15 Years !

We can’t quite believe it ourselves, but it has been 15 whole years since Karen began The Idolins with Claudine. We can’t wait to celebrate 15 years of music, storytelling and laughs, with you.

On Friday 22nd September we will be celebrating with a 15 Years party at Nottingham Contemporary. Supported by Nottingham’s own, the wonderfully talented Adam Peter-Smith and our very good friends from Sheffield, Isembard’s Wheel.

The local legend, Rob Rosa, will be joining us on stage alongside Karens’ own daughter, Robyn to lend some beautiful strings to the evening.

And if that wasn’t special enough, the beautiful dancers who choreographed such a wonderful routine for the “Seasons” music video, Kieran and Vicki will be performing with us live to open our set.

Come join us, help us celebrate and enjoy The Idolins songs, old and new !

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A look back over 2016 ..

2016 was a great year for us! here are some of things we got up to..
17th July we were back in Belper for the Belper Games xx awesome outdoor stage this time! sound was fab and the weather even better! Huge amount of money raised again so we were really proud to be involved !
13th August we had the pleasure of joining in on the fund raising again for The Waterfront Festival!!! here’s some snaps, thanks to Tom Morley for the pics!
A crazy double gig weekend over the 27th and 28th August, firstly at the George in Belper for a little folk festival! that was an awesome night and then onto Leicester the following night gigging at O’Neils! fab weekend!
15th September took us back to one of our favourite venues, The Malt Cross! thanks to Kimberley Winter for having us, it was lovely to play there again!
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25th September we joined the Great Notts Show again ! always a pleasure to play for these guys! here’s a few pics! look forward to next time!!!!
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6th October on Karen’s birthday we played at Radar Love night in Derby! the sound was absolutely fantastic that night ! well worth the trip over to Derby! We met some wonderful people, Flight Brigade! The Mocking Jays, and Liam Walker and the Nevison Gang!!!
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9th October Was the amazing Hockey Hustle! we played at Bunkers Hill, was great to be a part of such a huge successful music sesh!!!!!!!
Then after all this straight into the recording studio at the end of November to begin recording our new EP!!!!! Single release 1st March 2017, full EP release probably around June 2017..watch this space xxx

Christmas download for Framework

To celebrate the festive season we offered a FREE download of the track “What’s Your Story?” featured on our album “Bridges” which we released earlier this year.

This track was written with a close friend of the band in mind, and more importantly, the organisation he works for, “Framework”. Framework is a charity and specialist housing association dedicated to helping homeless people, preventing homelessness, and promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people to change the direction of their lives across the East Midlands.

Whilst the download is no longer available for free, it can be purchased from iTunes or many other services offering digital downloads. We do still however urge you to donate to framework, spare some time to volunteer with them or spread the word about their work.


“Faction” @ Rough Trade

We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to play Faction at Rough Trade on Sunday 18th October. The event is an exciting collaborative effort from Rough Trade, Y Not Festival and BBC Introducing. Held the third Sunday of every month at Rough Trade Nottingham, Faction showcases the best new music carefully selected from across the UK.
Running from 3pm-10pm the event is free entry, there will be a bar serving good quality craft beers and DJ’s.

Needless to say we’re very excited and it would make a great day even better if we were joined by some of you guys!

Album Launch Party Success and BBC Introducing airtime!!!!!

Well our album launch of ‘Bridges’ on the 3rd July was a huge success, we had an amazing turnout! The beautiful Lisa De’Ville opened the evening for us with her mesmerising sounds, what a voice that lady has! We played our set afterwards – after fluffing up the first track whoops Karen!! (very nervous!!!) the set went brilliantly !!! enjoyed every minute of it and the crowd were so great to play to. Then it was time for the fantastic The Most Ugly Child to get their botties on stage !!! they were blooming awesome, we all had a great dance to their uplifting country sounds! so entertaining! Thank you to Lisa for supporting and The Uglys for headlining! Huge thanks for all the hard work on sound to Phil Taylor, you were so helpful dude! To top it off NG Digital live streamed the whole event for us and gave a few little interviews too, you can listen again on their website catch up section http://www.ng-digital.co.uk. On the run up to this album launch we have been buzzing as BBC introducing selected our single ‘Nothing Missing’ from the album for airplay, we were played on Dean Jacksons Saturday night show ‘The Beat’ and then the Mark Forrest show too (Nationally!!!) Then on launch day Dean Jackson invited us in for an interview the following day!!!!! WOW talk about all at once, we were thrilled and it was a pleasure to meet him. I think we all handled ourselves rather well with the hangover from the launch night too!!! Here are a handful of pictures taken by Ralph Barklam on the night. Thanks Ralph! Lots of Love to all!!!!! xxxxxxx

Album Launch Night is Set 3rd July 2015

So pleased to announce that our album is complete and launch night is set for 3rd July 2015 at the Canal House in Nottingham!! We have some very special guests joining us in our celebrations! they will be revealed soon!!!!!! x Can’t wait !!!

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From 7.30pm till late….xxxx

New Album Release July 2015..!

Hi All from the land of The Idolins! quick note to let you all know that the new album “Bridges” is now complete and going off for mastering. We cannot wait for this one! We had such fun in the recording studio again with Tom at Paperstone Studios. We are now busy sorting the venue for the launch night and beginning the filming of our new music video too for a single from the album which will be released shortly afterwards. Here are a few pics from our funtimes in studio. Updates on the big party to follow soon…xxxxx MUCH LOVE xxxxxxxx

Barefoot Festival 2014…x

Well it was such a smashing weekend at Barefoot Festival 2014, each and every one of us had such a great time, the most amazing festival, entertainment, staff, food, grounds, cider and also to spend such quality time with quality friends and the kids of course in glorious sunshine was just bliss!!!! a little sun burn and possibly a little too much to drink but hey ho thats festival life!!!! met some amazing people too!!! the gig itself on Friday night was fantastic so thank you so much to Barefoot for having us, we really want to come again next year! thanks to a great sound team too, the stage was perfect and the reception we received was beautiful, thanks to our extra tambourine players too, you were ACE! xxx Here are some piccies by the wonderful Rob Smalley of Scene Photography xxx