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Don Gallardo & Friends
Nashville-based Americana/Folk singer-songwriter, Don Gallardo, hails from a small town in Northern California and spent years cultivating his career on the west coast before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. He has called Nashville home for 8 years and does not see himself leaving any time soon. Walking the line between classic 70's singer-songwriters and more contemporary flavors of folk and Americana, Gallardo is a diverse and multi-faceted performer with a lyrical depth and a warm, unique vocal style, which helps him weave between genres and become immediately relatable. With three full-lengths, a live acoustic session album, and an EP under his belt, as well as a fourth full-length to be released on UK label Clubhouse Records, Gallardo has already achieved critical praise and had his work prominently featured in films "Jolene" and Jackass Presents "Bad Grandpa" as well as highly popular television series, "The Vampire Diaries" and ABC's "Nashville."
Gallardo has received high praise from Americana review sites in Europe and the U.S. such as No Depression, AltCountryForum.nl, Common Folk Music, and The Nashville Scene, who call him "country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.”
The Rosellys are a five piece Americana band from Bristol. Regular tours to America clearly influence their song writing and live performances with close comparisons made to artists such as Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings to name a few.
The Band formed when Rebecca (guitar/vocals) met Simon (guitar/vocals/fiddle) in 2005. They've toured extensively across the UK, Australia and America - notably the Southern States where San Antonio, Texas has become their second home. Allan (pedal steel/accordian/dobro) joined the band in 2006 - recording on all of their albums to date including ‘Drive Through The Night’ (2006), ‘One Way St’ (2008) and ‘Two Much Like Trouble’ (2011). Drew (drums) joined the band in 2013 followed by Matt (bass) in 2015 creating a powerful Alt-Country sound.
The Rosellys have performed live on BBC Radio, KSYM Radio (USA), UKCountryRadio.com and at various festivals including Chepstow Folk Festival, FactoberFest, Worcester Music Festival, Crawley Folk Festival, Tingestock, Lazy Bishops Festival, The Woodzie Festival (New Braunfels, USA) and Maverick Country Music Festival, winning their song writing competition in 2010.
"From genial acoustic country to contemporary bluegrass to thoughtful balladry and cajun, The Rosellys play music that's best described as Americana good 'n' true"
(Folk n Roots)
Simon Stanley Ward
Simon Stanley Ward is a 28 year old country singer and songwriter. He has been performing his music ruthlessly for the last 12 years. His performance combines self deprecation, sincerity and above all fun to give an emotive, energetic performance which can pull at your heart strings yet leave you upbeat and tapping your foot all the way home!
Simon moved to London in 2010 bringing his own personal unique blend of Country, Americana and Rock n Roll songs to the capital. Stanley Ward quickly released his first solo E.P titled "Myself to Blame" and has been a prominent fixture on London's growing Americana scene. In the summer of 2012 Simon took his solo show over to the US where he played gigs in Nashville and the surrounding area of Tennessee. In 2013 Simon toured in Northern Spain with his final show being held at the prestigious Teatro Zorilla in Valladolid.
Simon has performed at festivals including Bestival, The Camden Crawl, Larmer Tree Festival, Wickham Folk Festival, Rhythm Festival, The London Singer Songwriter Festival in Spitalfield Market and venues such as The Borderline, Conway Hall, 12 Bar Club and The Green Note. 2015 sees Simon set to release his first full solo album as well as continuing to gig relentlessly across London and the UK with shows planned for elsewhere in Europe later in the year.
The Knights of Mentis
Over the last three years the Oxford based Knights of Mentis have been a firm favourite throughout the festival circuit; last year chosen by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq Show as the ‘Highlight of Cornbury Festival’. The acoustic nine piece have come up, refining their style and songs as much on the stage as in late night jams and open sessions, often inviting other acts to sit in with them. One rare 3am unscheduled opportunity at Cornbury this year saw The Knights and several members of Squeeze jigging along into the small hours. Their enthusiasm for performance is reflected in their recordings, choosing to record much of the album live in the studio in order to capture the energy and dynamism of their live show.
From a mixture of musical backgrounds, this group of multi-instrumentalists found themselves thrown together in a way musicians often do, linking via many varied musical connections that range from improv jam sessions to heavy metal gigs and late night parties at Oxford infamous May Day celebrations. The unifying catalyst for The Knights of Mentis was a shared interest in folk, roots, American string band music and rhythm & blues.
The virtuoso line up delivers a distinct and flavoursome brew of Americana, country, folk, and roots music, taking inspiration from artists such as Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Band; however you can also hear influences from other great British bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Peter Graham, Jed Dale and Keith Birnie’s vocals deliver homespun lyrics in rich three part harmonies. 2015 will see a packed live schedule.
Luke Tuchscherer is a Bedford-based singer/songwriter. He sings and plays drums in acclaimed alt.country band The Whybirds, who have released three studio albums to date – ‘The Whybirds’ (2008), ‘Cold Blue Sky’ (2010) and ‘A Little Blood’ (2013). In 2011, Luke and Suffolk-based producer Tom Peters (who worked with the 'birds on ‘Cold Blue Sky’) went into the studio to record what would become his debut solo album. Named ‘You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense’ -- a title lovingly borrowed from Charles Bukowski -- the CD was recorded over a period of 7-10 days, but those days were spread over the best part of three years. Its official release date was 6 October 2014.
Upon release, the album attracted universal critical acclaim. The album was voted second best album of the year in Americana UK's reader's poll (and Luke was named second best male artist) and featured on multiple "Best of 2014" lists. Tuchscherer formed a backing band called The Penny Dreadfuls featuring himself on vocals and acoustic guitar, Dave Banks (guitar), Tom Peters (drums), Nick Mailing (bass) and Dave Marks (keyboards). He plans to play all over to support the album, both solo and with The Penny Dreadfuls, as well as continue to work with The Whybirds.