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This is the podcast of the UK original Rock/Blues music artist Rebecca Downes. Presented by Colin Speller, her Manager, it goes behind the scenes for news and off-stage developments as well as looking at the personalities, background stories and opinions of Rebecca and those who work with her. We aim to produce a podcast every 2-3 weeks and all comments and feedback are very welcome. Find out more about Rebecca and her music, and find links to her social media profiles, on her website at www.rebeccadownes.com.
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In this episode, Colin talks to Steve Birkett Snr and Steve Birkett Jnr about the making of the new album 'Stripped Back' that is due out on 9 April 2021, looking in detail at the recording, production, mixing and mastering. The music featured is short extracts of tracks from the new album. Music and podcast are © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2021.
In this episode, Rebecca talks to Colin about her new album 'Stripped Back' that is due out on 9 April 2021. The music featured is short extracts from 'Blues For Us' (new single, out now), 'More Sinner Than Saint' and 'Sailing On A Pool Of Tears', all from the new album.  Music and podcast are © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2021.
In this episode, Rebecca talks to Colin about her work as a vocal coach, then tables are turned as she asks Colin about the impact of the Brexit deal on UK musicians hoping to tour in Europe and sell merchandise to EU countries.  More details about Rebecca's vocal coaching services can be found on her website at www.rebeccadownesvocalcoach.com.  The music featured is a stripped-back version of Take Me Higher from the album More Sinner Than Saint, written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes and recorded during the live-streamed gig for the Tuesday Night Music Club in October 2020.  Music and podcast are © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2021.  
In an episode originally published as a Facebook Live broadcast, Rebecca and Steve chat with Colin Speller about the stories behind the lyrics of the songs on the second studio album Believe.  The conversation also includes some detail of the instrumental work and gives an interesting insight to the inspiration behind these wonderful songs. The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 18 January 2020 The podcast includes extracts from the following songs: Never Gonna Learn, Night Train, It's That Easy, Sailing On A Pool Of Tears, Sweetness, 1000 Years, Could Not Say No, Long Long Time, Momma's Got A Gun, Salt Winds, Come With Me Baby, Believe. All songs are written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes and are  © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017. This podcast is © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2021.
In the second of two linked episodes, Rebecca and Steve talks about the stories behind the lyrics of the last six songs on the last studio album More Sinner Than Saint. The conversation also includes some detail of the instrumental work and gives an interesting insight to the inspiration behind these wonderful songs and includes a contribution from Frankie the dog. The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 23 November 2020 The podcast includes extracts from the following songs: More Sinner Than Saint, If I Go To Sleep, Stand On My Feet, Big Sky, In Reverse, With Me. All songs are written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes and are © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019. This podcast is © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020.
In the first of two linked episodes, Rebecca and Steve talks about the stories behind the lyrics of the first six songs on the last studio album More Sinner Than Saint. The conversation also includes some detail of the instrumental work and gives an interesting insight to the inspiration behind these wonderful songs. The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 23 November 2020 The podcast includes extracts from the following songs: Take Me Higher, Chains Fall Down, Screaming Your Name, Hurts, Breathe Out, Wave Them Goodbye. All songs are written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes and are © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019. This podcast is © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020.
In this episode Rebecca talks about the new single - Wave Them Goodbye Ft Alan Nimmo - her recent full band gig at Birmingham Streams and her next duo streamed gig via the award-winning Tuesday Night Music Club.The merchandise discount code lasts until Tuesday 29 September 2020Background music is 'Wave Them Goodbye Ft Alan Nimmo', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020.© Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020
In this episode Rebecca gives an exclusive insight to two new releases, as well as talking about her forthcoming live stream gig, venturing out in this strange new world and vocal teaching from home.The merchandise discount code lasts until Tuesday 1 September 2020Background music is '1000 Years' from the album 'BeLive', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017.© Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020
In this episode, Colin Speller, Rebecca's Manager, talks to Aidan Goldstraw, who plays keys in Rebecca's band from time to time. The conversation covers how Aidan got into music, life changes that both took him away from it and brought him back, his career in journalism, meeting Rebecca and his current music projects, details of which can be found as follows:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goldstrawmusic/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb_wlemCo7LH8OqpS5Dh_agThe merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 20 July 2020Background music is 'Back To The Start' from the album 'BeLive', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017.Episode artwork photo is courtesy of Mal Whichelow.© Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020
In this episode, Rebecca talks to Colin Speller, her Manager, about questions raised in the Downestream IV live session on Friday 12 June 2020. The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 1 July 2020Background music is 'Sailing on a Pool of Tears - Chris Kimsey Re-Mix (Radio Edit)' which was a 2017 single release, written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes.Episode artwork photo is courtesy of Photography by Adam Kennedy.© Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020
In this episode, as Lockdown continues, Rebecca chats to Colin Speller, her Manager, about her latest single release, the impact of aggressively negative feedback and the challenges of doing online performances.The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 1 June 2020Background music is 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now (Radio Edit)' from the recent single release, written by Nodder Holder and Jim Lea and this version arranged by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes. © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2020
In this episode, Colin Speller, Rebecca's Manager, talks to Rebecca about the Lockdown and the issues it raises both personally and professionally.The merchandise discount code lasts until Tuesday 5 May 2020Background music is 'Salt Winds' from the album 'Believe', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017
In this episode, Colin Speller, Rebecca's Manager, chooses his ten tracks, book, luxury item and religious text for a period of self isolation. Colin's chosen music can be found on a Spotify playlist at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/32BAZj9aH27i7DcOhUmSZo?si=_YWMJVgUS7-gnr7wGiAyCwHis book is on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/George-Smiley-Novels-Boxed-Set/dp/1524705977/The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 13 April 2020Background music is 'Big Sky' from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
In this episode, Steve Birkett chooses his ten tracks, book, luxury item and religious text for a period of self isolation. Steve's chosen music can be found on a Spotify playlist at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5WRIh0FZViYlVXAZ6P7pIt?si=ABlbhs6qRDGePAm0x4_R3wHis book is on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Withnail-I-Bloomsbury-Film-Classics/dp/0747538972/His 'religious text' is also on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/God-Delusion-10th-Anniversary/dp/1784161926/The merchandise discount code lasts until Monday 30 March 2020Background music is 'In Reverse' from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
In the latest in our Back To The Start series, Colin Speller took the opportunity of a post-set break at Planet Rock Presents Winter's End festival to interview Neil Ablard, our new drummer, about his early life and his journey into music. The episode includes astonishing revelations about Rebecca's role as a site worker in a studio construction project!The Photo of Neil was taken by Campbell Stewart at the Ice Box, Glasgow.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.'Chains Fall Down' is from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
This episode follows the format of a popular radio programme. Rebecca chooses ten tracks that she would take with her into circumstances of isolation - e.g. castaway on an island or quarantined on a luxury cruise liner. She also chooses a book and a luxury item. Hear Rebecca talk about the tracks, the items and what they mean to her.A playlist of the chosen tracks can be found on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6pVJzr9pwQ1JcLTvYaVo0U?si=2r_6edLVQ2qJEJvGlt87tw.Her chosen novel can be found on Amazxon.co.uk at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wool-Trilogy-Shift-Dust-ebook/dp/B00I96357W/Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.'With Me' is from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
In this episode we take you through everything involved in doing a support gig - in this case a support to The Crazy World of Arthur Brown at Nell's Jazz and Blues, London on Saturday 25 January 2020. (Apologies for the sound quality of some of the live clips)The merchandise discount code is valid until 17 February at www.rebeccadownes.com/shop'Take Me Higher' is from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
In this episode, Colin Speller interviews Nigel Darvill, principal keys player for Rebecca, about his comprehensive, interesting and varied musical career. In the course of the conversation, there's mention of an appearance on Top of the Pops, which can be seen at https://youtu.be/DGOV7_svp8Y and details of Ricky Cool and the In Crowd can be found at http://rickycoolandtheincrowd.co.uk/.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.'More Sinner Than Saint' is from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
In this episode Rebecca and her Manager, Colin Speller, with background contributions from Ralph the dog, discuss the things fans can do to support an independent music act. Prompted by discussion on Facebook, their chat covers everything from social media to buying merchandise and from streaming to attending gigs. It's well worth a listen for fans of any independent act.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.'Take Me Higher' is from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
Colin Speller interviews Rebecca and Steve about the journey of the track Stand On My Feet from the simple first idea created by Rebecca on a piano right through to the final track, mixed by Bill Drescher, that was released on the 2019 album More Sinner Than Saint. This episode gives an insight to the song writing and development process followed by Rebecca and Steve.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.'Stand On My Feet' is from the album 'More Sinner Than Saint', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2019
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