TERRY REID - CHESNEY HAWKES
DENISE BLACK - ANDREW FOSTER - SI CRANSTOUN
- ALAN CLAYSON
‘A triumph…Terry Reid’s voice has the power to provoke an intense reaction…’ – 4 Stars -The Times
‘…Astonishing by any standards: spine tingles, hair prickles on back of the neck…’ - The Independent
Terry Reid, ‘Superlungs’ as he’s affectionately known, is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices this country has ever produced or is indeed likely to. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any self-respecting fan of the greats of British music.
Terry turned down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin’s stated that The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. He underwent two World Tours with The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, played at Mick Jagger’s wedding, before soured record deals resulted in Terry leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago.
All true, but the full story includes numerous collaborations with Graham Nash, covers of Reid songs by Marianne Faithfull, The Hollies, The Raconteurs (the hugely popular ‘Rich Kid Blues’), film soundtracks, including a song in George Clooney’s recent film ‘Up In The Air’, and a catalogue of 6 studio albums, including the seminal album ‘The River’, re-released to critical acclaim in 2002 and the 1976 Nash produced ‘Seed of Memory’. A Reid song ‘Horses Through a Rainstorm’ also features on CSN’s box set.
More recently, Terry’s been working with up and coming French band Shine and The Alabama 3. Following a Glastonbury return in 2009, he played a three night residency at Ronnie Scott’s in London, one of only a handful of non-Jazz artists invited to help mark the legendary venue’s 50th Anniversary. He played to packed houses, critical acclaim, and returned in 2010 and 2011 to sell out 3 consecutive nights.
In May 2011, he toured Ireland for the first time in 30 years and released a new live album ‘Live In London’ which included several previously unreleased tracks. Uncut Magazine presented a show featuring Terry at The Jazz Café and he toured England, including several sell-out shows. A return to Glastonbury, headlining the Spirit of 71 stage followed.
2012 turned out to be an important year for Terry Reid. In May 2012, Rumer featured Terry’s song ‘Brave Awakening’ on her new album Boys Don’t Cry, (which entered the UK Album Chart at No3). Terry returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 in June. In August ‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner in 2010, Michael Grimm, included Terry’s song ‘Without Expression’ on his latest album, Gumbo. In the spring, DJ Shadow had invited Terry to write the lyrics to a new track for his forthcoming ‘Reconstructed’ album – This became the song ‘Listen’ and the official video got 400,000 plays on Youtube in late 2012.
There is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter and 2013 looks set to be another successful year!
Video: Terry Reid - Faith To Arise
After a busy 2013, with extended appearances in Celebrity Master Chef and Emmerdale, Denise is back on a musical trail....
This brand new show from the actor and cabaret performer explores the origins of musical theatre in the inter-war years. With Graeme Taylor and Paul Sand.
Homage to the songs and songwriters who made the early musicals. Mr Sand tinkles the ivories and Mr Taylor plucks and strums.
Songs include “My Handyman, “The Affair”, “Brother Can You Spare A Dime”, “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It”, “Broadway Goes Hollywood”,”Toot Toot Tootsie”.
Denise is probably best known as siren hairdresser Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street, a role she played from ‘92 to ‘96, with a comeback in ‘07 to keep Ken on his toes. Also as Denny’s mad, bad mum in Bad Girls and as Hazel, the mum all gay men wanted in Russell T Davies’ Queer as Folk.
Denise has a passionate interest in stage and music. She recently toured around GB playing the Mother Superior in Sister Act the musical. Also in Calendar Girls and Grumpy Old Women with Britt Eckland and Dillie Keane. She also won the Manchester Evening News Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Mrs Bryant in Roots (Wesker) at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Denise was born in Portsmouth and inherited a dose of wanderlust from her Dad and a love of music from her Mum. She got her equity card with the Actor's Touring Company in the early ‘80s performing plays around the globe, including the South American continent, Israel, Greece, Yugoslavia, and the Orkney Isles. Later in England, she landed her first acting break in the title role of a Pam Gems’ premiere of La Pasionaria at the Newcastle Playhouse. There she met Josie Lawrence and Kate McKenzie and their love of late night carousing led to the formation of Denise Black and the Kray Sisters, a 3 girl harmony trio who went on to become Edinburgh festival darlings of the late ‘80s.
In 1990 Denise made her television debut in Casualty as a street hooker with a bite on her thigh and has since made appearances in Robin Hood, Doc Martin, Small Island, Sensitive Skin, To The Ends Of The Earth, Dalziel and Pascoe, New Tricks, No Angels, Holby City, Midsummer Murders, A Touch of Frost, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Where The Heart Is, Peak Practice, The Vice, and The Bill to name but a few.
Video: Denise Black - Taster
Andrew Foster is an acoustic guitarist influenced by traditional songwriting sensibilities. His folk infused music has received reviews from both Acoustic Magazine and BBC Introducing which comment on his ability to paint imagery through song, 'A make-believe world that draws you in like an old fairground or moonlit pathway, preferring to stay away from the normal lyrical themes of one man and guitar... Optimism and hope but also celebrating the fear of the human experience, Andrew isn't the usual troubadour songwriter'.
Andrew’s recent album release ‘Science & Magic’ was given 4 Stars by R2 Rock n Reel Magazine who said ‘Andrew has a firm but gentle voice, a melodic acoustic guitar style which is allied with intelligent lyrics’. From this album, Andrew was asked to play a live BBC Introducing Session and the tracks ‘Memory Maze’ and ‘Personal Legend’ have been regularly played on BBC Radio 6 Music and The Mark Forrest Show.
Andrew has had the pleasure of supporting: Passenger, Mumford & Sons, James Walsh (Starsailor), Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Chris Helme (The Seahorses), Turin Brakes, Danny & the Champions of the World, Charlene Soraia and Terry Reid.
‘A Winning collection of acoustic songs from Andrew Foster, opaque
lyrics overlay memorable melodies’ – Acoustic Magazine
‘Andrew has a firm but gentle voice, a melodic guitar style which is
allied with intelligent lyrics’ - R2 Magazine
Video: Andrew Foster - The Garden
Written By Nik Kershaw, the song was later featured in the opening credits of Doc Hollywood (1991), starring Michael J. Fox. The single spent five weeks at Number 1. It has become part of the soundtrack of a generation, and still features on radio playlists, compilations and in DJ sets everywhere.
Subsequent singles also charted, including What's Wrong With This Picture? , his 2002 collaboration with Adam Schlessinger of Fountains of Wayne, Stay Away Baby Jane and his most recent release Another Fine Mess in 2006, which was a collaboration with Nik Kershaw and saw the pairing return to the charts, 15 years after their first success.
Also the title song from his first album for many years Another Fine Mess was released on the Sargent Poppy label, his own imprint. The culmination of three years’ work, it was a collection of 16 songs, all co-written by Chesney except for one track, ‘Come and Get it’, a Chesney favourite which was written by Paul McCartney and recorded by Badfinger, reaching number 4 in 1970 and later by the hugely popular Jellyfish.
Brimming with talented collaborators, producers on the album include Charlton Pettus, acclaimed for his work with Tears for Fears, Nik Kershaw and Chris Nicolaides, fresh from his work on Mika’s Platinum selling album, Life in Cartoon Motion. Co-writers on the album include Phil Thornally, Adam Schlesinger and, of course, Nik.
Chesney has also had success as a songwriter for other artists, including A1, Caprice, Tricky, Jennifer Paige, Hepburn, Tears for Fears and of course, Nik Kershaw. He also often works with the comedian and best-selling author Tony Hawks, on songs that are available on MySpace.
In 2001 Chesney embarked on a ‘mini’ tour with his four piece band, which was initially intended to take in five dates. The word spread very quickly and universities, colleges and clubs all over the country were soon booking Chesney and the band. The ‘mini’ tour has now exceeded 600 dates and when added to Chesney’s performances at many open air summer radio road shows, the combined ‘live’ audience to which he has performed during the period has now topped the 1 million mark.
Chesney has combined touring with appearing on Channel 4’s Top Ten Teen Idols, CD:UK, London Tonight, VH1, Popworld, Question of Pop, Banzai, Loose Women, Matthew Wright Show, This Morning, BBC’s The Cinema Show, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Celebrity Big Brother, The Graham Norton Show, Britain’s Got Talent and Jonathan Ross on Radio 2. He has presented two shows for VH1/MTV and has taken part in a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link. Chesney took part in Channel 4’s The Games emerging a medal winner and has appeared on the Granada/LWT show Hit Me Baby One More Time. He has also appeared on a Champion of Champions edition of The Games.
In 2008, Chesney starred in a national tour of the new musical, Can't Smile Without You, featuring more than 40 of the songs of Barry Manilow.
Chesney's number 1 love and main priority is songwriting and producing, so if he's not performing he's in the studio working on songs for himself and others. He also organizes an annual songwriting retreat in Iceland called Songfusion.
This is a chance to spend an evening with Chesney Hawkes the songwriter, as he leads you through his musical journey, performing his own songs, his collaborations with other artists and a few of his personal favourites.
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Born into a musical family (his father is the singer Chip Hawkes, formerly with the 1960s band The Tremeloes), Chesney Hawkes’ own career began at 19, when he appeared as the title character in the film Buddy's Song alongside Roger Daltrey. In March he released his biggest single "The One And Only" from the film's soundtrack.
Video: Chesney Hawks - Caught Up In Circles
In 2013 he was invited to perform with Little Richard in Las Vegas and came to the attention of Warner Music Entertainment subsequently being signed by A’n’R President Conrad Whitey who was captivated pure and simply by Si’s voice and his ability to create songs that have you waking up in the middle of the night humming them out loud.
2014 has seen Si developing even further his writing skills and working with writers and producers ranging from Ivor Novello award winners to those responsible for helping the likes of Cara Emerald and Keane achieve worldwide success. Together they have created a series of unbelievably catchy songs which really emphasise Si Cranstoun’s foot tapping expertise as well as most importantly a voice that literally stops you in your tracks… unsurprising when you recall that Si’s formative years were spent performing on the streets to the general public with his brother.
Si’s distinctive northern soul voice has seen him compared with legends such as Sam Cooke winning a huge number of fans on his recent tour of the UK as support to the Overtones, with large queues lining up to get signed albums and getting comments from hardened venue merchandisers saying they had never seen anything like it. This tour was the testing ground for tracks from the new album and if crowd reaction is anything to go by , then the album will be a winner.
It was clear on the Overtones tour that Si’s years of understanding the great British public with his street performances had paid dividends and along with his blend of hugely infectious songs such as ‘Caught in the Moonlight’ , ‘Tick Tock’ , and ‘Like it like that’ he also enchanted them with his endearing dance moves and friendly banter.
To date Si has been featured in formative print media such as The Evening Standard to local and national radio when he released on his own label the album ‘Dancehalls and Supper clubs’ which helped him gain his major record label deal with Warner Music but it is his live shows that have really marked him down as a major new star on the horizon , shows that have seen him perform from the US to Australia.
Si Cranstoun has been honing his vocal talent for many years. Performing with his big band across the UK as one of the foremost names underground vintage scene, headlining the likes of the Twinwood right through to the Rivolli Rooms and starting to cross over into the mainstream at Secret Garden.
Video: Si Cranstoun - Dance For Evermore
ALAN CLAYSON (& The Argonauts)
Alan Clayson - pop historian, author of around 30 books, sometime leader of the legendary Clayson and the Argonauts, and once one of Dave Berry's Cruisers and Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages.
There are still people around today who'll tell you that Alan Clayson & The Argonauts was the greatest group ever formed. Certainly, the stage act defied succinct description and, crucially, Clayson was being spoken of and written about in the same sentences as the likes of Wreckless Eric, Tom Robinson, John Otway and Elvis Costello.
“Alan Clayson and the Argonauts were one of rock's most glorious and enjoyable follies, and somewhere there is a parallel universe where they are bigger than the Beatles” – (Rock 'N' Reel [R2]) “I've never seen anything like it in my life!" (WokinghamTimes) "Clayson is in a premier position on rock's lunatic fringe” (MelodyMaker)