INTRODUCING - REbecca turner
Playing Wednesday 21st February 2018 EP LAUNCH
With special support artist - Elly O’Keeffe
Rebecca is a singer, keyboardist and composer from London. She is a classically trained pianist and has been playing and writing music for many years. She composes songs about love, loss and societal issues and critics have compared her to Carole King because of her piano and writing skills. She is also a session musician and has played with many well-known artists over her long musical career, including Wendell Richardson of Osibisa, Nick Simper of Deep Purple, Peter Parkes of Warhorse, James Royal, and Howard Tibble of Shakin' Stevens Band. She has collaborated and written songs recently with Andrani Samuel, wife of Fuzz Samuel of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Two years ago, Rebecca recorded an album with Wendell Richardson and guitarist Bob Thomson entitled 'Global Soundbite' by the Digital Interface Band comprising all original songs, which is available from iTunes and CD Baby. She is currently about to play piano for new singing sensation Linah London who recently sang at the O2 Arena, for the 'Reload' sessions on YouTube which typically attracts an estimated internet audience of 70,000 people.
Rebecca has been signed with The Animal Farm label since September and her new single 'Spirit' will be released on digital platforms worldwide in February 2018.
Introducing - The BEATNIKS
PLAYING Friday 16th February 7.30pm
The Beatniks are a Hammond lead 5 piece from Southend On Sea with strong leanings to the 60’s Mod scene, playing a mixture of original tunes and lesser known cover versions.
Who is in the band
Isabella Sperotto – Vocals
Heather Campbell – Drums
Sean Thorogood – Bass
Andy McAvoy – Hammond
Paul Lupton – Guitar
• When you formed/started playing music
The Beatniks have been around for years after starting over chat and a pint down the pub. The current line up has been around since 2013 more or less and we started off playing more obscure Soul, Garage & R&B instrumental covers. We added a singer to the line up in 2014 and decided to start writing our own tunes as well as the covers. We also self released our debut single “Ball & Chain/CC (Love Surprise) on vinyl only and appeared on the Dirty Mod compilation through Well Suspect records. Isabella joined the band in September 2017 adding a more soulful sound with a Brazilian touch.
• Where you’re based
Southend on Sea
• Details of releases so far – mention if they were released through an independent label
Ball & Chain / CC (Love Surprise) – 7” Single – Self Released
Dirty Mod Compilation – LP/CD – Well Suspect Records
• Influences – your musical influences can pique someone’s interest but keep it brief
Too many artists to mention, but heavily influenced by Soul, Garage, R&B, Funk, Acid Jazz, Latin, Bossa Nova…….the list goes on.
• Stand-out achievements – airplay, blog/press coverage, festival slots, great gigs & support slots, award nominations or namechecks
The biggest highlights so far have been playing The Cavern in Liverpool as part of the IPO Festival, Volks Bar at the Brighton Bank Holiday Weekender and Crossfire at 229 The Venue with Fogbound and Margate Mod & Sixties Festival for The New Untouchables. They were amazing gigs to play and will live long in the memory. We also love playing locally around Southend and have played many gigs at our “home” The Railway Hotel and at the Village Green Festival amongst others. We have also appeared on Phoenix FM several times, most recently with a Live Session.
• Do you have an interesting back-story? This can be compelling and will help you stand out.
We reached a point in the middle of 2017 where we decided that we really wanted to take a slight change in direction and placed a various ads looking for a new singer. Isabella joined in September having relocated from Brazil and was an instant member of the band from her first rehearsal as it was a perfect combination, bringing a South American flavour with a lot of soul. We are looking to release an album in the middle of 2018, so watch this space…..
• Good quotes from reviewers & links to coverage
Classic inspiration creating new songs for all generations to enjoy - Scootering Magazine
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Links to reviews
INTRODUCING - HOUSES HOLLOW
PLAYING Wednesday 10th January 2018