Ricky on Guitar ready for ‘Chapter II’ – new EP coming Sept 28th

RickyOnGuitar chapter 2 profile picA creative songwriter with a versatile background, Ricky on Guitar (real name Ricky Sharma) has many different strings to his bow.

A composer, writer and excellent guitarist, he is – by day – an in demand session player who has worked on some of the finest stages and with many big name producers.

However, in between those appointments, Ricky takes great pride in working on creative projects with up and coming, independent artists, as well as his own solo material.

His new EP, due on September 28th, is his second solo EP, titled simply ‘Chapter II’. Featuring a range of styles and genres, it’s a difficult one to pigeonhole – how many releases do you have in your collection which contain both hip hop and classical guitar?

However, one thing it does do is show the skill and versatility in Ricky’s locker. You can pre-order the EP now at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chapter-two-ep/id1024616497

Leo Sayer – ‘Restless Years’ LP out today through Right Track Records

A Grammy award winning singer songwriter with over 40 years in the industry, it’s no exaggeration to call Leo Sayer a legend. Responsible for dozens of hits – including the likes of ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, Roger Daltrey’s ‘Giving it all Away’, ‘Thunder in my Heart’ and more- Sayer has returned with his first studio album in 6 years. And it’s a treat.

Titled ‘Restless Years’, the album finds a performer on great raconteur form in the autumn of his career. As a result, many of the tracks take on a certain kind of appeal, Sayer’s raw vocal flowing over lyrics that deliberate on life, the world and the music industry. It’s the kind of songwriting you can only really do once you’ve actually experienced a full life, and Leo Sayer takes full advantage.

Particularly strong songs include the likes of ‘Competing with a DJ’, which sees Sayer in self-deprecating mode – a songwriter struggling to overcome the advent of easy access digital music. Then ‘How Did We Get So Old’ is a wistful look at ageing, but from an upbeat perspective which includes a lovely whistle along section.

The album is stock full of moments like these, truly enjoyable work from a songwriter still on top of his craft.

‘Relentless Years’ on iTunes / Amazon.

 

UK TOUR DATES 2015

With special guest, singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong

 

September

Wednesday 9thBIRMINGHAM JAM HOUSE

Thursday 10thMANCHESTER LOWRY

Friday 11thWORTHING ASSEMBLY HALL

Saturday 12thEAST GRINSTEAD MEAD THEATRE

Monday 14thLANCASTER GRAND THEATRE

Tuesday 15thHUNSTANTON PRINCESS THEATRE

Thursday 17thNORWICH ST ANDREWS HALL

Friday 18thBUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Saturday 19thMUSSELBURGH BRUNTON

Sunday 20th GLENROTHES ROTHES HALL

Tuesday 22ndLEEDS CITY VARIETIES

Wednesday 23rdPORTHCAWL GRAND PAVILLION

Friday 25thLONDON HIPPODROME

Saturday 26thHARLOW PLAYHOUSE

Sunday 27thMILTON KEYNES STABLES

Tuesday 29thDURHAM GALA THEATRE

 

October

Thursday 1stISLE OF WIGHT SHANKLIN THEATRE

Friday 2ndSOUTHAMPTON CONCORDE

Saturday 3rdWIMBORNE TIVOLI THEATRE

Sunday 4thBURY ST EDMUNDS APEX

Tuesday 6thLONDON HIPPODROME

Thursday 8thWOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN 2

Saturday 10thHOLMFIRTH PICTUREDOME

Sunday 11thWARRINGTON PYRAMID & PARR HALL

New EP: ‘Live on Love’ by Jess Thristan

Can you imagine world where people live without gadgets, machines and the various vagaries of the modern day? Jess Thristan can, and judging by her latest single, she quite likes the idea of it.

The video, ‘Live on Love’, can be seen above and speculates as to whether everything we use to make our lives easier actually prevents us from feeling happy and free. Deep stuff no doubt, but thankfully the message comes in the form of a fun, summery acoustic track that will stick in your head for days afterwards.

The song is taken from a brand new EP, also called ‘Live on Love’, which boasts two more tracks which are equally great. So if you’re enjoying the song above as you read this, jump on iTunes now and support independent music.

Alexander Wolfe album – ‘From the Shallows’ (inc. single ‘Trick of the Light’)

One of the most promising under the radar songwriters currently working in the UK, it’s hard to believe with songs like ‘Trick of the Light’ that Alexander Wolfe hasn’t got wider recognition over the course of his two previous albums.

His third LP, ‘From the Shallows’, is further proof that it takes more than simply talent to break the industry – if it was a pure meritocracy he would be a household name.

This third album sees Alexander Wolfe on top form, a bombastic sound which sounds huge next to the acoustic presentation of his previous album ‘Skeletons’. With full orchestrations to play with, you can tell he had fun piecing all the tracks together and working to hone them in just the right way.

If there’s any justice, this album will be the one that finds a wider audience for Alexander Wolfe. His earlier releases have gone some way to doing that, pulling together something of a cult following, but this kind of music deserves more ears.

Nuborg is back! ‘Sliding Off the Edge of the World’ album out now

Having worked throughout 2014 to bring out a series of brilliant preview singles, Nuborg (the project of a songwriter from Norway called Gunhild Nyborg) has started 2015 with the final collection of tracks. Here’s the title track – hit play before you continue reading:

As you can see, this is understated, contemplative and high quality music with a unique production approach. It’s not bombastic or in your face, but gradually grows into something genuinely epic and beautiful. This is something you could have said about any of the singles from last year, but as a full package of nine songs the effect is even bigger.

Not all the songs are as ominous as the above, and there are many lighter moments to provide contrast. It makes for a fully rounded album of ambient sound – there may not be a lot of pace to many of the songs, but this is music for the patient, and it will grow on you quicker that you expect.

Josh Healey‘s New EP ‘Lost, Found & Lost Again’ Out Now

Josh Healey’s new EP Lost, Found & Lost Again is out now and is already getting national radio play for it.

The lead track, Sometimes, starts the EP with a very relaxing and laid back feel, the acoustic guitar very subtle in the background with the vocals carrying the song. There is a hint of folk in the song which carrys the song very well, breaking the song up between verses. Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music has already been playing this track which is huge statement to how well written this track is to start off the EP.

A more upbeat track to follow with People Like You, a song to tap your feet to but a very strong message in the lyrics of the song about society today. The song helps the EP along after the lead track to show that Josh can write powerful upbeat music with strong underlining messages and make it work with more soft acoustic songs.

City of Saints has a beautiful finger picked intro that carries the song and shows off Josh’s talent on the acoustic guitar. A simple song of just Josh and his acoustic guitar in very stripped down and raw track. The title track Lost, Found & Lost Again closes the EP perfectly. The intro of acoustic guitar and piano which play throughout give the perfect accompaniment to Josh’s soft vocals in a very heartfelt track to close the EP.

Josh’s beautiful subtle tones have already been compared favourably with the legendary Nick Drake, which can’t be bad!

If you want to listen to the EP you can have a listen on SoundCloud here

The EP ‘Lost, Found & Lost Again’ is available now on iTunes here.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lost-found-lost-again-ep/id918091270

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‘Little Bird’ single from Jess Thristan out now – (Official Video)

Having already featured her Ont Sofa session prior to the release, we’re pleased to tell you that the full single of ‘Little Bird’ by Jess Thristan is available now, and here’s the full, proper video and everything:

Complete with gospel ending not heard on the acoustic version, this truly is a beautiful song which really shows off Jess Thristan’s songwriting as well as a vocal which thrives both in delicate moments as well as in it’s more powerful sections. Thristan is already picking up radio support from the BBC, and is set to continue moving forward after the success of her ‘Side by Side’ EP.

Buy Little Bird on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/little-bird-single/id924975129

And find out more about Jess Thristan online:

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