“One of our best songwriters and lyricists” – THE TIMES
“A breath of fresh air” – THE OBSERVER
“Stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge” – THE GUARDIAN
Hailing from the South West, William The Conqueror are currently spinning the Americana world on it’s denim clad axis. Their originality has seen them nominated for an Americana award and make giant waves all the way across the Atlantic into the tough landscape of Nashville. No wonder the trio are tipped hotly as one to watch for 2017.
Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad of influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. One minute it’s a hushed JJ Cale that somehow finds its way to an angry Jim Morrison or a 60’s Dylan; the next it’s a grunge era Pearl Jam via Leonard Cohen and a nod to Tom Waits. What is undoubtedly unique is the rich, earnest voice and the poetic nuance of a band clearly wise to the complexities and hardships of love and life.
Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence.
They burst onto the London / Bristol folk scene in 2015 as Snufkin, and have been making a name for themselves ever since. A live album, ‘Live from The Fayre’ (recorded live at Rollright Fayre), followed by a host of festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Smugglers) have cemented their reputation with fans. They rounded off the summer by winning Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots competition.
2017 has seen the band record a full length album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios which will be released in April 2018 to coincide with their UK tour.
Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).
Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.
Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.
2018 sees an exciting brand new line up including flautist Luke Phillips-Griffiths fresh from the Newcastle Folk Music circuit, and Alex Bishop – acclaimed folk guitarist and luthier, who both bring an exciting new direction and energy to the groups much loved sound. Busying themselves this spring the band are preparing to hit the road to tour across France, Switzerland and Australia and will return for the summer festival season and a UK tour in November.
A completely top night out.’ – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
‘The musicianship is tight and intense’ – Songlines
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The sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.
Bound by a mutual love of the sun-drenched vintage sounds of afrobeat, soukous, highlife and roots reggae, the UK-based 5-piece re-invent these influences around the instantly recognisable voice and finger-style guitar of songwriter and singer Nick Rasle.
“Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” – Songlines Magazine.
Camo Clave are an Electro Tropical band who combine traditional Latin American rhythms with synthesizers, effects and processors.
Fronted by the exquisite vocals of Andalusia’s Marta Zu and featuring members of legendary groups Baila La Cumbia and No Go Stop this seven some bring a whole new electro dance sound to the classic rhythms of Rumba, Son and Cumbia.
“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.” – Sound on Sound
“Dakhla – here is one of the bands doing great things right now! ‘Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla’… is well worth picking up” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
Dakhla Brass have embarked on a magic exploration of the richness of brass music as celebrated around the world. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras … Yet it draws on all of that and more, pumping with the excited surge of a carnival crowd while catching the careful craft of a colliery band and the artful freedom of New Orleans jazz. It taps your toes, swivels your hips and strokes your chin all at the same time.
Armed with just a trumpet, two saxophones, a trombone and a drum kit, they have released three albums of original music in under three years, carefully honing an identity with intricately written musical tapestries woven from glittering brass threads. The sheer quality of their music has caught the ears of BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while their live performances have included sharing prestigious stages with top international contemporary outfits, including the Youngblood, Hypnotic and Hot 8 Brass Bands.
Tantz deliver a failsafe fusion of virtuoso instrumentalism, smart-alec arrangements and all manner of pulse-grabbing grooves that turn on a sixpence and keep you on your toes. After a year packed with storming shows, including festivals like Bestival and Secret Garden, a string of gigs to promote their latest album and recent radio play on Cerys Matthews (Radio 6) and Mark Radcliffe (Radio 2), the future is set to be even more exciting for Tantz.
“Top-notch musicianship…I have not heard anything quite like this…” – Songlines 2015
“Absolutely Brilliant. He is a Song Weaver” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
“Always lyrical, tuneful and emotional. Lovers of the darker side of folk and roots-based music will find plenty to enjoy.” – R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine
“Stunningly Beautiful, The Wreckage should expand his profile considerably.” – Folk Radio UK
“Phil’s songs are couched in the simple language of truth.” – Fatea Magazine
As a singer songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage, released earlier this year, has already caught excellent media attention, with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as ” Absolutely Brilliant” and a “Song Weaver”. With years of touring under his belt, Phil is embarking on a string of solo shows to promote his new live album in March/April 2017. Please do get in touch if you are interested.
Web – www.phil-king.net
FB – https://www.facebook.com/philkingsings
Dila V and The Odd Beats
Fronted by Dila Vardar’s bewitching vocals, The Odd Beats unfailingly deliver an exhilarating, exuberant and intercontinental sonic journey. Their Bosporus-straddling blend of Turkish folk, psychedelic flair and irresistible Balkan dance beats comes with sinuous hints of Greek Rebetiko amongst other tasty world music flavours.
Get ready to shake your hips, shimmy your tummy and twirl around the dance floor withthis eccentric and exceptionally cool multinational musical family.
FB – facebook.com/Theoddbeats
Web – theoddbeats.com
“The Bristol band have a real feel for what Fela Kuti and Tony Allen created 40 years ago…No Go Stop sound like real contenders for the contemporary Afrobeat crown.” Songlines 2015
The mighty 12-piece No Go Stop are much more than a tribute to past glories, they are a living, breathing evocation of the life-force that is Afrobeat. Driving percussion, brass encrusted rhythms catch the timeless quality of that ancestral funk sound to present the heart of jazz with the soul of Africa and keep you dancing till dawn.
Web – nogostop.co.uk
FB – facebook.com/nogostop
Born in Africa’s Mahgreb desert, the compelling dance rhythms of Gnawa music have been driving traditional trance-dance rituals for centuries. In this London-based collective Moroccan master musician Simo Lagnawi combines the raw bass sound of his guembri with electric guitar, drums and a changeable roster of UK guest musicians to whip up an equally compelling version for the 21st century.
“Afrobeat will never die so long as Dele’s around” – Songlines
“Joyous and totally uplifting. The afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi!” – BBC 6Music
Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.
After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele with diligent patience, carved out his own Afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit, delivering Fela classics alongside his own compositions from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times and Identity, his current album You No Fit Touch Am.
Web – delesosimi.org
FB – facebook.com/DeleSosimiAfrobeatOrchestra
Conjuring up the mood of 1930’s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs bring Irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and their own little bit of ‘special sauce’ to create a heart-warming, hip-swinging sound.
Two duelling guitars, a violin and a double bass are the ingredients for a sumptuous gypsy swing show…C’est magnifique!
Web – schmusic.co.uk
FB – facebook.com/Schmoozenbergs
Count Bobo – You’ll recognise the members of this mischievous 6-piece bunch as some of Bristol’s best and busiest musicians. It’s impossible to resist a-shakin’ and a-skankin’ to their choice of vintage ska and rocksteady numbers from the likes of Prince Buster, The Skatallites, Rolande Alphonso and others – all rendered with proper harmony
vocals, gorgeous organ and zealous horns.
Web – www.countbobo.com
FB – facebook.com/CountBobo
“A super-tight modern R&B group with cosmic jazz leanings” – Bristol 24/7
“You guys were awesome” – Robert Glasper
Feelgood Experiment features the best of Bristol’s blossoming music scene combining soul, jazz and R&B to create a truly progressive sound with compelling rhythm and mellifluous harmony doused with liberating improvisation and rich lyrical content.
Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, they have already shared stages with Ezra Collective, Oscar Jerome, United Vibrations and Binker and Moses, and are now set to further break into the UK jazz scene with their forthcoming eponymous debut EP.
The first single, “Blue Joy”, produced by Jim Barr (Portishead, Get the Blessing) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), was released in September shortly followed by a 7-track self titled EP.
Harare is one of the few groups to be playing Zimbabwean dance music in Europe. Formed by virtuoso marimbist Kuda Matimba (a member of the Zimbabwe’s legendary Bhundu Boys), 4-piece Harare combines different styles from Jit Jive to traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (lamellaphone/thumb piano).
Harare celebrate both the past and the future of African dance music and bring a spectacular mix of Southern African musical styles, particularly the musical styles of Zimbabwe. Their music – sung in the Shone language of Zimbabwe – is about social awareness, life yesterday, today and tomorrow, advice, respect, love for one another and compassion, as the musicians express pain, love, wisdom and rage. Whatever you hope for when you think of Zimbabwean music be sure that Harare has it aplenty: ringing jingling guitars, rich-toned marimba, irresistible dance rhythms, swooping basslines, uplifting vocals … they’re all there, plus the unavoidable big grin that the music always puts on your face.
Web – www.hararemusic.com/
FB – facebook.com/Harare
Hoorah! Tezeta, the highly entertaining new project from pianist Dan Inzani (Count Bobo, Mandibles, Bert Miller & The Animal Folk) is based on ‘that wobbly Ethiopian funk music we all love to groove to’, and it features Robbie Burges playing the vibes – surely the coolest sound of all? The 7-piece line-up play sparkling classics from Mulatu Astatke and others as well as original numbers, and there’s Afrobeat, jazz and funk all thrown into the mix.
‘I don’t often say a band will go on to be bigger, because we all know of some great bands that simply just don’t make it, but I’ll take a punt here.’ – Simon Poole BBC Radio 6 (Fresh Faves)
‘Absolutely gorgeous’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Cousin Kula’s kaleidoscopic sound is woven from a myriad of musical genres. Combining flavours of psychedelia, afrobeat and latin with nu jazz, indie-rock and trip-hop the band seamlessly craft a sound that is rooted in world music yet gleams with contemporary freshness. Hailing from Bristol, their explosive high energy performances have built the band a strong local following, playing sold out shows across the city as well as landing main stage festival slots at Shambala and Mosely Folk festivals among others. The band has also gained national radio play from the likes of Bob Harris on BBC 2, and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 music.
Ear Trumpet Music are proud to be distributing a number of seriously great albums this year via Proper Music Distribution!
Dakhla, Tantz and No Go Stop have all produced absolutely stellar albums in the last few months and they’re all available to buy in physical and digital format from all major record stores and online outlets as well as direct from our distributor – www.propermusic.com