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Duo Talitha Rise comprises the musical prowess of Jo Beth Young and Martyn Barker, who launch a video for their single filmed on the Sussex coast.

Talitha Rise is Jo-Beth Young and Martyn Barker, who are working together on the band’s first album due for release in the spring of 2017.

Jo Beth Young, raised in a Sussex village, is a singer-songwriter who also provides guitar, bass, keyboard, ukulele and dulcimer on her tracks. Her vocal range evokes an emotional response in audiences as she performs mesmerising harmonies and a raw and authentic mix of battle cries and lullabies, reflecting on what she says is the ‘terminal condition of being alive’.

Young studied music in Galway and lived in Ireland for seven years and caught the attention of notable songwriters on the folk circuit and has co-written, performed and produced with artists including Shriekback.

Martyn Barker first rose to fame as the drummer in North London post-punk alternative band Shriekback, recently working on their studio album Without Real String Or Fish, released in 2015.

Barker has toured and played session with many names including Robert Plant, Ray Davies, Marianne Faithfull, Joe Boyd and Goldfrapp also providing various instruments including the moog bass pedal, hang drum and progressive acoustic guitar.

Fatea Magazine, which has been published since 1990, reviews albums by emerging and established artists and runs showcases and the Cambridge Folk Festival, says of Talitha Rise: “The first song left me breathless. Their songs are ethereal, intricately complex and with the help of beautiful harmonies, echo and pure musicianship they both produce a full sound that many full bands fail to achieve”.

Invisible Fishing is released on Aardvark Records and is now available on both CD and digital formats.

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SEE THE WONDER by Benny Tettey-Lartey

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Benny’s live credentials continue to go from strength to strength.  He headlined the opening for the Africa in Motion 2007 music event (and closed it in 2008).  In April 2009 hew was invited to perform at the F1 Grand Prix world event in Bahrain along with 76 of the world’s leading performers.  He’s been short listed and won the SME Achievement Award in 2009.
Scottish folk singer-songwriter & Reggae artist Benny Tetteh-Lartey played bass guitar & was vocalist in top Edinburgh band Makossa from 1987 to 1991. He’s toured Scotland, recorded film tracks for short film “Salome” by Lucy Enfield (sister of screen writer and comedian Harry Enfield).  He’s also played bass guitar and backing vocals for Dave Robb & The Filmmakers from 1991 to 1992.
He toured in Berlin and northern Germany and fronted BTL as bass playing vocalist 1992 to 1994 along with Phil McGowan, Killian Steele and John Mathieson.
Benny Tetteh-Lartey – support appearance with Joan Armtrading, Liverpool 2012
Benny became a solo artist in 1995. He adapted the 12 string acoustic guitar bought for him by his father into an 8 string and coined the phrase “Afro Scot Rock”.  He completed his first BTL album “Don’t be Sad” in 1998, sharing centre stage with acclaimed singer songwriter Nick Harper (son of legendary Roy Harper) at London’s Twelve Bar in 1999.
” in 2007. One of his crowing achievements was designing and constructing a unique handcrafted 18 string instrument he calls “The “Combuitar”

ROLL THE DICE by Steve O’Connor

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Steve O’Connor was born and raised in Liverpool, a cultural, charismatic city with a rich and famed musical heritage.  Steve has travelled extensively in his life, which has helped him to understand and appreciate the diverse cultures and traditions of the world. With musical influences such as Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, the Eagles and, of course, The Beatles – to name but a few – this held him in good stead for the musical journey that lay ahead.  It wasn’t until he moved to the highlands of Scotland, however, that his natural gift for song-writing began to manifest. This ancient land steeped in a music legacy all its own provided inspiration, both visual and spiritual.  It was here that Steve taught himself to play guitar and subsequently write his own music and lyrics.