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.
Beautifully haunting & incredibly unique; Beth Frisby’s acclaimed debut E.P ‘Wandering Eyes’ hit the top 20 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts and continues to steal the breathe of her listeners, one of which being Mr Huw Stephens of BBC Radio One.
Beth is a truly special talent that is on everyones radars, and about time too! Having worked with the likes of Harleighblu, One Bomb, The Invisible Orchestra, Frazer Lowrie and Firenza, it seems that now is finally her time… Signed to The Acoustic Roots Label, 2015 is looking to be a big one!
“…this is not what I was expecting in the best possible way…” – Mark Del, NUSIC
“…haunting in a very beautiful way…” – Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing East Midlands
“…stunning…” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio One
Acoustic · Folk · Pop
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
Alternative triplet Three Girl Rhumba play dancey, rhythmic jangles. Formed in January 2014 in Nottingham, the band recorded their debut EP at Random Recordings, Nottingham and are set to launch the record in London and Nottingham, July 2014.
“…not quite like anything else I’ve heard” Freshnet, BBC 6Music
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.
Pop · Rock
Formed in the Spring of 2013, Sea Monster Eyes are a four-man, one-woman quintet from Nottingham, with a big sound.
Having filmed a video for their song ‘Boat I Row’, Sea Monster Eyes swept the board in the South Yorkshire Filmmakers’ Network’s music video competition, 2Weeks2Make-It. The band garnered attention from newspapers such as Metro and the Nottingham Post, and from local radio stations such as Mansfield 103.2 and Peterborough FM, and won a slot at the renowned industry festival Liverpool Sound City and an international distribution deal.
After a string of shows and festival appearances across the country, Sea Monster Eyes created another video with director Rob Gravenor for the song ‘Simulator’, which appears on the forthcoming EP ¿Garlic?.
¿Garlic? is set for release on September 27th 2014.
“Big Rhino put a massive smile on my face. Infectious tunes that make me want to dance and big sing-a-long choruses that I can’t refuse joining in with. The guys are a real pleasure to work with and have never disappointed. It’s great to see the Rhino get bigger with every show they play.”
– Pat Cannon, I’m Not From London
“A highlight, playing a fun and uplifting set that ranged from surfer rock to indie pop that at times wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a Tarantino film.”
– Graeme Smith, reviewing the Dot To Dot Festival 2013
The Smears are a gang. Maimee V. Miss C and C Doll. Over the last 6 years, the Smears have come up writhing, twisting and seething from the underbellies of punk to make it something that’s quite their own.
Unashamedly influenced by the heavyweights of pop, punk and grunge, the Smears have stamped a stiletto heel right through the heart of it, added louder guitars, driving bass lines, pounding drums and venomous vocals.
Through out this time, the Smears have taken the UK by storm, never leaving an audience unsatisfied. Their fearless ability and unapologetic attitude grips the audience from beginning to end and leaves them begging for more.
With the imminent release of their album ‘Hell in High Heels,’ the girls are stepping it up a notch and are more than ready for it. Are you?
“The Smears are not for the faint hearted as they demolish any preconceived ideas you might hold about a ‘girl group’. The lyrics set the mind racing as rapidly as the beat fires up the adrenalin. Spiky, raw and irresistibly alluring; that’s what makes The Smears the hottest female group to come out of this Country .” Dean Jackson BBC Radio Nottingham
“Whisper it for the moment but the UK punk rock scene is currently at it’s healthiest for about three decades, and there’s not even a safety pin in sight or a jubilee on the horizon. Instead, the likes of Gallows, Lovvers and Nottingham all-girl trio The Smears are kicking up a whole different kind of fuss thanks to a combination of ballsy attitude, chaotic unpredictability and of course, a spittle drenched barrel of tunes.” – Drowned in Sound
“The Smears are by far the most exciting, raw and genuinely unrestrained punk band we currently have the pleasure of dealing with, and ‘Deliverance’ is their fiercest track so far. I used to be able to do a lot of stuff before they came along- sleep, blink, enter dark rooms… those days are gone.” – James Birchall Kudos Records
“The Smears are an upcoming tour de force in the Nottingham music scene. For some, being an all-girl punk group would perhaps be enough to make them stand out. With The Smears, however, add to this the fact that all three are highly attractive ladies who know how to rock and you start to understand why they regularly leave Notts crowds whooping and screaming for more.” Leftlion Magazine. Nottingham’s best alternative magazine
“‘The Smears will kick you in the teeth and rip your heart right outta your chest. Throw Patti Smith and the Shangri La’s into a blender with the Northwest ferocity of Mudhoney and you’re coming close…” – Sonic Dirt Records
Jody Betts AKA Tray electric carefully crafts melodic electronica and dance music. Tray has performed for Notts promotions and label Wigflex, alongside world champ scratch DJ Switch, for The Invisible Circus at Boomtown Fair, Headstock Festival, Y Not Festival, for VICE magazine at Rescue Rooms, support slots with with New Young Pony Club, Mike Skinner’s The D.O.T, Troumaca and Breton and at Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East.
Tray Electric has ammassed a catalogue of well over thirty tracks of brilliant material and is now gearing up for his debut release.
“Grinding electronica, both soothing and vital, if this is the future, we like it muchly”
Play Music Magazine
“Tray Electric… multi talented, with an array of clever sound trickery…”
Awesome noise for awesome people!