“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.
Funke & the Two Tone Baby (Kent)
Funke and the Two Tone Baby is a one man sonic explosion. Uncategorised and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.
From supporting Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast, Hayseed Dixie and Mercury Prize nominees The Comet is Coming to a 40 date festival tour in 2017, including stand-out shows at Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and Hungary’s Sziget Festival, Funke is quickly becoming a must-see act on the festival and touring circuit. 2018 will see yet more shows from Funke and his long awaited third album (entitled ‘Denizen’) will make it another busy year.
RM = Rainbow Maniac (Cardiff)
Shades of 60’s psychedelia, blues-rock and punk permeate the airways when these guys are playing. The Cardiff four-piece are big fans of hefty guitar sounds and supercharged, foot to the floor rock and roll, not shying away from bringing their personalities to life with their music. Rousing stuff, absolutely worth flinging yourself about to.
Gaz Brookfield (Bristol)
Since winning Acoustic magazine's 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, he has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, New Model Army, Seth Lakeman, Frank Turner, The Wonder Stuff, Newton Faulkner and many more. Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol - a feat he has now achieved five times, the last three selling out over six months in advance. This has made Gaz's annual Christmas shindig gig an unmissable tradition for his fans. In December 2017 Gaz took the decision to move up a venue size, to The Bierkeller, Bristol (750 cap.) and the gig sold out 2 months in advance. Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz's relentless tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country. The release of his latest studio album "I Know My Place", inspired sold out shows at nearly every venue for the accompanying tour.
A festival favourite, Gaz has played at over a hundred UK music festivals in the last few years, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory, Boomtown and many more. All of this has proudly been achieved without the aid of a manager, an agent, a record company or any press.
Katell Keineg (Cardiff)
Brittany born Katell Keineg graduated from the London School of Economics and moved to Ireland to start gigging, before re-locating to New York in 1992. She was quickly embraced by the scene around St Mark’s Place’s now legendary Sin-é, building her reputation for ‘conveying a nearly beatific sense of joy in performance’ (Los Angeles Times). In 1993 she released a seven-inch single, ‘Hestia’ – ‘arcane and beautiful, one of the most extraordinary songs’ (Mojo) – on Bob Mould’s SOL Records label. That same year, Keineg sang on Iggy Pop’s American Caesar. He passed a copy of ‘Hestia’ on to Elektra Records, which led to a deal with the label and the release of her acclaimed debut album Ô Seasons Ô Castles in 1994. ‘There's a theory that certain musical frequencies affect people emotionally. Katell Keineg has found them,’ proclaimed Rolling Stone. ‘It’s damn near impossible to listen to her earthy and ethereal voice without feeling the spirit move you.’ Keineg’s subsequent albums include Jet (Elektra, 1997), High July (Megaphone Music, 2004) and, most recently, At The Mermaid Parade (Honest Jon’s, 2010). ‘Keineg’s songs abound with rich melodic motifs [and] capture everything that her followers have long cherished about Keineg – vocals that alternately soar and crack, lyrics both allusive and direct, rough-hewn, carefree, ramshackle folk arrangements that dance with abandon and are resolutely uncontainable,’ wrote the Sunday Times.
Over the years, Keineg has continued to tour Europe and North America, playing her own, sold out shows, as well as festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man, Reading, Roskilde, SXSW, and WOMAD. She played many concerts with Jeff Buckley, and has appeared as a guest at Levon Helm’s The Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, at Carnegie Hall with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass and David Byrne, and at the Royal Albert Hall with Natalie Merchant. An early champion of Keineg’s music, Merchant included a cover of ‘The Gulf Of Araby’ on her 1999 live album, and Keineg sang on Merchant’s 1995 hit single ‘Carnival’. Other collaborators include Calexico, Katia Labèque’s B For Bang, Sinead O’Connor, and Gabriel Ríos, who recorded a version of Keineg’s ‘World Of Sex’ for his 2014 album. In 2015 Keineg contributed an essay about Nina Simone to the anthology Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives (Rare Birds Books). She collaborated with Dutch composer Marike Van Dijk and a 14-piece ensemble on The Stereography Project in 2017, resulting in an album released in 2018, as well as international tour dates. Also in 2018, Keineg wrote and performed in Highway One, a theatre piece produced by Wales Millennium Centre as part of Cardiff's Festival Of Voice. She is currently recording her fifth studio album.