The completely unrelated Williams, Hayley and Ben, have already made a name for themselves on the Manchester acoustic scene, with Haylet’s thrilling, gossamer vocals marrying perfectly with Ben’s cultured guitar playing and harmonies. Having forged individually hugely successful solo careers, they found themselves as tutors to each other – Hayley guiding Ben through singing lessons; Ben teaching Hayley guitar. The common ground they found is Son of William, the sum of its constituent parts and a whole lot more.
Ben Williams’ previous musical life saw him wielding his guitar, sharing stages with the likes of Simply Red and Chic, whilst also receiving plaudits from Grammy Award-winning producer (Coldplay) Ken Nelson and go-to drummer, Steve White (The Who; Paul Weller). Hayley has forged her own path to success, achieving platinum sales in both Sweden and Norway. Their chance meeting when exchanging their respective musical skills swiftly lead to writing together and the formation of Son of William, giving them the opportunity to develop their passion for folk music, using sparse instrumentation and the Simon and Garfunkel-esque symbiosis of their harmonies to bring an authentic but entirely modern approach to the genre.
Son of William will be launching their EP at Manchester’s Whiskey Jar on the 27th June, entirely appropriately given their reputation on the city’s acoustic scene. Like Civil Wars before them, Son of William have taken the age-old tenets of the art of song-writing and stripped it bare, leaving nothing but the beauty of the music to shine through and enchant audiences.
Having excelled as a classical pianist, Ben Ridley now enters a new chapter in his musical life – that of a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Taking inspiration from the likes of Todd Rundgren and Randy Newman, as well as keeping hold of his nuanced, classical training, he has spent years analysing the craft of song-writing. Following on from the success of his debut single, Dancing Mood, and its follow-up, I Always Do, Ben now releases his much-anticipated album, Sing.
Sing is a body of work designed to be experienced as a whole, with Ben showcasing his talent for melody and dedication to intricate arrangements and superior studio skills, to create cinematic snapshots of life, love and regret. Playing every instrument and taking care of all vocal duties, his tracks cover a range of styles, from an 80’s singer-songwriter feel, evoking images of a New York drenched in rain and neon (I Always Do), to the title track which has all the scope of a West End theatre show-stopper.
Based in Brighton, England, Ben has incorporated cinematic style and scope to his music which fits with his vision of a strong narrative running through his work. Having played live at venues such as the fabled Ronnie Scott’s and with a number of well-received classical music only albums under his belt, he is joined on the track by Gerrard – not another artist but in fact his trusty old grand piano.
Here’s an oddity – coming across as an up-tempo number for a theatrical show, Ben Ridley has potentially cornered an untapped market! Dancing Mood, his first single released as a singer-songwriter, comes after a successful career as a classical composer and pianist. Though still demonstrating a certain musical prowess, it’s certainly got “something”…
Newly released this week, the first single from Donegan, a two-piece family band featuring Thomas and Emmett, whose “Reminisce” reflects a project that extends back a full twenty years from its inception.
Pulled from their forthcoming debut album, described as a concept album about love (though that would cover quite a few albums we reckon!), it’s the kind of slightly dreamy, indie-pop which flourished in the 1990’s. There’s certainly something quite endearing about the Casio-esque synth sound, whilst the chorus has the nagging, earworm quality that all effective pop songs should have. Have a listen here:
Adam Lanceley, someone living life to the fullest.
He was told all of his life, that he may not survive, walk or live life the same way ever again. At the age of 10, he was involved in a car crash, that caused serious brain and spinal injury.
Adams Mother and Father were told that firstly, he would not survive, however he did, but being warned that he may never walk again, he took that as a challenge.
Now successfully completing Marathons, Adams latest venture is a visit down the musical path, with the release of ‘A Film We All Saw’.
This soft rock pop track is a fun, charismatic tune that will have any listeners singing along, tapping there foot to the great song from the aspiring musician.
Be sure to check it out:
Soul as a label has come to mean less and less since the 1990s. It became a byword for directionless warbling, the Mariah Carey school of flitting around the scales being incredibly dexterous vocally but lacking, ironically…soul.
Mercifully, this year has seen a much-welcomed rejuvination of the genre, seeing artists playing soul music which is recognisable as being in the same vein as classic Stax and Motown artists – the reason for this? They actually play musical instruments. Who’da thunk it?!
Lawrence Preston is a bassist, the much perennially unsung guitarist who is the glue which subtly binds so many classic songs. Having being tutored by Freddie Stone, of the legendary Sly and the Family Stone, he has mastered both the instrument and the art of song-writing. Though deftly written, Something for You is not drenched in overdubs and effects – it’s very much a case of less is more, allowing space for the music and the lyrics to breathe. Lawrence’s vocals are velvety smooth without being cloying or too saccharine – against, it’s so often about being economical with the music and having confidence in the song itself. We digress. Enjoy.
London based vintage rock band Albino are hitting us with their new track ‘Belinda’, taken from their whiskey fuelled new album Night At The Chemist.
Yes that was whiskey! Albino’s main aim is to entertain with their rambunctious, often humorous ‘drinking’ music.
Their latest track ‘Belinda’ exudes this throwback, vintage feel that sounds like it could have come straight out of the 60’s.
Consisting of Ben Tucker (guitar/vocals), Merv ‘Fuzzy’ Salole (Bass), Gareth ‘gwEM’ Morris (guitar) and Don Gibson (percussion), Albino’s sole aim is to entertain with their rambunctious, often humorous ‘drinking’ music. As the main songwriter in the outfit, Ben is the driving inspirational force, tapping into a deep well of life experiences that draw on topics as diverse as love, deviancy, distrust of priests, historical events and of course, drinking.
Since they began in 2005, Albino has undergone a musical metamorphosis, travelling a long way from their humble beginnings, but now, the off-the-wall band has cemented their style and truly found their own sound. Whilst Albino’s eclectic and multi-talented musical line up has changed over the years, this latest track proves their musical direction, commitment and energy has always remained constant.
You can check out more on Albino here: