Friday Live

Fri 16 Mar 2018

Friday Live: Ceri Ridge Trading Company

Based in a beautiful rural area of Mid-Wales, from which they take their name, CRTC use traditional instruments to create a simple yet expressive soundscape that appeals on so many levels. It’s not often a modern twist is put on old-time tunes with success.


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Fri 23 Mar 2018

Friday Live: Hannah Solly & Tom Hughes

Vocalist Hannah Solly and Pianist Tom Hughes are a duo from Herefordshire.

Hannah is a graduate from Dance College, London - a specialist commercial dance college in the UK where she studied a wide range of dance genres and performing arts skills. She now works in Hereford as a dance teacher.

Tom is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who studied music teaching, music performing and music therapy. He manages his own music business and is principal at the Rubato Music Academy in Hereford.

The duo met in 2014 and together they deliver unique and intimate arrangements of popular music spanning the decades. Their wide variety of influences produce a fresh sound appealing to any ear!

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Fri 13 Apr 2018

Friday Live: Chris Antonik

Celebrated Toronto-based blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Antonik's upcoming 'Monarch' UK tour follows hot on the heels of his latest album 'Monarch'. Monarch, which was nominated in Canada's prestigious 2018 Maple Blues Awards (Recording/Producer of the Year; Songwriter of the Year), confirmed Chris as one of the country's top performers, alongside artists such as Matt Andersen, Steve Hill, and Colin James.

Monarch won recognition from both sides of the Atlantic: in the US, Indie Folk Americana exclaimed, "Monarch is a classic modern blues album made with wisdom and style. Antonik has a transcendent understanding of modern electric blues.” In the UK, Blues Matters Magazine said, "Antonik has poured his heart and soul into this work, and his fine vocals, masterful guitar playing, and superb band have produced an excellent album."

In 2010, Chris's self-titled debut album made its debut at #4 on the Roots Music Report for Canadian roots music radio play, and at #35 for international blues radio play. It remained in the top 100 on these airplay charts for over a year. Plaudits for the album included this from US-based Vintage Guitar Magazine, "This debut demonstrates Antonik is one to watch in the blues. He writes well and plays wonderfully."

Chris, already named 'The Future of the Blues' by Canada’s Blues Underground Network, has been compared to Eric Clapton for his stunning guitar work and innovative, sensitive songwriting. His second album, 'Better For You' (2013), was described as “a masterpiece,” 

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Fri 20 Apr 2018

Friday Live: Bob Hilary

Bob is a folk Singer-songwriter who makes music that is Earthy, funky & positive, with a strong World music influence. 

He is a passionate advocate of the 'Live Simply' movement that is currently spreading around the Globe, & is a keen practitioner of Yoga, Meditation and living naturally. He is actively engaged in bringing about much-needed change to outdated systems in the World, & his songs have this message running strongly through them.

Having previously lived in a busy city for 10 years working the 9-5 lifestyle & fronting World Roots band THE RUFFNESS in the evenings, Bob experienced serious health issues in the form of M.E, and was forced to change how he lived. He moved out of the city to a rural farm, & was forced to confront how he was living.

Gradually over 3 years, he built his health up again, learning tools like Meditation, the practice of Yoga, & Organic food - and in particular found solace in re-immersing himself in his musical roots. This time coming from a Slower -but surer- place.

'Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow' formed in 2010, & recorded their debut Album, 'Nature's Pace' in a Studio in the hills of Scotland. The Producers wife, Sam Brown-(Pink Floyd) sang harmonies on the album. The album gained the attention of The Big Chill Label & they signed a 3 album deal.

After 2 years of making waves on the UK Festival scene and playing at Glastonbury in 2012, they recorded the Album 'LOVE', with folk singer Carrie Tree singing on the album. Gaining national radioplay & rave reviews, the Album was released in the US by Atrain Records. Bob has received 100's of letters from people around the world saying how much the album has helped them.


Fri 27 Apr 2018

Friday Live: Ollie West Band

The Ollie West Band are a 4 to 24 piece ensemble, creating new genre blending pop/fusion recognised by the likes of Bill Laurance and Dean Friedman. Led by songwriter, arranger, singer and pianist Ollie West, the band keep building from strength to strength and continue to develop their success with innovative ideas, memorable performances and, best of all, great soulful music. Inspired by artists such as Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby and Elbow, Ollie's song writing consistently blends pop, jazz and classical genres and now carries a distinctive style of piano based writing with catchy melodies and intriguing harmonies.

Ollie himself has worked as a session keyboard player for New Order, Bill Laurance, ITV's Cold Feet and Joe Duddell, as well as arranging and songwriting for other upcoming artists in Manchester.  

"The tracks of Ollie West and his band are excellent examples of pop/fusion; sophisticated changes, literate lyrics layered upon a fine groove." - Dean Friedman, Songwriter

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Fri 11 May 2018

Friday Live: Hattie Briggs

Hattie Briggs is a 24 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

**Fender Guitars Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017/2018**

Hattie is a 24 year-old singer-songwriter, recently named Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017.

Influenced by Foy Vance, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Goldfrapp, Pete Seeger, Regina Spektor and Jeff Buckley, Hattie writes and sings from the heart.

During her travels she has performed over 450 gigs and festivals and supported Lucy Rose at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, Ward Thomas at O2 London Brooklyn Bowl, John Smith, Blue Rose Code, Tom Williams, amongst many others.

Her crystalline vocals, insightful lyrics and catchy melodies resonate across all ages.

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