NEWS: Seth Lakeman To Play Birmingham Town Hall

Seth Lakeman returns to Birmingham Town Hall for a seated concert as part of his autumn/winter tour!

The multi-award winning singer/songwriter has become the performer to see in the world of folk-inspired music.

Besides his multi-date spring tour, Seth has recently performed on BBC Radio 2‘s Folk Awards and with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of Music Nation weekend – a spectacular showcase of musical talent that took place nationwide.

Seth is soon set to re-release his album Tales from the Barrel House after its initial limited edition release sold out before the new year. This album was yet another demonstration of his diverse ability – with everything from foot-stomping sing-alongs to thoughtful, tender ballads; a delight from start to finish.

His live shows are something to behold. Brimming with energy, they lead you forthright into an intensely passionate musical world, full of heritage and subtle tributes to lives and traditions long passed.

This show in Birmingham will be more than just a concert, it will be an experience. As such, tickets are expected to sell out, so do not miss your chance to get hold of one!

Birmingham Town Hall
Thursday 25th October 7.30pm
£18 adv stbf.
Box Office: 0121 345 0600

The Kaje talks songwriting with Ruarri Joseph

Following a turbulent 2009, Ruarri Joseph finally released “Shoulder to The Wheel” album in November. Ruarri’s career rather peculiar music career began, in part, when his Mother –  a practising witch – relocated her young Family from Cornwall to New Zealand, away from his alcoholic Father. With a growing love of music Ruarri headed back to England, met his wife to be at 17 years old, became a teenage Dad and worked as a nurse for the elderly and mentally ill. Finding musical solace gigging in a Jazz Cabaret band he stumbled into a solo record deal and supporting David Gray, Seth Lakeman and Paolo Nutini (with whom he remains close), Joseph then quit his contract.

Returning to his roots of song writing for fun, with his wife he set up his record label and then he now presents himself with a new album, a recently completed tour of the U.K. and d a fresh new burst of enthusiasm. The Kaje spent a few minutes with Joseph sharing his experiences of song writing, touring and future plans.

Let’s kick this off with an interesting fact..

When I’m alone I’m asleep.

You started your own label, what was that like?

It was like a slice of butter melting over a big old pile of flapjacks.

Is there anybody else signed to it?

Yes, a band called Grey Dog who have a record called ‘Maps’ that I hope you’ll hear sometime next year.

How do you get inspired to write songs?

Songs for me are a way of understanding something that I can’t necessarily articulate.  Sometimes I’ll write a song about something that’s bugging me and then when I sing the song it doesn’t bug me anymore.  That make sense?

I’ve heard you retreat to your shed to write your music, what’s it like?

Cold and dark but silent and liberating.

What’s this tour like, did you have a theme in mind or a message you really wanted to get across to the audience?

Our ethos on this tour was about enjoying it and trying to make sure whoever turned up to the shows enjoyed it too. 

What’s your favourite musical thing to do, e.g playing live, writing music?

I reckon it’s got to be the creative process and that applies across rehearsing, recording, playing live, whatever it is…so long as ideas are being explored and trialed.

What was it like playing Glastonbury?

The first time I played Glastonbury was headlining the Cabaret tent as the double bass player for a band called the Rhythm Doctors.  We had no rehearsals and I learned their entire show from a video tape of a gig they’d done in Germany ten years previous.  Suffice to say I was terrified.  So whenever I do it now, it’s a breeze!

What’s next for you?

I might go and have a lie down.

Can you tell us another random fact about yourself?

When I was a kid I wanted to be a wrestler.

Words: Eleni Kypridemos

NEWS: August Issue Out Now!

August Issue!!

Well as we close in on the autumn The Kaje is back for August with another edition packed. This month we have the gorgeous Ella Montclare on the cover. Read on to find out who you will find in our pages this month…

Read it here!

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The August issue contains:


Ella Montclare “The words are no longer restricted to my own experiences”
Patch William “We were mistaken yesterday for Patrick Williams”
Lotte Mullan “You have to find solace in your own strengths”
Elisabeth Molin “Its all about looking at possibilities”
Stuart Favill “Profound and complete realism”
Keith Jack “I am now getting the chance to play the part I wanted to play in the first place”
Magic Polar Bears “There just isn’t enough money in football”
Tim Thornton “I wanted to try and bring out the ridiculousness of an unsigned band’s situation”
Hayden Cohen “The fact it’s free means that people either want to see my show or not”
The Unconventionals “Some people will always knock us for entering the X Factor”
Bruce LaBruce “I really think I am undead”
Candice Hirson “Art is the expression of the self”

WIN!!!!: Signed Lotte Mullan CDs, Signed Tim Thornton books, Signed Magic Polar Bears albums, Fyfe Dangerfield CDs, signed Mr Fogg CDs, and The Unconventionals CDs up for grab as well.

Forgotten Gems:-
Album: Ludovico Einaudi “I Giorni”
Book: Georgette Heyer “Arabella”
Film: Dark City
Designer of the Month: Loula Creates
Steal My Style: Alex
The Way I Saw It: Vancouver

Albums: The Saurdays “Headlines!”, The Lost Cavalry “Waves Freeze to Rolling Hills”, The Unconventionals “Flower to the People”, Lotte Mullan “Plain Jane”, Young & The Lost Club Compilation
Singles of The Month: Charlene Soraia “When We Were Five” and Jukebox Collective “Icon Parade”
Live Music: The Bombay Bicycle Club, Seth Lakeman, CBSO Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Theatre: The Butler, TeakShow’s Inner Nutter, Portraits of An Actress, Mum’s The Word
DVD: Otto Or Up With The Dead People, Shutter Island, The Blind Side, Psycho
Books: Gavin Esler “Power Play”, Seth “George Sprott”, Tom McCarthy “C”, Sandra Newman “Changeling: A Memoir of Parents Lost & Found”

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NEWS: Issue 3 of The Kaje is out now!

July Issue!!

Another month has flown by – though as June ends, July begins and it seems the summer is with us! So we are certainly not complaining. A new month also brings, rather excitingly, another issue of The Kaje. As you will see, we are honoured to have Ballet Boyz grace our cover.  Read on to find out who you will find in our pages this month…

Read it here!

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The July issue contains:


Ballet Boyz “We are not superstars with sunglasses and fur-coats.”
Xander Bliss
“When I was young I thought art was all about money and snobbery but it isn’t.”
The Good Natured “I like it when an artist makes things personal.”
Craig Houston “We have such limited time on this planet, why waste it?”
Lail Arad “Nothing has felt like this is the moment that has completely changed my life.”
Giorgio Faletti “Luck is an essential component of success.”
Ingrid Michaelson “Be a musician because you can not be anything else.”
Monica Mancini “It was my mother, who was a singer, who really inspired me to do what I do.”
Max Hardberger “I get a chance to risk my life as much as I want.”
Graffiti 6 “We had that connection and decided to explore it.”
Dawn Foster “We have a responsibility to treat our fellow man with dignity and respect.”
Yetunde “I always describe my sound as my emotions.”

WIN!!!!: Signed Jil Is Lucky CDs, Signed Monica Mancini CDs, Ingrid Michaelson CDs, Nicky Swann CDs, Sixteen Shades Of Crazy Paperbacks, Signed Delta Goodrem CD/Posters

Forgotten Gems:-
Album: Delta Goodrem “Innocent Eyes”
Book: Ernest Hemingway “A Moveable Feast”
Film: The Piano
Jason Newton’s Life Lessons: “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”
Designer of the Month: Helen Woodward Design
Steal My Style: Tyler
The Way I Saw It: Las Vegas

Albums: Seth Lakeman “Heart + Minds”, Stuart Newman “Single But Defective”, Monica Mancini “I’ve Loved These Days”, Katrina Leskanich “The Live Album”, Superhumanoids “Urgency E.P.”
Singles of The Month: Graffiti 6 “Annie, You Save Me”, Subset “Ambrosia”
Live Music: Lissie, Leona Lewis, Keane, Natalie Merchant
Theatre: Fresh Meat, Desert Boy, Dangerous, Amateur Transplants
DVD: Lovely Bones, Valentine’s Day, Clash Of The Titans, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Books: David Nobbs “Obstacles To Young Love”, Sam Bourne “The Chosen One”, Lindsey Kelk “I Heart Paris”, Rachel Tresize “Sixteen Shades Of Crazy”

NEWS: Greenwich Summer Sessions Line-Up Announced

This year Greenwich will be celebrating its rich cultural history with a four day event packed with diverse musical performances from the likes of Jools Holland, Athlete, Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, Jack Penate and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The historic hot spot will be rejoicing in the expected change in 2010 to make Greenwich a Royal Borough just in time for the Olympics!

Seth Lakeman and The Levellers will kick off the inaugural Summer Sessions on  Wednesday 21st July with their only London performances this year and will bring to life the first theme of the festival, ‘Rebels’, in a distinct nod to Wat Tyler and the peasants revolt. As the leader of the English Peasants Revolt of 1381, Walter “Wat” Tyler led a force of 50,000 peasants from Blackheath straight into the heart of the City of London before gaining entry to the Tower of London and capturing and beheading Simon Sudbury the unpopular Archbishop of Canterbury. In honour of such a momentous occasion it seems only appropriate that the always-anarchic Levellers share the billing with the new hero of indie-folk Seth Lakeman.

As Greenwich starts its preparations to be a host borough for London 2012, as well as its appointment as a Royal Borough in 2012, the Summer Sessions is thrilled to be welcoming the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to the Old Royal Naval College for an evening of sublime sophistication against the backdrop of the ever-present River Thames. On Thursday 22nd July – day two of the four days of music – the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will deliver a dazzling programme of ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’ that will feature an array of popular classical and opera highlights.

Day three, Friday 23rd July, will play host to one of Greenwich’s most famous contemporary music faces, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis and with very special guest star Alison Moyet with guest vocalist Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Over the years Jools has been an extremely vocal ambassador for the borough while Greenwich is home to Jools’ stunning Helicon Mountain studio that has been lovingly recreated in the image of Portmeirion, most famous as ‘The Village’ in the 60’s television series The Prisoner.

Charged with the unenviable task of closing the four days of musical extravagance local Deptford boys Athlete will top a line-up that is sure to get the younger Greenwich residents out in force. Linking neatly back to the final strand of the festival’s themes through a cunning play on words, Athlete’s headline slot on Sunday 25th July pays tribute to Blackheath’s position as the starting point for the world famous London Marathon and the ‘Runners’ theme.

The Summer Sessions will be placing special emphasis on celebrating the history of Greenwich and to encourage the local community to support the event all Greenwich residents will have access to discounted tickets by submitting their postcode when buying tickets. Only postcodes within the Greenwich borough boundaries will be eligible and the purchasing credit/debit card will need to be registered at the postcode provided.

Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster and over the counter at Greenwich Tourist Centre and will be priced at £22.50 for residents and £25 for non-residents on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Sunday 25th and £27.50 for residents and £32.50 for non-residents for Friday 23rd. There will be two VIP packages available to purchase on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd. The silver package, which includes champagne reception, canapés and a reserved seat will be priced at £259 and the gold package, which includes champagne reception, canapés, three course dinner with wine in the historic Painted Hall and a reserved seat priced at £349.

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