a Child” will benefit the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital, with 100% of profits going to the UK’s only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.“- Eban Brown

TOUR DATES
6TH MARCH 2015, THE BROADWAY THEATRE, BARKING, ESSEX
8TH MARCH 2015, LOMAX, LIVERPOOL
13TH MARCH 2015, THE HARLINGTON, FLEET, HAMPSHIRE
14TH MARCH 2015, BAKEWELL TOWN HALL, DERBY
17TH MARCH 2015, THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM
18TH MARCH 2015, BIERKELLER THEATRE, BRISTOL
27TH MARCH 2015, THE HUB THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
28TH MARCH 2015, PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL, PLYMOUTH
4TH APRIL 2015, GLEMSFORD SOCIAL CLUB, SUDBURY, SUFFOLK
6TH APRIL 2015, TOWNGATE THEATRE, BASILDON, ESSEX

Adam Protz Releases Intangible EP – ‘Movements’

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Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!
Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS41YT2sxZ8
Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.
The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts
Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.
‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.
Keep up with Protz here:
http://www.adamprotz.com/
www.youtube.com/adamprotzmusic
www.facebook.com/adamprotzmusic
www.soundcloud.com/adam-protz
Twitter – @AdmProtz

Live Review Cody Pennington with Si Cranstoun at The Borderline

Nestled in the heart of Soho, I found myself at a small club that seemed very reminiscent of a dive bar. Posters littered the wall and the floor was a bit…sticky. It was great. I had come to The Borderline for a chance to experience Cody Pennington in person. Once the lights dimmed, he stepped onto the stage wearing his normal snazzy getup composed of a waistcoat and tie, purple shoes, and slim fit jeans. He plugged in his acoustic and introduced himself, “Good evening everyone, I’m Cody Pennington, and I’ll be starting this show out tonight.”
He started the gig with two songs from his newest EP, “To Be Me”, I’m Afraid and About Love. Gently playing the opening riff to I’m Afraid, he slowly quieted the crowd to the point of hearing a pin drop. He created an intimate atmosphere that only an acoustic and vocalist could achieve. To which he followed-up with About Love. This track was a change of pace and got the crowd tapping their feet. Very somber lyrics hid behind this happy melody and it was true story-telling at its best.
Carrying on with the upbeat-ness, Cody introduced the next song as “one we would recognize.” The kick drum pounded, while he accented the down beat with a harmonic. I had no idea what this song was until he began singing. He started the first lines of the popular song Royals, and it instantly got my attention. He morphed this song into a spawn of Rock and Pop, building up the song and bringing down the house in the chorus.
Mr. Pennington continued with a few more covers of very noticeable songs, to include Your Love by The Outfield and I Can’t Make you Love Me by American singer, Bonnie Raitt. Both incredibly emotional performances that completely pushed Cody’s vocal range to the tip-top, and that is pretty far. My jaw nearly dropped at the note Cody went for (and GOT) in the second half of Your Love.
To close the show, Cody blew the crowd away with his version of Dirty Diana by the late/great Michael Jackson. This song kept me interested from beginning to end. The crowd shared the same sentiment as they erupted in applause after his final note. This song is actual planned to be released as a single along with a music video, so be sure to look for that.
Cody Pennington only took 30 minutes (albeit not the ENTIRE 30 minutes) to swing my judgment on whether or not I would like him. From a first-person perspective, I must say, I’m a fan.

Caleidra taking a tour of High Schools!

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleidra | http://www.caleidra.com | https://twitter.com/caleidra13 | https://www.facebook.com/Caleidra | https://www.youtube.com/user/Caleidra | https://soundcloud.com/caleidra
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 (http://www.facebook.com/caleidra), a 1/4 million views on http://www.youtube.com/caleidra, 5000 followers on Twitter (http://twitter.com/caleidra13) 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:
JUNE
MON 30: BRADFORD : TITUS SALT SCHOOL
HIGHER COACH ROAD, BAILDON, SHIPLEY, WEST YORKS BD17 5RH
JULY
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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleidra | http://www.caleidra.com | https://twitter.com/caleidra13 | https://www.facebook.com/Caleidra | https://www.youtube.com/user/Caleidra | https://soundcloud.com/caleidra

Baluji Shrivastav Presents The Inner Vision Orchestra UK Tour

As seen at the 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony with Coldplay – blind and partially sighted musicians to play live around the UK
Renowned blind Indian maestro Baluji Shrivastav brings together this inspiring group of musicians from all over the world.
Baluji who is a world famous multi-instrumentalist and composer has recorded for dance, theatre, Western orchestra, Indian ensembles, Radio, TV and film, with music currently featured in Disney’s newest Film ‘Million Dollar Arm’ starring Jon Hamm from Madmen. He has recorded with celebrities such as, Massive Attack, Madness, Doves, Amorphous Androgynous, and on Shakira’s latest album. He has performed with great artists such as Stevie Wonder and Chris Martin. He also has his own Jazz ensemble Jazz Orient/Re-Orient and has recorded several albums of Indian Classical and fusion music.
This incredible orchestra of talented blind musicians from around the globe celebrates the power of music to transform lives. The Inner Vision Orchestra plays music from Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Japan, and soulful Gospel and Blues plus sublime Indian Ragas and Western Classical compositions.
The Inner Vision Orchestra are preparing themselves for a full UK tour later this year.
Baluji is excited about the upcoming tour “Each member of the Inner Vision orchestra has an extraordinary story to tell about the power of music in their lives, for example, our Iranian singer Fereshteh’s parents told her that if she would perform in public they would pour petrol on her and set it alight, but nothing and no-one will stop Fereshteh from singing. It is about amazing people using music to give their lives direction and purpose.”
Their moving and uplifting music will make these live dates truly unforgettable.  The tour will be featured in a full length documentary film.
 
Tour dates:
Leeds  – South Asian Arts Centre –  Saturday 5th July 7 – 9 pm – http://www.saa-uk.org/whatson/Inner_Vision_Orchestra-05-07-2014
London  – Rich Mix  – 25th September
Exeter  – Barnfield Theatre  – 10th October.
Suffolk – New Wolsey – 18th October
Further dates to be confirmed – see links below for more information.
Links:
http://balujimusicfoundation.org/about_us/inner-vision.php
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inner-Visions-Band/127980215996

Teenstar winner & X-Factor finalist Luke Friend getting ready for The X Factor tour!

Luke FriendSinging contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend had a great 2013, topping his Teenstar victory by making The X Factor Final! The TeenStar winner battled his way through eight live shows and the Semi-Finals, competing against eventual winner Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald in The X Factor Final!
 
Luke Friend is now set to embark on a UK wide tour with The X Factor, which starts on February 15th in Dublin with 30 dates at prestigious venues from Wembley Arena to The O2 in London.
 
Reaching The X Factor Final wasn’t the first time West Country boy Luke Friend has had music competition success, after being crowned winner of TeenStar, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens, in July 2013.
 
The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts, including singing contest winner Luke Friend, the chance to play in front of a sold-out crowd and music industry judging panel.
 
Head of Future Music  Chris Grayston remembers Luke from the TeenStar singing competition, saying “It’s great to watch Luke’s development over the years and now he’s found his own image, sound and confidence there’s nothing stopping him!”
 

Singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend now on The X Factor tour!

 
To follow in singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s footsteps, get your audition for TeenStar booked here now! For more information on the X Factor tour click here.
 
Check out singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance here:
 

Billy Joel and Fyfe Dangerfield mini warm-up tour

After a busy summer with the Guillemots, enigmatic front man Fyfe Dangerfield is embarking on a very brief solo tour with American pop record machine Billy Joel.Image

At only 3 dates it’s not really a tour but more of a brief solo foray as a warm up for a solo show on 22nd November at the Jazz Café in London. Ideal if you don’t fancy sitting through Billy Joel afterwards…
If you’re not much of a Guillemots fan or on the fence about then I can definitely recommend you check out Fyfe live. He is a fantastic songwriter and a very versatile musician who still manages to give the likes of ‘Trains to Brazil’ and ‘I Must be a Lover’ as much energy as ever.
Fyfe will be playing the classics, some covers and is also open to requests so why not pop along to the Jazz Café on the 22nd November.