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Finding themselves championed by 6 Music’s Marc Riley and the Eavis family even before selfreleasing debut album ‘Under the Pavement’ in late 2008, quickly established Manchester outfit The Travelling Band as ones to watch very closely.

With the release of sophomore album ‘Screaming is Something’ (2011) they continued to evolve and progress . Recording in isolation on the Isle of Mull the album furthered their growing reputation for songcraft and harmony laden etherealpop production style.

Over six years and 400+ shows since their formation, the band have garnered an enviable reputation as one of the U.K’s tightest live acts and hardest working bands. These factors are captured perfectly within their two live albums, highlighting an ability to utterly feel, not just play music, adapting the painstakingly recorded versions, and adding rawer elements.

And so to 2014 a third album ‘The Big Defreeze’ appears on the horizon, funded through a successful Pledge Music campaign and produced by Iestyn Polson (David Gray, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Simple Kid).

The 'Hands Up' EP served up a taste of whats to come the original ingredients are maintained, intricate guitar lines and infectious rhythms interact with expansive chord structures and subtle tempo changes, while the recipe incorporates a new vivacious flavour.

There’s far more to The Travelling Band than primarily meets eye or ear, continuing to develop and flourish from festival favourites into fully fledged recording artists, building a legacy destined to stand the test of time.

“The sounds they generate took me back to my musical roots… Marvellous music to savour and enjoy” – Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival

“They produce an inventive brand of guitarladen cosmic aesthetic and sprinkles of trademark Manchester’s musical lineage” – Clash Magazine

“If you consider the term ‘Mancunian Americana’ to be an oxymoron… try listening to The Travelling Band. Brilliant” Marc Riley, BBC 6Music

www.thetravellingband.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thetravellingband
www.twitter.com/travellingband
www.youtube.com/thetravellingband

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We couldn’t find anyone playing vintage jazz in our hometown so we decided to do it ourselves - using a kazoo sellotaped to a cornet, a biscuit tin banjo – and a washboard we’d bought from eBay.

We took our name from the spasm bands that played homemade instruments on the streets of New Orleans in the late 19th Century. “Rabbit Foot” comes from The Rabbit Foot Minstrels – a black touring troupe featuring blues singer Bessie Smith, one of our heroes. I figured that if their troupe featured a spasm band then that was exactly what we needed to sound like.

With no jazz scene to prey upon we threw in our lot with noisy guitar groups - playing indie clubs! In most cases we were the first traditional jazz band to play these venues for over half a century. The local press said we were “the authentic sound of New Orleans – possibly during a hurricane” Soon we were successful enough to persuade brass players to join in the fun – and ditched the kazoo solos. We’ve carried on playing clubs like these because they complement the gritty, gutbucket edge of the jazz we love - and we’re winning over a legion of fans who wouldn’t otherwise contemplate dancing to a jazz band.

We’ve also taken in festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival, “serious” clubs like Ronnie Scott’s and The Concorde Club - and we’ve sold out the O2 Academy in Oxford three times. We’ve had front cover features in five magazines and we’ve recorded at session for Mark Lamarr’s BBC Radio 2 show at Maida Vale.

For our first LP Year of the Rabbit (2011) we wrote songs about the seaside, steam trains, pirates, sheds and amateur taxidemists. With the follow up, 2013’s Party Seven we chose deliberately to set our hot jazz and rhythm and blues music deep in the Oxfordshire countryside.

In 2012 we released a single “Greg’s Greats Record Shop” on wax cylinder. In 2013 we launched our own brand of cider – the beverage of choice to British Trad Jazz fans in the 1950s. We’re spending 2014 touring our album Party Seven and working a shedload of new material into our set.

"Probably the most exciting live band on the circuit today"... The Oxford Times

"Noisy and raucous and dangerously sexy jazz" ... BBC Radio 6

"The authentic sound of New Orleans - possibly during a hurricane" ... Nightshift

www.facebook.com/rabbitfootspasmband
www.rabbitfootspasmband.co.uk
twitter.com/TheRabbitFoot


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Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different.

Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel. They have a solid reputation and extensive history of headline tours up and down the country; from Ullapool to Brighton, and almost everywhere in between.

Their debut album Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies had them topping many ‘ones to watch’ lists back in 2010, and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. That same year, they reached number 21 on the BBC Radio 1 Indie Charts and were invited to do sessions with BBC 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews and BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.

Support slots with Stornoway, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Ellen and the Escapades have seen the band bring their music to increasingly wider audiences across the country whilst remaining festival favourites at many UK festivals including Glastonbury, Loopallu, The Big Chill, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Between 2010 and 2012, Polly and the Billets Doux have embarked on eight headline tours of the UK and three busy festival seasons, stopping just long enough to write, record and release their latest Hold Fast EP in summer 2012, which gained great reviews from BBC 6 Music and much of the blogosphere including Folk Radio UK, For Folk’s Sake, The Line of Best Fit and The Blue Walrus.

This latest collection of material perfectly demonstrates Polly’s beautiful gospel-inspired voice and the band’s truly original sound.

2014 sees Polly and the Billets Doux releasing their 2nd studio album, touring extensively across the country and venturing into Europe for the first time.

“From hot rocking thrills, to jazzy splendour to country darkness, the musical brief of Polly and the Billets Doux seems to be, if it sounds and feels good, go for it!” The Daily Mirror

“an eclectic and inspired musical blend” The Guardian

"Polly And The Billets Doux deliver a twee sort of nostalgia (all upright bass and brushed snares)...it falls inside the right end of the Imelda May/Fairground Attraction spectrum" The Independent

pollyandthebilletsdoux.co.uk
www.facebook.com/pollyandthebilletsdoux
twitter.com/pollybdoux

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The Lost Brothers first met in an old dusty library in Liverpool, England in 2007.

From their first encounter, they noticed they had a lot in common. They both come from Ireland (Oisin Leech from Navan, Mark McCausland from Omagh), and having both come from musical families, they had both played in various bands since a young age and had now come to Liverpool to seek a brighter future. The pair shared the same love of music (from the Carter Family to Sam Cooke, Mississippi John Hurt to Dion and the Bellmonts, Phil Spector to the Louvin Brothers, the Impressions to Van Morrison), and before long, were jamming together in the dive bars of Liverpool when not on the road with their bands. The pair were regular faces on the Liverpool music scene and when together, people began to call them, The Lost Brothers…

Feeling the pull from across the sea, however, the twosome decided to leave the bands they were in at the time and de-camp to Portland, Oregon. There they hooked up with producer Mike Coykendall (M Ward, Bright Eyes), and recorded in his attic, what would become their folk tinged debut album, TRAILS OF THE LONELY.

Returning to the UK, the duo headed for London where they started their own label, ‘BIRD DOG RECORDINGS’, and released TRAILS OF THE LONELY in November 2008. The Lost Brothers spent the next two years touring and writing.

In 2010, they were off to Sheffield, England with a new batch of songs. These recordings turned out to be their second album, SO LONG JOHN FANTE, released in 2011 on Bird Dog/ Ace records. The album was produced by Colin Elliot and featured members of Richard Hawley’s band.

More recently, the Losties caught the ear of Raconteur, Brendan Benson, who invited them to record their third album in his Nashville studio. The album is their best yet. It is called THE PASSING OF THE NIGHT. The album was released late 2012 on Brendan’s READYMADE RECORDS in the US and on LOJINX RECORDS in the UK and Ireland.

The Lost Brothers return to The Big Brill Camp after their wonderful performance in 2012.

www.thelostbrothersband.com/
www.facebook.com/thelostbrothers
twitter.com/thelostbrothers


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Count Drachma are a four-piece combining rhythms from Johannesburg, Tehran, New York & London. They play Zulu Maskandi style, the only band in the Northern Hemisphere doing so right now.

The band is lyrically influenced by South African artists Juluka & Mahlathini, musically by Senegalese Orchestra Baobab and Connecticut's tUnEyArDs. Playing traditional Zulu folk songs over modernised beats, as well as their own translated & original material, they offer a truly unique glimpse into the musical melting pot of cosmopolitan South Africa, where half the band grew up learning the language.

After a busy 2013 playing 6 Sofar Sounds sessions, 3 BBC radio plays, a main stage slot at Wilderness plus appearances at several other UK festivals, they are hitting the 2014 summer hard with new recordings under the belt.

"Think of a mix between Paul Simon and the Owimy Sigoma Band and you’re on the right track … this guy is singing so powerfully." - Reviewed at the Sebright Arms, January 2014

"...Oli & Rob Steadman, who are the beating heart of the band... native South Africans, Zulu speakers, and share a deep love of their homeland’s indiginous maskandi music. The Jo’burg rhythms are spliced with looped saxophones, ‘reggaeton’ percussion and the kind of Celtic flavours you’d expect..." - Oxford Times gig preview, June 2013

www.facebook.com/countdrachma
twitter.com/drachmaband
countdrachma.bandcamp.com
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The Dreaming Spires have an enviable musical pedigree. Group members - and brothers - Robin and Joe Bennett formerly played with not one but two influential bands - Goldrush and Danny & the Champions of the World, and co-founded not one but two award-winning festivals, Truck & Wood. They staged an event, Truck America, in Upstate New York where they jammed with Mercury Rev, Tim Easton and The Jayhawks (all of whom are now fans of the Spires), provided backing for The Band’s Garth Hudson and toured America with Mark Gardener of Ride.

It’s the latter experience – traipsing across the States in a beat-up Chevrolet van with no mirrors – that informs much of debut album 'Brothers in Brooklyn'. The real story is in the people and relationships established along the way, and “the real show” is back at someone’s house in the desert hours after the gig finished. It’s also about the true and inescapable drive that leads musicians to continue pursuing the dream long after any thoughts of guitar-shaped swimming pools have expired – “we do it 'cos we must, 'cos we need this the most” – the magic of forming lasting friendships and writing timeless songs.

"...the most thrilling country rock debut album since Big Star" **** Q

“if you’re partial to that lineage of American guitar music that touches on The Byrds, Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Jayhawks, this may well be your album of the year.” Happening

''I love this record'' - Bob Harris OBE

www.thedreamingspires.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thedreamingspires
www.clubhouserecords.co.uk/artists/the-dreaming-spires

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Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from West Oxfordshire in the UK.

Country is the simplest description, but Ags is a proud supporter of Dale Watson’s ‘Ameripolitan’ movement, which supports new music with a roots influence, away from the modern incarnation of country that exists today (you know the stuff…).

Having attempted to write songs for years, Ags found the confidence to take it seriously after attending a workshop with Nashville super-musician Darrell Scott. Since then he’s performed his own songs at events like the 2013 Country2Country Festival at the O2 in London and shared the stage with artists like Fred Eaglesmith, Paul Kelly, Dean Owens and Dale Watson; the latter being at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.

Ags’s influences come essentially from hardcore country like David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Robert Earl Keen and Chris Knight. However, he also takes major non-country influences from the likes of Loudon Wainwright III and Ron Sexsmith.

Ags’ debut album ‘How About Now’, produced by Dean Owens, was released on Drumfire Records in February 2014, receiving rave reviews.

‘How About Now’ is “as good a country record as you’re likely to hear from anywhere this year” - John Davy, Flyin Shoes

“a masterpiece of British country” - Maverick Magazine

“Ags Connolly is the closest we’ve ever come to an English Willie Nelson” - Duncan Warwick, editor of Country Music People Magazine

agsconnolly.com
www.facebook.com/agsconnollymusic
twitter.com/AgsConnolly

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Duchess are a 6 piece female fronted percussion pop band drawing inspiration from afro and latin rhythms.

Since forming in 2012 Duchess have been blasting audiences with ebullient rhythm heavy afro-caribbean infused indie-pop. A small army of percussionist back up singer Katie-louise Herring’s soulful singing voice, like Blondie partying in Soweto.

According to one audience member ‘Watching Duchess is like being transported to a sweaty costa rican night club full of hip-shaking dusky mamas’.

We’re not totally sure about that but you can definitely expect infectious rhythms, catchy melodies, sweet harmonies and a lot of drums!

www.facebook.com/duchessbanduk
soundcloud.com/duchessbanduk
twitter.com/duchessbanduk

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In a past existence,Nick Cope was the singer and songwriter in The Candyskins (indie band 1990’s). We toured around the globe and recorded several albums.

I now write and record music for young children and their families. I play regular shows at schools and family centres and throughout the summer at many of the music festivals around the country. I have established quite a diehard following of little people and their parents, and my CD’s have sold, through word of mouth, all over the world.

www.nickcope.co.uk
www.facebook.com/nickcope4
twitter.com/nickcope4

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Pound Shop Glasses are a bunch of hyperopic Brill-based musicians who rely on discount stores for their spectacles.

Inspired by the driving blues rhythms of John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James, they stalk the mean streets of Aylesbury Vale: middle-aged men searching for their mojo.

Songs as diverse as Lou Reed’s ‘Vicious’ (‘Extraordinary rendition’, George W Bush) and Them’s ‘Gloria’ (‘Who?’ Van Morrison) add to their foot-tapping, toe-curling appeal.

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The new album of brand new songs by Dodgy has been a long time coming but ‘Stand Upright In A Cool Place’ is well worth the wait. Deeper and more mature but with bigger choruses and stronger melodies, recorded over the summer of 2011 in an old farmhouse in Malvern and mixed by Matt Pence in Texas, the original members Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest, have recorded their best work to date.

The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years, but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles including ‘Staying Out For The Summer’, ‘So Let Me Go Far’, ‘If You’re Thinking Of Me’ and the Top 5 hit ‘Good Enough’, all still a staple of radio playlists. They sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 before headliners Radiohead. Not bad, for a band reputed not to be shy when it comes to enjoying a festival, and for many the archetypal festival band.

"Dodgy's new album is a revelation" - The Guardian ****
"They’ve just made the record of their career by a country mile" - The Word

www.dodgyology.com
www.facebook.com/dodgyuk
twitter.com/#!/dodgyuk

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Allo Darlin' are many things. They can turn a room in a famous punk venue into a joyous, jumping, sweaty, pop-mosh pit. Or bring a room of 500 to hushed silence with the few strums of a ukulele and a love song about cooking. Their DIY attitude inspires true dedication from their fans, some of whom will travel hundreds of miles to see them. They have toured the USA and Europe extensively in the last three years.

Their self-titled debut was released to universal acclaim in 2010, including being named No. 2 record of the year by online retailer eMusic, and a glowing 1,200 word essay by legendary Go-Between Robert Forster in the Australian magazine, The Monthly. Their second album 'Europe' was released in 2012 and was Rough Trade's Best Selling record of the year, and number four in their end of year critical list, as well as earning top praise from the likes of Pitchfork and the NME, Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of the year and featuring in stacks of Top Ten of 2012 lists. Despite such critical and underground success, Allo Darlin' have not become a mainstream act. They are a cult band in the truest sense.

www.allodarlin.com
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It’s possible that The Affray were the original inspiration behind Spinal Tap... Four pals from Oxford, England cut their teeth in a variety of bands, both pro and semi-pro, before coming together in their current lineup.

Named after an accident prone submarine, and fuelled on a diet of coke and M&M’s (not brown ones!), they have played as far afield as Croatia, Milwaukee, Barcelona and Long Crendon. This four piece guitar band, who have found favour with the motorcycling fraternity of Europe, have played alongside many top acts, including the Foo Fighters and the Fun Loving Criminals.

They play all the very best rock songs with pace and volume. You’ll find your feet tapping, your eyes watering, and your ears bleeding...

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Candy Says is a new band with a new sound and a determination to do things its own way. Lead singer Juju (formerly of Little Fish) teamed up with fellow Fish Ben Walker, Eliza Zoot (Black Casino and The Ghost) and Mike Monaghan (Man Without Country, Fionn Regan) in the summer of 2012 and set about recording an album in the garage of Ben and Juju's bungalow. The result is a lo-fi chic pop sound influenced by Juju's french roots.

After Juju's experience in the industry (signed to Universal in the US, and Island in the UK with Little Fish) she wanted to create something closer to her heart, closer to home. "I feel like I have finally found something to feel inspired by, something to strive for and something that I believe in once again. I have that same magical feeling about what I am doing now that I had when I first started writing songs" The rest of the band were drawn in by her musical vision, and Juju's fans are rallying in support of this new musical adventure.

It sounds like a garage band recording a version of an electro band playing Velvet Underground songs. It's pop, but with a real focus on the finer intricacies of the music, which boasts complex arrangements to keep the sound fresh. At times the beat is almost tribal, and at others it's layered with melodies, the sounds and vocals harmonising and blending until picking out each element becomes impossible.

candysays.it
candysays.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/candysaysit


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In a past existence,Nick Cope was the singer and songwriter in The Candyskins (indie band 1990’s). We toured around the globe and recorded several albums.

I now write and record music for young children and their families. I play regular shows at schools and family centres and throughout the summer at many of the music festivals around the country. I have established quite a diehard following of little people and their parents, and my CD’s have sold, through word of mouth, all over the world.

My CD's "My socks", "What colour is your T-shirt?" and "Why is the sky blue?" are available through my website (see below), on itunes and most of the other major download sites.

www.nickcope.co.uk

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The Dreaming Spires have an enviable musical pedigree. Group members - and brothers - Robin and Joe Bennett formerly played with not one but two influential bands - Goldrush and Danny & the Champions of the World, and co-founded not one but two award-winning festivals, Truck & Wood. They staged an event, Truck America, in Upstate New York where they jammed with Mercury Rev, Tim Easton and The Jayhawks (all of whom are now fans of the Spires), provided backing for The Band’s Garth Hudson and toured America with Mark Gardener of Ride.

It’s the latter experience – traipsing across the States in a beat-up Chevrolet van with no mirrors – that informs much of debut album 'Brothers in Brooklyn'. The real story is in the people and relationships established along the way, and “the real show” is back at someone’s house in the desert hours after the gig finished. It’s also about the true and inescapable drive that leads musicians to continue pursuing the dream long after any thoughts of guitar-shaped swimming pools have expired – “we do it 'cos we must, 'cos we need this the most” – the magic of forming lasting friendships and writing timeless songs.

"...the most thrilling country rock debut album since Big Star" **** Q
“if you’re partial to that lineage of American guitar music that touches on The Byrds, Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Jayhawks, this may well be your album of the year.” Happening
''I love this record'' - Bob Harris OBE

www.thedreamingspires.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thedreamingspires
www.clubhouserecords.co.uk/artists/the-dreaming-spires

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Fantastically energetic and foot-stomping super 7′ (thankfolkforthat.com). Patch & The Giant are an alt-folk band from London; a spirited troupe of five boys and two girls who together craft their own, infectious brand of 'rough-edged folk' (Time Out).

With an air of ramshackle decadence, the songs are delivered with strong vocal harmonies, soaring strings, keys and buttons along with boots, braces and warbling brass. Their hearty and energetic take on modern folk is rustically enigmatic with definite nods towards the sea; the songs are anthemic, proudly lyrical with most featuring at least one ship.

Formed in late 2011, they have firmly established their name as one of the busiest and most talked about bands on the buzzing alternative folk scene. Their debut release, The Boatswain's Refuge EP (Folkroom Records) is released on 20th May 2013.

"One of, if not the single most promising folk acts to emerge so far this decade" (7 Bit Arcade)
"A band you should make an effort to catch" (Folk Radio UK)

www.patchandthegiant.com
www.facebook.com/patchandthegiant
www.youtube.com/patchandthegiant
www.twitter.com/patchandgiant

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For six years Papa Truck have enjoyed playing their own brand of British Bluegrass. From bluegrass festivals to local pubs to Lithuanian TV, all who have had the chance to catch a set have come away with a smile.

They have two albums under their belt and are getting ready for a 3rd. 2012 saw them expand from 4 to 5 when they met fiddle player, Nia, who fit right in with the boys, complementing the established tunes and adding her style to the new ones. Martin (vocals, guitar, mandolin) Dan (banjo) Ryan (vocals, guitar) Sparkie (vocals, bass) Nia (fiddle).

www.papatruck.co.uk
www.facebook.com/pages/Papa-Truck/17006429580/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Q39Dz0lfI/

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Tamara Parsons-Baker began her career in Tokyo, Japan. Having taught herself the basics of guitar and written a batch of tentative but already unconventional songs, she returned to her hometown of Oxford and took on its expansive and competitive open mic scene. Wherever she performed, the verdict was the same: she had a VOICE, and one that wasn't easy to forget.

Over the next few years she produced new material that took its formulaic cues from jazz and the blues, and populated her songs with characters and observations that display wit and wisdom beyond her years. Sometimes she is part Amanda Palmer, part Anita O'Day; other times she is part Tom Waits, part Jeff Buckley. And you are invited to try and keep up.

Tamara is joined by Tom Sharp of Smilex fame.

tamaramusic.co.uk

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Bear on a Bicycle is a new award-winning youth collective based in Oxfordshire and specialising in uniting all creative media. We are a collective of bands, solo artists, photographers, artists, poets, and film-makers.

Family: whyrhys//Jordan O'Shea//Sier Pin Sky// Curby//John-Henry Davidson//Toby Dawkins Moonbase Media//Heather Lawson//Kat Buchanan// Ed Millo//Charles III//Agony Number Nine The Campfire Raj//Amir Sharma//Lunar Maria

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Already officially crowned the hardest working band of 2011, Skinny Lister are Daniel Heptinstall, Lorna Thomas, Maxwell Thomas, Sam Brace and Dan Gray who came together in the summer of 2009. United by their love of folk, jigs and the outdoors the band have been riotously swinging the festival scene since day one, notching up an impressive 30 festivals last year.

Their music, equal parts traditional folk and ramshackle pop, rip roaring and rum totingly exciting, a Skinny Lister gig is an experience that spins you round, lifts you up and puts a smile on your face all the way home. Whether its heave-ho-ing shanties, family penned traditional songs or their own trade mark sounds from a lost summer spent tripping through fields of corn or hazy nights at a country pub, Skinny Lister is a lifestyle and the soundtrack to happiness.

www.skinnylister.com

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It’s possible that The Affray were the original inspiration behind Spinal Tap... Four pals from Oxford, England cut their teeth in a variety of bands, both pro and semi-pro, before coming together in their current lineup.

Named after an accident prone submarine, and fuelled on a diet of coke and M&M’s (not brown ones!), they have played as far afield as Croatia, Milwaukee, Barcelona and Long Crendon. This four piece guitar band, who have found favour with the motorcycling fraternity of Europe, have played alongside many top acts, including the Foo Fighters and the Fun Loving Criminals.

They play all the very best rock songs with pace and volume. You’ll find your feet tapping, your eyes watering, and your ears bleeding...


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Some say The Lost Brothers sound like a ragged Everly Brothers. Others say they sound like The Lost Brothers.

It is said that The Lost Brothers formed four years ago in the summer heat of Liverpool. It is also said that The Lost Brothers wrote a book of songs that autumn, and in the dead of winter they recorded the songs in an attic in Portland, Oregon.

We know that The Lost Brothers released these songs on their debut album (trails of the lonely) to a heap of praise from the likes of NME, The Irish Times, Word magazine, Hot Press, and their fans (losties).

Through the following year, The Lost Brothers have been spotted in person, performing at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Texas (SXSW), New York, Portland, Toronto, Paris, and a hop, skip and jump across the land of the UK and their beloved Ireland. In their journeys they have toured and played along with many, including Richard Hawley, M Ward, Jolie Holland, Richmond Fontaine, Brendan Benson, Jimmy Webb, Justine Townes Earle and Squeeze among others.

In 2011 the band travelled to Nashville where they worked on new songs with Brendan Benson as producer. While in Nashville the brothers also caught the ear of the Barbara Orbison’s office where they recorded a song for the 75th Roy Orbison anniversary album. In June 2011 The Lost Brothers shared the bill with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison at the London Feis. This year the Lost Brothers opened the Electric Picnic on the main stage.

Over 12 days in 2010 The Lost Brothers recorded their second album,“So Long John Fante”, in Sheffield with producer Colin Elliot and some of Richard Hawleys band lending a hand in the studio. It has received rave reviews from the Irish Times,Hot Press, the Irish Exaiminer among many others. ….the trail continues.

www.thelostbrothersband.com


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In a past existence,Nick Cope was the singer and songwriter in The Candyskins (indie band 1990’s). We toured around the globe and recorded several albums.

I now write and record music for young children and their families. I play regular shows at schools and family centres and throughout the summer at many of the music festivals around the country. I have established quite a diehard following of little people and their parents, and my CD’s have sold, through word of mouth, all over the world.

Both my CD's "My socks" and "What colour is your T-shirt?" are available through my website (see below), on itunes and most of the other major download sites.

www.nickcope.co.uk

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The Family Machine have been delighting audiences around the country with their unique brand of acoustic-indie-pop for the last 5 years. Their album 'You Are The Family Machine' and subsequent singles releases, along with live performances, have put them at the fore of the Oxford music scene, and their latest single 'Quiet As a Mouse' is available as a free download mp3 and sheet music from www.youarethefamilymachine.com

Watch the video at www.vimeo.com/34460694

"Inventive indie pop", "Beautifully tender... Grandiose and magical", "Perfectly harmonious, summery indie" - come and find out for yourself!

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Currently based in Wiltshire and Oxford, Mustard and the Monocle formed in July 2010, eventually settling on the name after brief spells under the monikers 'Captain Bringmedown and the Pessimistic Starship', 'Whoa! That's My Tail' and 'Wooden Leg, Real Foot'.

Drummer Simon Small joined the indie/folk project after his brother Jamie (bass) and frontman James Devine combined the punk and indie roots of their previous bands with more recent folk influences to produce the energetic, harmony filled sound of Mustard and the Monocle.

With Hugh Langworthy and Dan Pratt the most recent additions to the outfit, on keys and guitar respectively, the band have played various venues around the UK, including performances with bands such as Boy & Bear and Little Comets, and slots at Arcane Festival and Devizes Festival 2011.

www.reverbnation.com/mustardandthemonocle

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Adam Barnes is an Oxford born songwriter and performer, currently residing in the countryside that surrounds the city. He is a folk artist; a haunting songwriter and an honest performer waiting for some more people to take a step back and listen in.

The 20-year-old singer took his first steps into the lonely world of singer-song writing in 2010, with support slots for both William Fitzsimmons and Slow Club, along with the experience from years of previous musical projects. Taking time out from the musical hustle and bustle of Oxford, Adam Barnes spent a summer recording a debut 8 track E.P entitled ‘Blisters’.

What was to follow would project him to the heights of mountainous ranges in the Americas, the depths of lakes in the Alps and obscurities of Supermarkets in Wycombe. With an increasing reputation of allowing any space to become a feasible area for a performance, Adam Barnes endeavours to bring his charmingly presented folk songs to as many people as possible.. before being asked to leave.

At such a young age yet with a natural ability to capture the emotional sentiment within a song, to twist and perceive lyrics to compliment his melodies and give you the opportunity to fall in love with well written music, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this man is telling you stories beyond his years.

www.facebook.com/AdamBarnesMusic

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Danica Hunter is an 18 year old singer/songwriter who has a powerful, unique and captivating voice, and a very passionate connection with her music.

Danica writes original music and has a keen fanbase. At 16 years of age she made it to the finals of Openmic UK at the O2 Arena. On the way, she shot her first video and has now written and recorded several songs with her co-songwriter/guitarist Angus Chandler and is preparing to release her first EP.

Danica’s songs have been played on local BBC radio (Berkshire, Oxfordshire), in addition to national radio stations (Radio 6 and Radio 2 by Tom Robinson and Jo Whiley) and international livestream radio in the US and Canada. Danica was also invited to play at the world renowned Henley Festival on the same evening as Jools Holland.

Most recently, Danica supported the amazing Geno Washington at The Halfmoon in Putney. In addition, she was invited to the BBC Introducing Masterclass where she took her opportunity of 1 minute of fame and sang live streamed in front of industry professionals, including Maverick Sabre, Atlantic Records and Rob da Bank at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Her spontaneous performance led to her being aired on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 and Linda Serck’s BBC Berkshire Introducing shows.

‘We have only one motive – to make music and share it with you. If you hate it – turn it off and listen to something else. If you love it, tell us !’

www.danicahunter.com
The RoadRunners

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The ROADRUNNERS are a four-piece band based in Oxfordshire who specialize in classic hits from the 1950’s and 60s.

Collectively the band has many years experience of live performance and plays a popular mix from both decades. Repertoire includes songs by artists like Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, Canned Heat, Howlin’ Wolf, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bo Diddley, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Free, Fleetwood Mac, Sam and Dave, Ry Cooder, Wilson Pickett etc.

www.the-roadrunners.co.uk
¿Que?

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Formed around 14 years ago in Brill, ¿Que? have built a reputation for classy performances at weddings, balls, parties, festivals and corporate events. ¿Que? play an eclectic mix of classic swing jazz – and pop and soul with a twist – designed to create a unique party atmosphere.

The sound features Helen Kay’s smooth lead vocals, backed by three-part harmonies, piano (Colin Pugh), guitar (Keith Jones), sax (Sarah Godowski and Keith Jones), bass (Alan Horton) and drums (Richard Judd).

www.que-jazz.co.uk
Renegades

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Renegades are a newly formed four piece pop / rock band with influences ranging from Oasis to Coheed and Cambria. Focusing on a great vocal melody and catchy tunes you’ll surely go away with a great song going round your head!

Exposition

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Exposition are a band of four 15 year old girls from Aylesbury high school. We've been together for only 2 months. We play a range of music and our youtube channel is www.youtube.com/user/MusicExposition/videos.

We've played at two gigs before, one of them being a battle of the bands in which we won the audience vote.


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