TALENTBANQ Appointed Partners to New Black Deer Live Events Series

Posted on April 3rd, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

The owners of the multi-award winning Black Deer Festival have announced the launch of Black Deer Live, a unique and exciting concert series that will take all the elements born from the festival, to audiences across the globe.

TALENTBANQ are pleased to have been appointed to run shows in association with Black Deer Live – including an extraordinary launch event on Thursday 25th April at The Crypt beneath St Martin-in-the-Fields on London’s Trafalgar Square.  

The Crypt dates back to 1726, is wildly atmospheric and is surely the perfect place to launch this exciting series.

All of the acts on stage are Black Deer favourites.

Headliners Morganway are a formidable live act with striking melodies, energetic rhythms and catchy songs. The tour for their latest album, ‘Back To Zero’, sold out shows across the UK and was the bands most extensive run to date. Now with a packed 2024 festival season don’t miss out on your chance to see this red hot band in one of the coolest venues on the planet.

They will have incredible support from Hollie Rogers and the All-Star Band.

Hollie has opened for acts like KT Tunstall, Suzanne Vega and Ralph McTell and is no stranger to stages at Black Deer and other high profile festivals like Glastonbury. Her music is playlisted in all Caffe Nero stores globally, and she is backed by BBC Introducing, whilst also receiving nominations in 4 categories at the 2024 UK Blues Awards.

The incredible All Star Band consists of the musical talents of Daisy ChuteMichele StodartEddy Smith and Howard Rose

And to kick things off, Gina Larner opens the show. Gina Larner is an award winning singer/songwriter from Brighton, whose original songs are a mixture of country/pop-rock. Her debut album ‘Something Good’ was nominated for BCMA’S ‘Album Of The Year’ 2024 as well as ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ at the prestigious Boisdale Award 2022.

Further details and tickets below


The Black Deer Live series will grow to showcase the best in Americana at venues across the UK.  Dates are now on sale in London, Manchester and York with Liverpool and other key cities about to announce.

BLACK DEER LIVE DATES 

Thu 25 Apr – Black Deer Live Launch Party 
Morganway, Hollie Rogers All-Star Band, Gina Larner 
The Crypt at St Martin-In-The-Fields,  London

Sun 2 Jun – Black Deer Live Presents… Live at Strawberry Field
3 Acts to be announced – On Sale April 12th
Strawberry Field, Liverpool

Thu 27 Jun – Black Deer Live Presents… Brooke Law Band 
Brooke Law, Savannah Gardener
Green Note, London

Thu 4 Jul – Black Deer Live Presents… Outlaws & Independents 
Emilia Quinn, Savannah Gardener, Ags Connelly, Dom Glynn           
Fiddler’s Elbow, London

Thu 19 Sep – Black Deer Live Presents… Eddy Smith & The 507
Eddy Smith & The 507, Robbie Cavanagh 
Castle Hotel, Manchester

Thu 3 Oct – Black Deer Live Presents… Eddy Smith & The 507 
Eddy Smith & The 507 plus support
The Jazz Café, London

Sat 5 Oct – Black Deer Live Presents… Rachel Croft 
Rachel Croft plus support
The Crescent York

Thu 5 Dec – Black Deer Live Presents… Isabella Coulstock 
Isabella Coulstock, Ed Tattersall
Fiddler’s Elbow, London

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Kate Heneghan joins the TALENTBANQ Roster

Posted on April 3rd, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

We’re excited to announce that Kate Heneghan has joined the exclusive TALENTBANQ roster.

Kate Heneghan is an electric violinist and fiddle player, harpist and pianist from Co. Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland. 

Kate musical collaborations have ranged from classical ensembles to folk groups and contemporary cover bands, showcasing her versatility as a musician. Her musical prowess has taken her across the globe, performing in Europe to the USA, China to Australia, playing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. The National Centre for Performing Arts (Beijing), The Tempodrom (Berlin) and Sydney Opera House count amongst some of the venues where Kate has enraptured audiences with her lively, authentic and upbeat performances. 

Kate is an experienced and sought-after corporate and wedding musician playing throughout Ireland at such events. She has frequently performed in Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin for Irish President Michael D. Higgins and other distinguished guests. Recently, Kate featured in Cian DuCrot’s and Ella Henderson’s 2023 music video “Rest Of Our Days” recorded in London. 

Kate is the recipient of the Music Generation / U2 bursary ‘Exceptional Musician Award’ and used the money awarded to buy her harp. In 2018, Kate received a scholarship from the University of Limerick to represent the Irish World Academy in the USA. She has also been presented with the Mícheál Ó hÉidhin Medal for exceptional musicians. Kate is an All-Ireland Champion fiddle player at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and Siansa Gael Linn.

We look forward to working with Kate and seeing her career blossom.

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Kiah Lindsay joins the TALENTBANQ Roster

Posted on February 27th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

20-year-old singer-songwriter, musician and composer Kiah Lindsay is a fresh artist from rural West Wales. Her unique fusion of Indie Folk/Country and Soul highlights a ‘New Age Wales’: a breathtaking and intoxicating landscape full of rich heritage and culture.


Kiah discusses relationships, homesickness and coming of age.


Kiah’s first independent release came in 2022 with a “Holly Humberstone” inspired pop track titled, ‘KEEP BURNING’. Soon after, she was signed by Cwtch Records and began working on her very first, full length LP.

Kiah’s 2023 debut album ‘Meet Me’ is an enchanting and honest story of self discovery in which Kiah discusses relationships, homesickness and coming of age. 

Kiah takes inspiration on this record from artists such as Ben Howard, John Mayer, Lizzy McAlpine and Phoebe Bridgers, along with her lifelong passion of ‘Theatre’. She encapsulates us in her storytelling much like the written works of Stephen Sondheim.

Continuing to write for pleasure and future projects, Kiah is taking a step into soul, with inspiration from Etta James and Carole King.

Kiah has already seen some career highlights, including her debut London gig at the Green Note supporting Chris Tavener, as well as supporting Dan Owen at his SOLD OUT show, both presented by TALENTBANQ.

Keep an eye on Kiah Lindsay, she’s set for great things…

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International Women’s Day Celebration

Posted on February 14th, 2024 by Natalie Brundle

We are ushering in International Women’s Day with a lineup featuring two extraordinary female leads at The Fiddlers Elbow.

On March 7th, in the heart of Camden, The Lady Petrol Band will open for Rachel Croft at the Fiddler’s Elbow.

Lady Petrol band is fronted on vocals and rhythm guitar by Ohio born, London resident songbird Meg Cavanaugh. She has worked with many musicians to showcase her original material.  Her most recent release is Two, a jazz collaboration with veteran multi-keys player William South, who will be accompanying her on the night.


Lady Petrol are that bar band you thought had gone out of business.


Rounding out the band are Israeli beats wizard Juba Wexler on drums, and noted London Americana guitarist Graham Farnworth adding smoking hot licks.

Headlining the night is the incomparable Rachel Croft.

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 Fresh On The Net, and featured on the Caffè Nero playlist rotation at 600+ UK locations.

Most recently, Rachel was just named Caffè Nero’s Artist of the Month for February. You’ll be able to hear her music playing at your local coffee shop for 15 minutes everyday at 15:30.


“[Rachel Croft] is an emotive and uncompromising alternative artist at the top of her game”

(Atwood Magazine)


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 Troubadour 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.

Having played multiple SOLD OUT shows for us already, we are honoured to be bring Rachel Croft to the Fiddler’s Elbow with Lady Petrol.

Be in the Room.

This will be an exceptional night brought to you by two exceptional ladies.

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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:
YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music
Instagram

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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