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Inspired by country and soul from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Band, Gillian Welch, Gene Clark, The Byrds, Staple Singers, Emmylou Harris, Otis Redding and Dolly Parton, Yola is a force of nature and an incredibly talented singer and writer. After several years as a writer, producer and featured vocalist with dance artists such as Massive Attack, Duke Dumont and Chase & Status and a spell fronting the acclaimed band Phantom Limb, before embarking on a solo career.
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Lucas and King
Lucas and King are a truly exciting new young duo emerging from Brighton. Songs of exceptional craft and depth pull influence from classic folk and American roots influences, delivered with the spine-tingling, unforgettable voice of Bo King and perfectly judged guitar accompaniment from Hayleigh Lucas.
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The Cadillac Kings
The award winning Cadillac Kings play blues, swing, boogie, jump-jive and rock n roll with the look, sound and intentions of the 1950s. This band has a reputation for wowing their audiences from theatres to dance-halls, from clubs to festivals, across the UK and Europe. "The UK's premier blues & roots act" - John Clarke, The Times. "Good time blues at its very best - do not miss these guys" - Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain. "One of the UK's finest band's in any genre" - Grahame Rhodes, Liverpool Echo.
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Ian Dunlop is a pioneer of alternative country music.
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This Texas Troubadour has been performing for over 30 years as a solo artist, as well as in various bands as lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer, across the United States and Europe. Brought up during the classic 60?s era on Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the like, with blues giants like Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, R L Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell all on his doorstep, it is easy to see where his influences lie. Semora has graced the same stages as Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayall and ZZ Top, covering a wide genre of music. He has played with punk/new wave band Stiff Kitty, industrial metal band Four Bolt Main, funk/hip hop band Fuzzy Logik, and lead guitar for country vixen Andra Townsend amongst other great artists. This Texan defies boundaries. He found from an early age he had a natural ability for being a tunesmith. His recording studios: Criminal Records in Houston, TX (music so good it should be illegal!), Dead Aim Records in Austin, TX and Fly on the Wall in Wichita, Kansas provided the perfect platform for honing his skills and prowess as both producer and artist. In more recent years he has found himself settling comfortably into the solo singer/songwriter genre which affords him the opportunity to return to his Americana roots incorporating acoustic blues, country rock, folk rock and rockabilly among several other influences. Melodic, finger picking tunes with gutsy rhythm and raspy vocals that emphasis his native Texas roots whilst providing a glimpse into his American Indian and Celtic heritage. Add harmonica, slide, foot tambourine & old suitcase with kick pedal, and the “One Man Texas Band” is born, providing the perfect platform to showcase the essence of this musician’s soul which is felt every time he performs.
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Birds Of Chicago
Birds of Chicago, is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s chilling. Fired by a full band, it’s a full tilt revival.
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Liam Jordan is a Brighton-based singer-songwriter who, other than playing his own songs, covers a wide range of covers from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash
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Elvis Fontenot & The Sugar Bees
A night of steamy cajun music. One of the most foot stompin' thigh slappin' bands on the circuit - a truly amazing experience. Gypsy punk / swamp n roll.
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My Darling Clementine
My Darling Clementine is the combined talents of real life husband and wife team Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish. For what began life as something of a side project, a labour of love, a homage to the classic country duets of the 60’s and 70’s , My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape. 3 critically acclaimed albums, over 500 shows across Europe and N. America, numerous accolades and awards has placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene The debut “How Do You Plead?” was produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe, Jim Lauderdale,Tift Merritt) and featured some of London’s finest musicians from the 70’s pub rock era. Players who understood ‘classic country’. Released in 2011, it was immediately acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Country Music People called it; “The greatest British country record ever made” while American Songwriter stated “this is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas…A batch of superb C&W corkers.” Such praise led to a US record deal and invitations to appear at the Americana Music Association in Nashville and SXSW in Austin in 2013 2013s follow-up, “The Reconciliation,” produced by Colin Eliot (Richard Hawley, Duane Eddy) and featuring guest appearances from Kinky Freidman and The Brodsky Quartet only enhanced the bands growing reputation and received a similar critical response. Uncut exclaimed; “The husband-and-wife duo serve up more countrified duet thrills…on this form, it’s a winning formula that looks set to run and run,” while in the States the New York Daily News choose it as album of the week while Popmatters put it in their Top 10 Country Albums of 2013. In 2015 Michael & Lou took something of an artistic departure, and collaborated with best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham on an audiobook, a stage play and album called The Other Half (www.theotherhalfshow.com) The song and story project, set in a run down bar in downtown Memphis, and told through the eyes of former Vegas show girl, now agin waitress Marcia featured a brand new Billingham story and 8 MDC songs. The album also featured guest appearances by the actor David Morrissey and iconic British singer songwriter Graham Parker. BBC Radio 4 Front Row described it as; “A convincing world of barflies, peeling paint and characters on bar stools with very dark secrets” while America’s Americana bible No Depression wrote; “With The Other Half, My Darling Clementine reaffirms the fact that they are the UK’s strongest and most assured purveyors of authentic traditional Americana. A superb collection of stories and songs” After 18 months of touring The Other Half – it was time for album number 4. Re-uniting with producer Neil Brockbank, the current album, Still Testifying, was released in the summer of 2017. Stylistically, a further shifting away from classic country to, as UnCut magazine said "where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide. It is terrific" An album more inspired by Delaney & Bonnie than George & Tammy’. In 2019 they collaborated with Steve Nieve re-working a selection of Elvis Costello songs which were released in Oct 20129 as Country Darkness Vol.1
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Young Cornish singer. She’s been writing songs, playing guitar and piano since childhood. Her voice, melodious and sun-kissed, presides over pop songs that offer a cheeky wink on the way out of your ear.
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Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo
Legendary (blues) music producer Mike Vernon (everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Rod Stewart, from Focus to David Bowie, from John Mayall to Eric Clapton, blah, blah,blah) has a new live project he is fronting up. Known as Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo the band feature some of the most noted players on the UK scene.
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Prinz Grizzley, Johnny "V" Vernazza, Bob Pruitt and the Bluetones, The Hoodle, Lafayette, Emily Faye, Penhale & Flaskett, Swamp Rock Roadshow, Char Amazonian, Sadi Jemmett, Bailey Tomkinson
Princess Pavilion and Gyllyngdune Gardens
- 41 Melvill Road
- TR11 4AR