If 2018 is anywhere near as eventful as the previous year, Lucy Spraggan is set for an interesting 12 months. The singer-songwriter netted her fourth top 40 albumin January last year,and followed that success with more than 22,000 ticket sales acrossher UK and European tours. I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writingcharted at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. The album, the second under her own label -CTRL Records -was described as ‘a triumph’byThe Sun.As well as more than 60 headline shows Lucy also performed at some of the UK’s most popular festivals, including Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festival. Recognisedas one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase into a far wider market.Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times.She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (LastNight) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo)while still competing on the TVshow.She was also themost googled musician of 2012.Lucy signed to Columbia and herdebut album Join the Clubwas a top-ten success. Her nextrecord,We Are,was releasedon her own labelafter Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album charted at 22.Lucy’s music-writing career began with Don Maclean and Kirsty MacColl as her major influences, embellished with the folk narrativesof Peter, Paul and Mary,and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R and B. Her name is now synonymous to themelodic middle ground where pop and acousticfolk meet. The toe-tapping interpretations of classic sounds and the harmony-heavy ballads that she pulls from modern rhythm and blues, are hard to forget.Spraggan’s trademark sound is the rattle of rap dropped into sing-along folk-style numbers.Spraggan has already announced some huge headline shows for October 2018, with shows at iconic venues such as Glasgow Barrowland, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Nottingham Rock City and Manchester Academy. After releasing four albums in five years Lucy is probably due a rest, but the writing process is already underway for album number 5, due for release in early 2019.
The Dollhouse Thieves
Niki Tredinnick, Luke Tredinnick, Adam Buer, Troy Robey, and Stephen Dexter Bott are The Dollhouse Thieves, a multi-instrumental Denver project that blends elements of neo-rock with indie-folk using jazz-influenced vocals and unconventional instruments such as accordion, clarinet, and trombone. They all hold music degrees in composition, education, and performance, and share over a decade of performing and writing music together in various settings across the country to make them an exceptional group. Their aptitude for singing and playing a multitude of string, percussion, woodwind, brass, and keyboard instruments within a wide array of styles evokes enchantment and delight in their audiences.
Their first full-length album The Dollhouse Thieves delves into personal and universal themes of sexuality, death, romance, nature, and inner conflict, and weaves in and out of genres. It features several notable Colorado musicians, including Jean-Luc Davis (The Railsplitters), Zack Littlefield, Olivia Shaw (Avenhart), and Jessica Eppler (The Prairie Scholars) and was recorded at Wind Over the Earth studio in Longmont, Colorado. It is scheduled to be released digitally and on vinyl in June of 2018. Admittingly, we’re somewhat awkward musicians who don’t like talking about ourselves, so we suggest you listen to our music and form your own opinions.