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Since winning Totstars in 2002, Demi has had the pleasure of performing at some big events, such as Party in the Park in front of 20 000, BBC's Big Buzz in Cardiff Bay 2 years in a row in front of 10,000, The Variety Club Balls Twice, Caldicot Castle 3 years in a row, St. David's Hall Cardiff, City Hall Cardiff, Millennium Stadium Cardiff in front of 54,000, Colwyn Bay Promenade, Avon Country Park and many other Charity concerts and balls all over the U.K..
Demi was invited and performed at the opening Christmas light ceremonies at Cardiff Witchurch, Cwmbran Shopping Centre, Caldicot, Pontypool etc.
Demi officially opened the new Matalan store in Cwmbran, and then performed for their registered Charity.
Demi has done performance's also for Newport City Centre, Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre Bristol, Galleries Shopping Centre Bristol, McCarther Glen Shopping Centre in Bridgend, The Glades Shopping Centre in London, The opening Ceremony of Pontypool Town and Colwyn Bay North Wales.
done and is still doing a lot of performance's all over the country to help
various Charities e.g., Cancer Research, Cancer relief, St. David's Foundation,
Sparkle Appeal, Wish Upon a Star, Tiny Lives Campaign Bristol, Red Cross,
Tickled Pink, Bella Russia, Latch, Meningitis, St. Anne's Hospice, Neville
Hall Hospital, Comic Relief, Lord
Mayor's Charities, Togs, All Creatures Great and Small etc.
had the privilege of meeting and performing alongside:
Blue, Darius, Liberty X, Charlotte Church, S Club 7, Daniel Beddingfield, Hearsay, Busted, Marc Almond, Sugarbabes, So Solid Crew, Steve Balsamo, Bonnie Tyler, Owen Money, Rik Waller, Kenny Linch, Ruth Maddock, Bobby Davro, Claire Sweeny, Eammon Holmes, Gloria Hunniford, Connie and Liz from Blue Peter, Stewart Cable, Johnathon Davies, Roy Noble, Sian Lloyd, Johnathon Hill, Lucy Cohen, Midge Ure,
Brian Connelly, Gary Rhodes, Anthony Warral Thompson and many more.
Demi is also a professionally trained dancer in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Acro and soft musical, plus Hip Hop dancing. She was also an associate with the famous London Royal Ballet School for 7 Years. Demi is now a qualified student dance teacher.
One highlight after performing at a Charity Ball for children was that her signed single was auctioned and raised a massive £1000 for the Charity.
Demi's own Official Website was launched 5 years ago and is showing a growing success with her fans, not only in this country but also overseas, e.g., hits reaching between 30,000- 40,000 per month.
Demi has been in virtually every newspaper in the country and performed on TV programmes e.g., GMTV, Nickelodeon, UK Top 40, Gloria Hunniford, BBC1, BBC2, HTV, S4C, LK Today and many more.
been restricted by Welsh performing laws for the amount of hours that she
could work professionally due to her age but all this has changed now she
has reached the age of 16. She has still been able to work for Charities
without restriction and has enjoyed doing
so, helping raise a lot of money.
4 years ago, Demi was turned down from performing for the junior Eurovision song contest for being too professional due to having a hit in the charts.
Last Year, Demi performed on the Brian Connelly TV show on BBC 2 "Let Me Entertain You" as a Surprise Act.
A year ago, Demi set up a YouTube account, displaying videos of her performing at different events from an early age, up until now, which are taking worldwide hits with some amazing comments.
She recently came runner up in a talent contest in Bristol with GWR fm Radio, against adults.
Demi also came 3rd in a big competition in Wales with Real radio and The HardRock Cafe, again up against adults.
She was in the semi-finals in Manchester in a big competition on the 7th November.
Demi was 16 at the end of May last year. In gaining high grades in her GCSE's, Demi is now studying music technology in college which will give her 3 A levels plus a diploma.
Demi became the UK's Youngest female artist to hit the UK's Top 40 in 2002, taking the title off Lena Zavaroni who held it for 27 years. This single I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing/ My Boy, reached 27 in the UK, 5 in Wales and 61 in Germany.
Demi was picked up by the BBC and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the end of 2008 for the Eurovision song contest. She got down to the final 40 from thousands, unfortunatly Demi was a year to young.
Demi is now in a few competitions over the country, One of which hasagain reached the finals in Cardiff Bay.
Demi has some big performances comming up again this year and diary is filling fast.
AGEING ROCKERS BUT STILL BOYS AT HEART
Boys have been on the music scene in Newport since the sixties, when three
of them were at school together in St Julians. Roger James (lead guitar
and vocals), Glyn Woodman (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Jim Strachan (bass
guitar) were playing rock n' roll at a time when dancing was still an innocent
way of letting off steam, long before aerobic exercise became part of our
post baby-boom culture.
They all went on to pursue successful business and professional careers, but the old allure of microphones, guitars, keyboards, drums and amplifiers never left them. The current band was joined by John Clements (vocals) Howard Davies (keyboard and vocals) and Steve Strong (drums) in 1995.
is still universally popular, not only with the Sixties generation, but
also frequently with a younger generation who couldn't escape being immersed
in the tradition while they were growing up - thanks to Dad's old LPs .
The James Boys have played to packed audiences for years at hotels, clubs and pubs in Newport and beyond, performing at everything from charity events to wedding anniversaries. Recently they put on a Buddy Holly night in Newport to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death and to raise money for leukemia research.
member Jim Strachan said: "We are of course a bunch of ageing rockers
- all of us well into our 60's, which is reflected in the music we play,
which is mainly 50s/60s rock n' roll. How long we can continue I don't know,
but hopefully it will be for many years to come!"
15 years of success follows their launch as the house band for the legendary Hollywood Club in Newport in 1991. Soon after, supporting The Commitments lead to appearances with top names in top venues across Europe.
Charismatic frontman Mike Big Mac McNamara. Mike is a Soul singer with a line up of tenor sax, trumpet and trombone, bass, drums, guitar, keyboards and two dynamic female vocalists.
The band is fully self contained with lights, p.a., transport, road crew and a highly efficient sound engineer capable of gauging the needs and requirements of every audience, venue and event.
There are a great number of bands possessing a similar set and structure but none with such inspired authenticity. As awed members of The Commitments said Weve found Wilson Pickett!
From its very beginning the band has been immensely popular, building a rock solid reputation. They are a firm favourite at weddings, festivals, corporate events and social gatherings where a first class, energetic and wholly infectious good time act is required .
Agents, event organizers, management companies, hundreds of ecstatic newly weds and countless satisfied audiences will confirm that Big Macs Wholly Soul Band are really where its at!
The Stage said ; 'An explosive start to the evening was provided by Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band. This is the way to play soul and Motown-a full ten piece band, great brass section, girl backing singers, pulsating rhythm section and Big Mac himself on lead vocals-not only great musicianship but also a great performance. I am not surprised that it is one of the most popular outfits in South Wales, as it was absolutely superb. If you book corporate functions or summer balls and want a great dance band, you could do a lot worse. This is a truly hot band.'Big Mac's clients include:-
The British Variety Club, The Royal Mint, L'Oreal, The Showman's Association, The Equestrian Society, and even Leyhill Open Prison!
Diem started as two friends with a passion for music (Ben Knight & Daniel James) and wrote acoustic songs mixing modern rock with flamenco and latin solo's. Then to reach a wider audience, as the music was growing along with popularity, Diem took on a drummer (James Graham) and a Bass player (Pit) to fill out the sound.
After a Busy start in 2009, Diem have headlined Pure Nightclub, Barfly and Clwb Ifor Bach with awesome crowd responsesat each show.
'Robust, foot-on-the-monitor rock closes proceedings from Diem. Wilfully unfashionable, and adding an acoustic guitar to the tried and tested rock template, Diem are an anomaly tonight. Doling out three six minute opuses takes guts and bravado, and, after an impromptu encore which sees the largest cheers of the night, the band bow together. In their case, a little bit of guts may go a long, long way.' is a gig review from Barfly...
Thyrd Eye, the Monmouthshire Goth rocksters Thyrd Eye; a trio comprising Matt (guitar and vocals), Hannah (bass, keyboard and vocals) and Gaz (drums) that sound more like a quintet - big songs, big energy, big sound!
Thyrd Eye cling to the borders of metal but somehow remain consummately Gothic rockers with their dark yet vibrant take on electric heavy music. Typically staccato in form, incorporating an abundance of light and shade and with a solidarity to die for, Thyrd Eye blast out 'Say Something', 'After Death' and 'My Last Time' here. It's a big single and there's plenty to get yer teeth into as Thyrd Eye kerrang their hearts out with a feisty attitude and raging fire in their souls.
Website link: www.myspace.com/thyrdeye
Who's in the band? Jon - Lead Guitar and Lead Vocals Russ - Drums/Electronic Percussion Paul - Keyboards and Backing Vocals Adrian - Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals
All this resulted in the sound that will be evident in their forthcoming release of the debut album/ , Nothing In Black And White due out in the early Spring of 2009.
The story really began in mid 2007 when Andy Whitmore ( Atomic Kitten, Lemar, Peter Andre etc), contacted the band requesting to work with the band. Two sessions later showed 5 tracks, of which 3 are to be found on the album.
Major gigs at festivals and venues throughout the UK raised the profile of the band to the extent that they signed a small deal with a Los Angeles based A & R company in the USA.
This was to be an eventful period which saw their MySpace page bombarded with hits and queries about the band.
Unfortunately SOUNDSTORM felt that the deal did not benefit them as things were moving too slow at the time.
During this period came a change that saw the lead singer part mutually with the band and they felt the need to remain as the existing 4-piece was, the better option.
This became a very interesting period of writing, recording and gigging around various places in the country and re-developing as a band. The band became more creative, dynamic and more atone to what was currently happening in the music world.
Continuing to write in their own vein of music, refusing to jump on the band wagon that exists in British music, they stuck to their working ethic of writing creative progressive pop rock songs.
All with the popular theme of the anthemic chorus.. The music, stretching across eras, generations and genres. In late 2008, came the final moments of recording the bands debut album. They wrote a number of songs settling for 7 new tracks and working with Lawson Dando (Incredible String Band).
Lawson gave the band the edge they have been looking for such a long time. 5 of the tracks were recorded in a live environment which gave the sound more akin to the bands actual live performances. Still searching for that elusive deal drives the band to more creative avenues, to push the barriers while still maintaining to create their own distinctive and dynamic sound ! We've supported top bands like Chikinki and Protokoll, played at top venues like The Cavern, Cardiff Barfly, Deptford Festival , Caerphilly's Big Cheese and Megaday 2007 to name a varied line up of venues.
Website Link: www.myspace.com/soundstorm
Even by the heady standards of Welsh rock the story of GTFBi is both remarkable and uplifting. Through a history of towering highs that include touring Dublin and playing Liverpool's Cavern Club and nadirs as low as that feeling when you learn that you've failed the cycling proficiency test, they have emerged via the potent media of raw energy and rock music to find themselves at the most significant point in the band's career and looking forward to the iconic status that awaits. As one of their songs says:
"This Time Next Year... just you wait and see."
read the story of GTFBi is to take a trip through despair and disaster
to the kind of ultimate triumph which, if they made into a film you
would not believe.
It was Spring '96 amid the smoky, intoxicating, yet inspiring atmosphere of Ye Olde Bull Inn, Caerleon, a sleepy village on the outskirts of Newport, S.Wales - Rasher & Will gave birth to their baby - GTFBi.
Unions of Rasher and Will had previously been limited to the pursuit of 180's on the dart board; little did they know that they were spawning an entity that was to cart them through the next eight years of their lives and still counting!
August bank holiday that year, they combined with a number of friends for an unrehearsed drunken jam in the local rugby club, however they blew the roof off the place with a barn-storming, hyper-manic, stonker of a gig which tapped the seeds of the groove that was to become GTFBi.
The friends included, amongst others: Richie, Hooky, Alfie, Peter Ak, and Will's older brother, Wiffa, each one of whom subscribed with ardent commitment to the philosophy implicit in the name of the band.
passing years have seen many comings and goings of personnel, including
the leaving and triumphant return of Rasher. Now the line-up is Will,
lead guitar; Peter Ak, Sax, harmonica and lead vocal; Ga, drums, and
Rasher, bass guitar and miscellaneous shouting. Another of their lyrics
"I been scrapin' around this world of rock, Got a real education in the school of hard knocks. Times I feel I'm on the right track, But it's one step on and two steps back "
This autobiographical song paints the picture, but their commitment which has seen them gigging in outlandish hell pits, facing Neanderthal audiences and winning them over with their blistering fusion of synapse shredding guitar, raw delivery and chest thumping rhythm is paying off.
In the year 2000 their music was an instant hit with the BBC Wales marketing Dept., who were intent upon using the GTFBi song ("So Much Depends") to spearhead their promotional campaign of that year's Six Nations International Rugby tournament. The arrival of 'Spike' (a rival promotional concept) saw GTFBi side-stepped at the last minute.
Shortly thereafter 'Dizzy Lug'Ole Records' were "blown away" by the quality of what they heard and offered to sign GTFBi. The irony of the lyric (which appeared on the demo)
" euphoria is fitted with a trapdoor"
was not lost on the band when the company ceased trading and GTFBi contemplated yet another near miss at the elusive break through.
And so they continue to peddle their own driving, insistent brand of 'raw rock' (raw k) to audiences in drinking dens and bars up and down the country. Delivered with a (s)punky attitude and the intensity of the most intense thing you can think of, they bring rock & chaos together in musical mayhem.
Their passion has seen them invited to venues they previously have only aspired to. Numerous festival events in 2003 gave them a much wider audience in particular, Wales' biggest biker festival the 'Patriot Games' and The Welsh Tattoo festival.
They played and have been invited back (for two gigs in June 2004) to Liverpool's Cavern Club, as they say - 'probably the most famous club in the world' and the Legendary TJ's.
Indeed when the owner of TJ's (the inimitable Johnny Sicolo) celebrated his 60th birthday (March 2004) he could have chosen from a huge catalogue of bands that have graced his stage (which include legends such as Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Mettalica, Feeder, The Manics, Rage Against The Machine, Rocket from the Crypt etc., etc.,) but who did he choose? You've guessed GTFBi!!
Like all the best rock outfits, they have earned their spurs the hard way, mostly it's been hard, expensive, thankless and frustrating - but most of all it's been fun, great, side-splitting, belly laughing, intoxicating, addictive fun - just like their show.