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Sunday 21 November 2021

Brighton's Laura-Mary Carter Puts Blood Red Shoes On The Back Burner For Release Of Debut Solo Album Town Called Nothing

Brighton's Laura-Mary Carter, best known as one half of rockers Blood Red Shoes, will make her solo debut this December with the release of mini-album, Town Called Nothing.

A much quieter and more contemplative sound than her usual guitar-shredding anthems, Town Called Nothing was written in between tours at various sublets and studios in the UK and Los Angeles.

"I found a beat up acoustic guitar and without thinking about it songs just started to come to me," she shares

"The idea of writing on an acoustic guitar was new to me, I'd always written songs for my band which has a very heavy disposition. 

"I realised that writing in this intimate way exposed my voice and changed the way I was writing and singing lyrics."

Following title-track Town Called Nothing, Laura-Mary shares new single Ceremony.

The accompanying video sees her performing the song in Jimi Hendrix's bedroom, backed by a band consisting of Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Electric Ladyland, Patti Smith), Jack Flanagan (The Mystery Jets) and Patrick Walden (Babyshambles).

"We all felt really good playing in that room, it definitely added some magic to what we were playing. 

"I fell in love with the blue curtains and apparently Jimi got them from John Lewis (I had no idea John Lewis was around that long!). You learn something everyday."

Laura-Mary explains of Ceremony:

"The song is about my career. It's about being in debt to someone and trying to break free. 

"It's about the feeling of not having a choice but to make music because that's who I am but that sometimes comes with a price or with massive sacrifices. 

"It's about making peace with the choices and decisions I have made over the years and moving forward."

Laura-Mary started the rock band Blood Red Shoes, who have spent 17 years touring the world. 

Playing well over 1000 shows, from London to Los Angeles and Moscow to Melbourne, she was sometimes away from home for over 250 days of the year, and with plenty more to come. 

But her detachment from a place called "home" started much earlier in life.

It proved to be a very creative time and a much-needed outlet for a softer, more reflective side of Laura-Mary. 

"I have no idea where it came from but I just wrote these straightforward chords and the lyrics came out…a town called nothing." 

A country-indebted lament about the inescapable pull of a relationship doomed to fail, it was the gateway to a new world of songwriting for Laura-Mary, who explains: 

"It's about going back to that emotional place, even though you know it's empty, but you find yourself compelled to go back."

Laura-Mary Carter's solo album 'Town Called Nothing' is out on Friday 3rd December 2021. CLICK HERE to pre-order.

by: Mike Cobley


The First Release of Brighton Fringe events will feature comedy from Paralympic, World Championship and European Championship dressage medallist Ricky Balshaw; Love and Money, a play by internationally-acclaimed writer Dennis Kelly and the return of award-winning comedy actress Joanna Neary with a show based on her comedy podcast Wife On Earth.

On the 21st December hundreds of people will walk 5k to support the NSPCC. Landmarks across the UK, including the BA i360 in Brighton and Lancing College Chapel are also supporting the charity by lighting up and turning the NSPCC's trademark green colour.

Creative Learning at Theatre Royal Brighton runs a programme of workshops, performances, talks, tours and events alongside the shows on its stage. 

Mr Bruce - former frontman of The Correspondents - marks the start of his solo career in spectacular style with the release of Race To Nowhere [Part One], and a date at Brighton's Green Door Store.

Following last year’s virtual sing-along, Brighton Festival Chorus (BFC) returns to the stage for its annual Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday 12 December at 4pm. 
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Budding young circus performers are preparing to take to the stage at Brighton Dome this December, with help from professional artists from Circolombia.

When the lights go up at the start of the performances of Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show at The Brighton Centre next month, the excitement will be palpable, not just from the audience but very much from all the performers too.

The Beatles famously turned their back on touring towards the end of their career but The Bootleg Beatles, due to Covid, as with the rest of the industry were forced into an unwanted hiatus. 
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Komedia has teamed up with leading independent comedy promoters Little Wander for a fresh take on their weekend stand-up comedy offering.

After years spent living on opposite sides of the Atlantic world events threw Laura Mary Carter and Steven Ansell of Brighton's Blood Red Shoes back together into what has become the must fruitful era of their 17 years together. 
Florin and Charlie

Over one-hundred Brighton residents have been offered full or part time roles on-site at the £120 million Edward Street Quarter development as part of an ongoing social value commitment to support the local community.

The South-East's largest charity supporting vulnerable young people, YMCA DownsLink Group, has launched its Christmas fundraising appeal
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Brighton city centre will once again be filled with a sea of colour and creativity as thousands of school children, teachers and volunteers celebrate the return of the Brighton Festival Children's Parade after a two-year gap on Saturday 7th May 2022.
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This year, Towner Eastbourne invited members of the LGBTQIA+ community in East Sussex to take part in a unique creative project, exploring personal responses to artworks in the Towner Collection, through a queer lens. 

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