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Author: Rebecca Downes

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All the news and stories behind the original music of UK Rock/Blues artist Rebecca Downes
14 Episodes
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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
Continuing the theme of how it all started, Colin Speller interviews Rebecca Downes and Steve Birkett about their first meeting, the early days of their music and how they work together to write and release songs.Please note that the merchandise discount code is valid for two weeks from the date of publication.Background music is 'Back To The Start' from the album 'BeLive', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017
Roles are reversed in this episode as Rebecca interviews Colin Speller about how he got involved in her music business and what he thinks about the current state of the music industry.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.Background music is 'Back To The Start' from the album 'BeLive', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017
In this second episode, co-songwriter and lead guitarist describes his musical career up to the point he started working with Rebecca.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.Background music is 'Back To The Start' from the album 'BeLive', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017
In this first episode, Rebecca recalls her early music career taking us from first beginnings up to the point she met Steve Birkett.Please note that the merchandise discount code lasts two weeks from the date of publication.Background music is 'Back To The Start' from the album 'BeLive', written by Steve Birkett and Rebecca Downes © Rebecca Downes Music Ltd 2017
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