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1 September

The Simmertones

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Authentic Ska Legends The Simmertones are a seasoned nine-piece ska and reggae band from the southwest of the UK who regularly get audiences dancing in packed venues and festivals with their infectious live sound.

In 2014 The Simmertones had their biggest hit to date, with a release of a cover version of the well-known classic 'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' (which contains samples of 'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' by Doris Day under licence from Sony Music Entertainment). 

This was hugely successful for the band, with repeated airplay on BBC radio stations. In particular, Steve Lamacq added the song to his playlist and gave it several airings, including prime time airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. Further airplay was attained in the United States and internationally.

The single was produced by esteemed veteran Richard Digby Smith (Island Records, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Sparks and Free), with the finishing touches applied by Dave Eringa, of Manic Street Preachers fame. These elements combined with an incredible recorded performance by the band, merged to create the authentic sound heard on the finished recording.

 

8 September

Jess Vincent + Edd Donovan and the Wandering Moles

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Jess Vincent 
Vibrant singer songwriter Jess Vincent is previewing strong, new and infectiously catchy songs from her forthcoming (fourth)album, Lion’s Den. Jess's trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium, along with her uniquely soaring vocal have established her reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene.  This new release, recorded in her home studio in Bulgaria, will bring with it a thread of the people, stories, colours, flavours and instruments from her new life there. Jess will also be playing old favourites from her previous three albums.
Jess Vincent: vocals, guitar, uke, banjo; Joe Chowles: vocals, guitar; Graham Brown: percussion, keyboards harmonium; Hannah Krakiec: vocals, percussion.
 
“Jess Vincent doesn’t just Shine, she positively glows” Mike Davies for folking.com
“..one of the brightest stars out there… Vincent’s crystal-clear vocals sending shivers down the spine.  Malcolm Carter PennyBlack Music
"Soulful, strong and utterly engrossing" Mick Tems, Folk Wales
"uniquely and obliquely original" Rock'n'Reel R2
“… accessible, tuneful folksiness, with dashes of Americana of the light-textured Appalachian variety” Folk n Roots

Edd Donovan is a highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt – comforting, yet challenging – wise. Rooted in Indie Folk and Americana, he draws on a broad spectrum of influences and makes use of the talents of his full band, The Wandering Moles, and features meticulous, intricate arrangements, rhythmic shifts and close harmonies that recall classic artists such as The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Nick Drake.

 

“A hugely talented, original songwriter" Folk And Tumble. 

"Beautiful" Bowerbirds
"Immensely inspiring...the more people who can hear his voice and words, the better" Dr Andrea Ashworth, author of 'Once In A House On Fire'.
"I love Edd’s music - he’s terrific" - Charlie Dore
 
The Stone

6 October

Eat Static

Eat Static to play full live set in Totnes - following a summer of festivals across the world & the release of new album, 'Last Ship to Paradise', at end of September

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7 October

Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse

 

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Two of the UK’s most talked about emerging songwriters tour together in October 2017
featuring sets from both artists as well as collaboration.
Theirs is a striking musical partnership that started when the pair
wrote and recorded songs for Dan Whitehouse’s Reveal Records debut‘ That’s Where I Belong (2016). In the same year Jess Morgan released her gorgeous new album‘ Edison Gloriette’ to widespread acclaim.
These shows are a chance to hear fresh new songs along with
favourites from both artists’ catalogues and promises to be
something really special.

14 October

the hilarious,.. John Craigie

Musically comparable to John Prine, with the humour and wit of Mitch Hedberg, the humble, gracious and hilarious John Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

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2 November

The Urban Folk Quartet

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The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.



“A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn’t naturally follow that list of genres. Built on the rhythms of a cajón-wielding percussionist and oud-playing bassist, the phenomenal fiddlers led the quartet in one of the tightest line-ups I have ever seen.” - Olivia Haughton, Songlines

 

30 November

Boo Hewerdine

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We all at times look back at our past to a specific event such as a new relationship, or the starting point of our career and cherish those memories. How though do we view those times?
Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine’s new album “Swimming in Mercury” (Reveal Records April 28th 2017) gives us a personal insight as he takes us on that journey back in time. It’s a trip furnished with a glisten and a glint in his eye as he applies style and shapes to his autobiographical memories. Hewerdine revisits and recreates music in a manner that, put simply, a band starting out just couldn’t afford.  In his own words “The new album was recorded in the spirit of the first four track recording I ever did… but instead of a chunky cassette deck we were able to use Chris Pepper’s Cambridge studio. It was an incredibly enjoyable and creative way to work. Often I would write a song in the morning and by the end of the day we would have another track done”.
There’s a compelling sense of adventure in tracks such as “My First Band”, “Satellite Town” and “A Letter to My Younger Self”.
As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer.

 

Event information

Unless otherwise stated

doors open at                 19:30

Support acts start at        20:30

Headline acts on stage at 21:30

timings are subject to change without notice

 

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