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Fri 18 Mar 2016
“Niall Connolly is a folk icon…Among the most vibrant, poignant, and authentic indie folk artists in New York City.” – No Depression
Niall Connolly is a compelling live performer with infectious melodies and engaging lyrics that regularly move listeners to tears and laughter. Whether it is his observations of the vibrant city of New York where he has spent the last six years, or the lives personalities, and circumstances of his fleeting encounters with strangers on the road. Connolly writes intelligently and with extraordinary clarity and curiosity. His songs have been covered by more than 20 acts worldwide, and he has spent several years touring the U.S. and Europe.
“Dancing around an indie-folk persona, Connolly holds the essence of Jackson Browne, delivery of Dylan and the edge of Joe Strummer; only Connolly is no Pretender, he is the real deal. His elegant music is effortless, awesome and moving; it is so natural, it feels instantly familiar.”
“Deeply Passionate. Engaging songs that are very much in the vein of early Dylan and showcase the strength oh his voice and the potency of his words”
– The Irish Independent
Songs For Walter
“One of my favourite discoveries of recent years” Tom Ravenscroft
“…songs that you feel have always been with you and remind you of all your favourite memories…life changing” Jacob Graham ‘The Drums’
When it comes to family, many of us keep things close to our chests. But rather than keeping his kin hidden in a old dusty photo album, Songs For Walter’s Laurie Hulme is more likely to be found making a song about them. In particular his late grandfather Walter. One listen to the Songs For Walter EP and what you’ll hear is a stunning memoir of one extraordinary fellow and his strangely wonderful world.
You could call this EP the perfect tribute. Walter was a living, breathing story himself. From his much-loved caravan holidays in Scotland and Wales brilliantly depicted by Ukulele song ‘Tin Can’, to the bittersweet romance of lead-track ‘Meet Me At The Empire’ – a tale of Laurie’s grandparents’ first date to the Empire theatre – each song is like a yellowing polaroid taking you further into another chapter of Walter’s life.
But make no mistake; this is not simply a nostalgia trip. Equally inspired by Lou Reed and John Cale’s “Songs For Drella” the two releases of the EP is a personal musical anecdote exuding the kind of rawness to only come from a self-produced release. “I really love lo-fi stuff, there’s something so much more honest about it,” explains Laurie. “What you lose in quality you gain
Blending alternative folk, pop and americana together with honest story telling. Oktoba is the project of Brighton based solo singer-songwriter Chris Athorne.
The past year and up to now has seen Chris perform at The Secret Garden Party, The Great Escape, Together The People and LeeFest festivals. Live shows have included slots at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar, support slots with Sweet Baboo, Flight Brigade and Jess Morgan and have taken him further a field to the United States. Where he played shows at The Rockwood Music Hall in New York and performed for Sofar Sounds in Chicago. All of which were part of a 20 date, 3 month stretched out tour. In January 2016 Chris was also featured in The Unsigned Guide’s Spotlight blog feature.
Oktoba’s debut album has received incredible reviews from all around the world including write ups from The Huffington Post, Groundsounds (USA), The AU review (Australia) and Indiemusic (France).
Since the records’ release in Autumn 2015 tracks ‘Run’, ‘Tongue Tied’ and ‘Smoke Signals’ have been featured throughout BBC introducing on BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris show and also being chosen twice as BBC introducing South’s Track of the Day.
‘BBC Radio 2, Bob Harris’
“You’ll really enjoy it..it’s wonderful”
‘The Huffington Post, Jane Ireland’
“I listened to it three times straight off. By the third time, I was singing along. It’s very good. »
‘BBC Introducing, Graeme Mac’
“His debut solo album, Smoke Signals, which was released in October, is as magical as the best images and tastes that the month itself can conjure up”
‘The Unsigned Guide: Spotlight’