Under the moniker of We Show Up On Radar, Andy Wright, produces some of the best indie folk on the planet and is frequently championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Andy’s second full-length album, ‘WSUOR’, emanates a child-like wonder but takes very mature, adult heartbreak and bitterness and imbues it with fresh imagery and candor.
City Shanty Band is a 10 piece sea shanty group from Hackney. Stomps, claps, drums and accordion all make an appearance, but many of the songs are reliant solely on male voice. Their repertoire ranges from old swaggering sea songs to new compositions based on modern city life – all delivered with a 10-strong vocal attack that will blow your hat off.
Matt Henshaw’s biography is already complex at the age of 26, which gives his song-writing a depth and maturity that could only have come with experience; suffering for his art and travelling a journey that has shaped and honed his skills ñ and it shows. Having paid his dues, he is still on his way upÖand the best is yet to come.
This soul-loving, tea-drinking gardener is a singer/songwriter of some repute from Ilkeston, between Nottingham and Derby, who is now living in Leicester and taking the local music scene there by storm. His penchant for acoustic sets and original songs showcases his love of guitar and vocal ñ based soul & blues, demonstrating his influences of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Steve Marriott and Sam Cooke, and earning him the description of ëan old soul in a young bodyí. He has named his unique sound Acoustic Rhythm and Gospel, creating a new music genre and inspiring his audiences to follow the man and his music. Widely respected by his peers and well known to the gig-going audiences in the Midlands, he is now travelling the length and breadth of the UK looking to broaden his appeal, continue the journey that has taken him this far, make his mark on the national music scene, and see where the ride takes him.
His recent decision to perform as a solo artist, stripping back his unique sound to just an acoustic guitar and his superbly mellifluous voice, has already generated much interest and he can be found most evenings on a stage doing what he was born to do, guitar in hand, working his particular brand of magic; his beautiful soulful voice and ethereal guitar weaving a spell over a gathering with self-penned songs so resonant with emotion and meaning they would cause an angel to weep, leaving his audience spellbound and wanting more. This rapidly growing interest has strengthened his resolve to make himself prominent on the UK music scene, and his web-based activities on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter growing his following to promote himself and his music are now paying dividends, with fans across the globe wanting more.
His superlative voice and stage presence has already won him critical acclaim from respected publications such as the NME and The Guardian; he has been featured on BBC Introducing numerous times, appears regularly on independent radio stations throughout the Midlands, and opened the main stage for Dizzy Rascal at Lovebox Festival in London after winning the NME Breakthrough Act in 2010. He was previously a founder member of Censored, a band who garnered much critical acclaim and fame throughout the Midlands, and who supported Snow Patrol, Ocean Colour Scene and We Are Scientists, also playing the Isle Of Wight & Reading and Leeds Festivals. More recently, he has collaborated with numerous artists in and around his home patch to create a unique sound with the Derby-based MC Reggiimental, which has been dubbed B-Boy Soul and which generated the widely-acclaimed album ëComing Aroundí- the most under-rated album release of 2013. He has also teamed up with a former bandmate, under the name of Satsuma Elephants, to generate psychedelic rock with soulful undertones; an eclectic mix which demonstrates how successfully he can slip from genre to genre, and even create new ones, without losing integrity and which showcases his appeal to his many appreciative fans.
Having moved to Nottingham from a sleepy village in deepest Norfolk, Jamie Moon is quickly making a name for himself in the midlands. Jamie’s beautiful fingerpicking style developed as for a while he could not afford eat, never-mind replace his frequently lost plectrums.
The delicate guitar arrangements and songs by Damien Rice, Elliott Smith, Ben Howard and Bob Dylan have had a significant influence on Jamie, encouraging him to push his music even further with the new record, Glasshouse EP.
“Jamie Moon is captivating” – Nottingham Live
“Never known such a quiet crowd for an artist. @BodegaNotts clearly captivated by @JamieMoonMusic (Hashtag)Shhhhh” – Phil Vines – @StageTimesUK
“@JamieMoonMusic had everyone mesmerised tonight on @UTT_Notts at @MaltCross” – Under The Tree
“Last year Jamie released one of the best EP’s to come out of Notts in recent time. Probably ever. A rising star and favourite on the local scene.” – Farmyard
“His gorgeously crafted acoustic songs are filled with beautiful lyrics, heartfelt melodies and are tinged with heartbreak and sadness, but they still manage to be uplifting, and are truly captivating” – Cassia Helme
“The gruffest blues to fall this side of the Trent” – Wire & Wool
“Some of the coolest shantys and ditties to emerge from a Notts band for a while. Lovely stuff ” – Farmyard Records
“What a band, what a band, what a band, what a mighty good band! 94 Gunships have taken Nottingham by storm over the last six months and sweet Joni Mitchell what a storm it has been! Houses have been flooded and new holes have been created to be filled in again! 94 Gunships will fill that hole in your heart with music co-written by the bands two front men! An opportunity to see a great new band who will most likely boom over the next year or so. Lyrics so catchy you will become a lyric-knowing fan geek after one performance! Come and see 94 Gunships and I promise you will enjoy it.” – Bradley Rice, Ambiance, Jam Cafe, Top 50 Lads
“we still don’t know why there’s 94 Gunships and not 11 or 45 but it doesn’t matter because they are so good that there’s never going to be enough raving about them from us. Honestly one of the best bands in Nottingham right now, every single person in the room seemed to know the words to Dig A Hole and had a right good foot stomp throughout the whole of the boys set; it basically sounds like whiskey tastes.” – Kimberly Winter, Under The Tree Promotions
Baxter Dunlop used to be the singer/songwriter in The Toy Guns and was signed to EMI. The Toy Guns toured Japan and received regular national airplay. Since then Baxter has mainly been writing and recording in his basement studio and has received recognition from BBC Introducing and Tom Robinson for his latest track ‘Connecting Dots’.
Baxter Dunlop makes music out of stickle bricks, music for fist fights, music to dance to, music for punks, music for the new wave, music for the old wave, music to fall off your bike to, music to drive your car to, music to burn your toast to, music for the low end, music for the high end, music for post-punks, music for electros, music for those who watch internet streams, music for guitars, music for synths, music for pets, music for overpriced transport, music to drink to, music to smoke to, music for those who try too hard, music for out of date meat, music for bad make-up and fake nails, music for greasy spoons, music for vinyl, music for digital, music for sleep deprivation, music for bad hair, music for the one that got away, music for the soul, music for schizophrenic glamour, music for film, music for clubs, music for those old enough to know better, music for riots, music for city folk, music for country folk, music for slashback razors, music to skate to, music for the masses, music for the classes.
Hailing from the green hills and valleys of ‘Lawrence country’. Some say the these folks have spent too long in the woods drinking moonshine! Mean and moody, they can break your heart or skiffle you to submission with their octane fuelled drinking songs with a kind of “UpNoirthicana”. Dh Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show write blend of psycho-skiiffle through to lo-fi Country/Folk.
If they are not singing hanging songs in the darkness of the trees, then they’re picking mushrooms or elderberries and sloes to make ruby red liquour to help them through the deep darkness of winter . Light a candle, sip some moonshine liquour and enjoy!
The Most Ugly Child are a five piece Country/Americana band from Nottingham, UK. Formed in November 2012 from various limbs of already established bands (The Broomhill String Band /The Rip-Roaring Success), they have quickly developed a prominent following across the Midlands and beyond. Festival slots in 2013 include Ynot Festival and Southwell Folk Festival, plus support slots for Rose’s Pawn Shop, Ahab, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Rue Royale and Captain Dangerous as well as headlining many of their own shows. Rounding off their first year together, they recently signed to Wire & Wool Records, as part of the I’m Not From London family and preparing to release the debut EP ‘A Wicked Wind Blows’ in early spring..
Brought together by a mutual appreciation of country and bluegrass music, the group centre around the partnership of singer songwriters Daniel Wright & Stevie-Leigh Goodison. Influenced by the high and lonesome sounds of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and George Jones, Daniel and Stevie have been likened to some of the great country duos of yesteryear, such as Johnny and June Carter-Cash. Their original material blends seamlessly with old time country classics and ‘A Wicked Wind Blows’ features not just stunning lyrics and vocal harmonies but also Max Johnson and Matt Cutler (The Broom Hill String Band) on upright bass & drums respectively and Nicole J Terry (The Rip Roaring Success) on Fiddle. The bands new material perfectly showcases their emotive lyrical content and strong sense of harmony; Daniel speaks through his handed down guitar whilst Stevie-Leigh’s heartworn vocals show musical maturity far beyond her years. 2014 is already turning out to be an exciting year for The Most Ugly Child with the release of the new EP on 7th July through Wire & Wool Records.
Formerly known as acoustic singer/songwriter ‘Frazer Lowrie’, Lowrie has ditched the first name and his acoustic guitar for a piano, beats & synths. 2016 will see the release of his debut mix tape ‘Floating World’ but in the meantime his first single ‘Another Trip Around The Sun’ will be out on iTunes December 4th 2015. Although this current release may suggest otherwise; Lowrie’s live shows are far from soft; passionate & powerful vocals, intricate vocal loops, bass destroying beats and fantastic samples.
Having just signed with I’m Not From London Publishing and being awarded the Young Creative Music Award at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham there is no doubt that 2016 will bring a plethora of opportunities for this fine young talent. Lowrie continues to push the boundaries of genres, stereotypes and normality – proved by having been described as a mix of Jamie Cullum, Dallas green and Rod Stewart…
“…an astonishing voice… a great artist, really prolific and so many really classy tracks…” //Dean Jackson – BBC Introducing
“From the second he took to the stage, his confidence was apparent with the stage presence one would expect from a tried, toured and tested musician.” // ItSoundedSweet.com
“Frazer has been on our list of ones to watch since we started promoting…” // Under the Tree
“Lowrie then took to the stage for his solo set which blew everyone away…” // NUSIC