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  • Tania Pereira on Spanish Television show "Pieces"

    TANIA PEREIRA - FIREFLY

    TANIA PEREIRA - FIREFLY

    Posted by PROGRAMA PIECES TPA on Tuesday, 26 May 2015


    Tania Pereira gives an interview and an acoustic performance of Embers for the show Pieces, filmed in her hometown of Xedré, which aired last week on RTPA (Radiotelevisión del Principado de Asturias).

    Listen to the recorded version of Embers on SoundCloud

    Download Embers on Bandcamp

  • Norway Tour July 2015

    Excited to announce that Tania Pereira and I will be doing an acoustic tour of Norway in July! We are supporting our good friends amini as part of their 'Meet Me In The Garden Tour'

    Confirmed dates so far:

    1st July - Vikersund - Åmot Kirke
    2nd July - Porsgrunn - Terassen
    4th July - Oslo - Tøysetrioens Baktak
    6th July - Volda - Hamnegata
    8th July - Bergen - Krypten, Erkebispens Kulturkjeller

    I will post more details on my facebook page soon.

    Meanwhile please check out amini, they are awesome!

  • Tania Pereira at Teatro Toreno - review in La Maniega

    Thank you to La Maniega magazine for a great review of our concert at the Teatro Toreno in Cangas Del Narcea back in March!

    English translation of the article:

    Finale of the cultural week with the performance of Tania Pereira's international band.

    From the heart of London to the folk music of Xedré in the Toreno theatre.

    From folk music of Xedré to the heart of London. This was the route undertaken in recent years by the canguese singer and songwriter Tania Pereira, of Xedré to be exact, who just over three months ago founded her own band. The arrangement of the group is mostly international, with bassist Nio Amini of Norwegian origin, as is drummer Mattis Moviken, guitarist Snezhina Duevska from Bulgaria, and fellow guitarist Luke Bowman from the British Isles. In front, the canguesa* Tania Pereira, accompanies her songs with the Spanish guitar.

    With this presentation they performed at the theatre Toreno last March 27 as the finale of a cultural week where music and three renowned cangueses had their leading role.

    Although the group is still in its infancy, the trajectory of Tania in the Asturian folk music scene, despite her youth, is quite remarkable. With the group Brandal she recorded her first album and took it on tour to much of Spain and France.

    Tania and her band begin a new year with high hopes. In her London career she has already recorded an EP 'Echoes' of original songs and is expected to release another soon.

    They are original songs, "many of them inspired by Xedré, it's nature and in its people, melodies that contain largely the legacy of my father Pedro". "Being so far from home, I was greatly inspired by the natural environment of Xedré, where I grew up, and my home and my people have a great influence on the songs that I write," says Tania.

    She explained to La Maniega that this summer they are expecting to do a two week tour of Norway, and then to end up in Spain, hopefully including Madrid, with a view to other countries such as Germany and Bulgaria. Their music has influences from tradition with a rock and pop counterpart resulting in a unique atmospheric and electric sound. A fusion of classic and modern.

    Tania Pereira started singing at age 16 with her father. She studied a teaching degree, specialising in music. She remembers her first concert that was performed for the benefit of the miners of the Coto Minero del Narcea during a strike. Then came Brandal and her career in London.

    Traditional folk combined with electric and international rock. This is how she defines her music, with the aim of performing her own songs with her band. The closest goal is to play in London venues and participate in festivals. She says she sings in English and Asturian*, "a language that in London they love the sound of" says Tania.

    When presenting her band in Cangas the feelings took on a unique value. "A little bit nervous and with a sense of responsibility to perform in front of my family, friends and countrymen, causes an emotion that you don't feel on other stages, even when they may be more important" says Tania.

    A great concert. The sounds of Tania and her group had a pleasant effect that permeated all of the Toreno theatre. With a melodious, powerful and pleasant voice that keeps the spirit of tradition, a whole mix of memories and customs that take us to the top of the Narcea River.

    It started with 'Waiting For My Lover' - a song that now has thousands of views on YouTube - Embers, Frost Blossom, Storms, Cry For You, interspersed with some songs in Asturian such as Páxaros, and they delighted the audience with cover versions such as' Rhiannon' by Fleetwood Mac and 'All Along The Watchtower' by Jimi Hendrix.

    In the end it was all congratulations. The enthusiastic audience and the stunning musicians. "Without doubt that was a concert that we will never forget and it really helped to recharge our batteries", they commented backstage. A perfect end to a cultural week which had the support of a devoted audience and enjoyed the beauty of all its activities and, above all, three unforgettable concerts of three young canguese artists that we wish the best and most successful future that they will certainly find in their artistic paths.

    [*Canguese refers to a person from the town of Cangas Del Narcea in Asturias, Spain]

    [*Asturian is a Spanish dialect]

    Original article in Spanish:

    Broche de oro de la semana cultural con la actuación de la internacional banda de Tania Pereira.

    Del pleno corazon de Londres a la música folk de Xedré en el teatro Toreno.

    De la música folk de Xedré a pleno corazón de Londres. Este ha sido el itinerario que en los últimos años a llevado a cabo la cantante y compositora canguesa, de Xedré para más señas, Tania Pereira, que hace poco más de tres meses fundó su propia banda Tania Pereira Band. La alineación del grupo es de lo más internacional, Nio Amini la bajista de procedencia noruega, al igual que Mattis Moviken el batería, la guitarrista Snezhina Duevska de Bulgaria, y de las islas británicas el también guitarrista Luke Bowman. Al frente, la canguesa, Tania Pereira, que acompaña sus canciones con la guitarra española.

    Con esta presentación actuaron en el teatro Toreno el pasado 27 de marzo como broche final de una semana cultural donde la música y tres renombrados cangueses tuvieron su protagonismo.

    A pesar de que el grupo está todavía dando sus primeros pasos, la trayectoria de Tania en el panorama de música folk asturiana, a pesar de su juventud, es bastante sobresaliente. Con el grupo Brandal grabó su primer disco y la llevó de gira por gran parte de España y Francia.

    Tania y su banda comienzan un nuevo año con muchas ilusiones. En su andadura londinense ya ha grabado un disco EP 'Echoes' con canciones originales y espera en breve sacar otro al mercado. Este verano espera sacar otro al mercado. 

    Son canciones originales - "muchas de ellas inspiradas en Xedré - en su naturaleza y en sus gentes, unas melodías que en gran parte contienen la herencia de mi padre Pedro". "Por la lejana me inspiro mucho en la naturaleza del entorno de Xedré, donde me crié, y mi casa y a mis gente, tienen una gran influencia en las canciones que compongo", dice Tania.

    Según explicó a La Maniega este verano esperan realizar una gira de dos semanas por Noruega para recalar en España, espera que en Madrid, teniendo la vista puesta en otros países como Alemania y Bulgaria. Su música presenta influencias de tradición con un contraparte de rock y pop que da como resultado un peculiar sonido atmosférico y eléctrico envolvente. Una fusión de lo clásico con lo moderno.

    Tania Pereira empezó a cantar a los 16 años junto a su padre. Estudió Magisterio en la especialidad de música. Recuerda que el primer concierto en que actuó fue en beneficio de los mineros de Coto Minero del Narcea que atravesaban una huelga. Luego vino Brandal y su andadura en Londres.

    Folk tradicional con rock eléctronico y más internacional. Así define su música, con la idea puesta en tocar sus propias canciones con su banda. El más cercano objetivo es tocar en los pub londineses y participar en algunos especiales. Dice que canta en inglés y asturiano, "lengua que en Londres les encanta como suena", asegura Tania.

    En Cangas en la presentación de su banda los sentimientos los valoraba de forma distinta. "Algo nerviosa y con un sentimiento de responsabilidad al actuar delante de mi familia, amigos y paisanos, que provoca una emotividad que no la dan otros escenarios por mucho más importantes que sea", asegura Tania.

    El concierto genial. Los sonidos de Tania y su grupo determinaron un agradable efecto que impregnaron todo el teatro Toreno. Con una voz melodiosa, potente y agradable al oído que mantiene el espíritu de la tradición, todo un conjunto de recuerdos, usos y costumbres que nos llevan a la parte más alta del río Narcea.

    Arrancó con 'Waiting For My Lover', melodia que cuenta con miles de visitas en YouTube, Embers, Frost Blossom, Storms, Cry For You, entremezcladas con algunas melodías en asturiano como Páxaros, para deleitar al público con alguna melodía 'cover', como 'Rhiannon' de Fleetwood Mac o ' All Along The Watchtower' de Jimi Hendrix. 

    Al final todo fueron felicitaciones. El público entusiasmado y los musicos desbordantes. "Sin duda que es una de las actuaciones que nunca olvidaremos y que ayuda mucho a cargarse las pilas", comentaban entre bambalinas. Un broche de oro a una semana cultural que contó con el respaldo de un público entregado y que disfrutó de lo lindo de todas sus actividades y, sobre todo, de tres conciertos inmemorables de tres jóvenes artistas cangueses a os que deseamos el mejor y más exitoso de los futuros que a buen seguro encontrarán en su artistico camino.

  • New video - Aranjuez / Wicked Game

    Here is a brand new live video, filmed at our gig at the Blues Kitchen Camden back in May. The song is an instrumental made up from two of my all time favourite pieces of music - Wicked Game by Chris Isaak, and an extract from Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. The band was on top form that night and there is a beautiful featured solo from Peter Back on tenor saxophone. Enjoy! LB x

  • Carretera d'Avilés

     

    Last summer Tania Pereira and I recorded a version of a song called Carretera d'Avilés for the album "Cantares de Chigre" which features 15 well-known Asturian songs performed by various popular Asturian bands and artists. Each band/artist was asked to cover a song of their choice in their own style.

    The album was released on 1st April 2014 on Algamar Producciones S.L., and the song was featured on regional television, along with an interview with Pablo Quiroga who produced the album.

    Watch the interview with Pablo (song features at 6:12)

  • Never Enough

    The Luke Bowman Band performing Never Enough live at the Old Queens Head in London, 15th January 2014.

    Luke Bowman: Lead Guitar
    Adam Leach: Rhythm Guitar
    Daniel Thomas: Drums
    Kerim Gunes: Bass
    Rob Sell: Tenor Saxophone

    Video produced by Alex Kryszkiewicz at Ostia! Media.

    © & Ⓟ 2013 Luke Bowman. All Rights Reserved.

  • The Dirty Feel

    The Dirty Feel

    I am excited to announce that I will be playing with The Dirty Feel at the launch of their debut album Truth Be Told on 5th December.

    Lead guitarist Nick Hirsch, who sadly passed away in March 2012, was an incredible musician and a dear friend. He never got to see his band's debut album released, but 18 months later remaining band members Kez Gunes and Virgil Howe, along with their record label and the full support of Nick's family, have decided to go ahead with the release and finally bring Nick's legacy to the world. 

    Truth Be Told is out 11th November on Tummy Touch Records and there will be an official launch party at The Blues Kitchen in Camden, London on 5th December. I will be joining Kez, Virgil and keyboard player Harry Broadbent onstage to celebrate the life and music of Nick Hirsch, and begin a new chapter in the band's troubled history.

    You can read more of The Dirty Feel's bittersweet story in Classic Rock Magazine here:

    http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/the-dirty-feel/

    And here is the facebook event for the album launch:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/628106570561882/