Tulia

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Tulia

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Poland: Tulia

by Christopher Smith

Poland has had a chequered Eurovision history since it joined in 1994 with only three top ten placings and eleven years where it either didn’t qualify or did not participate, 2018 included. This year the country put forward four-piece folk music group Tulia who formed in 2017 and released a number of singles and an album in 2017 which has been certified Platinum in their home country. The group were selected and given the song “Pali się” (“Fire Of Love”), co-written by Sonia Krasny, Allan Rich and Jud Friedmann, but unfortunately failed to qualify for a second year running, finishing the first semi final in eleventh place.

Tulia are Joanna Sinkiewicz, Dominika Siepka, Patrycja Nowicka and Tulia Biczak, and made quite a splash with their debut in 2017, a cover of Depeche Mode’s 1990 classic “Enjoy The Silence”. They followed this with a number of singles and their self-titled debut album the following year which made No.7 in their home country. The band have a number of concerts and appearances lined up for this Summer across Poland and are more in demand than ever before. With over 45,000 supporters on their official Facebook page and their album now flying back up the chart, you haven’t heard the last of Tulia!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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