LUCY MAY and ANNA PANCALDI complete this amazing line up joining our headline artists BALSAMO DEIGHTON. Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton new collaboration will be joined on stage with friends from former super band The Storys
Having played sell-out sets at Country Collective and the C2C Festival which included a live session for Radio 2 Country, Lucy has just come off tour with Striking Matches and is about to go back on the road with Larkin Poe. Her gig diary is filling up with UK festival dates, oh, and did we mention that she released her debut album, “Whirlwind” this week?
Lucy May always stands out from the crowd with her distinctive bee-hive and retro style, so it was apt that she eschewed the North London pubs that are familiar ground for the country scene and opted to celebrate her album right around the corner from BBC Broadcasting House at The Social in Fitzrovia.
Born in Sidcup, Kent, Lucy-May grew up listening to music from the 60s, in particular Motown and The Beatles, in an environment where all her family share a love for music. “My dad listens to music nonstop, my Nan loved performing cockney songs, like ‘Doin’ the Lambeth Walk’ and ‘Burlington Bertie’ at family get-togethers”.
Lucy-May released her debut single ‘Paper Heart’ in 2013, which made the Radio 2 B list and is a fine introduction to Lucy-May and her raw talent. ‘Paper Heart’ first made the airwaves when it was released by ‘Stealing Angels’ the American country group which includes Jennifer Wayne, the Granddaughter of John Wayne, and Tayla Lynn the granddaughter of Loretta Lynn. “When I first heard ‘Paper Heart’ I loved everything about the song – the melody, catchy hook and the lyrics. Added to the Radio 2 playlist ‘Paper Heart’ has received praise from many of the presenters including Sir Terry Wogan who has tipped Lucy-May to be one of the next big UK country stars. “That was obviously really flattering but I know I have a long way to go and need to work really hard to realise my dream. I admire people like Adele, Beyonce, Taylor Swift true artists that have worked hard in the careers”.
Lucy-May has been holding down two jobs plus live work where she has managed to get enough money together to fund herself to go to Nashville twice in the last year to work with multi award winning songwriter and producer Jeff Cohen on her debut album which is due for release first quarter 2015.
“The whole Nashville experience has been totally amazing, Jeff has written songs and co-written with me on the album and has introduced me to some incredible musicians”.
Lucy-May has been playing live in the last year and was asked to support Michael Bolton on his recent UK tour. “Another great experience. My mum had bought a pair of tickets for us to see him at The Albert Hall, next minute I know, I am not sat in the audience but playing onstage, it was amazing”
The first single from the album is a Jeff Cohen penned song called ‘Whirlwind’ and is one of four songs on her debut EP. The record also features two co-writes, ‘Hooked On Your Love’ from the album, ‘Hole In My Heart’ (Acoustic) and an acoustic cover of Ray Lamontagne’s ‘Hold You In My Arms’.
Read this interview with @LucyMayOfficial as she released her debut album ‘Whirlwind’ #ukcountry http://nashvilleoverhere.com/interview-lucy-may-at-her-whirlwind-launch-party/ …
Described by Emerging Icons as “having the emotive presence of Eva Cassidy and the folky soul of Joni Mitchell…” Anna Pancaldi is a singer-songwriter on the verge of something big, Gaby Roslin (BBC London) claimed “ That was sensational, I can’t believe that you’re unsigned, beautiful sound…you’ve got it.”
Anna launched her debut EP ‘Black Tears’ (which pre-orders rivalled Ed Sheeran and Brit Critics Choice winner, James Bay coming in at No.6 in the iTunes singer songwriter charts and 52 in the Top Charts!) this March at her first headline show to a sold out crowd at The Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, London. Anna has already had the honour of working with Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) supporting acclaimed acts such as Rita Ora, Rudimental, The Noisettes and Tinchy Stryder at prestigious O2 academy venues. This has led her to working with Grammy award winning producer Simon Gogerly (Paloma Faith, U2, No Doubt) and acclaimed producers such as Carassius Gold (Laurel, Jack Garratt) and Hunstmen (Foals, Scott Matthews).
Anna’s haunting, deep and mature vocals alongside her thought provoking and raw music promise to leave audiences as someone to remember. If unsigned/unmanaged Anna’s debut release is anything to go by, then she is definitely ‘one to watch’.
“Wonderfully gifted…very very talented, the song speaks in my opinion volumes for itself, I don’t think Anna needs quotes to make people want to listen to her music…incredibly gifted. BBC Essex Introducing, Ollie Winiberg