John Lewis

BBC 6Music: “Fantastic energy & passion there Like a yodelling Rockabilly hybrid of Captain Beefheart, Carl Perkins & Tom Waits, guitarist John Lewis”

Mari Mathias

Mari Mathias grew up in the rural village of Talgarreg, just a stones throw away from the Ceredigion coastline. She sings in her native welsh tongue and puts her own contemporary take on traditional folk melodies. After releasing her first EP “Ysbryd y ty” in 2020 dedicated to her grandmother, she has now released her Debut album “Annwn” on March the 20th with Jigcal Records. The LP is a collection of unique folk songs inspired by traditional tales and melodies. This concept album infuses electronic sounds, field recordings, cinematic soundscapes with samples from her great-grandfathers cassette tapes, in which he recorded hours of home life and traditional songs.

Over recent years Mari has supported acts such as Gruff Rhys, Meic Stevens and Plu. She has performed everywhere from the St.Fagans Museum to HubFest, Immersed Festival, Clwb Ifor Bach, Swansea Fringe & The Big Cwtch. Her most recent single “Rebel” was awarded track of the week on BBC Radio Cymru & “Annwn” was played by Adam Walton on BBC Introducing, Radio Wales , where he stated “Absolutely jaw-dropping, just a sense of mythology and welsh folk music. It’s not an easy thing to do , to record something that evocative.”

Having graduated from the Forte Project, she is now performing with an exciting ensemble of young folk musicians on her new material.

Altameda (AB, Canada)

“Bought a dead man’s suit in Denver / Then I wore it onstage,” sings Altameda’s Troy Snaterse, his voice drifting out over a bed of slowly shifting piano and synth chords. “Got me thinking about impermanence / How everything dies with age.”

Like much of Altameda’s stunning new album, Born Losers, the line is at once simple and profound, a visceral snapshot of a moment in time that speaks to something far deeper about the human condition. Recorded with acclaimed producer Thomas D’Arcy (Neko Case, The Sheepdogs) and mixed by studio wiz Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Whitney, REM), Born Losers is a meditation on change, loss, and growth, but more than that, it’s a reckoning with mortality, a call to live while we’re still alive. The band recorded the album after moving from Edmonton to Toronto, and Snaterse wrote much of the lyrics during a tumultuous stretch in which he nearly lost his father to a stroke, only to lose his 18-year-old stepbrother just weeks later in a tragic accident. The resulting emotional upheaval permeates the music in ways both painful and transcendent, with raw, candid performances often arriving wrapped inside gorgeous, gently atmospheric arrangements. Where past Altameda records showcased the sound of a rock and roll band cutting loose live in the studio, Born Losers is an exercise in craftsmanship and restraint, one that relies on subtlety over brute force as it learns to let go and fully embrace the present.

Show Dogs

Show Dogs, the latest project from Cardiff-based TJ Roberts, is a delicious maelstrom of indie-rock and chamber pop. Pairing infectious refrains with thoughtful lyricism, theirs is a sound reminiscent of Purple Mountains, Pavement and Brother Records era Beach Boys.

Lunar Bird

Dream Pop From Outer Space. Lunar Bird delivers an atmospheric mixture of ethereal Dream Pop and mesmerizing Indie Psychedelia. The band consists of singer, songwriter and synth player Roberta Musillami, composer, bass player and visual artist Eliseo Di Malto and multi-instrumentalist Francis George. Formed in 2017, the band released the EP ‘Daydreamer’ EP in 2018. In 2021, Lunar Bird released the eponymous debut album announced by several singles along with charming videos filmed by Eliseo.

‘I just love listening to Lunar Bird. Is that simple. And the album is an absolute treat.’
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

‘This is a fairly succinct debut album from a promising group of talented musicians and is worth your time.’ Echoes and Dust

‘Lunar Bird craft illuminating psych pop songs laced with harmonic layers, glowing synth lines and garnished with vocals that oscillate between seductive and mysterious conjuring the likes of Goldfrapp and Broadcast.’ God is in the TV

Ellie James

Ellie James is a singer, songwriter and guitarist based in Bristol. She has worked as a musician since the tender age of thirteen years old, playing her first show at Swn Festival selected as one of the few independent artists by Huw Stephens. Since then she has explored the music industry under different names and in different projects. Throughout this time, she has been able to support artists such as Wolf Alice, Lucy Rose and Jonathan Wilson whilst also having music featured in adverts and films. She was also invited to perform at Canadian Music Week in Toronto in 2018 under the pseudonym Little Rêd. She has now settled into her sound and is looking forward to releasing new music under her own name in 2022.

Alexandra Alden (Malta)

Maltese-born Alexandra Alden, like many, is on a search for belonging. She navigates ironic tales about the end of the world, the gentle wisdom of the butterfly effect as well as the immensity and beauty of nature through her music, with a sense of urgency and awe, that leans towards an ethereal indie folk pop sound with contrasting, darker elements. Her new album ‘Leads to Love’ is a testament to her success, leaving a trail of enthusiastic reviews in her wake, seemingly with every performance.

Alexandra has lived in three different countries and moves house at least once a year- not necessarily due to her own choosing. For some reason, she can’t seem to stay put in one place for too long. It’s in the midst of these transitions that Alden’s songs come to life, signalling the end of a chapter and the start of a new one.

Set against a backdrop of bohemian house-parties attended by musicians and artists, grubby short-term rentals and long hours of secluded writing in various rooms (and countries), Alden exudes a maturity beyond her years but understands her own naivety. Her songs saw a string of number one songs in her home-country as well as the growth of a steady cult following.

She has already performed at the infamous De Roma in Antwerp to sparkling local reviews, as well as Dutch TV broadcast ’2 meter sessies’ that has been visited by the likes of Radiohead, Nirvana, James Taylor and many more. In February, Alexandra began the first leg of her European 2022 tour with performances in Gothenburg, Stockholm and finally at Future Echoes Showcase Festival in Sweden.

From 2018 to 2020, Alden sat as a judge on X Factor Malta which saw her become a household name, where she also became known for her outspoken, bold statements in favour of Women’s Rights and Environmental Sustainability as well as striking fashion choices. Alden is never one to shy away from engaging with her audience.

The 2022 ’Leads to Love’ album tour seeks to engage with new audiences and will be supported by the Arts Council Malta.

Darren Eedens

Canadian born, and Cardiff based. Unapologetic for the denim and the 4 string banjo.

Megan Lee

Megan Lee may only be 18 years old but this young lady has been a professional working musician since the tender age of 11. Hailing from a mountain village community in North Wales where song is a part of everyday life. Megan was raised by touring musician parents who inspired her appetite to pursue a career as a performing singer-songwriter.

Megan toured the U.K as lead singer of her family band ‘Blue Genes’ for 6 years. This young lady has achieved as much as many musicians twice her years. Having penned and recorded 2 EP’s that hit the top 20 of the U.K country iTunes Charts, the second release reaching the number 1 spot, Megan has now embarked on her solo career.

Megan is currently recording her first solo EP. Megan’s debut single ‘Humble Your Heart’ reached number 1 in the U.K Country iTunes charts and her follow up charity single for Meningitis now, ‘One more time’ reached number 3, giving hope that her much anticipated debut EP will be well received. This young artist is touring venues and festivals across the U.K and writing with and for other artists.

Megan plays a multitude of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin and piano. Inspired by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Eva Cassidy, Margo Price and the Dixie Chicks; Megan’s music has an honest purity which takes influence from a whole host of genres including country, folk, roots, bluegrass and rockabilly.

Samantha Savage Smith (AB, Canada)

Samantha Savage Smith is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Calgary who deals in glistening nuggets of pop songcraft, confessional yet subtly playful lyrical themes, and an evolving vision of musical dressings that recall choice bits of Roxy Music, Angel Olsen, and Land of Talk. The new album Fake Nice is a shimmering collection of multi-hued songs brought to life by Smith and co-producer Chris Dadge (Alvvays, Chad Van Gaalen), alongside guests such as Scott Munro (Preoccupations), Ryan Bourne (Ghostkeeper), and Edmonton’s Marlaena Moore. Her live band is the cream of Calgary’s ever-ripe music community (including members of Polydactic, Sunglaciers & Lab Coast) and have shared stages with the likes of Cate Le Bon, M Ward, Hayden, Couer de Pirate, and Basia Bulat. Fake Nice is slated for release April 22 on Saved By Vinyl, and will be available everywhere that you find good music.

Super Duty Tough Work (MB, Canada)

Golden-era taste, current-era based. Inspired by the dirty jazz loop sound of 90s east coast hip hop, Super Duty Tough Work is the live incarnation of hip hop culture’s quintessential era. Revered for their methodically curated set, SDTW mixes laid-back with high-energy, for a satisfaction-guaranteed journey through culture, touching on everything from life as a struggling musician to police violence and racism in Canada and abroad. SDTW excels on stage and on record, bringing a fresh take on tradition in a movement where loops are and jewels are the tools of the trade. Following the release of their debut album Studies In Grey, SDTW received a WCMA nomination for Hip Hop Act of the Year and received a Polaris Prize nod making them the first Manitoba-based hip hop act to be considered.

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