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August 21, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Antiquiet session features four live songs from ‘We Were Here’

Nice! When the band were last in LA, they recorded a session for Antiquiet. The session features the first four songs from the already classic album We Were Here. Watch the videos here and then be thankful to Antiquiet for making them :).

Turin Brakes is a band we first discovered back in 2003, well before Mumford’s whole family started the trendwaves of acoustic guitar driven folk rock. In subtle, but important contrast to most of the cutesy singalongs that contribute to the latter’s marketability, Turin Brakes’ music has proven timeless, each album holding up far longer than the odd hot summer.

We’d had an Antiquiet Session tentatively planned for a long time, patiently but excitedly waiting for the UK band to drift through Los Angeles. That finally happened this year in the course of their touring to support last year’s We Were Here, and their visit to our studio at Swing House in Hollywood was everything we’d hoped it would be. Here’s Antiquiet Session #17.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrAuk899jGs

Music v Cancer

August 21, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes to play Hartlepool charity gig

Music v Cancer will welcome Turin Brakes to The Grand Hotel in Hartlepool on Friday, October 3.

Tony Larkin, founder of Music v Cancer, said: “This is probably the highest profile act we have booked for our Weekender performances and I’m absolutely thrilled that we will have Turin Brakes in Hartlepool.” Music v Cancer was founded by Tony after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009. After getting the all-clear he set up the charity, holding live music events, auctions of music memorabilia and fundraising initiatives across the region. Those funds have been put to good use supporting health professionals at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust to detect the early signs of cancers, but particularly bowel cancer.

As well as Turin Brakes, Music v Cancer will be hosting singer songwriters Jake Morley, Antonio Lulic and Kal Lavelle on Friday, October 3. The following night, acts will include Jon Allen; Z-Star; Jimmy Docherty, and Paul Liddell from Sunderland.

Tickets cost £15 per night from the Grand Hotel on (01429) 266345.

Dermot O'Leary

August 17, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes make original lullaby for Dermot O’Leary show

Yesterday – finally – saw the airing of the final of three lullabies recorded by the band for the Dermot O’Leary show. The third is an original composition by the band called Every Cell. NICE!

You can listen to it on the BBC website, with the toddler shout-outs first at 2 hours and 53 minutes, and the song at 2 hours and 55 minutes. It will available for one week.

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July 24, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Twinkle Little Star (2nd BBC Radio 2 lullaby)

Last Saturday, Dermot O’Leary played Fishing For A Dream followed by the second of Turin Brakes’ exclusive trilogy of lullabies on his BBC Radio 2 show (I’m still hoping they might be released on a little EP on iTunes or something?). It only showed up on iPlayer recently, hence the late posting of said lullaby.

This week’s lullaby is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and as Dermot exlaims after the airing of it: “it’s so Turin Brakes” with lovely slide guitar, great vocals and a nice rhythm underneath. The segment starts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes in to the show, first with Fishing For A Dream and then the lullaby.

Listen to it here >>

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July 16, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes record lullabies for BBC Dermot O’Leary show

TB-studio5-12_credit_Andy_WillsherTurin Brakes have recorded a series of lullaby for Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show. Last Saturday, the first song “to help the nation’s toddlers go to sleep.”

Tune in here at 2 hours and 52 minutes to first here Red Moon (the EP version) and then the first lullaby at 2.55, a cover Somebody’s Calling My Name. Not sure whether these are made by Olly and Gale or the full band (since it’s mainly guitars and vocals on this one). The other two lullabies will be aired over the next weeks at the end of each show.

As far as I know the lullabies are exclusive to the show (Gomez and The Magic Numbers have also done them) and are not planned to be released anywhere else as yet. But one can hope… And if every lullaby is preceded by another Turin Brakes track, that’s great too ;).

 

 

 

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June 24, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes play brand new Unity Works venue for charity

turin brakes wakefieldTurin Brakes are playing a brand new venue in Wakefield called Unity Works, with all profits from the show donated to The Wakefield Hospice. The multi-purpose music and arts venue, formerly known as Unity Hall, will be welcoming our favourite band on 14 November 2014.The building work for Unity Works is on track for completion by early September. Once it is ready, Unity Works will have three performance spaces, the 700 capacity major hall, the minor hall with a 150 capacity and the glass-fronted cafe for more informal performance.

Tickets cost 20 GBP. All details here.

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June 13, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes return to The Netherlands

Schermafbeelding 2014-06-13 om 17.59.03Turin Brakes are set to return to The Netherlands with a show at W2 in Den Bosch on Sunday 12 October 2014. This is the first time the country gets to hear songs from the We Were Here album and has at least one superfan completely excited that they’re playing less than an hour from his hometown (me!).

Last time the band played The Netherlands was in November 2010 for an exclusive show in Eindhoven. We’re hoping this show will be accompanied by another gig somewhere else in the country. The W2 does sometime livestream gigs via their website, so let’s hope that is the case this time for those of you abroad. :)

Tickets cost 14 EUR and are available from here - the gig kicks off at 8.30 PM.

Gulbenkian

June 10, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Turin Brakes return to Folk in the Barn in Canterbury

Good news, Turin Brakes return to the lovely Canterbury to play songs from We Were Herand some other ones too! Turin Brakes played several Folk in the Barn gigs during the pre-Outbursts era. Now they will play their Gulbenkian venue on 19 September 2014. Nick Harper will be supporting. Info here, tickets here. 20 GBP for regular folk, 18 GBP for students.

Kevin Pearce Dynamite

June 9, 2014
by Stefan Meeuws
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Listen now: Kevin Pearce collaborates with Olly and Tom McRae

Well, I’m a little bit excited today because Olly and my favourite singer/songwriter Tom McRae have collaborated with Kevin Pearce, who supported Turin Brakes on the We Were Here tour last year. This marks the first time my favourite songwriter and band appear on the same track, called Bedlam, and Kevin Pearce made it all happen. Kevin’s new album Dynamite will be released in October, and presumably features this song too. Like Kevin on Facebook to keep up to date with his happenings. And for now, enjoy the song: