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ACM LIVE — Summer Concert

On Thursday we attended the industry evening of ACM Summer Live. The series of concerts in Guildford, Surrey held this year at the Electric Theatre lasts four days (with matinee performances) and boasts over 60 new acts.

This years event was organized in collaboration with Eagle 3 Radio [Surrey and Hampshire ] and benefited MUSIC SUPPORT a charity that provides help and support for individuals in the United Kingdom Music Indsutry who suffer from alcoholism, addiction or emotional or mental health problems.

Mardhys, the 5-piece groove-orchestra…

The acts were introduced by Eagle 3 Radio presenter Jack Johnson .

First on stage were the Guildford five-nation five-piece groove-orchestra MARDHYS who are an experimental alt-folk collective fronted by the talented dreamer & chief songwriter Melatti Braam.

Songs such as “Old John” (an anti-bullying number) possessed scratched rhythms, sparkling vowels and a wriggle of violin that eeled its way through the haunting veil of harmonies. Think of English art-rock band the Moulettes playing Dylan songs to Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac beats.

The four-piece CHINA BEARS from Guildford (they seem to have mislaid Rosie along the way) provided bumptious bass-lines and kite-running anthems.

Hyrda” has seaside chirpiness with nostalgic melodies and suggestively breezy vibrations. They reminded us of Ohio indie rockers The National.

China Bears – seaside chirpiness with nostalgic melodies…

Guildford based alternative indie rock band NEON ISLANDS brought bold ‘n’ fruity tropical bass-lines and lots of fizzy guitar textures with frantic rhythms to go with flirtatious numbers.

Carlos de los Santos provided voice and more front than Harrods, while Jamie Hayes on bass guitar was simply bloody sensational and Nico Narbona (keys) offered a smooth atmosphere. Rhythms were expertly clouted out by Sam Lawson on drums. Their irrepressible charm and unmistakable ego was perhaps more significant than the total sum of their parts and outpourings, but hey! that’s what rock ‘n’ roll is all about.

London urban pop artist and singer-songwriter CHINCHILLA [Daisy Bertenshaw] who studied at the ACM Metropolis Studios academy campus in Chiswick has a mezzo-soprano range and raps in silvery cockney bursts. At SUMMER LIVE it was as if Ms. Dynamite had met Lily Allen in an Archway launderette to discuss men and moan about the weather. Last year’s wordy and grumbly “Playing With Fire” is a powerful hymn to pain and salvation. She’s unquestionably a rising star and one-to-watch!

Nabsora – exceptional

NABSORA (Brian Alejandro) is a rapper and producer originally from Colombia but is now based in London. He brought us a blast of interwoven social commentry through poety and hip-hop. His message relied on peace, love and understanding rather than rebellion.

As a poet he’s exceptional. As a rapper and lyricist he’s outstanding. His “Proud” has deep ridges of sound and is a profound crisis of contemplation set amongst vast expanses of forgiveness The vocal work is fast but accessible with elegant rhymes and melodic-hot songcraft.

Danish alternative electro-pop artist AIA creates marvelously colorful ear-tonics with decisive decency in her lyrics, taking in intertwisting rhythms to add to the drama of her performance.

AIA – intrepidly hypnotic…

She’s a fine tunesmith and an intrepidly hypnotic artist. (She reminded us of American synth-pop artist Halsey )

Also at the ACM Summer Live concert on Thursday were the Southampton based dramatic & punchy electronic duo UHURU consisting of singer/songwriter & producer Connor Daniel with Rob Jones on guitar and keys.

Plus soul and gospel singer JULY JONES and the distinctive indie-pop troupe THIS ROSE

It was a stunning evening of variety, discovery and five-star talent.

Words and pictures: @neilmach 2017 ©
Main Picture: CHINCHILLA
Link: https://www.facebook.com/acmuk/

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a music academy in Guildford, Surrey [with sites in London and Birmingham] that offers full-time courses for guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, music production, artist development & songwriting, radio broadcasting, creative sound design, tour production & management and music business.


5 Things – This Week in Staines


UK Blues Legend at Staines

Papa George at Staines Riverside Club


One of the musical highpoints of 2008 was the visit to STAINES of the legendary bluesman Papa George- to the Riverside Club.  Over 30 years Papa George has forged a reputation for stunning performances on the blues circuits and at festivals.

Recognised as one of the top blues guitarists and vocalists of our time and described by THE TIMES as “a mean axeman”, he captivates audiences playing Fender Stratocaster, or bottleneck blues-style on Amistar and National Steel guitars, with a passionate vocal style delivered with absolute conviction.

See him THIS WEEK in STAINES for less than a fiver with the sensational STEVE SIMPSON who is a musical legend in his own right!

Steve Simpson was the lead guitarist with ’Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance’ group and general all round multi-intrumentalist taking on the part of fiddle and accordion in addition to his stunning lead guitar roles.





Dutch Pop Exponents – Staines

Gravity is dead - Hob Staines

Jan 25 2009      8:00P STAINES – The Hobgoblin GRAVITY IS DEAD

One of the UK’s most promising new bands are set to explode in 2009 with their refreshing and authentic blend of energetic English rock.

Putting the reality and the power back into the UK’s rock scene is what Gravity Is Dead are all about. They’re ready to explode their way through the crowds of the ‘emo’, ‘screamo’, ‘electronica’ masses and show the world that their blend of original passionate dynamic rock music can stand out at the front.

The time is indeed now for these Surrey teenagers to make it all happen so watch this space Ladies & Gentlemen, and remember where you heard them first!




Dynamic nine-piece Rock and Soul band – Windsor

Average Chalky White Band at Windsor

THE AVERAGE CHALKY WHITE BAND with the ‘Sister of the Bands’

The Average Chalky White Band is a dynamic nine piece rock and soul band with a horn section, playing up-beat songs from artists such as Van Morrison, Zutons, The Stones, Madness, Stereophonics, The Blues Brothers, James Brown, Scissor Sisters, Sam & Dave, Paul Weller and more…………..They feature 4 different lead vocalists, and for the this gig at The Old Ticket Hall they will also have a very special guest vocalist, Sissy Vincent – the very soulful “Sister of the Bands

Cost: £3



Channel 4’s  “SKINS” band – Live in Windsor

Paper Heroes Windsor

Paper Heroes Jan 23 2009      8:00P Firestation  note: 14+     Windsor

Famed for their appearances on Channel 4’s cult show Skins and now signed with the Skins label, Paper Heroes peddle rapid fire rhythms, growling vocals and inventive guitar riffs with songs staying hooked in your brain ready for rapid replay this is Indie-pop-rock at its exciting best.


Fran and Josh’ is the sound wave form of the term one size fits all.

They were recently the first unsigned band to play on the ‘Live Drivetime’ session on ‘XFM Manchester’ where they covered the song “Better off Alone” by Alice Deejay. They have since been invited back to play at Clint Boon’s wife’s Tea Party in November!

This troublesome doublesome of whippersnappers will soon be hitting the screens of MTV on ‘Living on The Edge’.

You will also be able to catch them on MTV’s Brand spanking new music website!

Their latest success has been an interest from 14th Floor Records in London.

Originally their music developed from a love for flamenco, admiring artists such as Paco De Lucia, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Tommy Emmanuel. By studying their fast paced and skillfull guitaring techniques they began to teach themselves from day one.

‘Fran and Josh’ have combined flamenco with true party music. In doing this they continue to cover many genres through the use of an acoustic guitar, for example;
Hip-hop, house music, dance, trance and D’n’B.




Six Piece Miodern Rock Outfit – in Staines

Stars of the Search Party

Jan 25 2009      8:00P STARS OF THE SEARCH PARTY
STAINES – hobgoblin with ‘We Know John Doe’

Stars of the Search Partu are a hard-working  6-piece rock band from Guildford in Surrey. They play music which ties together all your favourite modern genres,
ultimately creating something that can appeal to the majority of music fans out there.


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