The Idolins do The Royal Concert Hall – Performance of a lifetime!!!!!

Well our gig at the Royal Concert Hall last Friday was an unbelievable experience! Thanks so much to all who helped with this amazing opportunity for The Idolins! especially Angela Barker-West for putting us forward in the first place, you are always spreading the word and we appreciate it massively! Thanks to the sound and lighting guys too! We have never heard ourselves like that before, it was tremendous! Every member of the band performed brilliantly and we are very very proud!!!!! Finally a very special thank you to my hubby Rob Smalley of Scene Photography for taking pictures of the gig and also taking some HD footage of Forever Changing! it looks amazing and will be on here and you tube very soon…..Well another huge success for us all and we are looking forward to the next big gig at Pride 2012 in July.  Here’s some pics from the concert hall……..LOVE YOU ALL! Karen x

The Idolins Now Has CELLO!!!! Welcome to the family Hannah Barrs!!!x

We are rather excited to let you know that we are now not 4 but 5!!! Hannah Barrs officially joined The Idolins at the weekend after a very successful gig at the amazing Royal Concert Hall! So we are now even more excited about future gigs and song writing!!! Welcome to the Idolins Hannah! we are very pleased to have you working with us!!!

Our Lovely Cellist Hannah Barrs!

Nick’s little baby girl India has finally arrived!!!!

Proud Daddy!!!

We are very pleased to announce that after a little break Nick is back with the gang after supporting his lovely wife Jen in her rather long labour!!!! OUCHY!  Little baby India arrived last Tuesday at a whopping 10lb 2!!!! Well done to Nick & Jen, we are really pleased for you!! Nick says Indie has guitar fingers!!! She is adorable!!!!xxxx


Our gig at the Golden Fleece Nottingham!

Well last nights gig was absolutely amazing, we had such a good time and met some really great people and artists as always! we just love the Nottingham Music Scene.  We also had the pleasure of Hannah Barrs working with us for the first time! our new session cellist! She is amazing and looks as though it will be the beginning of another brilliant musical relationship! So now as the Idolins grow we are planning our summer gigs and working on an EP which we should be releasing by the end of the summer then it will be back to the drawing board to write for our next album which we hope to release in 2013!!! TAKE CARE MUSIC LOVERS!!!!! x

We’re Back & We’re Bigger!!!!

Hi All! After our little break I’m very excited to let you know that The Idolins are back on the Scene! We are going to put up a couple of blogs shortly on the gigs we did at the end of last summer “Pride & The Waterfront Festival”.  They were amazing! We were also interviewed by BBC6 at the Waterfront straight after our set! I am also very pleased to announce that 2012 brings our newest band member Mark Rice (Our brilliant Percussionist!) Welcome Mark! We will be putting up some gig dates as soon as they are confirmed and we hope to see you there!  Other news is that we are currently putting together an EP with 2-3 tracks so watch this space for that too…..BRING ON THE MUSIC X

Album Launch Night !! 15th July 2011 What A Success!!

Well our album launch night was amazing! such a success, we really couldn’t have asked for more! Our supporting artists John Coates and Identity Crisis did us proud! Huge thanks to all who came along to support us on the night and many many thanks to our friends for running the raffle and cd sales table! We made nearly £500 on the night for Rainbows! that’s a lot of £1 raffle tickets and album sales! so huge thanks to those who contributed!  We felt like stars signing all those cd’s!!!

Only one thing went wrong and luckily during sound check! My guitar (Karen’s) decided to NOT WORK!!!! yep! input wasn’t working so she borrowed Mark’s from Identity Crisis! thank you Mark! you are a life saver!!!! Apart from that little hiccup everything ran beautifully and the entire night was an amazing experience! looking up and down at all those faces while we played was a great feeling and as the nerves disappeared it was amazing to see our Friends, Family, Colleagues and lots of New Faces! Fantastic!!!x

Our Sound Man Andy Wright was fantastic, thank you Andy! and also thanks to Tom Giles for coming down to do a live recording of the night! Rob Rosa was as always amazing on the Violin and Mark Rice you were BRILL on the percussion young man! we are looking forward to having you play with us again over the next few weeks!

We are so proud of what we have achieved over the last 6 months!!!!!

And we couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support of MANY!!!! so thank you !!!! you all know who you are!


Launch Night Press Release – Thanks to Jennifer Gilbert-Scott!

You Said – T H E  I D O L I N S


8th July 2011 

Nottingham based acoustic trio, “The Idolins”, launch their second album; “You Said” in support of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People…

When: Friday 15th July 2011, 20.00pm – 12.00am

Where: The Malt Cross, 16, St James’s Street,Nottingham,NG1 6FG

Local acoustic trio, The Idolins will be launching their eagerly awaited second album, “You Said” at the Malt Cross Public House and music venue on Friday 15th July 2011.The band will be hosting the event which is expected to draw a full house and will be promoting their amazing new sounds as well as fundraising for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People through album sales and raffle prizes, generously donated by local businesses including; dinner, bed and breakfast at the Lace Market Hotel.

To kick off the evening, two supporting acts “John Coates” and “Identity Crisis” will be warming the audience up before “The Idolins” perform a full live set which will showcase the new album as well as paying homage to some of the well-loved tracks from their first album, “Sound of the Rain.” The band will also be joined by two incredibly talented sessional artists in the form of violinist, Rob Rosa, and drummer, Mark Rice; who will collectively jam for your delight and delectation, providing beautiful music set to savvy lyrics with ridiculously catchy melodies that will have you singing to the rafters for days.

The band, produce and perform in a relaxed and organic way, where ideas are explored and laughter is adored – that’s when the magic happens! The combination of raw talent, a great friendship, story telling and a hypnotic energy allow for creative freedom and a natural honesty in the music, which is underpinned by a folk/pop aesthetic.

These emerging recording artists bring a vital vibration for your soul and make for a great live act, definitely worth watching, so why not come along to the launch and introduce yourself to this fabulous band whilst helping us to support Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

‘Eidolon’- A phantom, an apparition. An Idol, one that is adored, often blindly or excessively. The sound of stringed instruments, violins;

T H E  I D O L I N S”

Karen Smalley: Writer, vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Claudine Barker-West: Acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, piano, keyboards, bass, percussion, kit & multi-instrumentation
Nick Scott:Vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar & banjo

Common appreciation of great music and songwriting brought this talented trio together. Life, death and a twist of fate spawned “The Idolins”; an acoustic folk, easy listening, pop band. Karen Smalley-Turner (the principle songwriter, vocalist and guitarist) and Claudine Barker-West (multi-instrumentalist) met while playing acoustic music at an ‘open-mic’ night’ in Nottingham around 2002. In 2010, guitarist and vocalist, Nick Scott became the 3rd official member of the band.

The Idolins have played numerous gigs, events, radio platforms and festivals and are now looking to promote their work nationally and internationally by securing a contract with a record label over the coming year.

Post the album launch, the group are due to feature at Nottingham Pride Festival on Saturday 30th July 2011 and the Waterfront Festival on 20th August 2011.

Clapping Hands, Rainbows, Harmonies

Monday this week saw the last recording session in studio for us. Bass guitar parts will be recorded by ‘our Ken’ next week its a WRAP!

Mark and Beck did a great job in our last session. We ended on hand clapping & harmonies and laughter.

Now the real work begins. Mixing, promoting, gig rehearsals.

We are extremely fortunate to have some great people working with us. To name a few…
Electric Mayhem
Confetti Studios

A donation from all £££ sales on Launch night will go to Rainbows Hospice for children and young people.

Our official website is on its way.

As well as a long list of contributers in due course.

DUTCH RADIO ‘Were You Real’

The Idolin’s new track “Were You Real” just got airtime in Amsterdam! Karen had a chit chat live on air with our good friend Arno and Crew! and loved it, was amazing!!!! support from The Dam!!! you may be able to listen back, station was Radio, if not don’t worry as it will posted on the web soon xxxxx Thanks again Arno Stols!!!!! (and Claire Ashmore of course) for your support!

Plus we got the cds delivered last week, to see the work arrive in that format was really exciting for us all. Looking forward to getting this album out to the public, and for a good cause. iTunes, Amazon etc.