Artists Profiles

  • Pezhman Mosleh – Whispers for Love and Peace 2017, Feb 18th Pezhman Mosleh - Whispers for Love and PeacePezhman Mosleh – Snow The cinematographic melancholy of Chopin has inspired many, not least your humble host. So it was a definite pleasure to hear it in the original pieces by international Iranian composer Pezman Mosley. Mosley is a Professor of cinema philosophy and aesthetic and a scholar in music history who has humanity and philosophical ... read on...
  • I Write The Songs #98 featuring Michel Berger 2016, Dec 20th Michel BergerI Write The Songs #98 featuring singer-songwriter Michel Berger, first aired on Canalside Community Radio 102.8FM on Tuesday the 20th Dec 2016. Mixcloud podcast, featured lyrics and Playlist below: You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I’ll come running, oh yeah baby, to see you again Winter, spring, summer or fall All you’ve got to ... read on...
  • Siedah Garett, the woman behind the man in the mirror 2015, Jun 01st Few artists can boast the collaborations that Siedah Garett does. Just the mention of her name reminds us of Michael Jackson for whom she did not just perform backing vocals on his Bad songs or sang duets with him (I just can’t stop loving you), she co-wrote songs, in particular the acclaimed number 1 Man in ... read on...
  • Sonja Marie: And I gave my love to you 2015, Apr 26th It is so easy to forget people when they are not in your face all the time, yet again, maybe some singer songwriters need to be in your face to be noticed. Sonja Marie lets her music do the talking. Better known for her soulful contribution to the acclaimed “Waiting to Exhale” original soundtrack album with ... read on...
  • Simon Cousins’ music: Finding love in each stranger’s eyes 2015, Feb 22nd Simon Cousins is a musician that is open to people and true to his music and a real uncomplicated pleasure to listen. He has his own style and his personality transpires in his music. His performances have a playful and conversational aspect to them that give a convivial spirit to his music and the impression that he is no stranger to his audience (and once he sings, ... read on...
  • Roland Orzabal is sowing the seeds of love 2015, Jan 12th The artistry of some performing songwriters sometimes get drowned in the advances of technology or the frills of popular music. It certainly does not seem to be the case for the lyrics and melodies of Tears For Fears’s songwriter Roland Orzabal. At first sight, the public may more easily find the soul of the Tears for ... read on...
  • Let yourself go with the sounds of Coco Mbassi 2014, Dec 20th Coco MbassiCoco Mbassi rightly describes her music as a « tree with deep African roots and branches that extend some towards classical music, some towards soul, gospel and jazz, and others towards Latin music and even pop music ». Now, discover this acoustic blend in her soulful voice, her Cameroonian roots, her ecclectic musical upbringing (from ... read on...
  • Coucou, here is Charlotte Dipanda 2014, Nov 05th Charlotte DipandaAlready a familiar voice in the music scene, Charlotte Dipanda has accompanied the greatest musicians live and in studio including international legend Manu Dibango, Malian griotte Rokia Traore, Congolese star Papa Wemba and French star Axelle Red. She takes her vocals to the next step when she goes solo in 2008 with her debut album Mispa followed 2 years later ... read on...
  • Krista Detor shares the contents of her red velvet box 2014, Oct 19th Put some laid-back tones into Americana/Country, throw touches of Jazz and Fusion elements here and there. Please don’t shake and don’t stir. Let it just marinate. You will end up with the voice and melodies of Krista Detor, of the music that slows down the human race and help you exhale the toxicity of life that humans ... read on...
  • Korean singer Youn Sun Nah breathes some fresh air into Jazz 2014, Oct 11th She might be from Korea, but her voice reaches beyond her shores with a virtuosity rooted in her ability to seamlessly blend genres.  She plays with it on each wave of music, with a blend of accents that root in Korean Folk and Western opera and grows into a folk beyond her own shores, including French chanson and jazzing up all ... read on...
  • Paul Fogarty finds his own way home 2014, Oct 06th Paul FogartyWith topical songs à la John Lennon meets Bob Marley, the softness of Paul Simon at the tip of his tongue and fingers, the Americana/Country meets Folk troubadour Paul Fogarty is one of the most understated yet deeply expressive musicians out there. Once you have wallowed into the ever growing musical legacy of Australia-born Germany-based Fogarty, it ... read on...
  • Korlan, a Polar Star 2014, Oct 01st Korlan At The PianoSherlock Holmes always looks annoyed when the world around him seems complacent at the obviousness of the plot once he has unravelled it. It can somehow be debilitating that genius is late if at all recognised especially when it has the unique ability to express enigmas as if they were mere day-to-day events. It is however ... read on...
  • Bella Bellow: A voice that marked a generation 2014, Sep 10th Bella BellowShe might not technically write her own music but her voices has lifted and enhanced so many a song that it feels like her stamp has crafted them. She might not have been around for a long time, what with leaving us at only 27, but those who have encountered her voice know that her short passage ... read on...
  • Karine Polwart follows the heron 2014, Apr 16th Karine Polwart - Comissioned Image take by Eamonn McGoldrick Tel: 07810 482491Listening to Karine Polwart’s music transports the mind and heart to the autumnal woods, smelling the leaves and hearing nightingales sing. Her music is spellbinding both in the songwriting craft and the delivery. She is undeniably the Folk inspiration of her generation proving that what matters is not at what time you come to the ... read on...
  • Carla Bruni sings us a little French song 2014, Mar 10th carla-bruniIt is easy to categorise Carla Bruni as a face and body with a higher than average ability to hang make-up and clothes. It might even be easier to identify her in relationship to her passage in the French white house or to her aristocratic background. However, under music, all humans are equal and it ... read on...
  • Eboa Lotin, the radio (Elimb’a Dikalo) 2014, Mar 03rd Eboa Lotin“Elimb’a Dikalo” is the Duala (African language) expression for “Radio”, literally the drum of story-telling. It is also a track by Cameroonian singer-songwriter Eboa Lotin and a song that defines him: he honestly speaks (sings), like what he would expect of a self-respecting radio to broadcast, about life and its social events, good and bad without sweeping ... read on...
  • Jo Bywater: A Wave of Primal Hunger 2014, Feb 10th The Review There is music that comforts us in the cuddle of the known and the established… and there is music that keeps us at the edge of our seats, ready to take off at each release. Jo Bywater’s music belongs to the latter. Release after release, live or studio-recorded, this musician allows the listener to wallow ... read on...
  • Yael Naim, New Soul 2014, Jan 23rd Yael NaimYael Naiem is more than just the Israeli-singer-songwriter and pianist of Jewish Tunisian descent who provided the soundtrack (‘New Soul’ for the Apple MacBook Air advertising in 2008 which propelled her in the US top 10, a first for any Israeli music artist. Her apparently voluntarily husked voice has lent itself to beautiful covers and some ... read on...
  • Marina Florance shares her own little piece of the sky 2013, Dec 19th It is difficult to review the artistry of a musician whose voice and melodies just sit you gently in the arms of comfort. It is pure indulgence and luxury to listen to the velvet vocals of Marina Florance and to let yourself go into her own little piece of sky. Her performance alone is a ... read on...
  • Sa Dingding: Alive 2013, Dec 09th Sa DingdingThe music of Chinese Ethno-folk singer-songwriter Sa Dingding offers an exciting musical tour of her own unique blend of far eastern treasures and Western Electronica influences. It showcases a creative, imaginative and free-spirited nature and reveals the richness of her inner colours. She seamlessly marries the native elements of her Chinese folk roots and other ... read on...
  • Camille, the voice that frees her inner child 2013, Dec 05th CamilleCamille… a spirit of freedom that resounds in a voice that just lets go of all inhibition, still in a faultless vocal performance. She does these in French and English, and in as many musical onomatopoeias and voice registers as the song inspires, from acapella to ‘fully’ accompanied by a vocal choir of harmonies or musical instruments. ... read on...
  • Fiona Apple, The Extraordinary Machine 2013, Nov 01st Fiona Apple  Fiona Apple writes, composes and performs her personal songs with alternative rock and decadent jazz accents as well as world-inspired tones. She has a way with words that betrays her heartfelt and honest lyrics to their core. She sings of how she feels and this is literal music integrity: there is nothing in a Fiona ... read on...
  • Georges Moustaki, the Metic 2013, Aug 01st Georges MoustakiIn the title track of his debut album, Georges Moustaki describes his face as that of a metic, a wandering Jew, a Greek shepherd, a thief and a vagabond. Maybe so. But his melodic strumming of the guitar and his understated voice have overflown these appearances, his overgrown beard and that stereotype. If anything, that ... read on...
  • Re-Introducing Serge Gainsbourg 2010, Nov 01st Serge GainsbourgIntroducing Gainsbourg… Serge Gainsbourg is a singer-songwriter of Russian Jewish descent adopted by France then the world twice, first when fleeing the 1917 Russian Revolution that dressed his family in the yellow star garments that the Nazi regime reserved for Jews and second for his profound talent, versatility and “je m’en fous-t”ism i.e. the “I really ... read on...
  • Re-Introducing Georges Brassens 2009, Dec 01st George BrassensIntro French singer-songwriter and poet Georges Brassens was born 22nd October 1921, in Sète, a small harbour town on the French Mediterranean coast from a notoriously anti-cleric dad and a strictly catholic mum. It is one of his teacher that introduces him to poetry, and the rest is history. Georges Brassens is as well-known in France today ... read on...
  • Cathy Dennis: Simply Toxic 2009, Oct 01st Cathy DennisSitting as the cherry on top of the cream of pop singer-songwriters (even though she eventually retired to song writing only) is Cathy Dennis. Growing up listening to various musical genres and particularly jazz has made her music open and versatile and helped it contribute to giving pop a decent amount of credibility. More specifically, Cathy Dennis ... read on...