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
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.
Enchanting, ethereal, haunting, delicate and beautiful are some of the words used to describe the music and voice of Lucy Kitchen. A self-confessed ‘folky bird’ citing influences from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Mazzy Star, Laura Veirs, Neil Young and Nick Drake, she released her album ‘Waking’ on her label ‘Bohemia Rose Records’ last year with a video for her song ‘Blue Eyes’ and played shows across the South. Described as a delicately crafted acoustic album of folk ballads, the album has received radio plays in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the US.
‘Lucy’s vocal tone has hints of the late Sandy Denny in it – a rare and precious thing indeed’ (Bestnewbands.com)
‘She creates an irresistible folk sound’ (My Random Jukebox.)
Pitch perfect, infectious vocal harmony trio who perform their own
arrangements of classic soul/motown, gospel & pop songs
Conjuring up the mood of 1930’s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, these are a group of musicians with a passion for gypsy swing music. Irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and their own little bit of ‘special sauce’ give us the ingredients for a heart warming, hip swinging sound.
Based in Bristol (UK), The Schmoozenbergs are Sam Stennett (Guitar), Tom Brydon Smith (Guitar), Alex Taylor (Violin) and Ron Phelan (Double Bass).
Toyface is the stage name of Tamsyn Fallows and her band of players, who mix a blend of ethereal jazz and catchy pop hooks to create something both accessible and beautiful. All songs on their new record are co-written with Tamsyn's long-standing songwriting partner James Graham, who met in 2007 after a chance meeting hitching a ride back from a festival.
Eyebrow are Pete Judge (Get The Blessing, Three Cane Whale) on trumpet and Paul Wigens (ex Blurt, Grand Drive, Blue Aeroplanes) on drums. Together they play with simplicity, repetition, texture and space,
treating minimal as a strength. The music - composition, improvisation,
acoustic, organic, evolving electronics. The drums - obsessive, warm,
resonant, harsh, metallic . The trumpet - loops melodies floating beauty
darkness soundscapes shifting stark orchestral.
ALBA + CHINA BOWLS
Atmospheric, poignant, piano driven songs and Alba's shimmering voice make for a warm winter's night.
KIT HAWES & AARON CATLOW
You may know the faces but maybe not the tunes – it’s Sheelanagig’s
demonic fiddle and guitar players turning their backs on the Balkan
folk and gypsy jazz the band are known for and heading for the Old-Time
country in search of moonshine, bluegrass and ‘a spittoon full of sweet
vocal harmonies.’ Aaron and Kit are now a Bristol-based acoustic violin
and guitar duo playing English, Irish and American folk but still
expect rip-roaring violin, guitar and vocals as they take you on a folk
journey through the English dales and across the Irish Sea to the clover