Blackbeard’s Tea Party’s bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Traditional songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with earth shattering riffs, playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is gutsy folk rock dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
‘Contemporary folk rock at its most infectious’ - BBC Radio 2
‘York’s answer to The Pogues, but with cleaner fingernails’ - The Telegraph
Blackbeard's Tea Party believe a live show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that inevitably leaves audiences cheering for more.
Their most recent release, the 5-track EP ‘Leviathan!’, explores the romanticized glories and the full gruesome horrors of the 19th century whaling industry. The record brings with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show, employing a heftier rhythm section with their new double-Drum Kit set up.
‘Gloriously wild, gamely OTT and sharp. This is convincing and essential’ - fRoots
‘Blackbeard's Tea Party restored my faith in foot-tapping, fun, energy-packed music recently. In short: they make shanties chic’ - Roger Crow, Huffington Post
‘Barnstorming buccaneers belting our riff-tastic folk rock’ - Songlines
"A star in the making. Not only a great songwriter but also an experienced, polished performer." - Stereoboard
A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, 23 year old Kizzy Crawford's solo career began just a few years ago. In that time, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her songwriting and performance, which is complimented by her soaring voice that boasts both range and charisma. Kizzy has played as support artist for Gruff Rhys, Newton Faulkner, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and has performed alongside Cerys Matthews at the House of Commons, Westminster.
"Wonderful" - Reverend Richard Coles, BBC Radio 4.
Her ambition as a black Welsh artist is to make her mark by fusing bilingual soul-folk jazz and she's already getting recognition for her work with airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru as well as live TV performances on S4C, Children in Need for BBC One and the Six Nations advert campaign. Kizzy won the 'Brwydr Y Bandiau' at the National Eisteddfod 2013. She also won a Welsh Singer-Songwriter competition receiving money to record her first EP 'Temporary Zone' with Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran 'Thinking Out Loud' co-writer).
"She's overflowing with a comfortable self-confidence and has every right to be" - Big Issue
Kizzy has played many gigs including shows at the National Assembly for Wales during WOMEX, Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz, Hay Festival, Festival No 6, Dinefwr Festival, the Plaid Cymru Conference, Blissfields, Wakestock, Abergavenny Food Festival (where she performed her single Golden Brown live on BBC Radio 4) and the Prince Edward Island Festival, Canada.
Kizzy is thrilled to be releasing her debut album in 2019.
"So good" - Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2.
"Real talent" - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1.
Back by popular demand DJ Paul Nevin spinning vinyl top tunes and rare records from the genre for the true Northern Soul, ska and mod scene.
Taynee Lord & The Crookes
Among the clang of electric guitars Taynee Lord sits upon her vocal throne, producing a heady mix of anthemic hooks and commanding lyrics. Taynee claims to be “No queen bee” but prepare yourself for high octane country twang, walking bass and songs that tuck themselves into a bed of twisted pop. At age 10 Taynee watched Dolly Parton live in Cardiff- this performance changed everything! It catapulted Taynee in to the world of Country music where she has firmly put down roots. In more recent times, Taynee has performed at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and sang at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup. The band’s single ‘Blue Jeans’ made its first radio debut on BBC Radio Bristol on the Steve Yabsley show March 14th 2019. They are currently nominated for British Country AirPlay Artiste of the year 2019. Taynee Lord & The Crookes give you music for sunsets and highways from Bristol to Nashville.
The gig will follow on from our Winter Wonderland so be sure to make a night of it!
Dovetailing his set with special guests including the smooth acoustic sounds of melodic duo Fable, local DJ No Edge gets Christmas into full swing with funk filled Drum’n’Bass grooves. Expect a dance-filled treat!
Doors open 8PM / Music starts 8:30PM
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Underpinned by the tight rhythm section of Osian Owens (Bass) and Noel Woods (Drums), and topped with the guitar of Dafydd Owens, keys from Andy Challinor and Natalie Phelps on vocals an sax, they take you through their looking glass giving you an insight into music the way they see it – as a cultured electric band pumping out get ‘em up good times.
Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.
2020 is a new album year for Flats and Sharps – a wonderful collection of songs that is sure to only increase their popularity as a highly skilled Bluegrass outfit.
"I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment, I’ll personally send you a cash refund" -.Mark Ellen, R2 Magazine
"The picking is exhilarating, the harmony vocals precise. You can but admire" -. Fred Deller, Mojo
"One of the hottest new up-and-coming bluegrass bands". - Folkandroutes.co.uk
Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro and guitar around beautifully written original songs
and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. Their stunning live performances have engaged and impressed audiences across the UK and Europe and have included an extensive support tour with folk legends Show Of Hands and main stage shows at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals.
★★★★★ fRoots – Editors Choice Album Of The Year
★★★★ Songlines – ‘Something of enormous promise’
★★★★★ R2 – ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’
‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
The Mighty Vipers is an eight-piece party machine from the north of England. A composite of brass band culture mixed with the protest activism of punk rock, driven forward with a reggae-inspired groove.
Just like the black, sooty stuff that fuelled the industrial revolution, the Vipers are miners of kinetic frenzy, both onstage and off, creating a unified sea of sweat, smiles and celebration. Set your brain into defragmentation mode and let the soul man your human.
“Mighty Vipers are a new ska band from Shrewsbury and their album Elemental is a great take on all the bits of the ska story from Rocksteady and Calypso to Punk Ska. Also great lyrics and melodies – It’s hard to disagree with that having heard Chasing the Sun” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Like a steamroller of sound; smashing you round the face with a wet kipper while you make your best sex face” – Express and Star
Sam Stennett – Guitar, Tom Brydon Smith – Guitar, Ron Phelan – Double Bass, Gina Griffin - Violin.
Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with flavours of Eastern Europe and the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs’ uplifting music will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. With roots in Gypsy Jazz, and influences beyond, their two guitars, violin and double bass bring you irresistible rhythms, evocative melodies and playful improvisation to create an upbeat and heart-warming sound.
Based in Bristol, the band formed in 2012, and have had a busy seven years of live shows, including festivals (Glastonbury, Boomtown, Shambala, Green Man), international dance events and national venue tours.
In 2019, the band wrote and recorded an album of original music, with the support of funding from Arts Council England. On this tour, their live show will contain a mixture of new music from this album (entitled “Awaken”), alongside imaginative interpretations of classic jazz and swing tunes by the likes of Django Reinhardt, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.
Expect an energetic and engaging live show, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step!
“Upbeat good time music” (Songlines)
“a voyage of delight, a foot tapping whirl of expressive energy” (Liverpool Sound and Vision)
“The musicianship is excellent, laidback and accomplished...played with love and abandon” (Folkradio.co.uk)
The True Strays are a vintage loving, blues fuelled, dirty rock and roll band. Their live shows are a joyous hoedown of huge bass driven riffs, a howling tornado of resonator guitar, cacophonous drums and soaring Hammond organ.
Influences span the history of modern music with great admiration for the delta blues of the 40s and 50s, British Invasion and Psychedelic Rock of the 60s and 70s, Southern Rock and Soul and modern age Punk, Rock and Blues artists. Blues music is at the heart of everything they do but their sound isn’t bound to those rules or that genre. Influences include greats like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac, The Doors and Pink Floyd and more recent punk and rock and roll bands like Nirvana, QOTSA and Idles
“Rising stars of the UK Americana scene” – The List
“A hip-shaking barrage of blues rock n roll.” – Clunk Magazine
“Their creations have vitality, it’s more than just words and music, they pack a real punch and make you sit up and take notice…” – Blues & Roots Radio
Crinkle Cuts bring a world of heavy grooves, tantric funk and soulful skanks. From Bristol, the 7-piece have brought their electric live show to stages across the UK and Europe and have built up a reputation for getting crowds dancing through the night, whilst they dance through the stage.
They have recently released their debut 13-track album, produced by Kris Burton and recorded at Monnow Valley Studios and Music APE Studios and mastered by Chris Wright at Abbey Road.
"The Pleasure is All Yours" is perhaps best imagined by thinking of a mix of early Chili's, and the Cat Empire by way of the Black Seeds. Album artwork designed by legendary urban artist Sweettoof.
The new singles "Whiskey Smile" and "Pick Up the Junk" are out NOW to stream or download on all platforms; watch this space as the only way is up for the UK's only self-proclaimed Tantric Funk band.
The Grahams are New York grown, Nashville based couple Alyssa and Doug Graham. Growing up as kids in the Jersey suburbs the two would sneak into New York City to hear their favorite bands play, they have been performing together ever since. The band burst onto the scene with their 2013 debut, Riverman’s Daughter, featuring songs written while traveling the Mississippi. The album was a worldwide smash in a booming Americana scene, spending 11 weeks in the Top 40 at radio.
The 2015 follow-up, Glory Bound, influenced by the couple’s train adventure all over America, was declared, “easily one of the best Americana albums of the year” [No Depression]. Rattle the Hocks, a film directed by North Mississippi Allstars’ Cody Dickinson, chronicled the journey and became an international film-festival favorite.
With their new album, comes a new sound. Kids Like Us, is a love letter to timeless pop albums, harkening back to when Brian Wilson & Dusty Springfield ruled the airwaves. Written during a wild motorcycle ride along Route 66, at the height of the 2016 election season, the chaotic stimulus they witnessed was channeled into bold, aching melodies that grew out of motel-room whispers and studio experimentation. “Everything about Route 66 – the neon signs, motels, cars, the menus – are stuck in a different time,” Alyssa says. As a result, the music has moments of fantasy & the supernatural. It’s big, lush, ambitious & profoundly satisfying with its own unique alt pop sensibility.