Mark Sharp and the Bicycle Thieves new release Sink or Swim out on 16th April

Mark Sharp & the Bicycle Thieves are the latest product from a thriving West Lothian music scene. The five-piece are well known for their energetic live show and have SOLD OUT every single headline gig, including venues across England, plus King Tuts, G2 and most recently St Luke’s in Glasgow, with 700 fans packing in for their biggest headline show to date.

MS&TBT Sink or Swim cover art

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Album Review: Piano Meditations by Adrian Lord

I recently shared a press release from piano composer Adrian Lord, who champions the idea that music is good for the brain. As a pianist and music lover myself, it is something that I have always believed in. I am now delighted to share my review of Adrian’s latest album Piano Meditations and the accompanying music book.

Piano Meditations CD

Piano Meditations is Adrian’s 5 track album of soothing piano music that is ideal for meditation and general relaxation. Each track has its own flow and identity and a couple of them, end in almost a cliffhanger style to keep you listening.

The track listing:

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How playing the piano helped me during lockdown 2020

This post is in collaboration with Markson Pianos. If you are looking to buy a piano, they are the piano shop that will help you out!

Let’s face it, 2020 is the year that literally changed all of our lives. The entire world was thrown into a global pandemic and as we have reached its 1 year anniversary, looking back at the past year, its amazing to say that we have survived it.

While we are yet to come out the other side, 2020 also saw small miracles happening in the form of hobbies. As many of us were left with more time on our hands than we are used to, a lot of us (including myself), dedicated this time to our existing hobbies or creating new ones for ourselves.

My piano

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Piano Composer Adrian Lord champions the principal that Music is good for the brain

Cheshire pianist and composer Adrian Lord pursued his interest in the affect that music can have on the brain following the completion of his most recent work, ‘Piano Meditations’: an extended playlist of five slow tempo piano pieces. As part of his journey, Adrian Lord interviewed Dr Andrew Budson, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School to discuss the science behind why music is good for the brain.

Adrian Lord

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Favourite Song of the Month: 2002 by Anne-Marie

I have become a big fan of singer-songwriter Anne-Marie, since watching her YouTube documentary How to be Anne-Marie and seeing her judge The Voice. She has a real bubbly, genuine personality and she truly is one of the brightest stars in the music industry.

One of my favourite songs of hers is her track 2002, which I would often hear on the radio. It is such a happy song, that makes it hard to ignore. After watching the music video, it’s clear that the song is also a tribute to Anne-Marie’s favourite popular Britney Spears. This is also evident in the lyrics of 2002 that features the line hit me baby one more time, as well as the music video being set against the backdrop of a high school.

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