Author: Flo Bannigan

Robjn – “Post-Mortem”

Robjn – “Post-Mortem”

Glance through Robjn’s website and you’ll very quickly realise that this man is all about the music. No cheesy bios, vacuous press blurb or cheeky celebrity selfies, just creativity by the bucketload. So, if the music does the talking, what does Robjn’s latest album Post-Mortem have to say? Bringing a mix of aspiration, fantasy and despair, through both musical and […]

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Hugh Kelly – “Give Me All Your Love”

Hugh Kelly – “Give Me All Your Love”

The UK’s blue-eyed, soul scene has been in resurgence recently, thanks to artists like Adele, Sam Smith and Joss Stone. But wouldn’t you like to hear a voice with a more lived-in quality? Hugh Kelly leaps out of the speakers with a tone that growls with the gravitas of life experience, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or the late Joe Cocker. […]

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Muteboy – “Smiles (Always On, Blue Jays)”

Muteboy – “Smiles (Always On, Blue Jays)”

If you raised your children on Pink Floyd, Neil Young and The Beatles, you might just get a musician like Muteboy. Otherwise known as Jeff DiLorenzo, formerly in The KickDrums and The Promise Hero, Muteboy is an artist whose provenance sets the bar pretty high. Providing an intriguing mix of experimental, electro and retro/psychedelic, Muteboy’s music brings a soft edge […]

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The Bookshop Band – “Curious and Curiouser”

The Bookshop Band – “Curious and Curiouser”

Any band that is inspired by books has got to be worth a listen. The Bookshop Band are Ben Please and Beth Porter, who express their love of books through their music and by playing it in bookshops, starting out in their local Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (make a note to pop in their next time you are […]

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Robb Murphy – “To Be A Fool”

Robb Murphy – “To Be A Fool”

Sometimes a song seems perfect for a particular day or occasion, and that’s true of Robb Murphy’s “To Be A Fool“, which provides the perfect soundtrack for April Fool’s Day. Originally released on Robb’s 2015 album “Sleep Tonight“, “To Be a Fool” isn’t a comedy song or a prank. Press “play” and absolutely nothing scary, shocking or smelly will happen. […]

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Mock Suns – “Stay True”

Mock Suns – “Stay True”

Do you remember when back in grade school there was always the group of cool kids that everyone wanted to be? Well, nearly everyone? While most people were transfixed by what the cool kids were doing, there was another group who, unnoticed and unremarked, were having a whale of a time doing their own thing, their own way, oblivious to […]

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Lorna Dea – “Little Spark”

Lorna Dea – “Little Spark”

Sometimes all you need is pop. For just those moments, meet Lorna Dea. Bubbly and up-beat, Lorna’s sound channels all-time favourites from across the decades – The Supremes, Bananarama, The Bangles, The Spice Girls, Little Mix – into a one-woman band. Her debut EP Little Spark, released on 16 March 2016, is an essential addition to any girl-power party. Little […]

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Kelly Oliver – “Bedlam”

Kelly Oliver – “Bedlam”

Being a fearless storyteller is a great starting point for any contemporary folk singer. Add to that the creativity to build stand-out instrumentation topped by a voice that is uniquely sweet and complex, and you have all the ingredients for a breakthrough folk album. That’s what I found in Kelly Oliver‘s Bedlam, released on boutique indie label Folkstock Records. It’s […]

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Wakey Wakey – “Overreactivist”

Wakey Wakey – “Overreactivist”

I first came across Wakey Wakey when I fell in love with their dog. Of course, the dog knows nothing of my devotion because I have only ever seem him on the video for Wakey Wakey’s “Homeless Poets”. Nevertheless, the pooch’s capacity to take the role of super-hero pup and make it his own stole my heart. The song was […]

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New Desert Blues – “To Be My Own”

New Desert Blues – “To Be My Own”

There is a certain excitement in discovering a new band just as they hit their stride. With the release of the profoundly-titled To Be My Own, New Desert Blues presents an assured and consistent debut album. This is a band that knows their style and inhabits it confidently. Within the unique blend of indie, alt-rock and classic pop that defines […]

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Michael Burk – “Beyond The Horizon”

Michael Burk – “Beyond The Horizon”

If you have ever needed a song to lift you up and focus you on achieving your dreams, you just found it in Michael Burk’s “Beyond the Horizon”. When I first heard this song blasting across my living room I assumed it was from a piece of musical theatre, but my inner musical theatre geek was getting the better of […]

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David Bradford – “Elemental Evolution”

David Bradford – “Elemental Evolution”

Written and performed by Pennsylvania-based, multi-instrumentalist David Bradford, “Elemental Evolution” is a track that any rock fan will be delighted to add to their collection. Not only does it have the driving beat and insistent guitar riffs that demand you dance round your living room (or tap your feet if you are on a train or anywhere else where dancing […]

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Top 10 musical theatre moments to watch in 2016

Top 10 musical theatre moments to watch in 2016

As is fairly obvious, I am a massive fan of musical theatre. So, to celebrate the new year, I am going to share my top 10 musical theatre moments to watch in 2016, in no particular order. So, without further ado, lets begin. (Before I begin, I have to mention, closing in February 2016 is Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean […]

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Beth Ford – “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”

Beth Ford – “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”

Born at the turn of the millennium, into a family whose singing roots blend English church choirs with harmonies from the Welsh Valleys, Beth really was the child who could sing before she could talk. Beth’s voice is described as ‘beautiful’, ‘hypnotic’ and ‘mesmerising’ and she certainly brings an ethereal resonance to her cover of the vaudeville classic ‘I’m Always […]

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Helen Connelly – Live a Lie

Helen Connelly – Live a Lie

Helen Connelly may be tiny (at only 4ft 10 she’s a lot shorter than me!), but she has a big voice. She is often asked, “Where does that voice come from?”, after performing live. In listening to her music, the first thing I noticed was her distinctive and unusual voice. I am always drawn to individuality. I like to listen […]

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Optivion – “Free Unicorn”

Optivion – “Free Unicorn”

Optivion is a duo consisting of Alex (lead vocalist, percussion, harmonica, guitar) and Rie (backing vocalist). Alex is from Atlanta, Georgia and Rie is from Japan. They met in Tokyo and released an album called Free Unicorn in February this year. The band is now getting more exposure in Florida and beyond. The album Free Unicorn was written and recorded […]

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Jay Woodward ‘Blue Sky Blue’

Jay Woodward ‘Blue Sky Blue’

Jay Woodward ‘Blue Sky Blue’ Jay Woodward is a singer songwriter who contacted me on Twitter and very kindly sent me some of his music. At first what stood out to me about Jay’s music was the relaxing melody, but when I listened to the song a few times I noticed the meaningful lyrics. Jay’s songs are based on his […]

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In Hoodies ‘She Got Caught’

In Hoodies ‘She Got Caught’

When I first heard ‘She Got Caught’, I instantly fell in love with it. Everything about the song makes it something I’d want to listen to all the time, as different moods. The melody is quite relaxing and calm, but there is a certain quality to it that is more than that, and it adds another level to the music […]

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