BREAKTHROUGH & EMERGING ARTISTS FROM ACROSS WALES…
PERFORMING AT ONE UNIQUE FESTIVAL
The Big Cwtch 2018 music line up does not disappoint. From our Friday Night Welsh Legend – Martyn Joseph and outstanding Saturday Night Headliners – Into the Ark … through to the biggest line up of breakthrough and emerging Welsh artists and bands to be seen at any other festival.
Click on the images to find out more about our amazing artists and check them out for yourself by tuning into The Big Cwtch Radio We think you will agree this is one festival line up that you do not want to miss!
Into The Ark
DANE LLOYD & TAYLOR JONES are from Blackwood in The Valleys of South Wales, they met as teenagers on the live circuit in Wales, bonding over their love of writing and of each other’s taste in music.
The duo bought an old van in the Summer of 2015 allowing them to travel the UK and through this relentless touring and word of mouth they sold-out headline shows at The Social, London and The Miners Institute in Blackwood, plus support slots with Paolo Nutini and played at festivals Dot To Dot, Live At Leeds, Stag & Dagger, Boardmasters.
Many of you will know the band from their outstanding performances on the 6th series of The Voice UK when they finished second in the competition, mentored by the legend that is Tom Jones
Since the voice the guys have embarked on their own headline tour, and supported Sir Tom for both his 2017 and 2018 sellout tour dates across UK/ Europe, they have also just returned from an incredible 19 date tour with him across USA and Canada.
Into The Ark
Martyn Joseph is our Big Cwtch 2018 Friday Night Legend. A powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.
With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.
Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He's a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called The Welsh Springsteen.
Pop songs that grew up in mid air between London and Cardiff are now settling down and embracing their Welsh psychedelic heritage. Containing hooky melodies warped by rebellious synth loops and unexpected vocal harmonies, HMS Morris take you on a voyage like no other.
Welsh electronic music duo Roughion encapsulates the entire spectrum by creating everything from drum and bass to acid house, from Indy to garage. Their work has turned a few heads and made a lot of people dance with their energetic live sets and their even crazier dj sets
Nia’s talent for raw and powerful storytelling, set within a kind of unorthodox, engrossing vocal, immediately marks her out against the backdrop of emerging young female artists coming out of the UK – and conjures a very exciting, defiant charisma that’s both hard and warm. Nia has made a big impact in a short amount of time being played-listed on BBC Radio 2’s Blues Playlist, features with influential Fred Perry Subculture, won funding from BBC Horizons Launchpad and has recently been in the studio with the modfather Paul Weller. "Raw, unfettered, it’s the honest sound of a precocious newcomer coming into her own." - Clash Magazine
The Moon Birds
5 boys who turn dirty blues, seething guitar lines and harp-riddled outbursts into crotch thrusting, lip-biting Drunk Funk, one of our The Big Cwtch 2017 Highlights
The Moon Birds
Toby from Rhayader,is a Welsh guitarist who is also the driving force behind Cambrian Records. Toby has toured extensively throughout the UK and Ireland to support the release of 2017's The Gathering.
Something of a young troubadour, Hay makes compositions that feel both incredibly detailed and beautifully light. A rising star and so much more. "Green Man Festival"
Hailing from Ammanford, Rufus, AKA Ruth describes herself as: Barbican Fellow • Poet • Rapper • Lyricist • Founding member of Dope Biscuits • Participatory Arts • Disruptive Innovator • Literary Activist • Treehugger
The Raspberry Jam
The Raspberry Jam are an amazing acoustic/country/folk band, music that is toe-tapping & gets all ages involved. The Raspberry Jam cover songs from Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Johnny Cash & even throw their own spin on modern pop songs like Avicii, Bastille & Ed Sheeran
The Raspberry Jam
Disco Panther from Swansea are new to the UK funk scene and between the ten or more of them they've been causing a stir with powerful performances.
The members of Disco Panthers all have various musical projects elsewhere on the mean streets of the UK, some have other successful bands, others session musicians and producers but for a few nights on the prowl they combine forces to become the live funk phenomenon Disco Panther!
Broken Fires make ambitious progressive pop combining the winding melodies of Weezer, lyrical honesty of Frightened Rabbit and euphoric optimistic crescendos of Mew. Recorded DIY in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms debut album ‘Silhouettes’ earned the band BBCR1 play, BBC Radio Wales Artist of the Week for track 'Flesh and Blood' and features on MTV and BBC TV shows. Follow up Christmas single ‘Winter Warmer’ also picked up play by BBCR1 Huw Stephens and raised more than 2K for a Swansea homelessness charity.
Screenwriter and novelist Fflur Dafydd has also been known to make music, and was named BBC Radio Cymru Female Artist of the Year 2010 after a successful run of four studio albums. She appears at the Big Cwtch festival with a brand-new line up of female voices and her faithful right hand man Rhys Barf (Rhys the Beard.) She is currently only doing one gig a year and this is it - don't miss it!
NOVACUB (formed in 2017) have been crafting indie pop-rock and are now ready to start sharing with the world!! Having recently recorded with renowned producer Steve Osborne (New Order, U2, Placebo, Elbow)
Rebecca Hurn is a critically acclaimed, award-winning singer songwriter from Cardiff. Her first release in 2015 was proven a success after hitting the 5th spot in the iTunes singer songwriter charts, over taking household names such as Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and James Bay. Since then Rebecca has been nominated for multiple awards for her song-writing, winning the Cardiff Music Award in 2017 for ‘Best Single’ with her critically acclaimed song ‘Lifeline’. This year Rebecca was nominated and won ‘Best Solo Act’ at the Cardiff Music Awards.
Lowri Evans & Lee Mason
Described by Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) as ‘One of his absolute favourite artists’, Lowri is blessed with a voice capable of wide emotional power, her songs taking their musical colours from a broad palette that includes Americana, Folk, Country and Blues, all beautifully knitted together through her innate musicality and heartfelt delivery. Lee’s beautifully judged guitar playing and subtle harmonies have been integral to Lowri’s music from the outset. Together they have toured the USA, performed sessions for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2, been playlisted on BBC Radio and regularly perform in venues across the UK and in festivals such as Cambridge Folk, Underneath the Stars, Wychwood Festival, Greenman Festival and Hay Festival.
Lowri Evans & Lee Mason
Originating from the obscure county of Pembrokeshire, The Stangs have take to the stage of venues such as Clwb Ifor Bach, The Dublin Castle and The Zanzibar Club over the last twelve months and they have recently returned from America, where they had been touted by New Jersey-based producers. Songwriter and vocalist, Graeme Heath, has an unerring ability to fill verses with innately trivial observations – turning the relatable into enchanting – and then resolve in a simple hook. The earthy accent that distincts his voice is key to The Stangs’ sound, as is the thundering backbeat produced by Glenn Alcock (drums) and Josh Lomas (bass).
Cardiff-based brothers: producer, Ben Dabson and guitarist, Dafydd Dabson,
have been making noise together since before they could talk. Codewalkers
was formed when they recruited vocalist Seun Babatola to provide a message to their music.
Their debut album 'Even Better Enemies (out 2018) is a mix of rock, hip-hop, reggae and electronica. Ambitious in scope and featuring a mix of live and electronic instruments it moves from the catchy reggae hooks of Street Philosophy to the hip-hop anti-war diatribe Glorify
Noisy punky DIY pop four piece from Swansea. Side project of Broken Fires, PICSEL have a simple and direct sound reminiscent of your 90s grunge pop that was created by accident and then captured in 2 frantic days of live recording at a warehouse studio in Swansea. Recorded live, their debut album Modern Life Discovery is a collection of loud and sometimes mildly offensive musical compositions documenting the sheer bloody awkwardness of living. Your mum may or may not like it...
Geraint Rhys is a an artist who mixes his powerful voice with musical diversity and lyrically provocative songs. He has performed all over the country and has had his music aired all over the world. From Quebec to Catalunya to BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru. After coming off the back of a successful 2017 which saw the release of his political trilogy of singles amass over a 100,000 views on YouTube, 2018 will be as exciting, with the release of at least two new singles and more raw, passionate live performances.
Newport's La Forme are a dark and alluring slice of synth pop with a quintessential European outlook. There sound is often glacial and intense while retaining elements of an age when synths and suits ran supreme.
'It's quite rare to come across a band with such a well formed, polished, classic kind of sound' - Bethan Elfyn
Ramnastax are a 5 piece funk band, who play fresh original music scientifically designed by boffins in a secret lab to make you dance your little booties off!
West Wales' best kept secret, Lucy Jones is an 18 year old singer/songwriter who's been making waves across the UK and the US.
Drawing comparisons with Tracey Chapman and Amy Winehouse, exhibiting a real depth and maturity that no teenager has a right to have. With a beautifully distinctive vocal style and intelligent lyrics, Lucy cannot wait to play at the Big Cwtch Festival this year
Originally from Liverpool Ian is now based in Carmarthenshire. Having studied classical and Jazz guitar (at the former Sandown College of Performing Arts, Liverpool) and with a strong influence of his favourite artists including Bob Dylan, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Doors and David Bowie he describes his songs/music as a moving blend of the familiar and original.
Platform 1, Jake, Josh and Martha are a three-piece band originally from Wales but are currently based in Bristol! Josh and Martha have been playing together for the past four years primarily gigging in
Climb aboard and let the CVC take you on a ride through the land of psych funk. Nominated for best breakthrough act at Cardiff music awards, CVC are right at the heart of Cardiff's newly emerging music scene. Jams so tasty they'll remind you of the way grandma used to make it. One of Wales' most exciting new young bands, mesmerizing guitar skills and timeless melodic harmonies.
Dead Crow AKA 15 year old Ethan from Swansea creates thoughtful Hip Hop, he already has an EP under his belt and supported the mighty Hypnotic Bass Ensemble when they visited his hometown. He is also a wizzard on the Basketball Court.
From deepest Rhondda valley, Haelon perform songs in both English and Welsh, based on their depiction of spirits, mountains, lakes and hiraeth
Georgia Fearn is a 17 year old singer-songwriter from Carmarthen. She first began to write songs when she was 9 years old, and has developed this talent to slowly create an original album, 'Perfect on Paper', available for download on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, etc. She has played in many different venues, perhaps most memorably the famous Cavern in Liverpool. Her music has been played on BBC Wales radio station among others
Begw is local girl Rhiannon from Llansadwrn who creates heart filled melodious ballads known to make a few grown men weep
The Big Cwtch first met school boy Will on a cold November night busking In Llandeilo, he stopped us in our tracks and we knew instantly we wanted him to play at this year's festival.
A massive thank you to all of our amazing artists and bands who perform at The Big Cwtch to help raise vital funds for our charities.
All profits from the festival go to our headline charity Ski4All Wales and local community projects.