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Fans of folk music, this artist may just be your musical cup of tea. Meghann Clancy is an acoustic singer-songwriter from North Yorkshire however, is now currently living and making music in Newcastle.
In December last year, she released her debut album ‘Take Flight’ after, releasing her debut single ‘Neck Of The Woods’ which was picked up by BBC Introducing, on BBC radio 6, with Tom Robinson.
‘Take Flight’ is a mixed bag, the album includes a range of upbeat tracks with a wistful sense of love, ‘Love You All Over’, as well as slightly more poignant, reflective, songs, ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’. Each track is composed of heartfelt lyrics and, sweeping cords of the piano or the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar. Both of which accentuate Meghann’s soft northern vocals. Each songs composition compliments her signing rather than drawing your attention away from the story of her lyrics. Overall this is an hidden gem of a debut album, full of raw emotion and talent.
Bands are usually a group of like-minded creative people who share an ambition to make music and share it with whoever will listen. This is certainly the case with Newcastle’s garage rock band “The Green Hour“.
In the back of a empty but warm Blue Bunny Café in Newcastle, on a particularly rainy day, which is where I caught up with a third of the band.
Unfortunately, Steve Gordon The Green Hour’s drummer was unable to make it. However vocalists Scott Young, Guitarist Nick Hodgson and Bass player Dan Murray were happy to talk, for what turned out to be more than an hour and a half about the ins and outs’ of the band.
Amongst the banter and occasional off topic tangent the various points of discussion were of course the EP and future plans for the band as well as an unexpected revelation.
First off some background, The Green Hour formed in 2010 and since then have been perfecting their garage rock sound by playing anywhere and everywhere in Newcastle.
Currently they have released their debut EP “Dance The Pony Blues” which showcases the sound they have been striving to achieve as the band explains, “ We have our style now, we wrote a load of songs but the last five are the ones on the EP.”
However they are not planning to stop just there but are instead thinking about acquiring a keyboard player to further develop their psychedelic and garage rock sound.
As well as this fans can expect a range of music from the members of the band from blues to even electronic music, “We have been discussing the idea of spending the summer recording loads of stuff under different names as well and try different things. “ And they have already started with Dan and Steve forming their side project 15:47 and promising a release in late August.
They went on to say, “but we still want to play a lot of things as The Green Hour but that’s the best part of The Green Hour, playing live…the music sounds its best live.”
This need to make more music and be create has made the band more aware that they want to be heard not just in their patch, “ It would be nice at some pint to spread out through the North East first. We have played everywhere in Newcastle, probably twice, we want to do a bit of Sunderland and Middleborough before starting to think about London but Scotland would also be a good place to start.”
Although they sound cautious about spreading their wings and moving out of the local music scene just yet it is clear they have their sights set on London. As they explain to me why, “The thing about London, it’s the way forward, some bands have come out of London make us think we should be down there.
“Playing down there is the only way of getting anywhere. Bands from London who play up here like Milk were abit boring but because they were from London they got the exposure and that’s just what we need. You gotta go there eventually – Manchester as well.”
Yet as well as the music each member is or has plans to go back to University, Scott studies Forensic Science, Nick wants to go back to English Literature and Dan to do Music Technology. This leads us to the title of the interview, “Hip-Hop loving scientists” technically that makes Scott the mad rapping scientist. However when asking them who they would to support I stumbled upon their love for rap, “Kayne West, that would be sweet … we are mad about Hip-Hop, don’t know why we bother with guitars.”
I am glad they picked up their guitars rather then the mic but it just shows you the diversity of the bands tastes. For if it takes singing to Kane West in the music booth to record the new music they are planning then each to their own. As long as they keep producing music like the tracks on their EP “Dance The Pony Blues” I am sure London one day will be calling.
You can read my review of the EP Here.
Words Ruth Edmundson
It was lovely to see Martin Longstaff – The lake Poets – in disbelief and humbled by the reception and turn out he received at the Sage last night.
During Natasha’s set you could hear a pin drop, and although she stood on stage alone, she held the stage as her own. The barrier between audience and performer was non-existent. She spoke openly about the meanings behind her songs and shared with us a few surprises including new song “Transatlantic” and “Perfect Stranger” which was new to me.
As well as that, I was taken back by her statement before playing her single “Stepping Stone” – a year ago yesterday her single was the second song she had ever written, to now be playing it at the Sage 365 days later is mind blowing !
The Union Choir, who were on stage next, brought a different more aggressive feel to the gig-compared to Natasha stripped back set. It was interesting to watch as the collective of musicians playing interments from the cello, sax, trumpet to the drums, worked together and even swap instruments to make the Union Choirs unique sound. Not a band of many words, their set was a mix of mellow tracks and moved more abrasive songs such as “Potemkin” and personal favourite “Lavender” which closed their set.
During the interlude the few seats that were not full slowly began to fill, then Martin, The Lake Poets, walked out on stage to a full house and performed a set, he himself said, that he will never forget.
The first half of his performance was solo on stage, playing crowd favourites such as “Windowsill” from the Tunstall Hill sessions. He was then joined on stage by Morris Ford and not soon after a large group of friends that made up the second half of the set turning The Lake Poets now into a band. Even Natasha was even invited back on stage to sing “Dead Tree” a song the pair are hoping to record in the future.
I will admit the music brought a tear to my eye especially when Martin sang his song about his gran, once again it was nice to see an artist feel comfortable and talk about the meaning behind their songs which made them even more poignant.
It was an incredible night for The Lake Poets, a EP launch night I am sure everyone who attend will not forget. The night felt like a collective experience with all those in the crowd. With the highlight of the night came at the very end when The Lake Poets received a well deserved standing ovation.
The Lake Poets EP is now available to download and purchase, via Gateshead label Tiny Lights
Natasha Haws will be releasing her EP on May, 14 and will be holding her EP launch on the May,12 at Sunderland Minister.
The Union Choir will be returning to the Sage along with Hyde & Beast as part of Evolution Emerging on Friday June, 1. Prior to this you can catch them live in Sunderland headlining Lone Wolf Promotions event at Independent, along with Hollywood and Vines and Mick Rolfe, on April, 21.
Photograph’s thanks to Morris Ford
Those Bear Paws, is made up of Andrew Potter from local Newcastle band Tissue Culture and Andrew Hayes, who make music which they describe as “morbid folk”.
Their EP is made up of four tracks all stripped back acoustic songs. Each song tells a story, “The first song is about growing up, the second song is about adolescence, the third song is about dying and the last song is about reflection,” Andrew from the band explains.
The fist track is an oddly upbeat yet melancholic rambling song. While the second track “Tres Miserables” is a haunting track full of teenage angst, with plenty of echo and reverb, which amplifies the rough vocals against the solo acoustic guitar. Out of the whole EP Innocence is the stand out track, it is a pleasant track to listen to, with its melodic tune that alters in pace and tone to achieve a well rounded sound. Lyrically the EP will pull at your heartstrings as demonstrated in ‘When I Die’, “I sincerely hope when I die there’s a lovers hand in twined in mine” which reflects the emotive and poetic sense of the songs. Overall the EP rather than leaving you depressed leaves you in a tranquil and reflective mood.
As the name suggests, this is an event which may make you question: ” are those involved off their heads ? ” Well Off Your Head Pet is a charity event with a twist…
Kamille Davis, a fashion student from Northumbria University, is going to have her hair cut off live throughout the night of the event taking place at The Head Of Steam in Newcastle.
The night has been organised to raise money for Sam’s Trust a children’s charity who support families of children suffering from cancer and leukaemia as well as raising funds for The Little Princesses Trust, who make wigs for girls who lose their hair because of cancer and leukaemia treatments.
While Kamillle was promoting the event on Spark FM’s Local Music Show, she explained she decided to raise money for these causes just out of charity and having been inspired by their work.
“Just come along to the event and dig deep for a really good cause”
To provide the sound track for the evening, lined up to play are three major acts including: Baron Von Alias & Mistabreeze joined by Bird Island and Tissue Culture. There will also be some comedy and surprises in store throughout the evening.
The plan is for Kamille to have her hair cut off in bits throughout the night by two of her friends ( using scissors and razors ) then to auction off the chance to cut certain bits of her hair off later in the evening. In all honesty, the guts she has to do this is incredible !
Newcastle based Fantasy Rainbow have announced they are brining out their new EP following after their summer Teens EP.
The new EP named “No Hope.Not Ever.” will be released March 19. As suggested by the pessimistic name is herald as the darker side of the band and features a number of special guests.
To follow will be the promise of a badge, limited edition 12 page “zine” designed by Fantasy Rainbow and of course a launch party and set of all tour dates soon to follow. Check out the official promo Here for more information.