Pete Kennedy – Irish singer/songwriter Pete Kennedy’s music is rapidly capturing audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Originally from Birr in County Offaly, and Carrig in County Tipperary, Pete was discovered last year by Lee Williams of CMR Nashville, Europe’s Country music radio station. The station invited Pete to go to Nashville to take part in the International Showcase, held the night before the CMA Awards. The appearance led to coverage on Inside Music Row, a TV show streamed around the world.
Melissa Suffield – Former Eastenders actress and BBC3 presenter Melissa Suffield (AKA teen tearaway Lucy Beale) is in the studio to encourage 16-17 year olds (and their parents!) to enrol in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme ahead of the Autumn half term.
Now in its second year, the already popular government initiative currently offers up to 30,000 two-week placements a year for teens to learn important life skills that will enable them to become ‘work ready’. The youngsters will also create their own social action project focusing on something they really care about locally – before going on to deliver it alongside their teammates before the end of the year.
Calum Stewart is at the forefront of Scottish flute playing, displaying exemplary technique and emotion in his playing, and is now based in the thriving flute scene of Brittany. He was a founder member of the Gaelic band Manran, and his explorations of world music have seen him collaborate with the likes of Nitan Sawhney and Heikki Bourgault.
Des Tong – Sad Cafe – One of the primary live bands of the 70s and 80s return for their first tour in many years. Led by long time members Ian Wilson, Dave Irving, Ashley Mulford and Des Tong and augmented by Steve Whalley on guitar and vocals, Sue Quin on vocals/keys and Simon Waggott on keyboards/vocals, this is the band that brought you the great hits, Everyday Hurts, My Oh My, Strange Little Girl, Black Rose and I’m in Love Again along with the big U.S. hits La-Di-Da and Run Home Girl.