Line-Up: Friday 13th July
Artists in reverse order of appearance,
starting with the Headline act
Taking influences from Chess Records’ Muddy Waters and Little Walter, British Invasion R&B, Grunge and modern day blues artists; all levelled out with a serious dedication to writing a great song, the boys are no strangers to bringing a room full of people into a Friday night frenzy. Whether leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry, the True Strays bring 21st Century Rhythm and Blues with anthemic choruses and a healthy measure of the heat of the swamp. Their energetic and joyous live shows have already made them a must-see act - in only a year since their inception, True Strays have completed an independent UK tour and last summer played 10 UK festivals, Including a packed Chai Wallahs tent at Green Man. With their first EP in the pipeline for release in the spring of 2018 everything is cooking up nicely for a busy year ahead!
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985. To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.
There are a few things which stay in the mind but hearing Alys Williams’ magical voice is one of them. Singer/songwriter from Caernarfon, Alys first came to prominence in 2013 when she appeared on UK television. Since then Alys has become firmly established as a leading light in the Welsh language music scene where, with her band of hugely talented musicians, she has wowed audiences up and down the country with unique interpretations of both traditional and modern songs.
Mae ‘na rai pethau sy’n mynnu glynu yn y cof. Mae clywed unrhyw gân sy’n cael ei chyffwrdd gan lais eneidiol gan Alys Williams yn un o’r rheini. Mae Alys, a’i ffordd ddihafal o gyflwyno melodïau, wedi serennu ar sawl prosiect dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf. Bu i Ifan Dafydd samplo ei llais ar y trac trip-hop tywyll ‘Celwydd’, mae’r ddeuawd ‘Llwytha’r Gwn’ gyda Candelas yn ffefryn cenedlaethol ac mae hi’n aml i’w gweld rhwng offerynnau pres Llaerggub. Mae Alys bellach wedi sefydlu ei hun fel artist unigol gyda chriw o gerddorion y tu ôl iddi. Mae’r band hwnnw, sydd a’u bysedd mewn amryw o basteiod cerddorol, yn cynnwys Osian Williams (Candelas / Palenco / Siddi), Gwion Llewelyn (Race Horses / Villagers), Aled Huws (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog) a Branwen Williams (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog / Siddi).
Ivan Moult is set to release his second LP, ‘Longest Shadow’, on 2nd March, 2018. The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Second Guessing’ conjures similar stylistic touchstones, such as the 70s acoustic of John Martyn and Nick Drake, while covering darker confessional and emotionally honest subject matter, likening his latest output to that of Josh T. Pearson and Damien Rice.
Defined by the human fluctuation of love, ’Longest Shadow’ charts Moult’s real-life progression through the fledglings of blissful romance into the fragmentation of embittered break-up. The soft, subtly shattered vocals are complemented by the orchestral compositions and double bass of Callum Duggan, the precision percussion of Sam Thomas and backing vocal contributions from Kadesha Drija.