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King's Heath raised Laura Mvula widely tipped to be music's next big star

Widely tipped to be one of music's next big stars, Laura Mvula was raised in King's Heath. Her new single "Green Garden" taken from her recently released debut album "Sing To The Moon" is an elegy to the garden at her former home in King's Heath.

She explained to the Birmingham Post "When we moved to our new house (in King's Heath), for us kids it was a huge huge deal to have trees in the back garden. Where we had lived in Selly Park , the back garden was more concrete than grass, so it felt like we were in a forest. Some of my happiest memories are of endless summer holidays where it seems like we spent most of the time in the garden, making up dance routines or having mammoth waterfights. The song is a celebration of that".

She recently sang the song on her first live TV performance on BBC's The Graham Norton Show.

She played the Hare & Hounds last year on 27 November which only goes to show that King's Heath is the place to see the next generation of music stars as well as celebrate those who have aleady made it!

To view Laura's official Vevo youtube video of her latest hit, Green Garden, see directly below:

 
Beatlemania returns to King's Heath after 50 years!

Beatlemania returned to King's Heath on 15 February exactly 50 years after the Fab Four played the Ritz Ballroom on York Road. Over 150 fans crammed into Flechers Bar directly opposite the former Ballroom to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of one of the landmark events in King's Heath's amazing musical heritage. Advance tickets had sold out within a fortnight and fans started arriving at the venue over an hour before the scheduled start to snap up the few remaining tickets that went on sale on the door.

Inside a packed Fletchers, Rich McMahon did a terrific job of compering a nostalgic afternoon's entertainment with audience members sharing anecdotes and memories while listening to unique and individual interpretations of some famous and not so famous Beatles songs.http://www.bornmusiconline.co.uk/beatles-fest-fletchers/

Guest performers included Steve Birkett of Acoustica, Samuel Rogers (see below), Redbird Sky, Rob Peters, Sylvia, Jason Ensa, David Disley-Jones and the Dirty Old Folkers.

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who organised the event to promote the King's Heath Walk of Fame said, "We were surprised and delighted by the demand for tickets. Fans from as far a field as Liverpool, Cheltenham and Lichfield travelled to King's Heath to join in our celebration. We want to say a really big thank you to them and also to all the fine and wonderful musicians who turned up to play. We are already planning a similar event for September 14th to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones playing the Ritz Ballroom as well as planning regular monthly music sessions to provide a showcase for the next generation of rock stars"

Samuel Rogers

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"Follow King's Heath's lead in celebrating musical heritage" says Mail!

"Let's do more to celebrate our musical heritage" urges an editorial in the Birmingham Mail on Saturday 16 September alongside a full page article on King's Heath's 50th Beatles Anniversary Celebration.

The full editorial reads, "As well as producing plenty of home-grown talent such as The Move, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran and UB40, Birmingham has staged gigs by countless up-and-coming bands from elsewhere.

But none come bigger than the Beatles and how fitting we should remember how a modest venue in King's Heath once hosted the Fab Four.

Let's do more to celebrate our musical heritage".

The editorial could also have added that both Duran Duran  and UB40 made some of their earliest recordings at Bob Lamb's Cambridge Road and then Highbury Studio in King's Heath, UB40 played their first ever gig in King's Heath and The Move's Trevor Burton has lived in King's Heath for over 20 years. So King's Heath has played a really pivotal role in the whole city's musical heritage and is now helping to lead the way in promoting that heritage!

 
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