Gig in the Goil Showcase Stage Announced

Award-nominated boutique festival Gig in the Goil has announced their Showcase Stage for their fifth birthday, with Luke La Volpe, Mark Sharp and the Bicycle Thieves and Vanives leading the way.

Gig in the Goil 2020

The indoor event – which returns to the stunning lochside village of Lochgoilhead from 1st – 3rd May, is well known for its promotion of upcoming artists from across Scotland, with the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Gerry Cinnamon, The Snuts & Be Charlotte gracing their stage over recent years, and this year’s milestone event promises to be even more special.

“We are delighted to secure such a strong line-up” said Event Manager Ross Coutts. “Luke & Mark are tipped for huge things at the moment with sell-out shows and festival appearances across Scotland, so we’re delighted to welcome them back to GITG as headliners, while Vanives are one of the most exciting upcoming acts in the country and we can’t wait for them to make their Lochgoilhead debut”.

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Singer/songwriter Habaka to perform in Las Vegas ahead of the release of her forthcoming album Heritage Blue

Ahead of the forthcoming release of “Heritage Blue” the new deluxe vinyl album by the 2019 BMA (Black Music Awards) Winner of “Best Female Jazz Vocalist Performer” for Las Vegas, singer/songwriter Habaka will make a number of appearances in Las Vegas, her home town.

Habaka

Habaka crowned the “Panther of Cremona”, Italy, is a 4 Octave Blues, Jazz and Gospel classic songstress-lyricist, educator, producer, and radio host.

Born in Nashville, TN from a family of musicians that played a part in our music history: Her grandfather Jeri Jackson pianist and promoter, Grandmother Irene Jackson dancer, her mother Mary Ann Jackson a dancer and jazz vocalist and her father Melvin Jackson Band leader to Bobby Bluebland 16 years, and saxophonist to the legendary B. B. King (King of the Blues) for more than a decade.

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Birmingham City University’s Dr Libby Carter comments about the potential impact of the corona virus on the upcoming Eurovision song contest

Birmingham City University’s academic Dr Libby Carter (lecturer in Event, Venue and Experience Management) has recently shared her thoughts about how the corona virus could impact the upcominh Eurovision song contest.
 
She said: “In 11 short weeks Rotterdam is expected to host the 65th Eurovision Song Contest – a contest designed with the intention to bring together different countries within Europe. However, given the outbreak and continuous spread of the coronavirus, questions will be asked about the security of the contest. 

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Mercury Prize nominees, SEED Ensemble, performed live from British Grove studios

The audio was streamed in real time in MQA to audiences in 90 Bluesound dealers across UK, Europe and South Africa.

The inaugural Master Sessions event at London’s British Grove Studios on 5 February featured the live audio stream of SEED Ensemble to audiences at Bluesound dealerships across UK, Europe and South Africa.  The event also included a music and tech-themed panel discussion moderated by British Underground’s Crispin Parry, with Justin McKenzie of Jazz re:freshed and SEED Ensemble members Cassie Kinoshi and Shirley Tetteh.

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Valentine’s Day Argentinian Highland Inspired Celtic Folk Heavy Metal event

Valentine’s Day Argentinian Highland Inspired Celtic Folk Heavy Metal event 

That thing called ‘Valentine’s Day’ is fast approaching. You might be sickeningly in love, single and miserable, single and glad of it or you might think it’s all a sham.

We’re offering you the alternative Valentine’s Day. Did somebody say ‘Argentinian Highland Inspired Celtic Folk Heavy Metal’? Yes. Yes, we did. We did that.
This Valentine’s day rather than being basic consider an alternative night out at 229 with SKILTRON!
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Dream Job Alert: The Piano Works in Farringdon and the West End is hiring for a Master of Requests.​

Are you looking for a job where you’re the centre of attention? The Master of Requests is a unique role in London, which embodies everything that The Piano Works stands for: Dance, Song requests and Non-stop live music.

The Master of Requests will become a key part of the late night venues floor team and will be the point of contact between musicians and guests.

Drew Baker Creative Director says “We employ 70 musicians and we now need a big personality to act as the messenger between our guests and the stage. Each night our band we will play 90 songs and receive over 400 requests we need someone with a huge musical knowledge to curate the repertoire. This role truly is every music fans dream job.”

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TV, Film and Theatre star Hannah Waddingham joins the cast of The Pirate Queen a West End Gala Concert

Star of Game of Thrones and Netflix Sex Education Hannah Waddingham is the latest principal cast member to be annouced for a star-studded charity gala performance of Boublil And Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen at The London Coliseum on Sunday 23 February, 2020.

Hannah Waddingham

Waddinghams 20-year theatre highlights include Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music, Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Wizard of Oz). She will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth I and will join the previously announced Rachel Tucker (Olivier nominee for Come From Away, Wicked), Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan from Collabro.

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MQA and Bluesound Team Up with British Music Tastemakers to Present ‘The Master Sessions’

LONDON / TORONTO, 7 JANUARY 2020 – Bluesound, the premium audio brand and MQA, the pioneering music technology company, are teaming up with two influential music organisations, Jazz re:freshed and British Underground, to present “The Master Sessions.” The Master Sessions is a series of live concerts, streamed in real time using MQA sound, to over 100 audio retailers around the world through Bluesound’s premium hi-res audio players. Music fans will be invited to share in a live audio experience like no other, featuring some of the UK’s leading jazz acts performing from renowned studio locations. To mark the campaign launch, a dedicated microsite TheMasterSessions.com has been published with full details on the participants and activities.

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Irish singer/songwriter Majella launches stunning single Dixie Road and EP “Majella” out on Dillon Records

Majella Yorston is delighted to announce the release of her long-awaited new EP Majella featuring a selection of her personal favourite Country music songs. Favourites such as Dixie Road, Majella’s first single release, written by Don Goodman, Mary Ann Kennedy and Pam Rose. Recorded by Lee Greenwood. It went to number 1 in America in 1985; You’re My Best Friend written by Wayland Holyfield and recorded by American country music star Don Williams. The song was the second No 1 hit for Don Williams on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart reaching No 1 in 1975 and also reaching the UK Top 40; and Half of My Mistakes written by Radney Foster and Bobby Houck. The song was inspired by the words of Benjamin Disraeli the British Prime Minister 1868 and 1874.

“I’m inspired by songs which tell stories and the best songs for this have roots in Country and Folk music” Majella said. “Most of them are already familiar to many and I hope that by introducing them to a new, younger demographic, they’ll find new fans too.”

Majella is that rare breed of talent that was born into an Irish family, with roots in County Derry, Northern Ireland where music was an important part of family life. The family formed a band and subsequently performed under the name of Majella and the Derry Airs.

Majella

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Eddie ‘Tan-Tan’ Thornton releases his Fur Elise (Single)

14 February 2020 – Eddie ‘Tan-Tan’ Thornton releases his Fur Elise (single), one of Beethoven’s popular pieces, taken from the forthcoming “The Reggae & Ska Nostalgia Album” on Handspun Records. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven.

Fur Elise (Single) taken from The Reggae & Ska Nostalgia Album

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