the bedford

In session: Ryan Keen

Emerging singer songwriter Ryan Keen has had the kind of year that most upcoming acts could only dream of. In the last 12 months he has been the special guest on Newton Faulkner's tour, collaborated with Wretch 32 and supported Plan B at the iTunes festival – becoming the only unsigned act to appear on the month-long bill. We caught up with him before his headline slot at London Folkfest to watch him perform his track Old Scars.

Like your folk? Check out London’s Folkfest

Those familiar with South London’s vibrant music scene may remember Folkfest’s inaugural event in 2011. Back for a second year, Folkfest is returning to The Bedford, Balham, as ukuleles and harmoniums descend upon the venue.

Vic Galloway on SXSW

Today there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your music internationally. A myriad of different events such as The Great Escape, Popkomm, Womex, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, GoNorth and CMJ bring A&R, live agents, promoters, bloggers, broadcasters and journalists together in one place, to feast their eyes and ears on the finest new music on the planet. There is however a behemoth that straddles the globe and eclipses them all – South by South West (SXSW).

SongFest 2011

SongFest, the three-day event about songwriting for songwriters, is set to return for a second year. PRS for Music are proud to support SongFest and hosting a panel again this year.

Claire Nicolson interview

In M's exclusive interview Claire talks about her early influences, setting up her label, singing for her supper and gets behind a few of her songs.

Tony Moore part three

In this final part of M's interview with Tony Moore, the creator and host of legendary songwriter showcase nights at The Bedford and the Kashmir Club gives invaluable advice for budding artists on getting their first gigs, promotion and the DNA of a great song.