Sheryl Crow on The Graham Norton Show

Tonight’s Graham Norton Show seems to be getting good today as we’ve now had TWO musical acts, first Keith Urban and Mel C and now US music legend Sheryl Crow with her new song Be Myself. I’m completely loving it after the first few seconds, though I can hear a little bit of Soak Up The Sun there. Sheryl got one of those voices which fit both the tune and song perfectly and it sounds like she’s progressed quite a bit as an artist. Don’t quite know about you but I could listen to this song a few times over and not get bored of it. Also the line ‘If I can’t be someone else’ just goes round and round your head melodically, and Sheryl’s as great as ever.

One To Watch: Twin Kidd (online)

The latest from the One To Watch, this is Nottingham band Twin Kidd, courtesy of Nottingham Post online. Print version to follow soon.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-music-scene-one-to-watch-twin-kidd-we-re-like-chvrches-if-they-hated-their-lives/story-30338419-detail/story.html#mzB76MXdy3HVHis1.99

Nottingham trio Twin Kidd feature siblings Stef and Sam, as well as Rich, who the met online in 2015. They played their first gig a year ago at the Bodega. Adam Humphreys has a few questions

 

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Well it’s all over now and Portugal were the winners with their singer Salavador Sobral with his song Amar Pelos Dois. Now there’s a couple of thing that I openly have to admit, 1. I never actually watched Salavador’s performance first time round and, 2. I voted for both Ukraine and Israel mainly because I liked both their songs. Australia returned for a third time, also they did have a good entry and hope to see again next year. Now this is historic for Portugal as they’ve been apparently been waiting for over 50 years to win. Well now they can celebrate at last and though I didn’t vote for them I am actually happy for them. As anyone who watched will have no doubt have seen that Russia didn’t compete, and personally I didn’t particularly care less. Lastly we won’t be seeing Israel compete as their broadcast service (which airs the contest) is being closed down but I hope to see them again, and Greece got booed which I thought was a bit harsh. And finally, congratulations to our entry Lucie Jones with gave a good performance with her song Never Give Up On You

All that can be said is; Goodbye Eurovision, see you next year in Portugal.

 

 

Imelda May on The Graham Norton Show

Just finished watching Imelda May perform her new single Should’ve Been You on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, former Dr Who/Penny Dreadful actress Billie Piper’s also on the sofa, nice hair. As far as performances go it was really good, I’m giving it a thumbs up and Imelda’s got that voice that’s got emotion and just makes you pause and listen. It’s intriguing as she looks like a young Chrissie Hynes, with the voice to match. She’s even got the hair. If Irish singers are as good as Imelda I’d love to hear more of them. The song’s off her new album Life Love Flesh Blood

One To Watch: Joseph Knight (online)

My recent One To Watch with local artist Joseph Knight for the Notts Post, online. Print version to follow soon.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-music-scene-one-to-watch-joseph-knight/story-30280623-detail/story.html

His first gig was in front of just four people – and one of them was his mum. Two years on and Nottingham singer songwriter Joseph Knight has been played by BBC Introducing, supported

 

C.O.T.C.S & Vodun, H.C.B.P @RescueRooms 16/4/17 Is Satan Real Tour

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This was the first time ever covering an Easter Sunday gig, and in all fairness, it was actually worth it as three incredible bands were on. This was the last gig of the Church Of The Cosmic Skull; Is Satan Real tour.
Haggard Cat Bothday Present, of just H.C.B.P for short is a two-man band consisting of only Matt Reynolds and Tom Marsh. Now together these two were amazing to watch and their performance was quite lively and played some fresh material and ended their set on their newly released single, The Patriot which actually sounds quite good. During their performance, the main room was getting filled with many rock fans alike, and HCBP are defiantly two guys whom you should keep both your eyes and ears pealed for. Vodun are just fantastic to watch and one of the best ways to describe them is rock combined with Afro, soul and Psych with the vocal talents equal to that of Aretha Franklin or Etta James. Seriously her voice can just cut through and entire crowd she’s that good. That is pretty much how to describe them and even their on-stage presence alone will leave you very intrigued to say the least. These guys even have their own individual stage names as part of their band image. Vodun are packed with energy and fresh tribal-rock sounding music and they ended their set on one of their newest songs Possession/Loa’s Kingdom, and what a belter of a tune. Their music is as packed with energy as their performances. Just incredible and by this point the room was packed with people.
Now in terms of stage presence you could easily be forgiven if your first thoughts were that they looked like a random bunch all dressed in white. But no, they’re another great band with some great songs and on-stage presence that will actually leave you wanting more. Even their introduction is attention grabbing stuff and like something out of a 70’s sci-fi film. These are definitely one of both the biggest and hottest bands to be checking out for this year. C.O.T.C.S are definitely one of the ones to be watching out for so keep your ears pricked.

 

Lucie Jones on The Graham Norton Show

Not long finished watching former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones perform her new single Never Give Up On You. As anyone who the Eurovision Song Contest, or bothers to, will know is it’s back next month, 13th May to be precise, and good old Ms Jones is our entry for the UK. As far as songs go it isn’t actually that bad and Lucie’s actually got a really good voice. Full-bodied, soothing and not to mention a little bit haunting. Definitely sounds like the sort that you hear on Eurovision. Good luck to you Lucy, we’re all counting on you in Kiev