Songs From The Sofa returns with UK singer Lawrence

Lawrence Bray  Picture: Francesco Bori

Lawrence Bray Picture: Francesco Bori

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Following on from last week’s column and tales from the offices of Small Bear Records and Ballagroove Records, this week it has been brought to my attention that we have another label that hails from the island.

UK based MST Sounds work from their offices in Derbyshire and was founded by Manx born Matt Taylor.

The recording studio and record label are just about to release their first single from Wigan based Charlie Hughes in the shape of ‘Strawberries and Stars’.

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After a brief post TT break, the Amber Bar in Douglas re-opens its doors once again this Saturday night for their next round of gigs.

First up will be the return of ever growing and popular acoustic night Songs From The Sofa, which is now on part eight of the series.

Having spread his musical wings recently with a number of shows in the UK as part of the promotion for his debut album Diamonds In Your Tree, Songs From The Sofa’s founder Chris Gray has invited UK based singer/songwriter Lawrence Bray to join a line-up that also includes Gaz & Chon from Peel based indie boys 3 Million and another local relative newcomer to the scene, Eugene Wilson.

Hailing from Milton Keynes, Lawrence released his first EP ‘Best Served Loud’ back in October.

This was followed up with a debut single ‘Behind My Eyes’.

His next EP is due for release this summer and will see two singles lifted and due for release entitled ‘Stories’ and ‘All That I’ve Done’.

Lawrence’s influences are The Beatles, The Kinks, Crosby Stills Nash, and The Who.

The doors for the event open at 8pm and it is free entry.

For more information please visit the Amber Bar on Facebook.

Fresh from their recent TT shows, Cubzoa make a return to the live scene tomorrow (Friday) night with a show at the Noa Bakehouse in Douglas.

Having been described as a mixture of John Lennon with early leanings towards Nirvana, it is indeed a heady mixture of cathartic noise, shoegaze, light and shade, quiet and loud and general greatness that has garnered Jack Wolter’s project some fantastic reviews in recent weeks.

Support for this show comes from sibling and Your Gold Teeth bass player Lily Wolter, who is back from university in the UK playing with new band KookieLou.

Having listened to them on their Soundcloud page, it sounds like a very strong set of debut songs.

Lush layered vocal harmonies and strong pop sensibilities make this very impressive stuff.

There is a debut album in the offing, which I’ll bring further news of as I have it.

The night concludes with a DJ set from Manx Radio’s Ed Oldham.

Tickets can be purchased for £5 from Noa Bakehouse.

For more information, please visit Wavey Head’s Facebook page.


Steve Leach brings the latest rumblings, murmurings, news and views on forthcoming events in and around the island’s music scene. Help support the scene by emailing

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