I heard about this artist through an email I received. The first thing that struck me was that he is Irish. I have quite deep Irish roots through my father so I love hearing about new Irish singers and I love being able to promote them and this one certainly is no exception.
If you think folk music is boring and only for members of green peace then think again!
28 year old Johnny Flynn (also known as Joe Flynn) is a unique talent who takes folk music to another level. Amongst his claims to fame he can include; appearing in Lisa Mitchell’s ‘Coin Laundry’ video as well as performing a duet with Brit award winner, Laura Marling in his most recent single “The Water”
His debut album, “A larum” is full of beautifully written lyrics and so many emotions, and his second album “Been Listening” continues this and does not fail to disappoint.
Personally I am not into that many folk bands but Johnny Flynn is a brilliant example of a modern day folk singer. After seeing Johnny Flynn and his band the Sussex Wit at last year’s Festibelly in Lymington and if you get the chance to see him live you will not be dissapointed!
Check out one of his brilliant songs, The Box below:
A friend of mine has recently directed me to this band and I have gotta say, they are amazing. Think of the magic numbers duo, but then think of the duo, but better, you getting me? You will!
The reason that many of you won’t have heard of them is because they are one of the many American bands that just have not broken through to the British music industry. But, this is not to say that they have not had many acheievements and even a few gigs over here in the UK. The now husband and wife made it big over in America in 2006,after being signed to Nettwerk label. They not only got shortlisted for a music award by Snow patrol member, Gary Lightbody, but they were also asked by Mandy Moore to write and sing on her album. (well, she had to make her album at least a little bit good somehow) 2006 was also the year they performed at the Oxygen festival in Ireland and T in the Park in Scotland. After their big year with much to be celebrated they took some time off and in this break they got married and had a little baby boy.
This is what I like to see, a new style of music being experimented with and Ellie Goulding, with the help of Frankmusik, is certainly breaking the mould of generic singers.
At the age of 22, she has not only won the Critic’s choice award at the Brits, but she has also be named number one for the BBC sound of 2010, as announced this morning. With the previous winners being the likes of, Mika, Adele and Little Boots, she has a lot to live up to, but she is already proving she is more than just a pretty face from Herefordshire. Her debut single “Under the sheets” uses a mixture of folk, electronic and pop to create a unique sound that compliments her amazing voice. Her debut album, “Lights” is due to be released on 1st March and judging by her debut single and the fact she has already performed in Later with Jools Holland, Ellie Goulding is surely going to be the name on everyone’s lips in 2010.
Her debut single is available for download from iTunes or you can listen to it from her myspace page as well as a few other tracks, so go and have a listen and tell me what you think of this new artist.