Wallgrin (BC, Canada)

WALLGRIN is the experimental pop project of Vancouver-based composer, improviser, vocalist and violinist Tegan Wahlgren. Drawing from an array of musical influences — including a background in fiddling and choral singing — Wallgrin’s sound moves between lush string-based orchestration, beat-driven pop and ornate vocal arrangements. Their spirited and raw live performances have led them to perform at BreakOut West, ArtsWells, Music on Main, Western Front and the Queer Arts Festival alongside artists such as Okkyung Lee, Holy Hum, Jenny Hval and Nicole Lizée. Wallgrin’s sophomore album, Yet Again The Wheel Turns, is due for release in 2022.

St.Arnaud (Alberta, Canada)

By the release of his debut album, St.Arnaud was an old hand on the folk festival circuit, a University graduate in Neuroscience, accidental overdose survivor, and at a loss for what to do next. In the Fall of 2017, his bandmate, friend, and at times antagonist, was hit by a train, dissolving his trio, North of Here. To honour the loss, St.Arnaud rewrote the collection, previously titled The Cost of Living. Harkening back to ‘60s protest folk, Ian’s beaming, clever lyrics belay more cerebral themes behind sha-la-las. Simply orchestrated, impeccably composed, St.Arnaud tackles themes of loss and resilience with sardonic humour and heart-on-the-sleeve, puppy-love honesty.

Sam Parsons

Based in beautiful North Wales Sam Parsons writes and performs original music on acoustic guitar. Influenced by artists such as John Martin Nick Drake Jose Gonzalez and Ali Farka Toure Sam plays his own individual style of open-tuned folk/blues mixed in with percussive guitar playing. Raised in Wales with Scottish roots Sam takes a worldview of music and loves to explore and blend diverse influences together in his guitar playing. Sam collaborated with a talented drummer and bass player; Mike McMahon and Josh Payne to record the EP Premonitions which was released on Welsh indie label Recordiau Mwg.

Robbie Caswell-Jones

Raised in Wrexham but currently located in the East Midlands, Robbie Caswell-Jones has been honing his skills as a folk guitarist and vocalist since 2013. Specializing in bluegrass guitar, he has performed across the UK and Europe and has developed a picking technique that gives his playing both drive and energy whilst remaining graceful and sweet. Robbie’s choice of traditional songs and his dynamic vocal delivery is both nostalgic and refreshing.

Rebecca Hurn

22/06/2019 Rebecca whose voice has been described on Radio Wales as a ‘National Treasure’ was the first artist from Wales to be awarded Best Singer Songwriter at the Global Independent Music awards in New York City USA since its inception almost twenty years ago. This was for her 2018 release ‘Waves’
Rebecca achieved success with her debut EP ‘Lions’ in September 2015 reaching no. 5 in the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts passing Ed Sheeran, James Bay and George Ezra.
Waves EP released in 2018 went onto reach global acknowledgement. Recognised by ‘Festival Republic’ she will be playing festivals throughout 2020

Ophelia Xerri

Ophelia Xerri is 25 year old singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Cardiff Wales. Ophelia’s music is inspired by jazz, soul, RnB, love and the relatable bittersweetness of life. Ophelia has played piano and trumpet since a child, and guitar in December 2019. Ophelia performed FOCUS Wales 2019 under the group name Xerru.

ME AND DEBOE

Hailing from the North, ME & DEBOE are a female alternative acoustic duo, performing extensively across the UK, Europe and the United States. With influences ranging from Kate Bush to Bowie and The Beatles, their distinctive percussive sound and harmony are intertwined into a powerhouse performance: Attaching butterfly wings to metal girders. Recorded and produced by Sebastien Allemand, 2020 has seen the release of 4 singles and an endorsement with Danelectro USA. The duo have continued to adapt performances with the lockdown series AloneTogether and are working on new visual projects and releases for 2021. Find out more at meanddeboe.com

Matt Nicholls (Delta Radio)

Matt Nicholls of the Delta Radio band. Delta Radio are a five piece psychedelic blues rock band from Wrexham in North Wales. They are: Matt Nicholls on vocals and harmonica Steve Nicholls on guitar Steve Jones on guitar Jamie Owens on bass and Ben Jones on drums. The group met a few years ago playing in various indie rock bands around North Wales. Over the years in various bands they have all recorded and released records on a variety of labels and toured in numerous countries.

Lizzy Hardingham

South-East based folk musician and songstress, Lizzy Hardingham, is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart. 2019 saw her storm the UK folk scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence. Nominated for Fatea’s prestigious Female Artist of The Year 2020 award, Lizzy is now working with English Folk Expo and Michael Hughes on firmly nailing her place as one of the rising stars of the folk scene”.

Kip

Kip is somewhat of a legend of the open mic scene in Wrexham, and our fantastic host at The Royal Oak shows this year!

Katherine Priddy

Having emerged onto the scene with her debut EP ‘Wolf’ in 2018, Birmingham-based artist Katherine Priddy has been steadily turning heads. Having been named ‘The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ by Richard Thompson, who later invited her on his Irish tour, Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive finger-picking guitar style have seen her perform sell-out headline shows around England, support artists such as The Chieftains, John Smith & Vashti Bunyan and play well-earned spots at festivals such as Cambridge Folk, Towersey and Beautiful Days. Her much anticipated debut album, ‘The Eternal Rocks Beneath’, was released 25/06/21 on Navigator Records.

Katy Rose Bennett

Katy Rose Bennett has been writing and performing her idiosyncratic, elegant folk for over 20 years.

Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed 2020 album Where Does It Hurt?, Katy releases 7th album, Alone On A Hill in September 2021. A beautiful, emotionally raw yet ultimately joyful collection of multi-layered, a cappella vocal songs written and recorded during lockdown and inspired by living in rural isolation for the last year: songs of birds, trees, the wind; songs of surviving, growing peas and longing to sing with other people. Think The Beach Boys having a cuppa with Bjork, Bach and Bobby McFerrin!
Katy will perform with The Frankley Beeches – a 4-piece a cappella vocal ensemble – for this special gig.

Powerfully delicate… absolutely stunning… brings out the beauty of Bennett’s voice
– Maverick

Hauntingly beautiful
– Folk Radio UK

Alone On A Hill is released 24th September 2021

*Old No.7 show is with acappella ensemble
* The Royal Oak show is solo

Jiminil

Born out of Belfast, Jiminil is a melting pot of tender, pastoral folk and gloomy indie-rock tinged with psychedelia, blurring the lines of these with jazz sensibilities. Influence can be seen in the guitar stylings of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Fahey, John Martyn, and in the mosaic songwriting/arrangement styles of Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell & Terry Callier. While collaborating with some of the finest musicians in the midlands, the project brings arrangements that feel like a dense, syrupy thicket.

Spider is the first offering from Nottingham-based Jiminil, released 18th June 2021.

Joe Dolman

With several independently released EP’s under his belt, two of which landed him in the top 10 of the UK/US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength racking up support from the likes of Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), BBC Introducing and playlisting spots from both Apple, Spotify and Deezer’s editorial teams with spots on New Music Friday – Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland (Spotify), Today’s Acoustic (Apple), Smooth Hits (Deezer) and Autumn Acoustic and Beautiful Day (Spotify). He has also sold out UK Tours and played a number of showcase festivals in 2019.

Isabella Crowther

A creator of crashing, reverberative, swirling music; Isabella Crowther studied Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. While studying, she learnt the ethos of DIY/Punk/Riot Grrrl and started to record and produce her own music.

Igloo Hearts

Igloo Hearts are a folk pop duo, consisting of James and Katie MacGregor. Their music incorporates intimate harmonies, guitar and keyboard. James has been involved in the North Wales music scene for many years, supporting the likes of Nick Harper and Oysterband, also having radio play on BBC Wales Introducing. James recently joined forces with Katie, and her classical piano background, and together Igloo hearts was formed. The spine tingling blend of their voices, is the bedrock of their unique sound.

Evie Moran

Described by Getintothis as having the voice to light up your life, Evie Moran is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Liverpool with folk and acoustic influences. Her stripped back yet captivating set includes covers from artists like Billie Marten and The Staves, as well as carefully crafted originals like ‘Times Like These’ and ‘All My Love’. She has previously appeared at events including Folk on the Dock Festival (2018), Threshold Festival (2019) and FOCUS Wales (2019). Evie’s new single ‘All My Love’ will be released on March 16th.

Emmi (Baby Brave)

Baby Brave are a new wave / noise pop outfit formed in North Wales in 2014. Their sound has graduated with a heavier, gutsier beat that has garnered the band a solid fanbase and support slots at festivals and venues all over the UK and internationally for the likes of Dave McCabe (Zutons), Bo Ningen, H Hawkline, Stealing Sheep, Slow Club, and Vryll Society.
The band are self recording their next bunch of singles, which are being digitally released over 2020.

Emily Magpie

Emily Magpie is a Dreampop artist from Bristol. Having been championed by the likes of BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6 her latest EP (Be Your Own Light) was described by The Line of Best Fit as ‘spine-tingly special’ and has already notched up over 90 000 streams on Spotify. Over the last few years Emily has toured the European live music circuit: playing as a support act for acclaimed acts such as This Is The Kit and Let’s Eat Grandma. Her new album is due for release early 2020.

David Burton

David Burton is a guitarist singer and songwriter based in North Wales. His style is a fusion of folk blues fingerstyle and classical elements recalling the playing of Bert Jansch, Doc Watson and Pierre Bensusan. His songwriting combines moments of introspection with imaginative story telling. David has played at numerous venues including 12 Bar – London Zanzibar – Liverpool and Focus Wales Festival and has appeared on Manchester GMR Calon FM and Cheshire FM. He has opened for Mark Morris and also fingerstyle guitarist Eric Roche. He was chosen by Pierre Bensusan as winner of his guitar video competition.

Dan Bettridge

“Blending a discography of radio-ready anthems, dreamy indie stunners and classic rock bangers”, Bettridge weaves an alternative spirit into everything he makes. While a traditional singer-songwriter at heart echoing influences of Americana Soul Rock & Folk his output defies rigid classification. Named Acoustic Magazine’s “Next Big Thing” Dan is quickly gaining momentum as an artist to look out for in 2021. Backed internationally Bettridge’s debut LP ‘Asking For Trouble’ featured on iTunes Canada’s homepage found its way onto notable editorial playlists and reached across radio networks.

Danny Addison

Hailing from a musical family in the small market town of Hitchin, Danny moved to Manchester in 2014 to study music. He immediately began working across a myriad of projects as a multi-instrumentalist, lending his skills to artists such as Jamie Lawson, Chloe Foy and Sophie Morgan.

In 2020 Danny was accepted onto the English Folk Expo artist mentorship programme and has received mentorship from Hudson Records’ Andy Bell. 2021 then saw the release of his second four-track EP, ‘Porcelain’ and his first festival performances.

Braden Lam (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Blending authentic songwriting with modern indie flare, Braden Lam is forging the path to a new 21st century folk-pop. The young artist from Canada takes listeners on a journey of growth and aspiration with his latest EP Inside Four Walls, six songs that walk from adolescence and a wide-open future into the reality of adulthood and its sundry limitations, trying to find the ideal balance between art and responsibility. It’s music for driving and singing along to, for late night heart-to-hearts and Sunday morning papers, for growing up and letting go.

Andy Hickie

Andy Hickie is a singer of traditional folk songs with Welsh and Irish roots. With his guitar and harmonica Andy has hosted folk sessions and acoustic nights in and around the Wrexham area for around 15 years and is due to release his ‘Folk Songs Vol 1 EP’ this spring featuring a collection of some of his favorite folk songs. Some of Andy’s main influences include Bob Dylan and Luke Kelly. A fresh strong voice on the Welsh language folk scene.

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