Singer-songwriter Martin Aelred Colgan album draws oceanic inspiration to complete his “lockdown” album.

Last Boat to St. Helena is a “lockdown” album created by singer-songwriter Martin Aelred Colgan, to memorialise the last sailing of the RMS St Helena from next nearest landmass, South Africa – some 1200 miles away from the island.

The album highlights the last sailing, which is an eclectic mix of styles from the sea shanty version of Last Boat to St. Helena to the Dance track City People with a nod to the Gypsy Kings, and a more mainstream organic folk track entitled Flame. (All three have had lyric videos produced.) There are 14 songs, performed and produced to a high standard plus 3 bonus acoustic versions of the singles, showcasing both the versatility and talent of the artist.

The remoteness of the island of St Helena coupled with the last sailing to the island in 2018, has provided a rich seam of oceanic inspiration for Martin and lyricist Ronny Anderson. The idea of “lockdown” viewed against the backdrop of a very remote island in the Atlantic for centuries and opening of the St Helena airport offered a unique opportunity to complete the album. It highlights a sense of being cut-off from the world and now being linked to the world and echoes the world opening after lockdown today. The album draws on the musical influences from the diverse island culture of the island – their sunny, positive nature, Napoleonic links and heritage and a tough island life over the centuries with swashbuckling tales of the high seas.

The RMS St Helena was a unique cargo-passenger ship that sailed to the stunning island of St Helena, one of the most remote, inhabited islands in the world. She was also one of the last working Royal Mail ships in the world. Her last journey from Cape Town was in January 2018, after the newly built airport in St. Helena became operational which marked the opening of the island to new tourism opportunities and closer links to the outside world.

The idea for the song came about when the lyricist’s brother told him that he was going to travel on the Last Boat to St. Helena together with his wife. Martin Aelred Colgan loved both the lyrics and the story of St. Helena and adapted the title track into a sea shanty. The album emerged from the title track and showcases the unique talents and vocal prowess of Martin Aelred Colgan, who also performs as an opera tenor.

Martin noted: “This very serious pandemic lockdown came in the middle of a number of my musical projects and tour schedule, which had to be put on hold and I decided to return home to Glasgow for the foreseeable future. This, in turn, afforded me a chance to reassess and complete the Last Boat to St Helena album.
“When you think about how isolated it is and how the islanders cope so beautifully, there was a real synergy that gave me the inspiration to finalise my album and have it ready to go as soon business started to open up again.

“I have drawn on the importance of the sea, island sailing heritage and given it a real summer type feel with touches of an old ‘ sea shanty ‘ coming through and that feeling of people have when they look out to sea, passing time until the next boat comes in and experiencing the calm of ocean waves.

“It was definitely lockdown and a sense of being a bit cut-off that gave me the impetus to highlight the island and their great courage in moving from being one of the remotest islands in the world to their future as a new tourism destination. I am delighted to say that Enterprise St Helena has already publicised the Last Boat to St Helena clip on their Facebook page and recognise the links to the island and my new music.”

Martin added: “The history of St. Helena is fascinating and the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in exile in 2021 will be marked, not only by France but by anyone interested in history. The future of the island is set to transform due to the airport, and the onset of tourism, so the timing of this album release could not be more apt.”

Now interest in the album is catching attention from local organisation, Enterprise St Helena in the run-up to the launch.

Commenting on the title track, Last Boat to St Helena, Helena Bennett, Director of Tourism, Enterprise St Helena said: “It is nice that the producers decided to make a song featuring St Helena. We encourage these types of initiatives as they all contribute towards the promotion of St Helena. We wish you all well with these endeavours.”

The stunning island and rich heritage of Napoleon’s resting place; Zulu warrior, Dinuluzulu kaCetshwayo having been imprisoned there and 5000 prisoners during the Boer War has attracted many travel writers and TV celebrities to film and document the island as it stands today including Eamonn Holmes, Good Morning Britain and ABC’s Peter Greenberg.

Biography Martin Colgan Aelred – Singer-songwriter
Martin started his career as a session musician and engineer for Colin Thurston in the ’80s and worked as a backing musician with Duran Duran, Gary Numan and David Bowie. He later used his musical talent to formally train as an opera singer trained by an English National Opera tutor and made his career success with some 500 performances in 6 years – singing for the UN, HH the Dalai Lama, HRH Prince Charles, Pope Benedict. XV1 and has appeared on BBC TV, The Riverside Show, Radio, STV and press coverage in International Arts Manager magazine, The Times, The Sun, Daily Record, Evening Telegraph, Time Out, The List and The Edinburgh Reporter.

Martin tours the UK and continues to perform internationally and was once described by the Dalai Lama – for whom he performed in Dundee – as “the man with the beautiful voice”. As well as his contemporary career Martin is a highly acclaimed opera singer who can sing in at least five different languages. Martin is also an inspirational speaker and has an impressive charitable background supporting street children and violence reduction.

Enterprise St Helena
St Helena is a new flight and cruise ship destination. The number of visitors to St Helena continues to grow and The Island is establishing itself as a destination of choice for those seeking adventure and unique experience. Marine life is equally outstanding, from a variety of dolphins, whales and the whale sharks. This biodiversity has fascinated and influenced scientists and explorers and walking, rambling and hiking are amongst the most popular activities. St Helena is home to over 1,000 species, of which over 400 are endemic to the Island.

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130 year old Trade Mark Owners Association relaunched following Investor-backed Management Buy-Out

The 130 year old Trade Mark Owners Association relaunched following an Investor-backed Management Buy-Out.

“A new company, with a strong heritage, ready to meet today’s challenges.”

Originating in 1886, Trade-Mark Owners Association (TMOA) has a proud history. It led to the expansion of global trade-mark protection as one of the world’s first Trade-Mark Attorneys. TMOA went on to represent global companies, including ICI, Heinz, Cadbury and Nestle. TMOA protected its clients’ interests through both World Wars, through both the Great Depression and the 2008 Great Recession. The present state of the global business environment heightens the need for the trusted expertise, dedication and experience of TMOA.

Now, over 130 years after its incorporation, TMOA is being relaunched by its attorneys and their colleagues, following an Investor-backed Management Buy-Out. The investment recognises the unwavering commitment, loyalty and professionalism of the TMOA team. It will enable them to take control of their business and build a truly client-focused, colleague-led practice that will benefit its clients, its global associates and its colleagues. The best legal trade-mark advice and services will continue, in a new way, led by a great team.

Earlier this month 99% of Nucleus IP’s stakeholders voted in favour of an Investor-backed Management-Buy-Out of the business, and on 19th May 2020 ownership of the business transferred to its attorneys and colleagues, its Pension Fund, and its new Managing Director, Paul Hayman.

The newly relaunched TMOA is again looking to lead the way, this time recognising that – more than ever – there is a need for a caring, compassionate approach that benefits clients, colleagues and partners alike. A new way of working that provides unrivalled service to clients, a better work/life balance and opportunities for colleagues, and trusted partnerships with associates across the globe.

TMOA’s Managing Director Paul Hayman said: “The world is experiencing extraordinary events so now is the perfect time to relaunch TMOA. We believe that now, more than ever, our clients and colleagues want a partner they can trust to provide excellent service and, as important, who they can trust to be compassionate and supportive. TMOA will be their loyal ally, protecting their interests, especially through the hardest of times. We draw on our proud heritage as we build a new enterprise for the future: one that will address the challenges and opportunities of the world we live in today. The old ways served us well for many decades, but the world has changed, and we have to find a better way.”

TMOA’s former Joint General Manager, Les Powell said: “Relaunching TMOA is a wonderful idea as it enjoyed so much goodwill from clients and agents around the world, with whom we encouraged the building of working friendships. Reviving this way of working, in an updated and modern way, will be a very good thing for everyone. TMOA will be a new company, with a strong heritage, ready to meet today’s challenges.”

Kishor Davdra, who joined TMOA in 1972 and was Company Secretary and Joint General Manager from 1986 to 1999, added “I am delighted TMOA is being relaunched. It is especially cheering to see its return now. TMOA has always offered protection and stability in an uncertain world. I was so proud to be a part of it.”

About Trade Mark Owners Association (TMOA)

TMOA has been involved in the protection of trade marks for over 130 years and has protected the trade-marks of thousands of companies, from entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses, to global multi-nationals; doing so globally in every country where registration is possible.

Services provided include: searching into the availability for use and registration of trade-marks; filing and prosecution of trade mark applications; the enforcement and defence of rights obtained; and the renewal of registered rights.

Most recently, TMOA has been helping its clients protect their interests through the current period of global uncertainty with two services that enable them to: watch for, and react to, trade mark infringements globally; and set up structures that efficiently insulate, and so protect, their intellectual property from trading risk. Both are becoming must-have “insurance policies” that effectively protect clients’ interests, and so mitigate business risk.


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