Indie Week Europe, May 27-31, is an annual music festival to be located in the heart of Manchester, UK, across some of the city’s premiere venues. Originating in Toronto, Indie Week Europe provides a unique platform for emerging talent to showcase in front of industry professionals. Find out who will be crowned ‘Best of the Fest’, and win a headline slot at Indie Week Canada 2015 in Toronto!
Rawcuss are back and raring to go! after a year of recording and working hard. The band have at least an Album and a half of quality recorded gems to come out this year, you are all in for a treat, Watch this space!
Happy 2015 to you all and may this year be your most successful yet!
Here are some of the highlights of Longevity Records in 2014…
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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
‘We welcome Moody Elf, a fresh Manchester soul-World folk combo with tight harmonies and a lead vocal sweetly reminiscent of Joan Baez… Expect chiming Janschean acoustics and artfully twinkled keys framing songs that make the hairs on the back of your legs stand up. Powerful, captivating stuff ’
Having worked recently with Longevity Records recording guru KC, Moody Elf have a fine set of demo tracks here for you to listen too, enjoy!
Meet the band…
Since graduating from Salford University with a first-class honours degree in Band Musicianship, Manchester born, singer-songwriter Deborah Allen(product of jazz-loving father and Jim Reeves worshipping mother) has continued to pursue a career performing, writing and teaching music in a diverse range of genres and settings. Deborahhas sung in, and arranged music for choirs, cover bands, and jazz ensembles – from piano vocal duos to big bands – including her own quartet, in venues across the North West. Debi has also written music for film and TV, and continues to work on vocal technique with students from primary age children to pensioners.
Bass-player Dan O’Neill spent his formative years playing in rock and folk bands. Dan attended Cork Academy of Music, before moving to England in 1995 to study jazz bass at Leeds College of Music and City College Manchester.Inspired by the traditional folk music of his homeland and, notably, the music of Neil Young, Phil Lynott, and Jaco Pastorius.
Helena Summerfield studied saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has taught music in a variety of Manchester schools since graduating. She is passionate about introducing jazz and improvised music to young people. Helena has performed at the Manchester Jazz Festival in recent years with bands such as The Felonious Monks and HSQ+2 and has also toured with the singer Carmel.
Dave Whelan was drawn to music courtesy of the muppet show band and a Beatles songbook purchased by his father to introduce his kids to the piano , however Dave was not too impressed by the piano and decided that guitar was the way to go.. John Martyn, Rory Gallagher, Steve Cooney, Neil Young, Paul Brady and Joni Mitchell all influence his playing and interest in tunings. From garage bands to touring Ireland and England with trad, rock, blues and some funk for good measure, Dave harnessed knowledge from learned and wise musicians. Currently living and working in Cork, Ireland.
Catch Moody Elf at Stockport Fringe Festival.2pm on Sunday 31st August@ 7 Miles Out(The Teenage Market Shop) Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1ES,
Thanks to the guys at Design a Gigfor the interview with Gareth Wandlessand Joe Maguire for Headlander Festival 2014. Zak and Tommy managed to spend some time with the guys from Longevity and here’s what went down. This interview may or may not have been conducted after a couple of beers, we will let you decide…
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