Tim Burgess

How inspiring it is to hear Tim Burgess conjuring up exciting and life-affirming sounds as he, almost inconceivably, enters his fifth decade on public duty. Frontman, singer, label boss, DJ and author, he’s been instrumental in so many great records over the years, always bringing enthusiasm, positivity and diversity of influence, which altogether light the way for those who hold him dear.

The Royston Club

Citing the Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes as their main influences, The Royston Club are one of the most exciting new bands in North Wales. Their first two singles, ‘shawshank’ and ‘waster’ have gained over 70,000 streams on Spotify and the lads have already built up a faithful following in the Wrexham area with fans flocking to experience their buzzing live shows. World domination awaits.

Talisk

One of Scotland’s most popular folk-based groups to emerge in the last decade, chart-toppers Talisk have toured the world stacking up major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation.

Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong fuse concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered and instantly enthralling signature sound that has captivated audiences around the globe.

Appearances at leading festivals – including closing out Saturday night’s main stage at the 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder Festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysian Borneo, WOMADs UK, Chile and Las Palmas, Edmonton Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, three back-to-back years at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, whilst folk and world music media have also lauded high praise upon the genre-bending trio.

Their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, quickly rose to No.1 in the iTunes world music charts upon its late 2018 release, meeting a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in leading world music magazine Songlines, who brilliantly summarised the band: “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished.”

Richard Hawley

2019 has been a landmark year for songwriter Richard Hawley. His ninth studio album Further achieved his joint highest chart entry at number 3. In the two decades that have elapsed since Hawley jettisoned band life first with The Longpigs and then as Pulp’s guitarist the 52-year-old has forged one of the most diverse careers in modern music.
As well as releasing a string of solo albums that have managed the rare feat of being both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, Hawley has worked with a host of impressive collaborators – including Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, and Shirley Bassey.

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan has released 5 albums in 6 years – the last 2 reaching number 12 in the Official UK chart. She has toured consistently around UK, EU, US and Scandinavia, and adds her first Australian tour this year. She is signed to Cooking Vinyl Worldwide and her next album is currently being written for an October 2020 release. Selling on average over 30,000 hard tickets a year, she is certainly existing at the highest of levels. Also playing regular festival slots every year across the UK and Europe.

L E M F R E C K

L E M F R E C K is a UK Urban Artist who excels in unique storytelling with underground gritty sounds and honest detailed lyricism. Often compared to artists like Octavian and Skepta. L E M F R E C K Combines his grime upbringing with classically trained musicianship. He found inspiration through the likes of D Double E and Kano growing up but learned to play songs by artists like Stevie Wonder and Prince. Something evident in the way he creates music.

Kidsmoke

Kidsmoke’s shimmering brand of dreamy indie-pop has seen them make waves from their native North Wales. With a high profile Netflix sync (Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’) under their belts, they’ve received widespread support from the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music), NPR Music and BBC Introducing. After an impactful show at SXSW 2019 (including making NPR’s Austin 100 list) the band drop their long-anticipated debut album ‘A Vision In The Dark’.

Kelly Lee Owens

Kelly Lee Owens’ masterful second album Inner Song finds the convention-blurring techno producer and singer/songwriter diving deep into her own psyche—excoriating the struggles she’s faced over the last several years and exploring personal pain while embracing the beauty of the natural world. It’s a leap in artistry from a musician who burst forth on the scene with a confident, rich sound, and is endlessly enticing when it comes to what Owens is capable of.

Inner Song follows the star-making debut of Owens’ 2017 self-titled album, a quixotic blend of body-moving beats and introspective songwriting that garnered numerous accolades from the music press. Owens has indeed come a long way from her background as a nurse; since then, she’s released an indelibly clubby two-tracker, 2019’s Let It Go b/w Omen, and teamed up with like-minded auteur Jon Hopkins on the one-off Luminous Spaces.

Her latest album also comes off of what Owens describes as the hardest three years of my life, an emotionally fraught time that, in her words, “definitely impacted my creative life and everything I’d worked for up to that point. I wasn’t sure if I could make anything anymore, and it took quite a lot of courage to get to a point where I could make something again.

Inner Song was largely written and recorded over a month last winter. As with her debut, Owens holed up in the studio with collaborator James Greenwood. Letting loose in the studio and being open to whatever sonic whims emerge was essential to Owens’ craftwork. With the first album, I was so obsessed with getting the right sound straightaway, which hindered the flow of ideas, she explains. This time around, I let go of my perfection in the initial moment for the ideas to fully flourish and become what they want to be.

HOURGLVSS

Experimental pop duo Hourglvss create a sound that purposefully lives in the divide between fantasy and reality. Comprised of Katie Benbow and Sophie May Williams the creative union of Hourglvss seems almost predestined. Introduced via a mutual friend the two quickly bonded over an eerily similar taste in music fashion and art. Citing Influences and inspiration from artists such as David Bowie Fleetwood Mac Human League and The Cure Hourglvss tell dramatic tales and metaphors weaved together by hypnotic vocals and intoxicating harmonies musically transversing through Pop and clubland.

Delta Academy Ladies Choir

Led by Musical Director Gemma McHale, the Delta Academy Choir is an all-female group, part of the Delta Academy of Dance and Performing Arts. Based at the Delta Dance Studios in Wrexham, the choir performs classic choral arrangements combined with unique takes on musical theatre and popular modern hits. The choir can be heard performing at many events around the North West and North Wales including charity events, recitals and weddings. New members are always welcome.

Danny Gruff

Wrexham born, Manchester singer-songwriter has been referred to as one of the hardest working musicians on the underground music scene. Playing an average of 200 shows each year. Some alongside Bastille, Frank Turner, McFly and Bowling For Soup plus many more.
Following the release of his self titled debut album in 2017 Danny racked over half a million streams on Spotify a couple of sold out UK tours and a host of new experiences to write about on his second album. This sophomore album comes in the form of ‘Author of my own Misfortunes’ released on 3rd April.

Campfire Social

Captivating Indie-pop collective; Campfire Social craft a dynamically rich sound bursting with bright harmonies carefully layered over hypnotic melodies. Their honest approach echoes a love of 90’s ‘heart-on-sleeve’ emo culture. At times sobering, a hopeful message prevails; we’re better together.

Billie Marten

Isabella Sophie Tweddle, who performs under the stage name Billie Marten, is a singer-songwriter from Ripon in North Yorkshire. She first came to prominence at the age of twelve when a video on YouTube of her singing attracted thousands of views. More recently new music fans will know Billie Marten from BBC6 Music A playlist. Billie’s new album is out in 2021!

Ailsa Tully

London based singer-songwriter Ailsa Tully has created an ethereal world rooted in folk, tinged with indie, and grounded by lofi field recordings. Ailsa’s vocals are tender yet determined, central to the haunting soundscape she has crafted. Her lyrics are unflinchingly honest, rousing and poetic as she explores themes such as her own mental health and her experiences as a woman. Accompanied by an all-female band Ailsa Tully sways between intense emotive harmonies, driving rhythms and modal melodies. Playing the bass in a distinctive and unique way to accompany her voice, she is elevating it from its conventional role and exploring its unknown potential.

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