Songstress’s Voice Wows BBC Radio and Releases First Single

Samantha Durnan from the North East of England releases her first single, already praised by BBC Introducing and Radio 1 for her voice, acoustic and alternative rock band arrangements. Samantha worked on her self-titled EP containing her forthcoming single Who Would Have Thought, while on tour supporting Ed Sheeran, Kate Nash, the Hooziers and Beverley Knight. Samantha Durnan, living in the UK’s North East, started writing and playing her own songs on guitar before she knew about eye-liner. INSTRUMENTS Although she works with a backing band, Samantha is one of those people who accomplished all the instruments she wanted in her songs, which she has been writing and performing as much as she can from the earliest age. Encouraged to work hard by responses to her talent, Samantha was praised by Jen and Ally from Radio One who gave her airplay and commented “Wow, what a voice”. Inspired by current and classic alternative rock artists alike including Stevie Nicks, KT Tunstall and Michelle Branch, Samantha is moving to London to further progress her burgeoning music career. In 2013 she quit her day job to focus on music full time. PERFORMED Samantha has performed extensively across venues in the North East […]

Virtuoso Iranian Hand Drummer visits Cornwall in April

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi live in Berlin in 2013 More about Mohammad An international award-winning Iranian musician and composer is performing in Falmouth on April 26th as part of his world tour, with 25 concerts from last year’s WOMAD via Shanghai, Germany, Peking, Sweden and Cornwall.  Support Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is a traditional Persian hand drum player (Tombak & Daf) who performed at the Film Festival in Hamburg in support of Iranian film director Jafar Panahi. This Is Not a Film is a documentary by Panahi made in 2011 about his ban from working and subsequent imprisonment. Hollywood names including Steven Spielberg, Juliette Binoche and Michael Moore have also joined the cause of Project 20 to campaign for his release. In Project 20, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi plays for 20 minutes, the number reflecting the years that Panahi has been banned from working. The rhythm replays Panahi’s heartbeat recorded while he is locked away in prison, Mortazavi projects the director’s “anguish, anger and determination to break through constraints and limitations,” says the project-20.org website. Acoustics The event taking place at the Performance Centre, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, is organised by Christina Kyle as her final project for the Creative Events Management course. […]