Category Archives: Artists

Orange Amps Signs New Endorsee’s Both Sides Of The Atlantic

2011 has been a fantastic year for Orange Amps with top artists from both sides of the Atlantic becoming part of the growing Orange Amp endorsee roster. The great new signings represent some of the finest, award-winning and innovative talent in the industry today, covering all music genres.

Joining the Orange Amps ranks are Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick, a band ranked number twenty five in VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Then we have Earl Slick, guitarist with an incredible history who has worked with David Bowie and is now playing in the critically acclaimed New York Dolls.

Also coming to the Orange Amp roster is Tommy Henriksen the guitarist with the Alice Cooper band – inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011. In addition there are also Scott Holiday, Robin Everhart from the Rival Sons who are currently nominated for Best New Band and Album of the year at the forthcoming Classic Rock awards.

Further signings include Grammy award winning bands with Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park and Fred Durst with Limp Bizkit. In addition there is also Frankie Poullain with The Darkness, recently reformed and headlined the Download festival this year and James Alexander O’Gorman from the 2011 Ivor Novello nominated band Scouting for Girls.

Finally Orange have signed Maciek Ofstad,  Bjarte Lund Rolland, Vidar Landa from the Norwegian band Kvelertak who were presented with two Spellemann Awards—a prestigious Norwegian music award similar to the American Grammy Award—for Best Newcomer and Best Rock Band.

To see the full list of new artist’s signings which includes over thirty more new bands please visit the Orange website at

Rotosound Endorsee John Renbourn to Appear At The London Acoustic Guitar Show 2011

Rotosound are pleased to announce endorsee John Renbourn, founding member of Pentangle and acclaimed solo artist, will be joining them on the stand at the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2011, 10th and 11th September at 5 pm on the Saturday and at 10.30 on the Sunday.

World renowned instrumentalist John Renbourn career has spanned four decades and his prolific output as a highly respected solo artist continues unabated with the release this year of his critically acclaimed album Palermo Snow. He continues to tour, record and run workshops and will be also playing on the live stage at the London Acoustic show with Stefan Grossman.

Rotosound will be featuring a wide range of their acoustic, classical guitar strings and accessories on their stand at the show as well as having some great show offers. They will also be debuting at the show the award winning new Cooper guitar stand. This versatile, compact, and wooden guitar stand only weighs 16 ounces (500gms), can be opened with one hand and folds up to fit conveniently in gig bags or the headstock area of most guitar cases.

The Rotosound team are looking forward to meeting you at the show and also welcoming John Renbourn on their stand where you will have the opportunity to meet this great guitarist.

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Posted in Artists, Events, Guitar, Strings

Institute alumnus wins Live and Unsigned 2011

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance songwriting alumnus Robbie Boyd was selected as the winner in the ‘alternative’ category for this year’s Live and Unsigned grand final at the IndigO2 on Saturday 23rd July.

Robbie was joined on stage by fellow Institute students Mike Newman, Russell Smith, Huw Beynon and Simon Fitzpatrick, and performed two tracks for an impressive group of industry judges. These included Tom Deacon (Radio 1 presenter), Adam Perry (drummer of The Bloodhound Gang & co-owner of the label Medical Records), Paul Handley (Director of Out of Bounds Music), Alex Baker (presenter of unsigned show on Kerrang! Radio), Steve Russell (Vice-president of TC Group), Bez (Happy Mondays), Chris Grayston (Head of Future Music) and Ben Price (Head of A&R at Future Music).

Robbie and his band beat 10,000 other acts from around the UK who entered Live and Unsigned this year to take the title. Part of the prize for Robbie is an all expenses paid trip to represent the UK at ‘Tour Fest’ in Rome next year. On the Live and Unsigned experience, Robbie had the following to say:

The competition really helped us focus on the specific arrangements of my songs in terms of how to make them as powerful/impactful as they can be in as little time as possible, along with learning the importance of doing covers in a truly original way. It was also a great way to get exposure to top industry people, increase our fan base and play at a prestigious venue like the IndigO2 in front of thousands of people!”

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Alfred Expands Classic Album Edition Series With Led Zeppelin IV TAB Book

Alfred is pleased to expand the Classic Album Edition series to include Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV.

Alfred’s Classic Album Editions series highlights the most important albums of our time. A true classic has lasting significance; it may establish a new style or direction, and often, a true classic album may help define an era.

Led Zeppelin IV is the landmark album from the band that defined heavy rock music. From the wickedly twisting “Black Dog” to the perfected guitar riff driving “Rock and Roll,” the ominous “When the Levee Breaks” to the Celtic-folk influences of “The Battle of Evermore” and finally to “Stairway to Heaven” — the most played track in radio history — Led Zeppelin IV is Led Zeppelin’s biggest selling album, selling over 16 million copies.

Titles are: Black Dog * Rock and Roll * The Battle of Evermore * Stairway to Heaven * Misty Mountain Hop * Four Sticks * Going to California * When the Levee Breaks.

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Alfred Classic Album Edition Led Zeppelin IV TAB Book

Posted in Artists, Education, Guitar, Tab

Hornswoggle French Horn Ensemble To Perform At Museum Of Making Music

On August 5 at 1 PM the Museum of Making Music welcomes 16 French horns for an afternoon concert. This free performance will feature a diverse array of performers from the Coastal Communities Concert Band, San Diego Symphony and La Jolla Symphony, Westwind Brass and U.S. Navy Band Southwest.

The ensemble will perform music from the London Horn Sound CD including “Titanic – Fantasy,” “Prelude to Tristan & Isolde,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Each piece will be performed by 10 to 16 French horns. Hornswoggle is conducted by Donald Caneva and Robert Fleming.

Don’t miss the chance to see a memorable performance by this large ensemble of brass instrument musicians. This concert is free though a $5 suggested donation is appreciated. Seating is limited and available as first come first served. The Museum of Making Music is located at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad.

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Posted in Artists, Brass, Education