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Monday 11 January 2021

The Bergamot Frontman Nathaniel Paul Takes Us To A Place Of Hope Amidst A Looming Dark Shadow Cast Over Our Lives

What will become of 2021? The dream is to go back. The nightmare is that we never can.
Credit Jillian Speece

Emmy Award winning The Bergamot frontman Nathaniel Paul's Songbird is one man's story of escape, as the majority of 2021 towers over us.

"During quarantine, I had to make a trip to the grocery store. I met an elderly man who struck up a conversation with me. We almost seemed to be kindred spirits. 

"He began the conversation with, 'Life is hard when you outlive all the ones you love'.

"It seemed like a bit of a quick start to a conversation, but I could tell he just needed someone to talk to. 

"After talking for a while, I felt this sense that he had that the world at large had forgotten about him. 

"But he had created a plan to travel the world on a train he had read about. He could work on the train and it would take him across the world.

"He was amidst planning his way out.

"Songbird was a direct inspiration from that moment. This idea of life after all that you love and care for is gone. 

"His story resonated with me in the way that I feel from COVID taking away so many small businesses - so many dreams from all of us."

But what do we do now? Where do we go from here?

Songbird hopes to take you to a place of hope amidst a looming dark shadow cast over the world.

Nathaniel Paul will release his debut full-length solo album in the summer of 2021.

The Bergamot are currently busy co-producing a full-length documentary, entitled State of the Unity, filmed across an entire twelve-month US road-trip and set for release in early 2021.

by: Mike Cobley



Sussex's countryside event, the South of England Show, returned last weekend after a year off due to the pandemic.  
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In a world where we're taught to aspire to unattainable levels of perfection, Brighton-bound Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland's unfiltered honesty is a breath of fresh air. 
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Charleston's beautiful walled garden was a canvas, a studio, a prop store, a stage, a sanctuary, and once again this summer, it will be a place to learn and be inspired.

Midsummer Day, 21st June, sees the return of Make Music Day; a worldwide celebration of music in person, online and beyond. 

Brighton based rap artist Milky is keeping it local by releasing his debut single I Miss You Mum on We Are Not Saints, a non-profit record label and live music company that solely works with musicians in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. 

Lockdown should be the worst environment for a rising live band to emerge from, but Junodream have been flourishing in recent months.
Credit: Damien Hyde

Covid-19 was the catalyst that forced Scott Matthews to scale a musical Everest with his recently released seventh album New Skin

A founder member of acclaimed electronic rock group Death in Vegas has formed a new Country & Western band. While that might catch fans by surprise, Steve Hellier says that with new act Django Rhinestone he's actually returning to his musical roots. 

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage announce a forthcoming project, Remote Reminiscence – Getting Elders Online, beginning in September 2021.
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Singer and songwriter Imelda May's recently released sixth studio album 11 Past The Hour - her first new music in four years - is a record filled with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition, marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her at her most authentic.

Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK's foremost electronic music and networking event has teamed with Brighton nightclub The Arch for a special event on Sunday 27th June 2021.
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Saving Grace will be visiting De La Warr Pavilion next month, featuring Robert Plant OBE on vocals. This will be the singer's first time performing at the East Sussex venue based in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Credit Mike Hoban

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 continues in June with further performances of Kát'a Kabanová and Il turco in Italia and a concert from Robin Ticciati and the London Philharmonic Orchestra that explores ancient and modern English music.

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