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:
Joel Bailey is a blues inspired singer-songwriter based in South East London. A drummer from a young age his music is influenced by his love of early soul, blues and jazz mixed with an adolescent obsession with Radiohead, Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley. Ever-present on the London singer-songwriter circuit Joel has also recently played several festivals, had 2 showcases at Rough Trade East and performed at The Roundhouse, The Natural History Museum and for Sofar Sounds (London). Joel’s music has been featured on BBC 6 music, BBC London TV & Radio, Amazing Tunes radio, in the Evening Standard and on Tom Robinson’s ‘Fresh on the Net’. Joel’s track ‘Wet Cement’ is currently being used by Heals for their national TV ad campaign ‘A love that lasts’.
DAYS ARE DONE
Days Are Done is what could be described as a happy accident. At the helm are singer-songwriter Emmy Kay (from Blackpool) and BAFTA winning TV & film composer Adam Lewis (from South Wales), who are. now both based in Kingston-upon-Thames. Brought together through a series of musical coincidences and collaborations, Days Are Done channels their shared passion for composition and storytelling. Having both played in a series of different bands, both together and individually, they knew that they had a strong chemistry and when they finally sat down together to write as just the two of them, the flow was just natural. Realising that they had something special when they stripped their sound back to just the two of them and a guitar, they decided that this was their musical destiny. Days Are Done was born. The rest is history still in the making. Over the last 18 months the duo have composed a striking body of songs, mostly written in their front rooms in Kingston. Boasting an ‘old vs. new’ vibe, it is fair to say that their shared influences combine to craft something rather timelessly magical. One of those key influences is of course Nick Drake, whose song Day IS Done inspired the duo’s name. Having formed the duo at what they thought was the end of a musical journey, the name fitted perfectly. A bit of musical secret, they didn’t share the band with friends ahead of launching at a series of open mics where they road-tested material. Within a few months they had recorded a live EP at a tiny coffee shop Hands Coffee (sadly no more) in their hometown. Armed with a laptop and microphones, they invited friends and family and recorded the whole show to release as two introductory EPs. The old school formula worked its wonders and soon enough they had clocked up over 180 gigs – including opening for St Paul & The Broken Bones and Michael Kiwanuka. Having recorded their debut single, Turns To Dust, in Adam’s front room, which involved lots of running around the sofa to press record so that they could record the vocals together, they found themselves surrounded by love for the song. Alongside support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Wales, BBC London, BBC Surrey & South and BBC Introducing,they found themselves invited for sessions with Gaby Roslin and Robert Elms. The love for the duo even spread Stateside and they found themselves invited to perform a session on the world famous WSM in Nashville after a DJ there found a clip of the song on Instagram! With their rapidly growing fanbase now anticipating their next step, the duo just (released 25th August) their debut EP Closer, produced by Sean Genockey. To celebrate the release they hit the festival circuit, with Glastonbury and Hebcelt topping the bill! They were recently in session for BBC Radio 2 (Clare Balding show) and Janice Long and have had rave reviews for their EP: Celeb Mix 4/5 “Simplistic, beautiful, great pop edge and Country Undertones” Building Our Own Nashville “ Stunning, mesmerising , hypnotic”.
Melissa Bel has been captivating audiences and listeners her whole life with her soulful voice and powerful songwriting. As she explains, “My mom would say I started singing before I started talking. I remember being in daycare as a two year-old and singing for everybody. I have a vivid memory from age six of looking in the mirror and saying ‘I’m going to be a singer.’ I just knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
To realize this enduring aspiration, Melissa picked up the guitar at age 14, attended singing lessons from age 12, and took vocal music classes and sang in the choir at school, all of which has provided her with invaluable experience for her calling. Since 2010, Melissa has enjoyed a positive critical and popular reception to her full-length album, Brave (2010) and three mini-albums, Distance (2011), Don’t Forget to Breathe (2013) and In the Light (2016), which have chronicled both her personal loves and losses, as well as the gripping evolution of her musical style.
The Toronto-bred musician now finds herself living and working in the United Kingdom, having made the bold decision to pull up her roots and relocate in order to live with her partner in Devon, England. What began as a trip to Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding in 2015 led to a passionate whirlwind relationship that has already changed her life.
Her latest album, ‘In The Light’, which was released on 4th November 2016 and reached #49 on the iTunes Canada Top 200 Pop chart and #188 on the UK equivalent, tells the story of this journey. The record has received critical acclaim from various media outlets in Canada and the UK, including BBC Introducing, CP24 Toronto, The Vinyl District and Vents Magazine, and has lead to opening slots for Joey Landreth of the Bros. Landreth, and the UK’s Maverick Sabre. One of the album’s singles “Big Boys Don’t Cry” was recently added to the Adult Pop stream on CBC Music.
Each track on the album showcases a different side to Bel, filled with the killer combination of infectious pop beats, powerful soul vocals and heartwarming ballads. Opening track ‘Real Tonight’ is an upbeat, funky rendition of ‘that’ night in Vegas, highlighting Melissa’s incredible ability to write an impressive pop hook akin to the likes of Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift. Singles ‘Stay Gone’, ‘Dirty Word’ and ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’ captivate instantly with their contagious pop-infused melodies. Whereas title track ‘In The Light’ is a vulnerable ballad encapsulating the naked hope and fear of finding profound, visceral love.
Produced by Justin Gray (Joss Stone, John Legend), ‘In The Light’ witnesses Melissa truly finding her voice, and promises her most vulnerable and electrifying album yet.
Other career highlights for Bel include opening for Canadian Juno-award winners Matthew Good and Tegan and Sara, touring as a backup vocalist for Francesco Yates and being a contestant on La Voix (Quebec’s ‘The Voice’) in 2015. The title track off of Melissa’s second release ‘Distance’ reached No. 1 on Montreal’s CIBL Jazz and Blues charts in 2012.
It would be romantic to suggest that in a small bar in Finsbury Park, a Mexican, an Englishman, an English Romani, an Italian and a Swedish Arab could meet and form a band, their only goal to make rock and roll a thing of the present and of the future. Romances are indicative of what makes their hometown of London beautiful – International multiculturalism, freedom, expression, creation and rock and roll.
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Tables can be booked on 0208 6828940
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD