FEDERAL CHARM tour dates

Federal Charm embark on four UK concerts from April 14th. Dates include Open Club in Norwich (April 14) The Louisiana in Bristol (April 22), The Deaf Institute in Manchester (May 12), and the Cluny in Newcastle (May 18).  Tickets are now on sale and can be booked from www.seetickets.com/tour/federal-charm or from the 24 hour box office: 08702 183 805.

Very special guest at the Bristol and Newcastle shows is Gabriella Jones featuring Planet Rock radio’s Wyatt Wendels on drums.

Following 2016’s Planet Rock Roadstars co-headline tour with SIMO and Aaron Keylock, Stockport’s Federal Charm amicably parted ways with vocalist/guitarist Nick Bowden and drummer Danny Rigg. Paul Bowe (guitar) and LD Morawski (bass) recruited new vocalist and frontman Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler.

Tom Guyer’s powerful and characterful voice led to immediate chemistry as he joined Paul and LD in writing sessions for Federal Charm’s third album (scheduled for release in the fall 2018). His wide vocal range opened up new creative possibilities during song writing and added an exciting and new dynamic that compliments Federal Charm’s exhilarating blues rock sound.

Federal Charm’s new heavy blues rock musical direction and style has organically evolved since the band’s second album Across the Divide (2015). New drummer Josh Zahler adds his own distinctive drumming style and grooves that compliments the band’s pulsating rhythm section.

2017 saw Federal Charm perform play a great number of high profile gigs supporting UFO, Y&T and Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.  These shows introduced the new line-up to old and new fans alike. The band received a fantastic reception. What’s more, fans got a taste of the new direction and musical impact of Federal Charm’s transformation. The success of the band’s live shows and new songs, resulted in the band being picked up by global touring booking agent TKO (Stone Broken, Jared James Nichols, and the Bad Flowers).

Federal Charm have just completed recording their highly anticipated third album. The band are extremely eager to showcase their explosive new sound and new songs on their forthcoming April 2018 UK tour.

FEDERAL CHARM – APRIL-MAY 2018 UK TOUR

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST GABRIELLA JONES FEAT. PLANET ROCK’S WYATT WENDELS

Norwich, Open Club                                       Saturday 14 April

*Bristol, The Louisiana                                  Sunday 22 April

Manchester, The Deaf Institute                Saturday 12 May

*Newcastle, The Cluny                                 Friday 18 May

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Austin Gold UK tour date

MAR. 2018

Thu 22nd          PETERBOROUGH ACOUSTIC NIGHT St. Johns Church, Cathedral Sq. 8pm

Thu 29th           LONDON                  Dublin Castle, Camden                       8pm

APRIL 2018

Sat 28th            CAMBRIDGE          Junction 2

MAY 2018

Fri 11th             WHITLEY BAY       Playhouse                    (supporting KING KING)

Sat. 12th           CLITHEROE            The Grand Venue       (supporting KING KING)

JUNE 2018

Sat 2nd             SOUTH WALES      Viking Festival

Thu 21st           BILSTON                  Robin 2                       (supporting Steve Gibbons)

JULY 2018

Sat 14th            OUNDLE                   Festival

Sun 22nd          NORTHAMPTON   Sixfields Festival

Thur 26th        CAMBRIDGE          Rock Festival

Sat 28th            PETERBOROUGH Key Theatre SOLD OUT

Debut album details:-

AUSTIN GOLD – “BEFORE DARK CLOUDS”

http://www.austingold.band

Fifty Gigs In A Day – thank you for your support :)

Fifty Gigs In A Day was a great success with over £190 raised and lots of interest and awareness raised in the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. There was an acoustic gig on Facebook by Paul Stead of the Darker My Horizon (which can still be viewed here), mentions at shows by Fairport Convention, Erasure (who’s tweet about Fifty Gigs raised lots of responses and retweets), Will Lawson, the Tannahill Weavers and Josh Taerk, plus Michael Armstrong with his wonderful cover of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number 1 back in February 1968. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, discovering some wonderful new music along the way including Will Lawson, Josh Smith and Dorja and most importantly getting Nordoff Robbins and their amazing work in musical therapy more widely known.

50 gigs in a day

A BIG thank you to my daughter for the Fifty Gigs logo; my wife for her patience and support as this idea started back in June last year and Mark Shaw for helping drum up some support amongst musicians and to all the musicians and comedians who supported Fifty Gigs In A Day, namely –

Accept, Michael Armstrong, Tim Arnold, Bill Bailey, Alistair Barrie, Black Moth, Brad Mitchell and Bread Over Bombs, Alex James Brierley, Ed Byrne, John Coghlan’s Quo, Credo, The Darker My Horizon, Dorja, Erasure, Fairport Convention, Fisherman’s Friends, Five Grand Stereo, Steve Hackett, Half Man, Half Biscuit, Dave Hanson, Richard Herring, India Electric Co, IT,  The Jive Aces, King’s Singers, Will Lawton, John Young/Lifesigns, Mama playing the music of Genesis, Marillion, Massive Wagons, Moon Safari, PictureHouse, Progressive Gears, Eddi Reader, Josh Smith, Josh Taerk, The Tannahill Weavers, Steve Vantsis/Tilt, Uncle Sid, Rufus Wainwright, Adam Wakeman  & Damian Wilson, Dan Walsh, Yes. Y&T

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

Thank you all for your support be it by reading these emails, the blog posts, visiting the artists and Nordoff Robbins websites, making a donation or going to/watching one of the gigs.

Fifty Gigs In A Day – tomorrow 8 February :)

The idea started back in May last year when I was thinking of how to celebrate turning fifty and raise some money for charity. I wanted to involve my love of music, but not do another gig like I did for my fortieth as that has special memories and I doubt it would be topped. So by harnessing the modern age of social media Fifty Gigs was born! I am very grateful to all the artists taking place, be they performing live and/or posting on social media. Please do support them where you can and if you are going to a one of the gigs below do get in touch as would love to hear from you and about the gig.

Online now is Michael Armstrong’s re-recording of Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’, which was number one on 8 February 1968. You can have a sneak preview below before it goes live at the weekend…

Everlasting Love (2018) –

Award yourself bonus points if you were at any of the live events shown in the video – I was at Hyde Park to see Jeff Lynne’s ELO 🙂

From the Darker My Horizon

On Thursday 8th February at 8pm (UK time) we are streaming a live acoustic performance by Paul Stead from our official The Darker my Horizon Facebook page.

It’s for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigs

It’s free to watch, and your support – and knowing you are tuned in – would mean the world to us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/187593638490681/

Paul will be playing songs from #Acquiesce, #NoSuperhero and#PhoenixVol1.

Watching & interacting would be extremely cool of you, but if you could donate just a couple of £€$ to the cause as your concert ticket price we’d be extremely grateful, as would Nordoff Robins. Thank you kindly. #TDmHfamily#NordoffRobbins

The gigs –

8 February 2018

Cruise to the Edge (3-8 Feb) featuring Yes, Steve Hackett, Marillion, Moon Safari & Lifesigns – all kindly plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on 8 February

Accept – KOKO London

Bill Bailey – Victoria Hall, Hanley (also on the 7 February)

Black Moth – Boston Music Room, London

Ed Byrne – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

The Darker My Horizon – live Facebook gig

Dorja – The Lounge, London

Erasure – Manchester Apollo *SOLD OUT*

Fairport Convention – Gala Theatre, Durham

Fisherman’s Friends – Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Half Man, Half Biscuit – Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton

Richard Herring – Chorley Little Theatre

King’s Singers – Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Will Lawton – Grapevine, Norwich Guildhall

Mama playing the music of Genesis – The Cavern Club, Liverpool

Eddi Reader – Hawk’s Well theatre, Ireland

Josh Smith – Under the Bridge, Chelsea FC

Tannahill Weavers – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Rufus Wainwright – Walt Disney Theater, Dr Phillips Center, Orlando

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson – Falmouth on Feb 9

Dan Walsh – 4th Wall, New Plymouth, New Zealand 7:30pm

9 February 2018

India Electric Co – The Greytones, Sheffield

The Jive Aces – Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Massive Wagons – Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle

John Coughlan’s Quo – Sub 89, Reading

10 February 2018

Josh Taerk – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta

Fifty Gigs In A Day: JOSH SMITH

Blues guitarist Josh Smith is kindly joining in Fifty Gigs In A Day and will be mentioning Nordoff Robbins via his social media. He plays Under the Bridge in Chelsea on February 8.

Jan 31 Andertons Clinic, Guildford

Feb 1 The Flowerpot, Derby

Feb 2 The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Feb 3 Meeting Rooms, Elland

Feb 4 Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable

Feb 6 Jam House, Birmingham

Feb 7 The Vic, Swindon

Feb 8 Under the Bridge, London

Feb 9 Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavillion

Feb 10 Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming

Feb 11 The Brook, Southampton

Albums of the Year 2017

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

6 STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

10= BARENAKED LADIES Fake Nudes another set of memorable melodies and lyrics that don’t always take themselves too seriously…

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

It’s Wilde!  Hard Rock Harmonica Hero Announces His New Album and Video

Will Wilde is announcing his much-anticipated new album, ‘Bring It On Home’, to be released on March 9th 2018. He’s also premiering his new single and video ‘Parisienne Walkways’: a classic track by the legendary Gary Moore and Phil Lynott, given the Will Wilde treatment.

Wilde takes the harmonica and touches it like Midas, transforming it from its customary bluesy niche into a full-on rock powerhouse. In his skilful hands, the now not-so-humble instrument becomes a diamond-hard, razor-edged lead that knocks the guitar off its pedestal and steals the limelight.

Wilde first picked up his first harmonica at 16, at a house party. “I basically nicked it,” he admits, “It was a cheap plastic thing, just lying about amongst the drink bottles and cigarette butts, but I was drawn to it.”

At first, his music was steeped in Chicago Blues: “I used to play along to old Muddy Waters’ records for hours at a time,” Will recalls, “Sometimes, I played so much my lips bled.” However, mastering his craft, he wanted to push the instrument to its limits. “I wanted to know everything it could do; every sound it could make. After a while, it became an extension of me.”

As an extension of Will Wilde, the harmonica became a lead instrument for hard rock as he developed his own, more aggressive style. Wilde has gone the extra mile and created his own signature harmonica tunings, so he can hit notes that simply weren’t possible before. “The Wilde tunings help me take things to the next level,” Will explains, “I can hold my own with any rock guitarist.”

‘Bring It On Home’ is a covers album: a passionate tribute to British and Irish blues-rock legends: “It’s my way of repaying the originators of British rock: bands like Free, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin,” as Will put it himself.

The 11-track album was recorded at Brighton Road Studios, mixed and engineered by Ali Gavan, and produced by Will’s bandmate and virtuoso guitarist, Danny Giles.

‘Parisienne Walkways’, the track and video Will is premiering, shows the raw power and expressive range of his chosen instrument, not merely echoing the sound of Gary Moore’s amazing guitar style, but making the song Wilde’s own.

For more information visit Will’s website at https://www.willharmonicawilde.com and find out why Thomas Ruf (of Ruf Records) called this man ‘The Hendrix of the Harmonica’.

Track listing :

  1. Bad Penny — Rory Gallagher
  2. Lazy — Deep Purple
  3. I’m Your Witchdoctor -—John Mayall
  4. Locomotive Breath — Jethro Tull
  5. Love That Burns — Fleetwood Mac
  6. Politician — Cream
  7. The Wizard — Black Sabbath
  8. Yer Blues — The Beatles
  9. My Brother Jake — Free
  10. Bring it on Home — Sonny Boy Williamson/Led Zeppelin
  11. Parisienne Walkways — Gary Moore/Phil Lynott