Sunday, 16 February 2014

Bruno Major - Manchester Deaf Institute - 15th February 2014

Last night on a cold and rainy evening in Manchester, there was nothing better than to chill out in Manchester's Deaf Institute main bar with friends, have some drinks and listen to some brilliant music. 
Yesterday was the first stop on Bruno Major's solo tour, the venue had the atmosphere of an east London club, Hoxton perhaps - fairy lights, a minimalist disco ball, lights dimmed and never a quiet moment at the bar. After a soundcheck half an hour before his stage time, in comes Bruno Major, carrying his baby blue Fender Stratocaster, he plugs in and begins his set with his song about his father 'Old Man'.

Bruno told short stories about the songs he has written and the covers that he played, he noticed Tom and I singing along to his song 'Just Cos Your Beautiful' and he was very surprised and grateful. As he was rounding up his set we shouted for more and Tom requested his cover of Ray Charles' 'Losing Hand' and he was more than happy to play his fantastic version.  

He played two extra songs as we shouted for more, and ended playing his keyboard, giving us his beautiful love song 'Home'.

There aren't many artists who can play a set solo for 45 minutes and still have the same amount of attention from the audience as he did when he first walked on the stage, but he did. The only people I've seen that can do that are Bruno and KT Tunstall. I've seen him play solo twice now and with a band once, and its his talent in his musicianship which shines through each time he plays. 

After the set we shook his hand, spoke a bit and told him how great his set was. He told us about visiting LA with his record label and the process of recording his album. It's only the beginning for Bruno Major, just watch, in a few years I can see him with a session on BBC 6 Music, album released and another on its way, and an even bigger fan base.

Livvy x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Bruno Major

Bruno Major is an up and coming singer songwriter hailing from North London, his voice has the sound of a man twice his age and he is the mixture of Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Jamie Cullum. 

I expect huge things for Bruno, in the past year he has been signed to Virgin Records, been on songwriting trips to LA, played at Hyde Park with Rolling Stones, played at Hard Rock Calling and as I have mentioned in previous posts, supported Lissie on her UK tour. 

Tom and I were lucky enough to catch his solo set at Hard Rock Calling last year and we were really impressed. His songs are most definitely suited to shows on BBC Radio 2 or BBC 6 Music. 

Bruno is about to embark on a solo tour across the UK beginning next Saturday at Manchester's Deaf Institute.

Livvy x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Past Couple Of Weeks In Photos

(L-R, Top to bottom)

I ordered new glasses - Givenchy! I splashed out as I was due an eye test and my eyes have got worse! I had the best experience at Optical Express, it is expensive, but it's worth it! 

I bought new stationary - Thanks to DollyBowBow's youtube, I found out about this really cute stationary in Wilkinsons, I wanted to buy all of it, but I thought £9 of it was enough...

I watched Matilda with my boyfriend - For the first time in probably about 10 years, we sat down and enjoyed one of the great films of the 90's, and we still enjoyed it as much as we did when we were children!

We booked a holiday - To Paris! I can't wait, easter weekend we jet off (on the eurostar), we  got a great hotel and train deal with Eurostar and for 3 nights we will be wearing berets, eating french bread, drinking wine and soaking up all of the culture.

We took Georgie for a walk down the canal - Georgie is Tom's dog, she is a gorgeous german shepherd and I love her! 

I got back to drawing - I used to love drawing when I was at school, so I began sketching again, I thought my first attempt was pretty good!

We got exited about Paris - Tom and I have experienced the WONDERS of Laduree in London, we've been to three out of the four in London, and we just can't wait to get to the Paris Laduree's!

I remembered our trip to London - At Christmas we had a really fantastic trip down to London, just for one night and a full day, and I loved it a lot, I took this picture at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, It was magical.

I missed home - Where I live back home is near to an army training camp, so near it you see many signs telling you to watch out for tanks! I'm at University in Greater Manchester, and I am finding it very hard at the moment and I miss my Mums cuddles. No matter how old you are, you always need your Mum.

Livvy x