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Behind The Song: O’Malley by Act Happy

Who Was Grace O'Malley? Rhiannon and Jax of Act Happy are great story tellers, often creating delightlfully catchy tunes about real life characters from history. Here, Rhiannon tells us us about how they came to write a song about a legendary female pirate. Jax first had the idea to write a song about Grace. We ordered pizza and opened a bottle of wine and started playing around with some chords - in the key of ‘C’ as a fun little […]

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Painting of Newport music history

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Behind The Song: Tracy by Jump The Underground

  Who is Tracy? I was curious to know who Tracy is in this song by Jump The Underground. I asked the lyricist, Antony Smith and this is what he told me.Tracy is a song about a young naive student who went to art school, His background and knowledge of art was purely based on his love for graffiti and he was active in the graffiti scene in Southampton, prior to going to art school. In art school, he was dumbfounded. […]

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Gig Goin’ – My Day with Those Damn Crows and The Cruel Knives

The Cruel Knives & Those Damn Crows O2 Academy Bristol - 9th October 2023  The Day of the Show The start of the day was pretty hectic, I slept in pretty late not realising the time. I quickly got ready rushing an outfit and getting a lift to the train station, almost missing my train to my dads. Luckily the train was delayed by 20 minutes so I hadn’t missed it at all. I got on the train and started listening to Those […]

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Behind The Song: Susan by Act Happy

Behind The Song: Susan by Act HappyRhiannon and Jax are Act Happy, an acoustic duo from Newport. I asked them about Susan, a song they wrote together. Rhiannon said, “Jax wrote the opening riff for Susan during lockdown as part of a solo project before we knew each other. We decided to use the riff as the starting point for our next song. Jax wanted it to be a folk song about a witch. The name Susan just seemed to fit well […]

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