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"Talia" is re- released on digital single on 11.6.14 to mark the 30th Birthday of the lady I wrote it about. 11 years ago two scruffy looking kids met at a party on their first night in Halls of residence at Middlesex university. One boy, one girl , one gay , one not, shared a bottle of wine and a general distaste for their new surroundings and were inseparable ever since . One day I wrote her a song for her birthday because I was too broke to get her a present. Years later even Tom Robinson liked it enough for a spin on his late night BBC6Music show , and at tiny gigs in bars dives and cafés all over the world, people come up to me after the show and tell me how much they love that song and ask "who is the girl in it? She sounds wonderful" yea I tell them ," she is pretty fucking wonderful" Happy Birthday Lady T xxx PRE ORDER HERE

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ALAN BONNER RELEASES  CHARITY SINGLE FOR QUEER AMNESTY “RAINBOW MAN”  ON 7.4.14 

London based troubadour Alan Bonner releases "Rainbow Man" as a single in April 2014. All proceeds from the digital download of this single will be donated to Queer Amnesty, a swiss LGBT division of Amnesty International  working for equal rights of LGBTQ people worldwide.

Rainbow Man is a protest song written about the hate killing of  an openly  gay college student, Matthew Shepherd in Wyoming USA in 1998. The song originally appeared on Bonner’s 2012 album Balladeer.

At a time when LGBTQ people are still  openly persecuted in Iran, Russia , Uganda,and other parts of the world, Rainbow Man could not be more relevant. 

Speaking of Rainbow Man Bonner says “It angers and saddens me deeply that in 2014 there is still so much hatred in the world directed at those of us who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual or Queer. As a gay artist myself I felt the need to do my bit, no matter how small, to combat this hatred. Rainbow  Man was written to lament the tragic loss of a life to that hatred, but also to inspire hope in those who are still being persecuted solely because of  who they are and of who they love. Those who are still afraid. Those who are falling victim to the witch hunt that is happening in these countries right now. I wanted to throw them a rope. I hope I have achieved that with that song. My goal with the release of this benefit single is to raise as much money as I can for Queer Amnesty, and in doing so help my brothers and sisters in other parts of the world that do not have the same freedom of  speech and expression as I do.” Alan Bonner

ALAN BONNER RELEASES  CHARITY SINGLE FOR QUEER AMNESTY “RAINBOW MAN”  ON 7.4.14

London based troubadour Alan Bonner releases "Rainbow Man" as a single in April 2014. 

All proceeds from the digital download of this single will be donated to Queer Amnesty, a swiss LGBT division of Amnesty International  working for equal rights of LGBTQ people worldwide.

Rainbow Man is a gay protest song written about the hate killing of  an openly  gay college student, Matthew Shepherd in Wyoming USA in 1998. The song originally appeared on Bonner’s 2012 album Balladeer.

At a time when LGBTQ people are still  openly persecuted in Iran, Russia , Uganda,and other parts of the world, Rainbow Man could not be more relevant. 

Speaking of Rainbow Man Bonner says “It angers and saddens me deeply that in 2014 there is still so much hatred in the world directed at those of us who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bisexual or Queer. As a gay artist myself I felt the need to do my bit, no matter how small, to combat this hatred. Rainbow  Man was written to lament the tragic loss of a life to that hatred, but also to inspire hope in those who are still being persecuted solely because of  who they are and of who they love. Those who are still afraid. Those who are falling victim to the witch hunt that is happening in these countries right now. I wanted to throw them a rope. I hope I have achieved that with that song. My goal with the release of this benefit single is to raise as much money as I can for Queer Amnesty, and in doing so help my brothers and sisters in other parts of the world that do not have the same freedom of  speech and expression as I do.” Alan Bonner


Since graduating from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2007, Alan’s emotionally-charged live shows have left audiences stunned, not only by the intensity of his performances and quality of his vocals, but by the honesty and confessional nature of his songs. Having supported acts such as FYFE DANGERFEILD, DAVID FORD, IN ME, GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY, and SONS OF NOEL AND ADRIAN, he has built up a loyal following and has played at festivals throughout the UK including OXJAM, GLOBAL GATHERING and BRIGHTON LIVE.

2008 saw the independent release of his debut album Songs for the Heartshaped which was followed by 2012’s Balladeer, tracks from which received airplay on BBC6 Music in 2013. He is currently working on a third studio album.

Bonner has toured extensively and internationally  to support both albums including tours of the UK, Ireland, Europe and USA and continues gig frequently throughout the UK  and immersing himself in London’s thriving Brit-Folk scene.

What the press have said:

"Mr. Bonner has the means of a pauper but sings with the heart of a king" SURVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE

"A masterful songwriter. The music itself tends to play second fiddle to Bonner’s impeccable voice – it brinks on Bowie, Bombadil and Wainwright. It’s achingly sweet, painfully honest and furious. ’ BEARDED MAGAZINE

"This is the type of music that will endure long after other fads and fashions have passed on by. When the power lines are down the likes of Alan Bonner will still be able to sit at a piano and pick up a guitar and mesmerise audiences with ability and creativity, without whistles and bells, without smoke and mirrors, but with just ability and emotion. There is a time and a place for everything and a season for all things. The self-assured songs on this album will find a bridge that crosses over from Spring to Winter and they will sit snugly in most collections. The album is timeless, not only in the accepted sense, but in the way the clock stops when you listen to it and the world pauses to breath and bask in its warmth."   ELECTRIC HARMONY MUSIC

“Alan Bonner came to create a sort of poetic oasis amongst the more vivacious and aggressive guitar-based bands. His music was an onomatopoeic melange of sounds, where the melodic piano meets the melancholic cello and the softly-stroked guitar. All instruments were then embraced by Alan’s gritty yet mellifluous vocals and the sound of it was interesting. Pieces like Narcissist’s Wet Dream and Talia stood out as possible singles, both reminiscent of Tori Amos’ evocative airs and with decadent themes à la Bowie.”  
LIVE REVIEW FROM THE WATER RATS, LONDON, NOISE MAKES ENEMIES MAGAZINE

Alan Bonner plays glam-tinged Piano ballads. You will want to steal his fabulously vintage outfits.”
TIME OUT LONDON

Singles

So this year I shall be locking myself away and starting work on recording album number three.  I wrote a lot of new material over the autumn and winter of 2013 and I am still working on new songs and plan to head into the studio in the spring to start work on what will be my next studio album.

In the meantime however I shall be releasing a run of singles throughout the year. Releasing singles isn’t really something I have done before which is silly really.  Theres no reason for it really. I made video’s and sent  the lead tracks from previous albums to radio etc but never actually released them in single format. 

So to bridge the gap between now and when the next record is ready I am going to be releasing a single every other month between now and the end of the year.  These are all songs from the first two records that for are being re - released as singles, AA sides and EP’s digitally for those who own them already as album tracks to collect as they see fit or for those who missed them the first time round.

The first of these releases will be ‘Toothbrush Politics / Anyone” on 14.2.14. The video for the “Toothbrush” is out now for your viewing pleasure.

As for the live side of things, while there is no current tour as such  I shall be doing regular shows in London and other one off gigs in the UK and Europe throughout the year ( I cant keep from playing live for long) and as ever I shall keep you all updated of these shows as they are announced. 

There is also a US/Canada tour in the pipeline for Autumn 2014 but more of that to follow! 

Next London show will be a free event at Ribiera,  London N1 on SUN 9th March, and all my other dates are listed on my bandsintown, tumblr, facebook, bandcamp etc .

You can track me on bandsintown  here so you never have to miss a show! 

 Sending love 

Al x

Pe-Order Toothbrush Politics / Anyone - New Single by Alan Bonner (OUT 14.2.14) From iTunes now

Digital copies of my new Double A Side single “Toothbrush Politics/Anyone” can be pre-ordered from itunes here now. Official release date 14.2.14

PRESS RELEASE:

ALAN BONNER RELEASES DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLE “TOOTHBRUSH POLITICS / ANYONE” ON VALENTINES DAY 2014

London based troubadour Alan Bonner releases “Toothbrush Politics / Anyone” as a Double A Side single in 14 February 2014 . Digitally distributed world wide by A.W.A.L.

"Toothbrush Politics’ is a tongue in cheek rant of an alternative pop gem. Documenting the demise of a romantic relationship, the song see’s Bonner spit his often witty, sometimes racy, always heartfelt lyrics throughout the track working himself up into a frenzy by the song’s climax in his signature theatrical style. A charmingly bitter anthem for the romantically disaffected on Valentines day.

"Anyone’ is a more traditional take on the modern love song. A sweeping string arrangement and shimmering electronic production paired with Bonner’s souring vocals. "Anyone" would not sound out of place as the love theme from a blockbuster movie

Since graduating from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2007, Alan’s emotionally-charged live shows have left audiences stunned, not only by the intensity of his performances and quality of his vocals, but by the honesty and confessional nature of his songs. Having supported acts such as FYFE DANGERFEILD, DAVID FORD, IN ME, GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY, and SONS OF NOEL AND ADRIAN, he has built up a loyal following and has played at festivals throughout the UK including OXJAM, GLOBAL GATHERING and BRIGHTON LIVE.

2008 saw the independent release of his debut album Songs for the Heartshaped which was followed by 2012’s Balladeer, tracks from which received airplay on BBC6 Music in 2013. He is currently working on a third studio album.

Bonner has toured extensively and internationally to support both albums including tours of the UK, Ireland, Europe and USA and continues gig frequently throughout the UK and immersing himself in London’s thriving Brit-Folk scene.

What the press have said:

"Mr. Bonner has the means of a pauper but sings with the heart of a king" SURVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE

"A masterful songwriter. The music itself tends to play second fiddle to Bonner’s impeccable voice – it brinks on Bowie, Bombadil and Wainwright. It’s achingly sweet, painfully honest and furious. ’ BEARDED MAGAZINE

"This is the type of music that will endure long after other fads and fashions have passed on by. When the power lines are down the likes of Alan Bonner will still be able to sit at a piano and pick up a guitar and mesmerise audiences with ability and creativity, without whistles and bells, without smoke and mirrors, but with just ability and emotion. There is a time and a place for everything and a season for all things. The self-assured songs on this album will find a bridge that crosses over from Spring to Winter and they will sit snugly in most collections. The album is timeless, not only in the accepted sense, but in the way the clock stops when you listen to it and the world pauses to breath and bask in its warmth." ELECTRIC HARMONY MUSIC

“Alan Bonner came to create a sort of poetic oasis amongst the more vivacious and aggressive guitar-based bands. His music was an onomatopoeic melange of sounds, where the melodic piano meets the melancholic cello and the softly-stroked guitar. All instruments were then embraced by Alan’s gritty yet mellifluous vocals and the sound of it was interesting. Pieces like Narcissist’s Wet Dream and Talia stood out as possible singles, both reminiscent of Tori Amos’ evocative airs and with decadent themes à la Bowie.” 
LIVE REVIEW FROM THE WATER RATS, LONDON, NOISE MAKES ENEMIES MAGAZINE

“Alan Bonner plays glam-tinged Piano ballads. You will want to steal his fabulously vintage outfits.” 
TIME OUT LONDON

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