Archive | January, 2014

The Secret Showcase Presents… Rose Betts and Rosie May

29 Jan

We are delighted to announce the first of our shows to be hosted at The Elgin. Our first line up will showcase the wonderful talents of… Rose Betts and Rosie May.

The Show will start at 8.30 sharp at the beautifully intimate setting of The Elgin 96 Ladbrook Grove W11 1PY

Rose & Rosie

Rose Betts – Rose Betts, is a twin and eldest of 4 children, from a very musical family where falling asleep on the floor of the proms and touring France, stopping at every cathedral to sing with her family was completely normal. She was inspired to play the piano after watching the snowman at the age of 6 and at 12, she picked up the guitar after being ‘snowed in’.

It is aptly so that Rose Betts is a truly gifted melody maker and rather poetic storyteller with tales based on truths and music that befittingly warms and comforts you like a cosy as can be moment on a cold winters night.

Her voice is distinctly English with a sound that could draw warmth from the coldest of hearts. It is almost as if everything she creates is done so with warm heartedness but also with a memory that harks back to the cold winter months. Mindful of fragility, yet brutally honest.

Her music could be compared to the likes of Regina Specktor, but with a unique tone comparisons would stop at the crystal clarity in vocal delivery and beautiful Piano Playing. Rose Betts has a magical way about her and her live performance belies comparisons.

Rose sits on the margins of popular music as her beautiful piano led epic Folk with great Pop sensibilities is exactly the kind of music you could imagine to be the theme tune to the perfect winter romance.

Rosie May –  As previously written in our 2012 post ‘To Far To Swim EP – Rosie May’ ‘Rosie’s voice which yearns and resolves with such hopefulness, is something that anyone who is unsatisfied with a situation, but knows they must get on for things to be OK, will relate to. There is beauty in patience. So if your feeling like giving up on something, have a listen to Rosie first. You might change your mind.’

Rosie has independently released two beautiful EP’s in the last year and a half  ‘Too Far To Swim’ and ‘Roof Over Our Heads (Below) which should both be adored. For a sneak preview of what to expect for Rosie and to purchase both EP’s visit her band camp page.


The Elgin serve a delicious hot food menu and have a wide selection of beers ales and spirits, Tables are limited in the performance area so come early to secure a table and enjoy the night of wonderment.

The Secret Showcase Presents… Franky And The Jacks ‘Yes We Do’ EP Launch

22 Jan
The Secret Showcase Presents… are delighted to announce that on Tuesday the 28th of January we will be having a party to celebrate the official launch of Franky and the Jacks EP “Yes We Do”

Expect raucous rhythms and frenzied crazy shapes when you get down to cut a rug with fun time Franky and The Jacks at Floripa.


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Set within the walls of the wailing harmonica and the screeching fiddle, the sometimes dark and often caustic lyrics belie the foot stomping swing of the double bass and guitar. Here is where comedy and tragedy meet head to head to deliver a full spirited testament to Franky and the Jacks’ one and only mantra …“Make ‘em dance”

You can expect this and more…

So there you have it, Don your BEST dancing shoes!

After the live entertainment TSSP Resident DJ Samantha Pink Panther will spin the very best Jazz and Rhythm & Blues 45s

As if that wasn’t enough info to take in Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s brand new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

Ephemerals – Upcoming Gig and Releases

9 Jan

In September we introduced you to Ephemerals as they embarked on there début UK Tour. Just four months later they have so much exciting news I don’t really know where to start.

The pace of which this project has been moving does not surprise me at all, as heading up the Project is Hillman Mondergreen Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist and the brains behind, ‘A Hill Of Feathers’ (Hannah Williams & The Taste Makers), as well as a few other projects he has casually churned out in a jiffy. After ‘A Hill Of Feathers’ this is by far the project that excites me most. When I met Wolfgang who sings lead on this project  he told me he had only been singing for the last two years, a fact I find remarkably difficult to fathom as when you watch and hear him sing live, his performance belies his years of experience and his voice is just so damn gorgeous. Hilman Mondergreen really has nailed the art of writing songs to suit the vocals of the performer.

Ephemerals gig

So on to all this pressing news. Firstly if you missed their first tour then you can catch them play 229 on the 8th of may for AGMP, you can get tickets here and if I were you I’d snap yours up fast before they sell out.

Secondly, releases. If you haven’t heard the album ‘Nothing Is Easy’ yet go and check out the teaser on this page! Whilst there id recommend ordering the limited edition LP which comes with a digital download card and is packed with exclusive content that you wont get on the digital edition, if you pre-order now, you will get it before all the shops, promoters and DJ’s and be made to feel as special as you deserve to feel. The news on releases continues with Mocambo (DE) picking up “Call It What You Want” to be release on 7″ in February,  Colemine (USA) picking up “Things part one” to be release on 7″ in March and the band Independently releasing “Fall Back On Me” on 7″ through Hilman Mondergreeens label Mondegreen Records (UK) in May. Phew, Keep up!

Well that’s all quite a lot of excitement to digest and I’m sure it wont be long till there is more news from Ephemerals so until then check out this official video for the beautifully melancholic ‘Six Days A week’

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