Library Sessions is an exclusive live music night showcasing up-and-coming talent from across the UK and beyond. The night offers stripped-back acoustic and full-band performances in an incredible setting, presented in association with Albert Man Music.
Library Sessions#1 on 1st of February will be hosted by Miranda Roszkowski (Writer, Actor and Storyteller, Organiser and Host of short story night, "There Goes The Neighbourhood") and three amazing London-based artists for the very first Library Sessions.
Forged from the lifeless flatlands of East Northamptonshire, Joel Bailey now sings words he has written down. He sometimes does this in public places (including The Roundhouse, Rough Trade East, The Underage Festival, Servant Jazz Quarters and The Natural History Museum) but usually just in the spare bedroom of his flat in South East London. To sound cool he will often cite his influences as Bill Withers, Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley but in truth it’s more like Curtis Stigers, R Kelly and Mike The Mechanics. He wrote this bio in the third person.
LIBRARY POP QUIZ:
Praised by BBC Radio Head of Music as a “brilliant singer-songwriter,” Albert Man is an “insightful artist to watch” according to Pledge Music’s managing editor Matt Conner. He has established himself as one of the more interesting songwriters on the London gig circuit with avid support from RockShot Magazine, who compared his songs to that of “Ben Folds in verse, wit and chord changes”. The award-winning, Manchester-born singer-songwriter plays both solo and with a full band, writing piano-led, melodic pop songs described by Fresh On The Net as “sweet piano led shenanigans that come over like the lovechild of Billy Joel and Adam Levine”.
He is set to release a brand new six-track EP “Nothing Of Nothing Much”, recorded at Pete Townshend's barge studio, in early 2017 and has already received airplay on BBC Introducing London for his new single “I Feel Like Dancing” twice. The same song was picked as Song of the Day in Songwriting Magazine and chosen for Tom Robinson's Fresh Faves on his Fresh On The Net blog, which is now the third time Albert has been featured – “I Feel Like Dancing, is the result of a highly professional quality of songwriting that, given the publicity, would easily scale the charts.” – Benji Tranter (Fresh On The Net). The music video for this single was premiered with Gigslutz, who commented that the EP “flows with emotion-strewn melodies and a witty lyricism”.
Albert released his eleven-track, self-produced album Cheap Suit in 2016, receiving airplay on both FUBAR Radio and BBC radio. The album won the “Best Independent Album” award on the Alternative Friday blog in 2016 and was described as “a wonderful wonderful album” by BBC presenter Ady Dayman. Two songs from this album were also chosen for Tom Robinson's Fresh Faves.
Albert featured on Best Of British Unsigned as “One to watch” for 2017 saying they “love Albert's sound”. This was swiftly followed up with him being chosen as their featured artist of the day with presenter Matt Graveling saying “I think Albert Man could be in with a cheeky little shout for best unsigned male in next years Unsigned Music Awards 2017.”
EDDY SMITH & THE 507
"The finest meshes of Soulful Blues and melodic Pop you will hear this year" - The Blues Mag
Eddy Smith and the 507 have beaten thousands of acts to be named the UK’s best Unsigned band of 2015. The London outfit impressed a panel of industry experts to win the Critics’ Choice Award in the national competition. The judges were Huey Morgan of The Fun Lovin’ Criminals and BBC 6 Music presenter, Max Helyer, Guitarist of rock band You Me At Six, and Matt Mason, chief editor of Q Music Magazine. "The Soul in Eddy's voice is where I want Music to be at." - Huey Morgan, Fun Loving Criminals, BBC 6 Music. Eddy Smith & The 507 write, their music together. A Soulful blend of Blues, Rock and Pop with five musicians from varying musical backgrounds. Their influences range from Ray Charles and Otis Redding, to The Rolling Stones and The Eagles.
Their music has been played on Radio Stations all over the UK, including those at the BBC. Strangers (Since I’ve Been Loving You) was featured on the cover CD ofThe Blues Mag, they were included in the magazine’s “Bands To Watch” section.
Since the release of their debut single, Eddy Smith and The 507 have been booked for headline shows at popular London Venues, such as The Troubadour, and The Bedroom Bar. They have also made Main-Stage appearances this summer at Clarence Park Festival, and Wilkestock, opening up for bands such as The Subways and The Mystery Jets.