Tune in to YouTube tomorrow night, 17th October at 9pm British time to check out the new web series from the Tower of Song featuring Tom Martin. Over the coming months we’ll be featuring talent from around the country, performing just for you, live from the Tower.
Live from the Tower of Song – 9pm
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Sorry for adding the update a bit late to the website. Tom has been updating things via Facebook and we’ve been planning what to do whilst the Tower is closed.
In accordance with the first lot of guidelines – Tom made the decision to close last week in order to keep people safe. We are working on a new platform so we can webcast gigs from home and connect them up in the spirit of the venue and allow some of you who have asked how you can support the Tower and keep it open! I’ve been working on a new site on Twitch, which is a gaming platform lately used by quite a few musicians. We want a platform that is a community where others can contribute and make and promote their own music whilst remaining connected up with the Tower. I believe this is the best platform out there for this that isn’t already completely saturated with artists.
We are thinking of you all during this unprecidented time and hoping that you all remain well. Let’s all create lots of art and meet back at the Tower when this is over. We’re thinking of each and every one of you and are looking forward to the future.
In the meantime, here’s something Tom put together. Stay safe and well all!
Tickets available online now at £5.50.
£7 on the door.
9pm: Devon Mayson
Devon is a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist whose unique style is shaped by influences from the musical worlds of Country, Folk and Pop; her debut Album ‘Lie to Me’ was released in the Summer of 2016 to critical acclaim, reached #3 in the UK Country iTunes Chart and resulted in Devon being named ‘Best UK Newcomer’ at the B&G Country Music Awards.
Following the album, she embarked on a six week tour of the UK and Europe supporting Caitlin Koch.
Described by Andrew Marston, BBC Introducing, as “Beautiful songs from an artist who’s been our BBC Introducing Track of the Week on so many occasions”; Devon’s contemporary style of country has gone on to become a favorite with BBC Radio 2’s Whispering Bob Harris, resulting in her recently being invited to record a second ‘Under the Appletree’ session. “Having recorded more than 400 sessions over 4 years, to stand out from the crowd is no mean feat – but Devon certainly did that. With her sensitive songwriting and soaring vocals, she possesses a rare ability to portray difficult and controversial topics in a way that makes them accessible and personal to the listener, with a level of musicianship and control that makes her a force to reckon with.” – Miles Myerscough Harris
“British Country is on the rise, but this piece of British country music comes heavily laced with raw emotion and integrity rather than sprinkled with the pop fairy dust of more famous offerings.” – Ian Ambrose, Maverick Magazine.
American born Lobelia isn’t just your typical singer-songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist who worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, she has won multiple awards for her songwriting, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, and was one of the original Women of MP3.COM in the early days of the Internet.
In the UK for 10+ years now, she hosts several acclaimed songwriter nights at Tower of Song, winner o the pretigious Grassroots Venue award for 2019.
She can sometimes be seen performing with celebrated solo? bassist, Steve Lawson. (aka Mr. Lo) An advocate for sustainable touring, she travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues. She’s currently working on a new live talk show called TLDR, and an album of co-writes with her favourite songwriters.
“The word genius is often over used but what else could the man whose show stopping performance at Abertillary Blues Festival on his ’57 custom three pick-upped black beauty Les Paul be coined”, “Flights and notations of mystery and imagination crashed to Earth like space shrapnel” and a more to the point quote “Why isn’t this man a star?”. Just a few of the many positive media quotations Melvin Hancox has experienced of late.
Born to song writer and playwright Stephen and artist Lynette of late Melvin has had material played on the BBC, Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock Show and live interviews and sessions on mainstream national radio along with writing and television work.
with Nikki Rous, Bryony Williams & Christie Reeves
Previously in the electro-pop duo Field Harmonics, since going solo Bryony has developed and refined her music over the past three years. This new musical direction has resulted in Bryony being highlighted as one of the ‘25 to watch in the Midlands in 2019’ byBBC WM and her latest single,‘Little Tree’ made their Track of the Month (May 2019). Along with receiving national airplay amongst Tom Robinson’s Mixtape (BBC 6 Music), her critically acclaimed EP, Conscious became shortlisted for ‘Best Record’ by Birmingham Music Awards 2019. Throughout her musical career so far, Bryony has shared the stage with the likes of Hazel English, Stevie Parker, Martha Ffion, Japanese Breakfast, She Drew the Gun andThe Goon Sax. While spending this summer breaking through into festival season, performing on the BBC Introducing stages at Camper Calling and The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival
Bryony’s music has developed into dreamy, hook laden indie-pop-folk soundscape; taking influence from the likes of Anna Calvi, Cocteau Twins, and Marika Hackman. Her personal politics and the need to break the patriarchal industry structures have driven Bryony to found her own DIY label, Grrrl Groannn.
Described as Folk-Pop with her catchy songs, enchanting harmonies and meaningful lyrics, it’s understandable why Christie’s sound is likened to Fleetwood Mac.
You may have heard Christie being interviewed and played on BBC Introducing, on the Brum Radio A-List, or performing her most recent single ‘Salt Water’ live on BBC WM Radio.
After great success locally, winning Sutton Has Musical Talent, taking the front page – literally – in local newspapers, Christie is on her way to even greater success.
Gaining thousands of views on her videos online, amassing fans from all around the world, along with an impressive vocal range which only adds to her powerful, soulful tone. Christie is an emerging artist to keep your eye on.
All kinds of country/americana from hank to nora jones plus originals from Tom Martin/bryan watkins/Bill & the Belles 8 45pm £5 @ door …
Midnight city are a five piece soul band playing a mix of classic northern soul & motown grooves.
The band have been playing together in and around the Birmingham area for almost thirty years.
The big sound and spontaneous excitement which they stir up on stage reflects their lifelong love of soul music.
From the off the band set the atmosphere with classic tracks such as uptight, seven days too long, do I love you, green onions, time is tight all delivered with heart and soul.
The sound is big and full, Hammond organ, tenor sax, bass, lead guitar and drums; one of the most powerful and soulful musical line-ups to come out of Birmingham.