Following the creation of such an amazing base for emerging artists at The Kashmir Klub, when the space closed due to redevelopment, Tony took this work into The Bedford Pub in Balham, SW London. The club room at The Bedford, through the stewardship of Tony, was to become another significant launch pad for today’s most well-known and followed artists including Sam Smith, KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison and Ed Sheeran. Tony has lead the role of curating and managing the live music shows for some 18 years and it is a tribute to his style and the relationships he has built and continues to build with these new artists, that makes him and The Bedford so popular. To quote the singer Ed Sheeran – “I loved playing The Bedford in Balham, it was such an important venue on the circuit and always had great acts playing every night,” he said. “It holds fond memories for me and I look forward to coming back one day.”
In 2011, Tony met singer/songwriter iLO, who you will know as her photograph was used as one of the prompts from the second week of Carnaval de Poésie. iLO has the most phenomenal voice and to hear Tony and iLO perform together is a complete joy. They have played around the world so make sure you book your ticket when they are next in your city. iLO has written an amazing song, which will be our song 5 today, it’s title is ‘Heroes in Disguise’ and you will see Tony performing on Piano in the video of this track. In light of the world in which we find ourselves, you will immediately relate to those heartfelt lyrics and amazing vocals. Tony – thank you for bringing us our new star in iLO. Enjoy this everyone and spread the word.