emma mcgann

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

As if!


AS IF
Hello again! Hope you're all having a fantastic summer and making the most of the 'sun' here in the UK. For those reading who are in Spain (Carly Ryder) or places with similar climates, I am green with envy. The following paragraphs will be me telling you all that's been happening since the last blog. Hurray!
So the album launch was on the 12th July and has been and gone. What an evening! The room was packed out, we managed to put out a nice buffet spread, hopefully it was enough for everyone! The Glitter Girls gave out their glitter tattoos, we sold over 70 copies of the album on the night and sold out in the next few days!
As if! A massive thank you to Carly Ryder and the Polar Rays who were support acts for the evening. Both played two fantastic sets and I'd recommend their music to anyone!
www.myspace.com/carlymusix
www.myspace.com/polarrays
The next step is looking to get the album reviewed and pushed as much as possible!


www.emmamcgann.com is near enough ready to go live! The geek in me finds it unbelievably cool that I now own my own personal internet space. Just a few tweaks here and there to take care of. A big thank you to Alex Kaye for all his hard work on getting the site ready and looking great! Can't wait to get it out there!

I joined Liz Kershaw for her Sunday Morning talk show at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire a Sunday or two ago to have a chat about my influences, music degree and upcoming gigs. It was my first
live radio interview so you can imagine my nerves... especially as it was a morning show and I'd nowhere near woken up properly. I'd been in Alton that weekend for a short getaway weekend with the besties so me and James had to rush back on the motorway but we got there in time thankfully! Liz played two tracks from my biggest influences, Suzanne Vega and Imogen Heap and also played some tracks from the album. So thank you Liz!

As for upcoming gigs we have a few full band performances lined up, one of which being at the Warwick Arts Centre on 27th November where I'll be playing alongside the lovely Carly Ryder once again! All upcoming gigs are listed on the music Studyvox at
www.myspace.com/xemmxacousticx and very shortly will be available from www.emmamcgann.com !

Aside from music I've been making the most of spending as much time with the besties before they venture back to Uni on different sides of the country/in completely different countries! We had a weekend away in Alton filled with BBQ's, trekking, clock-stealing (don't ask) and the pub... of course.

We've decided to start planning the first music video! I won't reveal just yet which single from the album it'll be, but we're hoping to get it all done before early September time! I can however reveal that there won't be any of Beyonce's single ladies dancing in leotards, crazy telephone wigs worn by Lady Gaga or mountains of half naked people with Kylie stood on top... unfortunately! On a serious note though, we may need to recruit some extras so will post details on the website once everything is planned!

The new flat is proving to be home sweet home. We've settled in now with nothing more to unpack. We've a bunch of xbox games to get through and a mini studio set-up to record any ideas I have for new material. (Very handy for someone with a memory like mine!) The parents and friends have also approved the new crib, checked for sharp edges, christened carpet with drink spillages, invited themselves around for pizza nights etc. so it's feeling more like home everyday.

I've become a full on tweeter. I understand the wonderful world of Twitter a lot more now and am tweeting whenever possible! I've found that it's such a good tool for promotion and have been tweeted by Kylie (omg!) and retweeted by Big Brother twitter @bigbrobot ?! Hoping to get more followers once emmamcgann.com goes live? Follow me
@emmamcgann :)

And with that, I leave you with a first episode from a friend - paranormal detective,
www.
Flint Angel.com

Sunday, 20 June 2010

It's almost here!

A lot's been happening since Febuarys
events! It's feeling more like summer
every day as I finished my first year of
Uni two weeks ago, that and the sun is
shining for once! So far the course has
been really enjoyable, looking forward
to second year and composing for film!
And building my own instrument!

After all their hard work James and Alex
put on Barbershop the Musical and it
went down unbelievably well! The two shows
were both well organised and the audience
were loving it! You can have a listen to
their tracks here - www.myspace.com/barbershopthemusical
They now have plans to get trained in silver
service and become singing waiters and perform
'Barbershop-o-grams'!


Apart from all this it's been all go with
The Undercovers. More and more gigs seem
to be coming in which is always good.
Everyone wants a piece of us it seems! We
played in front of over 1000 people last
night in Minehead at Butlins which was
fantastic! One of the best gigs ever!
One kid even tried to climb on stage!
We also played at the Ricoh Casino a few
weeks back that went down just as well!
Have had a few comments from people about
playing in a covers band. Some negative
but mostly positive. A few have regarded
it as selling out but I don't see it that
way at all! It's all still full steam ahead
with my original stuff :)


I'm still up to my eyes in all my own music with the album due July
12th! Very exciting stuff! Also holding an
album launch at the Phoenix on that night
with Carly Ryder and Polar Rays as support.
Should be amazing! The album will be available
on the night for £7 and from then on will
also be available on Amazon and iTunes.
Then we're shipping it off to Kylie & friends!


It's been hard work getting everything together
for the album but it's almost finally
finished! No more long nights in the studio for
a while! Well... not for me anyway. Poor James
will be in there with lots of different bands
recording EP's, albums, radio jingles and what
not. Hopefully next year I'll have a smaller
scale album with more acoustic tracks on as well.
But we'll see how we get on though eh? :)
After looking at the songs individually, it helped
me to organise them into an order that worked for
the album. Photoshoots were fun too, I owe a
certain Mr Pete Lord a million favours for all
his time, ideas and fabulous photography.


www.emmamcgann.com is almost ready to go! Big
thanks to Al Kaye for all his hard work and mega
brains to get everything working for the website!
Do keep a look out for any video updates/gigs/news/
pics/press!

The still as of yet un named Emma McGann band
were labelled Band of the Month in June for
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Introducing...
We popped into the studio for a chat with the
lovely Martin Winch who also aired new track
'Little Hearts' on the show too. (Which is also
now on the myspace!)


Me and James are moving into the new flat this weekend!
I've never been so excited! A few weeks ago we
bought a new 32' HD TV and an Xbos elite. If we're
gonna get a new flat then new toys are most
definitely needed! Moving day won't be all that hard either
as it's only 2 doors away and on the ground floor!

Songbird is still a running success and is every
Monday at the Phoenix from 8:30pm onwards if any
of you should fancy popping down to watch or play!


I think that's it for now! Lots more gigs to update
on throughout the rest of the year! When I get a
chance to write another blog! Hope y'all are well!

Em x

2010 then

2010 then

wRITTEN THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2010

So far the new year’s not been too shabby at all! Songbird’s now in its second year, I’ve dropped all other acoustic nights for the moment as it’s just too much work with uni as well! The course is going fab! Despite being one of the only girls on the course, the atmosphere’s brilliant - and it’s nice to know that whenever I fancy a tinker on the ol’ grand piano I can just pop round the corner and play away to my hearts content :)

We went on the hippy van holiday last year before Christmas and had no regrets despite snow, no 2nd gear and dodgy electrics! The petrol was waaaaayyy too expensive for us to go anywhere like the Lake District, so we ended up parking at a caravan club in Moreton-On-Marsh. I’ve never felt cooler… rolling in alongside these massive remote controlled caravan winnebago machines driven by people three times our age. And then there’s us in our teeny weeny tiny yellow tin can VW. Kept ourselves occupied though, took two guitars, a pack of cards and plenty of hot choc.

This year’s Covfest is on April 10th at various venues around Coventry. I’m running the acoustic stage at Esquire’s Coffee House while Justine’s running the stage at the Tin Angel. It’s a bummer that I’ll be missing the acts playing over at the Tin on the same day… but quite looking forward to watching the Ripps and the Austin Francis Connection at Taylor John’s on the Sunday! Check them out on myspace if you haven’t already, time well spent.

Have a new band up and running which is in centre focus at the mo! We only got together for rehearsals just before Christmas so it’s still early days, but it’s sounding top! We all love our pop so we’ve decided to stick to that genre and work with each other on some new material. We’re all working together really well and have some gigs in the pipeline so things are looking sweet!

As for writing I’ve found that I’ve wrote heaps of new songs… but I never seem to finish them! Talking of heaps… me and James went to Manchester to see Imogen Heap the other week and blimey! What a gig! We were quite near the front so we got a close up of all the little props and trinkets she brings on stage with her. She had this transparent piano frame with fur interior sitting beneath odds, ends, cymbals and gongs that were hanging from a massive tree which stood centre stage. It was all very visual! She was even hooked up to tiny microphones that were stuck to her wrists to pick up the jingles and jangles of all these obscure instruments she leaped around the stage with! That performance in Manchester was the first of the Ellipse tour, and perform she did! She’s almost like a comedian in a way too… she kept herself calm and pokerfaced through any blips the equipment made throughout the show. And somehow, even when Pro Tools crashed as soon as she came onto the stage she managed to make a joke of it, she communicated with the crowd really well. Dead professional, dead good… everything I expected and more from the grammy award winning Immie :)

So the writings going farely well… just need to join up the dots at the end and actually start finishing off lyrics! But there’s some newbies that I’m eager to get done in the studio - ‘written in stone’, ‘speak for yourself’, ‘is it cuz’ and ‘so long’ being a few. Jezebel should be up on the Myspace by the end of this month too… as well as soon Youtube video action!

Roll on Summer 2010

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

I should be so lucky...

The last two weeks have certainly been more eventful than expected! Just over two weeks ago I received some great news from the team at studyvox.co.uk - I’d been shortlisted for the StudyvoxFM Music Award Prize and had won! This meant I was to accept the award and perform to none other than Aussie pop songstress Kylie Minogue five days down the line on Thursday 25th! I should be so lucky right? (no pun intended), but it was true! Seeing as we would be performing to Kylie we thought we’d go all out and do it properly, so me and James gathered the troops and formed a full band over the five days we had left to rehearse... enter ‘Barbershop the Musical’ writer Alex Hart on drums and Rich Overton on bass/beehive noises.

So anyway we crammed in some rehearsals in between work and uni until we had to travel to Oxford on Thursday. Me and James drove down on the Wednesday to the teensy tiny village of East Hendred in Oxford to meet the team and the four other student winners who had won bursaries of up to £10,000! We could not have been more looked after by the guys at Studyvox who greeted us, showed us around the headquarters and booked us in for a night in a lush B’n’B just a little way down the road!

So Thursday morning came and went, we flew through a quick sound check around midday and then prepared the stage for the event a few hours ahead.
Can’t resist putting a good word in for the chef of the buffet too, who did a small buffet at the local pub the night before – my eyes were a lot bigger than my stomach that day!

Once Kylie arrived, we were told she wanted to meet the band personally before the event, which I could not have been more excited/nervous about! I needn’t have been so nervous though, she was lovely! Killer heels too...
A few snapshots later we were back in the main room behind a load of paps waiting for Kylie to perform her speech and award the bursaries. After being called onto the stage for the Music Award I stood on stage with Kylie who handed over this glass trophy reading ‘StudyVoxFm Music Award Presented to Emma McGann by Kylie Minogue 25.02.2010’ How freakin’ cool is that?! First thing I’ve ever won in my life if you don’t include pitchers of beer won at the odd pub quiz... So after being blinded by camera flashes left right and center, I stumbled through my speech and managed a graceful exit off stage. Following this came well deserving winners Jess Gurr, Hayley Roberts, Fern Tomlinson and Vicky Stringer, all giving fantastic speeches.
So the next job was to get all the kit on stage ready to perform, which went smoother than expected thankfully! We flew into the set with ‘Fall into Me’ and ‘Start the Show’ to which Kylie came out to view the performance. Half of me thought right, must be professional and not screw up with the lyrics or break a string... the other half of me thinking... O M freakin’ G! Kylie Minogue is a few feet away dancing around to one of my songs! Surreal is not even the word!
I’d encourage any student to have a browse on the Studyvox website and explore what they have to offer. It’s inspiring that it’s an entirely student focused foundation, aiming to ease all the financial stress students are to face after graduation. Not only that but Studyvox also provides an online radio station for students to upload their music and material for broadcast on the internet. What better way to showcase student talent, be you a comedian/artist/band etc. than through StudyVoxFM radio? With such a foundation fighting for our team, I’m glad I’m now a part of it. So get yourselves to
www.studyvox.co.uk and join up!
Massive congrats to the four winners of the bursary awards and a
huge thankyou again to Kev, Sara and the rest of the team at Studyvox for their hospitality and for giving us a day down in Oxford we’ll never forget.





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Thursday, 18 February 2010

2010 then

So far the new year's not been too shabby at all! Songbird's now in its second year, I've dropped all other acoustic nights for the moment as it's just too much work with uni as well! The course is going fab! Despite being one of the only girls on the course, the atmosphere's brilliant - and it's nice to know that whenever I fancy a tinker on the ol' grand piano I can just pop round the corner and play away to my hearts content :)

We went on the hippy van holiday last year before Christmas and had no regrets despite snow, no 2nd gear and dodgy electrics! The petrol was waaaaayyy too expensive for us to go anywhere like the Lake District, so we ended up parking at a caravan club in Moreton-On-Marsh. I've never felt cooler... rolling in alongside these massive remote controlled caravan winnebago machines driven by people three times our age. And then there's us in our teeny weeny tiny yellow tin can VW. Kept ourselves occupied though, took two guitars, a pack of cards and plenty of hot choc.

This year's Covfest is on April 10th at various venues around Coventry. I'm running the acoustic stage at Esquire's Coffee House while Justine's running the stage at the Tin Angel. It's a bummer that I'll be missing the acts playing over at the Tin on the same day... but quite looking forward to watching the Ripps and the Austin Francis Connection at Taylor John's on the Sunday! Check them out on myspace if you haven't already, time well spent.

Have a new band up and running which is in centre focus at the mo! We only got together for rehearsals just before Christmas so it's still early days, but it's sounding top! We all love our pop so we've decided to stick to that genre and work with each other on some new material. We're all working together really well and have some gigs in the pipeline so things are looking sweet!

As for writing I've found that I've wrote heaps of new songs... but I never seem to finish them! Talking of heaps... me and James went to Manchester to see Imogen Heap the other week and blimey! What a gig! We were quite near the front so we got a close up of all the little props and trinkets she brings on stage with her. She had this transparent piano frame with fur interior sitting beneath odds, ends, cymbals and gongs that were hanging from a massive tree which stood centre stage. It was all very visual! She was even hooked up to tiny microphones that were stuck to her wrists to pick up the jingles and jangles of all these obscure instruments she leaped around the stage with! That performance in Manchester was the first of the Ellipse tour, and perform she did! She's almost like a comedian in a way too... she kept herself calm and pokerfaced through any blips the equipment made throughout the show. And somehow, even when Pro Tools crashed as soon as she came onto the stage she managed to make a joke of it, she communicated with the crowd really well. Dead professional, dead good... everything I expected and more from the grammy award winning Immie :)

So the writings going farely well... just need to join up the dots at the end and actually start finishing off lyrics! But there's some newbies that I'm eager to get done in the studio - 'written in stone', 'speak for yourself', 'is it cuz' and 'so long' being a few. Jezebel should be up on the Myspace by the end of this month too... as well as soon Youtube video action!

Roll on Summer 2010