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JOSH TAERK live on GRTR! April 5 21:00GMT

GRTR! Facebook page

Next Sunday 5 April at 21:00 GMT we are hosting a live set by Canadian singer songwriter Josh Taerk on the Facebook group and page.

Hoping to simultaneously stream on GRTR! Radio

Josh is also one of the patrons of Fifty Gigs In A Day and has been a great supporter through the years of helping spread the word about the wonderful work done by Nordoff Robbins.

Josh Taerk (pronounced Terk) was born in Toronto, Canada. He is an official Recording Academy / Grammy Member and his latest single “Beautiful Tragedy” broke into the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts! As of March 18th, 2019 it reached #38 on the BDS/Billboard Top 40 Pop Indicator Chart, and spent 3 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 at #33 on the Mediabase Top 40 Pop Activator Chart!

Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) has called Josh, “the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.” Josh and Max have worked together since 2010 when Max asked Josh to open for him and his band in South Orange, New Jersey. Then in 2011, Josh joined Max at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. In October 2017, Max once again asked Josh to join him onstage and sing “Thunder Road” at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada.

Josh’s new album Beautiful Tragedy, released September 28th 2018, has been streamed over 150,000 times on Spotify and the title track was added onto over 100 radio stations across the UK. Fireworks Magazine wrote that Josh Taerk, “Continues to make waves on a global scale,” and “continues to beat the standard,” with his music.

After returning from his U.K. tour in January of 2018, Josh released the first single off of his EP Stages, “Learning To Let Go,” to national and regional radio in the U.K. The single was added onto 68 stations across the country.

Josh Taerk’s high-energy live shows are an experience like no other. Lyrically Speaking Magazine wrote, “the audience could feel the passion and enthusiasm Josh puts into his music…you can instantly tell that he has a large and confident presence onstage,” and the Bournemouth Daily Echo described Josh as a “rising star hailed as the new boss.”

Taerk’s EP, Stages was released in The US on October 20th 2017 and received airplay on 80 Triple A Radio stations across North America. The second single off the EP, “Anywhere Love Took Us,” has been streamed over 110,000 on Spotify and received rave reviews from US outlets such as No Depression, Paste Magazine and AXS.

In 2017 & 2016 Josh toured North America opening for Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, and The Weeks among others.

With the high energy of his live shows, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by acclaimed music writer Jason Richie and Josh’s previous album, Here’s To Change, was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year. In 2015, the title track off of Here’s To Change was

added onto over 40 radio stations throughout The U.K. John Oates (Hall and Oates, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer) recorded background vocals on 2 songs off of Josh’s Here’s To Change album and said of Josh and his songwriting, “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Josh & his music over the last few years…I think Here’s To Change is his best work to date.”

Josh has been key support on 3 tours and headlined 2 university tours throughout The U.K. He also performed at Canadian Music Week, he made it to the semi-finals of Indie Week Canada’s Band Competition, and was then invited to play 5 shows at Indie Week Europe in Manchester. Josh was also selected to play 2 shows at the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates.


The third (and final) 50 Gigs In A Day is this weekend with the aim being to raise awareness of the work done in music therapy by the Nordoff Robbins charity.

A BIG thank you to all the bands and artists taking part this year and if you can get along to support them at one of the shows.


  • Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness. Music therapy can be life-changing for so many people. https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/about-us/
  • Nordoff Robbins Registered Charity Number: 280960
  • What Donations Can Fund:
    £3-£10 could pay for a music instrument, giving a client with autism a way to express themselves beyond words
    £20 could pay for a vulnerable child to attend a group music therapy session
    £35 could pay for a one-to-one session of life transforming music therapy for someone with dementia
    £50 could help us bring comfort and joy to a child suffering from a brain injury during a one-to-one music therapy session
    £100 could pay for a music therapy group session at one of our dedicated centres
    £150 could pay for half a day of music therapy at a Children’s Centre
    £200 could pay for an entire month of one to one music therapy sessions at one of our centres
    £300 could pay for a full day of music therapy in a local school for pupils with special educational needs, or in a care home helping older people with dementia unlock memories and communicate with loved ones
    £500 could help subsidise 5 children whose families cannot afford to pay full fees to have a term of music therapy through their school

(All on February 8th unless stated)

BEANS ON TOAST appears at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham

BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS appear at the Whitby Steampunk weekend

THE BLUES BAND play the Hartington, Fleet

ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke

PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre

DANDELION CHARM will be supporting The Emerald Dawn at The Green Door Store, Brighton on Monday March 23

THE DARKER MY HORIZON will be streaming a Facebook gig on the day

FAIRPORT CONVENTION appear at the Leeds City Varieties

JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

RON KEEL sets sail on the Monsters of Rock Cruise

THE KING’S SINGERS perform at Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark

LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain

BILLY LOCKETT plays at the Arts Club, Liverpool

MILTON HIDE  play on 16 February

THE MONOCHROME SET play Waterfront Studio, Norwich

NEVER THE BRIDE play the Green Note, London

NINEBARROW play the Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield

TERRORVISION play a sold out gig at The Warehouse, Leeds

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

You can see previous year’s tweets and Facebook posts here –