Sunday, 4 December 2016

ShowBiz TV - Country Sessions (CM&T) for 2017

ShowBiz TV are excited to announce BRAND NEW productions coming up in the New Year including a fresh series of the incredible Country Sessions, back by popular demand due to the huge success of series one, where the best new artists on the country music scene play for your pleasure. Presented by Irish country star Pete Kennedy.

Guests will include Megan O’Neill "The Irish Carrie Underwood" and Darren Hodson (nominated for 4 awards at this years British Country Music Awards (BCMA's).

ShowBiz TV’s country programmes include:
CM&T (A non-stop video show), CM&T Revisited ( leading USA Country Music Videos from the last 18 months), CM&T Country Hunks, CM&T Girl Power, Nashville Unleashed, Country Showcase and Country Sessions.
Find ShowBiz TV on Sky Channel 266 & Manchester Freeview 80 & Online.
free-to-air channels that are currently available via satellite from SES Astra satellites (Astra 2E/2F/2G) located at 28.2 °E. These Can be found on Freesat free-to-air platform: Comux UK Limited; 16:9 SDTV, Astra 2G;  11082 H 22000 5/6

Check ShowBiz TV’s schedule for more details.

Megan O’Neill

We love I Wish I Could Love You More (Official Video; published on Apr 2, 2015; 33.3K views)

Megan played the inaugural Nashville Meets London festival, on Sunday August 14, 2016 in Canada Square Park in London,  drew thousands of festival goers to the Canary Wharf estate. The event drew an impressive number of fans and left an overwhelmingly positive response among UK-based Country music fans and locals.

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It’s an exciting time for UK Country Music 4 brand new songs all written by Ben Earle of The Shires, the pioneers of UK Country, released through Decca in a bid to showcase the best new acts in the UK Country scene. The songs, recorded with Dan McDougall, who has co-writing credits on Made in England, Beats To Your Rhythm and Not Even Drunk Right Now, released Friday 9th September. Megan O’Neill cut the poignant Can’t Put A Price On which tells a beautiful story and a powerful message lies behind it - “The song spoke to me the minute Ben played it for me - a beautiful story.” Being a part of the UK country music scene is an honour! Everyone is treated like family & in this instance things are no different.” – Megan

At the W21 Music Awards (Weds 30 Dec 2015) Megan picked up UK EP of the Year 2015 with COMING HOME

Kildare singer Megan O'Neill revealin in Dec 2015  how love and pain has inspired her writing, and tells of "lonely" times in Nashville: ...Vulnerability is an essential tool for being a songwriter, though, isn’t it? “Definitely. That’s what Adele said. She wrote a great album because her boyfriend broke her heart. So maybe I need that for my next one!” she laughs. Megan credits her mother as being one of her biggest influences as a singer. “Music has been in our family for generations. My mother played to me and sang to me when I was a child” (Interview by Bary Egan;

In July 2016 Upcoming country band, Megan & The Common Threads announced a crowd fund PledgeMusic campaign as they were set to release their debut EP, offering a wide range of rewards for pledgers. 72 pledgers successfully funded it with 165% of an undisclosed goal raised.
The band grew from the solo project of front-woman Megan O’Neill, whose track 'Don’t You' featured on hit US TV show Nashville.

About: Megan And The Common Threads
Members: Megan O'Neill (front-woman) Dan Clark and Tom Smith (electric & acoustic guitars), Kesh Kanabar (bass), Alessandro Tibaldi (drums), Mairéad Furlong (Irish fiddle)
They weave a unique tapestry of country, blues, folk, funk & rock’n’roll with their distinctive Celt-icana sound.
Live shows have included a special Oscars Week appearance in Los Angeles at the 2015 Oscar Wilde Awards on personal invitation of director JJ Abrams, plus performances for RTE2 Two Tube, Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), BBC Ulster, BBC London, Irish Independent Windmill Lane Sessions and Amazing Radio, with a live breakfast show session on Irish national station Today FM with Ian Dempsey.
2016 has already seen two acclaimed shows at C2C Country to Country Festival at London’s 02 Arena, and a barnstorming performance to a sold out 900 capacity crowd at Time Out London’s Rising Stars of Country show.
The Threads had a busy summer, with UK festival dates and the recording of their debut release as a full band at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios with the legendary Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Mark Knopfler), who offered to produce the band after hearing unreleased original material. 

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About The Southern Companion:
Genre: UK Country/Americana | Home Town: Lymington, Hants
A band and brainchild of Darren Hodson, a musician and songwriter from Hampshire, England 
Members: Darren Hodson (Vocals / Guitars), Simon Johnson (Guitars / Backing Vocals), Stuart Ross (Bass / Backing Vocals), Olly Richmond-Jones (Drums / Backing Vocals) & Lee Maycock (Keys) 
The Southern Companion are a band fronted by singer/songwriter Darren Hodson. It's a collaboration with his band of best friends and talented musicians. Since honing his craft from his early teens, Darren has now been working on his music for a good twenty years, even though his album 1000 DAYS OF RAIN was only his second record. The band’s genre-bending sound was described by For The Country Record as being "situated somewhere in the midst of country, folk, blues, rock and even pop – to create songs that are catchy without sacrificing the musicality or substance. …Read More

New to the BCMA category in something of a surprise The Southern Companion snagged the BCMAwards 2016 Album of the Year especially beating out the critically acclaimed 5 STAR album (Country Music People/Maverick) WRITING ON THE WALL from Raintown. Band leader Darren Hodson shared with Zap Bang Magazine: “Our new album is called 1,000 Days Of Rain, it’s a very personal record for me and a lot of the songs sound a little heartbroken but there’s some uplifting moments to balance things out. 
They also snagged Horizon Act of the Year (sponsor FSA Presents) winning over Narn, Acoustic Journey, Samantha Lloyd and Fitzwallace.
Last year The Southern Companion camp watched the BCMAwards from home never imagining a year later, they would have the chance to attend and perform at the awards weekend and that they would be nominated for 4 awards and win 2 of them!

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