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.
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
Avast! And welcome to the world of the Mirth, a group of debauched and maniacal japesters that have been plundering the British Isles and mainland Europe for the last several years or so. Combining hilarious live shows with pounding dance music, Seas of Mirth are a party band unlike any other around. With high speed gypsy beats, a thrashy folk influence and some majestic bellowing, they even manage to throw in a bit of old- school hip-hop for good measure. Imagine Gogol Bordello getting Mumford and Sons in a headlock, whilst Flogging Molly steals their lunch money and Grandmaster Flash kicks them in the shins. They can be seen and heard hollering nautical folk tales, punishment chants, misfortunate love ballads at sea, and musical yarns concerning mythical sea beasts.
As well as traversing the festival circuit from Boomtown Fair to Secret Garden Party to Edinburgh Festival, they have forayed the highly decadent and debauched parties in London up to invading the Manchester Day parade, straight down to cannon-blasting the thousands of freshers at Falmouth University. Shaking the gypsy scene to its very core, these buccaneers have the ability to turn every head, shake every hip and split every side!
“They are Seas Of Mirth and they are hilarious. They have gypsy melodies and Irish rhythms creating stomping sea chants with classic sing-alongs. Very gifted story tellers and musicians and the highlight of the night bar none.” - LeftLion Magazine
“Utterly bizarre… thoroughly entertaining” - The Monograph
“Not your typical sea-shanty inspired band. Their combination of gypsy and punk laced folk will go down a storm at any festival” - Folk Radio UK
“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
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.
Ryan Thomas is a 21 year old singer-songwriter hailing from Nottingham, UK. His combination of blues, country and folk have marked him as one of the Midlands rising stars with influences from Robert Johnson, Seasick Steve and Johnny Cash. Having recently signed to Wire & Wool Records (I’m Not From London), Ryan’s first record ‘Worries & Troubles’ debuted at No.1 on the iTunes Blues Chart.
2013 saw regular BBC Introducing airplay for Ryan as well as slots at some of the Midlands most prestigious venues working with major promoters in venues such as Rescue Rooms and Glee Club. Ryan made appearances at Dot To Dot Festival, The Big Shake Out and Splendour 2013 as well as being pitted as ‘One To Watch’ by Left Lion Magazine.
“The sound of Bluesy folk artist Ryan Thomas will blow you away. His Seasick Steve like vocals coupled with the sound of his bling resonator guitar is a catch. A born performer, Ryan Thomas’ performance is spellbinding.”
“In fact, if it’s modern blues you’re looking for, you can’t go far wrong with this record. Chuck it on while you’re having a bottle of beer and a cigarette, then listen to it again when your head’s pounding the next morning.”