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Emma's Imagination

Photo or VideoWinner of Sky TV's 'Must be the Music'

Emma Gillespie has rarely done things the conventional way. So recently she played live at Wembley, had two singles in the top ten at once – then shortly after, she signed her first recording contract. 

“I’ve done it all back to front,” she laughs, “which is the way things usually happen in my life. It’s always sideways, never straightforward.“

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Indian Postal Service

Photo or VideoFolk / Progressive Metal / Tribal House

The Indian Postal Service are an ever evolving, rolling band of musicians from deepest darkest wettest Cumbria, dodging the rain drops and stomping through bracken to bring you their feral and blustery tunes.

They are Wayne Scurrah (Vocals, Guitar, Lyrics), Mike Fearon (Lead Guitar), Richard Dickens (Bass), Amy Boud (Percussion), Kat Mclennan (Vocals), Hannah Flynn (Vocals) and Kevin Sharkey (Drums)

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The Lost Padres

A Glastonbury Favourite

A musical 'item' for 15 years - on and off - the Padres were formed by Emrys Baird, Feliks Tabis and Martin Wilkes for the Glastonbury Festival. In 1999 they added Gary Rudd on Bass and have since been appearing as a 3 and 4 piece ensemble anywhere where there's mud and music. They have recently calculated that they have performed more times at Glastonbury than any other artists, but proof is hard to produce and who gives a damn?

Performing their very own versions of Gipsy Jazz, Blues, and covers of contemporary hits in their own inimitable way, they cross many musical frontiers in their endless search for musical identity.

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Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick

Photo or Video"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all"
Q Magazine

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. 

“For four decades, Martin Carthy's work has immeasurably enriched the British folk heritage. He is regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music of the British Isles, as well as a highly influential and much-imitated guitarist. Awarded the MBE for services to English folk music in 1998, his drive and enthusiasm are undiminished and he continues to be one of folk music's great innovators.” - BBC Website

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TarantismTop-notch UK Americana
Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

Following the release of their 2009 CD a.h.a.b., Callum Adamson and Dave Burn were invited to play a residency at the famous ‘Tootsies Orchid Lounge’ during Nashville’s Country Music Awards week festival in Nashville, Tennessee. They recruited Seebs Llewellyn and Luke Price and spent a week playing two shows a day to packed houses, and were even given an invite to record at Warner Studios in Nashville.

I loved ahab’s terrific performance at Cropredy festival. They are blistering live – alt-country edge and sheer class.” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

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Rory Connor

Photo or VideoNew Album: FALLING FROM TREES

Steve Caseman, R2 Rock and Reel magazine "One of the most promising young contemporary song writers in England"

Archie Fisher BBC Radio Scotland "A refreshing, original voice"

Bob Harris BBC radio 2 "Rory has the most distinctive voice in Cumbria and a hell of a good song to go with it" 


The Boat Band

Tarantism'A Trip To The Lakes'
New CD Out Now

After playing for many years, trawling the venues of Britain and beyond, THE BOAT BAND have picked up a huge and varied catch of tunes: Creole, Caribbean, gospel, Cajun, Irish, zydeco and blues-not much slips through the net.If it can be played on accordion and fiddle (or trombone, washboard, trumpet, banjo etc), if it touches the heart and moves the feet, it`s in the repertoire.

Their latest venture takes the band away from the cajun twosteps of South Louisiana to the dance music of northwest England, drawing on the rich tradition of some thousands of tunes collected by and from the musicians of Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

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Paul Pearson

Photo or VideoAcoustic

PAUL PEARSON is as Yorkshire as pudding, Ilkley Moor and Emmerdale (when Amos Brierley and Mr Wilks still held sway at The Woolpack) and has a way of singing songs that are both familiar and new a true gentleman with a huge heart.


The Wierdstring Band

Photo or VideoNominated: UK Festival Awards

Sticking two fingers up the musical outlet, and playing with the switch! Ready, willing and able to render audiences helpless with laughter and amazement the Wierdstring boys are on a journey to the end of the world (or pilton as it's otherwise known) and back via numerous merry mirth filled fields and other suitable spaces.


Pikey Beatz

Photo or Video"Its illegal not to dance!"

"We're Pikey Beatz, we started out by jamming as a group of mates any where we could find the space; fields, corridors, festivals and train stations! We are still a group of mates and we still jam whenever and wherever the feeling takes us. That's how music is supposed to be."


Hazel O'Connor

Photo or VideoWith Clare Hirst & Sarah Fisher

Striding into the spotlight with cult movie Breaking Glass, award-winning singer songwriter, Hazel O'Connor immediately became an iconic figure. Here live and onstage, her unforgettable songs from the film including Eighth Day, Will You , Big Brother, and If Only seem even more relevant in our present times. 

Expect some of the greatest songs from the 20th century, a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio, the old, the new and everything in between. Accompanied by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) and pianist and vocalist Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) this  powerful blend of voices and musicianship brings a sweet touch of class and energy to their vibrant performance.

"They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.”
Daily Telegraph

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The Magic Tombolinos

Magic Tombolinos'International music at the edge...'

This young quintet is made up of traveling musicians from different parts of the globe, who bring together their backgrounds and experiences in a celebration of music with no regional boundaries.

Led by Alejandro Toledo (Bachelor in Classical Saxophone Performance, Masters in Gypsy Saxophone Performance, and currently a PhD candidate in Romani Performance Practices), this high energy band delivers some of the most exciting performances.

“Our ever-evolving musical idiom reflects the way we think and live. Our music, among other things, is a conjunction of various influences (Classical, Rock, Gypsy, African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, and Hip-Hop rhythms) which we bring from places we have lived, visited, or simply the music we like, and have filtered through our own distinct voice.” A.

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The Baghdaddies

The BaghdaddiesAn eclectic mish-mash

Touring the world for 14 years, the Baghdaddies’ music is world music with  strong Balkan tendencies alongside Caribbean grooves, Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie [native Newcastle] touches, all awash with influences such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, delivered with theatre and exuberance. Uplifting and infectiously danceable, full of blistering brass, rousing 5 part vocal harmonies and a rhythm section that you can’t keep still to. Songs to listen to and party!

"The band have a particular flair for the Balkans and capture its frenetic energy and flamboyance wonderfully. There is also a fair share of klezmer, jazz, ska and punk – an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash meets The Beat" Songlines Magazine

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TarantismUncontrollable impulse to dance

“I like this crew.Tarantism actually do what it says on the can.They’ve the cheek to try and the ability to pull off a true blur of styles, that not only creates new blends but at the same time lets diverse influences feed each other for the better... by heaven its got chops and more face than the town hall clock!

Tarantism get inside the tunes and beef then up in a healthy way, no additives loads of common sense... so if like me you’ve endured a wet afternoon at a festival or ten, when you’ve just longed for band with fizz and character to bring out the sunshine then Tarantism might just be the solution.”

Folk Roots Magazine

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Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor'Formidable and Skilled' - Uncut

Sean Taylor is a singer songwriter who lives in Kilburn, north London. He has just released an album called ‘Walk With Me’ which is produced by Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys). The response to the album has been incredible. Previously Sean has played the main Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Celtic Connections as well as hundreds of other shows in the UK & Europe.

He has played support slots for John Fogerty, the Neville Brothers, George Benson, Tom Paxton, Band of Horses, Martha Tilston, Hayseed Dixie, Kelly Joe Phelps, Dick Gaughan and Martin Simpson. Also having had airplay on BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction) as well as the Bob Harris show (BBC Radio 2) with a live session that aired on the 2nd Jan 2011.

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Walsh & Pound

Tarantism'Incredibly gifted' - Janice Long

Will Pound and Dan Walsh are two of the most exciting and unique young musicians on today's music scene. Labelled respectively as 'one of the most original harmonica players in Britain' and 'the UK's top Clawhammer banjoist', the two have joined forces to create a highly entertaining and astonishing live set which made its debut in May 2009 at Manchester's Chetham's School of Music to a rapturous reception. Since then they have gained critical acclaim for their live performances across the UK, including The Sage Gateshead, London’s Southbank Centre and significant festivals. 2011 saw them working at festivals across the UK to sellout audiences, including Sidmouth, Wilderness, Shrewsbury, Warwick, Bromyard and Broadstairs.

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Mishaped Pearls

'Something very special indeed'

"Here is where I have to possibly use up my entire supply of superlatives for this year. Saying that how do I categorize this excellent band? Quasi folk/classical? I don’t really know, but be sure of this, Mishaped Pearls make music of substance."

Alan Whittaker - The Wizard's Pot

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KatusMusic that dances as you

KATUS YOUNG is a talented multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter who won many hearts on Solfests Drystone Stage, of Czechoslovakian extraction and originally from the South of England she is now based in Cumbria and combining music making with motherhood. She’ll be bringing a small but select band.


Earthling Society

Earthling SocietyProgressive and psychedelic

The Earthling Society formed in early 2004 when singer songwriter / guitarist Fred Laird and David Fyall met up with drummer Jon Blacow. Disillusioned with the current music trends and sharing a love of 1970s progressive rock, krautrock and 1960s psychedelia, they built a primitive 8-track recording studio in a corner of a disused glass factory. Ignoring any commercial intention, they started recording what became their debut album Albion purely as they had the ability to do so.

However what sets this band apart from the others is their unique and original take on the spacerock genre which has lead to there most succesful reviews to date.

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Evie Plumb

TarantismLake District singer songwriter

Evie has always had a passion for all things musical and has a special interest in jazz ‘n’ blues.

Her soulful vocals, jazzy piano styles and confidence on stage make her live performances a great experience.

Her main influences have been Katie Melua, Norah Jones and, more recently, the awe-inspiringly powerful voice of Adele.

Other young artists, such as Jamie Cullum and Birdy have also given her great aspirations to go all the way and become a professional musician.

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Free Beer

FREE BEER are an extremely talented group of young musicians from around Lancaster and are also members of The Lancaster Jazz Orchestra, they play an exciting brand of funk and soul from covers of classics to their own compositions.

Not be confused with other bands of the same name, Free Beer are the real deal and any representation of their name does not mean we’re serving any ale without a reasonable charge in the CUP OF WONDER.

End of Profiles

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