BAND BIOGS 2022
Over the last couple of years, Hallouminati have been carefully blending their unique and high-octane Gypsy/Punk/Ska/Greek/Ragga/Jazz mash-up and sweating it out for all to hear. Mixing the gritty realms of skankin’ ragga punk with traditional Greek Rembetiko vibes, they’re throwin’ deranged beats for an unforgettable live show.Having played Bestival, Boomtown, and all manner of shanty town festivals, right to busking the Olympics, Amsterdam, and squats all over the Netherlands, Hallouminati have been fine-tuning a sound adaptable to everything and anything; from the midnight guerrilla dancefloors of gypsy nights up and down the country to the soundtrack of a champagne-doused ballroom soiree.They have kept it debauched, but the fun’s only just begun.
Formed in 2016 in the thriving Derbyshire music scene, the Rogue Embers have quickly established themselves as one of the fastest up and coming bands in the area. Having played extensively at venues and festivals around the country, the Rogue Embers have honed their performances into an unmissable, foot pounding, storm of a show. Their distinctive fast paced blend of Americana/Folk Rock is fuelled by driving rhythm and powerful harmonies. This combined with their raw and uplifting original song writing make The Rogue Embers a band not to be missed.
The Wam Bam Band
June 1998 and somebody wanted a soul band for their wedding in a barn, so we made one up - The Wam Bam Band was born. Originally a 15 piece, we've slimmed down a bit since then to a 12 piece with; four horns, four singers and a four-piece rhythm section. Based around Wirksworth in Derbyshire, we've played as far afield as London, Reading, Oxford, York, Birmingham, Northampton, Leicester and the south of France !!A motley crew comprising; nurses, probation officers, teachers, lecturers, computer programmers, students, retired clergy and social workers, we try to bring a smile to the face and a tap to the feet so, put on your dancin' trousers !!
Katie Spencer is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Yorkshire who writes songs imbued with the Northern landscapes of her home. The release of her debut album Weather Beaten (2019) made it clear to the world that the music is a sound of her own, and a sound that speaks of the present. Voices from the press praised the LP for its unique song-craft and spell-binding musicianship, as she brought together fans of music from all backgrounds and all walks of life.As live music returns to our world, we can expect to see Katie Spencer where she belongs once more, eyes closed, in the moment, performing.
Described as “engagingly clear across a rich variety of styles” (Songlines), Good Habits are a UK alt-folk duo, telling stories and turning heads across the globe. Composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw, the duo create folk-ish musical tales, with captivating lyrics married with their unique brand of brisk instrumental virtuosity.
Jake Thackray was an outstanding singer-songwriter; Jake in the Box continue to celebrate the work of this unique and sadly missed troubadour. “Perfectly capturing the wry, anarchic humour of Thackray’s songs, these talented musicians are committed to reproducing the authentic Jake Thackray sound with beautiful acoustic guitar from Paul and Ron’s own dry, anarchic take on the songs that made Jake Thackray so popular. Think Dave Allen meets That’s Life meets Edward the Elephant.”
Keith and Sylvia sing a wide variety of English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs, (specialising but, not exclusively, in maritime songs and sea shanties) and work extensively all over the UK, Europe and all over the world performing in Folk Clubs, Village Halls, Arts Centres, house concerts, at Folk Festival, Arts Festivals, Maritime Festivals.
Harry has toured extensively from Japan to Atlanta USA and New Zealand and all points between. His music has received airplay worldwide and has been featured on the Paul Jones Radio show on several occasions. Harry has recorded music with Andy Fairweather Low, Paul Lamb and Ben Waters as well as performing in shows featuring many of the great Blues artists of our time.
The musicians in Leadfeather all live and work in and around the historic Derbyshire lead mining town of Wirksworth. Through acoustic sessions in The Feather Star micro pub, they bonded over their shared passions for blues, rock and alt-country. Each member brings a wealth of experience and creativity to their unique sound, driven by the songwriting of Steve Welch.
Molly & The Grey Notes
A Jazz and smooth tunes trio for all your listening pleasure... Think Smooth FM. Yeah, you've got it... We are not just jazz musicians... we are M&S jazz musicians... yeah...
“From China to Italy, and all over the U.S. Dirty Cello makes its style of string music inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance. When the lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello is like you’ve never heard before”
Zaboomba is an acoustic combo that serves up a delicious melange of samba, salsa, son, forro, cumbia, bossa nova, samba-reggae, afoxé, and more!In addition to Latin American classics such as ‘Oyé Como Va’ and ‘The Peanut Vendor’, they also perform sizzling Latin versions of pop classics, from Booker T to the Beatles!