Son of Dave
Bluesman Benjamin Darvill, aka Son of Dave, came to prominence as a member of Grammy Award-winning folk-rock band Crash Test Dummies. He returned to his blues/harmonica/beatbox roots back in 2000. Since then he’s appeared several times on Later… with Jools Holland and had a song featured on the soundtrack of the hit TV series Breaking Bad. He’s also partial to postingunlikely covers on YouTube by artists like Dizzy Rascal, as well as his anarachic reviews of Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar.
Aside from making music, Darvill has also had a book of columns written for award-winning The Stool Pigeon music newspaper published.
An actress for 20 years, starring in TV shows like London’s Burning, Lip Service and Prey, Heather left her role in BBC One drama Waterloo Road to fully commit to her flourishing music career. Last year, Heather released her biggest album to date The Thin Line, which entered the UK Independent Album Charts top ten. The lead single, ‘We Can Change’ was featured as the ‘Uncharted Territory’ artist of the week on Terry Wogan’s show on BBC Radio 2. Heather’s sound incorporates hers love of 60’s girl groups, Motown and 80’s pop.
She Makes War
She Makes War has been dubbed ‘alt-folk’, ‘ambient dream-pop’, ‘a modern musical Boudica’ as well as being declared an ’empowering force to be reckoned with’.
Her creative one-woman shows purveying grungey electric guitar, claustrophobic vocal loops, ukulele, marching drum, foot percussion and megaphone have been captivating audiences around the UK and Europe, both at her own headline shows and supporting the likes of Suede, The Levellers, tUnE-yArDs, The Magic Numbers, Shlomo, Midge Ure, New Model Army, Glen Matlock and Earl Slick, Nadine Shah, Erica Nockalls and Miles Hunt, Chris Helme and Drugstore.
The Honeyfire are a sister two piece from Bristol, playing harmony based guitar driven dark folk-rock. Their songs are a dark mixture of death, fear, nature and the occasional reference to failed relationships juxtaposed with a good helping of sweet harmonies to catch out the unwary. Their influences include Radiohead, Suzanne Vega and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.They have made a name for themselves supporting national touring artists, such as Mark Morriss from the Bluetones and Bristol’s own ‘She Makes War as well as getting radio play from BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing.
MuHa is an international group of creative people with different walks of life who put together their skills, passion for music and their hearts to play mainly Slavonic influenced music with the mix of various musical traditions from around the world.
The music of MuHa is rather calming; spacing out the listener to the peaceful and philosophical state of mind. The band have featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Appalachia
A perfect blend of acoustic instruments, voices and musical styles, Appalachia offer up their own inspired take on American roots music, combining blues, bluegrass, jazz and unique originals into a potent brew that will move you … and make you move!
Featuring soulful four-part harmonies, dazzling instrumentals, and an eclectic repertoire, Appalachia perform frequently at festivals, folk clubs, arts centres and music venues, impressing audiences wherever they go. Weaving their spell on guitars, mandolin, banjo, slide guitar and upright bass, the boys in suits never fail to entertain.
At the end of the evening they get the audience clapping, stomping, and singing along when they invite friends of the band and brave strangers soon to be friends onstage for a rousing sing-along finish … smiles all around!
Chicapella is a quirky quartet of young ladies who aim to entertain by performing songs from a broad range of genres and eras. These girls will sizzle your senses with their toe-tapping tunes, all performed a cappella.
Stereo Kela are a vocal-driven electronic duo based in Bristol. The duo consists of vocalist and composer, Raquel Peralta and producer, Josh Childs. Their sound is multifaceted, with tips of the cap to house, D’n’B, Garage, trance, trip hop, Reggae and swing, making for a roller coaster of a live experience: think Chemical Brothers meet Donna Summer. Stereo Kela’s lyrical content is often deeply philosophical and metaphysical in nature, more often than not documenting key evolutionary moments in their collective spiritual journey. Stereo Kela is not restricted by genre or trend, their music is simply intended to bring you an unbounded and exciting sunrise of electronic musical eccentricity.
Singer-songwriter Katey Brooks’ unique sound epitomises the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of the soul.
Brooks’ “devastating vocal talent” has garnered her admirers from across the spectrum of the industry, seeing her feature on tracks with Paloma Faith, The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd – not to mention sharing the stage with acts like Newton Faulkner and Lou Rhodes.
Barry Walsh Band
Barry Walsh, founder of the Barry Walsh Band, has been playing to Bristol audiences since the ‘60s, when as a solo artist he performed in venues such as The Hatchet, The Rummer, and the Mauretania, before embarking on a song writing career which saw one of his songs being taken by Colin Blunstone (ex Zombies).
The Barry Walsh Band, formed in 2009, received rave reviews following their spot supporting Fairport Convention in 2010, with critics proclaiming that their performance alone was worth the ticket price. The band has since won the hearts of Bristol crowds with their catchy numbers about their home town, and headlined sell-out gigs here at Colston Hall.