Jack Cheshire’s contemporary alt-folk sound with a post-rock twist has led him to share bills with luminary peers Songhoy Blues and Josh T Pearson, and grace the stages of The Green Man Festival and Kings Place. The ghosts of Nick Drake and Syd Barrett skirt the edges of his songs, embellished by what Uncut magazine calls an ‘Ian McCulloch-style croon’, with a ‘burnished psychedelia [that] takes this music to the skies’. He released his 2017 album ‘Black Light Theatre’ to universal press and radio acclaim, making fans of 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson along the way.
‘…exquisite…dreamlike and beautiful..gets right under your skin’. ✭✭✭✭✭ The Sunday Telegraph
‘…beautiful stuff…An artist crying out for a bigger audience.’ The Sunday Times
Double Bass & Soprano
Classically trained at the Royal College of Music, Nina is known throughout many performance circuits for the diversity of her playing and her stage presence. Aside from working as a freelance bassist with several bands including Symphonica, The Burning Glass and Barbarella’s Bang Bang, she plays for the contemporary opera company workshOpera and 2 contemporary classical music ensembles. Aside from ensembles, Nina is a soloist, incorporating comedy narrative songs with experimental improvisation. She has performed at BluesAlive Festival in Czech Republic, Glastonbury Festival and will appear at the TimeOut Rising Stars Showcase 2017.
Hailed as a folk-punk mastress, she will certainly make you think, laugh, cry and maybe even faint.
“Her inventive use of the double-bass and the distinctive clarity of her vocals coupled with the song’s slick production values mark her out as an impressive soloist.”
– Crack Magazine
“A gifted musician and songwriter, she is impossible to categorise by genre. Her Double Bass takes centre stage along with her voice. The effect is a pared-down perfection that’s enchanting.”
– English Folk Expo
Archive Valley are a trio based in Rome, Italy who draw from the repertoire of Old-Time and Americana, stripping back old melodies and building them up once again with jazz, classical and experimental folk influences. These accomplished musicians feature mandolin, banjo, double bass, accordion and piano to conjure up new soundscapes for their traditional and original repertoire.
“Raucous irresistible Bluegrass with Rock n Roll flair” – Louise Rodgers (Americana-UK)
“A hirsute bunch of musical rascals making some of the most beguiling music you will hear all year” – Richard Penguin (Future Radio)
Intertwining guitar, cello, banjo, mandolin, upright bass and skiffle drums alongside soulful harmonies, they create an authentic homage to roots country music, whilst stirring lyrics pose socio-political questions and heartfelt emotional narratives.
The Tale Tusk Quartet are an all-female, contemporary-folk ensemble
reimagining folktales old and giving light to folktales new.
The Quartet have grown and developed together over the years, emerging first as an a Capella trio, before collecting a fiddle player and setting hands upon new instruments to explore and expand their palette. Their democratic work ethic and highly collaborative creative process informs the diverse styles and varied aesthetics that can be heard within their music.
Combining their award-winning three-part vocal harmonies with melodious instrumentals, Tell Tale Tusk’s take on folk is full of highly crafted harmonies, virtuosic voice blending and creative license. As well as inventive interpreters of traditional music from far and wide, the Quartet work collectively on songwriting to add their distinctive voices to the oeuvre of modern day folk song.
The singers of Tell Tale Tusk have captured the imagination of international audiences, and were awarded the prize for “Best Instrumentalist” at Haizetara festival in Spain. The panel of judges decided to treat the three voices as one instrument based on their seamless blending and intricate harmonising.
“Clever, witty and deep”
DJ Ritu on ‘A World In London’ – Resonance FM”
The project “Trilhos – new paths of the Portuguese guitar” began in 2002. Each musician brings their own influences from different areas of Portuguese Music to bear on this project, combining to create an open yet traditional sound. The band explore new directions by fusing the unique language of Portuguese guitar (Rui Vinagre), the creative double bass lines of Miguel Calhaz, and the amazing experimental percussion of Quiné Teles, which results in an atmospheric musical journey, sometimes improvised, through contemporary Jazz to Portuguese tradicional music. It’s an innovative interpretation of the Portuguese musical scene. Rui Vinagre – Portuguese Guitar Miguel Calhaz – Doublebass Quiné Teles – Percussion
Musical collective based in Oxford combining soul and trip-hop sounds with female-male vocal harmonies. A strong rhythmical feel runs through the songs drawing influences from latin beats, soul grooves and more modern trip hop. This combines with melodic vocal lines and lyrical guitar work. Their influences include Nile Rogers, John Martyn, Otis Redding and Massive Attack. Recently Lauren Laverne’s HEADPHONES MOMENT on 6 music.
“infusion of multiple musical genres…the result is extraordinary…infectious” Gigslutz
An alt-pop ensemble that blend a colourful selection of electronic styles with acoustic instruments. After finding their feet on the UK festival scene Toytown have set up a top secret lab to work on their post modern/post everything eccentric sound. A warm, fuzzy 5 piece band with a dark side, a taste for fat beats and a sense of humour. Clarinet, double bass, electric guitar and a whole kit if drums, thrown in a blender, cooked on gasmark 5 and poured into a bubble bath.
The Gin Bowlers are an exciting and entertaining live swing group based in Bristol. Their set is based on material from pre 1950s swing, jazz and gypsy jazz.
Hammering drums, lively double bass, searing guitar licks and motifs form the basis of the bands form, with blistering solos from some of the regions best swing horn players. The Vocal contrast of Joe Trudgeon’s husky, Waits’ style delivery and Rachel Lawrence’s smooth and slick vocal sounds make for an ever changing and dynamic performance; while both vocalists possess a powerful stage presence for the duration of their fantastic set.