Hannah Clive Debuts Live on BBC Radio London at Invitation of Gaby Roslin

Following Hannah’s debut airing of her single ‘Kiss of Life’ on BBC Introducing in London, Hannah has made her Debut Live Performance on the Gaby Roslin Show last weekend at BBC Radio London. Having heard Hannah’s single, Gaby Roslin kindly invited Hannah in to perform on her Sunday show at BBC Radio London.
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Hannah Clive with presenter and host the lovely Gaby Roslin.

“How impressive is that! It sounds so accomplished – new music from the very talented singer songwriter Hannah Clive…it wouldn’t sound out of place on this radio station, Radio 2 or any of the others as well!” – BBC Introducing London host Gary Crowley.
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Hannah Clive arrives for her debut performance at BBC Radio London

A couple of weeks later having heard Hannah’s song, respected BBC Television presenter and BBC Radio host Gaby Roslin, invited Hannah in to perform on BBC Radio London, introducing her by saying:
“Everyone keeps saying you are the nicest person…I think you actually are the nicest person Hannah…you really are.  I listened to your stuff and its beautiful. You couldn’t be nicer if you tried, and on Twitter – the support you’ve had is incredible….you’ve sung with some incredible people..Ray Charles..wow!”

Gaby went on to talk with Hannah about her late father the actor and author John Clive and her mother Carole White…

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Hannah’s father John Clive with Michael Caine in The Italian Job (not shooting tigers!)

“Your daddy was in – I remember him from all the Carry On films, Pink Panther, The Italian Job, Clockwork Orange…”

Hannah then performed an acoustic version of her single ‘Kiss of Life‘ accompanied by respected British guitarist Adam Phillips (Tina Turner, Britney Spears, Richard Ashcroft). She sat in for the next hour with some of Gaby’s other guests including The Gandys brothers whose Gandy flip flop is adorning many a celebrity foot at present – proceeds from which go to children’s homes founded by the pair in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. These two impressive young men – tragically orphaned in the Sri Lankan tsunami – have since helped raise their younger siblings, founding their foot and clothing range to help fellow orphans worldwide.

Other guests included the hilarious Scummy Mummies with their take on current news items and who’ve just published a book. Guests were also treated to some delicious indian cuisine from BBC Good Food writer and chef Anjula Devi who also has a new book out, that unlocks the secrets to indian cookery.

This was followed by another live acoustic performance by Hannah of her track ‘Ten Steps‘ taken from her self-titled EP (available iTunes).

All in all, a thrilling experience and hopefully the start of even bigger things to come for Hannah. A day full of astonishing compliments by both Gaby and her guests – including Busted who commented to Gaby how impressed they were Hannah’s performance and song ‘Kiss of Life’; so too the Gandy brothers listening from the Green Room had thought that Hannah’s performance was a recording and were genuinely surprised when they spotted the guitars! What lovely chaps and lovely people.

“Very special thanks to Gaby and everyone at the BBC who made this such an enjoyable experience for me, I’ve got face-ache from smiling so much! Special thanks also must go out to every single person who took the time to compliment me both before and after my BBC live debut…watch this space folks…exciting!” – Hannah Clive

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Hannah with Busted bass player Matt Willis

LISTEN HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p051wwr8

Terry Marshall of Marshall Amps drops into Hannah’s Hanwell Hootie gig last weekend.

I was so touched that Terry Marshall of Marshall Amplifications – sponsors of the 5th Annual Hanwell Hootie – took time out of what was a very busy schedule to come see me play last weekend, at my Hootie W7 Emporium gig.
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Hannah Clive & Terry Marshall (Marshall Amps) at her Hanwell Hootie gig. Picture by Peter Males 2017

Marshall Amplifications were Sponsors of The 5th Hanwell Hootie Music Festival and the west London town of Hanwell is where Terry’s father Jim Marshall first had his music shop, famously designing the first Marshall Amp. Jim’s musical legacy lives on and the Hanwell Hootie is now London’s largest one day free music event, spread over 14 venues with 85 bands. What a fabulous day and a lovely surprise – thanks Mr and Mrs.M – and to everyone who supported. Special thanks also goes to W7Emporium, James at the Bearcat Comedy Club and Hanwell Hootie organisers. What an incredible and joyful event.

Hannah Clive performing The 5th Hanwell Hootie

Hannah Clive performing The 5th Hanwell Hootie. Picture by Peter Males

Review by Hannah: Bobby Davro & Comedienne Abi Roberts set Hanwell Hootie off with a bang at Bearcat Comedy Club

Bobby Davro & Comedienne Abi Roberts got London’s largest 1 day music festival Hanwell Hootie off to a fine start last Friday, at The Bearcat Comedy Club: The Viaduct, W7.

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I’ve heard much ado about Mr Bobby Davro’s comedic prowess and indeed he did not disappoint his audience at what was the start of the Hanwell Hootie Music Festival last weekend, and with a set completely unapologetic in its absence of political correctness – the audience lapped it up. But it was the effervescent, nay firecracker of a comedienne in Ms Abi Roberts, that caused me to beat a path to the door of the Bearcat Comedy Club, Hanwell – to catch a lady who must surely be a star in the making, if ever this comic’s daughter saw one.

It was her show last year at the Bearcat’s sister venue in my local St. Margaret’s, Twickenham where I first witnessed the jiggling, bouncing Abi burst on to the stage, with a slick of red lippie and her shock of blonde hair. I was hooked.

Rising Comedy Star Abi Roberts

Rising Comedy Star Abi Roberts

She has a deceptively easy way with her, seamlessly engaging her audience, drawing them to her and from the off, it’s clear she will please: “Who’s under thirty?” (One faint cry in the affirmative) Abi replies, sending herself up, eyes downcast: ‘Yeah, effing you with yer good looks and clothes that fit!”

And there’s nothing like a bit of audience participation to pull ‘em in still further getting us girls on side with a bit of a “Beyonce singalong”, followed by the guys singing (better): “I’m sexy and I know it” – it’s ladies versus the guys. The perfect contemporary comedic set up introducing what will be a bit of a theme, sending herself up and her back-when-twenty-something antics, behind nightclubs in Wales from a self-confessed “not pregnant, I’m just fat” woman. It works – and it has the ladies in hysterics – I’m not quite sure the fellas knew what hit ‘em but boy were they laughing along with us, as Abi gave a vigorous and eye-wateringly funny demonstration of some of her exploits. A perfect blend of the risqué whilst teetering on the edge and still not managing to offend anyone – no cheap laughs here or gags at someone else’s expense. Instead this was a pitch-perfect performance from a deceptively clever woman who knows her comedy and what her audience likes; a comedienne who can do a whole other award-winning show: ‘Anglichanka’ – in Russian, very successfully, in Russia!

At a Friday night Bearcat on the brink of The Hanwell Hootie weekend, Abi Roberts brought the house down with her reminiscences of a not-so-distant youth and yes, even Mr Bobby Davro could be seen chuckling heartily, appreciating her comic observation and razor-like wit. He may have been the sell-out act they came to see but this night Abi Roberts shone. It is surely her time – and even Davro, with his years of comedic experience had the good grace to recognise her achievement, bringing her on at the end commending her to the audience – their rousing cheer said it all. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Abi Roberts. Catch her now, before she fulfils her fantasy and is rescued from Armenian drug-traffickers by Liam Neeson or better yet, filling the Hammersmith Apollo, where she surely deserves to be…Nostrovia!!

“A star in the making. Next Stop Hammersmith Apollo please!” ★★★★★  – Hannah Clive, #HCHQ

Nominated/Runner-up: Best Comedy Show – Funny Women Awards 2016

Nominated: Best Comedy Show – Buxton Comedy Festival 2016

Nominated: Best Comedy Performance – Buxton Comedy Festival 2016

Reviews from Edinburgh Fringe 2016 – Abi Roberts: Anglichanka:

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ Edinburgh Fringe Review

★★★★★ Swindon Evening Advertiser

★★★★ Theatre Bath

★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ Fringebiscuit ★★★★ EFR Late
★★★★ TV Bomb ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★ The List

LINKS:

www.abiroberts.com

Twitter: @abiroberts

News about ANGLICHANKA here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vjxhp

Contacts:

Terence Gibbons

Agent/Booker: Abi Roberts

www.abiroberts.com

T: 0771 243 6056

Review by Hannah Clive: Piano-man Marky Dawson Rocks Roof at Red Cow, Richmond!

#HCHQ Its been a while since I heard a proper pub sing song round a jo’anna and I didn’t realise how much I missed it ‘til I stumbled upon Mr Marky Dawson, literally rockin’ the roof off the joint at The Red Cow in Richmond tonight. A pub I haven’t frequented for many a year – but so glad I did. Picture the scene …
The Red Cow Public House, Richmond-Upon-Thames.

The Red Cow Public House, Richmond-Upon-Thames.

 …We have a classic Victorian pub with a mixed bunch of locals, young to old, round about 9:30pm of a Saturday night – well oiled, yet clearly only just getting warmed up! Well, they had the perfect maestro in the pocket-sized but perfect Marky Dawson whom I think I can safely say, didn’t miss a square inch of his piano tonight. MarkyDawsonChoosing a selection of classic tunes both new and old, that literally had the whole place swingin’ – rather like a gallant old sail boat, swaying slowly from side to side, en song and with gusto.

From Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny Be Good’, to Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire’ – the solo of which Mark reduced to the last two keys of the top end left-handed, whilst standing up and drinking a pint – to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, to the Kinks, Van Morrison, beat-boxing Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’, to Kings of Leon – I swear there wasn’t one song this dude didn’t have down and with such energy.

With deceptively brilliant piano playing, the likes of which I have only ever heard tale of from grizzled old East End geezers in BBC 4 music documentaries – reminiscent of Mrs Mills, or the piano in The Beatles ‘Bull Dog’ – the music drifted out the pub doors, over some no-doubt startled posh rooftops and, as the entire pub joined in to Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ this life-long Richmond-er smiled and thought – it’s been a while since this old boozer saw the likes of this…I swear I heard The Red Cow’s walls breathe a sigh of relief – and all from a man who couldn’t have been more than 22! Now where did he learn to play like that! More please.

Hannah gets 2nd Airing at BBC Introducing with Gary Crowley

Hannah’s track Kiss of Life receives its 2nd Airing at BBC Introducing with Gary Crowley:

“…That wouldn’t sound out of place on this radio station or radio 2 or any of the others as well, its a good song that, Hannah Clive on this Saturday night and a song entitled Kiss of Life, that’s the second airing here on BBC Introducing in London, again what do you think we’d love to know?…” – Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London & BBC Introducing in London.

 

#HCHQ Review: Erica Eclipse at their Notting Hill Arts Club Gig, Sat 8th April 2017

#HCHQ For the record I’ve just genuinely seen and heard the most brilliant and complete gig from a new band in a very long time. The kind that I’ve read about from years gone by, but never actually experienced from a young band – only for real. Erica are the complete package and all I can say is: THAT was awesome.

Erica in action: Notting Hill

Musicianship – and in a three piece – that went way and above; reminiscent for me as a fellow musician, of watching a cat play with a mouse – only there were three of ’em! Deceptively effortless. Thank you Erica…really, really.

Think Rush meets early Genesis (with Gabriel), intermeshed with the symphonic roots of Townshend and you’re getting there; throw in an audience hanging on every last word, note and gesture from master conductor in lead vocalist and guitarist Dalton Woodward – and you’re there! I watched something special tonight at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London …

Go. and. see. them – is all I can add…BEFORE they play a sell out Reading and Leeds or Isle of Wight festival, which is by the way, in this musician’s humble opinion, where they surely belong. More on this hot young British band very soon…Rock!

Hannah Clive with Erica vocalist & guitarist Dalton Woodward (right) and Jason Burger (bassman).

Hannah Clive with Erica vocalist & guitarist Dalton Woodward (right) and Jason Burger (bassman).

Very special thanks must go out to Award Winning Indie Reviewer Rebecca Singer and to EGH Radio for putting Hannah Clive and Erica in touch.

BAND LINKS:

Website: www.ericarock.co.uk

iTunes: Album ‘Hollow Moon’ and more…

Twitter: @EricaBand10

Facebook: @ericaband

Soundcloud: EricaBand10

Youtube: Erica Band

 

#HCHQ #WightNight Stand Up to Cancer Gig with John Giddings and Abbey Clancy

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Meeting Mr John Giddings was unexpected and thoroughly marvellous – a very special thank you to him for his hospitality. Thanks also goes out to Isle of Wight Festival’s Molly McQueen, a legend with the social media and, Mr Richard Barber for setting up what proved to be such a magnificent line-up of new music talent by Isle of Wight Festival, in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.

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The gig was genuinely epic with my friends The Second Sons kicking the show off with a bang in their own inimitable style. Paves followed ramping up the pitch for the audience. The superb Wild Front came next whipping the audience up still further and making a considerable impact on my gig buddy and me – with Abbey drawing parallels between them and the legendary Fleetwood Mac – a view with which I wholeheartedly concur.

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The night culminated with an absolutely electric set from headliners JUDAS completely fulfilling the by now palpable sense of anticipation in a packed Half Moon – yep, those lads from Liverpool (oldest only 19) damned near took the roof off the place! Good ol’ The Half Moon Putney – l❤️e it!!! Bring on the Dragon Race and Isle of Wight Festival  #IOW17 I say..

John Giddings dubs Hannah ‘Newest member of his Kitchen Sessions’

 #HCHQ Further to #WightNight in aid of Stand Up To Cancer at London’s Half Moon gig Hannah found herself in the unusual position of singing in a certain person’s kitchen…and he has kindly tweeted the following:
‘Welcome to the new member of the kitchen sessions – great voice !! Hannah Clive…’ – John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival, UK)

Thanks John…praise indeed.

Hannah Clive with John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival)

Hannah Clive with John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival)

Hannah debuts on BBC Introducing London with Gary Crowley

#HCHQ 💥Made it on to THE BEEB!!💥

LISTEN ☞ HERE

 

Very special thanks to Gary Crowley and BBC Introducing in London last night for heading up the second half of his radio show with lil’ ol’ me..truly #humbled. Cake all round I say! 🎉🎂🎂🎂 BBC Intro Pic Link to BBC Introducing Facebook Post

#HCHQ Chills out with BBC R6 DJ & Fun Lovin’ Crims Frontman Huey Morgan…

#HCHQ watches Rocktronica Giants (IAM)WARFACE gig, followed by beers, laughs n chats with Huey last Friday at his Blues Kitchen DJ gig in #London’s Shoreditch.

Friday

Well it was certainly an interesting night out last Friday, travelling from what is this musician’s native Richmond-upon-Thames up to London’s East End. And its gotta be an exceptionally good cause to get me to do it these days – not least coz its a forty quid Uber ride home!

But it was Brighton band (IAM)WARFACE‘ gig at Brick Lane’s ‘93 Feet East‘ that enticed me, followed by some beer n chats in a Blues Kitchen booth with Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman and BBC Radio 6 DJ Huey Morgan, plus a couple of great lasses from London’s Evening Standard newspaper – well one of them was – the other her bestie, a beautician, whom she’d met attending the Barbara Speake Stage School.

The former was trying her very best to interview Huey, although as he explained to me on my arrival somewhat conspiratorially, he doesn’t really do questions, especially not those that are pre-prepared. That said, he and I shared some interesting talk as regards to what its like being in a war-zone – specifically the Balkans – he in his former capacity as a marine and, “Getting shot at coming up the beach” and me in my capacity as a singer, supporting raising money for child victims of the war. A very ‘real’ conversation topic given our surroundings, in what was a noisy ‘hipster-filled’ London Bar – one way to fend off press questions I suppose.

I loved his set spinning some tunes and true to his tweet earlier, he did indeed “blow the roof off the joint” and even I, who could remember the tunes from the first time around, felt the undisputed urge to groove. Later he disappeared off into the night with the Evening Standard – I’m pretty sure the lady got her story – although I’m not sure her new boss George Osbourne MP, will fully appreciate her tenacity.

All that remains to be said is I loved the (IAM)WARFACE set. This is not a complete review of same, mainly because I was too busy behind a camera filming them, having far too much fun doing that.

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What I will say though, is that despite the problems with the venue’s sound (not quite sure what the engineer was doing but the poor sod’s probably only paid a pittance) the band dealt with it very professionally and still managed to offer what was a packed venue, an absolute belter of a show, including all their now familiar rock-tronica tunes: ‘Say My Name’, ‘Bleed Out’ and, ‘Atomic White Gold’ all of which the crowd were singing along to, interspersed with battle cries of: ‘Warface, Warface!” This from a band fielding a new drummer with a broken hand (Chris luv – I’d never have known and I’m loving what you’re doing rhythmically). Frankly, if thats what he’s like when its broken, I can’t wait to hear ’em gig when it ain’t. ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Ed Sheeran’ (IAM)WARFACE are not – Glastonbury…take note.