The Medlars are a seven piece contemporary folk band based in London. Their music is raw and rhythmically driven with orchestral and psychedelic undertones, layering melodies and harmonies to illuminate their ‘acid-sharp observational lyrics’. They formed after meeting at university in 2016 through Jimmy Grayburn, who at the time was performing as a solo artist. His lyrics tackle issues around environmentalism, homelessness and austerity cuts and are accompanied by the Medlars’ unique and frank sound.
‘…an intense, elevating listening experience. The album is as intricate as it is diverse; as entertaining as it is thought-provoking… An album to treasure and a band to watch out for.’Folk Radio UK
‘A rollercoaster ride unlike anything else on the block’ Acoustic Magazine
‘Strong vocals, strings, horns and flute… that will sound great under starlit festival skies.’ fRoots
Support from Bristol based Herefordian Andy Skellam
The Trio is the side-project of the duo Lindsay & Isaac with Vinícius Galant.
Vini is a new talented and active Brazilian songwriter, while the Duo has a 17-year-old musical background, including more than 400 shows around South Brazil.
The Trio started their path in 2016 January. Driven by their mutual admiration for The Beatles, the Trio went towards creating original and intimate renditions of Fab four songs.
Their first work together was the video for 'Junk' (McCartney), which got very positive feedback online and earned the Trio an invitation for "The Fest", in New York. Their second work came out as a tribute to Revolver's 50th anniversary: the single "She Said She Said" featuring an exclusive illustration by Klaus Voorman for the cover art. It was released at BH Beatleweek (Brazil) on Revolver's anniversary: August 5th.
After only one year together, the success of the videos and the live performances are taking the Trio to their first international shows at the International Beatleweek 2017.
In the UK, the Trio aims to show a set consisting of original songs (from the Duo L&I and Vinícius Galant) and some versions of Beatles songs.
Gypsy Jazz, classic songs, mellow clarinet tones, and driving Bari sax, all under pinned by the tight swing of vibrant guitar and bass. Bartoune have a fresh sound and variety of instruments and rhythms to keep any audience interested!
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DJs Ben and Max from SuperSonicDisco are dedicated to the pursuit of hands-in-the-air happiness, and are the finest purveyors of all things party. Playing an irresistible smorgasbord of soul, disco and funk, brought bang up to date with party classics, they are dedicated to the creation of late-night pleasure domes wherever their music takes them.
Tickets £10 - every penny will go to the PTFA’s of local schools Hay, Clifford and Clyro.
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The Dancing Floor presents: Dancing the World into Being
The Dancing Floor group presents original creative work exploring myth – film, schools workshops and dance events are in all their portfolio. In this performance, they will offer the chance to visit the otherworld and meet the ancient gods of these islands in an extraordinary creation myth dance, constructed from clues in the Mabinogion. How does something come out of nothing? How do we find what is lost? Do the gods and goddesses live in us or we in them? How did our ancestors see the world and ask the big questions? With specially composed music from the The Village Quire, who will perform an introductory set of ‘songs of life and death’.
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Vulnerable, honest, ethereal: This is the music of Speak, Brother. Boasting a powerful sound and full arrangements, the quartet layer lush vocal harmonies over their rustic instrumentation. With heartfelt lyrical storytelling, driving melodies and passionate performance, Speak, Brother are a band to watch. Having played across the UK and has airplay on BBC Radio, Speak, Brother are now set to return to Hay on Wye as part of their UK Tour promoting their new singles from their eagerly anticipated debut album due in Spring 2018.
Incendiary live hip-hop/soul rabble rousers packing deep lyrics, subterranean grooves and stratospheric brass – elevated by impossibly electrifying musicians.
Formed in 2011, the alternative hip-hop collective blend elements of R&B, funk, soul and rock; resulting in their own signature brand of music. Combined with spontaneous, fiery live performances, Sounds Of Harlowe are not to be missed.
Slippery Slope are a four piece acoustic band combining an unusual mix of instruments and musical styles to produce charming, fun and foot stomping sound. Playing traditional and contemporary musical styles from class French accordion to stomping Klezmer,with occasional dips into ska and Irish folk along the way. The line up is accordion, fiddle, guitar and Trinidadian steel pan. Slippery Slope supply the perfect mix of silly, melancholy and beautiful music. For more info, music and video; go to http://www.slipperyslope.org.uk