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New Broadstairs record signings tour Kent coast

02 March 2012

Two talented new acts signed to C3U Records will tour the local area this month (March).

Elle Rayenne at a recent gig
Elle Rayenne at a recent gig

Elle Rayenne, a two-piece contemporary folk band, and Patrick Channon, a singer-song writer have both been signed to Canterbury Christ Church University’s C3U record label this year. The two acts will undertake a tour this month to promote their new singles on sale from iTunes and Amazon on 19 March.

C3U Records is a vibrant independent label based in East Kent and run by students at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Broadstairs campus. C3U Records offers students the opportunity to run a real life record label, giving them experience of the record industry and how it operates, including management, recording and releasing music both digitally and physically.

Allen Jacobs, Lecturer on the Commercial Music course, who has over 25 year’s of experience working in the music industry said: “I’m delighted that the new signings to C3U Records are able to play their music and debut singles to audiences in the local area on the tour.

“In such a competitive industry, our students are getting real life experience of what it is like to run a record label, from managing the bands, to organising the promotional materials and the tour. I’m sure the acts will give a performance that will excite the audience who will go on to follow their success and buy their records.”

Patrick Channon in a promotional shot
Patrick Channon in a promotional shot

Elle Rayenne, made up of Jericho Tozer and Clare Ashton-Cobb, will perform a series of tracks at the gigs, including their debut release on the label, ‘Celestial Navigation’. Patrick Channon will also perform a number of songs including his single, ‘Holding Out’.

Both acts have been working on their soon-to-be-released tracks with input from Greg Fitzgerald, sessional lecturer on the Commercial Music degree course based at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Broadstairs Campus. Greg, a songwriter and record producer, has worked with major recording artists and record labels, including the title track for Kylie Minogue's “Fever” album, which he co-wrote and produced, selling over 8 million copies worldwide.

The acts will also be accompanied by Fish Tank, a three-piece math rock band known locally for their powerful playing as well as their cheeky personas.

The gigs will take place on consecutive nights from Tuesday 6 March 2012:

-       Tuesday 6th March 2012 - Windmill Pub, Ashford

-       Wednesday 7th March 2012 - Westgate Pavilion, Westgate-on-Sea

-       Thursday 8th March 2012 - Walmer Castle Pub, Deal

-       Friday 9th March 2012 - Bar Below, Folkestone 

For more information on the University’s Commercial Music degree programmes visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/Broadstairs

About the acts:

Elle Rayenne

Jericho and Clare started playing music as a duo in the winter of 2009. Jericho Tozer was born in 1992 in Ashford, Kent and has been playing guitar, singing and songwriting since the age of 12. Spookily, Clare Ashton-Cobb was also born in 1992 and has been singing and performing in and around the Ashford area from the age of 15. Their first gig as a duo was being selected to support Eliza Doolittle in 2010 at their Ashford school. This was a perfect gig to get them started with a huge boost of confidence from an appreciative audience. They made their way around Kent playing numerous gigs and supporting local open-mic nights, even making a couple of appearances at the renowned 'Create Festival' in Ashford with Jericho's band Flat Lung.

Jericho and Clare both began studying at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2010 for degrees in Commercial Music and almost immediately began writing songs and sharing their musical tastes to create their own sound. In August 2011 Jez and Clare had their song 'RTA' played on KMFM Radio which received positive feedback, resulting in a real progression for their music. A year on, after playing many gigs as an acoustic duo, Jericho and Clare decided to broaden their musical

direction with a new 5 piece band, developing a more energetic folk infused Indie style with the new name Elle Rayenne.

With new songs recorded in January and their first release with the University’s C3U Records in March they have an exciting year ahead.

Patrick Channon

Patrick Channon is an exciting young singer-songwriter new to the local folk scene.

Born in Reading, Patrick started writing music at eighteen and has since received praise for his “catchy yet disarmingly honest” lyrics.

Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Bill Withers and John Martyn, Patrick’s music draws from numerous genres from blues to folk, pop to jazz utilising everything from tambourines to harmonicas in his live performances.

Originally writing for other artists, Patrick began gigging himself in 2010 but in this short time has gathered some acclaim, performing all over the country. His unique blend of folk, pop and even acapella performance means that whether armed with just a guitar or a full band behind him, Patrick Channon guarantees an exciting performance.

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Notes to Editor

Images and single artwork of the two acts are available on request.

About C3U Records

C3U Records is a vibrant independent label based in East Kent and run by students at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Broadstairs campus. C3U Records offers students the opportunity to run a real life record label, giving them experience of the record industry and how it operates, including management, recording and releasing music both digitally and physically. C3U records has input from experienced names in the music industry, including Allen Jacobs and Greg Fitzgerald, who has worked with well-known artists such as Kylie Minogue.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

• We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

• Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

• We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

• 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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