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SongLink's Third Annual LIPA Night - Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
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Q: What's the link between Sandi Thom, The Wombats & The Zutons?

A: They all went to LIPA - the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lead Patron: Sir Paul McCartney)

Who's next for the big time?? Come down and find out at SongLink's 3rd annual (and the first all- female fronted) LIPA NIGHT at award-winning London venue The Bedford in Balham, on Monday November 19th 2007, at 8.30pm. Featuring six current LIPA students with their bands and musicians, plus Special Guest JIM DIAMOND ("I Won't Let You Down", "I Should Have Known Better").

This will be the third LIPA Night that SongLink has presented at The Bedford's Shakespearean-style Globe Theatre, following last year's superb show which attracted major label interest for Norwegian act Kristian Park, a recipient of the "SongLink Prize" for best songwriter at LIPA's Graduation Day last July. Earlier this year, SongLink presented an intimate evening of LIPA acoustic acts at the Bedford's sister venue, The Regal Room in Hammersmith, also hosted by MC extraordinaire Tony Moore.

Note: SongLink is the acclaimed music industry resource and magazine used by music publishers and songwriters for pitching their songs and music worldwide, and finding co-writers, producers etc. Editor/Publisher David Stark was inducted as a 'Companion of LIPA' by Sir Paul McCartney in July 2006, and has hosted various Masterclasses at LIPA in Liverpool over the past few years, with such guests as Guy Chambers, David Arnold, Barry Mason and (next month) Cathy Dennis.

Add the date to your diary now - all welcome!

SongLink presents LIPA Night
on Monday November 19th
At The Bedford,
77 Bedford Hill
London SW12 9HD
Nearest tube/BR: Balham

Admission Free
Doors open 7.30pm
Show starts 8.30pm
Hosted by Tony Moore
Please RSVP or just turn up.

Full menu available for diners -
Book tables on 020 8682 8940



Emma Jane

Originally a five piece formed and pioneered by the unforgettable Emma Jane who put together a sound that is awe-inspiring as well as intriguing. She describes her sound as "bollybossapunk" - a term penned to convey "bossa nova blended with Bollywood strings, grunge guitar and hip-hop rhythms". "Monkey Mind" is a Buddhist term, which characterizes the mind as a being, which leaps from one thought to the next, like a monkey swinging from branch to branch. This concept is the inspiration behind Emma Jane's Monkey Mind and the basis in which she writes her songs, making her lyrics authentic and autobiographical. Before returning to her hometown of Liverpool, Emma toured the States as a solo artist, recording much of her soon-to-be-released album "Bad Boys and Buddhism" in Nashville. Emma's smoky tones and provocative presence have made the band quite a hit with local audiences.


What do you get when you mix classical piano, gypsy music, progressive rock, and an accordion? Kovacs is a Liverpool-based four-piece consisting of one Canadian, two Brits and one Norwegian. Since their first experimental fumblings in late 2006, they have armed themselves with singer Megan Kovacs' quirky compositions and set out to carve their own niche in the UK music scene. Kovacs is a band not limited to any particular genre and will appeal to anyone with a taste for music off the beaten path. Their influences range from Rachmaninov to Rufus Wainwright, from Gogol Bordello to Isis, and they are continuously expanding their musical palette. Kovacs are: Megan - Vocals, piano, accordion, vocoder; Joel - drums, vocals; Sean - bass, tuba, hair; Snorre - guitars, vocals.

Olivia Leisk

Olivia Leisk is a soulful young talent from London; her style is best described as sensual and delectable soul. Since the age of 5 she has lived to sing and play piano while more recently she Olivia has been doing numerous gigs, around England. In particular "Agitated" has been picked up around London and enjoyed by many. In the summer of 2008 Olivia will be writing her album "Quick Fix" and will be soon performing her new songs "Summer Speed," "I Know I Shouldn't Of" and "You're So Beautiful" plus many more. She is currently doing gigs around London and Liverpool and is hoping to tour abroad soon. Olivia's tracks have been highly rated on reaching number 5 in the charts. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross, Michael Buble, Renee Olstead, Christina Aguilera, Robin Thicke John Legend and so many more!

Martine Marbel

This 20 year old singer is currently living in Liverpool where she is working on developing herself and her music. What makes Martine Marbel unique is that she combines a strong pop-package with honest songs, topped with a soulful voice. Martine has been writing ever since she first found her way around the piano. Her songs root back to old soul and jazz, combined with a modern R&B sound created by her jaw-dropping band who provide Martine with the groove that suits her soulful voice perfectly. Together, Martine and her band have created something remarkable that will hopefully fill a gap in modern pop music. If you don't believe it, go see them!

Chrsitine Pimpernell

Christelle Pimpernell is a Norwegian songstress currently residing in Liverpool while she studies towards her music degree at LIPA. A consummate vocalist and piano player, Christelle's songs have a classic, old-fashioned yet timeless pop feel to them. She's an extremely promising young artist and is definitely worthwhile checking out.

Sam Sanderson

Sam Sanderson is a female singer/songwriter currently studying for her final year at LIPA. Her first EP "Breakthrough" was released in January 2007 and created much interest within music industry professionals after she performed on Juice FM's the 'Next Big Thing' after being selected to compete with other young talent from Liverpool. A showcase of her original material and other students from LIPA then followed at the Regal Rooms in London at which David Stark was present and wrote of the performance, "The show was totally immaculate, with each of the five young LIPA students demonstrating an amazing talent and huge future potential in the music business." Sam is also known throughout Liverpool/Manchester as the lead singer of the Sam Sanderson band which covers a mixture of Soul/Pop/R&B/Jazz for corporate functions and performances this year include the 'Liverpool Echo Business Awards.' This Summer Sam also performed at the prestigious opening of the 'Arena Bar' Clarke Quay in Singapore. Now looking to explore and develop her sound Sam is currently working in the studio on new material with the intent to approach management and publishers from Feb 2008.

Jim Diamond

The Glasgow-born singer/songwriter is best known for his three Top 5 hits - "I Won't Let You Down" (1982) as lead singer in the trio Ph.D., with Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips; his solo performance, "I Should Have Known Better," a UK No. 1 in 1984; and the theme song from TV's 'Boon' - "Hi Ho Silver," which reached No. 5 in 1986. His voice has often been used for other people's songs, especially charity songs such as "Sailing" with Rock Against Repatriation, "You'll Never Walk Alone" with The Crowd and "Let It Be" with Ferry Aid. Over the past thirty years Jim has gone from lead singer of his own bands, to solo studio artist, to live performer. In 2005, Jim Diamond released his first studio recorded album in 11 years. "Souled and Healed" and a new single 'When You Turn'. A second single followed soon after titled "Blue Shoes." It was recently revealed that Diamond has reunited with Hymas and Phillips for a new Ph.D album to be released in 2008. Jim is also a big supporter of LIPA and has given Masterclasses at the Liverpool faculty.


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