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Acclaimed as one of the most important composers and performers of all time, Neil Young could almost be two artists in one body. His work ranges from the beautiful and moving folk sounds he has produced as a solo artist and with Crosby, Stills and Nash to the powerful and energetic rock which has often been the result of his collaboration with Crazy Horse and which earned him the nickname 'the Godfather of Grunge'.
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American indie rock quintet emerged from Brooklyn in the early 2000s. Amidst the garage rock revival at the time, they distinguished themselved with their much wider range of influences, merging elements of alternative country-rock, Americana, and chamber pop as well as post-punk into their moody, crafted indie rock. More two decades on they are selling out arenas and headlining festivals across the world.
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Winner of the 2013 Brits Critics's Choice award, London born Tom started out as a classically trained pianist, before turning his hand to more contemporary material. Growing up, he found himself influenced by classic piano singer-songwriters Elton John and Billy Joel, along with the blues, folk and rock sounds of Tom Waits, Dylan and Springsteen. The end result is a powerful and emotional pianist and performer, following in the footsteps of Ed Harcourt with subtle hints of Jeff Buckley.
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Powerful Nashville country-folk singer-songwriter, drawing on influences from Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Caitlin tells stories of an evolving country. She speaks in a new generation of American twang of young American alcoholics falling in love at backyard weddings. The stories are old themes voiced with a new ease and energetic pace. Hers are evolutionary stories in surprising but truthful directions, where sometimes dead flowers mean so much more than live ones.
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Lead by Matthew Houck from Brooklyn, this experimental band make haunting, epic and triumphant songs. For fans of Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron & Wine and Bon Iver.
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Flyte is a young alternative four piece from London. Rooted in classic pop songwriting and propelled by the sound and sensibilities of New Wave, Flyte's songs are infectiously melodic and compellingly lyrical.
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Known for his production work on albums for The Vaccines, Kings Of Leon and Laura Marling, and for his long-term collaborations with Ryan Adams, Ethan is also a solo performer in his own right, leaning towards Folk.
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The Webb Sisters
The Webb Sisters singing and playing (harp, guitar, mandolin and more) draw from the folk and pop traditions of Britain and the United States. Among their multitude of achievements, The Webb Sisters represented the UK at America's 400th Anniversary celebrations, contributed songs to several major TV shows, recorded alongside the likes of Dolly Parton and Rufus Wainwright for a Judy Collins tribute album and have performed on major concert tours with artists such as Leonard Cohen, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison and Jason Mraz.
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A bohemian troubadour in a long and sometimes glorious tradition. Maybe you've seen him busking on a street corner, and stopped for a moment, caught by a delicate web of soulful music spun for any passing ear. Think about Jeff Buckley, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Drake, Ben Harper, Damien Rice. Think of the grit and soul of Richard Ashcroft, the raw emotiveness of Neil Diamond. It's the singer and the song. Jack Savoretti is something special. Just one man and his guitar. This is pure music from the source.
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To Kill A King
A folk-inspired five piece with comparisons being made from Keane to Arcade Fire. To Kill A King’s songs begin with lead singer Ralph Pelleymounter’s acoustic compositions, around which the band work in drums, bass, electric guitar, synth and other instruments. They focus on Pelleymounter’s lyrical narrative, with accompaniments ranging from tender instrumentals to climactic orchestral passages including strings, brass and five-part harmonies.
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Texan band Midlake formed in 1999 after meeting at the University of North Texas. The band were originally influenced by jazz and funk, but after a few band member changes, they began turning their hand to music similar to that of early Radiohead and Grandaddy before beggining to dabble in lo-fi and electronica and seventies vintage-pop. The result is a band who are as diverse as their influences but whose southern charm and imagination constantly shine through.
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With his unique voice, classic songwriting ability and evident musicality, North London based Bruno Major is a rare artist, a raw talent that captivates with direct emotion.
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Having raised herself on music with her family home’s piano and a guitar she bought from a shop on the way to school, Lucy Rose began writing songs of youth and nostalgic fragility, which developed with an increasing awareness of the world. Her music has a sombre yet hopeful tone, which has been successful in the career she has developed from a young age. Rose’s career began in London, where instead of attending her planned place at University, she began collaborating with other musicians such as Jack Steadman, the frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club.
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Half Moon Run
A trio from British Columbia, Canada, fuse the restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica. Their complex arrangements are inspired by both classical and modern composers.
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