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Artist Bios

The Bacon Brothers

24th October 2008

Long before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and screen career, and before Michael Bacon became known as a go-to composer for film and television, they were just two brothers, born nine years apart, coming of age in Center City Philadelphia. By the late 1960s, Michael, already a professional musician, would gig with his band at the city’s famed Electric Factory with a young Kevin tagging along when he could.

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Janet Robin

24th October 2008

Many people attempt to make music, but few earn that illustrious title. Those in this business reserve that label for the rare individuals who consistently demonstrate a high level of talent, perseverance, taste and sensitivity over a period of time. To these people making music is not simply a pastime; it is a matter of blood and guts. That a serious addiction to making music runs through Robin’s veins is made clear from a quick review of her career.

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Ben Granfelt

23rd September 2008

After having played with numerous groups, such as Gringos Locos (1986-91), the Guitar Slingers (1991-99) and the Lenningrad Cowbodys (1991-98), critically acclaimed Finnish guitarist Ben Granfelt formed his own band in 1993. Ever since the Ben Granfelt Band was formed, the trio has toured Germany, the UK and the US and done countless tours in…

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Chris DeBurgh

22nd September 2008

CHRIS DE BURGH – the facts:- 45 million sales worldwide 200 gold and platinum discs Over 50 awards from around the world 3000 live performances since 1975 1975 – first international breakthrough in Brazil where his debut single, ’Flying’, stayed at No. 1 for 17 weeks 1983 – ’Don’t Pay The Ferryman’ No. 1 in…

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Chris Jagger´s Atcha

21st September 2008

Follow up to the well received Sequel recording of five years ago, from Chris Jagger’s rockin’ roots combo. An album that combines an eclectic mix of hootenanny, blues and swampy Cajun which will be appreciated by fans of Little Feat, JJ Cale, Dire Straits and the country influenced songs from the Let It Bleed /…

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Colin Hay

21st September 2008

Since forming MEN AT WORK in Melbourne in 1979, he hasn`t stopped. He did three albums with that band : Business As Usual ( `81), Cargo(`83) and Two Hearts (`85). Four solo albums have followed: Looking For Jack (`87),Wayfaring Sons (`90),Peaks & Valleys (`92) and Topanga (`94). Sales have gone up and down, but one…

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Cutting Crew

20th September 2008

The pop/rock group Cutting Crew formed in England in 1985. The two founding members were guitarist Kevin Cott MacMichael  and vocalist Nick Van Eede. In 1986 Cutting Crew released its debut album, Broadcast. “Don’t Look Back” and “Life in a Dangerous Time” are a couple of the tracks on this first effort. The young group…

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Cy Curnin

18th September 2008

For over 25 years, Cy Curnin has been connecting with audiences through his music.  Known for evocative lyrics and distinctive vocals, he developed a solid reputation in modern rock circles as the lead singer of The Fixx.  In recent years, Cy has also carved out a solo career that has produced a number of CDs,…

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Dave Kelly

17th September 2008

If there is such a thing as a British ‘blues pedigree’, then Dave Kelly’s sets the standard.  Kelly is a blues craftsman – a journeyman who has served his time with the best. In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters.  He became a friend to Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt…

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Donnie Munro

16th September 2008

How did a village kid from the the Isle of Skye became the frontman with a top Scottish folk-rock band? It is best to go back to the beginning to take a look at where it all began. Donald Munro was born in Uig, Isle of Skye on 2/8/53 and was the youngest of three.…

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Endrick Brothers

15th September 2008

It was a quiet night in The Niagra in New York’s East Village. The bar’s landlord, cult singer-songwriter Jesse Malins, was back from his European tour. He was glad of the peace and the quiet, and keen to introduce his patrons to some of the cracking music he’d gathered on his travels. He’d stuck a…

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Gary Fletcher

14th September 2008

GARY FLETCHER – Bassist, composer and vocals of the legendary British Blues Band comes from the generation which followed hot on the heels of the first big British Blues Boom. His skills as a bassplayer were gained in a musical environment where bands like Cream were the adventurous young musicians beacons.                                It was Jethro…

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Gathering – Legends of Folk Rock

14th September 2008

Gathering features a veritable Who’s Who of key players, whose combined experience and membership have seen them record or perform with some of the most influential artists to grace stages and record collections across the world. Comprised of former and current members of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Lindisfarne, Magna Carta, The Albion Band, Jethro Tull,…

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Gerry Rafferty

13th September 2008

GERRY RAFFERTY is a popular music giant , thanks to the song “Baker Street” .. His career long predated that fixture of top 40 radio, however-indeed, by the time he cut “Baker Street” Rafferty had already been a member of two successful groups, the Humblebums and Stealers Wheel. GERRY RAFFERTY was born in Paisley, Scotland…

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Gordon Haskell

12th September 2008

There are tall stories, sagas and unlikely tales in the music industry. Then there is Gordon Haskell. The singer-songwriter’s hit single ‘How Wonderful You Are’ and the Chartalbum “Harry´s Bar” has been one of the most musical surprises of 2002 in europe. An jazzy ballad that oozes class from every note, the song’s heart-warming message…

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Graham Lyle

11th September 2008

One of the most successful British songwriters of his generation, Graham Lyle has written hit songs spanning four decades and encompassing almost all genres of music, from rock to pop, country to reggae, folk to R&B, and is even covered by the rap artist of today. Graham Hamilton Lyle was born on March 11th 1944…

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Harvey Andrews

10th September 2008

Harvey Andrews has been writing and performing his own songs, monologues and stories for 35 years. In that time he has travelled the world, been on “The Old Grey Whistle Test”, done sessions for John Peel, appeared in a solo concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, been voted Canada’s International Artist Of The Year 1996.…

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Joan Armatrading

10th September 2008

3 times Grammy Nominated , JOAN ARMATRADING has come a long way since her birth in the West Indies and her upbringing in Birmingham. With 19 stunning albums to her credit and a new album in the pipe line for release March 2010, Joan’s subtle and sublime music has touched millions of people all over…

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Lee Rocker

9th September 2008

Rockabilly, Americana, roots rock… call it what you like. But to Lee Rocker, it’s all just rock and roll. As a founding member of the Stray Cats, Rocker and his high school pals, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom, formed the Cats in 1980. They played all over New York and then moved to London,…

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Leo Sayer

8th September 2008

Leo Sayer (born Gerard Sayer) had a string of highly polished mainstream pop hits in the late ’70s. Sayer began his musical career as the leader of the London-based Terraplane Blues Band in the late ’60s. He formed Patches with drummer Dave Courtney in 1971; Courtney used to play with British pop star Adam Faith.…

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Long John Baldry

7th September 2008

LONG JOHN BALDRY was born with a natural gift of talent, charisma and an unswerving commitment to perform his art. He is a unique individual who can inspire, lead and influence other artists of his genre, many of whom have later become stars in their own right. He is probably best known for his massive…

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Maggie Reilly

6th September 2008

If you own Echoes you may know that Margaret and Danny Reilly started it all. To extend this information I must add that it started in Glasgow, Scotland in 1956. Danny was a singer so it was no surprise that his little daughter, who often accompanied him on his concerts, dreamt of her own musical…

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Magnum

6th September 2008

Magnum got its start in Birmingham, England, in the mid-’70s. The band’s first album, Kingdom of Madness, came out in 1978, right in the midst of the punk rock musical revolution. That timing may be one factor contributing to the band’s unknown status. 1979 saw the release of Magnum II. After extensive gigging, the group…

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Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito

5th September 2008

Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with his new band, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. The band features a tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the all-male blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar Blues and Rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents a band…

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Midge Ure

5th September 2008

MIDGE URE – an artist who has received, Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. Midge has had musical success with  Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous “one off” group in musical history Band Aid.…

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Nazareth

4th September 2008

The Scottish hard rock quartet Nazareth had a handful of hard rock hits in the late ’70s, including the proto-power ballad “Love Hurts.” Formed in 1968, the band featured vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. The band had relocated to London by 1970, and they released their self-titled…

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Nils Lofgren

3rd September 2008

NILS LOFGREN learned to play the accordion at age five and studied jazz and classical music as a child. He switched to rock guitar at 15 and formed the band GRIN in 1969 with bassist Bob Gordon, drummer Bob Berberich, and later his brother Tom Lofgren on guitar. Grin quickly built a reputation around Washington,…

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Paul Brady

2nd September 2008

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly-regarded and successful artists. Born and raised in Strabane, Northern Ireland, on the border with the Irish Republic, he was into a wide variety of music from an early age. A Fifties child, his first sounds the Swing, Jazz, Show tunes of his parents…

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Pentangle

1st September 2008

PENTANGLE first started as a five piece band in 1967, when John Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Jacqui McShee started a folk club in the Horseshoe Pub in Tottenham Court Road. They asked along Danny Thompson ( bass) and Terry Cox ( drums) and the combination of folk, jazz and blues was an immediate success. Record…

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Rick Vito

30th August 2008

Guitarist Rick Vito was born Darby, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Though he was very young, Rick distinctly remembers the impact of the early years of Rock & Roll and the effect it had on his interest in playing the guitar. “Everyone, of course, was crazy about ELVIS and I was too. Also, I was…

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