Tuesday, March 31, 2009


To proclaim Shaun T Hunter as the Shakespeare of song-writing, is completely vindicated with the release later this month of the Quite Rebellion’s first album “Thinnest hopes magnified”.

The deepness and substance of the lyrics throughout the 11 track album, is the perfect platform for Shaun’s incredible vocal dexterity, add the musicianship of Jay Stannard (Cajon/Drums/Keys/Bass/FX/Engineer) and Liz Nicholas (Flute/Clarinet/Recorders of all shapes and sizes) and the musical symmetry is complete.

The three musicians, armed with instruments, a 16 track recorder, a laptop and three microphones, travelled to play to appreciative ears in houses of different shapes and sizes throughout the UK. Starting in Helensburgh, across to the Holy Island Lindisfarne, down to Lowestoft, pushed by a south easterly breeze onwards to Hastings, west to the Pendine Bay, concluding in Keswick to create an album, which is at times haunting and dramatical, and at other times gives a feeling of flowing on a river of musically fresh and clear freedom, which cleanses the system of the over-hyped blandness that engulfs much of 21st century life.

This is definitely a must-buy album from a singer-songwriter, who is always stretching the musical boundaries of himself and fellow band members, allowing the listener to un-earth lyrical gems with each new play.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Michael Parkinson described Edwina Hayes as “A very talented young lady,” her recent performance at Mr Bens in Leeds reiterated her standing as one of the finest female singer-songwriters this country has produced for many a long year. The deep red lighting and low ceiling, gave the evening a warmth that intensified with the rich claret voice of Edwina. The quote that “opposites attract” was on show as many of her songs are sad and melancholic, but are sung by an out-going and effervescent singer. It is easy to see how her delivery of songs won her acclaim and recognition in Nashville from her US contemparies, and surely no-one has covered Don McLean’s “Vincent” with more panache. After the success of her 2008 album “Pour me a drink,” and the recent news that her cover of Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home,” is to be included in this years film ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ starring Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin and Joan Cussack, Edwina’s world-wide fan-base are eagerly awaiting the release of her next album later this year, as this ‘very talented young lady’ continues to enthral and captivate all who hear or see her.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


To West Yorkshire band, Scars on 45, after their track “Beautys Running Wild” was used on CSI NEW YORK recently. The footage can be viewed via the link below and starts approximately 2 minutes into the clip.

To Leeds band, Hope and Social, who will be playing at this years Glastonbury Festival. They are booked to play a slot on the Thursday in the Half Moon tent.

To Hee Haw Sessions for packing out Santiago in Leeds with the recent performance by Peter Bruntnell, which was his only visit to the North of England on his current tour.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Raised within a family of musicians, it was obvious from a young age that Rosie Doonan would eventually perform and command respect within the music industry. An accomplished Sax player and guitarist, it is vocally where Rosie stands out from the crowd, as she delivers a body-full of enthusiasm throughout her sets. Being equally comfortable as a solo-performer or fronting the Rosie Doonan Band, Rosie has now also formed an all-female trio in the shape of Rosie Doonan and the Snapdragons. Featuring Cellist Sarah Smout and the multi-talented Katriona Gilmore, the band are quickly establishing themselves as a “must see” band. As Rosie’s star begins to shine ever higher and brighter, the recent announcement that her eagerly awaited album, will be released in the early summer, was the news here legion of fans craved. For the album, Rosie has brought together an impressive array of musicians to surround her with instrumental depth, and thus allowing her personality and musical class to shine through.

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Monday, March 02, 2009


Awesome is the only word to describe Factory Street Studios and the transformation of an old mill complex in to a high class modern music recording studio. Husband and wife team of Amy and Alex Eden, with the help of family and friends, have created an oasis for musicians within the West Yorkshire boundary and beyond. Recently opened by music legend Feargal Sharkey and MP Gerry Sutcliffe, the venue is destined to be the hub of West Yorkshire musical talent for many years to come. Having experienced one of the seven rehearsal rooms at first hand, the quality is second to none, coupled with the latest technology available within the recording studio, a shop, chill-out area and even an in-house instrument repair service, the complex covers everything an artist could require and more besides. Leeds Music Promotions Ltd do not usually promote a particular venue above any other, however on this occasion we highly recommend any artist looking for a recording or rehearsal venue to contact Factory Street Studios at the earliest opportunity.