MEDICINE CREEK are a foot stomping old time string band featuring Nuala Honan (vocals, guitar, harmonica) of the Alchemy Quartet,
with Aaron Catlow (violin, percussion, vocals) and Dorian Sutton
(double bass, vocals) from Sheelanagig. The band specialise in rootsy
bluegrass and Americana, with sweet harmonies and dark tales. Audiences
are are advised to sing loud, dance fast and drink heavily.
Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he half-seriously refers to as Violinica.
Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds
up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic
rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and
profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and
MA POLAINE'S GREAT DECLINE
Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, with a sound that “wouldn’t be out of place in a speakeasy or the Left Bank” blues and roots influenced Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an unique and hard to pigeon-hole act, with the live show drawing curiosity and emotion with inventive song-writing and on-stage instrument changes.
"...an intangible element peculiar to themselves" - R2 Magazine
“It's the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery, however, that gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity” - Roots Music Report
Colourful Bossanova and Jazz trio fronted by the immensely talented Tammy Payne.
THE GREEN ROCK RIVER BAND
Fuelled by the music that had been around them since childhood, old records of Big Bill Broonzy, Silver bands, Northern Colliery Bands, the Delta Blues and Hank Williams. The Green Rock River Band have been catching people’s imaginations with a unique blend of Americana, Bluegrass, English Music Hall and Folk.
”Jeremy Sachs’ voice sounds like he needs to evacuate phlegm at the end of every phrase.! I picture him as a crazed marionette electrified with fire and brimstone, this sort of vocal is usually matched with its musical equivalent (see 16Horsepower) here though it is underscored with some gymnastic Bluegrass. The contrast between the two is a welcome change.” - Americana UK
21st Century troubadour plays some classic sounding American roots, Country, Blues and Folk in the vein of Ryan Adams or Kelly Joe Phelps.
THE SLIMLINE SHUFFLERS
The Slimline Shufflers play a heady mix of New Orleans inspired blues
and boogie, with a fresh take on timeless classics alongside our own
compositions. Featuring Henry Slim
on vocals and harmonica, Eric Arthur on piano, Jai Widdowson-Jones on drums and various talented guest musicians.
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have performed extensively throughout the Westcountry and have had airtime on UK, European and American radio.
Their self released album ‘Whispering Hills, Tangled Hair’ was recorded in a cabin in Cornwall over two days by Nick Marshall (guitarist with Martha Tilston), and has been described by Folk Radio UK as an “assured and confident debut album focused on an evocative, contemporary folk sound that clearly inspires. One to watch, definitely.”
Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain.