Produced, Engineered & Mastered by North Traiphob Sangkum.
Northern Souvenirs are a British Country-Pop duo, with a talent for vivid storytelling and rich harmonies. Brummie, Lisa MacGregor and Yorkshireman, Alex Varey, met in the North, live in the South, and have travelled and played everywhere in-between.
Their debut single, ‘My Page’, will be the first release from their debut EP ‘Next Stop’. The song celebrates the duo’s ‘live’ roots, capturing their raw, energetic, acoustic sound. It explores themes of breaking the mould, defying expectations, and overcoming barriers, through your own inner strength, but also through finding the person/people who bring out the best version of you; your ‘tribe’. Amidst the current global pandemic we find ourselves in, and the uncertainty that surrounds it, ‘My Page’ is certainly a song for now.
Adjusting to this new way of life, the pair have managed to secure virtual gigs in the lead-up to the release of ‘My Page’, you can tune in on Instagram Live on the following dates:
– Wednesday 6th May, 8pm – Modern Age Music #FrontRoomLive (@modernagemusichq)
– Friday 8th May, 6pm – Country In The UK #LiveFromTheCouch (@countryinuk)
– Monday 11th May, 7pm – The Spice of Life, Soho, Online Open Mic w/ The Voice UK (@thespiceoflifesoho)
– Thursday 14th May, 8.20pm – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, ‘Gig In Ur Lounge’ (@thesunflowerlounge)
– Friday 15th May, 7pm – Bring Country 2 UK, Virtual Country Festival (@bringcountrytouk)
Web – www.northernsouvenirs.co.uk
Twitter, Facebook & Instagram – @nsouvenirsuk
About Northern Souvenirs
Meeting in the rainy town of Lancaster in the North West of England in 2011, whilst both studying at university, the pair bonded over music and performing. After trying out covers at an Open Mic Night Alex hosted, they began to discover their sound, and a shared love of country music began to blossom. Lisa began to pen lyrics, and Alex picked up his guitar and put music to the words. They secured their first songwriting gig together at the Lancaster Music Festival, and ‘Northern Souvenirs’ was born – a name combining their meeting in the North, and a sentimental love for bringing back trinkets from their travels (as well as a little inspiration from the lyrics of one of their biggest influences, Deacon Blue).
After building the foundations of the duo in Lancaster, the pair went their separate ways to study acting and musical performance, Lisa to Glasgow, and Alex to Guildford. Although apart, their love for writing music together only intensified, and the distance and their travels inspired their unique song-writing style – encompassing the thrill of new adventures, nostalgia for home, and the celebration of love without borders.
In 2016, the pair moved to London Town, and very quickly made an impact on the live music scene in the capital. They have played at top music venues across the city, including The Spice of Life Soho (supporting North Eastern Indie-rockers Social Room), The Lucky Pig, Yard Bar Soho, and the legendary Dingwalls Camden (playing a stage which has hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Foo Fighters), have worked with top London music promoters including Tom Bright (Bright Management/Bright Fest), and work regularly with The New World Trading Company and Pitcher & Piano.
In 2019, the pair began recording their debut EP ‘Next Stop’ with London & Bangkok based music producer North Traiphob Sangkum. The collaboration, which began as a rough demo with just two vocals and one rhythm guitar, went from strength to strength, pulling together an incredible team of live and session musicians to bring their original songs to life; Ed James Jordan (Drums/Percussion – Hugo Valentine, Noble Jacks, The Go Go Five), Chris Hampson (Lead Guitar/Keys/Strings – The Go Go Five, Andrea Ojano), Billy Morell (Bass Guitar – Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne International Jazz Festival), and Emily Panes (Violin – Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts). The EP captures the duo’s unique sound and songwriting style, combining stories of adventure, nostalgia, hope, and home. ‘Next Stop’ is set for release later this year.
Northern Souvenirs’ country influences include Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, Darius Rucker, Patrick Davis, Mo Pitney and The Shires.