Newcastle Neo-soul, jazz and hiphop. Portraits offer their contribution to the UK music scene through improvisation, lyricism, arrangement and a strong focus on moving their music forward into unexplored territory.
Head Of Light Entertainment are an alternative, fizzy, summery pop band from Teesside.
They’ve released three albums, had both regional and national radio play (Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music are fans), lots of gushing press reviews, and gigged up and down the UK.
Playing as a trio (sans drums), Broken Levee are a stylish and charismatic blues band with a reputation for surging and full-blooded performances that reveal an impressive trove of original compositions. Their sound echoes the Great British and American blues acts but also delivers a unique and rich new take on the genre. The band are constantly drawing influence from an eclectic range of artists from jazz, funk, soul, rock and indeed the blues!
Lead vocalist Lindsay Hannon has an explosive blues voice, which veers from raucous and ballsy, to vulnerable and tender.
Duncan Lloyd is probably best known as the guitarist and musical driving force behind Mercury Music Prize nominated band, Maximo Park, but Lloyd’s frenetic outpouring has also seen him busy with various projects including Decade In Exile, Nano Kino, experimentalists Res Band, and solo work under his own name. It is his solo work which now calls for our attention, with the release of new album ‘Outside Notion’.
A rare public outing for District Attorney, the band made up of luminaries from former great local bands such as Minotaurs, The Union Choir, Deadly Friend, The Dark Sky Singers and others. Joined for this gig by esteemed local producer and former The Railway Club frontman/guitarist, Martin Francis Trollope.
Mouthful are a 4-piece a Capella vocal group who make innovative, exciting and original music using only the human voice as an expertly-played and finely-tuned instrument. Bex Mather, Dave Camlin, Katherine Zeserson and Sharon Durant create and perform a diverse range of vocal material inspired by gospel, funk, jazz and global folk traditions. Be prepared to have your preconceptions about vocal music blown out of the water by powerful and exciting original work, and sophisticated and unusual arrangements…
Bird in the Belly spent 12 months recording songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded - all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. The resulting debut album 'The Crowing' was released March 2018, to rave reviews:
Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and Americana, The Mile Roses are now fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene. Their original songs and close three part harmonies are accompanied by guitars, fretless bass, cittern, mandolin and fiddles.
Tim Dalling is a unique performer, songwriter and accordionist. His work has ranged from musical and theatrical clowning to serious songwriting for theatre, performance and recording. His style ranges from traditional folk to jazz and music hall and has been described as a cross between Ivor Cutler and Randy Newman
Over the past 12 years Port Erin have extensively toured the U.K. performing over 750 shows at some of of the U.K.’s most prestigious venues. They have made appearances at many UK & EU festivals including; Glastonbury Festival, played live sessions for BBC Introducing and their music has been aired numerous times on BBC Radio 6 (Guy Garvey & Tom Robinson). Since their formation, they have diligently been affirming themselves as one of the UK’s hardest working, most loved, unsung and underground DIY bands.
Davey Woodward fronted indie bands The Brilliant Corners and The Experimental Pop Band. His current band are called Karen. The Winter Orphans are a group of friends realising the potential of his solo songs. Davey lives in a tree house somewhere in Bristol. England.
Hailing from the North East of England, Nano Kino is the creation of Sarah Suri and Duncan Lloyd. Bonding over a mutual love of Cocteau Twins and early 4AD, their music's ethereal blend is majestic and entrancing. Sarah’s vocals complemented by Duncan’s guitars create an inimitable sonic panorama.
On bass, Andy Martin & Tom English plays drums, live, they bring together these intricate mystical soundscapes to form perfectly crafted songs
Since the release of Rose Tinted Spex, Robert has achieved critical acclaim as a talented, versatile guitarist and musician. He has worked with the horn section of reggae superstars UB40 (Brian Travers, Martin Meredith and Laurence Parry) on the track Cayenne Pepper, and is going from strength to strength asserting a new breed of instrumental rock,blues and funk music.
“Dana Gavanski spins her heartbreaking solitude into beauty on 'One by One'.” – The 405
“Stately and wistful there’s’ a touch of class to Gavanski’s songwriting, the spindling hooks and her fantastic and dulcet vocal tones are framed with twinkling notes in the mid distance. – God Is In The TV
Black Sea Dahu are singer-songwriter Janine Cathrein and a gang of musical cohorts. Think: modern-day Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. But instead of dropping copious amounts of LSD and driving around in a VW mini-bus, they trip out on sound and studio-related cabin fever. They also make some of the most searing, contemporary, Urban Folk around!
Chosen for a BBC Introducing showcase at Band on the Wall in 2011 by tastemakers Gilles Peterson, Mike Chadwick and Kevin LeGendre, Roller:Trio subsequently won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award and their eponymous debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize. That same year they were also nominated for the MOBO Best Jazz Act and Jazz FM Best Newcomer awards.
Pat McMahon Electric Band is a three piece combo which draws on a wide range of rock, Chicago blues and soul influences. The band comprises Pat on electric and acoustic guitars; veteran session keyboard/bass player, Ray Johns, and George Waters, on drums.
As well performing Pat’s original material, the band cover a fine blend of renowned artists, incl. BB King, John Mayer, Hendrix, Santana, Bill Withers, and Clapton.
Headclouds are a five-piece pop group from Newcastle-upon-Tyne
'Guitars drenched in a haze of drifting reverb intertwined with ghostly vocal harmonies' - The Line of Best Fit
‘I hear bands every week that try to do that jangly, mid-summer pop vibe… Headclouds are well above the lot of them’ - Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
As a performer, Bridie is best known for her band, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, a folk influenced trio based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. They achieved national recognition after winning the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, having beaten over 8,000 contenders to secure the prize of performing on multiple stages at the legendary festival.
In 2007. award-winning songwriter, Katie released her debut solo album. Bridges, to much acclaim, leading to her sharing stages with the likes of Karine Polwart, Kate and Anna Mpcgarrigle, and Ray Davies. She’s back, now with her Navigators and new album And Then.
Anarcho-Jazz-Hop innovators, Binbag Wisdom bring insightful lyricism to the forefront of their soulful and passionate live show. Downtempo Hip-Hop grooves flow effortlessly and combine with white hot punk energy to create a meaningful and powerful performance
Holy Now make indie pop music built around captivating melodies and heartbroken lyrics. Songs about an unwillingness to grow up and stagnate. Timeless pop music with intimate melodies, yelling drums and sprawling choruses. Jangly fuzz pop where euphoria meets insomnia.
Winner of 9 major awards in the U.S.A and 4 times nominated in the British Blues Awards. Sewell’s music has not only been recorded recently by several American artists but is also featured on numerous major compilations alongside legendary artists such as Robert Johnson, B.B King and Howlin’ Wolf.
Melbourne’s DIY indie outfit, The Stroppies, signed to Tough Love Records are set to release their debut album ‘Whoosh’ in March 2019. Championed by BBC 6 Music, the band’s Lexington, London gig has already sold strongly, and a UK tour will include dates in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton and Bristol.