The band Lapwings from Berlin derives their name from the folkloric bird of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Different than the bird and its piercing trill, Lapwings forms a misty ambience with its unique organic sound, its light, smooth melodies, dynamic folk rhythms juxtaposed by melancholic lyrics. Its music is marked by elegance, repose and excitement bristling with warmth.
Our organic sound is hard to put in a box or specific music genre: it is a band made up of 5 nationalities, melting pot of influences, by turns wistful and then jauntily upbeat, all bedded in rich strings, with a pinch of various pop rock and singer-songwriter influences (Arcade Fire, The Lumineers, Coldplay’s early years, Neil Young, Passenger… and more).
Video directed by Axel Lerner (Vice Media) suits the song progressive mood perfectly, building up the orchestral tension until an ethereal and powerful dreamy ending. Click the image to the left to view Video
Lapwings’ unique organic sound is hard to put in a box or specific music genre, just like his frontman Jeal, Belgian scientist who cut his ties with the corporate world in Belgium to give flight to his musical ambitions in Berlin. Add to that the international dimension of the band (Natasha – Cello – USA; Klari – Drums – Germany; Marco – Bass – Italy) and you have a melting pot of influences, by turns wistful and then jauntily upbeat, all bedded in rich strings, with a pinch of various pop rock and singer songwriter influences (Arcade Fire, The Lumineers, Coldplay’s early years, Neil Young, Passenger…).
Lapwings’ first single “Love Blinkers” received enthusiastic feedback for their fresh and organic sound and was played by several German and Belgian radios (Classic 21, Radio Ostfriesland, Radio Q, Radio Rüsselsheim, Detektor FM, EchoFM, Radio Feierwerk).
2018 is going to be a busy year for Lapwings: the band is preparing their summer gigs, an Fall tour in Germany, Switzerland and Belgium and being currently in studio to record a new set of live songs and music videos. Side note: Jeal and Natasha have been very active to help the Berlin musician community and created Music Suit Up, currently the biggest Meetup group in Berlin for artists to connect and learn tips from music industry professionals.
Music by Lapwings, Lyrics by Paul Jennings, Produced by Enda Gallery, Recorded at Thommy Hein Studio by Thommy Hein and Paul Kuchenbuch. Mixed by Paul Kuchenbuch, Mastered by Thommy Hein. Listen to Lapwings – Masquerade – Single
In celebration of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Mar. 29, retired US Army Captain Carl Conge and fellow songwriters Roger Kirby, and Dave Gibson have released a new video honoring those who served in Vietnam.
Gibson – who is featured in the video, and sings lead on the song that accompanies it – is an Academy of Country Music Award Winner who has penned hits for some of the biggest names in country music.
“These Days (He’s Just Tryin’ to Get By)” tells the story of a young man who was drafted, sent to Vietnam with the company that participated in the My Lai Massacre, and returned home a much different person than the one who left to fight in Southeast Asia.
It was inspired, in part, by Conge’s older Brother – a Vietnam veteran who passed away in 2010 due to health issues related to the exposure to Agent Orange, and by Michael Franklin – a close family friend who also served in Vietnam.
The color photographs of the My Lai Massacre that appear in the video capture what is considered by many to be one of the darkest moments in the history of the United States military.
Sergeant Ronald Haeberle – the Army Photographer who took those photographs in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 16, 1968 – was gracious enough to give Conge and the others permission to use them.
The majority of the other images that appear in the video were taken by photographers who were assigned to the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO) during the war.
One of those photographers, Specialist 5 Robert Lafoon, acted as an unofficial consultant during the making of the video.
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More About Carl Conge
Carl was born and raised in Rochester, New York, and has been interested in music ever since he can remember.
As a teenager, he would entertain the girls who lived across the street by placing speakers in his bedroom window, playing music, and mimicking the DJ chatter that he would hear between songs on the radio.
A few short years later, Carl started his own Mobile DJ business, and – in the years since – has entertained thousands of people at weddings, reunions, birthday parties, and the like. In the late nineties, one of his early dreams of being on the radio was realized when Carl was selected to appear as a Guest DJ on “The Drive at Five with Mike Vickers” on WBBF-FM. Today, Carl still has his hand in the DJ business, his real love is songwriting.
Carl wrote his first song in the seventies, and has been writing ever since. Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to write with some truly talented people, including multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer Larry Dvoskin; Academy of Country Music Award Winner Dave Gibson (The Gibson-Miller Band); former Capital Records Recording Artist Don Mancuso (Black Sheep, The Lou Gramm Band, D Drive); and former United Artist Records Recording Artist Mason Tyler (Pookah).
In late 2014, Carl (who is a retired Army Captain) teamed up with fellow veteran Roger Kirby to write a tribute to those who served in Vietnam. The song, called “These Days (He’s Just Trying to Get By”, tells the story of Corporal James Johnson – a Vietnam Veteran who returned home a slightly different man than the one who left to fight in Southeast Asia. “These Days (He’s Just Trying to Get By)” was inspired, in part, by Carl’s older Brother Michael – a Vietnam veteran who passed away in 2010 due to health issues related to the exposure to Agent Orange.
Michael was a big fan of older country music, so when the song was written, they kept that in mind, and tried to write something that he would have enjoyed listening to.
“These Days (He’s Just trying to Get By” is currently the theme song for a radio show called “The Veteran’s Manual” which streams live each Monday evening from 7-9PM EST on Liberty Tree Radio (http://www.libertytreeradio.4mg.com).
The show – which is hosted by Vietnam Veteran “Machine Gun” Randy Phillips – encourages veterans to call in, and talk about their time in the military, their experiences in dealing with the Veteran’s Administration, living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), etc.
Late last year, Carl co-wrote a song called “Come Home” that is slated to appear on the debut album for Long Island New York’s most popular band, Hopefully Forgiven. The album is being produced by Carl’s co-writer, Larry Dvoskin.
When asked about his musical influences, Carl said “The Beatles were a tremendous influence on me.
To this day, I still consider them to be the band by which all others are measured. I’ve also been influenced by the Eagles, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Jim Croce, and others like them.” When asked what current music he listens to, he said “I like John Legend, Ed Sheeran, The Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, and Tim McGraw. No doubt, there are many others, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind”.
We also asked Carl to tell us about some of his favorite songs.
This is what he said: “Wow. Tough question. I mean, there are so many good songs out there. I’d have to say that Don McLean’s “American Pie”, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)”, John Legend’s “All of Me”, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, and Joe Diffie’s “Ships That Don’t Come In” would all appear near the top of my list”.
Carl’s songs can be heard by following the links appearing below. A number of other songs are also in the works.
“Keepin’ The Night Alive” is Shane Martin’s 4th album release along with 2 EP’s. The album is book ended with two solid high energy country rock anthems. “Keepin’ The Night Alive” and Nobody’s Getting’ Outa Here Alive”. In between Martin takes the listener on a musical ride with the infectious heavy groove of She’s Got Swagger, the melodic “Goodbye Never”, to a salute to small town America with “American Dream”. The latest single “Hankerin and Jonesin” is a power waltz love song tipping the country hat to Hank Williams and George Jones while the soaring melody of “Passenger Seat” reflects on something bigger than you guiding life’s journey.
“The great things about the one man band option are the uniqueness of it, and the opportunity it allows for intimacy with the crowd,” says Martin, who estimates he plays 60% of his shows this way. “The set list is also more open, so people can request the songs they like. I also have fun playing in and out of tunes and twisting them up. The coolest thing is when people come up to me during the break and say when they came in, they thought a four piece band was playing. They didn’t realize I was just one person up there. But I also love playing with my band because I’m able to move around with my guitars onstage and be more energetic. I’m able to focus a lot on my showmanship.
“Whether I’m jamming with my band or presenting the music in this unique solo setting, I truly enjoy singing, performing, entertaining crowds and connecting with an audience,” he adds. “Connecting with people is what songs and live music are all about. There’s nothing like the feeling of watching as a crowd sings along to your songs. There’s an infectious energy that pours from the stage to the audience and back to the stage again. Music is in my heart and soul and I honestly love sharing it.”
The title of Shane Martin’s latest album “Keepin’ The Night Alive” sums up how he keeps his music alive and loves what he does: “Livin’ every moment, hangin’ on for life” and play his powerhouse brand of country rock. . A Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), the Minnesota based singer/songwriter is now up to a breakneck pace of 175 regional shows per year.
Fronting his full ensemble, Martin has performed at some of the top country music festivals in the country and shared the stage with everyone from Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols and Jerrod Niemann to David Nail, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Greg Bates and Black Hawk. But with his amazing longtime rep as the “One Man Band,” he’s also a powerhouse performer on his own. Performing acoustic guitar driven versions of his eclectic mix of country/rock/pop tunes, high octane rockers and soulful ballads, he uses his feet to play bass pedals and tambourine. In recent years, he’s also added a loop pedal to add extra rhythm via an additional acoustic guitar line. He also plays harmonica and auxiliary bongos – with nothing pre-recorded!
Currently one of the top live draws throughout the Midwest, his modern country rock vibe is perfectly described by his longtime producer and now co-writer, Emmy Award wining engineer/producer Kenny Royster: “Shane is a great singer/songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop and rock where it’s just dangerous enough to be fun!”
Martin and his band have shared the stage with Eli Young Band, Ronnie Dunn, Ronnie Milsap, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols and many more.
Austin Strange is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Orangeville, Ontario.
Austin found his love for music at a young age, singing for anyone who would listen. This hobby became more serious with the creation of Andrew and Austin, an acoustic pop duo formed with Orangeville musician Andrew McArthur in early 2006. Andrew and Austin’s only published EP, “Can’t You See?” was released in June of 2008.
Austin spent the next two years studying music and refining his skills, all leading up to the 2010 release of his first single: “Broken”. The track was well received, achieving 10’000 views on YouTube.
After this release, there was a period of little musical productivity. This ends with Austin’s world debut of DRUNK in February of 2015, followed by his release of the June 2016 Album “Small Talk”.
Now, Austin Strange has released his EP “Thanks” on October 1st, 2016 after having finally found his true musical essence, but it doesn’t stop there. Watch for Austin’s newest and best work ever.
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