This year we have both old favorites and some exciting new bands. Listed in alphabetical order.
An ecclectic blend of musical styles, ranging from jazz, punk, indie, rock, folk and blues to the 20s and 40s.
Lyrically we are heartfelt and honest and this is extremely important to us all as a band. Each member sings with two main harmony vocals, both very different, but complementary of each other. This enables us to have fun experimenting with vocal layering and other techniques.
At the moment we are recording and concentrating on getting a creative set together hoping to play a few small festivals in the summer
Blindsyde are a original style indie band from Oswestry, Shropshire U.K. Formed in the summer of 2000, we are a five piece band, consisting of a lead vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist and drums. Our music has been described as “uplifting” with catchy hooks, an uptempo style, dance beats and funky basslines laying the foundations for an all round unique sound. Our influences range from The Beatles, Gomez, U2, The Stone Roses, and The Happy Mondays. We write all our own songs and have recorded a demo album titled “Rock And Stroll” which sums up our music in a nutshell .To date we have played approximately over 200 U.K dates, our biggest crowd being last summer playing at a live music festival to an audience of 15,000 people. For 2010 we plan to tour, hosting more U.K dates, with the later part of the year to record our second album. We’ve proved to be popular with all our audiences and have sold out of every C.D on every tour date which we find very rewarding and encouraging for us to keep on pushing ourselves forward.
They were also part of GoNorth Festival 2012 and played at Belladrum this year alongside Travis and Frightened Rabbit. They have had a very successful Headline Tour around Scotland in February 2012 and another Tour of England in March 2012.Cherri Fosphate have had their fair share of airplay in both the UK and US including: BBC introducing with Vic Galloway (Bugsy) and have also had a great stream of Airplay with debut single Passion on Jim Gellatly’s Amazing Radio Broadcasts. Passion has also been included in Jim Gellatly’s Clyde 1 In:Demand Broadcasts and on Ally McCrae’s Radio 1 BBC Introducing Broadcasts, as well as having airplay in the U.S mostly New York and around L.A. having been spotted by a friend of Brad Pitt who was in Scotland filming and attended one if their gigs, which led to the US radio coverage.The video for Passion waspublished on NME’s website in mid 2012, while O’Neill Clothing also made the track Raspberry Asbestos their song of the week and was up for a FREE download on the O’Neill website and Facebook page.
Raspberry Asbestos was also featured on Netsounds Unsigned and was also selected by Yvonne McLellan (regional scout for Island Records) to be played on Ally McCrae’s BBC Radio 1′s Introducing broadcast (in both Scotland and England).
They are currently touring Scotland and have a return to London in November confirmed, and will headline the Buf Club at their single launch on December 1st and King uts New Year Revolution on January 5th, whilst also working on an EP which will be recorded in January 2013 and released in Springtime.
4 Piece Heavy Rock band based in Wrexham, North Wales! Defy All Reason write and perform their own music!
New material, a die hard attitude, hard working mentality and a fresh outlook means only one thing is certain……you’ll never forget where you were the day you saw Defy All Reason! Are you ready………?
Hel Dinky –
Heldinky are a 3 piece band based in Bangor North Wales, who according to a recent review play “dark and beautiful music”. Helena (singer, lead guitarist and songwriter), originally from South London, previously performed as a solo artist, playing at gigs and festivals around the UK, including the Glastonbury festival. The other members of Heldinky include Mike McMahon (drums – previously with Vafanculo/Valeum) and Dave Taylor (bass).
A 3 piece band with trully amazing vocals….
“Mountain of Love was formed when 2 of the 3 founder members of Alabama 3, writers of the Sopranos theme tune, Woke Up This Morning, left to what they did best ,which was making serious groove based dance music.
Their sound is a heavy, dubbed up mix of psychedelic electronic funk, old school techno, and the blues with some swampy deep soul thrown into the mix
Mountain of Love are:
Piers “Mountain of Love” Marsh – Synths, Programming, Bass, Guitars, Harmonica
Simon “Sir Eddie Real” Edwards – Drums, Percussion and (Good) Vibes
plus a selection of fantastic guest vocalists including MC Brother Culture (Manasseh, Adrian Sherwood), Siobhan Parr (Chris Holland, Dave Sutherland), Robert “Hacker” Jessett (Morton Valence, Band of Holy Joy), Lisa Billson (The Loose Salute) and Saul Drillaz (The Headrillaz)”
Shifty Chicken Shed have been playing together for around three years now.
In that time they have gone from playing small local pub gigs, to festivals and supporting some of the most cult bands in history. They include Half man Half Biscuit, The Lonnie Donnegan Band, John Otway, The Blockheads and Dr Feelgood.
Shifty have a mission…..to be original and quirky with a twist of caberet. Whilst they don’t take themselves too seriously, they do however, take their music earnestly.
This rythymn and blues rooted, psychadelic storytelling band from the Welsh Borders have many a string to their bow.
The band members all play more than one instrument and make use of them all on stage and in the recording room.
Not happy with the drop down genre boxes, Shifty created their own….”Charity Shop Pop.”
Welcome to the washboard, stomping, horny, eccentric sound of Shifty Chicken Shed.
Once described as a cross between Gong and Louis Armstrong and “the most unusual, interesting, weird bands to ever be seen.”
Shifty Chicken Shed are highly original. Writing, recording and producing all of their music on a DIY basis.
Influences come from many decades and types of music. From Leadbelly and Lee Hazelwood to The Blockheads, Sly and The Family Stone, Tom Waits, Dexys Midnight Runners, Lonnie Donnegan and The Fall to name but a few. A real melting pot of ideas and energy.
“TOWN” Shiftys debut album is launched spring 2013, with a kick off gig in Manchester on allfm radio, 12th May, on Vicky Richardsons, Night Moves.
Expect tales of Market Town wibble wobble.
A retrospective play on their small community, to be taken with a pinch of salt and sincerety…..perhaps.
Shifty Chicken Shed are:-
Barrie Lynes, Mikey Hopkins, Dean Newton, Innes Reid and Deborah Harris
A new re-named Silent Blackout – A young, up and coming band from Oswestry… As seen on TV.
String The Marionette formed in 2010 producing a unique sound through mixing rock music with progressive elements. This has been influenced by a variety of artists including Ryan Adams, Coheed and Cambria, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Thin Lizzy.
From the Mid-Wales town of Welshpool, String The Marionette have a fast growing fan base demonstrated by a strong 700 likes on their ‘Facebook’ band page. Their energetic live performances are outstanding and to date has attracted great interest in the band:
“What is most surprising about this quartet of fierce, rock inspired musicians is that they only formed in 2010, yet already they have near enough perfected their live performance”
(10 March 2011, County Times)
String The Marionette have played numerous festivals including the main stage at OsFest (Shropshire) along with ‘Tinchy Stryder’ and ‘Example’. They were also selected up to the Semi Finals of UK Live & Unsigned competition and have played a live set for BBC introducing in Shropshire.
From January to April 2013 they have embarked on their ‘Amsonia Rising Tour’ to promote their EP ‘Amsonia’ covering 12 dates over various regions including Manchester, Preston, Cardiff and Stoke-On-Trent. Festival dates country wide continue to be confirmed for 2013, and will be announced over the coming months.The band are currently Sunset Island Music’s featured ‘Band of the week’ and some of the groups tracks have been selected to be played instore by Roadchef and Maplins for the foreseable future.
String the Marionette were the Sunset Island Music ‘Band of the Week’ for 28/01/2013 and
‘Band of the Week’ for ‘Rumoured Nights Press’ for w/c 4/2/2013
The band were also guests of The Calon FM Rock Sessions show where they played four acoustic tracks and were interviewed.
String The Marionette are currently recording their debut album which is to be released early this year
This fresh and exciting band from the West Midlands brings together a wide range of musical genres, including soulful reggae, anthemic live dance music, drum n’ bass, with a pinch of rock and acid jazz.. This gives the band a very wide appeal and have amazed venues across the Midlands with their vibrant and fresh sound. Whether its at clubs, festivals, pubs or parties, The Soul Peachers give it the beans when on stage and love to spread their musical message..
Father/Daughter vocalist team Nev and Annette Campbell put on a great show up front and really get the crowd into the music with powerhouse vocals, insightful melodies, great stage prescence and funky dance routines. Former club DJ Dave ‘Ocean’, now Keyboard/Synth player for the Preachers, brings a deep, fresh and big sound to the band, with thoughtful melodic hooks that sink in deep.. Seasoned guitarist Colin ‘Doc’ gives the band solid lead and rhythm guitar, throwing in many a funky riff to compliment the keyboard and vocal melodies. Rhythm section mainstays beating at the rhythmical heart of the band are Tom ‘Kick’ on Drums, a groove based multi-style player laying down a variety of pulsing grooves to get inside your skin, and ‘Brother’ Paul on Bass, giving deep and Rootsy basslines that drive into your bones and make your feet move to the music..
So, let the Soul Preachers loose on your musical soul and enjoy the experience!
TACSI are an original 7 piece bilingual band from Anglesey in North Wales.
Their music is rooted in reggae and funk, whilst retaining a uniquely Celtic flavour.
TACSI are the Welsh Doors, Specials, Talking Heads and Blockheads all rolled into one.
This is genuinely original groovy music, guaranteed to get the crowd jumping.
The Misty Blue Trio are a young ,up and coming band from Welshpool fast gaining a reputation as a diverse,genre crossing outfit in a musically thriving area.Their original songs will move your heart as well as your feet!
These boys have many influences but while they give a nod to other artists the music they make definteley has its own stamp. Local Press:
County Times-”Their music is very catchy, meaning it is easy to learn lyrics to, and in no time at all, you’ll unconscientiously find yourself singing along, if not tapping your toe along to the continuous beat.”
Self described as, “it’s hard to put a finger on it, you’ll have to listen to it to get the idea”.
Formed in 2009, they have been gigging solidly ever since, gaining support on the way.
Their first E.P “All My Life” released in 2011, was picked up by BBC Introducing, and has since been played on numerous occasions.
2012 saw them notably play the Shed in Leicester (home of Kasabian), and headline Birminghams O2 Academy 2.
Currently storming their way through a regional next big thing competition, The Nuclear Weasels are “definitely a band to watch out for”. (Radio Caroline T.V)
“A beautiful concoction of irresistibly uplifting music” – The County Times
Thin Vision is a young band from Bishops Castle in Shropshire.
We play our own music which is mainly indie/ska based, but also incorporates influences from elsewhere. We are all GCSE students at Bishops Castle Community College and have been together now as a complete band since early 2010. Our first gigs were in and around our home town of Bishops Castle but after much acclaim, were soon looking to play further afield. A 1st 3 track EP – ‘REVOLUTION’ was recorded in November 2011. A 2nd EP is due imminently
2012 proved to be a very big year for us with several festival gigs, including
· Landed Festival
· Sheep Music Festival
· Farmer Phils Festival
· Shrewsbury Fields Forever (local Heroes stage)
as well as gigs such as
· ‘Teenage Kicks’ in The Quarry, Shrewsbury
· The O2 Academy in Birmingham
· The Roadhouse, Birmingham
· Live performances on ‘BBC Introducing’ on Radio Shropshire
· Finalists in ‘Shropshire’s Next Big Thing 2012′ at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
· A support gig for internationally acclaimed Californian Ska/Punk band OPM
· A support gig opportunity for Charlotte Church
“Despite the band members being just 16 years old, they show a musical maturity well beyond their years, always playing a very tight, musically intricate set and constantly in demand now, they are a band with a bright future and a name to remember”
This dynamic four piece based in Mid Wales is driven by songwriter Phil Hill on lead vocals and guitar.
The Legion’s music spans genres and depicts a journey of life. The rhythmic, melodic yet deliciously crunchy guitar sound is complimented by the funky punk bass playing from Ianto Williams and the sharp drumming of Rob Andrew.
Together with a twist of distinctive backing vocals and percussion delivered by Kayte Phillips gives this quirky band a totally unique sound.
The QUIRKS are a 4 piece rock band based in Mid Wales and have a unique sound, playing only their own original material, penned and composed by singer songwriter, 12 string player, Dave Field.
Superb lead guitar player Henry Nurdin, brilliant bassist, Laurance ‘Loz’ Sharp and the dynamic drummer, Sonny Below completes the line up that is The QUIRKS.
Their music ranges from beautiful ballads to upbeat rock and even a punky edge and have been likened to The Floyd – The Clash and Zeppelin.
A great net of close friends from the caernarfon/anglesea area.
Things have changed, members have changed but the great WildFire spirit is still strong and energetic.
There are the wacky members (Rosie and Weasel) and the laid back members (Dave,Shaun and Matt).
We are a five piece pop/rock (different) band doin a ton of covers and a load o great WELSH and ENGLISH material;.
Ffrindiau agos o ardal Caernarfon / Sir Fon .
Mae llawer o pethau di newid, mae aelodau wedi Newid Ond mae Ysbryd Wildfire yn dal yn cryf ac yn Fywiog.
Mae aelodau gwallgof (Rosie a Weasel ) a’r aelodau yn ôl a osodwyd (Dave, Matt a Shaun).
Rydym yn Band pump darn pop / roc (gwahanol) gyda llawer o Covers ac Caneuon Gwych gwreiddiol CYMRAEG AC SAESNEG.wreiddiol CYMRAEG AC SAESNEG.