“Best current British blues singer I know.” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music), “James takes all of her musical loves – jazz, blues, soul, folk – and wraps them up into songs that achieve an astonishing array of moods and emotions.” ( Jazzwise)
Ranging from Parisian & American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to the early modern & folk music of Western Europe ...this is music for the ears, heart and feet.
Vibrating with African, Brazilian and Portuguese grooves, Radio Kriola Ensemble is a spicy blend of renowned musicians gathered around Catarina dos Santos' original music, and other repertoire of the African Diaspora in Lisbon.
"20 seconds in and I'm hooked! First, it was the voice, then the songs and then the guitar playing - superb stuff - if my show wasn't full this week I'd play the heck out of this - already in the folder for next week's show and contender for Album of The Week too! Love it!” Bishop FM Blues Show presenter Gary Grainger
A soul voice reminiscient of the greats, whether delivering soul, gospel or powerful political messages... "...wherever she plants her feet, she does so with righteous conviction and a strong sense of her own voice." NPR Music
Alice Phelps is back with a lively hot new trio called 'Struttin' Time', paying homage to the music of New Orleans, New York and the Caribbean. Think along the lines of Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and even some Harry Belafonte.
An intimate evening of original jazz tunes and some classic standards from nu jazz singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Faye Patton. Expect bluesy, soulful vocals, blistering piano hooks and glittering guitar magic, with special guest Ian Newton-Grant on percussion.
Multi-award winners incl 2017 JUNO Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, The Fretless take string music to fascinating places as it transforms Irish fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.
An other-worldly breed of folk music which combines rich vocal harmonies, percussive string arrangements and dramatic piano to create a new-folk sound... Follow them into their apocalyptic world of witches, fires, lost love and forgotten creatures.
Grammy winner and bandleader John Reischman is a mandolinist of the highest calibre. Along with The Jaybirds, they achieve an elegant take on bluegrass that is at once happily old-fashioned, yet with a fresh contemporary feel.
Named as one of the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery.
"Moss's burbling guitar is reminiscent of Michael Chapman, Hannah-Lou's cut-crystal voice like a modern Sandy Denny, but woven into the traditional structure are songs very much rooted in the present rather than the past." Mojo
A Piano-Guitar-Vocal-Kazoo-Stompbox Duo steeped in the Barrelhouse Boogie Blues House Party tradition of 1930's downtown Chicago... raggedy boogie woogie piano, riotous vocal and kazoo; rollicking blues guitar; music for dancing, drinking and making merry.
The veteran, banjo player and songwriter famed for his dynamic, often unhinged, performances has assembled a brutish, inelegant rock & roll ensemble to bring his historically evocative compositions to vivid life!
Performing good time, blues, folk, roots and jazz from the turn of the century. One Man band Laurence Marshall and percussive dancer Phoebe Douthwaite present an energetic array of skillful performances!
Award-winning entertaining American 5-piece who blend traditional bluegrass and contemporary Americana. A barnstorming live band that will get your feet tapping and leave you with a smile on your face!
**** “Clever crafted songwriting…full of proper tunes & grown-up words…a clever, wily, literate writer” - R2 ****: “Priestman occupies the territory somewhere between Ray Davies’ sardonic take on life and Nick Lowe’s sly humour”... - The Dominion Post