'Already renowned as one of the Midland’s best live acts. The last two years have witnessed the band sharing stages with the likes of Alabama 3, Skinny Lister, Ferocious Dog, Neville Staple (The Specials), The Dub Pistols, Urban Voodoo Machine, Toploader, The Rumjacks to name a few.
“Whether it be in a dark venue or on a festival stage, their presence and music draw the punters in to witness a stunning performance of feel good party music but with passion and musicianship.” –Gaz Birtles, The Beautiful South, Booker at Simon Says Festival.
“The Brandy Thieves are an absolutely amazing live act” – Lal Muttock, BBC Introducing
"Coming across like the missing link between Gogol Bordello and Fairground Attraction, they excite and enthrall with their stunning performance" – Sean Tizzard, E-Festivals.com
SG WOLFGANG consists of four fiercely keen characters from Milton Keynes.
Last time we heard from SG WOLFGANG they were called Sean Grant & The Wolfgang, and they were shivering various timbers in 2016 with the ‘7 Deadly 7’ EP, four tracks of clankingly enthusiastic neo-gothic beardyman angst which saw the outfit pithily dubbed “Frank Turner & The Bad Seeds”.
Over the past few months the moderately furious foursome have been locked away in Seamus Wong Studios in Leicester with Paul Warriner creating a debut album dotted with cranky powerchords and creaking hyperballads, nodding along the way at the likes of QOTSA, Rocket From The Crypt and Afghan Whigs. Mixed by Paul Gregory of Lanterns On The Lake, the album will be called ‘The Shadows Are Lengthening’ and if the ominous title necessitates a post-summer solstice release date then singer Sean Grant isn’t about to lighten the load.
“During the writing of the album I was in a very dark place personally, dealing with a lot of inner conflicts within my own life, battling with a depression that I’d struggled with and hidden my whole life... even from myself,” he says, carefully. “The whole album is a box of inner demons, a diary of my internal voices. ‘Souls Out’ in particular is when everything has been stripped back to the bone, but even further than that, to your soul. You’re standing naked, but more than naked there is no body, there is just your consciousness left floating like a tiny cosmos with no material things to cling on to anymore. ‘Souls Out’ is the end of the rope, the end of the line you’ve exhausted all other avenues. “Cut your heart from your sleeve”…you’re just there with your Soul Out exposed for everyone to see.
Siobhan Mazzei is a very talented songwriter and musician who is not afraid of trying something different. Yes her music is influenced by folk and would sit easily between Janis Joplin and Suzanne Vega but don’t be fooled! Siobhan Mazzei is as comfortable with folk as she is with garage, in fact, Siobhan, through her music and words refuses to be hemmed in by narrow boundaries of genre.
The band have added a different element to her sound but Mazzei’s vocals still retain their power and never get consumed by what some may call a shoe gaze or grunge-folk sound. It’s a voice that at turns can be gentle like the sheep and fierce as the wolf of its title without missing a beat. There is no doubt that Siobhan Mazzei is a fine talent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NViuN-s_IL0
Original four piece folk rock hippy chancers, writing observational music as an up down pop ensemble with waistcoats:
Ross Alexander - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Piano. Max Mclean - Vocals, Electric Guitar Neil Bennet - Drums & Percussion Jamie Gilbert - Bass
Regulars on the local music scene for the last decade. 2017 saw the release of their Eponymous debut album.
Stevie Jones and The Wildfires hail from Northants UK and create a unique blend of acoustic-driven rock.
In 2015 they recorded their debut album ‘Stratigraphic Heart’. Recorded at Parlour Studios in Kettering with acclaimed producers Russ Russell and Neil Haynes it featured a number of guests including Marshall Gill from New Model Army, receiving favourable reviews.
The second album Angels and Sirens‘ produced by Adam Ellis on Deadline Studios, Leicester was released this March and featured appearances from LA guitarist Janet Robin (String Revolution, Lindsay Buckingham Band) and top Leicester harp player Sean Clutterham. The songs are split between hard-edged guitar based songs and more delicate acoustic arrangements which matches the band’s ability to adapt to different moods both live and in the studio.
‘A hint of Counting Crows, The Long Ryders, Stone Temple Pilots and the band’s long time heroes New Model Army...Timeless wistfulness combined with rollocking rhythms keeps the album cooking from end to end’. Rock Society Magazine
'the hybrid sound of pleasure' Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
‘wordy lyrics with rootsy Rock music. Acoustic guitars underpin the songs, but there’s some fiery electric guitar to be found as well....a bright and energetic album..’ Duncan Jamieson, Rocktopia, Fireworks Magazine
Kenneth J Nash has never done things the easy way, but his courage to confront the darker moments of his past has led him to spending his years on the music scene carving out a thriving repertoire of haunting music that stirs the heart and spears the soul.
Drawing on his influences (Cohen, Waits, Cash, Reed & Cave), his deftly dramatic songs of love, loss, regret and renewal – not to mention addiction – bring this artist’s dark journey vividly to life.
Recent highlight live shows of his career include playing the Hard Rock Cafe stage at the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival and being selected to appear at Seth Lakeman’s alternative Hootenanny at The Convent. He has provided support for artists such as Eliza Carthy, The Wonderstuff, Mark Geary, Suzanne Vega and Seth Lakeman.
“What a haunting voice, fabulous songs” – BBC Radio
“For anyone who has turned to music to comfort themselves, silence a fear, escape from the pain or just to feed their soul, Kenneth J. Nash delivers the best medicine” – Music Junkie Press
“A distinctly different kind of singer/songwriter sound, and one that makes for an enthralling listen.” Best Fit
“Charlotte Carpenter is a storyteller, a young artist capable of applying an enormous impact.” CLASH
" An Independent artist to the core, Charlotte's star is rising" TOTAL GUITAR
Charlotte Carpenter is the perfect embodiment of independence, in charge of her own destiny and acclaimed by Total Guitar, Best Fit, NME, Clash and Classic Rock along side BBC Introducing, 2 & 6 Music.
She’s toured extensively with the likes of Marika Hackman, Ethan Johns, Jarrod Dickenson, Matthew Logan Vasquez and Bryde.
‘Turn Away’ released June 6th and recorded at Dulcitone with Lee Russell (Nada Surf, Temples) is a cinematic ballad to independence, an unapologetic reminder of self worth, with Charlotte’s soulful, fiery vocals at the mast.
Northants-based Chris and Kevin make intense melodic music of atmospheric emotional intensity, founded on exquisite guitar figures, unusual tunings, chordal soundscapes and richly poetic lyrics. www.hazeyjanemusic.co.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNk6jXl1lFI www.facebook.com/hazeyjane www.reverbnation.com/hazeyjanemusic
Behind the Settee are an original three-piece band from Rugby, Warwickshire. Lead vocals and guitar by Jo Litten. Bass guitar and vocals by Mike Gibson. Piano and vocals by Jack Smith.
A talented self taught musician and songwriter
Amii is more than a singer she is a true storyteller. Her songs are well crafted and full of emotion.
Amii has performed at Metropolis Studios in London and has toured extensively around England as well as recently completing a mini tour of Europe.
Homeless Shakespeare began as a solo artist in 2013 to escape the musical pigeon hole of band life and start afresh with an 'anything goes' approach to songwriting.
Based in Leicester, the heart of England, Homeless Shakespeare has developed and showcased his intuitive live performances and eclectic music across the country, self producing all of his releases (involving 4 albums and over 45 songs) along the way.
Songs of life, loneliness, abstract thought, lights in the dark and illusive romance delve into poetic lyrical dimensions, with dynamic guitar work and musical arrangement to match, developed the blues, jazz and hip-hop influenced sound of 'gyp-hop', a style unique to Homeless Shakespeare that can only be described as a flavoursome cocktail of funk, blues, gypsy-jazz, hip-hop and rock.
He entertaining with wit, whim and a Deadpool approach to the illusive fourth-wall of live performance"
Scott is a hardworking acoustic artist with an exceptional voice. originating from Northampton he has recently appeared on the Woodland Family Stage at Silverstone during the British GrandPrix.
A well as being skilled vocally and with his guitar he is also askille craftsman with the loop station.
Hippolyta's Moon are an indie-pop duo who do a range of covers both oldies and currents in a new and unique way. With harmonised voices and an acoustic guitar we'll show your ears a great time.
As a performance Poet Miss Yankey has graced stages at The Royal Albert Hall, The Tate Modern Gallery, Field Day, Althorp Literary Festival, Leefest, The Lambeth Country Show, and many more.
She captivates her audiences with her honest and heartfelt poetry; often speaking up on behalf of the oppressed and silenced.
She began writing poetry as a child, and carried her love of writing into adulthood. Upon learning more about the therapeutic benefits of poetry and creative writing, she realised that she had been unknowingly using poetry as a therapy for many, many years. Combining her love of poetry, with her knowledge of holistic therapy, and passion for mental health awareness; Esi founded Poetry Prescribed in 2017, with the primary aim of improving people’s mental health and well being using poetry and creative writing.
Skrabl is an Essex based rapper known for his wordplay and evocative use of vocabulary. Rapping for well over 10 years now, what started as nothing more than a laugh, quickly became a hobby and then, even quicker still, a passion that has seen Skrabl share stages with the likes of Jeru the Damaja and Killah Priest as well as some of the finest artists the UK has to offer.
To date, Skrabl has released 4 full length projects as well as appearing as 1/6th of the collective 'Badly Promoted Geniuses' on their debut group album 'Sorry Not Sorry'.
From the formative sound of the first album 'Board of the Game' through to 'Same You, Different Me' and then 'Life Through Kaleidoscope Eyes' Skrabl has grown from a hobbyist to a bona fide artist in his own right.
The latest offering from the Southend bred emcee is also arguably his best to date. 'The Emperors New Garms' offers a plethora of differing styles, intricate wordplay and immense lyricism meshed together to create something truly special.
Don't take our word for it, check it out for yourself at... Skrabl.bandcamp.com
Desree is a spoken word poet and writer based in London, but still reps the town she grew up in Slough. An advocate for community arts, theatre, and youth projects, Desree began a night called #OMN where she performed spoken word on stage for the first time. Having not performed outside of Slough until late 2015, she now always arms herself with a poetry book and an outlandish sense of humour, and attends poetry events all over the UK.
Also, a spoken word educator, Desree uses writing spoken word and poetry to engage disaffected young people in spaces such as classrooms, libraries and even the occasional Nandos.
As well as coming second in Hammer & Tongue Slam 2018, Desree has featured at events such as Empoword, Word Up, Extra Second London, HeadSpin, SpeakEasy, Word On The Street, Heaux Noire; the Open Mic night for WoC by WoC, Greenbelt Festival in Kettering alongside World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker, Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi, award winning British poet and playwright Toby Campion and habitual slam winner Vanessa Kissuule to name a few. As well as headlining events up and down the UK, Desree delivered a TEDx talk at Bath University titled Poetry and Self-Esteem; Finding Truth with Words.
Yossi is a spoken word artist, actor and practitioner of performance education. Yossi has worked with young people in a creative setting since he was 10, starting out at Chickenshed Theatre Company. He has gone on to train as an actor at RADA, perform in the West End and tour with Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
In the last year and a half Yossi has focused on writing and performing spoken word poetry. In this time he has had a strand of his poems featured by MTVUK, won Poetic Unity's black history competition and performed at the Back2Black Awards at BAFTA. All this fuels Yossi's innovative work with young people.
Through poetry, performance and drama Yossi runs empowering workshops with young people giving them a voice and encouraging them to engage with important issues and think freely. Yossi states that: "By working with young people in this way we help create leaders who want to change the world and will go on to make it a better place."
Poet and actress from east London. Poamz started writing poetry during a low point of her life and took to the stage February 2017.
She found the therapy in writing down her feelings and experiences and turning them into artwork. She writes and speaks on issues close to her heart such as self love, mental health, women empowerment, social and political issues and homelessness where she has become an ambassador for the charity Shelter.
Her aims are to inspire others whilst continuously inspiring herself. She wants to shed light onto issues that need more of a conversation and enable others to talk about their lowest points in life. She believes struggles are nothing to be ashamed of, in fact something to be proud of.
She has performed at numerous women empowerment events, The barbican centre, The secret garden party festival, Oxford University and The Houses of Parliament.
Ceepz is a songwriter and rapper from the eastern district of Northampton England UK.
He has developed over the years as one of Northampton's leading rappers and songwriters. He has been performing regularly in pubs and clubs for the last 2 years with his quick witted and observant lyrics, gaining him much deserved acclaim amongst his peers on the music circuit.
He began writing lyrics at an early age after being influenced by his father, a working musician and singer songwriter.
He developed a taste for hip hop after being introduced to American artists such as Nas, DMX, Jedi Mind Tricks and Tupac, later applying his lyrics to the British Grime scene before finding his own style of writing and delivery. Ceepz has deliberately avoided the traditional Gangster style of hip hop lyrics instead favouring a real rugged and raw style of lyricism.
MyJaike ~ Tim Jon Brophy ~
Rebecca Ryan ~ Adam Harilaou
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