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14 March 2020Bailey brings country, soul and blues to Birnam

Bristol-based singer Elles Bailey appears at Birnam Arts Centre on Thursday, March 19

Million sellers may still be the goal of musicians hungry for mass approval but these days success can be gauged on streaming performances, and by this yardstick Elles Bailey is doing very well indeed.

Bailey raced to over a million streams with the title track of her 2017 debut album, Wildfire and the album itself has attracted two million listeners.

The was no overnight success story. Bailey has toured relentlessly over the past decade and picked up fans across a spectrum of musical styles from soul to country to hard rock and blues.

She has also won the stamp of approval that really matters to a singer whose influences are almost all American, by recording both Wildfire and its successor, The Road I Call Home, in Nashville with top producers Brad Nowell and Steve Blackmon.

 

Elles Bailey

 

 

02 March 2020Leading European jazz festival announces programme for 2020

One of Europe’s leading jazz festivals, Jazz sous les Pommiers in Normandy, has announced its 2020 programme.

 

Held in the modest-sized town of Coutances, which becomes jazz central for the event’s duration, the festival is now in its 39th year and its latest iteration includes musicians from Armenia, Beirut, the Gambia, Portugal and the UK as well as from France and the US.

 

Ana Moura

 

The opening concert on May 15 features trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and over the next eight days, pianists Tigran Hamasyan and Kenny Barron, singer and kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh, fado singer Ana Moura, Scandinavian trio Rymden and saxophone-trumpet partnership David Liebman and Randy Brecker’s all-star quintet are among those appearing in a packed programme.

 

Full details are available from www.jazzsouslespommiers.com

10 February 2020Top Scots acts join international stars at major jazz festival

Three Scottish acts have been chosen to appear at Europe's largest outdoor jazz event, Love Supreme in Sussex this July.

Drummer Graham Costello's STRATA, pianist Fergus McCreadie's trio and singer Georgia Cecile will all appear at the festival, which takes place at Glynde, over the weekend of July 3 to 5.

They join a bill that includes spiritual saxophonist Charles Lloyd, rising London saxophonist Nuby Garcia, Brazilian boss nova master Sergio Mendes and soul stars Anita Baker, Sister Sledge and the Isley Brothers.

STRATA recently signed to Gearbox Records and expect to release the follow-up to their debut album, Obelisk. Meanwhile, McCreadie's first album, Turas continues to make waves, having won the Album of the Year title at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards as well as being shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award.

 

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