Over the course of many album releases over the years Bibb has been nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards in several categories. In addition to the Grammy-nominated Shakin’ a Tailfeather children’s album (with Taj Mahal and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir), other noted albums included Friends, which featured Odetta, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis and Mahal as special guests.
Dizraeli is a rapper, multi-instrumentalist and sometime singer taking hip hop to new terrains. Having gone solo in 2009 to record his debut album Engurland (City Shanties), and then spent six years writing and touring with his band Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Dizraeli has gone solo once more to build a new sound.
If Robert Plant and Jimi Hendrix made love to the sounds of Audioslave, they’d probably sound similar to the likes of Tracer. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, the trio embodies a sonic sledgehammer sound steeped in epic guitars, clever hooks and raw, uncompromising vocals. Tracer’s unique blend of 90’s stoner and 70’s classic rock is winning them over new fans, and landed them with an international record deal.
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
Field Music are a band from Sunderland, made up of brothers David and Peter Brewis. Celebrated as one of the few bands to transcend and outlast the short-lived NME generated post-punk revival of the noughties, they released their latest album Music For Drifters in April 2015.
Rambling folk singer Will Varley, who walked over 500 miles along England’s south coast with a guitar on his back, is gearing up for the release of his third album Postcards From Ursa Minor. His last two albums received rave reviews from The Independent, fRoots & Q magazine and has been described by Frank Turner, as ‘one the best singer-songwriters in the UK.’
Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like Suspect Device and Wasted Life. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.
Electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone re-issued their classic 2001 album Sound on their own Dubwiser label this Summer. Dreadzone are still going strong after over 20 years in the game with core members Greg Dread, Leo Williams, MC Spee and legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Chris Compton on guitar and Bazil completing the current Dreadzone line up. They continue to tour extensively throughout the UK & Europe, and this re-issue is being accompanied by an extensive set of tour dates.
Buzzcocks have been thrilling audiences for over thirty-five years. Once called ‘the Beatles of punk’, their music blends high-octane guitar, bass and drum power with heartrending personal statements of love won and lost or dismay at the modern world to create a unique catalogue of unforgettable and immortal music – music they continue to deliver to fans old and new around the world with undiminished passion and energy.
It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. His single New Song was recently used in Breaking Bad and peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts.
Up close and personal: John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and not-entirely-discreet stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career.
Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, release their new studio album SUBCULTURE on 15 June 2015 on DMF Records and have just announced a tour this Autumn. The album, which comes out on CD, 12″ Heavyweight Vinyl and Digital, has been produced by Neil Pyzer and expertly mixed by Prince Fatty and is the calling card of a ‘classic’ band that are completely tuned into the issues and challenges of the modern world.
Exeter Phoenix and The Mysterious Freakshow present their annual Steampunk Extravaganza. Bigger and Better than any before, for one day only Exeter Phoenix will be transformed into a Steampunk Utopia playing host to the UK’s best Steampunk musicians, performers, authors, traders, creators for a day and night of interesting couture, unique performance, unusual workshops, fabulous DJs, cocktails and teapots … there really is something for everyone at this year’s event.
The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are the most exciting Irish folk group to come along in years. Comprising Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, they are all Internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs.
GRASSCUT are composer/producer/vocalist/musician Andrew Phillips and manager/musician Marcus O’Dair. Phillips, who writes and produces all Grasscut music, is also known for his soundtrack work: recent credits include Piper Alpha Fire (BBC2), Children On The Frontline (Channel 4), The Seven Dwarves of Auschwitz (ITV 1), Marco Polo – A Very Modern Journey (3-part series for Chinese TV) and Tsunami Survivors Stories (ITV1).