"...a fresh and exciting new sound..." - Closer
"...anthemic..." - Ultimate Music
Twinnie has released a new video for her latest single Home, out on 1st July 2016 via TLM Records and available to pre-order on iTunes.
The video premiered on Closer Online and has already had a huge amount of support on social media from Twinnie's celebrity friends and family. It is available to watch now on Twinnie's YouTube channel.
You can also stream the single, which premiered on Ultimate Music, now via Twinnie's Soundcloud page.
Home is a heart wrenching and defiant track about losing love with a swelling chorus and soaring vocal hooks that beautifully narrate the journey of a break-up. The feeling on the single is reminiscent of artists such as The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, whilst also transcending into a more traditional pop feel akin to the likes of Ella Henderson. Twinnie is bringing a new edge and is a fresh new face to the country pop music scene - a welcome change from the dated look and feel of the genre.
Twinnie is best known for her role as Porsche McQueen on popular UK soap Hollyoaks but her love affair with music is long standing. Not only has she secured a publishing deal with Universal, she has performed backing vocals for the likes of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines and BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge), Brian May and Roger Taylor to name but a few. Although her roots are in England, Twinnie also travels often to LA and Nashville, working alongside critically acclaimed songwriters behind artists such as Pink, James Bay, The Shires and Jason Mraz.
Twinnie’s first single Cool reached number 2 in the iTunes county charts and she has already received support from the likes of Heat Magazine, Digital Spy and Songwriting Magazine. Twinnie is now focusing her talents solely on music, particularly her own solo material, to great effect.
Home is out on 1st July 2016 via TLM Records and available to pre-order on iTunes.
”…beautiful...” - Folk Radio
”…an immersive cinematic soundscape…” - fRoots Magazine
”…beguiling…” - The Skinny
To celebrate the release of her critically acclaimed album Summer Isles, Mairearad Green is currently touring the UK and has shared a free stream of the album exclusively on The National.
The tour kicked off at the end of May with Mairearad performing at BBC Radio Scotland's The Quay Sessions as well as Brew At The Bog festival in Inverness. Mairearad will now conclude her second leg of the tour in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Alongside the exclusive stream, Mairearad has released album track The Island, which premiered on Folk Radio UK and is available to stream via the ABoF Soundcloud page and available to buy on Bandcamp now.
Mairearad will be supported by Hector MacInnes; a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and audio producer from the Isle of Skye. Hector has worked with some of the finest acts in Scotland's folk and acoustic scenes including Dàimh, Fras and Amy Henderson as well as performing guest vocals on Mairearad’s Summer Isles album.
Along with Hector (vocals, drums, bass), joining Mairearad onstage will be producer and multi-instrumentalist, Iain Hutchison (vocals, guitar, piano), with Mairearad herself on vocals, accordion, pipes and piano. Renowned musician and composer, Mike Vass (fiddle, guitar, vocals) completes the live line-up as he joined the band for appearances at The Quay Sessions, Brew at the Bog and The Summer Isles Festival.
Having grown up in the Scottish Highlands and performed in various folk bands, The Summer Isles and the folk tradition are deeply rooted in Mairearad Green’s composition. Summer Isles is an exquisite collection of acoustic, folk and cinematic vignettes that create a listening experience that is sonically rich. Each song tells a story of the islands’ history, embracing a contrasting emotion from track to track.
Summer Isles received praise from a range of publications including The Scotsman, The List, Folk Radio, Songlines, R2 Magazine and Songwriting Magazine to name but a few. Mairearad has also become a leading figure in the folk festival world; performing at the likes of Celtic Connections Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Tonder Folk Festival. In
addition to these tour dates Mairearad will also be the festival director, as well as performer, at The Summer Isles Festival in August.
You can catch Mairearad Green perform in the following cities with tickets available via Mairearad's website:
27th June - The Green Note - London - Tickets
28th June - The Cumberland Arms - Newcastle - Tickets
29th June - The Hug and Pint - Glasgow - Tickets
The Island and Summer Isles is out now via Buie Records and available to buy on Bandcamp.
"...a powerful mix which draws the listener in."
- For Folk's Sake
"...a newcomer to contemporary folk music but whom we feel will be making her mark..." - Folk Radio
Yvonne McDonnell has released her beautiful and inspiring new EP Not Her Own, out now via Reality Is Over and is available to buy on iTunes.
You can listen to an exclusive stream of the EP now via Conversations About Her.
The video for single I'm Not This Layer Of Skin premiered on For Folk's Sake and is available to watch via Yvonne's YouTube channel now.
Talking about the video, Yvonne explains it is "for every woman who has ever felt ashamed because they don’t look how the media says is right. We are sisters, mothers, daughters, friends and lovers. There is so much more to us than what we are so wrongly often defined by. We are not just our layer of skin. The video will challenge the shallow portrayal of women in the media, art and other influential outlets. It will celebrate the mind and substance behind women".
You can also stream the audio for I'm Not This Layer Of Skin via Yvonne's Soundcloud page.
Not Her Own is all about empowerment; about having the ability to positively stand up to life’s daily struggles, delivered through the effervescent beauty of Yvonne’s emotive vocals. Yvonne is not only inspired by musical influences such as Nick Cave and Joanna Newsom, but also by poets such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edgar Allen Poe, helping to inspire her to write the opening tracks I’m Not This Layer Of Skin and The Savages. Both these songs are skilfully written and performed with the same story-telling charm that has worked so well for to the likes of Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan and Kate Rusby. McDonnell’s hypnotic vocal remains centre-stage throughout the four track EP, with her unique vibrato blending in effortlessly with the warped guitars and hypnotic violin, a clear nod to her Irish roots.
Originally from East London, Yvonne started performing acoustically in 2012 at university in Portsmouth. She soon got addicted to the live circuit and was later joined by violinist Maria Kroon - who also contributes heavily on Not Her Own. Yvonne’s debut EP Endless Soul received praise from the likes of Gigslutz and Pure M Magazine and she has also performed live sessions for Sofar Sounds in London and Cambridge amongst others. The release of Not Her Own will see Yvonne take another step up the folk ladder as she introduces the listener to a fresh, darker exploration of British modern folk.
Not Her Own is out now via Reality Is Over and available to buy on iTunes.