Surrey Alumnae Co-write + Produce New JEFF BECK Album

Since graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2012 guitar player CARMEN VANDENBERG has hit the ground running – fast tracking a career in the music industry. She performed in BONES alongside singer ROSIE BONES on a sold out European tour, she has also worked with Roger Taylor, Dave Stewart, Kate Nash, Roger Mayer and…

Surrey Country Music Artist Climbs Charts to Reach Number 1

The new single “Love You More” by KATY HURT from Windlesham, Surrey has topped the iTunes Country Charts this week The Academy Of Contemporary Music alumni has been busily pulling in fans since she completed her course in Guildford in March. With an ever-growing fan-base the chances of global success for this young country singer…

RIP DAVE SWARBRICK

The English folk musician, singer-songwriter and mult-instrumentalist Dave Swarbrick has died — 3 June 2016. Swarbrick is most famous for his work with Fairport Convention [1969-1984] and, in particular, the innovative Liege and Lief album (1969) which featured the vocal talents of Sandy Denny and kick-started the electric folk movement. Born in New Malden, Surrey, the family…

LIZA MARSHALL Live in Staines

The country-music songwriter and guitarist Ray Peters usually fronts-up the talented Smokey Turtle Band with the excellent Dean Barnes on guitar and Hannah Cope on bass. But last night the good folks at Staines’s first-class Riverside Club were treated to the honeyed mellifluence of LIZA MARSHALL on vocals. Liza’s voice is remarkable — husky with…

SWEET REVENGE Rock the Surrey Young Superstar Awards Show

A Lingfield, Surrey indie rock four-piece band (now based in Guildford and studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music) calling themselves “Sweet Revenge” delivered a superior performance at the Surrey Young Superstars Award this year, held at the upscale Guildford Harbour hotel on Sunday, May 8th. The young band won a contest organized by the Academy…

SKINDRED Share Secrets of Survival for Students of Surrey ACM

SKINDRED SHARE SECRETS OF SURVIVAL FOR STUDENTS OF SURREY SKINDRED’S frontman Benji Webbe and guitarist Mikey Demus dropped into Guildford’s ACM (Academy Of Contemporary Music) in Surrey to talk to the students about how best to endure and deliver in the music business. They also played a special acoustic set. Formed in 1998, SKINDRED have…

ACM Guildford Announce Freddie Mercury Scholarship

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a music academy located in Guildford, Surrey in England. The Academy was the brainchild of Phil Brookes, a guitar tutor from nearby Woking, Surrey who established the institution in 1995 with the aim of bringing music education and the music industry closer together. The school differs from more…