Broadcaster getting fabulous reviews!

Broadcaster’s new album ‘Folksploitation’ featuring Peggy Seeger is out on Monday 30th July and it’s getting great reviews (deservedly so, of course!).  Today’s Daily Mirror says “thrilling contemporary takes on old folk tunes”, and  i (the Independent’s little sister) gives it 4 stars.

Here’s what others are saying:

“Excellent! I love this!”  Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

“It’s got under my skin and I think it’s utterly beautiful”  Dave Gorman, Absolute Radio

“Every track on Folksploitation is awesome and for once I don’t hesitate to use that word. Folksploitation is a masterpiece.”  Indie Showcase

“This is sublime….. Seeger seems to be singing to us from the end of time itself – (the video) gives me goosebumps every time I watch it.” Spiral Earth

“Folksploitation has already ignited a whole new wave of interest in the woman whose voice cuts like the chant of a shamen across Broadcaster’s edgy techno beats with all the wisdom of the ages. It’s an utterly absorbing and frequently exhilarating experience. ….. Folksploitation is a thrilling, hypnotic experiment which Seeger’s die-hard fans will probably approach with trepidation. But ultimately, it’s a surprising triumph for this redoubtable singer’s capacity to push the boundaries and make her listeners think again.” Cry Me A Torch Song Blog

“(First Time Ever is) one of the most hypnotic dance tracks of the year …. It’s an emotional vocal performance from Seeger and it just gives this track to w whole other level as the two elements just compliment each other so fantastically.  This is such a vibrant and energising track that will be tearing up dance floors in clubs up and down the country. But it’s such a fantastic experimental track that really delivers so much more than you expect it to – one of the best singles of the year so far.”   Female

“It shouldn’t work but it does.”  Indie London

“A genre-defying album full of hypnotic and hook laden delights.”  Annular Media Blogspot

Liz Lawrence plays Music Week Breakout July

We’re delighted that Liz Lawrence has been selected to play Music Week’s prestigious Breakout night on July 12th at Proud, Camden.  She’ll be on stage at 8.40pm in the Acoustic Stable.  Liz will be releasing her first worldwide single, ‘Oo Song’ on 20th August.  Here’s the video:

‘First Time Ever’ on Radio 2

Thanks to the lovely Janice Long who played ‘First Time Ever’ by Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger twice on her BBC Radio 2 show last week.  As well as giving a lot of background about the track, she said: “It’s a fantastic track, I love it.”

And Chris Hawkins at 6 Music has said that he’ll be playing it a lot in July on his morning show.  We’re very happy about that.


Broadcaster & Peggy Seeger collaborate on genre-defying new release

Even for a genre-defying experimental musician like Broadcaster, reinventing a classic song is nothing if not challenging. When you’re working with folk legend Peggy Seeger for whom the song was written, Broadcaster could have been forgiven for avoiding it altogether.

‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’  was originally written by Ewan MacColl for the 21-year-old Peggy in the early days of their courtship. In the intervening 55 years, it has been covered by over 60 artists from Roberta Flack and Elvis, to Johnny Cash and Leona Lewis. Peggy regularly sings it at her concerts, but she was open to new ideas and the result is the single First Time Ever (out July 2nd), with Peggy’s poignant vocals laid against dub, groove and techno beats.

Add an inventive and original video into the mix and this is the amazing result:

Welcome to two new artists

We’re delighted to announce not one but two new additions to the Red Grape Management roster.

Black (aka Colin Vearncombe)

We’ve been a very long time admirer of Black (remember the classic ‘Wonderful Life’?).  Red Grape’s Calum MacColl has worked with Black on a number of live and studio projects over the years, including studio album ‘Between Two Churches’, recorded in South Africa.  Now Black is back writing a new album and in the meantime planning a headline UK tour for October 2012. We’ll announce the dates here very soon.  In the meantime, watch a recent performance here:

Liz Lawrence

Liz Lawrence is one of those rare young artists who is both a mesmerising performer and a talented songwriter.  Still only 21 and with her publishing already signed to Sony/ATV, her debut album ‘Bedroom Hero’ is out in Ireland and pending a full worldwide release.  A recent 3 track live EP ‘Live at No. 82’ has just been released on the Young & Lost label, showcasing her great voice and ability to write instantly memorable songs.  Here’s the official video for the deeply addictive ‘Oo Song’:

Just because it’s gorgeous

It’s been an extremely busy few weeks and I’ve been bad at keeping up with the news items, so rather than try to remember everything that’s been happening, I thought I’d just post a song that popped up on my iTunes player at random and stopped me in my tracks because it’s so good.  It’s not available to buy, but enough people like it, I might just make it available for free download.

Tickets for Jake Morley @ HMV Next Big Thing going quickly

Less than two weeks to go before Jake Morley headlines the Jazz Cafe on February 12th as part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival.  Tickets are selling fast, so if you’re planning to come along you’ll need to buy your tickets in advance to make sure you get in.  I could tell you all about it myself, but since Jake puts it so well, I’ll let him do the talking about it here:

Hafdis wins Best Female Artist in Somojo Magazine


Somojo Artists of the Year 2011

We just heard that Hafdis won the category of Best Female Artist as voted by the readers of Somojo Magazine.  Thanks so much to everyone who voted – you’re the best!

You can see all the winners here:

Congratulations also to Liam Blake (Acoustic Artist of the Year) and Sam Brookes (runner up, Folk Artist of the Year), who are both supporting Jake Morley at the HMV Next Big Thing gig at the Jazz Cafe in London on February 12th.  Tickets available here:

Hafdis nominated for Best Female Artist in SoMojo Music Awards

We’re thrilled to hear this – congratulations to Hafdis for her nomination!  Voting is taking place here:

until 30th December and the results will be announced on the 31st December.

Sam Brookes and Liam Blake, who are supporting Jake Morley at HMV’s Next Big Thing gig at the Jazz Cafe on 12th February have also been nominated in other categories, so it’s definitely worth a click to vote for all three artists.