BREAKTHROUGH & EMERGING ARTISTS FROM ACROSS WALES… PERFORMING AT ONE UNIQUE FESTIVAL
MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON…
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Formed in the Summer of 2011, South Wales four-piece CLIMBING TREES soon came to the attention of BBC Introducing with the distinctive Cymrucana sound of their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album HEBRON. Recorded in isolation in the woods of Carmarthenshire, the band achieved playlisting across BBC Radio Wales before being announced as one of twelve artists to take part in the inaugural year of the BBC and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons project in the Spring of 2014. The Trees released BORDERS through Staylittle Music in the Summer of 2016 to rave reviews and a spot on the Welsh Music Prize shortlist. Since then the ‘difficult second album’ Graves has been released and the band have some major festivals under their belt, not least The Big Cwtch.
Hailing from Cardiff, via Carmarthen and London, and performing in both his native Welsh and English, troubadour Aled Rheon draws his influences from his love of traditional Welsh folk music combined with a childhood spent in rural Wales and infused with his experience of love and life in the city. Aled released his debut Welsh-language EP Sêr yn Disgyn (‘Stars are Falling’) to critical acclaim in 2013 on JigCal Records. Recorded at Seindon Studios in Cardiff, the record was produced by Osian Gwynedd (Sibrydion), mixed by Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) and featured some of Wales’ finest musicians; including The Gentle Good’s Gareth Bonello, Greta Isaac and Dan Lawrence (Olion Byw). Keen on developing and honing his skills as a performer, Aled spent 2014-15 concentrating on playing live and writing on the road. Notable performances include: Green Man, Festival Number 6, Fire in The Mountain Festival, Tafwyl, Swn Festival, WOMEX 13, Machynlleth Comedy Festival, The Big Cwtch, FOCUS Wales, Hay Festival and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Connah Evans is an upbeat solo pop act, who crafts music with a unique blend of heart felt lyrics and addictive melodies. His productions sparkle, putting his incredibly moreish and honest songs, centre stage. Connah is a multi- instrumentalist playing drums, guitar, piano and even the didgeridoo. His productions sparkle, putting his incredibly moreish and honest songs, centre stage.
The Summer of 2016 saw Connah playing some amazing Festivals with the BBC, including Liverpool Sound City, Truck Festival and Festival No. 6 to name just a few.
Formed in January 2015, indie-folk five-piece Tendons blend timeless songs with beautiful harmonies to create a distinct and mesmerising sound.
Based in Cardiff, South Wales, the band released debut live EP 'Safehouse Sessions' via Staylittle Music in January 2016, a year to the day since their inception.
The Moon Birds
The Moon Birds are a 5-piece funk, soul and blues band from Merthyr Tydfil. Widely-renowned for their exceptionally mesmerising live performances, The Moon Birds are a fearsome force in the Welsh music scene, recently winning the highly acclaimed Big Gig 2016 competition and being voted Cardiff's best live band at the 2017 Cardiff Music Awards.
The Moon Birds
Fire Fences are one of Wales' most promising and exciting young rock bands. With a wide range of influences this band captures its audience with sheer energy and enthusiasm. Having played in cities ranging from Los Angeles to London this band has a thirst for their music to be heard all around the world. Forte Project 2016, a scheme that recognises and assists the development of the best new music from Wales chose to work with Fire Fences and the band are currently showing no signs of slowing down.
Jack Ellis is a bilingual Singer/Songwriter from the Southernmost point in South Wales who crafts real songs from real stories. Jack began his first solo recording 'Pocket of Lint' late 2014 which was first featured on BBC Radio 2 by Dermot O'Leary and was also supported by Adam Walton on BBC Introducing Wales. Through the following months Jack has assembled a team of select session players to support his heartfelt lyrics to augment the delicate arpeggiated guitar lines that have become his signature sound. Returning to the studio late in 2016, the first offerings from this new line up was, ' The Storm' which once again debuted with Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2
The Chalk Outlines
The Chalk Outlines are an 18-legged Ska Band from West Wales. Their Debut EP has already been labelled “full of fantastic fast paced 2 tone ska twisted by Balkan, Latin and Hip-Hop Influences” by legendary Skazine and Independent Label Do the Do Music. Formed in 2015 the band have been whipping audiences into a frenzy across their native Wales, The South West and London with their stomping live shows. 2015 saw them play at numerous festivals and win prestigious support slots for the likes of Bad Manners and the Dualers. Featuring members and ex-members of cult West Wales bands The Rude em Outs, Beneath the Reef and The Dapper Cadavers the band are currently recording and getting ready to tour their eagerly awaited 2nd EP this summer.
The Chalk Outlines
The Bleedin' Noses
Conceived in 2011, The Noses are a Six-Piece ensemble residing in Blackwood, South Wales. Combining Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, Drums, Bass and Double Bass, Keyboards and Accordion. They Have come to describe themselves as "Country Punks", drawing Influence from Folk, Country, Punk Rock and The Blues.
Having released their debut album in 2012 to many rave reviews, The Noses have since gone on to tour the UK extensively, and have played many festivals, including The Greenman, Larmer tree and Glastonbury Festival. Their live performances have also gained them many prestigious accolades which include: 'Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award Winner 2014', The Convents winner of 'The Band 2014', and most recently went on to win a slot to perform on The Godney Garthering's main stage in 2015. After a short break, the band are back on the festival circuit in 2017.
The Bleedin' Noses
Adwaith from Carmarthen are, Gwenllian Anthony (Bass, Mandolin), Hollie Singer (Vocals, Guitar), Eva Chelsea Free (Vocals) and Heledd Owen (Drums).
The release of the debut single ‘Pwysau’ by Adwaith heralded a new brave and exciting chapter for Welsh music, as well as being a comforting balm of kindness and love for the listener. This song was also proudly included on the #MoreInCommon album, raising funds and awareness for the charity Hope Not Hate at the end of a turbulent and unsettling 2016. Moulding the delicate, natural beauty of Adwaith’s vocal harmonies to the cool urban detachment of the arrangement, and Heledd’s clipped Krautrock-like drum grooves, the song opened minds and captivated hearts, whilst keeping true to the creative vision set out by the band.
As with all Adwaith’s songs, they instinctively forge a direct emotional connection with the listener. ‘Haul’, the band’s second single for the label Libertino released early this year, is no exception. Whereas previously the band painted sounds with a palette of muted sombre colours ‘Haul’ explodes with bright golden sunshine. Both songs gained fast critical acclaim and extensive radio plays, most noticeably on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru (Haul was play-listed as the song of the week) and Amazing Radio. With new material imminent and more touring around the UK planned, Adwaith will make this year theirs.
Little Folk is comprised of Dewi Bowen (Vocals, Guitar, Bass Drum), Lucy Hannah Bowen (Vocals, Tambourine), Marc Bowen (Banjo), and Niall Rees (Bass Guitar) They have recently signed up with The Lost Agency to promote the single “Music City” off their debut EP, along with a new video for this song. They will follow up this release with a new single early in the new year and a second EP by the summer of 2017.
The new EP Little Folk Vol 1 features 4 songs which were written, recorded and produced by the band. The song “Eleanor” was also selected by David Owens of Walesonline as one of his top 51 Welsh songs of 2015. “Eleanor” has also had airplay in Nashville and on radio stations such as Nation Radio, BBC Introducing and BBC Wales Jamie Owen show, as well as other UK radio stations.
This year has seen them play many summer festivals with positive feedback from the promoters and audience alike. They have supported many touring bands from around the world and were asked to play the RHS Flower Show and the Extreme Sailing Series event. After playing the Chapter Arts Centre, they were approached by the radio presenter Chris Corcoran to play on his BBC Radio Wales show as the house band.
The Riff are a British Indie/alternative band from Swansea, South Wales. The Bands debut single Jezebel was released in May 2016 and featured on BBC radio shortly after its releasing earning the
band 'BBC Introducing's artist of the Week.'
Since then the band who take inspiration and influence from the likes of The Who, The Jam, Oasis, Stone Roses and Stereophonics have supported the likes of Bruce Foxtons From The Jam, The Lambrettas, Barry Sutton (La's) Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) The Sherlocks and played on the same bill as bands such as The Beat and former Catfish and the Bottlemen Guitarist Billy Bibby.
Following the release of their second single Show Me in April 2017 Weekend Schemes quickly follows on and will be released in July 2017. This will be the third single to be released by the Welsh unsigned quartet.
Bath-based Little Rêd creates emotionally charged electro-pop described by Going Solo as "dreamy soundscape". Originally from Cardiff, Ellie is a skilled guitarist, singer and songwriter. She has been performing her own material since the age of fourteen, receiving television and radio recognition under previous guises and now establishing her own sound as Little Rêd.
Her debut single "Hell" was premiered on The Line of Best Fit, who called it "one hell of a debut", attributing Ellie with a voice that "speaks to you like something from a dream." Since then, she has played live around the UK supporting several artists including C Duncan, Betsy and Bryde and has received airplay from Amazing Radio, Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio Wales.
Vince James offers wholesome, wholehearted and honest songwriting delivered with whisky drenched vocals. Vince James mostly tell stories of his observations growing up in a small town in his native South Wales. Influenced by legendary artists such as Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bob Dylan to Woody Guthrie and more contemporary influences such as Ryan Adams Vince James produces these stories in songs with an indie rock tilt. The release of his first offering ‘Forget Last Night’ saw early support from BBC Introducing in Wales resulting in performances for BBC Horizons at Glass Butter Beach Festival; a special 10th edition Sŵn Festival appearance with the Young Promoters Network; support to Billie Marten and a full U.K. tour at the very start of 2017.
Expect a torrent of quality new song releases throughout the year coupled with an extensive live schedule as Vince James embarks on a journey to establish himself and make his mark in the world.
CwCw, a South Wales based band with a shared love for wicked sounds, consists of Elliot Bradfield, Erin Julian, David Bassey and Lewis Evans. The band are still reeling from supporting Public Service Broadcasting, earlier this year.
Carmarthen’s The Tates were spawned in the twisted and insidious beauty of West Wales. Consisting of Liam Fusco, Tom Ryan, Matt Kilgariff, Jac Robin and Shaun Gwizdak. Influences range from The Libertines’ poetic raw energy to the death disco of early New Order. ‘Electric Girl’ the band’s debut single has been released with great acclaim and The Tates are currently embarking on a grand welsh tour.
PARCS are a trio from South Wales into atmospheric hip hop beats, who let the music do the talking for them
To Bear Sir
To Bear Sir is a singer songwriter from South Wales, who writes songs about his personal experiences. Since the March of 2016 and things have picked up quickly, and he has been getting some great radio play including Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2 who described To Bear Sir as having the “songwriting of poet and the voice of an angel’. His debut album 'Hold Yourself Tight' was released in early 2017.
To Bear Sir
Naomi Rae hails from the northern music metropolis of Manchester but now calls the rising urban sprawl of Cardiff her home. Inspired by everything from 70’s funk to 90’s pop, her soul infused tunes showcase her incredible pipes and her Bond-esque ballad ‘liar’ proves she’s a skilled songwriter who can deliver atomic-sized anthems. Naomi Rae's addictive melodies will be an instant hit with fans of Adele, Emeli Sande and Leona Lewis. Airplay includes Adam Walton for BBC Introducing and play listed to BBC Radio Wales.
Introducing Laura Jayne & Daniel James as Dusty Road, a Popular South Wales Country Duo.
Powered by Laura's subtle vocals and Dan's perfectly complementary tones, the duo can play everything from traditional country music to current chart hits. Their Shows are full of character and toe tapping catchy tunes which combines Guitar, keyboard and percussion with stunning Vocal harmonies. They Love American Country Music and have recently supported the Osmonds.
It's easy to consign the idea of the itinerant blues singer to myth (Robert Johnson) or caricature (Seasick Steve) but in 2017, Joe Kelly is as close as you'll get to the real thing. Having spent the last couple of years calling a dilapidated camper van home and playing hundreds of shows armed with just a beaten-up guitar, a stomping foot and a harmonica, Joe decided that enough was enough. Breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band format and enlisting the services of a hand-picked troupe of the finest local guns for hire has already borne fruit. Debut single Devil at Your Door was an apocalyptic folk-blues with roots instrumentation and a contemporary edge that proved an immediate hit.
Lost Tuesday Society
Lost Tuesday Society are a 5-piece band who have collectively come from a variety of differing musical backgrounds and therefore bring with them a range of influences. Performing as a full band, acoustically and in differing combinations of band members they have, to date, graced the stage with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Lianne La Harvas, Pete Doherty, Alabama 3, Sister Sledge, Moulettes, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Labi Sifre, Big Sir, The Real Thing and Mica Paris to name but a few. Writing original material, comparisons have been made to early Fleetwood mac among others and the albums concentration on intricate musical composition and strong melody lines pays its homage unintentionally to 70’s folk and rock with enough edge to bring the songs into modern day. Because of this, the music appeals to people of all ages and all walks of life. The band will be playing an acoustic set at The Big Cwtch.
Lost Tuesday Society
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.
Jack Perrett pens indestructible youth tunes that will leave you feeling ten foot tall. The singer songwriter from Newport wears his influences on his sleeve. Combining the best of Oasis’s unapologetic confidence with the timeless style of acts like The Jam and The Stone Roses. Jack does something that no other artist in Britain has done in a long time. He makes your blood pump just a little bit faster. Not short on ambition Jacks’ flagship song says everything you need to know. He’s got it all but he wants more.
Originally born in Kent, it could have been a very different musical story for Caroline but a family move to rural West Wales in 1997 went on to help shape what looks to be a very promising career in music. Growing up listening to The Mamas & the Papas, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick and many more it is evident that this era has very much inspired her own sound. Having one of her songs successfully placed in a Brazilian Soap Opera has helped in her gaining exposure as a songwriter globally.
Her debut Single ‘Beyond the Darkened Sky’ was released in 2013 and gained support from over 70 regional Radio Stations in the UK and Europe getting behind the it, these included; BBC 6 Music & BBC Radio Wales. Caroline has been 'Artist of the Week' twice this year for BBC Radio Wales and was invited to perform live for the BBC Radio Wales Music Day in association with BBC Introducing.
Matthew O' Sullivan
Matthew will be familiar to many of you as the frontman of the sadly missed band ‘Son of One Eye’, but here he is back to treat us with his fine vocals and poignant lyrics.
Matthew O' Sullivan
Talented singer songwriter and drummer from Llandeilo
Dead Crow is a young hip hop artist from Swansea with an EP on its way
Our most local performer, Rhiannon from Llansawel will enchant you with her melodies
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.