Louche diva Jo Swan has her own way with classic
jazz and blues songs and with her trusty hounds of lounge, Ruth Hammond
(organ and backing vocals) Nick Pullin (guitar) and Matt Jones (drums)
they are equally unafraid to venture into the darker corners of cabaret
as well as mash up the cheese counter of pop. Jo and Nick’s long term
musical partnership dates back to the 90s and in 2002 their art-rock
band Ilya was signed to Virgin Records. Alongside their original music
there have always been projects like this that allow the pair to indulge
in distinctive twists to some of their favourite songs that span the
last 75 years. Jo Swan And The Hounds Of Lounge are Bristol’s cream of
the crop and with Jo’s stunning, soulful voice, Nick’s unique guitar
style, Ruth’s exceptional keyboard playing and Matt’s groovy and
innovative drumming you can expect the unexpected from this very
Jersey born singer-songwriter and
multi instrumentalist leads this trio, full of the
textures of European folk, Weimar cabaret, Cotton County country and
BS3 resident Andy is one of Bristol’s best known jazz trumpeters,
who has toured nationally and played for radio, film, tv and theatre
productions. This new project finds him playing some less often
performed jazz standards plus a little latin and funk thrown in. He’s
joined by three of the very best players on the Bristol scene, George
Cooper – piano, Chris Jones – bass and Andy Tween – drums.
Cross My Palm is a straight-ahead jazz album that bristles with energy, fun and great grooves—and swings like a very swinging thing too – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz.
3 sweet old gals, 3 dirty harmonies, 3 stomping strings and a hell of a good old-time good time!
Brand new project from Nuala Honan (guitar), Glowglobes' Laura Pocket (double bass) and Claire Northey (violin)
Svelte-voiced singer Ruth Royall has an old-school jazz wisdom at the
heart of her songwriting and a soulfulness inspired by the likes of
Etta, Billie and Nina in her performance, whether fronting her 7-piece
band or in more intimate trio settings.
This inspiring duo is the meeting place for new ideas to meld with traditional song and dance tunes, the result being beautifully honed new works, breaking new ground yet routed within the tradition.
'Moving and thrilling. There aren't many who can sculpt music and song in this way…" - Verity Sharp, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
Stripped down acoustic folk and blues from Kesty Morrison and Sam Garrard.
Harmony laden, melancholic, Country tinged Pop and Soul.
Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band
Sheelanagig, Kit and Aaron have a combined 30 years of live touring with
many acts under their belt such as the Carnyvillans, Elephant Talk, Mad
Dog McCrea to name a few. They have played many traditional styles from
across the British Isles and beyond, but what unites them is a passion
for folk music.
They draw on their many influences to create unique arrangements of
traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a
musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling
playing with a fine