Singer-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.
“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.
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 albanytheatre.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 02476 998964.
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For those lucky enough to catch Crescendo performing on the Main Stage at the Balsall Common Festival in September, they will know what a supremely talented vocal group this is.
Crescendo is a vocal harmony group conceived and managed by Anya Small, the leader of Balsall Common’s Pop Chorus adult and junior groups. The group also includes former Heart of England School pupil Ian Page.
Established in 2014, their debut production was at Solihull’s Dove House Theatre and the group is already winning rave reviews wherever they go. The group perform a broad array of music together, predominantly but not exclusively from the muscial theatre canon. Crescendo put on a great show and left Balsall Common Festival-goers with goosebumps with their wide repertoire of powerful harmonies.
Crescendo’s next production will be at the Palace Theatre in Redditch on Friday 23rd October:
It’s Beach Party time this Saturday (15th August 2015) as everything goes outside for the Railway Inn’s annual live music and Party-fest.
The Railway Inn’s summer parties next to Berkswell railway station are a popular feature in the village calendar, with this year’s event enjoying the now traditional outdoor stage and tented bar-space front-of-house to compliment the usual weekend scenes.