Debut EP for BC Festival performer

Screenshot 2015-12-19 08.12.55Singer-songwriter and former Berkswell cricketer Sam Ostler is enjoying life right now, having released debut EP “She’s Leaving” on Friday 4th December.  The 5-track debut containing entirely original works, will come as little surprise to anyone that heard any of his repertoire at September’s Balsall Common Festival.


The 22 year-old has had a busy year musically – which included a Saturday night headline gig at the O2 Academy in Birmingham – whilst holding down a full-time job:


“My boss has helped me out tremendously with time and financial support.  I couldn’t have got my EP done without his help and couldn’t ask for a better boss.”


Judging by the quality of Sam’s songwriting, he will not the only grateful recipient of boss Dean Attwell’s generosity, for helping his charge get his music published.  Sam’s creativity and songwriting ability suggest there is a lot more to come.  For now though, Sam still relies on his shifts working for Dean at Oakland International  in Beoley near Redditch.


Sam Ostler – She’s Leaving – Out Now!


Sam’s EP is available for download on iTunes and can also be found on Spotify and Amazon Music.  For fans of physical products you can also contact Sam directly via Facebook to request She’s Leaving on CD.


Sam Ostler at The Lant – Saturday 19th December


Sam Ostler returns to his old stomping ground at Berkswell Cricket Club as part of a music line-up that includes Matty Coles and Indica Campbell.  Indica – daughter of legendary UB40 frontman Ali Campbell – also released a debut EP.


Find Sam Ostler on Facebook

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Rave reviews for Loxley album come flooding in

“A big sigh of relief!” was how Balsall Common’s Karl Loxley described the outpouring of love for pre-release copies of his epic debut album recorded in Glasgow with a full 42 piece orchestra. The album has already received widespread acclaim despite not being available on general release until February 2016.

“A lot of money went into that album” said Karl as he discussed an exhilarating 2015 with us.

“It [the album] wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for all the people who pre-ordered.”

Karl’s debut album was self-produced using crowdfunding, an increasingly accepted industry approach to recording and publishing music.

“A lot of people who followed me on The Voice asked when I was going to record an album and people in the music industry recommended Crowdfunding. There was lots of people out there using it successfully like Michael Bolton and Paul Potts.”

Everything I Am

Karl’s album “Everything I Am”, is named after the song he co-wrote with fellow former Heart of England School pupil Ian Todd. The entire album was recorded in full in Scotland with the Glasgow Philarmonia Orchestra.

“It took a lot of planning. It’s been a lot fun, it’s something I’ve been planning all summer. To do an album on this scale you’ve got to plan ahead, it’s not just a day in the studio and then it’s all done. It’s such a lot of preparation on doing it.”

Karl’s album goes on general release in February 2016 but pre-orders via Pledge Music are still possible until Monday 30th November 2015.

Pre-order ‘Everything I Am’ here until Monday 30th November: Everything I Am – Pledge Music Project.

See Karl live at the Albany Theatre – Friday 27th November 2015

For anyone wishing to see Karl live, it’s currently possible to grab last-minute tickets for his “Christmas with Karl” show this Friday (27th November) at Coventry’s Albany Theatre (also known as The Butts Theatre) via or by calling the Box Office on 02476 998964.

Tell us what you think of Karl’s title track “Everything I Am” on our Facebook page, just click!

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Craig Burgess
Wednesday 25th November 2015

Last few tickets remain for musical charity night

A night of musical miscellany is aiming to hit the right note on Saturday 5 September at St Peters Hall.

Presented by Simply Purple and friends, the evening is in aid of the Lily Mae Foundation and the Little Ray of Sunshine cafe.

Tickets are £12.50 and include a hot supper. The event starts at 7:30pm

There are only a few tickets left so if you’d like to go please contact or call 01676 534407 asap.

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Shabby Road (recording studio)

Shabby Road is a new recording studio not far from Berkswell on the outskirts of Coventry.


This custom designed studio is custom-built for the purpose, fully air conditioned with equipment, technicians and environment perfectly attuned to nurture your creative process.


Shabby Road Music Services


  • Recording sessions
  • Music tuition
  • Online sessions
  • Mixing and mastering

    Shabby Road information

    Shabby Road
    Conway Avenue
    CV4 9JA


    Telephone: 07580 053609
    Twitter: @shabbyroadrocks




    Michael Jackson Tribute night at the White Horse

    You just can’t Beat It!


    Following his success last time, Anthony Edwards is The Man in the Mirror again for a Michael Jackson Tribute night at the White Horse, Balsall Common on Thursday 26 March, from 7.30pm.
    Anthony Edwards is Michael Jackson
    Anthony Edwards is Michael Jackson
    Organised by Sally Morris of Positive Fitness, the £10 ticket price goes to Arthritis Research UK. This is a cause close to Sally’s heart, as her husband suffered with it for 15 years, prior to his death seven years ago.Sally and their children organize an annual ball in his name. The Michael Jackson night follows on from a very successful ball last October.


    Call 07778 124034 or email for more information.  Tickets are available from Sally, Malc at the White Horse or Angela Jaynes Florist.


    The White Horse will be serving bar snacks and light bites on the night.
    So come on all you Pretty Young Things, get down to the White Horse, its for a good cause, and it’ll be a Thriller!