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Ocean Reid & friends + Holly Taymar - 2 October 2009

Artist's website:

Ocean Reid:

"acoustic pop songs with an emotive edge...a little like Jack Penate meets Frank Turner (but without the politics)".

"A beautiful slice of melancholy, shivers running down your spine each time the singer hits falsetto. All backed up with some fine guitar and string work, impressive! "

It’s been about six months now since I crashed into Brighton (UK), with my trusty battered acoustic guitar in hand. I’ve set up my studio, and met some awesome musicians to start touring and recording my debut full length album with.

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, but my musical journey has kept me transient ever since. Having lived all over the UK homing my little musical craft and collaborating with the likes of Bond movie composer David Arnold. I’m dropping my musical anchor in Brighton. A pretty fun and cultured city that I really love stumbling around. The local live scene have been pretty cool with me rambling my tunes out and the BBC and local press have been rather cool 2.

So my schedule, as people keep calling it is unfolding pretty much like this:

My Debut single Talking Dead is being released worldwide by own D.I.Y label Surreal Records on 17th August. Mixed in NYC by Grammy nominated producer Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, Peggy Sue). (The demo of this is currently stream-able from myspace)

I’m set to hit the road for a heavy touring schedule. Confirmed for summer festivals such as Beachdown Festival appearing alongside The Zutons & The Super Fury Animals & special equinox sunrise performance at The Out Of The Ordinary Festival.

A full UK tour is planned for September taking myself and my folk band of violins, drums, pianos and bass to Scotland and back again before heading off to tour Germany, Luxembourg and France.

"Take a Deep Breath, Literally Breath Taking"
Alan Raw - Presenter, BBC Radio.

Holly Taymar

"...jazz, folk and all points blues. Her playing is relaxed, soothing and seductive, while her voice possesses an unassuming versatility that conjures up the heartbreak of Julianne Regan, the bounce of Katie Melua and easy-on-the-ear blues of Bailey-Rae."

"Tonight she excels herself again leaving me both stunned and moved, along with the rest of the audience." (review 2009)