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Simon Birds
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And Her Band

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Midlands based Singer/Songwriter Kezia Gill, has been singing professionally for over 15 years. Born in Nottingham to a large musical family of Irish decent, her early years were spent surrounded by music. Her father, a professional musician for over 50 years and her single biggest influence, introduced Kezia to the world of performing, writing and most importantly, the vast back catalogue of music that has shaped her individual style. Pulling influences from a wide range of genres including Folk & Irish, Country, Rock and Blues, her sound is completely unique. She performs all over the UK, as well as the world, including previous shows in Europe, Australia and America. Her individual and uncomparable style is not only evident in her original material, but laced throughout her wide repertoire of classic covers. With her impressive vocal range, energy on stage and multi-instrumental talent, she makes every song her own.

 Major success was had with her single ‘Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman’ being added to the Radio 2 playlist for 4 consecutive weeks. When Covid-19 put the brakes on Kezia’s live performances, she turned to performing virtually, and her weekly Lockdown Live Streams on Facebook have been hugely successful, receiving repeatedly high viewing figures, and amassing her very own online fan group, 'The Friday Night Crew'. Continuing to release singles throughout the pandemic, and enjoying regular radio play from BBC Radio 2, Kezia also released her fourth Official Music Video to her latest single 'Wings'

.2021 is already set to be an exciting year for Kezia, as she continues to build on her success and make up for the lost time of the pandemic. Not only is new music on the horizon, but with Kezia's early influences of rock and blues deep rooted within her, she intends to spread her wings and explore a more "Americana" Sound. With the songwriting ability of a country artist, the stage energy of a rock star, and the voice of the blues, one thing is for sure.....

                                                         coming next from this exciting artist is definetely worth sticking around for.

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"One of the finest country acts in not just the West Midlands but the UK. Superb musicianship and gritty lyrical tales that always keep you wanting more!"
Alex Noble, BBC Introducing

"Sassy, funky, Little Big Town infused country right from the heartland of the UK"
James Daykin, Lyric Magazine

Two-time British CMA ‘Duo of the Year’ and Birmingham Music Awards ‘Best Folk/Country Act’ Gasoline & Matches are a high energy, guitar driven duo, hailing from Birmingham. With cleverly constructed lyrics, close harmonies and melodic guitar licks, they are known for delivering sharp, energetic performances with playful humour and serious musicianship. Their debut single ‘Fool’s Gold’ reached No.1 in the UK iTunes Country Chart, gaining momentum when named amongst BBC Introducing's West Midlands Sounds of 2019.

Touring the UK and transatlantic performances from LA to Nashville attracted international recognition landing several major global brand endorsements. Touring extensively with a host of international artists and UK country music alumni has found the duo sharing the stage with Nashville legend Phil Vassar, main stage appearances ahead of Lindsay Ell, Don McLean, Jessie J & Kaiser Chiefs, and transatlantic performances in Los Angeles & Nashville. Whether performing acoustically or with the full band, their live show is not to be missed.

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“The Princess of the steel guitar, a multi talented Performer” GAZETTE

This year Sarah celebrates 35 years in the industry and is without doubt one of the finest Pedal Steel Guitarists in the world. She has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including Van Morrison, Phil Collins, Elkie Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campell.. the list goes on.. demonstrating her versatility on a range of instruments. Sarah resides in Exmouth when not on tour which she does extensively over the world and has notched up a list of amazing venues like Madison Square Gardens NYC, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl in which she performed with Van Morrison on his live CD. A rare chance to see Sarah perform her stunning talents within her home County!

Sarah Jory & Sarah Yeo BAND Perform Together for the WCMF!

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* * * *   Maverick Magazine * * * * RnR Magazine  BBC INTRODUCING  "Beautiful Voice"  BBC INTRODUCING " Brilliant Narrative Folk"

MARIE CRICHTON -  BBC SHROPSHIRE   "Beautiful voice"  MAVERICK MAGAZINE  "Amazing vocals, an artist who is evolving and raising the bar at the same time" RnR MAGAZINE  " Plenty to tickle the ear!"  RnR MAGAZINE "Roadie is a great Song that blends Romanticism with life on the road!"  FOREVER BRITISH COUNTRY - "Really lovely Harmonizing, I love how Sarah Yeo has Really honed her sound"

Native Devonian girl Sarah Yeo has been making a impression on the Live music scene for at least two decades performing her way around many venues both large and small in the UK. In more recent years she has won fans performing across the pond in New York City and California. Likened to voices such as Karen Carpenter, the Corrs, Mary Chain Carpenter to name a few. Her versatility has made for a very interesting gigging past playing in various bands and as a soloist she has also gained endorsements from household names,

Shane Richie "what a voice! " and Nina Myscow "She should be a star". Sarah who has shared line ups with the Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Craig Charles and has played stages such as Mello, Midwinter, Glas - denbury, Dart, Exeter Respect festivals feels her varying experience on the road has greatly enriched her musical senses, and is what's enabling her song writing to cross over in to many different genres. Several of Sarah tracks have enjoyed radio play on BBC and Independant Radio Stations and has the frequent support of ARC FM, CountryRadio.uk, East Devon Radio, Riviera FM and an army of online stations and shows including' Live in the Living Room', Visual Radio Arts, Russell Hills Country, UK Country DC Brown. Highlights include playing at Exeter City Football ground, Switching on Exeter City and Torquay Festive lights, Supporting Nashville's Cheley Tackett, Texas's Bob Cheavers, Gaz Brookfield, The Drifters... Over the course of her career so far perhaps one of the biggest accolades was to be named by one time audience member

Jim Marshall (founder of Marshall amps) as his favorite Singer.

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Tennessee Twin are a skilful acoustic duo playing original modern country music from their base in Cambridge, UK. Their original songs have quickly caught the admiration of British country audiences, blending memorable melodies, gritty yet thoughtful lyrics and exquisite harmonies. Keren Morall - country commentator and podcast host, said of Tennessee Twin ‘These guys are exceptional. The emotion they bring with their songs is undeniable. Their story telling is second to none.’

Their song writing has earned international recognition. Their latest singles, 'Every Story', ‘Two Heart Rendezvous’, 'When We Move' and 'Rewind' all received universal praise and gained airplay around the world. Their debut EP ‘Tips In A Jar’ (August 2019) went straight into the iTunes UK Country Chart at no.1 and has established itself as a favourite of country fans while gaining widespread airplay. In the words of Gaz Williams of ‘Building Our Own Nashville ‘It showcases the kind of storytelling prowess that has already earned Tennessee Twin international acclaim.’ 

Before ‘Tips In A Jar’ their previous single 'Wings of Red, White and Blue' won the Nashville Music City song writing competition in March 2018 taking them to record in Nashville, Tennessee later that year.The duo won all three of their nominated categories in the UK Country Showcase Listener Awards 2019 (Best Newcomer, Best Duo and Best EP) and were finalists in the UK Country Music Awards 2020 (Best Duo) and 2019 British Country Airplay ‘Artiste Of The Year’. They also received nominations more recently in the 2021 UK Country Music Awards for Duo Of The Year and in the ARC Radio 2021 Awards for Duo Of The Year and Single Of The Year (for 'When We Move').

Donna Marie, a singer-songwriter hailing from the North-West of England in a town called Warrington. Her songwriting style mixes musical genres that have inspired her as a musician. Deeply routed in ‘story telling’ and melodies that stay with you. 

Donna's most recently featured on GEORGE 'Jazzman' HOLLIDAY’S debut album 'MADE ON THE ROAD Volume 1' which was co-written on George's travelling studio bus back in 2019. 

 

 She created CLIMBING MOUNTAIN RECORDS so that she could release her own music. Her debut release ‘BROKEN LOVE’ EP (2015) hit the UK Country iTunes chart reaching number 5. Several singles later and her followers and streams are steadily growing. 

‘ON THE ROAD’ was picked up by popular Spotify curator playlist ‘VERY NEARLY NASHVILLE’ already achieving over 112,000 plays.  BBC introducing has also championed 'ON THE ROAD' as one of the shows producers picks. She's also been nominated for a number of awards including best musician and best country artist.

 

Before the pandemic hit Donna was a musician and vocalist  as part of 'Dominic Halpin & The Hurricanes' for the hit theatre show 'A COUNTRY NIGHT IN NASHVILLE' playing across the UK in some of the most prestigious venues. 

During lockdown Donna released several singles including a rip, roaring duet with Patrick Jordan and her own fresh take on ‘Del Amitri’s NOTHING EVER HAPPENS and is currently working on a new body of work including being part of 'The Songs & Stories Collective' with Sarah Yeo & Tennessee Twin. 

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Danny McMahon is known for his authentic and honest lyrical content, combined with a charming, infectious blend of classic country and accessible pop sounds. Since the release of his debut single 'What It's Like' and accompanying EP 'Making Memories' in 2017, Danny has been inspired to create a unique sound that will be relatable to and welcomed by a range of audiences. Danny became the first UK artist to attend and perform at Springboard Festival, CA and as a result, was invited to write and record with 5-time Grammy nominated and 27-dove nominated songwriter and producer Billy Smiley.

Danny's journey has continued with the release of 'Momentarily' [EP - 2018) and 'Boys Cry Too' [EP - 2019] which reached #2 in the UK Country iTunes Album chart and includes the #1 UK Country single 'When I See You'. Danny has been recognised with a plethora of awards and finished 2019 touring Sweden [Live at Heart], Italy [Voghera Country Festival], Nashville and the UK. Danny's latest single 'Lonely', described to 'capture the purity and sincerity surrounding the artists individual and charismatic vocal' reached #4 in the UK Country iTunes singles chart. The latest single has been featured on BBC Radio Wales A-list and has had regular play on Chris Country. 

2020 saw Danny play in Berlin, Germany [Country Music Meeting], Harrisburg, PA [Millennium Music Conference]. He also later that year claimed the "Male Voclaist Of The Year" Award at the International Singer Songwriter Awards. 

Danny's brand new single 'My Kinda City', co-written with Nashville's Tyler Bank reached #1 in the UK Country iTunes Chart and Top 100 in the all-genre charts. His latest single "Best Worst Habit" has already topped 70,000 streams on Spotify, 

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Adam first picked up a guitar aged seven but until his early teens his interest was barely smouldering as a brief foray into classical guitar failed to provide the spark of inspiration he needed. Things began to change when at thirteen he started private tuition with Adrian John Loveridge, a veteran of the 1980’s Californian music scene who had just moved back to his hometown of Lyme Regis, Dorset. Guitar lessons suddenly got a lot cooler with tales of ‘life on the road’ in a far-off land, told in an American accent and Adrian’s gold record gleaming on the wall. The breakthrough came when Adam’s new mentor took him to see blues rock band The Hamsters at Lyme’s Marine Theatre. Adam left his first ever gig with Jimi Hendrix riffs ringing in his ears and by age fifteen he was gigging regularly on the local circuit recreating the music of his newfound guitar heroes. 

 

Since those early days of playing in numerous bands he has honed his craft and found his voice, and with well over 1,500 gigs under his belt is successfully carving out a solo career. 

His acclaimed debut album ‘Small Town Thinking’, recorded both in Devon and Nashville, was released at the start of 2014. The album steadily gathered praise with Adam’s “timeless” gift earning him rave reviews including a full 5-star rating and ‘Album of the Month’ award in Guitar Techniques Magazine

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Phoenix River Band's roots stretch back over 15 years comprising a large back catalogue of original and varied songs stretching over five albums. Playing fully electric or 'unplugged' sets and sometimes a mixture of the two, the band has performed with many classic artists including Wishbone Ash, 10cc, The Blockheads, Yardbirds, Focus and Walter Trout.

 Our most recent releases, the live album 'Under The All-Seeing Eye', the EP 'Lights' and the full length album 'Empty Road' are available in both physical (CD) and digital formats, either direct from us or from a variety of popular download sources.

The current band members are:

 Chris Melhuish      Guitar and Vocals

Andy Allpass          Keyboards and Backing Vocals

Dave Dunster        Drums and Backing Vocals

Jo Melhuish            Vocals and Backing Vocals

Shelley Dunster     Backing Vocals

Mike Pitt                 Bass

Syd Riley                 Guitars

 

PRB and via its earlier incarnation as 'AFGM' have had the pleasure of some fine musicians over the years. Take a peek at the gallery photos for some past faces.

 The  last AFGM album, ‘The River’, released in 2009, received ★★★★★ critical acclaim on  iTunes. “This is a wonderful album with tracks as varied as ‘The River’ with a passing nod to Pink Floyd, to ‘Picture’ with a hint of country rock. A joy.” A number of songs have made it through to the PBB set all be it with some 'updating' by the current line-up.

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#1 UK iTunes Country Album artist.
U.K.C.M.A Male Country Singer
of the Year
2021
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ALAN WEST

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