The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows.
With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals. As well as headlining shows, the Emperials have worked with and supported great artists, including; Desmond Dekker, The Skatalites, Neville Staples (the Specials), The Beat, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Pauline Black, Rhoda Dakar, Jenny Belle, Secret Affair and Rik Butler (the Jam).
With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more.
"How are we supposed to follow that?" Ranking Roger (The Beat)
"Absolutely amazing guys, best gig I've been to for years" V-Dub festival reveller.
"You sounded tight, weighty and totally awesome, and everyone had a great time"
"Fantastic, that's how I wanted it to sound when I wrote it" Roddy Radiation (The Specials)
Soul. Blues. Gospel. Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of Jo Harman’s People We Become, a modern album rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations. “I’m not trying to fit in anywhere,” admits Harman, whose super-sized voice fills the record’s 10 tracks. “I’m just trying to write classic songs, and present them with classic production. When you try to chase what’s going on at the moment, then it’s going to sound old very quickly.”
"Sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless" Huey Morgan, Fun Loving Criminals on his BBC Radio 2 Show
"On course to be the finest UK female blues and soul voice" Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror
"Stunning. Harman's music mainlines the human soul" Classic Rock Blues Magazine
‘It It was my great privilege to work with her. Listening to her interpretative one of my songs was a spiritual experience” – Michael McDonald (Soul superstar and Doobie Brothers frontman)
“I believe this lady to be one of the finest singers this country has to offer! She really is tremendous! I hope our paths cross again” – Rag N Bone Man
“An exquisite album rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations, and quite possibly the finest blue eyed soul vocal performance you’ll hear all year.” – Get Ready To Rock
“Jo mines pop, soul and gritty blues with conviction” – The Daily Mirror
Event by Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club, buy tickets here.
Mud On The Tyres are a group of experienced musicians who were drawn together by a love of upbeat, fun, country style music.
Warren (Vocals, Guitar) and Akos (Lead Guitar, Vocals) got together as an acoustic duo writing original country style music. Marek (Piano, Vocals) then joined, quickly followed by Lee (Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals) who adds to the country sound. It didn’t take long before it developed into a six-piece band with Eliot (Bass) and the newest member Keith (Drums).
So far they have had some great times at festivals, played some excellent venues and have been fortunate enough to win 2 days recording time at the amazing Rockfield Studios by winning the, “Battle of the Bands,” at the Rockfield Country Music Festival.
They have focused on creating an atmosphere of fun with their music and performances to ensure they appeal to music lovers of all generations. It’s clear to see that making people tap their feet, dance and laugh at some of their lyrics makes for a slightly different night out than people expect. This, of course, doesn’t stop them writing more touching and melodic songs that clearly show the versatility of the band.
Support comes from Candy Mountain - bearded guy from Llandewi-Brefi mountains, who has a mixture of bluesy, energetic and rhythmic sound. Excitable covers and own material.
Citrus Society - A jazz sextet ensconced in the blossoming London jazz scene, Citrus Society are not to be missed. Influenced by rising stars such as Nubyia Garcia, Ezra Collective and Moses Boyd, these players have a zest for a whole range of genres; everything from neo-soul through bop to experimental free jazz. Having announced their pithy sound all over the UK, Citrus Society are on to something big so make sure to watch out for their next project - We Need to Talk About Lemon EP.
A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet.
Frequently referred to as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, The Shackleton Trio is gaining significant UK and International exposure, becoming an in demand name on the folk circuit. 2018 saw plays on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, ★★★★★reviews, an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival's main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours.
The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia.
The unique, distinctive songwriting style of Georgia Shackleton, combined with the vibrant instrumental brilliance of Aaren Bennett, Nic Zuppardi and Georgia’s pure and original voice have developed and matured through two critically acclaimed albums: The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed and new release Fen, Farm and Deadly Water.
"A great sound altogether" – Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland
"superb with stunning harmonies"
-Sean McGhee, Editor, RnR Magazine
Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea, the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion!
They’re on a mission to ignite crazy dancing by audiences everywhere, with their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music to get their audience stirred into a big bouncing frenzy of fun! A hugely popular festival band, they have played raucous gigs at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Nozstock, Goulash Disko (Croatia), among many others. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tea Your Mind’.
The Minions play their own unique take on high energy Balkan party music – combining Gypsy flavoured Ska, Dub and Swing with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and bass to put a smile on your face and your knees up past your ears!
“The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.”
After the success of our Northern Soul and Ska night last year, DJ Paul Nevin returns to the globe to spin his vinyl top tunes! Expect Northern Soul classics with a splash of ska.