Line-Up: Saturday 14th July
Artists in reverse order of appearance,
starting with the Headline act
“Like a wagon storming the citadel, The Eskies’ brand of gothic-tinged gypsy-folk swaggers out of the speakers with intent.”
– Hot Press Magazine
“From the sinister sway of ‘Eloise’ through to the jaunty ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ and the driving ‘Jailhouse Sun’, The Eskies have delivered a fascinating blend of fun-fuelled folk.”
– The Independent
Having been cast out, blacklisted, rejected and ejected from gentlemen’s clubs far and wide, five dejected cast asides joined forces in what was to be their own celebration of commonality. Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek. The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.
“They blast out a goodtime, uplifting and contemporary view of modern life and it is easy to hear why the duo are often an immediate hit when performing live...”
– Keith Ames (The Musician Magazine)
Echo Town consists of free spirited Leeds-born brothers Ric and Rob Harrison. Recognised for their vibrant and energetic performances, contemporary freedom songs and use of multi instruments such as lap-slide guitar, djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica, the duo have moved on to performing upbeat folk, rock, reggae and roots as they've developed a more harmonious and spiritual approach to music.
Music-making ginger weirdo. currently writing aaLLLL of the songs. Orla is an Irish singer/songwriter from Dublin who gained popularity from posting cover songs on her YouTube account. At present, her YouTube channel has received over 11.5 million views in total and she describes her music as folk pop, most heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor and Imogen Heap. On 11 November 2013, Gartland released a four-song EP Roots. On 24 November, the Irish Mirror featured Gartland in a full-page article and stated "last Tuesday on iTunes her debut EP, Roots, hit No1 in the main Irish albums chart, 15 in the main UK albums chart and No2 in the US singer/songwriter chart.” The title track "Roots" was named Apple iTunes "Single of the Week" in the UK and Ireland. Since then, she's performed on RTE’s Saturday Night and Late Late Shows, been selected as one of ‘Ireland’s most influential teens’ by the Irish Independent, released a second EP ‘Lonely People’ and asked to perform at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas and at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Music Festival in Groningen, Netherlands.
Holiday in the Mind
Music loving friends and family of Cardiff having fun with artistic sound, sharing the love and inviting you to take a holiday in the mind.
Sweet Baboo (Solo)
Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the north Wales countryside and a single-minded, idiosyncratic singer. Black possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating. Over the last few years, Sweet Baboo has played at Latitude, Green Man Festival and SXSW. He has also been invited to record sessions for BBC 6 Music's Marc Riley, Huw Stephens and Stuart Maconie. Black has played on albums by Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline, and has been a regular part of the touring line-up for all three bands. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Islet and Spencer McGarry Season and collaborated onstage and in the studio with Gruff Rhys.
Mahouts was originally conceived as a lo-fi studio project by Dorian Holmes. The first EP Vibrant Memories was self recorded in a bedroom and a basement in the south Wales valleys, and released in September 2016. The band, consisting of former members of Cripplecreek & The Indy 500, play harmony-driven Americana powered by a percussion heavy rhythm section.
"Rodney Branigan is one of the most amazing artists you will ever see”
- Music Connection Magazine
Texas-raised Londoner who learned to play in Austin, performed in Los Angeles, crafted songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. A multi-instrumentalist with a rich and soulful voice often compared to Jeff Buckley. An original blend of progressive folk, rock, flamenco, classic, bluegrass and jazz sensibilities have seen Rodney tour the US from coast to coast and travel across India, Africa and Europe, where his reputation as an outstanding live performer has led to turns supporting the likes of Jack Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Frances Cabrel, Alabama 3, Angelique Kidja, Talvin Singh, Billy Bragg, Bo Didley and Show of Hands!
Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy
It's easy to consign the idea of the itinerant blues singer to myth (Robert Johnson) or caricature (Seasick Steve) but in 2018, Joe Kelly is as close as you'll get to the real thing. Having spent the last couple of years calling a dilapidated camper van home and playing hundreds of shows armed with just a beaten-up guitar, a stomping foot and a harmonica, Joe decided that enough was enough, breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band and enlisting the services of a hand picked troupe of the finest local guns for hire, the ‘Royal Pharmacy’. Debut single ‘Devil At Your Door’, an apocalyptic folk-blues with roots instrumentation and a contemporary edge proved an immediate hit with regional radio DJs earning the band a BBC Horizons grant and setting Joe up for a fruitful summer of festival appearances and an Italian tour. The Launchpad funding saw Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy begin work on their debut album at the renowned Monnow Valley studios, the first single from which, ‘Babylon’, was released in December 2017.
Cardiff indie-folk five-piece TENDONS blend timeless songs with beautiful harmonies to create a distinct and mesmerising sound. Recorded live around a single microphone, the band released debut EP Safehouse Sessions in January 2016, a year to the day since their inception. This was followed, in April 2016, by debut single Schizophrene, gaining airplay from the likes of Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio Wales. With a thrilling, ever-expanding live sound and a maiden studio album currently in progress, 2017 is set to be a breakthrough year for the band.
Lucy Jones is a 19 year old, curly locked songstress from West Wales. Since picking up her first guitar aged nine, Lucy’s love for music, melody, lyrics and performance has grown and developed to a level that means she is now playing live all over the UK whilst honing her craft as a songwriter. Described as a having a distinctive vocal style ‘that draws you in and holds you’, her silky rich voice is raw and emotionally charged; call it Tracey Chapman meets Amy Winehouse. 2018 is set to be an exciting year for Lucy with the release of her debut single ‘Too Good’ in March.