The Bedford Live brings a selection of the finest new acts to The Globe Theatre.
Doors: 7.30 / Entry: FREE
Watch the Live Webcast – https://www.livamp.com/bedford
Tonight we have an evening of great live music from:
Pete Gardiner is one of those rarest of musicians, a true songsmith. Pete paints pictures with words, a poet who sets his stories to music.
From an early age he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen and you can clearly see their influence in many of his songs. Growing up in Northern Ireland in the 90’s, there was no shortage of subject matter for Pete’s unique ability with words and from a very early age he crafted some very thought provoking and meaningful songs.
As Pete matured as a songwriter he was drawn to his idols more and more and began to discover them on a whole new level. As he says of Dylan and Cohen “They are both as endearing as each other, they can take you as far as you are willing to go and then drag you that little bit further. I learn more and more from them every day.” It is these influences that have shaped Pete into the lyricist that he is today. The more you listen to his songs, the more you hear and are amazed at how he can put words together in a way that may make you laugh or cry, but will certainly make you take notice.
Whether writing about a doomed, alcohol fuelled love affair, or poking fun at our celebrity obsessed culture, Pete quickly amassed a catalogue of great music that gained a lot of support from local BBC radio stations. This brought him to the attention of a major UK radio group who tipped off a record label which resulted in Pete signing his first recording contract.
Pete’s debut album was recorded with award winning Irish producer Tommy McLaughlin (The Villagers) and mastered at Abbey Road. The album earned some great critical reviews and won him many new fans, particularly amongst the media. The first single from the album, ‘Idols’ enjoyed lots of airplay around the UK, was a featured ‘Record of the Day’ in the trade magazine and had over 12,000 views of the video on You Tube. The follow up, ‘All These Things’, received thousands of plays on Spotify and was supported on BBC Radio 2 by presenter Janice Long.
Pete also spent time in Ireland last year with composer and producer Pol Brennan of the band Clannad, co-writing the title track for the movie ‘Property of the State’ which premiered at the Galway film Festival and was released and the end of last year.
Earlier this year, Pete spent some time working with top songwriters in Nashville after being invited there by American song plugger Gil Grand. Gil discovered Pete’s music online and was impressed by the story telling aspect of the lyrics and Americana influenced melodies and is now helping Pete to fulfil his ambition to write for established artists in the States.
More recently, Pete has hooked up with the music company Animal Farm whose MD, Ville Leppanen, saw Pete perform at The Islington in London and was so impressed that he immediately asked to work with him. Pete’s next single ‘Who Do You Belong To’, which will be released this summer, has been produced and mixed by The Animal Farm.
Crafting an intimate, ethereal sound, inviting you into their private world, Paper Hawk is an alt-folk duo currently based in Brighton, who combine intricate guitar driven melodies with hushed tones and raw confessional lyrics. Although new to the scene, Paper Hawk have swiftly left their mark playing across the country with sets at Glastonbury, 2000 Trees, YNOT and the Alternative Escape Festival. A collaboration of two songwriters, Rebecca Brandler and Scott Booth, the project began after the two met a few months after both moving to Brighton to study. Rebecca heard Scott playing a cover of ‘Ocean’ by John Butler and instant musical sparks were ignited and she knew she wanted to write music together. The bond was then nurtured in a cold basement flat with muted rehearsals to avoid complaints from the neighbours but has proven to pay off, being nourished into a harrowingly beautiful debut EP “The Tide” with layers that muster unique
strength, blanketed with velvet vocals.
Uncompromising, honest and raw. This is how the catchy music of guitarist and songwriter Jesper Ejrup is being described.
And there is no lack of tallent in his brilliant guitar and songwriter universe. He´s playing rhythm’n’blues lubricated with an edgy twist of rough rock.
The stage is set for songs about life’s ups and downs, drunkenness, sorrow and most of all unhappy love without much dark melancholy. The energetic and upbeat compositions are presented explosive and untamed in a catchy pop-universe with a strong, rocking vocals and inspirations from such different music genres like Motown, blues and funk.
Jesper har been working on a new album and will be playing some new songs, too
Jesper Ejrup is a unique guitarist and songwriter who started his musical career already as a 9-year-old. He is an extremely popular live-musician and has already earned a strong reputation in Malta and London’s songwriter environment. Among other things, in-sites for songwriters “The Bedford” and “The Regal Room” in London. And Jesper shall soon be out on his biggest European tour so far. No less than 30 concerts in 6 countries are already scheduled
Renowned for her signature retro pop sounds and a voice thatat once commands attention with fierce ballads and oozes softness with restrained whispers, ILUKA stands strong as one of Australia’s home-grown revolutionaries. Wearing her heart on her sleeve and owning collective defiance like a badge of honour is her forte.
Releasing her debut EP ‘Paper Doll’ in 2013, ILUKA introduced herself as an artist worth remembering, and backed this up with the wildly successful Blue My Soul, released early last year. Shimmering with dynamic authenticity and influenced by her nomadic travels, Blue My Soul saw huge momentum. The EP’s first single, ‘Blue Jean Baby’ was a force to be reckoned with, debuting on triple j’s Home and Hosed, added to rotation on Double J and ABC Local Radio, and owning a spot on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist in both Australia and Germany.
Taking the recorded magic of ‘Blue My Soul’ to the live stage for a stellar headlining East Coast tour, the Sydney artist also played shows with the likes of Alex Lahey, Dan Sultan, Mama Kin Spender and supported local legends Killing Heidi on their national tour. The festival world was also graced by her enigmatic flare with jaunts across Australia for performances at Caloundra Music Festival, sideshow exclusives with Trevor Hall (US) for Bluesfest and a trip across the seas, performing at both Fete de la Musique and Fete de la Ville in New Caledonia.
Refusing to slow down and suppress her desire to ‘give a damn’, ILUKA became a voice for some of 2017’s most important social movements. Guest performing at Vivid Sydney’s event for Women in Music, ILUKA also became an ambassador for the Women’s March Sydney. Furthering her influential, outspoken artistry, 2017 also saw an exclusive collaboration with Wrangler for her single ‘Blue Jean Baby’.
Fast-forward to 2018 and ILUKA is ready to kick off another year of interminable success. Her latest offering, ‘Sympathy’, is a nod to recent outcries within society and a gentle push for today’s generation to wake up, take a stand and raise their voices. She draws musical influence from Motown’s rhythmic grooves, while maintaining her intrinsic retro pop vibes, swirling synths and lyrical potency.
The new EP Ritual focuses on the here and now, with each song paying homage to her great loves and burning visions of an old soul desperately present. It’s her most honest body of work to date – portraying empowerment, liberation and the desire to fight for something bigger, something more. With live shows in the works and the release of Ritual in April 2018, ILUKA is both an artist of conviction and determination. And she’s only just getting started.
Influenced by Anne-Marie and Sinead Harnett, ambient pop artist Frannie B has not only received praise from both these artists, but also featured on Capital FM London and had air play on BBC Introducing in Oxford, her home town. Young and captivating, her moody synths and electronic drums compliment her smooth and clear vocals.
She has played in venues such as Westfield, Shepherds Bush and local festivals as well as working with established artists like Supergrass, providing backing vocals.
Following her debut pop EP, written and produced in Soho, London, she is finishing her second EP with more R&B influence.
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The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD