Tamsin Warley
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Tamsin Warley

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Feb
18
Tamsin Warley @ Salford Lowry

Manchester, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Manchester, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Feb
12
Tamsin Warley @ Varieties Theatre

Leeds, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Leeds, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Feb
11
Tamsin Warley @ City Hall

Sheffield, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Sheffield, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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The last few years has seen a resurgence in the
mainstream of female singers unafraid to let it rock,
at least politely. Whether it’s the sk8er “punk” of Avril
Lavigne, the big vocals of Anastacia and Kelly Clarkson
or Michelle Branch’s more acoustic offerings, there’s
clearly a market for well-written pop songs with guitars
aplenty. It’s into this particular arena that Lancashire
born, London based singer-songwriter, Tamsin Warley
has firmly planted her feet, her debut album setting out
a stall packed with attractive produce.

Overseen by Tamsin herself, in cahoots with former
SnowDogs Ville and Mat Leppanen, at East London’s
Atomic Studios, Wide Open Sky is no shabbily recorded
portastudio fodder; from a technical point of view, the
results are mighty impressive. The rockier numbers are
imbued with a mixture of modern angular guitar sounds
mixed together and shaken up with an almost subliminal
retro sheen, while the keyboard flourishes recall some of
the great pop songs of the late Eighties and early Nineties,
but never drag them back through a timewarp. And while
this remains a thoroughly contemporary pop album, the
excellent production would be largely irrelevant without
decent songs and a great performance. Fortunately,
Warley really delivers on these counts too. Her vocal
style is perfectly suited to this type of music, clear and
rich with the strength to impose herself during the louder
moments but tender enough to convince in the softer lulls.

The quality of the self-penned songs is thankfully equal to
the delivery. While dealing with fairly universal themes of
life, love and the search for significance, they are a million
miles from the usual pop platitudes; there is a real depth
to Warley’s lyrics. The writing is observant and insightful,
picking up on the minutiae of life (…but when I found her
text to you, there was nothing else to do ‘cause I’d lost
you once and for all…) which are so often symbolic of the
broader picture – a technique so well exploited by the likes
of Ulvaeus and Andersson. Macefin Avenue looks back to
a life that never was in a Manchester suburb to ponder
the effects of the choices we make in love. Even when
delivering the classic break-up song, Warley’s emphasis
is never on self-pity but on a woman learning from her
mishaps and moving on to something better.

The faster songs are similarly inspiring; opener Drive For
Miles is the quintesenntial top-down, foot-to-the-floor
classic, while Dance Like No One Is Watching is a glorious
hymn to the pleasure of surrendering to the moment. In a
softer gear, Warley subtly recalls the better aspects of
Beverley Craven, but when cranked up the comparisons
are harder to pin down. There’s perhaps a touch of Annie
Lennox with Chrissie Hynde’s attitude; elsewhere, maybe
a hint of Shawn Colvin’s rockier side – but Warley is never
indistinct.

That said, much of Wide Open Sky wouldn’t be out
of place sat at the top of the charts in the hands (or
rather, the tonsils) of the aforementioned Ms. Clarkson
or Newkirk. With a good publishing deal and contacts,
a comfy retirement fund could certainly be assured.
However, with the right backing, opportunities and a
side order of luck, there’s no reason why she couldn’t
take the songs there herself. The pop music market may
be crowded and cut-throat, but Warley could be one to
succeed in that particular den of fiery dragons.

- Trevor Raggatt
www.thetrousers.co.uk - Wears The Trousers


Tamsin is a singer/writer made for the Stateside FM airwaves as her sterling AOR material with echoes of Cher and Chrissie Hynde commands centre stage from the start. The titles tell there own story, as Drive For Miles, Dance Like No-one Is Watching, and Running In The Dark all lend themselves to that fantasy of the top down, highway shredding, four-wheeled journey so central to the US dream.
Tamsin never totally escapes her English roots, however, and ballads such as Thin Ice witness her singer/songwriter influences come to the fore and permit us to put any thoughts on hold of her being a purely commercial artist.
Superb production and engineering support all the songs and given the right breaks and sufficient exposure, here is a performer certainly more than capable of maintaining a credible and successful mainstream career. - MU Musician Magazine


Album is fantastic and it will be featured album of the month! - Craig Hannington, PhoenixFM


Discography

Debut album • Wide Open Sky • OUT NOW!

Available from: www.TamsinWarley.com
and: www.cdbaby.com/TamsinWarley

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Bio

Lancashire born, now London based singer songwriter.

Band formed Sept 2004. Showcase gig at In The City '05. Debut album WIDE OPEN SKY released: Dec 2005 on own label Pure Passion RecordS. Consistently play at venues in and around London and Manchester.

Currently looking for Management/Publishing/Distribution/Songwriting opportunities.

Influences include: Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Eddi Reader, Lennon&McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, All About Eve, Depeche Mode, The Police.