Captain Accident & the Disasters (Cardiff)
Captain Accident is a reggae/ska/soul artist who creates a unique blend of soulful lovers rock, roots reggae, ska, dub and rocksteady at his home studio in Cardiff. This sound is then brought to life on stage with the help of a collective of musicians known as “The Disasters” although in reality, they are far from that! The energetic live show is guaranteed to get people up and dancing. With soulful vocals, soaring twin guitars and a truly infectious groove, there’s no standing still when Captain Accident and his clumsy companions hit the stage.
Captain Accident currently has 3 self-produced albums under his belt: “Pick up the Microphone” (2010), “Slippin Up” (2013) and his most recent release “Wake & Break” (2016) which has received great reviews and praise, including that from the legendary Sir David Rodigan on his BBC Radio 1xtra Reggae Show.
Through intensive touring of the UK and Europe, numerous music videos, festival appearances and some high-profile radio airplay, more and more people are becoming aware of Captain Accident’s unique sound. With a national fan-base growing by the day and a live performance gaining so much momentum in terms of sound and energy, Captain Accident and The Disasters are becoming harder and harder to ignore on the UK reggae/ska circuit and further afield.
Captain Accident and The Disasters were asked to join reggae heroes Toots & the Maytals as tour support for a run of dates on their 2016 UK tour. After impressing the reggae legends, their fans and their agency, the band were then invited back out as official full-tour support in 2017 and again in 2018, taking them to some of the country's most prestigious venues including London Barbican Theatre, Brighton Dome, Manchester Academy, Nottingham Rock City and Glasgow 02.
As well as Toots & the Maytals, Captain Accident & the Disasters have shared a stage with many of the biggest names in reggae & ska including: Suggs (who recently jumped on stage to sing with the band!), Less Than Jake, Aswad, The Skints, The Skatalites, Prince Fatty & Horseman, Pama International, Mad Professor, Bad Manners, The Toasters, Sonic Boom Six, Neville Staple (The Specials), Fishbone, David Rodigan and countless others. Since their emergence on the reggae scene, they have become a staple part of the UK festival circuit, appearing at Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair and several others.
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.
Traditional music comes to the concert hall! VRï have risen to prominence in Wales and further afield over the last two years, gaining high acclaim for their exciting sound, stylish arrangements and innovative art-music interpretations of folk melodies and songs. Although their roots are in Wales and the backbone of their repertoire is Welsh, VRï make a point of blending other traditional musics from around Europe, and have been heavily influenced the ‘chamber-folk’ artists from both sides of the Atlantic. VRï's vision has always been to maintain the integrity and individuality of their fiddle styles within the ideals of classical chamber ensemble, to deliver a product which harnesses both the raw energy of the fiddle and the finesse of the violin.
The Rumblestrutters (Swansea)
The Rumblestrutters bring the Prohibition era to the party! The Swansea-based acoustic three-piece vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of the 1920s.
Debut album 'Prohibition Blues' has been greeted with international radio play and universal critical acclaim. The album has confirmed the band's reputation as one of the UK's premier roots bands, with stellar performances at top festivals across the land.
Equally adept at classic material and original compositions, the Rumblestrutters' performances have to be seen to be believed. Luscious harmonies and virtuosity combine in songs of bootleg liquor, late night parties, and even the odd hubbly bubbly pipe. The Rumblestrutters are the authentic sound of the Prohibition era.
Siobhan McCrudden (Cardiff)
Noted as ‘One to watch in 2016’ by NewSoundWales, Siobhan McCrudden’s voice has been described as “fragile, pure and hugely distinctive”. Having played in both Britain and the US Siobhan’s folk noir songwriting draws on those experiences, reflecting a vivid fascination with both folk roots and the vast melodic landscapes of Americana. Her early performances found her on the coffee house circuit of New York where the influence of country and folk embedded itself in her song writing style. From these beginnings Siobhan went on to play larger gigs both in America and at home, performing at festivals and folk clubs alike. She has had radio play of her songs both locally on Cardiff Radio and on BBC Wales through BBC Introducing's Adam Walton.
Siobhan McCrudden will be releasing her debut album ‘Icarus Girl’ in Summer 2018, produced by artrock musician and producer GRICE, on indie label hungersleep records.
Matthew Frederick (South Wales)
Singer, songwriter, composer and Climbing Trees frontman MATTHEW FREDERICK blends an early love of Billy Joel and Elton John with more recent influences including Ben Folds and John Grant. With live shows in the UK, US and Europe under his belt, the South Wales musician has also made numerous festival, television and radio appearances – gaining airplay from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music amongst others – as well as recording at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and being shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ second album, the much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed ‘Borders’.