Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Luke & Mel: BBC Interviews & announce London show

Luke & Mel announce London show September 8 - The Islington 
(Will be joined by "The Mighty" Gary Quinn)
Appeared on BBC London with Gaby Roslin
Performed new singles Bad Habit / Somethin’ About A Woman & 
a cover of Maren Morris' My Church!

Credit: Photos and art Sheffield based photographer Jeremy Williams (Facebook)

'Sounds like they just stepped down off the stage at the Grand Ole Opry' - Louderthanwar
"This couple just get better and better and surely it's only a matter of time before one of their excellent songs gets recognised" - UP Country Magazine
"Proving that UK Country music can sound both fresh and contemporary whilst retaining a rewardingly traditional feel at its heart" - New Country UK
"Luke & Mel are a winning combination musically and creatively, and I’m sure this is just the start on the road to success" - 4000 Miles to Nashville

BBC Radio London
Luke & Mel (Luke Thomas & Melanie Greggain) joined the lovely Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London on Sunday 8 May 2016 (BBC Page).
Luke & Mel: with Gaby Roslin BBC Radio London (8 March 2016)

They performed 9 minutes into the show and on the hour with new single (reverse of Double "A" side) "Bad Habit" and the other "A" side single "Somethin’ About A Woman" and a cover of Maren Morris' "My Church!
"They of the beautiful voices... Oh that was beautiful, your voices blend so well...Oh lovely, really lovely" - Gaby Roslin  Listen to the session here:

Also on the show were actor Tom Hiddleston who talked about "The Night Manager" and actress Tamzin Outhwaite, Gillian Wright and actor Nicholas Le Prevost on "How The Other Half Loves".

Rodeo Norfolk
“Country stars” Luke & Mel were also interviewed by Keith Greentree on BBC Radio Norfolk (Sat 7 May, BBC Page) ahead of their support gig for Jess and the Bandits at The Waterfront Norwich.
Isn’t that gorgeous, I LOVE it” – Keith Greentree 
Listen to their interview here:

Luke & Mel with Keith Greentree BBC Radio Norfolk (7 May 2016)

Luke & Mel posted on Facebook: We want to thanks Jess And The Bandits and the team for having us on their amazing tour. We have had such a great time and can't wait to do it again sometime. Also a big thank you to all of you who came out to see us... As long as you keep coming out, we'll keep coming back!

About Luke & Mel:
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Formed in 2012, having met through performing in the UK's top touring theatre show, Country Legends, the pair combine haunting harmonies and fine musicianship creating a sound that is both unique and authentic. 

Luke's background as a session guitarist has seen him play on all the biggest theatre stages in the UK with shows like 'One Night of Elvis', 'Dolly The Show'. 'Country Legends' and PJ.Proby's 2010 UK Tour as well as performing on Albums such as Raintown's 'Writing on the Wall', Mike Ward's EP, Thorne Hill's 'No More Holding Back' and more. 

Before meeting Luke, Melanie was busy doing her own singer/songwriter shows as well as performing in musicals up and down the UK including London's West End. 

Having built a name for themselves on the live circuit, the duo released their eponymous 4 track debut EP (L&M Music) on December 15, 2014, which debuted at No.2 on the iTunes UK Country Album Chart, where it stayed in the top 10 for 2 weeks.
Available on iTunes and  Amazon UK it is currently ranked #88,252 in Albums Country Indie & Alternative

Championed by BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio (Baylen Leonard) and Chris Country, the release was met with critical acclaim, the band found their popularity on the live circuit soared. As a result, they have supported everyone from Engelbert Humperdinck to Will Hoge and one of Mel’s personal icons Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley.
At the end of April, they took to the road, joining British/Texan quintet Jess and the Bandits on their headline tour. They played Hull (FRüIT), Birmingham (The Dark Horse), London (Bush Hall), Gateshead (The Sage), Southampton (Talking Heads),ending on May 7, 2016 in Norwich (Waterfront Studio)

Luke & and Mel (Saddleworth native Luke Thomas (27) and former Cumbrian singer/songwriter Melanie Greggain (27)) were quickly recognized by the British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) winning the Horizon Act of the Year (Sponsors. Digital Rodeo), in 2014 they snagged the Duo of the Year and last year “Somethin’ About A Woman” (written by Ann “Thunderlungs” Bailey and Matt Greaves) won them Song of the Year.

Having delivered three “sensational sets” at this year’s Country2Country, they are also excited to hit the festival circuit once again this year, with performances at FSA Fest, Rock Ridge Roundup, TowerFest, Buckle and Boots and Dart Music Festival.
As they build towards a summer packed with dates, the three-time BCMA winning duo are excited to unveil their new double A-side – Bad Habit / Somethin’ About A Woman. Of the release the duo state,
We’re releasing a new Double-A side which will feature our brand new single “Bad Habit” and also a new mix of our award-winning song “Somethin’ About a woman” We chose these two songs because we feel they represent our sound going forward”

Read our Single Review for “Bad Habit”

Luke & Mel’s - Bad Habit (Single) was released on April 29, 2016 (Amazon UK - UK iTunes )
It climbed to No.5 on the UK Country Singles prompting this Facebook post to their 2,200 FB likers:
#5 - just behind Nathan Carter and Florida Georgia Line. Who reckons we can jump past them?!

It rose to #4 UK iTunes (30 April; Top 600 UK iTunes singles all genres) for 1 hour.
They posted #4 everyone! Can we topple Thomas Rhett?

During the day "Bad Habit" dropped to #9 (#854 all genres), #12 (#958 all genres), then #14 (#1194 all genres), then 9 hours later (from #4) to #27 (off top 1500 all genres). Some 48 hours later it had fallen off the top 200 UK iTunes Country Singles chart and is yet to return.
UK iTunes Country Singles Snapshot (30 April 2016 | 15:00)
#145 Taylor Swift I Knew You Were Trouble. (#1 Country)
#192 Thomas Rhett Die a Happy Man
#339 Florida Georgia Line H.O.L.Y.
#643 Taylor Swift Love Story
#677 Nathan Carter Temple Bar (#5 Country)
#724 Johnny Cash Hurt
#763 Taylor Swift 22
#823 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Islands In the Stream
#854 Luke & Mel Bad Habit (#9 Country)

Hopefully they have sold physical product on the Jess and the Bandits tour and forthcoming 2016 dates.
“Bad Habit” currently (dated May 10) has a ranking of #4,573 in Amazon UK Bestsellers Albums (Country Indie & Alternative)

Forthcoming Tour Dates:

Fri May 13, 2016 - The Comedian, Birmingham (57 New Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY47BX) w Gary Quinn and Special Guests The Ash Cooper Band + Darcy
Sat May 14, 2016 - Dart Music Festival, The Old Market Square, Market St, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9SE FREE Event
Sat June 11, 2016 - The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Banbury Oxfordshire OX16 5QE with Country Legends
Fr, June 17, 2016 -  Towerfest, Drax Power Station, Selby, Yorkshire
Sat June 25, 2016 - Buckle & Boots Country Festival (Whitebottom Farm, Etherow Country Park, Compstall, Stockport SK6 5HZ) Day Ticket £25 (+ fee) / Weekend £50 (+ £5.25 booking)
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - The Tyn Y Capel, Minera, Wrexham (Little Mountain Country Music Festival)
Sun July 24, 2016 - Summertyne Festival, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR Jumpin' Hot Club Stage FREE Event 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Thurs August 25, 2016 - Heywood Reform Club, Tower St, Heywood OL10 3AD
Thurs 8 September 2016 - The Islington (1 Tolpuddle Street, London N1 0XT) Luke & Mel + Gary Quinn Full band co-headline. Support TBA
Thurs October 20, 2016 - Buttershaw Lane Club, Buttershaw Lane, Bradford
Sat November 12, 2016 - Vaqueros Country Music Weekend, The White Lodge, FILEY, North Yorkshire YO14 9JX

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