Now that Ash Keys Music are official booking agents for Rory and co it's great to bring them to town. Rory plays with Bob Morgan and Richard Sadler (oftimes Jazz) performers in their own right and Diego Rojas a brilliant Columbian Harp lowland harp player. Rory is without doubt one of the very best live roots performers in the UK. With virtuoso harmonica playing and great stage presence and yarn weaving.
Bristol Based Carmina have recorded 5 Albums and toured all over the world. Their music is an intoxicating blend of Celtic tunes and Jazz improvisation woven together in powerful original songs. Now joining them are well known Bristol musicians Paul Bradley and Gina Griffin.
Local songwriter Mike Scott is a humerous and moving lyricist and songwriter and a quality warm up act http://www.myspace.com/bristolsmikescott
Martin Simpson back due to popular demand with a new album being released in early September called Purpose and Grace. Martin goes from strength to strength and no doubt there will be some surprises for us with the new material. Simpson is considered one if the finest finger picking and slide guitarists in the world. His songwriting has won awards as has his superb interpretations of folk and blues with a musical foot firmly placed on either side of the Atlantic.
For Martin blurb see above. Bath audiences come and see Martin here in the lovely Chapel Arts with great sound, lighting and comfy seating.
New Album - New Material !
Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man of the Scottish rock band Idlewind. Roddy Woomble is also a celebrating songwriter and performer. He follows up the release of his 2006 album 'My Secret is my Silence' with a brand new album 'The Impossible Song and Other Songs'
Duotone are Barney Morse Brown of The Imagined Village on cello, guitar and vocals and James Garrett on cajon, percussion and vocals. This gig will showcase the album launch of 'Ropes' which will be on general release in October. See Barney filmed at a gig earlier this year in Bristol on the video page.
Reg Meuross is described as a master storyteller. Using clever and imaginative lyrics Reg has earned his reputation as one of the most talented roots musicians around. From gigging in village halls to the Albert Hall, where Mike Harding introduced him as one of the finest songwriters this country has produced. Reg consistently delights his audiences with songs of life love and injustice.
Bath's own Bethany has played with a host of well known musicians including Eliza Carthy and Bellowhead
Jim Moray's live band sets are an exiting mix of acoustic, electric and electronic. With duets with a virtual performers appearing on a screen above your head including one with rapper Bubz. Most importantly Jim's songs though mostly traditional have rich arrangements. Jim's set is now incorporating piano based songs. Isn't it about Bristol made more of this local based talent!?
Bella Hardy played for us on our first ever program in 2008 her profile and musicality has grown significantly since then. Her recent album 'Songs Lost and Stole'n is a stunning and ambitious step forward from a unique and fascinating songwriter. At the heart of Bella's performance is her soaring and captivating voice inhabiting her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Bella is back this year in a duo with multi instrumentalist Anna Massie
Atilla The Stockbroker Sharpe tongued, high energy social surrealist. His themes are topical his words are hard hitting, his politics unashamedly radical but Atilla will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger.
World renowned David Rovics - He's really good, he'll make you laugh he'll make you cry he'll make the revolution irresistible. Fellow Travellers - locally sourced mandolin based surrealism. Vive la Revolution.
Ariel acrobatics, camp fires, storytelling, tomfoolery, nature trail, space to run around and climb trees, lots of quality live music, food and alcohol.
Address to get there - Brockham End, Lansdown, BA1 9BZ or CLICK HERE