Emma Svensson – ‘Runs in the Family’

Swedish singer-songwriter Emma Svensson is continuing the cosy Christmas feeling into 2023 with her new single, ‘Runs in the Family’. She captures the closeness of family and the continuation of long-standing traditions by telling of childhood trips to the mountains which she is now undertaking with her own kids. She does so through strong imagery … More Emma Svensson – ‘Runs in the Family’

Katie Nicholas – ‘Feather’ EP, Launch Show

There is genuine surprise from Katie Nicholas as she greets the crowd at the launch of her EP ‘Feather’. The Scouse singer-songwriter can’t quite believe that “you guys are actually at a gig to hear songs written by me”. It is nothing short of a pleasure to be here though in the hallowed space of … More Katie Nicholas – ‘Feather’ EP, Launch Show

Bryony Sier – Picture Not So Perfect

Bryony Sier has entered early into the festive season with a faithful adaptation of a Christmas novella. ‘Picture Not So Perfect’ is titled after Stephanie O’Neil’s debut publication, and retells the story of protagonist Holly in charming detail. It is essentially a love story in which Holly, after losing her mother at a young age … More Bryony Sier – Picture Not So Perfect

The Goudies – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Cover)

One of the unexpected highlights at this year’s British Country Music Festival was a cover of the theme tune to classic sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. Wales-based duo The Goudies fashioned a completely new take on this beloved song, with surprisingly successful results. Its popularity with live audiences is perhaps one of the reasons … More The Goudies – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Cover)

Amy-Jo – Coming Close

There’s great irony in the title of Amy-Jo’s single ‘Coming Close’. That’s because the Morecambe-based singer/songwriter has struck gold with this, an instant hit that is far from the “silver medal” that she talks about in the chorus. The uncomplicated musical arrangement allows the song to really shine, as it’s the lyrics and Amy-Jo’s vocal … More Amy-Jo – Coming Close

Elin Grace – Bee Without Wings

One of the most exciting talents coming through this year’s Forté project is surely 18-year-old Elin Grace. The singer-songwriter from Mid Wales has just released an EP of sheer brilliance. ‘Bee Without Wings’ may only be her debut release but it demonstrates a maturity far beyond her years. Lyrically complex, sonically fascinating, vocally mesmerising, the … More Elin Grace – Bee Without Wings

Jess and the Bandits – Emotional Baggage

Beneath the light exterior of Jess and the Bandits’ latest single is a serious message about life as a working mum. ‘Emotional Baggage’ comes from lead singer Jessica Clemmons’ own experience of trying to manage a career with two sons in tow. The result is a song that contains many scenes from the typical parent’s … More Jess and the Bandits – Emotional Baggage