A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer "One part Elton John, one part Kate Bush” (Uncut), "Her keen, ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter“ (Billboard.com)
"World-class vocalist with the ability to delve deep into the meanings of the lyrics of the great jazz songbooks, and then to improvise over them with fluency, fluidity and a horn-like intonation, accompanied by the piano artistry of Robin Aspland."
**** “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
"Olly is without doubt one of the most gifted players of his generation. He has everything: Sound, groove, vibe, detail, intellect, intention, invention, energy, delicacy…above all, he plays from the heart...listen to this cat!" Hans Koller
Taking inspiration from bands like The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac, Lots creates clever lyrics, strong melodies and memorable songs that manage to stay with you long after you first hear them - music that hits the heart and soothes the ears.
A unique and intimate gathering of London's alternative songwriters as they pay tribute to their heroes. Featuring live performances from The Magic Numbers, Ren Harvieu, Zak Hobbs, Robert Chaney, Louis Brennan, Laura Tenschert, Josh Flowers, Felix Holt, Naomi Larsson, Pat Ralla, and Joe Harvey-Whyte.
Burd Ellen use traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Jacken Elswyth is a London-based banjo player exploring traditional tunes, extrapolations thereon, and improvisational pieces for clawhammer banjo.
“Bluegrass, punk-rock and a palpable dose of Soul” ...“Tales of cheating spouses, bad attitudes, short-change romances, endless asphalt and dodgy diners, all told with a “psychobilly” sense of playfulness, ringing banjo and a bass as certain as a highway centerline” The Herald, Newcastle, Australia
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.
Hailing from Iceland, Ösp's music reflects the folk song of her native country blended with the bustling songwriting culture of London + Italian singer Pozzo who draws on elements of jazz, pop and folk in her music.
Extraordinarily evocative music and richly-burnished vocals that can raise the hairs on the back of your neck - as they create a sound that responds to the natural world of their sacred homeland near Zion National Park, Utah.
BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, "Claire Hastings’s debut album is one of the best Scottish releases this year in any musical genre" Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland... ‘An exquisite album’ Songlines
“A dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.” (Americana UK)... “articulate, poetic and deeply moving” 4* (Country Music People)
"Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen manage to swim the waters charted by the likes of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris with gold medal results. A melodic adult sound with rich harmonies and lush instrumentation." - The Village Voice
Sixties-inspired, hook-laden songs that will leave you wondering if you’ve heard them before and determined to hear them again. Expect elements of country, folk, blues and pop over vintage rootsy songwriting.
Deeply rooted in traditional country and mountain music but presented with an edgier punk-energy, switching from guitar to banjo -Think of Hank Williams meeting Ralph Stanley ready to party on steroids, while the Sex Pistols are laughing somewhere!
Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 5 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant players on the U.K. folk scene.
"Serious and the Fang’s mix of the traditional tunes and their own blend seamlessly, it’s Americana in its truest form" Americana UK... "Songs that rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English." Uncut Magazine
"Folk-influenced ethereal pop that delightfully doesn't fit into any existing musical pigeonhole" (R2 Magazine). "Fully immersive and entertaining; seductive and beautiful in equal measure” (Mumble 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.
“Tugging at the heartstrings, is often uplifting, includes gorgeous melodies, great vocals and playing, brilliant arrangements and atmospheres that flow between deep, dark and spooky, as well as eerie and haunting with occasional flashes of light.” AmericanaUK
New trio combining the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. A tapestry of traditional & self-penned songs with a charm and familarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.
Taking influences from Little Feat, The Band, The Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young but also mixing it with the eclectic musical backgrounds that each member brings, allows Jawbone to create a very fresh take on rock’n’roll.
...dusty barroom shuffles, sassy two-steps and ethereal country-folk... informed by the vintage duets of George Jones and Melba Montgomery, as well as the more modern pairing of John Prine and Iris DeMent." Chicago Tribune
"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
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.
"Porter is a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone..." (The Washington Post), "Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever." (Tori Amos), “I found Willy on iTunes six years ago. Went to see him live and joined the converted.“ (Al Kooper - Bob Dylan/Blood, Sweat & Tears)
Hailed as "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know" by Rolling Stone, “Senora May Sounds Like: A mountain music version of Feist’s “Gatekeeper” with the occasional flute. For Fans of: Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Lucinda Williams. ” Rolling Stone Country
“Lovely, unique, & haunting voice.” Penguin Eggs... “Imaginative narratives woven throughout his songs that catch & hold the listener.” Permanent Rain Press... “One of the most unique and captivating singing voices I’ve ever heard” Leader Post Regina
Their take on the singer-songwriter thing spirals out of a love of jazz, classical and folk music, from Bach to Gershwin, Paco de Lucia to Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald and back again... "Reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell” RnR
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut... a unique and powerful combo of dexterous instrumental playing, memorable songwriting and energetic live shows, with roots in bluegrass but collective influences reaching much further...