Ilona is a Bulgarian singer songwriter, who has been living in the UK for the last decade. Although only officially starting her music career in May last year, she has already been on a mini tour of the UK, played three nights at Hop Farm Festival, become a favourite on BBC London, and supported Newton Faulkner and Adam Ant.
Thirty One is a collection of tracks from Manchester UK, featuring rare and exclusive songs from both established and emerging acts. The album has been curated and compiled by DJ/Writer Dave Haslam for The Factory Foundation.
As part of SXSW week, we'll be meeting a selection of bands who are performing at this week's showcase event in Austin, Texas. Today's band is folk-rock sextet Woodenbox, who have built a growing reputation for raucous live shows by fusing old school country rhythms with mariachi horns..
The Producers are a supergroup consisting of Lol Creme (10CC, Duran Duran, Kate Bush), Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys), Stephen Lipson (Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox) and Ash Soan (drummer on Adele’s 21 album).
Singer Abimaro Gunnell, bassist James Beatt and keyboard player Alex Montaque are Abimaro and the Free. To mark International Women’s Day, Abimaro and the Free curated and performed at an event funded by PRS for Music Foundation showcasing their soul-folk songs. M chatted to Abimaro about the event, her thoughts on opportunities for women in music and her own sound…
Jess Hall Band look set for big things this year. The teenagers have already won over their local BBC Radio Wiltshire, with their song Play Shy, finding their way on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing playlist at the end of last year.