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AVAILABLE NOW! 'By These Words, We Are Haunted... Vol.I' - March 31, 2015

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AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD NOW!!!

'By These Words, We Are Haunted... Vol. I.' by Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw.

"It seems very fitting to release this today, as today marks the 160 year anniversary of the passing of one of my very favourite writers and poets, Charlotte Brontë (and we have included one of her poems on this haunting recording)", says Beck.

An exciting new collaborative, concept album between Jonathan Kershaw and Beck Sian, "By These Words, We Are Haunted...Vol. 1" is a collection of ghost poems from the last 200 years narrated, sung and performed by Beck and Jonathan, with background music by Jonathan.

 

An intimate, emotive performance of ten favourite haunting works by famous poets, including Charlotte Brontë, Thomas Hardy, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry Lawson and more...

 

In time-honoured tradition, this poetry performance by Beck and Jonathan will be perfect to listen to by the fireside or by candlelight. But don’t listen to it alone... it’s far too spooky!

 

Available now via our website: http://www.acousticgoth.com or from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/by-these-words-we-are-haunted/id979655812

or CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/becksian6

and from all top online retailers.

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A new release from Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw! - March 14, 2015

An exciting new collaborative, concept album between Jonathan Kershaw and Beck Sian is to be released at the end of March. "By These Words, We Are Haunted...Vol. 1" is a collection of ghost poems from the last 200 years narrated, sung and performed by Beck and Jonathan, with background music by Jonathan.

The new album will be available exclusively for download and will be available from 31st March 2015.

 

An intimate, emotive performance of ten favourite haunting works by famous poets, including Charlotte Brontë, Thomas Hardy, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry Lawson and more...

 

 

In time-honoured tradition, this poetry performance by Beck and Jonathan will be perfect to listen to on these cold nights, as you sit by the fireside in the dark, watching the glowing wood hiss and pop. But don’t listen to it alone... it’s far too scary!


New music videos! - February 3, 2015

Beck has created two new music-photo slideshow videos, which you can view now on her YouTube channel by clicking these links:

'The Mistletoe Bough' (from 'In the Winter Dark') - http://youtu.be/5PpqKrh7mCo

'The Frost' (from 'In the Winter Dark') - http://youtu.be/bFdUZpIOPDE

First reaction to 'In the Winter Dark' - December 10, 2014

 

First reviews and reactions to my new CD 'In the Winter Dark' are starting to trickle in, and I am so happy and relieved... Paul Pearson of Greenmantle Magazine says, "It is a hauntingly beautiful album. Love it! It's the aural equivalent of a ghost story for Christmas..."
How wonderful that is! Thank you Paul. You have made my day xxx

First reviews and reactions to Beck Siàn's CD 'In the Winter Dark' are starting to trickle in... Paul Pearson of Greenmantle Magazine says, "It is a hauntingly beautiful album. Love it! It's the aural equivalent of a ghost story for Christmas..." How wonderful that is! Thank you Paul!

'In the Winter Dark' - AVAILABLE NOW! - December 8, 2014

'In the Winter Dark' - AVAILABLE NOW from the BUY page on this website!

 

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Not long to go! - October 11, 2014

 

Only a few more weeks to go, and then my new CD 'In the Winter Dark' will be available. I really hope that you will enjoy this one... it's a collection of icy ghost stories - old and new - and a celebration of the frosty, snowy landscapes of Winter. A little bit gothic, a little bit folky, a little bit weird - but you would expect that from me by now :-) Love and thunderstorms, Beck xxx
P.S. This photo was taken by Stephen Smith www.swsmithphoto.com. Fabulous headdress by Willow Jordan of Driftwood Hollow Vintage Faerie

Only a few more weeks to go, and then my new CD 'In the Winter Dark' will be available. I really hope that you will enjoy this one... it's a collection of icy ghost stories - old and new - and a celebration of the frosty, snowy landscapes of Winter. A little bit gothic, a little bit folky, a little bit weird - but you would expect that from me by now :-) Love and thunderstorms, Beck xxx


P.S. This photo was taken by Stephen Smith www.swsmithphoto.com. Fabulous headdress by Willow Jordan of Driftwood Hollow Vintage Faerie  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Driftwood-Hollow-Vintage-Faerie13_cm_high_resized.jpg

 

In the Winter Dark - October 1, 2014

 

Hi lovelies,
The recording for my new CD is complete. I finished the first editing of all of the songs last night. Now for the final, polishing touches! All being well, it should be available to purchase close to the end of October. Featuring 11 ghostly, gothic-folk songs in celebration of the cold and icy months of the year, it is called 'In the Winter Dark' and is most my atmospheric work yet. This baby has been some years in the making, from first concepts, and difficult journeys down many different paths to this final, haunting incarnation. I am very emotional about this little collection of frosty melancholia. 
'In the Winter Dark' will also be available as a limited, numbered edition in a special gift set with photo postcards, lyric sheet and handwritten card. More information about that to follow soon.
Thanks so much for listening,
Beck Sian xxx
P.S. This ghostly photo of myself was taken by Stephen Smith of Stephen Smith Photography (www.swsmithphoto.com) and the headdress was created for me by Willow Jordan of Driftwood Hollow Vintage Faerie. I will have lots of great photos to share with you soon, as well as the official CD artwork, which I am so excited about.

Hi lovelies,


The recording for my new CD is complete. I finished the first editing of all of the songs last night. Now for the final, polishing touches! All being well, it should be available to purchase close to the end of October. Featuring 11 ghostly, gothic-folk songs in celebration of the cold and icy months of the year, it is called 'In the Winter Dark' and is most my atmospheric work yet. This baby has been some years in the making, from first concepts, and difficult journeys down many different paths to this final, haunting incarnation. I am very emotional about this little collection of frosty melancholia. 


'In the Winter Dark' will also be available as a limited, numbered edition in a special gift set with photo postcards, lyric sheet and handwritten card. More information about that to follow soon.


Thanks so much for listening,Beck Sian xxx


P.S. This ghostly photo of myself was taken by Stephen Smith of Stephen Smith Photography (www.swsmithphoto.com) and the headdress was created for me by Willow Jordan of Driftwood Hollow Vintage Faerie. I will have lots of great photos to share with you soon, as well as the official CD artwork, which I am so excited about.

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The New Album! - September 19, 2014

"The name of my new CD is 'In the Winter Dark' - a little bit ghostly: a little bit gothic: a little bit folky. Frosty songs for the Winter. Available soon!"

Jonathan's new music video! - August 10, 2014

Please take a look at this wonderful new music video by my musical partner, Jonathan Kershaw, for his song 'Crossing the Third Sea', from his CD 'Bizarre Tales'. A lot of it was filmed up on the spectacular, wild cliffs at Birling Gap, here in the south of England, and it was passionately created and produced by Jonathan. I love it - so brooding and atmospheric! Please check it out, and please share. Many thanks, Beck xxx

 

http://youtu.be/5Qua7ztUXE8

House Concerts! The BEST way to see Beck Sian in Concert!! - August 10, 2014

Jonathan Kershaw and I are still buzzing from the wonderfully fun house concert we did in Hertfordshire last weekend. If you would like to see us in concert, but we don't currently have a performance booked in your area, please do consider the idea of inviting us to perform in your own home/garden/barn/venue of your arrangement. We'll bring our full show to you, with all of the lights, costumes and atmosphere, and you'll have us all to yourselves :-) Please send us an email: info@acousticgoth.com or info@becksianmusic.com to register your interest and find out more. 

Exciting news! - June 3, 2014

We are very excited to announce that there is a collaboration afoot with Fashion Designer Zaeem Jamal, and his current collection 'The Legends of Camelot'. Beck Sian and Jonathan Kershaw recently visited the Zaeem Jamal emporium in London to discuss future collaborative projects. More news soon!

http://www.zaeemjamal.com


New album out now!! - May 19, 2014

New album out now!

 

Before I left Australia for the UK, I had the very great pleasure of doing some singing with a brilliantly unique group called The Merlin Bird. Their first CD 'Reason and Rhyme' features my voice on several tracks, and now there's a new album, called 'Chapter and Verse'. I had recorded some vocals for this album, back in about 2005 I think, in Victoria. The Merlin Bird have included those vocals recordings, and my voice blends interestingly and deliciously with the other lovely vocalists: Shakira Searle, Teleri Holton, Jessica Nabb, Dylan Stevenson and my darling friend Geoff Dawes, who, along with Dan Moloney, actually IS The Merlin Bird.

 

You can get your copies of the two Merlin Bird CDs, featuring my vocals, here at CD Baby: 


http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/themerlinbird

 

Geoff has this to say about the CD:

 

It's here at last!  After all the postponements, injuries, bad hair days, good hair days, receding hair days and just plain unmanageable hair days, the new Merlin Bird album, Chapter and Verse, has finally been released.  

 

 

The album contains thirteen tracks, which range in length from a rather perfunctory sixteen seconds, to your more quasi-epic seven minutes-ish.  We hope we've managed to walk the line between keeping everything coherent, while still visiting a range of musical styles.  

 

We know we've said it before, but there's nothing like rock music for allowing you freedom of musical expression. It's really nice to be able to mix Gregorian chants with a bluesy sort of piano, and to crank up the power lead solo a few songs after your renaissance harpsicord number.  We've experienced all the usual difficulties and frustrations in making this CD, and been lucky enough to enjoy moments of joy as well; we hope that all those feelings somehow come through.

 

No blurb on this album would be complete without a word of thanks to all the singers, musicians, producers, well-wishers and purveyors of good advice who have helped shape the sounds.  One of the great pleasures of making music is the people you get to make it with; everyone named on the CD feels like part of the Merlin Bird family to us. Our love and thanks to all.


New Music Videos!! - April 8, 2014

I have been having a great time creating atmospheric photo slideshow videos for some of my songs. I wanted to share some of the ideas, themes and influences behind the songs. Please do let me know what you think, Thanks for listening, and watching, Beck xx
You can see the new clips here on YouTube:


Lady of the Wind:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgRcCXMVqR8  


Shadow of a Dream:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRlBp2JFx9s  


Wycoller Hall:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTsZQE3WMHk&list=UUj9b1v3HmP5G3BPpmFhZ-mA  


Tall, Waving Delphiniums in Storm-light:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1EzIYnGf-E  


Tangled In Green:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JykNjL09PLY&list=UUj9b1v3HmP5G3BPpmFhZ-mA

The tour with Jonathan Kershaw - March 12, 2014

Beck's having a fabulous time touring with acclaimed UK guitarist Jonathan Kershaw. The 'Beautiful Ghosts & Bizarre Tales' Tour is heading all over the UK and into Europe. Please keep an eye on the Calendar page here on Beck's website for performance dates and venues. You can also check out Jonathan's website: http://www.jonathankershawmusic.com, as well as the joint website: http://www.acousticgoth.com

 

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New Beck Sian music video - February 28, 2014

There's a new music slideshow video for Beck Sian's grey, ghostly song 'Wycoller Hall' on YouTube. You can check it out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTsZQE3WMHk&feature=youtu.be

A unique glimpse into the themes and visions behind the song...

Beck's new singing workshops - January 7, 2014

 

Coming soon... I shall be conducting a series of five singing workshops in Sompting, West Sussex on Tuesday nights, starting on Tues 4th March. 
These will be upbeat, enjoyable workshops in a completely non-competitive and relaxed environment. No voice is right or wrong - sing out with your unique voice! Increase your confidence and express yourself through singing :-)
I have been influenced by many musical styles over the years and I am very excited to have this opportunity to share some of the tips I've picked up from professional singers and performers whom I have met and worked with.
No experience necessary!! Come along and join the group for fun, for relaxation, and to sing, sing, sing!!
Limited places available so please act quickly to book your place. Please send me an email and ask for more details: info@becksianmusic.com

Coming soon... Beck Siàn will be conducting a series of five singing workshops in Sompting, West Sussex on Tuesday nights, starting on Tues 4th March. 


These will be upbeat, enjoyable workshops in a completely non-competitive and relaxed environment. No voice is right or wrong - sing out with your unique voice! Increase your confidence and express yourself through singing :-)

Beck has been influenced by many musical styles over the years and she is very excited to have this opportunity to share some of the tips that she has picked up from professional singers and performers whom she has met and worked with.


No experience necessary!! Come along and join the group for fun, for relaxation, and to sing, sing, sing!!


Limited places available so please act quickly to book your place. Please send an email to find out more: info@becksianmusic.com

 

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See Beck on Saturday night! - January 5, 2014

Beck___Jon_EYES_Krys_resized.jpgAbsolutely itching with excitement!! Can't wait until Saturday night's gig with Jonathan Kershaw at the  Ye Olde House At Home Pub & Restaurant in Worthing. Yippppeeeeeeee!!  Please come and have a beer with us in this warm, cosy West Sussex pub, and we'll sing and play for you, love Beck xxx

Saturday 11th January

20:30

Free entry

Ye Olde House at Home Pub & Restaurant

Address: 77 Broadwater St E, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 9AD

Phone:01903 232661

A new year message from Beck - January 1, 2014

Dear lovelies,

Happy New Year! Wishing you so much happiness in 2014.

Thank you for your continued support. I'm looking forward to sharing new music with you throughout the year.

Lots of love,

Beck xxx

Beck recommends new guitar course - December 27, 2013

image4_resized.jpgIf you live in the Sussex area of England, and if you love to play guitar (beginner or experienced), then you might be interested in joining my musical partner, Jonathan Kershaw's new Guitar Songs Course. A fun, social, non-competitive six week course for guitar-lovers of all skill levels. Starts in February and if you book now, you can make the most if the early bird offer... Only £50 for the whole six week course! Highly recommended! Love Beck xxx

Please contact Jonathan Kershaw to book your place:

info@worthingguitar.com

Ph: 01903 764177

Winter wishes from Beck - December 19, 2013

image5.jpgFrom the chill of Winter; from the shivering melancholia; from the icy, glistening sharpness of past and recent pains, and frosted panes... I send you all my warmth and hopes for fresh beginnings soon, Love Beck Sian xxx

Christmas wishes from Beck - December 16, 2013

Dear lovelies,

What a year it's been! I can't thank you enough for the support, interest, encouragement and friendship, but, thank you!

Wishing you and yours a most marvellously happy Christmas, Yule, or whatever you celebrate at this special time of year, and wishing you merriment and joy for 2014.

I hope to share, and create, lots of new music in the New Year :-)

Best wishes and love,

Beck xxx

Beck and Jonathan at the world's largest gothic festival! - November 7, 2013

WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN 2014

Wave Gotik Treffen

Jonathan Kershaw and Beck Sian are thrilled to announce that the Wave Gotik Treffen Festival in Leipzig, Germany has been added to the Beautiful Ghosts & Bizarre Tales tour 2014. Wave Gotik Treffen is the world's largest goth festival and Beck and Jonathan are really excited to have been invited to join the line up.

Beck Sian - 'Spirit' CD with LEGEND - October 22, 2013

'Spirit' by UK prog rock band LEGEND, featuring the singing of Beck Siàn, is now available from http://www.stevepaine.org

Hear Beck singing as you've never heard her before!

'Tis the spooky season... - October 21, 2013

I love this time of year. Misty, damp air and drab skies. I always sing about ghosts and supernatural themes, but now is the perfect time to really get spooky. I'm very excited about the next series of gigs with Jonathan Kershaw, as part of our Beautiful Ghosts & Bizarre Tales Tour. Please join us for some Celtic-fusion-ghostliness and dark, romantic folk-noir:

Friday 25th October - Chichester Inn, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday 26th October - Ye Olde House At Home pub, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday 27th October - Old Silent Inn, Stanbury, West Yorkshire

Tuesday 28th October - Wuthering Heights Inn, Stanbury, West Yorkshire

Thursday 31st October - Ye Olde John O'Gaunt, Lancaster

Saturday 2nd November - The Moorings Pub & Kitchen, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

Sunday 3rd November - Hole Note Acoustic Club, The Admiral Lord Rodney, Colne, Lancashire

 

Best Wishes, cobwebs and thunderstorms,

Beck xxx

The next gig! - October 16, 2013

Beck Siàn and Jonathan Kershaw will be performing at The Chichester Inn, Chichester, West Sussex on Friday 25th October, as part of their 'Beautiful Ghosts & Bizarre Tales Tour'. It's going to be a great night and Beck and Jonathan would love to see you there. Please email ncwebb@btconnect.com for more information, and you can get your tickets now for only £7.70 from 

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/239516

or for £8.00 on the night.

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