The key reason for Fatea to exist is to support the music that we know and love. We do this through the magazine, the increasingly popular Fatea Showcase Sessions and through producing the Along The Tracks radio show for www.bluesandrootsradio.com, our first collaborative partners.
2016 saw our first venture as a media partner for the Love Folk Festival, Feb 12th and 13th at the Atkinson, Southport, for which we are doing a media, free to all at 11am on the 13th, come along and that has convinced us that we need to do more to help the life blood of the music scene, live events and particularly promoters that are willing and able to give opportunities to up and coming acts, to help them to the next level.
Fatea is extremely pleased and proud to announce that we have become official supporters of the Laurel Canyon gigs at the Saint Pancreas Old Church (SPOC). This means that going forward we will bring you advance news of their events, in order to help increase awareness of their gigs.
Why Laurel Canyon ? Quite simply because we feel they share the Fatea ethos of helping get music out there and making people realise that music is not a commodity, but a life essential and one that needs constant renewing and nurturing to keep it healthy.
Laurel Canyon have not one but two February gigs, including one featuring Lauren Housley who can be found on the current Fatea Showcase Session.
www.laurelcanyonuk.com for more details of their 2016 schedule.
St. Pancras Old Church, London - Feb 18th 2016 (Doors 7:30PM)
Laurel Canyon Music are proud to present a concert of Country and Blues at one of London's most historic and intimate venues. We are bringing together some of the most exciting new stars for a very special night of music. Our Compere for the evening will be Brian Player (Blues & Roots Radio)
Lauren Housley has one of the most vibrant and notable new voices in Britain. With a style encompassing Blues, Soul and Americana, she recently thrilled audiences at the Prudential BluesFest at the O2 in Greenwich. Lauren will be performing a very special and intimate set with her band as part of her 2016 'Sweet Surrender' album tour.
Lauren originally from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, but now based in Manchester, released her excellent debut album 'Sweet Surrender' last year. The album was written with long-time creative partner Thomas Dibb. It confirms the arrival of a vocal and song-writing presence with tinges of blues, Americana-style country, old-school soul, pop and rock, but a warm, intense and engaging style that's all her own. From the slow-burning intensity of ballads such as 'Show Me What Love Is' to 'Ghost Town Blues' with its Motown soul influences. Lauren also recently had one of the sisters from ultra-cool Swedish duo First Aid Kit guesting at one of their gigs.
Hailing from County Kildare, Megan O'Neill is one of the most exciting new entrants to the world of country pop. A graduate of University College Dublin, a previous UCD Choral Scholar and long-time musician, Megan has been working hard to hone her craft since becoming a professional singer-songwriter. Her music is a fresh mix of modern country and pop, with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements making for a very unique sound.
Currently based in London, Megan has written internationally with many notable American songwriters. 2015 saw Megan perform many high profile concerts including the C2C festival at the O2, Time Out's 'Rising Stars of Country' and a performance at JJ Abrams' Oscar Wilde party in the US. Megan's music was also featured on the season finale of the hit US TV show 'Nashville'.
Jo Rose is an excellent singer-songwriter from Manchester who headlined his first London show last year. Jo released his debut album 'Spurs' in 2014 to much critical acclaim. He also supported First Aid Kit on their UK and European tours, including a date at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in September 2014.We Used To Make Things with special guests Samantha Whates & Swallow and the Wolf
St. Pancras Old Church, London - 25th Feb, 2016 (Doors 7:30PM)
Laurel Canyon Music are proud to present a concert of indie-pop and alt-folk at one of London's most historic and intimate venues. We are bringing together some of the most exciting new stars of independent music for a very special night of music. Our guest compere for the evening will be Neil King (FATEA).
We Used to Make Things are a London-based 8 piece indie-pop band. With warm, witty lyrics, outstanding harmonies & bold melodies, this will be an electrifying live show. They will be joined by special guests Scottish singer-songwriter Samantha Whates and London based Anglo-Australian duo Swallow & the Wolf.
Advance Tickets £12 On the Door £14 (if available)
We Used to Make Things are a London-based 8 piece indie-pop band. Laced with warm witty lyrics, outstanding four piece harmonies and bold melodies, this will be an electrifying live show. WUTMT are influenced by The Kinks, The Beatles, The Turtles & The Specials and this is very evident in their vibrant and very memorable music. Great thing are ahead for the band in 2016, as they will be releasing their highly anticipated debut album.
WUTMT have built their reputation around playing ecclectic and energetic concerts. They beat 150 bands to reach the main stage of Standon Calling and have played numerous stages including The 02 Islington, Union Chapel, Ronnie Scotts, Bush Hall, The Lexingon and Cargo & major festivals including The Secret Garden Party and The Larmer Tree Festival.
Samantha Whates is a Montrose born but London based singer-songwriter. Despite living in the capital since her mid-teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition yet uniquely her own. In 2011 her debut album 'Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days' was released to critical acclaim. In 2014 she broke in to the mainstream when her cover of Leo Sayers 'I Can't Stop Loving You' was used by the Barclays Premier League in their very successful advertising campaign. Confessional, conversational and understated, Samantha has a deceptively forceful voice which will find a place deep inside your soul.
Swallow and the Wolf are a Suffolk boy and Australian girl playing songs of every day passions, extraordinary moments and unsung heroes. Their sound is a rich mix of driven and picked acoustic guitar, mercurial piano, blended vocal harmonies and deep drums. In the past year the duo has toured across the UK and Germany, supported Simone Felice, Nick Mulvey, Rachel Sermanni, Gilmore & Roberts, Jake Morley and Phildel.
Their debut EP Sunrise Mountain was self-released in 2012. Their latest EP, Fire, was released in June 2014 to positive blog and radio support.
There are only so many hours in a day and only so many gigs we can get to. We'd really like to expand our national coverage of the live scene as it remains the life blood of music.
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