Between Wednesday 19th February and Friday 21st February, the first full run of Talent In Focus music videos will be filmed at the Temple Church in St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent. The videos being recorded will include live music by the acts, plus short interviews conducted by special guest Radio Caroline DJ, Steve Antony. The nights will be open to ticket-holders only (sold in advance and on the door, if spaces permit) and part of the proceeds of the ticket sales will go to the church and to a local charity. The resulting video will be released via You Tube over the ensuing 3-4 months.
THE LINE-UP (Check website for up to date details and tickets: Talent in Focus)
Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, The Zimmers. This older people’s Rock group have excited audiences in the UK, Europe and the US with the zest for life of the performers, who are between 69 and 90 years of age. Their cover of The Who’s My Generation charted at Number 26; www.thezimmers.co.uk;
Kyle & Moore. Nicky Moore is a veteran of heavyweight British Heavy Rock act Samson and Mammoth, latterly had his own band, Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation, a festival favourite, and has now produced a remarkable album, The Whale and the Wa’ah, with Danny Kyle (see below); www.kyleandmoore.com/Kyle_And_Moore/Home.html;
Danny Kyle – solo. Danny is a highly accomplished solo performer, who plays traditional acoustic and steel guitars, accompanied by his polished vocals. Danny too has recently started clocking up awards in his own right; www.dannykyle.com/Danny_Kyle/Home.html;
The Sharpees. This Maximum R ‘n’ B band are increasingly successful British Blues-Rock exports, who can regularly be found impressing audiences in venues across Europe. The Sharpees' music is a blend of different styles, with elements of Blues, Rock, Country and Classical but, at the heart of their delivery, is strong songwriting . They are soon to release their new album, Mississippi Thrill. When the band played the then Nashville Rooms in Kensington, Motorhead's Lemmy liked the band so much he tried to buy bass player Bill's Rickenbacker guitar! http://sharpees.webs.com;
Kat&Co. Kat& Co are fronted by Kathleen Pearson, a UK based native of Los Angeles in the US. Kat’s credits include singing on D:Ream’s smash anthem, Things Can Only Get Better. Kat&Co have released debut album I Kat The Blues, which features guest musicians, including award-winning son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield; www.katandco.co.uk;
One of the UK’s finest young (21 years old) one-man bands, Andy Twyman. Another award-winner, and a real crowd-pleaser, Andy plays Blues classics and his own eclectic original material with equal aplomb; http://andytwyman.com;
The Dave Jackson Band. Nominated for the British Blues awards and a veteran of the US music scene, Dave plays a powerful brand of Blues-Rock and has been described as “Probably the best underground act on the circuit bar none” by Get Ready To Rock; http://davejacksonband.wix.com/djblues;
John O’Leary. Voted recently as one of the two best harmonica players in British Blues, John was co-founder of powerhouse US Blues act Savoy Brown and leads his own distinctive act, John O’Leary’s Sugarkane. John has been deservedly described as “simply superb” by The Times newspaper; www.sugarkane.org;
Witches Lane. Witches Lane, a four piece Indie rock band, brings even more diversity to the Talent In Focus nights and they are at the outset of promising musical careers; www.facebook.com/witcheslane;
Robben Falvey. Robben is a Blues-Rock guitarist, coming from his home in Eire especially to take part in Talent In Focus; http://robbenfalvey.com;
Smokey Mokes. Led by respected guitarist, Matt Bullard, this is a band which plays some smooth grooves.
The poster can be downloaded here.
Darren Weale (Marketing Allies/PRo Music Agency),