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13 April, 2015

The Defiled Announce First Tour Of 2015

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Industrialized Metal Mob THE DEFILED will return to the UK next month for their first tour of 2015, supporting Nu-Metal legends COAL CHAMBER. The four piece step in for AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE who have had to pull out of the tour due to a personal issue. Also appearing on the bill are special guests SOIL, and openers DOPE.

‘We’re stoked to announce we are going to be joining our friends in Coal Chamber and Soil again.” Says Stitch D. “It’s been a long time since we’ve played with these guys so we can’t wait. The 17 year old me is well chuffed!’

Check out their latest video for ‘Five Minutes’ here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YvCnMfXxqE

The band have been holed up in Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in LA, working on new material with producer John ‘Lou’ Lousteau (Foo Fighters, The Birds Of Satan, Against Me!), their first since 2013’s ‘Daggers’ album. Of the recording experience, Stitch says:

“Getting to record at 606 has been such an insane experience. My two favorite bands of all time are Foo Fighters and Nirvana, so being able to record at Dave Grohl’s place – not only surrounded by all the guitars, drums and memorabilia that I grew up watching on TV and looking at in magazines, but to record on the famous sound city desk which the greatest albums of all time have been recorded on – is utterly incredible. The sound from the desk is truly like no other.

I actually used to have a picture on my wall in my bedroom when I was 13 of Kurt’s smashed guitar on the desk from when Nirvana were recording Nevermind…crazy how some things turn out”

Catch THE DEFILED at the following shows:

20.05.15 – Leeds / Stylus
21.05.15 – Norwich / THE LCR
22.05.15 – Warwick / Copper Rooms
23.05.15 – Notthingham / Rock City
24.05.15 – Glasgow / ABC
26.05.15 – Bristol / Motion
27.05.15 – Exeter / Lemon Grove
28.05.15 – Brighton / Concorde 2
29.05.15 – Wolverhampton / Wulfrun
30.05.15 – Manchester / The Ritz
31.05.15 – London / Koko

Tickets available from http://kililive.com/artists/coal-chamber


26 March, 2015

Thomas Nicholas Band Return With A New Album And UK Tour

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American Pie movie star THOMAS NICHOLAS is back with new full length album entitled ‘Security’ due for release on May 25th 2015 via PledgeMusic.  Fans can already check out the first single to be taken from the forthcoming release ‘Don’t Stop’ by clicking the link below:

Listen to the track on Soundcloud here,

Nicholas thought long and hard when it came to the process of launching his new album and decided that with PledgeMusic he could build a strong foundation for the release whilst also supporting a great cause, as PledgeMusic now offer the option to support a non profit organisation as part of your campaign. In this case, St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is the benefactor of the Thomas Nicholas Band campaign. The centre, founded in 1962 is a paediatric treatment & research facility that focuses on the treatment of catastrophic diseases.

As well as supporting this excellent cause the campaign will also offer numerous exclusive items that cannot be purchased anywhere else, including signed American Pie memorabilia and copies of the album on vinyl which is a format the band have never released music on before.

See more details on the campaign here:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thomas-nicholas-band Or  TinyURL.com/PledgeTNB

You can also check out an article here on how his iPhone played a big part in the recording process. http://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/thomas-nicholas-band-iphone

The Thomas Nicholas Band will return to the UK next month to play the below dates.

Check Out The Thomas Nicholas Band at these dates:

  • 24th April – Milton Keynes @ The Craufurd Arms
  • 25th April – Bristol @ Hit The Deck Festival
  • 26th April – Nottingham @ Hit The Deck Festival
  • 27th April – Kingston @ Banquet Records
  • 28th April – London @ Aces & Eights
  • 29th April – Swansea – The Scene
  • 30th April – London @ Tooting Tram & Social
  • 1st May – Bournemouth @ Sound Circus
  • 3rd May – Mountain Ash @ Mountain Ash Inn
  • 4th May – Cardiff @ The Moon Club


Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen Unite For New Album

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Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen

Out 18th May on Navigator Records

Bottle is the first album by the dream duo – Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen. These highly regarded artists from either side of the Atlantic have come together and mixed hardcore ‘Americana’ with hardcore ‘Anglicana’ and the results are inventive and thrilling. Made up of traditional material from both sides of the pond – and influences altogether other – Bottle, features fiddle, electric guitar, banjo and bass drum and is brimming with passion and energy. The 13 tracks include Buffalo, Logan’s Lament and Castle By the Sea from America, alongside the Copper Family’s Cats and Dogs, May Song and Whitby Lad from our own shores. The two artists met in the 1990s when they were teenagers but it was the offer of a duo appearance by a Czech festival (Folkové Prázdniny) and UK tours in 2013 and 2014 that finally provided the opportunity for them to record together. Bottle is the stunning result.

…this is a friendship that has been around, despite miles of distance and long times not speaking, punctuated by little cards or tapes, albums in the post, random nights in Massachusetts involving chicken wings.. or in Whitby or Bath, bottles of whisky and vans and caravans, petroleum-powered ships passing in the night.  It really was time we did something with all of that.. and now this album is in its little bottle backwards and forwards over the sea..(Eliza Carthy)

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American traditional music with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. Tim combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto – a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass – creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges across seven solo albums of northern roots American music and he’s appeared on more than 20 others in a breathtaking range of genres – (hardcore punk, symphonic, Oromo gospel, Czech folk rock, shape note, Afro Cuban jazz, Bosnian pop and bluegrass at last count). Eriksen’s compositions have also been featured in films including Billy Bob Thornton’s Chrystal and the documentary Behold the Earth. Eriksen’s other notable work includes contributions to Anthony Minghella’s 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades, over a twenty-six year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Joan Baez. In 2014, Eliza recorded an acclaimed duo album with her father, the legendary guitarist, Martin Carthy – and at the 2015 BBC 6Music Festival, she performed live with rap/poet Kate Tempest. Eliza was recently awarded an MBE, is an Artistic Associate of The Sage in Gateshead and vice president of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

Bottle track listing:

Logan’s Lament
Castle By the Sea
Cats and Dogs ( You Seamen Bold)
May Song
Prodigal Son
Sweet Susan
10,000 Miles
Whitby Lad (Botany Bay)
Sailor ’s Wedding/The Swiss Boy
Love Farewell


21 May – Edinburgh House Concert, EDINBURGH
22 May – ARC, Stockton Arts Centre STOCKTON ON TEES /01642 525199 / arconline.co.uk /
23 May – Hexham Gathering, Queen’s Hall, BARDON MILL / 01434 652477 www.queenshall.co.uk/
24 May – Waterdale, DONCASTER /01302 303959
25 May – Fruit, HULL /01482 221113 / www.fruitspace.co.uk/
26 May – Guildhall Arts Centre GRANTHAM /01476 406158 / www.guildhallartscentre.com/
27 May – The Live Room, Caroline Street Social Club, SALTAIRE / 01274 594021 / 07855164182 /                   www.theliveroom.info/
28 May – The Met, BURY 0161 7612216 / themet.biz/
29 May – St Pancras Old Church, LONDON / www.pulluptheroots.co.uk/
30 May – Chipping Norton Theatre, CHIPPING NORTON /01608 642350 / www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk/
31 May – National Centre for Early Music, YORK / 01904 658338 / www.ncem.co.uk/

Tom Russell Announces UK & Irish Tour

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Fri 25 BELFAST – The Real Music Club @ The Errigle Inn www.realmusicclub.com / www.errigle.com) £20 + booking fee adv / £TBC door, 8pm doors

Sat 26th PORTSTEWART (Co. Londonderry) – The Real Music Club @ The Flowerfield Arts Centre (028 7083 1400 /www.flowerfield.org / www.realmusicclub.com) £TBC + booking fee adv / £TBC door, 7.30pm doors

Sun 27: DUBLIN – Whelan’s (01 478 0766 / www.whelanslive.com) €22 euros adv / €TBC euros door, TBC doors early show

Wed 30: OXFORD – Empty Room Promotions @ St John the Evangelist Church (www.empty-rooms.com /www.wegottickets.com) £18 adv / £TBC door, 7.30pm doors


Thu 1:  LONDON – NTSOBC @ The 100 Club (020 7636 0933 / www.the100club.co.uk) £18 adv / £20 door, 7.30pm doors

Fri 2: FARNCOMBE (Surrey) – Farncombe Music Club (FMC) at St. John’s Church (01483 421520 /www.wegottickets.com/julianlewrymusic) £18 adv / £22 door, 7.00pm doors / 7.45pm show

Sat 3: FARNCOMBE (Surrey) – Farncombe Music Club (FMC) at St. John’s Church (01483 421520 /www.wegottickets.com/julianlewrymusic) £18 adv / £22 door, 7.00pm doors / 7.45pm show

Mon 5: BRIGHTON (East Sussex) – Brighthelmstone Promotions @ Komedia (0845 293 8480 /www.brighthelmstonepromotions.co.uk) £18 adv / £TBC door, doors 7.30pm

Tue 6: POCKLINGTON (East Yorkshire) – Pocklington Arts Centre (01759 301547 / www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk) £18 adv / £TBC door, 7.15pm doors

Thu 8: GATESHEAD (Tyne & Wear) – Jumpin’ Hot Club @ Caedmon Hall (0191 230 4474 or 0191 433 6965 /www.jumpinhot.com) £17 adv / door, doors 8pm

Fri 9: GLASGOW – Glasgow Americana 2015 @ St Andrews In The Square (0141 204 5151 / www.glasgowamericana.com /www.ticketweb.co.uk) £17 adv / £TBC doors, 8pm doors

Sat 10: BURY – Mr Kite Benefits @ The Met (0161 761 2216 / www.mrkite.org / www.themet.biz) £20 adv / door, 8pm doors

Sun 11th: LEEDS – The Brudenell Social Club (0113 275 2411 / www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk) £18 adv / £20 door, 7.30pm doors


19 March, 2015

Christina Martin Announces New Album And UK Tour

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(Come Undone/ToneToaster/Alive)


Christina will be touring the UK with her full band, this April/May:


Tuesday 28 April London – Half Moon
Wednesday 29 April Milton Keynes – The Stables
Thursday 30 April Bury – The Met
Friday 1 May Chester – Telfords Warehouse
Saturday 2 May Stowmarket – John Peel Centre


  • Upcoming fifth album marks a major artistic breakthrough
  • New single ‘It’ll Be Alright’ out March 30
  • New UK tour dates from the Halifax-based singer

“Martin mixes her intense and intimate character writing with her toughest and strongest music to date.  Always handy with pop melodies and arrangements, now she has more edge, and lots of blistering guitar moments to go with it.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC/Author The Top 100 Canadian Albums


Canada’s Christina Martin has announced she’ll be returning to the UK for 5 UK shows this Spring, to support the release of her fifth studio album, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ out April 20 on her own Come Undone Records

Experimentation is the lifeblood of any artist. But occasionally they experience moments when everything comes into focus, and suddenly they have opened a door to a limitless creative future. Christina Martin has reached that point on ‘It’ll Be Alright.’  The 10-song collection finds the Halifax-based singer-songwriter attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with pop-rock’s modern architects.


Born in Florida and raised in Canada’s Maritimes, Martin’s musical journey since her first release in 2002 has led to extended stays in Austin, Texas, as well as Germany, from where she has cultivated a substantial following across mainland Europe. Along the way, she has earned numerous East Coast and Music Nova Scotia Awards, and had songs placed in multiple television programs.


“With this album, I am able to say a lot more with my music than I ever have before,” Martin says. “There is growth because we are all reaching for something bigger for ourselves and the audience.” Working closely with her husband Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke, The Guthries), Martin made a conscious effort not to be bound by the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past as an alt-country artist. Although she will never shed those influences, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.


The album’s brilliance is its seamless blend of the past and present. The bridge between them is Martin’s voice, an instrument both haunting and immediate, traits that could also best describe ‘It’ll Be Alrights’ lyrical content. To say the album is Martin’s most accomplished effort to date is stating the obvious; what is remarkable is how her maturity has translated into her most accessible album to date as well.

‘It’ll Be Alright’ the single is out March 30

The album of the same name follows on April 20



  1. It’ll Be Alright
  2. Reaching Out
  3. I’ve Got A Gun
  4. Lines
  5. Puppet Museum
  6. You Ran From Me
  7. Take Me Back In A Dream
  8. You Don’t Have To Leave Tonight
  9. Things You Can’t Tell By Looking Her Way
  10. Somewhere With You


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