TALENTBANQ Welcomes Sassy Hammersley to the Team

Posted on May 3rd, 2024 by Ray Jones

Sassy is the newest addition to TALENTBANQ.

She is a Songwriting graduate of ICMP and has been performing and writing from a very young age. Sassy developed an interest in live music and events as a result of her experiences. 

She is passionate about ensuring the fair treatment of artists and creating a positive and memorable experience for artists and audiences alike. 

Whilst working at TALENTBANQ Sassy will continue to perform solo artist and as part of indie folk trio ‘Saint Boy’.

In fact it was a performance with Saint Boy at The Camden Chapel that brought Sassy and TALENTBANQ together.

Now that’s what we call an Encore!

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Rachel Croft named Caffè Nero Artist of the Month | February

Posted on February 5th, 2024 by Ray Jones

Congratulations to Rachel Croft for being named Caffè Nero’s Artist of the Month February. We are honoured to have introduced her to Caffè Nero.

Previously featured on Netflix and BBC 2, Rachel Croft is an “emotive and uncompromising alternative artist at the top of her game” (Atwood Magazine) with a vocal range that flows effortlessly from fierce power to deadly soft.

Her tempestuous, female-forward songwriting and vivid stage presence have been making waves in the UK and beyond.

Hailing from London, Rachel’s thunderous and cinematic works have been synced on the BBC and Netflix, premiered in leading global outlets such as CMT, BBC Radio and appears on our artist roster.

Her tempestuous, female-forward songwriting and vivid stage presence have been making waves in the UK and beyond, performing at iconic venues such as the Camden Assembly in London, the Bitter End in New York and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville; as well as gracing festivals including Cambridge and Moseley, and selling out venues across Europe on regular tours.

As Artist of the month in February you will hear her music every afternoon in Caffè Nero at 15.30 for fifteen minutes. Look out for her live performances and of course we hope she will play the Caffè Nero stage at the Black Deer Festival in June.

Catch Rachel Croft in March at the Fiddler’s Elbow for a phenomenal headline gig. Get your tickets below.

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TALENTBANQ x STABAL Partnership Announcement

Posted on February 2nd, 2024 by Ray Jones

TALENTBANQ is pleased to announce a new partnership with STABAL.

TALENTBANQ is a leading Live Music Agent and Promoter.

STABAL is a leading media and production company, specialising in capturing live content.

Both companies share a passion for discovering, promoting and supporting incredible independent, unsigned talent.

Both companies also seek to generate income for the artists they promote.

TALENTBANQ through fees and box office receipts.

STABAL through releasing performance videos and audio on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and all major DSPs.

The partnership drives value for both companies as STABAL take an interest in artists selected for the TALENTBANQ roster, and TALENTBANQ feature STABAL videos on their website and Social Media platforms.

Ray Jones – CEO at TALENTBANQ comments:
“It’s rare to find a company so closely aligned in ethical values – and with such complimentary skills. To date we have resisted the live-stream fad that dominated during covid, but we love the quality of the live studio and venue based videos shot by STABAL.”

Doug Ross – CEO at STABAL comments:
“We love all that Talentbanq are doing for artists, and are privileged to partner with them as we jointly pioneer new models to support and amplify incredible talent.”

Check out STABAL Videos and Live Recordings here:
Apple Music

Artists featured:
Lisa Canny | Alex Francis | Saara Kaldma | Lucy May Walker | Niall McNamee | Hope Winter | Natalie Lindi | Eddy Smith | Jocee | Natalie Shay | Danny Starr | Anouska Assisi | Rebekah Fitch | Gertrud | Nuala | Ed Tattersall

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See them LIVE again

Posted on January 29th, 2024 by Ray Jones

On Wednesday, we had a storming 6th Anniversary party in the heart of London at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

With over 500 guests filling the Crypt, 3 acts comprising of 6 phenomenal artists, and live music like you’ve never heard before, it was a night for the history books.

“It was an epic Talentbanq gig, and the London music scene for independent artists is thriving, thanks to Talentbanq and their roster.” – DC Brown

Rachel Croft opened the night with her unique, genre-bending style, delivering a powerhouse performance to invigorate the audience. Next, Eddy Smith and the 507 with the TALENTBANQ All-Star band gave a whirlwind of a show, demonstrating both joint and individual forces in the UK Americana scene. His All-Star guests included Ed Tattersall, Alex Francis, Isabella Coulstock and Rachel Croft.

Lisa Canny brought the show home, the Celtic songstress owned the stage and the night with a blistering set featuring both released and unreleased songs. Canny also took the opportunity to announce her latest gig at the Fiddler’s Elbow on June 6th.

If you missed your chance to see these brilliant rising stars on Wednesday, or if you want to see them again, check them out at the gigs below.

01.02.2024 | Eddy Smith & the 507 at the Fiddler’s Elbow

13.02.2024 | Ed Tattersall at the Green Note

07.03.2024 | Rachel Croft at the Fiddler’s Elbow

06.06.2024 | Lisa Canny at the Fiddler’s Elbow

Don’t miss your opportunity to be in the room.

And if you want to see more of our gigs coming up, click the link below to see all of our upcoming events.

Images on the cover:
Bottom-right: Allan McKay
Bottom-middle, top-middle second down, top right: Kevin O’Sullivan
Remaining images: Michelle Fredericks

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Sophie de Quay named Caffè Nero Artist of the Month | January

Posted on January 6th, 2024 by Ray Jones

Congratulations to Sophie de Quay for being named Caffè Nero’s Artist of the Month this January.

Sophie de Quay is a voice and words that touch and heal the soul. She is a humanist pen that denounces injustice, which takes to the 4 corners of the Earth, which speaks of love, the beauty of the world and its madness. A world that Sophie travels since childhood.

Born in Switzerland, she grew up in Singapore and then in New York where she took her first steps on stage, studied Sinology and graduated from the Hotel School in Geneva, graduated from ATLA, a music school in Paris and learned to speak and sing in Mandarin in Shanghai. She has explored 42 countries, including 15 through her music, a medium she uses to build bridges between cultures and generations.

Sophie de Quay is a voice and words that touch and heal the soul.

In February 2016, Sophie’s life changed when she connected with musician Simon Jaccard, known as “octopus man” for his multi-instrumentalist talents. Simon, with a rich background collaborating with renowned artists, collaborated with Sophie after their first concert. This marked the start of their international journey, performing in Lebanon, New York, Asia, and China post-COVID.

Their album Y and EP Soleil intérieur opened doors, leading to collaborations with Patrick Bruel and Cali, as well as performances with I Muvrini, Gjon’s tears, and Amir in 2024.

Catch Sophie de Quay LIVE this year with us at the Fiddler’s Elbow, get your tickets below now.

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Rockin’ New Years Eve

Posted on December 18th, 2023 by Ray Jones

Come party with us on New Year’s Eve at the Fiddler’s Elbow. 

On stage we have two incredible bands: Laurie Wright and The Molotovs. Each will play an “originals” set but at midnight they will combine to form a SUPERGROUP belting out an hour of classic rock covers.

There is no better way to start 2024!

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£1 Million

Posted on December 1st, 2023 by Ray Jones

Covid blew a hole in the live music industry.

It was devastating as venues closed, singing was banned, and commercially social-distancing just did not work.

It’s been a slow and challenging recovery with strong economic headwinds forcing some venues to close and audiences to tighten their belts. Against this backdrop we only had one ambition: to keep music live supporting independent artists along the way.

So it is with considerable joy that we share our landmark payment today.

£1 Million paid to musicians and technicians since the lockdown in 2020.

The recovery continues – our support continues.

And we want to invite everyone to join us as we say 1 million Thank Yous.

Join our million pound party on 24.01.24 in The Crypt at St Martin in the Fields.

We have further news to share on the night…

You are invited to Be in the Room!

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TALENTBANQ Welcomes Dragonfly Sky to the roster

Posted on October 6th, 2023 by Ray Jones

Amy Whiter and Chris Lee-Delisle are an exceptional duo with lush harmonies, infectious melodies and an incredibly alluring stage presence. They write well crafted songs that take you on a journey and perform with passionate vocals and skilled musicianship. 

I can’t wait to hear more from Dragonfly Sky.” – FATEA Magazine

FATEA Magazine said of the release of their debut EP ‘Neon’: “As debuts go, it doesn’t get much better than this. This is certainly one of the strongest EPs of the year so far, and deserves to get the duo a lot of attention. Neon EP is engaging and enchanting, and will keep you enthralled with every listen. I can’t wait to hear more from Dragonfly Sky.” 

Dragonfly Sky are no strangers to the festival scene having performed at Weyfest, Lowde Fest, Vann Fest, GT ‘One Summer’s Day’ and South Hill Park Festival of Food and Music, among others. 

Since August 2022 they have taken on a new project to run monthly singer-songwriter showcases in their local area, hosting exceptional grassroots musicians in stunning and intimate venues. These captivating live music nights are building a loyal following and a music loving community and take place at the Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames and The Horton Epsom.

They perform regularly with TALENTBANQ at the Hotel du Vin Brighton Rocks and Malmaison, be sure to check them out!

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Ruby J joins the TALENTBANQ roster

Posted on August 17th, 2023 by Ray Jones

Hailing from the mighty Midlands, at age 18 indie soul singer/songwriter & recording artist Ruby J fuses multiple genres with her own unique style. In 2020 Paloma Faith said “Ruby J is that unique voice.”

2022 saw Ruby J make her major UK festival debut at The Isle of Wight Festival, and Manchester’s biggest multi-venue indoor festival Neighbourhood. In addition to this she has secured support slots with indie darlings The K’s, Red Rum Club and has shared the stage with Liverpudlian folk rock legend Jamie Webster.

“Ruby J is that unique voice.” – Paloma Faith, 2020

Ruby’s unique tone has led to early bold comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Macy Gray and Tina Turner, with her influences ranging Billie Holiday to Alex Turner and Poalo Nutini. Inspired to pick up a guitar at age 13 by the likes of Tash Sultana and Arctic Monkeys, a now 18 year old Ruby J has honed her live performance and her dynamic stage presence time and time again encapsulates and captivates audiences. 

In her short time, Ruby J has seen some incredible career highlight, including touring with The Lathums in March 2023, performing at Balck Deer Festival, 2023. She has also been played on the radio a number of times: Radio X, Amazing Radio, XS Manchester & BBC introducing Midlands, as well as being featured on BBC Introducing… Producer Pick.

Watch out for Ruby J, her phenomenal career is just getting started.

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