5 piece alternative band from Llanfyllin, Powys
BREXIT might be the worst thing that’s ever happened to the UK,
but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to rap metal.
I Am Sam
Eclectic Electric Indie/Folk/Rock band with original material.
Driven by a passion for music and life. Melody, imagery, rhythm, harmony, love and fun pump our hearts.
DEF NEON are a band who fuse elements of indie-rock, electro, synthpop and bass music to
create a sound that has been described by critics as energetic, intense and unique.
I am a young singer songwriter from Shropshire. I play a mixed range of popular cover
as well as my own material. Over the past 12 months I have played many varied venues
around Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. My passion is singing, song writing
and performing live, but I also play Alto and Soprano saxophone
14.00 – 15.00
George Williams Duo
Hi i’m George. I am 15 years old and i’m from Chester, England. I am a highly experienced Guitarist
who has played in venues like the millennium centre in Cardiff and the Butter Market in Shrewsbury.
I am also a very experienced drummer playing for almost 11 years and also a vocalist.
I am a songwriter but also play mainly covers and am very heavily influenced
by Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Richie Sambora and Biffy Clyro.
Well LOUD, Poly Octave Guitar Pedal Noise Rock
A melodic grunge metal band from the UK
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Progressive Psychedelic Rock
Multi-instrumentalists Zheka and Paul, using field recordings, samples, vocals, hurdy-gurdy
& whistles, finely craft Elizabethan Industrial with personal protest lyrics.
Formed in Ukraine in 2008 tAngerinecAt have four albums to date and performed
hundreds of shows all over the UK and Eastern Europe.
“Watch out for: tAngerinecAt. This is some of the most powerful music i have heard in a long time”
– LOUDER THAN WAR
“Nuclear Lullaby are an alternative rock band described by
many as ‘melodic grunge’ based in Cardiff, South Wales.” (let it happen music blog)
Jo le Taxi
Red hot Zydeco dance music from the Welsh Frontier
The Improetry Collective
A melodic grunge metal band from the UK
19.00-20.00 TAngerinecAT Experimental, DIY, Psychedelic, Drone, Punk poetry, Spoken Word, Queer
20.00-21.00 Thin Vision Four young lads from ‘The Shire’ out to have fun. Rock, Ska, Alternative Indie
21.00-22.00 TIMBERWULF Grunge / Heavy Metal / Post-Punk
ACOUSTIC AND ALTERNATIVE STAGE
15.00-16.00 Megan Brown
16.00-17.00 Sonya Barry Smith
17.00-18.00 Jemma knickers Griffiths
18.00-19.00 Mave Mcmahon and Pete
19.00-20.00 Evan Graham
21.00-22.00 Tom Matthews & Jonny Welburn
18.00 -19.00 Welcome to the Cabaret Tent! Family Storytelling
19.00-20.00 Drumming Workshop
20.00-21.00 Adult Storytelling
21.00-22-00 George Orange How I almost became the first lady of the USA
00.00 Fire Performance @ the Fire Pit
13.00-14.00 Negative Nancy rock n rolling, original music
14.00-15.00 Emma and the professor – rhythmic, animated and uplifting bodhran
15.00-16.00 Tom Stedman
16.00-17.00 Craig Harding
17.00-18.00 Cosmic Cat – post punk stress disoderists/baggydelic isolationists/garage folk new wavers. Think 70s pop cut through with dark thoughts, light hooks, churning chords and a little gothic charm.
18.00-19.00 Sean Gaffney soul, ska, hip-hop and now and again, rock.
19.00-20.00 Mascot Moth Progressive Psychedelic Rock
20.00-21.00 Joe Le Taxi – Red hot Zydeco dance music from the Welsh Frontier
21.00-22.00 Dirty Flowers – Psychedelic Funk Rock
Acoustic and alternative stage
12.00-13.00 Rowan and Gaea Knight
13.00-14.00 Dale Rowles
14.00-15.00 Dawn McGuire
15.00-15.45 John Ramm
15.45-16.30 Billy Clark
16.30-17.15 Tom Stedman
17.15-18.00 Tim Philpot
18.00-19.00 DEF NEON
19.00-20.00 Jenni Lane
21.00-22.00 Emma and the Proffessor
22.00-23.00 Tow Faced Tom & The Bootleg Boys
14.00-15.00 Steve Jones Permaculture Discussion
15.00-16.00 Steve Molyneux Positive thinking lecture & workshop
16.00-17.00 John Hainsworth history of the workhouse and poetry
17.00-18.00 People’s Choir
18.00-19.00 Leon Morley – Beatbox Workshop
19.00-20.00 Pete Berisford Jazz
20.00-20.30 Beatbox vs Pole Off
20.30-21.30 Jonny Welburn and Tom Matthews
21.30-22.15 Comedy with Neil McKeown
00.00 Fire performance
14.00-15.00 Pete Beresford & Co
15.00-16.00 Iris and Bob
16.00-17.00 John Eddy & the Werewolves of Powys
17.00-18.00 Workhouse Innit Together Jamboree
Acoustic and Alternative stage
13.00-14.00 Brenig Folk (Daniel Laws)
14.00-15.00 Jonathan Day
15.00-16.00 Heidi Brown
16.00-17.00 Gareth Jones
11.00-12.00 Aid drumming and gather for parade
12.00-14.00 Masquerade Parade
The AZIZ Band
When Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan met in South Africa a few years ago, sparks started flying.
Guitar virtuoso Aziz and classically-trained tabla player Dalbir together have an energy that takes their music through and beyond rock, punk and indie, fusing Western and Asian influences to leave audiences breathless.
Both have impeccable credentials. Mancunian Aziz has performed with The Stone Roses, Asia, Ian Brown and Jah Wobble (with whom he is currently on tour as special featured guest in Invaders of the Heart) and has for years written for Brown and Paul Weller. Birmingham-born Dalbir is one of the most respected players in the classical field, having as his mentor Shri Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari; he has also worked with Richard Ashcroft and Ocean Colour Scene. Both have toured with Marillion and worked with Steve Hogarth (Marillion) and Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree/Japan), while Dalbir is an integral creative force on both Aziz’s albums, Lahore to Longsight and Rusholme Rock.
Aziz calls Dalbir “a full drum kit – the punk rocker of tabla!” while Dalbir says: “When I closed my eyes and heard Aziz play, it sounded as though Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (the internationally acclaimed Indian sarod player) had taken up the guitar.”
Their combined sound is an infectious, enthralling riot of melody and percussion that relies on finely-honed skills, electrifying energy and some unique techniques that delights every audience, including their peers.
“Aziz is a genius,” says Ian Brown. “I’m lucky to have met him. Everybody says they’ve never met a better guitar player.”
Listen here https://soundcloud.com/azizibrahim
Bones are a boy/girl duo based in Manchester, made up of Ben Jones and Kimberley Bo. Their songs have hints of hip hop, indie and funk, to name a few. Ben’s rough tone and Kimberley’s sweet vocals complement each other perfectly and make for an unusual and unique sound.
In their short time together they have already played alongside Badly Drawn Boy, Tom Hingley, JJ Rosa and James Atkin from EMF. Having played a ridiculous amount of shows for a young act they are building a name for themselves.
There debut EP ‘Plasticine is coming out in May. The Launch will be on 8th May 2015 at Joshua Brooks in Manchester.
“Here’s a duo that know what it means to duet. Their tight vocals and beautifully timed lyrics are a credit to Manchester’s song writing history”
Liam Bradford, BBC Radio Manchester.
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/broughttoyoubybones
Electronic music with amazing hurdy-gurdy. Formed in Ukraine in 2008 with 6 albums to date this highly unique duet have a big stage presence that draws you in and keeps you coming back for more. Dark Patrick believe in keeping things relevant taking the inspiration for their socially conscious lyrics from the world around them.
Hey I’m Eleanor Nelly! I’m a 15 year old singer/songwriter from Liverpool, I’ve been gigging all around the Northwest for the last 3 years just me and my acoustic guitar. In these 3 years I’ve had the pleasure of supporting numerous bands and musicians including The Hummingbirds, I have played so many amazing venues/events and festivals and have recently been playing gigs in London, Nottingham, Blackpool and will be travelling to Bulgaria this summer to play at a festival over there 🙂 I also have a residency at Liverpool Bierkeller of a Sunday afternoon.
Gary Hall was born and raised in the north of England. He released his first album, Garage Heart for Run River Records in 1989, to much critical acclaim. This culminated in being voted second best album of the year in the Folk Roots’ end of year poll, sandwiched between Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy andThe Healer by John Lee Hooker. After an extensive European tour to promote the record with his band The Stormkeepers, Wide Open to the World was released in 1991 to more critical acclaim and an ever-growing live fan base.
In 1993 Hall disbanded The Stormkeepers and relocated to America where he made two solo albums in Nashville for Round Tower Records. What Goes Around was released in 1993 and Twelve Strings & Tall Stories in 1996, the latter being described by renowned British music journalist John Tobler as ‘an album containing one classic after another’.
In 1997 a deal was signed with Goldrush Music for the release of Return to the Flame and Hall embarked on an extensive tour schedule in support of the album, sharing the stage along the way with songwriters the calibre of John Prine, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. In 1999, after a decade of ‘cheap motels, white lines and one night stands’ Hall hung up his travellin’ shoes and settled back in England, where he set up the Voodoo Rooms recording studios to produce up-and-coming singer/songwriters.
In 2011 Hall re-emerged with That Old Brand New, his first solo album in fifteen years and his first for Northern Sun Recordings and hit the road once again. This time armed with only his guitar and harmonica for company.
Winning Ways on Losing Streaks is the latest offering from Hall. It was recorded during the winter of 2012/2013 at his Voodoo Rooms Studios and features the same cutting crew he has worked with for the last decade. The album contains 10 original compositions as well as a turbo-charged interpretation of the Old Crow Medicine Show’s ‘Wagon Wheel’. The end result is a fresh and soulful acoustic-based rock ‘n’ roots record that utilises all the essential ingredients of folk, blues and Americana music, but with a sound that is all his own.
Improetry are Neil McKeown, Barry Edwards and Gary Foote.
Music / Poetry / Guitars
Original / Serious / Humour
How the group was formed
Daniel and Mandy had been family friends for several years and played occasionally, as a duo. After Daniel began writing and performing his own folk songs, they started going to the Gwerin Aber Folk sessions that were held in the “Coopers”, a pub in Aberystwyth. It was here that they met Mary and not long after asked her to join them.
After much deliberation the group opted for the name “Brenig”, the small river that ran through Daniel’s childhood farm, of which he has so many memories. The Gwerin Aber Folk sessions are now held at the Boat Club by the marina, every Tues starts 8.30pm
Daniel (guitar & vocals)
Born in Tregaron, a small agricultural town in Ceredigion, Mid-Wales. “I have wonderful memories of growing up in Tregaron, especially on my grandparents farm. My father was in the army and so I spent some time away from home. First Germany and then Dorset before we returned to settle back in Wales”. Like many young musicians growing up in the seventies and eighties, I favoured rock and blues. I only began composing and playing folk music in 2010. It allowed me to draw on my life experiences, stories I endured growing up and my passion for the Welsh countryside.”
Mandy (mandolin, guitar & vocals)
Born in the cathedral city of Lichfield, Mandy grew up in Chasetown near Cannock in Staffordshire . “My parents ran a folk club for many years and my mother was a professional folk singer. This meant I was exposed to the music from a very young age and naturally developed a passion for it. Folk is in-bedded in me. I played in several folk acts in my early years but moved to Aberystwyth in the 80’s. I got married, had children and settled in Borth. Now the children have grown up, I have the opportunity to pick up the Mandolin again “.
Mary (fiddle & viola)
Mary was born and brought up in Letchworth Garden City (home of Europe’s first roundabout and black squirrels!) and came to Aberystwyth in 1987. “I learnt violin and viola at school (via the MacNaughton Quartet) and then, much later, I chanced upon the teaching of fiddle player Stewart Hardy, via residential courses facilitated by JSArts. Both formed and developed my playing, which has been aided and abetted by music sessions with friends and
the Aberystwyth folk club. ”
L H D are a band from Oswestry in Shropshire.UK. Blending the genres of Folk/Country rock & pop through the songs of singer/songwriter Dave Bucknall(vocals/acoustic/electric guitar). Live performances consist of his original material, which is supplemented by songs of some of his favourite contemporaries. Dave is joined by Andy Hodson (acoustic/electric guitar/vocals) Malcolm Tarkenter (bass guitar/vocals), and Barry Lynes (percussion/vocals).
Little Red Bird’ are Matt Morris on guitar, banjo and vocals and Louisa Jones, vocals. This popular band, based in Oswestry, has been gigging and writing together for the past five years. In style LRB mix bluegrass, old timey and American Folk influences; they sing catchy, soullful songs with lots of gorgeous vocal harmony.
Thoughtful, funny and upbeat with a nice stage dynamic, LRB’s shows are engaging and feel-good with a range of great songs. Original material is complemented by cleverly reworked traditional and contemporary American folk . Their debut album “Back to Bones” is on sale now.
Luna Marada are a powerful psychedelic trio. They hail from Manchester, England, but sound more like they’re floating around just beyond the bounds of our atmosphere, riding on the earth’s gravitational pull, dancing circles round the moon.
They take influence from the psychedelic headspace of past greats, blending this heady intoxicant with whatever comes to hand: funk, trip-hop, reggae, punk, surf, metal, breakbeat, grunge, and of course (drum roll with envelope filter please…) pop music.
Comprised of vocalist/guitarist/space cadet Martim Pocinho, vocalist/bassist/LFO Tom Le Cocq and drummer/rogue leader 1 Tomás Pocinho, this band has jammed their way to a sensational set of satiating sonic soundscapes. Tomás provides a muscular rhythmic setting for Tom’s despotic basslines, while Martim’s guitar slaps you in the face but gives you some arnica afterwards.
From Pembrokeshire post-pre punk trio Mwstard performing avant-disco influenced by The Ex, The Fall, PIL and all that goodness. Those with long memories, may remember their previous bands, (Witchknot, Thee Cybermen, Health Hazard and One By One).
Pulse sees Sebastien Deruwez (Shiny Darkness) and Howard Moth (Spacebuoy) combine their Anglo Franco influences and embark on a journey of synth and guitar driven fusion having long since shared a like minded passion for electronic nuances.
MaY 2014 saw the duo begin writing their debut EP with vibrant enthusiasm. A month later the eletronic 6-track “Rehydrate” was released to much acclaim. Further releases are imminent on the horizon in 2015 as their demeanour forever develops and evolves.
Pulse have rapidly become a curious and dynamic point of interest; offering a somewhat different and charismatic reflection to a genre that some might say is becoming saturated with compliance.
Live, 2015 dates continue to accumulate, their caustic soda pop testament to their chemical gloss as Pulse effortlessly etch the sonic waves and deliver their melodic blend.
Shifty Chicken Shed
Funky, horny and with soul, Shifty are a six piece band and The Originators of Charity Shop Pop. A bunch of cottage artisans who play dynamic music with intriguing and quite often hilarious lyrics.
Melding R&B with soul, jazz, punk, blues there’s nothing quite like them. Shifty Chicken Shed will be performing songs from their second album, Mr Pergolas Ever Creasing Shirt.
Spaceheads are a duo that duo graft the sound of technology – a hotwired horn producing harmonised loops and breathy samples – onto the ancient sound machines of trumpet and drums.
Expect to dance the night away to a unique sound and irresistible rhythms along with a multi projection light show from the amazing Rucksack Cinema.
Andy Diagram has been playing his trumpet through loopers and effects with various bands from the bright leftfield pop of Manchester’s indie heroes James, to the darker abstract sounds of Pere Ubu’s David Thomas. He has been taking the sound of the trumpet into the heart of alternative music.
He has recently integrated a mobile phone into his set up attached to the trumpet with a fish slice as he transforms a single horn into the full sound of widescreen cinematic brass, right in front of your very eyes. Along with drummer Richard Harrison, Spaceheads are pioneering a live electronic looping sound that is beat driven with fragmented melodic bursts and disjointed cut up samples.
Spaceheads were formed in 1990 and have developed a blend of electronics and sunshine fanfares over the course of ten albums, 3 EPs and much touring across Europe and the USA. Andy and Richard have achieved an intuition of what each is about to do next which makes their semi-improvised gigs a joy to behold.
Over the last two years Spaceheads have released two four track EPs Sun Radar and Trip to the Moon. Both received good press and radio play around the world. They release their first studio album in ten years this Autumn. Look out for it – “A short ride on the Arrow of Time”
Dark Ambient Textures created from found sounds collected in the environment and synthesis all played live from an ipad .
More info coming soon…
But here’s who played last year:
The Ash Mandrake Act incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed the double necked guitar, hats and costumes. This is folk rock, but many styles are used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.
My stance on the production of music in the studio and live performance is that they are worlds apart; so let them be different (of course, there is going to be reflexivity). When I’m in the studio, I’m working as a craftsman and artist. When I’m on stage, I’m an entertainer.
It’s a different craft and a different type of artistry.
Blindsyde are a original style indie band from Oswestry, Shropshire U.K. Formed in the summer of 2000, we are a five piece band, consisting of a lead vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist and drums. Our music has been described as “uplifting” with catchy hooks, an uptempo style, dance beats and funky basslines laying the foundations for an all round unique sound. Our influences range from The Beatles, Gomez, U2, The Stone Roses, and The Happy Mondays.
” A pair of spaceheads from Amsterdam on a tour of Wales …… dreadge ” Grunge duo Dread Giveaways heeft een eigen label en treedt regelmatig op in de kraakscene. Met een drummer in onderbroek en met een lasbril op is het lastig in te schatten in hoeverre deze band serieus genomen moet worden met hun naar eigen zeggen ‘vroege jaren 80 hippy punk’.Psycho Lo-Fy Audiodidacts ….. Hippy&Punk and so on (duet) Guitar / Lead Vocal : Chirostar Drums / Backing Vocal : Vlufstar Were we come from doesn’t matter we located on planed earth Amsterdam Two people with energy how like do it on the Autodidactic way. We like the do it your self society & we do it on our own way.
Fight the Bear
Fight the Bear are a four piece band from Shropshire working hard at getting their music heard. The road to this point has been a long and eventful one and has resulted in some of their best work to date. Playing over 600 shows and and clocking up 100,000 miles in the tour van. The Album ‘Dead Sea Fruit’ received critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and a host of other regional stations. The band also performed on the BBC introducing stage at T in the Park. 2013 was another busy year for the band touring all over the UK, France, Germany and Holland. It also saw the release of their third album, ‘Thirty Eight Degrees.’ This much anticipated album has received some great reviews within the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland featuring in the German ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. Work on the Thirty Eight Degrees started in earnest when the band were invited to Nashville, Tennessee by Robin Eaton and Elijah Shaw to start pre production work. The Album was then completed in the Welsh Hills at Foel Studio, co-produced with Chris Fielding. 2014 will be another busy schedule of touring for Fight the Bear throughout the UK, Europe and beyond including the Festival season. Visit WWW.FIGHTTHEBEAR.NET for the latest news and tour dates.
Mountain of Love
Mountain of Love was formed when 2 of the 3 founder members of Alabama 3, writers of the Sopranos theme tune, Woke Up This Morning, left to what they did best ,which was making serious groove based dance music. Their sound is a heavy, dubbed up mix of psychedelic electronic funk, old school techno, and the blues with some swampy deep soul thrown into the mix. http://mountainoflove.org
Pobl y Bryn
POBL Y BRYN are a locally based band, hailing from Wrexham, Nercwys, Llanfyllin & Cardigan, with a pedigree rock history between them: Clêr Fach: vocals (Roger Daltrey, Chris Difford, Grandmaster Flash, Aziz Ibrahim, The Cult etc) Chris Wright: bass (CLS) Matt Deighton: guitar, vocals ( Paul Weller, Oasis, Dr John, Geraint Watkins, Bill Fay etc) Amos Cooper: guitar, vocals (CLS) and local hero Barrington Turner : Drums , Concussion (Crossﬁre, Flinch, Tantrum). The power of their Welsh rock anthems is underpinned by a natural band chemistry, guaranteeing a charged live performance every time. According to enthusiastic media attention, POBL Y BRYN are here to stay! For those about to rock in Welsh , we salute you.
Shifty Chicken Shed
Shifty Chicken Shed have been playing together for around three years now. In that time they have gone from playing small local pub gigs, to festivals and supporting some of the most cult bands in history. They include Half man Half Biscuit, The Lonnie Donnegan Band, John Otway, The Blockheads and Dr Feelgood.Shifty have a mission…..to be original and quirky with a twist of caberet. Whilst they don’t take themselves too seriously, they do however, take their music earnestly. This rythymn and blues rooted, psychadelic storytelling band from the Welsh Borders have many a string to their bow. The band members all play more than one instrument and make use of them all on stage and in the recording room. Not happy with the drop down genre boxes, Shifty created their own….”Charity Shop Pop.” Welcome to the washboard, stomping, horny, eccentric sound of Shifty Chicken Shed. Once described as a cross between Gong and Louis Armstrong and “the most unusual, interesting, weird bands to ever be seen.” Shifty Chicken Shed are highly original. Writing, recording and producing all of their music on a DIY basis. https://soundcloud.com/shifty-chicken-shed
This fresh and exciting band from the West Midlands brings together a wide range of musical genres, including soulful reggae, anthemic live dance music, drum n’ bass, with a pinch of rock and acid jazz.. This gives the band a very wide appeal and have amazed venues across the Midlands with their vibrant and fresh sound. Whether its at clubs, festivals, pubs or parties, The Soul Peachers give it the beans when on stage and love to spread their musical message..Father/Daughter vocalist team Nev and Annette Campbell put on a great show up front and really get the crowd into the music with powerhouse vocals, insightful melodies, great stage prescence and funky dance routines. Former club DJ Dave ‘Ocean’, now Keyboard/Synth player for the Preachers, brings a deep, fresh and big sound to the band, with thoughtful melodic hooks that sink in deep.. Seasoned guitarist Colin ‘Doc’ gives the band solid lead and rhythm guitar, throwing in many a funky riff to compliment the keyboard and vocal melodies. Rhythm section mainstays beating at the rhythmical heart of the band are Tom ‘Kick’ on Drums, a groove based multi-style player laying down a variety of pulsing grooves to get inside your skin, and ‘Brother’ Paul on Bass, giving deep and Rootsy basslines that drive into your bones and make your feet move to the music…http://www.soulpreachers.co.uk
TACSI are an original 7 piece bilingual band from Anglesey in North Wales.Their music is rooted in reggae and funk, whilst retaining a uniquely Celtic flavour. TACSI are the Welsh Doors, Specials, Talking Heads and Blockheads all rolled into one.This is genuinely original groovy music, guaranteed to get the crowd jumping. http://www.facebook.com/tacsimusic
The Misty Blue Trio
The Misty Blue Trio are a young ,up and coming band from Welshpool fast gaining a reputation as a diverse,genre crossing outfit in a musically thriving area.Their original songs will move your heart as well as your feet! These boys have many influences but while they give a nod to other artists the music they make definteley has its own stamp. Local Press: County Times-”Their music is very catchy, meaning it is easy to learn lyrics to, and in no time at all, you’ll unconscientiously find yourself singing along, if not tapping your toe along to the continuous beat.”
The Nuclear Weasels
Hailing from Shropshire, with a mix of reggae, ska, indie, and rock, Nuclear Weasels are Sam Carty, Kyle Burkitt, Jake Evans and Ollie Franklin. Self described as, “it’s hard to put a finger on it, you’ll have to listen to it to get the idea”. Formed in 2009, they have been gigging solidly ever since, gaining support on the way.Despite their age, the band show a mature, diverse, complex and irresistible live sound, combining genres to create a completely original and unique set.Their first E.P “All My Life” released in 2011, was picked up by BBC Introducing, and has since been played on numerous occasions. 2012 saw them notably play the Shed in Leicester (home of Kasabian), and headline Birminghams O2 Academy 2. Currently storming their way through a regional next big thing competition, The Nuclear Weasels are “definitely a band to watch out for”. (Radio Caroline T.V) “A beautiful concoction of irresistibly uplifting music” – The County Times
Thin Vision is a young band from Bishops Castle in Shropshire.2012 and 2013 proved to be a very big year with several festival gigs, including: Landed Festival Sheep Music Festival Farmer Phils Festival Shrewsbury Fields Forever (local Heroes stage) as well as gigs such as Teenage Kicks’ in The Quarry, Shrewsbury The O2 Academy in Birmingham The Roadhouse, Birmingham Live performances on ‘BBC Introducing’ on Radio Shropshire http://www.facebook.com/pages/THIN-VISION
The Needle Poppets
What started in 2012 as a party-piece project for a young couple soon turned into an album’s worth of material and a fully fledged band by the name of Needle Poppets. Resisting the temptation to add further band members, the duo has stayed as Alec Bond (piano, vocals, bass) and Alexandra Jones (drums, vocals). The stripped sound delivers both power and intrigue, drawing inspiration from the likes of The Dresden Dolls, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Divine Comedy. Mixing theatre and punk, the music is risqué and often refuses to behave. They have just released their debut album, Fame to the Nation, and are gigging around the Midlands and beyond – hopefully at a venue near you soon! For all the latest news, check out the following: facebook.com/needlepoppets needlepoppets.bandcamp.com twitter.com/NeedlePoppets
This Silent Forest
“This Silent Forest consisting of Graeme MacDonald (Vox, Rhythm Guitar), Jamie Sturt (Lead Guitar, Vox) Ewan Macdonald (Drums) and JJ McGowan (Bass,Vox), This Silent Forest have managed to create a rich tapestry of sound, producing moments of beauty, tempered by a more visceral edge, adding depth to an already impressive sound. This has seen Indivision 29th on The Herald’s list of the best Scottish album of 2013 and 98th on White Tapes albums of 2013. While Indivision is the band’s debut album, it follows the successful release of three singles and two EP’s over a 3 year period that gained comparisons to Idlewild (one of the band’s major influences), Frightened Rabbitand early era U2. They’ve also supported the likes of Dry The River, Frightened Rabbit and The Birthday Suit as well as featuring at festivals such as Belladrum. Kicking off 2014 with an appearance at King Tut’sNew Year Revolution in January maintains This Silent Forest’s rising profile and starts the year as they aim to continue.”
Tom Hingley is the ‘glory days’ lead singer with inspiral carpets, where for 22 years 1989- 2011 he sang on all their chart hits, he parted company with them in 2011 Tom is solo now and has just released 2 albums through Pledge music , one album Sand is an acoustic album which ‘starts with a hear beat and ends with a string quartet’ the electric guitar paper album is a punkier grittier experience Tom may be solo now, but folk are still rolling out the Carpet for him His new acoustic solo album ‘Sand’ (the first since his departure from Inspiral Carpets) is now available for pre-order from Pledge Music: http://www.tomhingleymusic.bigcartel.com In addition to the album, you can buy limited edition artwork, lyric sheets, a new electric album and copies of my book, ‘Carpet Burns’. ‘BIG SONGS in small places’ Expect an eclectic mix of old Manchester classics, Blues originals and Standards. twitter @tomhingleymusic www.facebook.com/tomhingleymusic www.reverbnation.com/tomhingley