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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Sunday 25th June 2017

Headline Act: Elias Kopp

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Elias Kopp is the creation of Brighton based singer-songwriter Tomas Clarke. The name coming from his Swedish heritage, which is unsurprising as he sites his family as his biggest influence.

"Growing up in my house was like living in a musical. At dinner my sisters and Mum would burst into three-part harmony, I didn't stand a chance of getting any other job!"

However, his latest E.P. "No More" is quite the contrast to that idyllic scene. Tackling the harder times of his life, through metaphors depicting demons and the apocalypse, he tells semi-autobiographic stories of anorexia and debilitating anxiety, before importantly, his final songs hint at recovery.

The music itself takes influence from the hook driven vocal lines of Imagine Dragons, the anguish dripping vocal style of TV on the Radio and the pop structure of Bastille.

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Tony Moore

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Tony's long and eclectic career in the music business includes leaving school to become an original member of Iron Maiden at the end of the 70’s, scoring a Christmas hit in Holland with his song “Fool” in the early 80’s and becoming the keyboard player in Cutting Crew ( I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight) during the mid 80’s.

In the late 90’s he founded and ran the seminal London songwriters venue, the Kashmir Klub, where he played a role in the early careers of artists like Damien Rice, KT Tunstall, Imogen Heep and since 2003 Tony has repeated the same concept and format at The Bedford where he’s been at the beginning of artistic journeys for acts like Paolo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Jamie Lawson and many more.

At the start of April 2013, Soho Radio launched in London and Tony was invited to present a regular weekly show which features live music, interviews and special guests. With over 150 shows under his belt and more than 300 guests to date, the show is one of the longest running on the station which, at the end of 2016, was awarded Best Online Radio Station In The World in the Mixcloud awards.

Through the summer of 2015 he worked in Berlin acting in a brand new movie called Mr Rudolphos Jubilee, playing the part of ‘Colin’ an enigmatic, complex but humorous Hit Man with a sweet tooth ! It had it’s world premiere in Berlin on January 28th to a sold audience and is currently being seen across Europe.

For the last few years he has also been co-writing, producing and touring with emerging artist ILONA.

Tony is now currently recording material for a new solo album having released the lead single, a powerful ballad called Perfect And Beautiful that made it's debut in the iTune singer/songwriter charts at 19.

For the rest of 2017 he is lining up live shows in the UK and USA as well as preparing to release more tracks ahead of the album.

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Ant & Fie

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Chiddingstone based duo Ant & Fie are Anthony Vicary (guitar and vocals) and Fiona Keeler (vocals & Piano.)  Anthony was previously the frontman of local indie/rock band ‘Catching Flies'. After five years of rigorous performing all over the southeast it was decided that the band had reached a natural end leading Anthony to put down his electric guitar and explore the acoustic side of rock music. With Fiona joining more recently, this talented duo have fused together to emerge as one of the most talented and highly respected acts at the show here at The Grey Lady. Their breathtaking vocals express creative and thought provoking lyrics coupled with crafted melodies which comprises elements of folk, blues and alternative acoustic rock. The duo enjoyed their radio debut earlier this year with a recent live performance of ‘Tobacco Stained Guitar' on BBC Radio Kent. They have just released their debut EP entitled ‘The Quiet'.

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Ryan Weeks

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Starting to play guitar and sing at the age of twenty, originally buying his first guitar as a distraction from doing college assignments, Ryan is quickly making a name for himself in the local music scene , mixing soul, R&B, indie folk and country.

Hailing from southborough this local singer will have you moving your feet and dancing along. Singing popular covers, chart and his own soulful songs, Ryan weeks is definitely a name to remember. 

He's usually found gigging at venues in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, on a one-man mission to prove that Kent has soul. So come along and have a great time listening and dancing along to the soulful tones of Ryan Weeks.

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