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A celebration of roots, americana, folk and alt-country music alongside fine beer, whisky and food held at Bucks Students' Union's award winning venue in High Wycombe across the weekend of 6th-8th April 2018.
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The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers are a UK-based four-piece comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters (Romeo and Michele Stodart, Sean and Angela Gannon) who are known for their unique harmonies, melodic hooks, songwriting craftsmanship and their timeless sound. The band quickly shot to media attention after selling out London’s Kentish Town Forum solely on the strength of their loyal following, before the release of their self-titled 2005 debut album. This record was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. 2018 saw the release of their fifth album 'Outsiders' and the band continue to perform magical live shows.
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The Rails are English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne have reached deep into their rich musical histories to concoct the kind of sharp, true folk rock blend rarely heard since the Seventies. James is one of the country’s finest guitarists and full time member of the Pretenders, he also plays with both Ray Davies and the Pogues. Kami is folk rock royalty, daughter of Richard and Linda Thomson, sister to Teddy. The couple began working together in 2011 and married the following year.
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If there's a lot of half-finished, semi-fulfilled, vaguely unsatisfying music around these days - songs that say nothing to you about your life - then maybe it's because the people who make it haven't lived much of a life themselves. Not so in the case of Robert Vincent, the searingly honest Liverpool singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country is like a Mersey Van Morrison or a Scouse Springsteen.
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Danny & The Champions Of The World
Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass - a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs. The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were recorded in intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of. They started going into Reservoir once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table. Writing with guitarist Paul Lush for What Kind Of Love had proved liberating to Danny who’d rarely co-composed since writing with brother Julian for his previous band Grand Drive. It was exciting and rejuvenating. Scary too but reawakening, and so he’d repeatedly be asking, “have you got an idea for a song?” and as the months passed and the cache grew more things were tried; different configurations, other collaborators, and along the way a cluster of instrumentals arrived too. Of the eighteen songs here only ‘Waiting For The Right Time’ is solely composed by Danny; personal philosophy, reflections on Ronnie Lane, and a paean to neckerchief rock all rolled into one. It’s the same spirit imbuing his music-making all the way from the early Champs barn shows in rural Oxfordshire with cider and painted faces; it found particular expression on Streets Of Our Time (2010) but burns through Brilliant Light just as strongly and shows up in the singalong ‘Everything We Need’. Chris Clarke co-wrote that, and with John Wheatley of The Suburban Dirts came up with the soulful Arthur Alexander-ish ‘It Hit Me’. Guitarist Paul Lush provided ‘Never In The Moment’ - a hard-hitting number with a lot of brass and something akin to The Band doing ‘The Weight’ with The Staple Singers. The beautiful ‘Coley Point’, one of Danny’s personal highlights, sees him set a tune to words by Caught By The River‘s resident poet Will Burns. ‘Bring Me To My Knees’ and the cryptic ‘The Circus Made The Town’ are both co-writes with James Yorkston, while Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon contribute to ‘Swift Street’. Deeply personal and inspired by three family photographs; Swift Street in Melbourne is where Danny’s mother grew up, and where in childhood he stayed with his grandparents. The song is near-Proustian in its recall of smells and tastes of past days. You can’t overstate the importance of family and friends to Danny. It was surely, in part, a kind of loyalty to Julian that he didn’t co-compose for so long after the demise of Grand Drive; certainly until now, and Andy Fairclough’s arrival, there had been no specialist keyboard player in the Champs. Andy brings a Mod sensibility, a jazz grounding, and a fearlessness to the band. He plainly pushes Paul Lush, already a key improviser in live performance. You see them raising the bar for each other in the run-outs of two of the longer songs; ‘Consider Me’ and ‘ Gotta Get Things Right In My Life’. Giving them free rein and allowing them the space to show what they regularly do on the stage was another reason for the extended format, though it’s not entirely coincidental that The Allman Brothers, and Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield, have been much on Danny’s turntable over the last year or so. Thus Brilliant Light is shone on a year in the life of the Champs and all the pieces are seen in play; Chris Clarke on production duty, and with Steve Brookes comprising the formidable rhythm section. Geoff Widdowson still blowing on that alto sax, and Henry Senior Jr ensconced on the pedal steel. Robin and Joe Bennett from The Dreaming Spires, Siobhan Parr, Danni Nicholls, and Treetop Flyer Reid Morrison all singing along, and from time to time a pair of brass players (Gram Canyon and Craig Chapman) and another sax (Helleanor Fitt). The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved. Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record this line-up has come up with so far, while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house; there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention, and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”. That’s typical Danny Wilson, a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved; for their whole-hearted openness, their democracy, and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives, and that is no small achievement.
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New York born songwriter Jess Klein sings poignant, engaging songs that lie somewhere between pop, rock and country.
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Orphan Colours are an alt-country rock band from London UK. Formed by ex Ahab singer/songwriter Steven ‘Seebs’ Llewellyn The dynamic six piece band swing from rocking Tom Petty and Ryan Adams alt-country influences to the brooding sound-scapes of the likes of Bon Iver and Beck. Ahab’s sound has not entirely disappeared, their bluegrass tinged country can be heard on songs like ‘Jenny’ and ‘Doing Alright’, with many of the songs featuring west coast esque 3 part harmonies. The line-up consists of ex-ahab singer Dave Burn on vocals and guitar and drummer Steve Brooks, Graham Knight on bass and ex-Noah and The Whale lead guitarist Fred Abbott.
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The Redlands Palomino Company
Country and Blues band Redlands Palomino Company, fronted by the alluring vocals of Hannah Elton-Wall. 'Composed of equal parts of Gram, Poco, Burritos and Byrds...these guys do country rock better than anyone else in the land' - Americana UK
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A London-based husband and wife duo, Big Steve and Stephanie Arlene, playing bittersweet alt-country and surging power pop.
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Luke Tuchscherer, of alt.country band The Whybirds, has launched a solo project off the back of a new record, You Get So Alone At Times That it Just Makes Sense. Reflecting the more acoustic side of Tuchscherer’s songwriting, the album features confessional songs, storytelling and social commentary.
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Trevor Moss And Hannah-Lou
Weathered folk tunes with a heartfelt poetic delivery from Indigo Moss luminaries.
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A singer songwriter with a voice to die for. Her talent is being noticed by more and more audiences across the London circuit and beyond. The songs themselves are haunting, powerful, complex and empowering.
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Case Hardin is all about the story and the telling of that story. Band-leader and songwriter Pete Gow's writing now carries the weight of critical praise ('aching lyrical genius', 'one of our foremost storytelling songwriters') but in concert his songs also carry the power of a band continually in the service of those songs.
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A singer/songwriter from Oxfordshire whose songs are mainly in the style of traditional country. SInce attending a workshop with Nashville super-musician, Darrell Scott, Ags has been writing seriously and performing regularly including sharing the stage with Dale Watson in Austin, Texas. his influences mainyl come from hardcore country including David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Robert Earl Keen and Chris Knight. However, he also takes major non-country influences from the likes of Loudon Wainwright III and Ron Sexsmith.
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Felix Holt & The Radicals
Rhythm, blues and jive sounds.
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The Hanging Stars
A mix of lush harmonies, cosmic americana and tuneful folk that creates something halfway between the Mississippi and the Mersey. Their sound is something timeless and yet somehow new, simultaneously nostalgic and prophetic.
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The Midnight Union Band
A wonderfully vibrant mix of Americana, folk and classic 70’s blue-collar rock’n’roll, this Irish band deliver politically charged songs bristling with intent and conviction.
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This 4-piece Indie-Americana music collective are based in Southend-on-Sea on the coast of Essex, UK. Carousel fuse Americana, country, folk, rock’n’roll, blues and roots music into their own unique approach whilst taking full advantage of having 4 accomplished vocalists at their disposal. The band’s influences include an array of artists from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to the modern day Americana stylings of Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow.
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Former frontman of the legendary Rockingbirds offers up tunes from his recent solo escapades with B.J.Cole - a quality songwriter.
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Founded in early 2017, singer-songwriters Hannah Rose Platt, Emily Moment, Rebecca Rosewell and Rebecca Reid formed Alt-Country band, The Savannahs. Inspired by acts like Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch, and many more, The Savannahs lend their beautiful 4-part harmonies to a mix of both originals and rootsy covers.
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Loud Mountains are an Americana band formed by American born brothers Kevin and Sean Duggan. Originally from Woodbury, Connecticut but now based in Oxford, Loud Mountains are known for their close harmonies, plenty of volume, and more pop-hooks than you could shake a stick at.
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Bennett Wilson Poole, Lucky Lips, The Raving Beauties, Smith & Brewer, The Clubhouse All-Stars Tribute To Tom Petty
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