‘Recycle Your Regrets’: The new album from Norther-Irish songsmith Chase The River


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It seems like it takes a lot of meaningful and often heartbreaking incidents to be able to write quality songs, and Chase The River is the perfect example of this.

Some particularly scarring events have cut the talented songwriter deep, for example, he’s had his fair share of heartbreak, his father passed away, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and to top it all off, he broke his back playing rugby, but arguably, his songwriting has benefited from it.

With an honest and accessible approach to writing his music, Chase The River is a highly accessible artist whose cleverly crafted style is sure to strike a note with anyone who has the vaguest idea of decent music. Now, Chase The River is back with what he considers his best record to date, Recycle Your Regrets, which as you can tell from the title, is a very self-reflective piece of art.

Part of what makes Chase The River so appealing is his apathy in creating a ‘perfect’, polished recording. Sometimes, and particularly with his style of folk music, a slight rawness, and ‘rough around the edges’ sound compliments the vibe much better. In fact, during the recording process, which was conducted somewhat ‘on the fly’, the other musicians hadn’t even heard the material before entering the studio. As a result, there’s much more reliance on the the musicians gelling together with their craft, which helps achieve this rugged sound.

Chase The River has even performed at the Copenhagen songwriters festival, Sunflowerfest and the Pure M music awards show where he was nominated for ‘Best Irish Act’ and ‘Best EP’, and this has led to him also receiving airplay support from BBC Radio Ulster and RTE 2XM.

Having been compared to the likes of Passenger, Joe Purdy and The White Buffalo, Chase The River is the following in a strong folk tradition, but he sets himself apart with some of the finest songwriting around.

Recycle Your Regrets isn’t out until June 17th, so check out more on Chase The River below:










‘The Wild Winds’ EP by Harry Pane



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Brand new, from London based singer / songwriter Harry Pane, is his emotionally gripping new release: The Wild Winds EP. 

This EP showcases this artist’s unique style and songwriting capabilities through intriguing lyrics and memorable guitar melodies. There is an upbeat feel to tracks such as ‘Old Friend’ and ‘Into the Dark’, encompassing blues and rock ideas, while ‘Fletcher Bay’ reflects on this artist’s difficult life. Dani Castelar (REMPaulo Nutini) recorded the EP, which was funded by Island Records, after Pane won Meet & Jam’s ‘Road to the 100 Club’. As well as winning this competition, BBC Introducing have also taken an interest in his music, securing him a gig at the O2 Academy Oxford in May.

As I travel round these roads that wind, I feel my mind collide with memories when I felt alive’. These emotional words are the first uttered on this heart-warming EP. Formed from the positive memories that Pane has from when his dad was still with him, ‘Fletcher Bay’ is taken from the creative brain of a lyrical mastermind. With a beautifully crafted guitar intro, and poetic lyrics that leave the listener full of empathy for the man who wrote them, this single starts the EP in a magical place.

In complete contrast to the first track, ‘Into the Dark’ and ‘Old Friend’ provide feel good choruses, and rhythms that anyone can tap their foot to. In both tracks, electric guitar riffs and punchy drum rhythms create a different interpretation of blues rock. These have been incorporated into his already established singer / songwriter style, which ensure anyone will leave humming his distinctive lyrics.

In support of his new music, Pane has just embarked on his first UK tour. This will see him playing a selection of gigs as the headline act, and one as a BBC Introducing artist. Other artists such as Jake Bugg and The 1975 beginning their careers with BBC Introducing, can only provide hope that Harry Pane will continue to produce such high quality music.

This EP will certainly reach its full potential in a live, gig environment. Visit harrypane.com to view his upcoming concert dates, and to listen to his wonderfully engaging new music.

James Handler


Track Review: ‘Frank Sinatra’ by Lisa Richards


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Lisa Richards’ voice soothes the soul in her lead single, ‘Frank Sinatra’, taken from her upcoming album A Light From The Other Side.

Richards’ voice appears to me as a beautiful mix of the accented tones of Noisettes’ lead singer, Shinghai Shoniwa, and the calming control of Corinne Bailey Rae.

Australian-born Lisa uses the creative media of music and her fruitful songwriting abilities to explore personal issues within her album; with Richards herself professing, ‘My songs don’t quite fit anywhere. They aren’t ‘commercial’ and yet people are drawn to them, the songs speak to people.  There’s something primal and familiar about the songs, the stories, the voice.’ Her unstable childhood provided all the push she needed to fly the nest in search of a music career in the city.

Best described as a blend of soft soul, smooth jazz, with all the melancholy lyrical depth of your classic blues numbers, Lisa’s songs are set to speak to people on multiple levels.

‘Frank Sinatra’ is set to an endearingly quirky animation of emerging nature onto a hazy background; perfectly mirroring the contented sunny Sunday afternoon feel of the song

Lisa’s album A Light From The Other Side is set for release on 21st April.

Watch ‘Frank Sinatra’ here:


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Glenn Harrold makes a comeback with ‘Fading Photograph’


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It’s likely that Glenn Harrold is the world’s only multi-million selling hypnotherapist who has also forged a career in music, but this simply makes him all the more intriguing.

Glenn has found huge success with his self-help books and apps, which are sold all over the world, but having always had a passion for music and songwriting, he has turned to this as a profession too.

Having released ‘The Wayfarer’ late last year,  a song that looked into the folklore of the Peace Pilgrim, Glenn has looked much closer this time with ‘Fading Photograph’, a beautiful ballad telling the story of lost love and reminiscence.

Similarly to his last track, ‘Fading Photograph’ uses the talented vocals of Dean Rhymes, who puts Glenn’s evocative songwriting and musicianship into practice. Dean’s pure and gentle voice combines delicately with a beautifully written piano lead forming a ballad of powerful emotion, further backed up by the subtle string accompaniments.

Being a hypnotherapist and self-help author, there are lot of themes that Glenn comes across everyday including consciousness, spirituality, peace and of course, love: the central core of ‘Fading Photograph’.

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‘Freedom’: A Protest Song From Beldon Haigh


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We are living in turbulent times currently, particularly in terms of politics, and turbulent times call for drastic measures. Although the protest song can hardly be called ‘drastic’, it’s a step in the right direction to combatting the problem.

Protest songs don’t really see the light of day anymore, but America’s current situation is without a doubt a justified one for a song of protest and Beldon Haigh has done everyone a favour, writing ‘Freedom’.

The idea for the song came to Beldon in a dream and so he was quick to write it down before he forgot anything. With a delicate, folk-rock-pop style, Beldon’s song highlights the obvious problems with Trump’s presidency, adding in a touch of wit and humour for good measure.

Although Beldon is from Scotland, America’s predicament is close to his heart as his wife is a Honduran immigrant who has family in the US, fearing deportation. Also, Beldon is the father of three children, one of whom is mixed race, and he worries about the kind of image being projected to younger generations by arguably the most powerful man in the world.

‘Freedom’ is a song that campaigns for exactly what it says on the tin. It’s not full of hate, as this would only sink to Trump’s level. Instead, it is a track that acts as a call to arms for people to stand up and be counted, and this is a difficult thing for a song to do.

Find out more on Beldon Haigh here:





Glenn Harrold’s Inspired Track: ‘The Wayfarer’


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‘The Wayfarer’ is the folk-inspired new single from Glenn Harrold, who you may otherwise know as the the famed hypnotherapist and self-help author. His apps and downloads have sold over 7 million copies worldwide making him one of the biggest names in the business. However, Glenn is now branching out, using his musical talents to take a slightly different career direction.

Despite this, his career as a self-help author has created a solid platform to build a music career on. For example, many of the topics and issues that Glenn deals with in his job are ones that he writes about within his music. However, ‘The Wayfarer’, which also features the talented vocals of Dean Rhymes, stems from the inspiring story of the peace pilgrim, a woman who walked across America several times throughout her life in the name of peace. Some of the other subjects that influence Glenn’s songwriting are shamanism, spirituality, love and even veganism.

With an easy listening sound, driven by delicate folk melodies and instrumentation, Glenn’s music is perfect for sitting back and relaxing, whilst there is a strong subtext behind ‘The Wayfarer’ that you can get your intellectual teeth into as well.

Glenn’s hypnotherapy career has also led to him appearing on Steve Wright’s show, Breakfast TV and Five live.









Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla Celebrate 40th Anniversary of ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’


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Experienced celtic-rock violinist Joe O’Donnell and his band Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) are back, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Joe’s acclaimed concept album, Gaodhal’s Vision, which featured blues-rock guitar legend, Rory Gallagher.

Gaodhal’s Vision tells the story of the Milesian people leaving Egypt and setting out for the island, foretold to them by Moses, called Eire (Ireland). The album displays Joe’s fascination with the esoteric and celebrates the origins of the Celts and many distinctive aspects of their famed culture.

Noted as one of the best guitarists of all time, Rory Gallagher enjoyed a warm musical friendship with Joe. Upon the release of Gaodhal’s Vision, the album was met with positive feedback, partly due to Rory’s involvement, but also because of Joe’s innovative compositions and quality musicianship.

To mark the anniversary, Joe and Shkayla will be performing two live shows at the Coventry Belgrade Theatre on 31st March and 1st April. The live performance will be accompanied by Irish and Indian dancers, as well as narration and the original recordings of Rory’s guitar solos. As a result, the shows will be more than your average gig; they’re set to be quite the spectacle with their multi-media experiences.

Joe is a classically trained musician, but he quickly grasped the links between Celtic and Indian Music which his band now blend with an intriguing amalgamation of jazz, rock and orchestral genres.

Also, with St. Patrick’s day coming up, Joe is keen to restore the original meaning of the day of the patron saint. Being a living descendant of the people who brought St. Patrick to Ireland, Joe feels a responsibility to reclaim the true meaning through his folk inspired music and move it away from the commercialised image of drunkenness and over-indulgence.

The 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Gaodhal’s Vision is set for release 28th April 2017.

You can listen to some tracks from Gaodhal’s Vision here on SoundCloud:


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‘After Eve’ by Warsaw Radio


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‘After Eve’ is the latest single from folk-rock-pop band, Warsaw Radio. You might wonder where such a name comes from and the answer is a historical one. Front-man Brian McNamara once read about the Warsaw Radio Orchestra who continued to play their music throughout the siege of their city by the German Army in 1939. The story strongly influences McNamara, hence the band’s meaningful title.

According to McNamara “The story really inspired me. Working as an original artist in what can be a tough industry can be hard and having an inspiration like these guys in 1939 helps to keep you going”.

Produced by Jag Jago (The Maccabees, Florence Welch) and mastered by John Davis (U2, White Lies), ‘After Eve’ follows a unique narrative, imagining the scenario of Adam being separated from Eve after they banished from the garden of Eden, from Adam’s perspective. With such inspired and well thought song writing, Warsaw Radio already have an advantage over other bands due to their powerful ability to tell stories.

Rich orchestration combines with the warm and clear vocals of McNamara creating a folk influenced pop-rock sound that is sure to appeal to contemporary audiences. Along with the grandeur of an emotive string section, there is a sense of epic-ness to the music of Warsaw Radio that you can really immerse yourself in.

The band as a whole draw influences from the likes of Wilco, Fleetwood Mac and The Waterboys and they’re setting off on a UK tour which begins in their hometown of Brighton, at Komedia February 8th.








‘Call Me The Moon’ From Mark L. Oakes


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With Mark L. Oakes’ Call Me The Moon album, we are presented with a soulful and heartfelt collection of folk-rock tunes and ballads that are more than easy on the ears.

Hailing from Belgium, Mark writes enchanting melodies with deep meaning that he delivers with his signature, distinctive vocals. One can imagine that Mark’s classic Americana-folk sound would fit well as the soundtrack to a film, or even a ‘karmic road trip’, as Oakes puts in his own words.

Tracks such as ‘Shredded Jeans’ are endearing in their style; both gentle in sound through the use of humble piano lines and emotive harmonica sections, yet powerful in their build up, mainly due to the timbre of Mark’s stunning vocals.

Upon first listening, your first comparison may well be Neil Young, someone Mark notes as one of his primary influences. As well as the folk-rock God, Oakes admires the work of Tom Petty, Ryan Adams and Tucker Zimmerman.

Music aficionados will appreciate the quality production in Oakes music as well as the subtlety of instrumentation, whilst others will simply be able to appreciate the easy listening nature of what Mark is creating.

Find out more on Mark L. Oakes here:







Wiyaala Sets Up World Music Festival


Wiyaala, the superstar Ghanaian songstress, often compared to Angelique Kidjo and Grace Jones, has taken a brave step by creating a new annual music festival in the remote town of Wa in the Upper West Region set to take place on the 23rd of December.

Watch the stunning new video for Kandibanye (Had I Known) which was shot in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.


Known as the Djimba World Music Festival, the singer aka, the “Young Lioness of Africa” says: “I grew up in the region and it is very under represented. By starting the festival, I hope to shine a light on the music and art that exists in this part of Africa.  The north has a wealth of talent which is just not getting seen or heard. The festival is one of a number of steps I’m taking to encourage our musicians to showcase their talent to the world and to attract visitors to come and experience our unique way of life”

The effervescent singer, who will release her second album next year, added she was inspired to start the festival after performing at festivals in Europe including the world famous WOMAD Arts festival. “Glastonbury started with an audience of just 1500 people and I don’t see why we can’t manage at least that number and grow in years to come”

This year, Wiyaala will headline the maiden edition festival along with the Djimba World Band. Other acts appearing include, the traditional musician Stevo Atimbre in the style of the renowned King Ayisoba from the Upper East of Ghana. Reggie artist Jah Bone, local rap acts Samson B and Ghally are amongst the names also on the bill.

The festival takes place on the 23rd December at the Community Centre, Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Tickets are GHS 10 (£2) VIP (£4).

More info: https://web.facebook.com/DjimbaWorldMusicFestival/

For interviews or more information please contact Quite Great on 01223 844440

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come

Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here: