Music Mirror reflects on Gram Holli and the Berries’ release “The Woods”

Gram Holli and the Berries with Cornershop’s Drummer Andy Return from Tour to Release Album These lads from Lancashire say they are “born in Leigh, not On Sea, but on a navigation, absconded to Atherton, biked to Bolton, and were produced in Preston.” They’re fresh off a tour through Europe having played gigs in such places as Manchester, Milan and Munich. The British Invasion is not over, boys and girls. Get ready for the second wave! Lancashire Lads ” Gram Holli and the Berries” are on the way. This Brit band was “born in Leigh, not On Sea, but on a navigation, absconded to Atherton, biked to Bolton, and were produced in Preston.” They’re fresh off a tour through Europe having played gigs in such places as Manchester, Milan and Munich. Who are these Lancastrian lads? The Lancashire Lads are: “Gram Holli” (lead vocals, guitar, bass and keyboard), Cornershop’s Andy Flynn (drums), Richard (“bowing” strings), Steve (“blowing” brass) and Alan Gregson of West Orange Studios (“perfecting” production and background vocals). Their melodic and catchy new album “The Woods” is a fine example of the band’s current musical musings. The album features the single “True Love” and is out now on […]

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 […]

Newly signed Kyan supports Paul Young before first single

Kyan Blackwood releases debut album “Freedom Because” featuring Ronald Bruner Jr, a drummer with extensive credits from Motown to punk rock, including recently with Prince in the Dakota Jazz Club. The breakthrough debut album from Kyan Blackwood is entitled “Freedom Because” and features his recent first single “Moving On”. Kyan lives by the moto: “Lets not fight and create a new world instead”. Influences include His music can be described as pop/rock with electro/rock and influences include Depeche Mode, The Jam, T-Rex, Marilyn Manson, Lady Ga Ga and Mozart. Kyan Blackwood originally hails from France but now lives between Los Angeles, Brighton and London. He performs regularly across Europe. As well as singing and songwriting he still works as a make-up artist. Vincent Fournier is his make-up manager as well as lyricist and producer. Fournier and Blackwood created the songs for “Freedom Because” and Ryan recorded at Titan Music Inc Studios (Madonna, Anastasia, Michael Jackson). Kyan said “It was very refreshing and exciting to work with Ronald Bruner (Prince’s drummer). Kyan feels we should all try to just be ourselves because, “I feel we are forced to not be ourselves in this world”. Kyan Blackwood’s debut single “Moving On” is […]

John Legend adds tour dates due to demand

John Legend extends UK tour due to popularity More on this and other stories via PressParty John Legend has added a couple of dates to his UK tour as a result of demand. The singer recently announced that he would be travelling across the country in October on his All Of Me tour. The tickets went on sale today (May 30) but they have shifted quickly, with his London date selling out in minutes. Legend has now added another Manchester date at the O2 Apollo on October 15, as well as a second show at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on October 16. The full schedule is now as follows: Monday October 6       O2 Apollo Manchester Tuesday October 7      Newcastle City Hall Thursday October 9     Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Friday October 10        Nottingham Royal Concert Hall Sunday October 12       Birmingham NIA Monday October 13      London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Wednesday October 15 O2 Apollo Manchester Thursday October 16    London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Watch John Legend perform live below: