As Spring starts to poke up it glorious, sunny head, we returned to Cambridge Audio’s Melomania venue for another Unsigned Session, with another two great acts!
First up was Long For The Coast, the musical alias of Devon-based husband and wife duo Jamie and Sophie Gould. With a combination of sincere lyrics and beautiful harmonies, they sing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found. Despite James facing a last-minute catastrophe of a tuning peg disintegrating (every guitarist’s worst nightmare!), they delivered a stunningly delicate performance, taking the time to explain the stories behind the songs, weaving us even closer into their world. When asked how they felt about the cost-free services we offer musicians Jamie said: “When someone gives a platform to people that don’t have a huge following to get their music heard in a professional space like this, that’s hugely helpful.” Sophie echoed “Our experience with Richer Unsigned and Richer Sounds makes us think ‘Wow! It’s so nice to come across a company the recognises the value of music and what people have put into it, and there’s a excellence to it’”.
Long For The Coast told us they have plenty of exciting new music that’s available now, and even more to come so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open!
Next up was a group that is certainly no stranger to long-time follower of the Richer Unsigned program! Firewood Island is the alias of Bristol based Norwegian/Welsh multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri. Their emotive and dynamic vocal harmonies together with the mix-up of organic and digital instruments, creates an atmospheric soundscape that is moving yet striking. They’ve christened their sound ‘Mountain Pop’.
The band played the very first Richer Unsigned session in a jazz club in Chelsea. Q-Magazine wrote a little piece about them, which ended up getting us a manager who worked with them for four years. “In many ways Richer Unsigned was the perfect springboard to put us on the right track in the music industry.” says Stian of their Unsigned journey. “We also got to support Bear’s Den in the very first RU Record Store day concert and to play a Richer Unsigned session again is like doing a full circle. It’s been a rollercoaster, but a great one. We love what you do, supporting under-radar artists, and giving them an opportunity that is unlike most.”
Firewood Island has been on a very steady rise since our first meeting with them, with their music getting exciting placements in TV shows and more, and we couldn’t be prouder. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for these two incredible artists!
We’d like to say a big thanks to all the music fans and friends that came out to support and packed the house – and we’ll see you again next time!