Emmi (Baby Brave)

…a rare solo show from Emmi from Wrexham band Baby Brave!

Kip

Wrexham legend, Kip (A.K.A ‘the human jukebox’) is the friendly host of our folk at the ‘Oak sessions at the Royal Oak pub once again this year!

Tom Hyndman (Campfire Social)

Tom Hyndman, lead singer and songwriter with Campfire Social, treats us to a rare solo set.

John Lewis

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

Matthew Frederick

Matthew Frederick fuses an early love of classic singer-songwriters with more recent influences to create a distinctive and timeless blend of acoustic pop, indie folk, ballads and blues, plus a touch of Cymrucana and contemporary classical thrown in for good measure.

With headline shows in the UK, Europe and US under his belt, as well as fronting BBC Introducing favourites Climbing Trees, the Rhondda Valley musician has released five albums, two EPs and sixteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut solo EP Venus & Mars, with tracks being picked up by the likes of Netflix, Sky and ITV along the way.

Alongside numerous festival (Green Man, The Hay Festival) television (BBC, S4C) and radio (BBC Radio 1, 6 Music) appearances, Frederick has also recorded at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed Borders.

Spawning five singles in total, Frederick’s debut solo studio album Fragments was released via Staylittle Music a fortnight into the UK’s first Lockdown, a record on which he plays each and every instrument. Country-tinged lead single Tell Me was playlisted by the BBC as well as gaining airplay from Amazing Radio, while the late-summer haze of Hay-on-Wye quickly became his most-streamed track on Spotify. The delicate nostalgia of piano-led Pink Blossom Snow was followed by an ambitious quest to find every Laura Jones across the globe, before latest offering and long-time live favourite Leave The Light On rounded off an unusual 2020 with a first solo spin on BBC Radio 1, courtesy of fellow Welshman and new music enthusiast Huw Stephens.

An eventful 2021 witnessed the long-awaited return of the Trees with standalone single Troubling Times as well as a spontaneous sixty-six day expedition which saw Frederick become the first man from Penygraig to walk the coast of Wales – the seeds of a second solo album springing forth en route – before rounding the year off on keys for Martin Carr of The Boo Radleys, with a nineteen-date UK tour stopping off at a sold out Brixton Academy as part of The Charlatans’ 30th Anniversary Tour.

“So good… So beautiful… So pretty” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

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.

Mali Hâf

Delegates only show: Introducing Cardiff’s Mali Hâf

Foxxglove

Foxxglove is a rising alt / dark pop artist from Ferndale in the South Wales Valleys, based in Cardiff. Taking inspiration from her own life experiences, film and art to tell a story that captures peoples hearts; her raw and open emotion seeps through every part of her music.

Since debuting as an artist she has achieved so much from her very first performance in July 2019 to playing Swn Festival, all the way to performing 3 unmissable sets at FOCUS Wales 2021. Her latest single High on Hope got Radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music introducing show. Foxxglove has announced that she will be playing Tiny Rebel Cardiff alongside Red Telephone on the 1st of April as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival Fringe.

Aderyn

As a teenager Aderyn grew tired of life on a sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons and left home at 16 to become a drummer in a grunge band. After a few years of playing drums for other artists, watching the singers run around on stage, she decided that looked like fun too. So, she began work on her master plan to become an indie pop superstar! She got out her guitar and began to write. Drawing on her love of grunge rock and indie pop she wrote songs about past loves, new loves and future loves; basically, all about loves, this is pop music after all…

FFO: Beabadoobee, Courtney Barnett, Kate Nash

Chosen by God Is In The TV as part of their Sound of 2022

‘She’s cool isn’t she!’ Huw Stephens

David Burton Quartet

David Burton Quartet is a folk / jazz behemoth based in North Wales.

Andy Hickie

Based in North Wales Andy Hickie has been on the folk and acoustic scene for some time now. With his harmonica and guitar Andy sings renditions of traditional Welsh language and Irish folk songs. Andy is also involved in a number of other musical projects creating new music with his synthesizer and drum machine. Combining this electronic experimentation with his songwriting Andy brings together folk and electro to his solo shows giving each performance a unique and unpredictable outcome.

“Authenticity and integrity. An enlightened performer.”
Stan Ambrose, BBC Radio Merseyside Folkscene since 1962.

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.

The Welcome Party

The Welcome Party are a 3-piece from Wrexham, north Wales, formed in the spring of 2020 through a shared love of Wilco, Teenage Fanclub and The Beatles.

BLÁNID (Ireland)

Singer/songwriter BLÁNID is a fresh new voice on the UK music scene. Hailing from Ireland, she fuses indie folk, jazz and modern tones. With a hauntingly powerful voice and confessional style, she etches unforgettable stories on the listener’s ear.

BLÁNID had an extraordinary 2021. Her debut single “Fool’s Gold” released in March was met with critical acclaim, with plays on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Ulster & Foyle, BBC Radio Kent and 4 plays on BBC Radio 1 (Power Down Playlist & The Chillest Show), where it was described as a ‘cinematic masterpiece’ alongside her ‘completely captivating’ voice. BLÁNID also appeared as a featured vocalist on Netflix’s anime Witcher film soundtrack (The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf).

Her most recent single “Dead Men Dancing”, has been featured on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ 2XM. BLÁNID’s next track ‘Hollow’ will be released on 29th April with an EP to follow later in 2022. With comparisons to Kate Bush and Sinéad O’Connor, BLÁNID is “well on her way to stardom” (Earmilk).

“completely captivating” Sian Eleri Evans, BBC Radio 1

Igloo Hearts

Wrexham based duo Igloo Hearts are made up of Welsh married couple James and Katie MacGregor. Their music incorporates classical piano and powerful harmonies, in a style that is hauntingly beautiful.

Igloo Hearts have been featured several times on BBC introducing Wales. Adam Waltons’ (BBC Radio Wales) response to their latest single (FishFood) was ‘Oh My God, that’s really, really good!!’ and ‘There is something quite ‘McCartney – esque’ about the melody’.

Indie Music For All wrote ‘I am astounded by the talent of this couple. They are a combination vocally, of the best bits of Kate Bush and Enya. A bigger compliment I couldn’t give them.’

They were one of six bands selected for the Autumn FOCUS Wales 2021 ‘Songwriting Bootcamp’, working alongside producers such as Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals). They were also finalists at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Competition 2022.

Their passion is sweeping the listener up in a tidal wave of major/minor chordal progressions, with dark twists and turns, and goosebump inducing vocal harmonies.

Robbie Caswell-Jones

Introducing North Wales’ singer songwriter Robbie Caswell-Jones.

Izzie Walsh

“So original and individual, Izzie Walsh” Bob Harris: BBC Radio 2

Jack Found

Jack Found

Martyn Peters

Originally from North Wales, singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist Martyn Peters is now firmly a resident of London and is currently promoting his debut album Veins.

Amelia Coburn

Since being nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, Teesside’s Amelia Coburn has travelled and worked in Mexico, France and Russia and used the inspiration of the places and people she encountered to inform her unique brand of neo-folk. Drawing on European folk music and Tin Pan Alley jazz, Amelia’s distinctive voice is a captivating tool in her musical storytelling and she writes highly evocative, narrative driven tales of, amongst other subjects, vengeful widows, sleep paralysis and staying up all night in Dublin. Voted as UKE Magazine’s Best Breakthrough Artist 2021, she has gained national airplay in the UK and beyond, including BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and RTÉ 1.

From supporting the late folk legend Vin Garbutt to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and indie rock band The Wedding Present, the roll call of people she has shared a stage with shows the diversity of her appeal. With previous performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Costa del Folk and Czech Ukulele Festival under her belt, a clutch of new songs set for release across 2022 will see her establish herself further as one to watch for years to come.

“A fabulous voice, beguiling stage presence”Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2
“Absolutely genius!” Tom Robinson, 6Music
“Amelia’s is a voice that needs to be heard”RnR Magazine

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