Picture Book are brothers Dario Darnell and Lorne Ashley, born in New York and raised in Manchester. Dario and Lorne's father is the legendary August Darnell, whose musical creations include Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
JANUARY BLUES: The Toy Hearts are a blues-tinged Americana band who's sound is steeped in the soul of the deep south. Drawing on influences from the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi Delta, the father and daughter trio have won plaudits across Europe and the US for their raw live performances and intricate adaptations of the traditional bluegrass sound.
At the end of the month, a 12-minute musical battle composed by Liz Liew and Andy Leung will premiere at Trafalgar Square, marking the latest New Music 20x12 launch to celebrate the London Olympics. M spoke to the composers to find out more...
Minimalist composer Howard Skempton launched PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20x12 Olympics programme on New Year’s Eve at a London church. Together with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, he performed his Five Rings Triples piece to a packed congregation at All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames, while churches across the country performed simultaneous renditions to mark the beginning of the UK’s Olympic year.