We're three of a kind ; Loveable Rogues, Eddie, Te and Sonny will be gracing the stage at the Brentwood Festival this summer and in the build-up to the long weekend of music, Rachael Hook speaks to the boys about what they've been up to recently
EDDIE Brett, 21, Sonny Jay, 19, and Te Qhairo, 19, met at Colin's Performing Arts College in Romford and since then formed their band which shot to success through last year's Britain's Got Talent. The Loveable Rogues have since taken the country by storm and will be headlining the Brentwood Festival on Sunday, July 7. Talking about coming to Brentwood again they said: We're partial to a bit of Sugar Hut and the Slug and Lettuce and we do lots in Essex.
We did the Music Crowns Festival and a performance at Hopefield. Back in the day we were on Phoenix FM too.
The boys, live in Essex and London - Sonny is based in Chigwell, Te in Canary Warf and Eddie in Harlow.
Wide appeal When asked what they would be bringing to the Brentwood Festival they replied: Music and lots of fun and hopefully nice weather. We'll be doing our first and second single as well as other songs. We can appeal to families and our fans are of all ages.
The boys described their music as predominately pop with their own spin.
They explained: It's all our own stuff, besides a few covers, adding that their new album will consist entirely of their own music. The band have been on tour with Olly Murs and spoke highly of the Essex pop star: It was fantastic, he is from near where we live.
When you go away with someone that long we came out friends which made it a really nice vibe.
The band have been performing together for two years and individually since before then.
This is what we've always wanted, they explained.
This is something we've aspired to do but you never know you're going to make it.
It's a bit nuts at the moment - when our friends ask us what we've been up to and you tell them it's like you're telling yourself and that's when it starts to sink in.
We're more used to it now but as it's so varied it doesn't sink in. We never really argue, only over little things like who spends the most time in the bathroom - nothing serious.
Eddie explained how he came up with the band's name: I was in the park and saw a bird pecking at another bird, he went off and did the same to another bird - I thought to myself 'what a loveable rogue' and it came from there.
The boys are now focusing on their album and second single and in the future are hoping to do their own tour as well as planning a summer holiday.
And of course spending lots of time in Brentwood, they added. Loveable Rogues headline The Brentwood Festival on Sunday, July 7. To find out more about the festival and book tickets go to www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk Seen & Heard In praise of the humble recorder ONE of the most underrated of musical instruments is the humble recorder.
Learnt by children, and often set aside when they graduate to something more musically demanding, or just disposed of, the recorder can be as expressive as most instruments in the hands of the right composer and performer.
It did not take me long to work this out when I encountered a reissued CD of English Recorder Music in which John Turner shows how the instrument is flexible, lyrical and agile in capable hands with eight works for the instrument and strings including a Concertino by a late friend of mine, Sir Malcolm Arnold and an ingenious concoction of musical recipes served up by Colchester composer, Alan Bullard (Naxos 8.572503). With music like this, who needs the grand symphonic gesture? Many youngsters go on to college and university from school these days. Julian Slade's 1950s musical Salad Days is set in an Oxbridge College, featuring very nicely-spoken undergraduates and dons (of which I was one).
Two young undergraduates are coming to the end of their studies and with it the prospect of getting a job. They are in love, but a surprise is in store for them in this warm-hearted happy show, certainly the antidote to any blues. Braintree Musical Theatre invite you to the Braintree Arts Centre where the show is being staged fromJune 4-8 (Box Office 01376 556354).
My next concert takes place in a university, Anglia Ruskin, on Friday, June 21 when the Anglia Singers sing in aid of Kids Inspire. Tickets are on sale now from Allegro Music or John Smith Booksellers as well as the Anglia ticketline (01245 350988).
I started this column with the recorder, and I end with a slightly trickier wind instrument, the oboe. Another collection of British works for the solo instrument and strings has just been issued by the Swiss-based Guild Music (Guild GMCD 7383). Jinny Shaw, oboist with the Halle Orchestra, is accompanied by Orchestra Nova conducted by George Vass in five works by composers including Benjamin Britten, the 100th anniversary of whose birth we celebrate this year. A well documented CD liner provides a good guide to these varied but thoroughly approachable works, and the mastering of the CD was undertaken in Essex.
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