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