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Andrew Marston introduces live music from Ellice (Hereford)

Unsigned, undiscovered & under-the-radar music, as recorded at the Oxford Arms in Kington

2 hours

Last on

Sat 2 Nov 2013 20:00

In session

In session
X-Factor national finalist Ellice is a passionate, determined and gifted new country singer, with an emotive style and wonderful voice.
Since winning a local talent competition aged 11, she has devoted the intervening years to developing her vocal capabilities and pursuing her dreams.
In conjunction with playing gigs, concerts and charity events, she has also been devoting time to her full time education with additional studies in the performing arts.
Hailing from Hereford, she is in the respected line of creative artists and singers that have begun their careers in this lovely cathedral city, a diverse list that includes Ellie Goulding, The Pretenders and Mott The Hoople.
The experience of being in the X-Factor boot-camp ultimately gave Ellice a new determination to never settle for less than the very best.
"It was fun, but my heart has turned away from the glitzy attractions of show business and pop singing.
"I want to establish a more long-term career singing the music I love and that I'm passionate about; and I love different styles of country music.
"I am now finding my own voice, and expressing the music and songs that I love in my own way, and finding the unique artist within me.
"And I'm having great fun pursuing my dreams!"

BBC Introducing - in Kington

BBC Introducing - in Kington
It's one of the least populated towns in Herefordshire (according to the 2001 census it had a population of 2,597) yet has produced gems like Ellie Goulding and Mike Oldfield - who wrote his album Hergest Ridge on, errrr, Hergest Ridge.
For the last two years we've been taking the BBC Introducing Recording Roadshow out-and-about - and this was the last town in Herefordshire we've not yet visited.
When we rolled up at the Oxford Arms we were promised the biggest storm of the decade - which has been a general theme of our recording sessions this year - but luckily it came to nothing!
All of our live studio sessions and festival gigs since 2005

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin
The campaign to see a statue of the late, great Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham built in Redditch is gathering pace.
One of the bands official tribute acts, Hats Off To Led Zeppelin, has now joined a project to raise the £50,000 needed to build a statue and will be collecting donations at their up coming gigs.
If successful John Bonham will join some other famous statues across the two counties.
The Music Map...

On tour

On tour
Gwyn Ashton, from Bewdley, has recently come back from a European tour taking in places like German, the Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Finland three times - where he also has his own band!
He's toured with the likes of BB King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Junior Wells, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Robin Trower, Jeff Healey, Dan Baird and many others.
He's also recorded with Chris Glen, Ted McKenna (SAHB, MSG), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne), Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O'Neill (Rory Gallagher).
A recent reviewe described him as a combination of Jimmy Hendrix, John Butler, Rory Gallagher and Led Zeppelin.
More local musicians...


This week, Andy O'Hare reviews:
  • BabaJack at Re-Con in Great Malvern
  • Mansize, Evolution Of Man, Spacewitch, Mage & Gringo at the Pig & Drum in Worcester
  • Mike Mann, Tina Maynard, Ruben Seabright, Tyler Massey, Mari V, Russ Marshall & Terry Walls at The Firefly, Worcester.
  • Seasons Hollow & Plane Crasher at the Jailhouse in Hereford

Danni Hunt

Danni Hunt
In this week's papers, how music fans are still waiting for a refund from the team behind the cancelled Ringmaster Festival.
In the gig guide, tonnes going on including the tour of Leominster's George Barnett, who we got onto the BBC Radio 1 playlist this week.

The BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclass

The BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclass
If you're a budding solo artist, an MC, or just started a brand new band then you should check out BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclasses.

On Thursday 21 March, we visited various locations across the UK - Glasgow, Belfast, London, Salford & Cardiff. DJs from all over BBC Radio, music industry experts and artists got together to host a day of sessions, workshops and masterclasses.

On the guestlist at Maida Vale were Worcester's Shaun Williams, Malvern's 5parks, Bromyard's Tenz, Droitwich's Case Closed and Bewdley's Barbarix.

Invited to Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff were Hereford's Daniel & The Scandals, Kidderminster's Lauren Wright and man-of-many-Worcester-bands Pete Adams.

We covered everything from song writing & MC workshops to promoting your music & making the most of your Twitter accounts.

We also heard from successful artists about their own musical journeys. Our special guests included Ben Howard, Aluna George, Wretch 32, Devlin, Angel, Japanese Popstars, Phil Kieran, Badly Drawn Boy and the Manic Street Preachers.
This week we hear from national star Ben Howard on the lessons he's learned and extracts from the session at Pacific Quay in Scotland where Mike Smith from Mercury Records speaks about the importance of BBC Introducing.
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