Karousel Music presents:
Karousel Music X SESAC East London Showcase
Pat Dam Smyth + Brooke Sharkey + Rebekah Fitch + Ana Cristina Cash
Entry Requirements: Over 16, 18 for Alcohol
The March edition of our Karousel x SESAC showcase is upon us... click the artist profiles for more info. We're happy to be bringing you as eclectic a lineup as ever, and we hope you'll come early and stick around for all four acts...
This month we'll be supporting the wonderful Youth Music with this one for their amazing Give A Gig Week from 16-25 March 2018. Youth Music are aiming for 100 gigs to take place during the week. You can transform the lives of children and young people by coming along to one of the live music events - From gigs down the pub to arena tours and festivals: any size, any genre, anywhere. Raise money to support young people experiencing incredibly challenging circumstances. Music changes lives - and as we're always passionate about supporting HMUK and their mission to save musicians in crisis, we're very proud to support an initiative that brings the gift of music into the lives of those children in incredibly challenging circumstances.
"Reminds me of Pink Floyd... epic!" - Cerys Matthews BBC 6Music "Brilliant stuff" - Lauren Laverne BBC 6Music "Furious and fierce... a little bit of My Morning Jacket, a little bit of Beck in there... and a little bit of Nick Cave too. Just the holy trinity really, isn’t it?" *- *RODDY HART, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND** "Pat Dam Smyth’s debut album, ‘The Great Divide’, was critically acclaimed upon its release in 2012… the new record’s first single ‘Juliette’ suggests that he should be expecting at least as much, if not more adulation". - CMU “… masterfully mournful... Cut from the same cloth of Nick Cave and John Grant... conjures Dark Side-era Pink Floyd in its braying brass and portentous, swaggering pop élan. THE THIN AIR
PAT DAM SMYTH’S 2016 saw him scorch through packed out sets at Reeperbahn Festival, The Great Escape and several London showcases including a sell-out in The Roundhouse’s Sackler Theatre for the MVT #Fightback benefit, as well as a thunderous Lexington show at the start of the year. In addition to his mini tour of Italy in the summer, the band delighted a capacity crowd at the Other Voices/End of The Trail in Dingle, Ireland in early December; and Pat was the star turn at the Belfast launch of Help Musicians Northern Ireland. As three piece lineups go, you’ll have to go a long way to find a bigger, more authentic sound. Without doubt the musician’s musician; now fans and industry alike are getting in line. This year sees Pat leave behind the lo-fi sound of his critically acclaimed The Great Divide, which was hailed as a modern masterpiece in his native Northern Ireland. It received critical acclaim further afield, from The Independent, Q magazine, Hotpress, The Irish Times, Rock Italia, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 music. The sound of new album ‘Kids’ was forged from the blooming relationship between co-writer, co-producer and drummer Chris McComish. KIDS is an expansive and bold record which has ‘classic’ tattooed all over it. It is an opus of life growing up in the Belfast of the Troubles: falling in and out of love; falling in and out of clubs and venues; and winding up anywhere around the world from Berlin to LA, Liverpool to London. Bomb scares and broken hearts; first, lost and everlasting loves; self discovery, self destruction; holding on and letting go. For fans of Nick Cave, John Grant, Timbre Timbre, Beck and Pink Floyd, it’s a must. A leading light in a new wave of exciting Northern Irish artists, Pat is already being cited as an influence by his peers, being quoted in the lyrics of the Northern Irish Music Prize winner Ciaran Lavery for one.
Conquers beautifully - The Independent I love it – a textbook Song For Guy recommendation' Guy Garvey, BBC 6 Music He has returned to create something beautiful... The Daily Mirror The Great Divide is amazing. It's musical storytelling at its finest... BBC A rare kind of truthful songwriting The Irish Times Epic - Female First Beautiful, with an acerbic bite - PRS Magazine An authentic masterpiece which never ceases to amaze... - Rock Italia Beautiful - **** – Stereoboard Intoxicating – 9/10 – Rhythm and Booze
Listed as one of The Future 50 in the Guardian in November 2016.
‘ She’s sure to stop you in your tracks…Really is so beautiful…’ - Radio 6- Mary Anne Hobbs
''What places her on a higher plane than most of her contemporaries is actually pretty simple: the sheer strength of her songwriting, and the truly soul shifting quality of her voice... This is mature, refined songwriting of the highest calibre.'' - Loud & Quiet Magazine
London based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey was raised between France and England, since her return she has release 2 Eps and 1 full length album (one dress, 2012) and has self-released her second album ' Wandering Heart' in there UK. This same album is to be released on V2 records in Benelux and the rest of the world on the 17th march 2017.
She has played at festivals such as Glastonbury and Green man and has played at venues such as the Union chapel, Jazz cafe, and Bush Hall in London with her full band consisting of double bass, electric bass, cello, synth, electric and acoustic guitar and drums. Brooke produces her music and collaborates with band members based in and around East London. Her unique sound can be described as:
'An introspective sound adorned with emotional vocals and sliding string sections that create a tense air of melancholy that few others can master so simply and so elegantly, Brooke Sharkey oozes a creativity that radiates emotion. She is a woman who bleeds artistry' (Fresh beats)
She was listed in the future 50 in the guardian at the end of 2016 and her album was played and praised by Maryanne Hobbs radio 6, Huey Morgan - Radio 2, Gideon Coe -Radio 6, Ricky Ross BBC Scotland and has captured the attention of Loud and quiet magazine, Acoustic magazine and Maverick magazine.
Brooke is planning to tour extensively in Uk and Europe in 2017 with dates already booked in benelux.
"Rebekah Fitch has become something of a Northern Irish pop phenomenon" - Hot Press “Rebekah Fitch is unequivocally poised for pop stardom” - Gigging NI
Combining the artistry of Florence + the Machine, the thought-provoking lyric writing of Stevie Nicks, and the wonder and curiosity of Bjork, Rebekah Fitch is a new artist that will spark intrigue. The power of music is in its ability to carry a message, and this is exactly what Rebekah does. In a rapidly transforming world, she challenges listeners to stop and think for themselves, finding where they stand before being swept away in the chaos. You don’t have to ditch the instantly-memorable pop melodies to find something with more substance.
Rebekah’s musical studies have enhanced her thirst for sonic experimenting, bringing a new dimension to the distinctive melodies she creates. Her music is influenced by an eclectic mix of artists, ranging from the likes of Lana Del Rey and Lorde, to an interest in the experimental and electronic music of Bjork and Portishead. Intricately woven lyrics invite you to explore layers of meaning to uncover the full extent of what she has to say.
She has already gained commercial success with playlisting on Cool FM, U105 and Dublin’s FM104 (as their Select Irish Artist), as well as performing live sessions on BBC Radio Ulster, Metro Radio, SPIN1038 and more. Her dynamic multi-instrumental live shows, complete with mesmerizing live-looping and powerful vocals, have really started to get people talking, having played at festivals such as Stendhal, Evo Emerging and Moira Calling, and supported bands including Hermitage Green. Rebekah’s future looks to build on strong beginnings.
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ANA CRISTINA CASH is an American singer-songwriter, raised in Miami, FL. Her parents moved to the United States in the early 1960's from Cuba during the onset of the revolution. She grew up listening to music from many different genres, and writes first from the heart. Her recordings exhibit a broad vocal range, spanning from an expressive and resonating contralto to an amazingly high coloratura soprano, exhibiting what is known to some as a “whistle register”. She currently resides in Nashville, TN.
In 2017, Ana released her latest musical work titled "The Tough Love EP" which was produced by her husband, Multi-Grammy Award winning producer John Carter Cash and recorded at The Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville,TN. The EP is a six song collection that is currently available on iTunes and all digital platforms and is part of a larger album that will be available later this year. In early in 2015, Ana Cristina released her pop-soul album which she recorded in Los Angeles , "The West Coast Sessions" and was produced by Chris Price.
Ana Cristina Cash is bi-lingual and started her professional music career at age six, quickly becoming an accomplished champion of the singing contests on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante”. At the age of 16 she signed to Sony Music’s Latin division and released her first album “Ana Cristina” in the Spanish language. Her version of Shubert’s “Ave Maria” was released within a Sony Christmas compilation album titled “Nuestra Navidad”.
In 2005, at the age of 19, she became the first Hispanic in history to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at a Presidential Inauguration. The following year in 2006 she was invited to perform at the White House for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain and notable world ambassadors. That same year, she released a duet with MichaelAngelo of the song “You Can Change the World”. Its bilingual counterpart “El Mundo Puedes Cambiar” went on to become the theme song for the World Cup Germany 2006. Ana has also performed the national anthem for various live national broadcasts including NBA, MLB and NFL. She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Florida International University in 2010.
On October 29, 2016 Ana Cristina married music producer John Carter Cash. Shortly after, she began to record and write music for her current release, The Tough Love EP. These recordings, with a dark and mysterious flair, show off Ana Cristina’s connection to rockabilly and gritty blues, with a flavor for country and soul. Ana spends most of her time performing live shows, recording, and writing. Ana and John Carter also own and operate Cash Cabin Enterprises LLC together. She is forever creative and is looking forward to every new chapter in her musical journey.She and her husband John welcomed their daughter,Grace June Cash into the world on September 11,2017
West Coast Sessions Album Link—As Ana Cristina: https://open.spotify.com/album/38T6g36QFLZSSZ6P1pxbzY?
The Tough Love EP: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2R6hhNDQT8vBWQgCCmDnK0