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Shaun Gary Palmer

As at home on the Beach as he is on stage. Always strumming at an Acoustic Guitar, or occasionaly his signature white Ukelele. Singer/Songwriter Shaun grew up in Poole. A stones throw away from some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. And so it's easy to see why he sings about the world in all of its splendour. But at the same time he doesn't paper over the cracks. His are songs which try to deal with the world as a whole. As well as the usual songs of love, loss or betrayal are songs with a more introspective tone. Lyrics which are at once both personal and universal. A trait many put down to his love of fellow Songwriters Willy Mason & Ben Howard.
Shaun himself has said that his lyrics are by far the hardest things to write. And that he has hundreds of riffs and songs that have never been heard because he is unable to pin lyrics to them. And while that does indeed seem like a shame, at the same time it's hard to find fault with such values in a world full to bursting with the mindless and vapid stylings of the reality generation.

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Singer Songwriter
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Daniel Leigh

Daniel Leigh has been a performer/songwriter/musician since the young age of 14. Throughout his career in music, Daniel has performed and tasted many musical genres, such as his works in soul, stage, and hard rock. Known to most as the front man for London based rock band New Device, Daniel has now decided to branch out, exploring the diverse paths of his solo career. Drawing inspiration from almo...st every facet of musical genre, Daniel Leigh writes, records and performs music which he feels is true to his personality and life experience. There is a distinct contrast between his work in New Device and his solo compositions, with Electronic drum beats, clean and acoustic guitars, and rich, colourful melodies. His intriguing collection is without a doubt primarily driven through powerful vocals, giving this exciting new project a genuine and honest feel. Through his music, Daniel Leigh is presented 'stripped bare', exposing a deeply personal and natural central core.

Artist Type: 
Singer Songwriter

Mischa

After his brother gave him a Guns ‘N’ Roses album, his sister gave him a Levellers album and his babysitter gave him a Nirvana mix-tape at the age of 6, Mischa’s influences were set from an early age!

From this early seeding of musical greatness, his influences have become more eclectic taking inspiration from all forms of Folk, Blues, Rock, Metal, Punk, Hip Hop, Classical and Electronic music.

Mischa spent his teen years playing in various local bands as a lead guitarist and he even spent 3 years DJing Hard Trance and Techno, getting some prominent gigs in the South West. However, the love for his 6 strings never left him and after moving to Bournemouth and with much encouragement from friends, he went to play his first solo-gig.

From here he has enjoyed an ever growing reputation in Bournemouth and a blossoming career along England’s south coast. His undoubted and unique talent as a singer-songwriter is only matched by his glowing charisma that has helped endear himself to the hearts of many. A spiritual man, Mischa’s songs encompass the whole cycle of life from the feeling of emotional pain, old memories and the realisation they can make you stronger; the fresh ‘honeymoon’ days of falling in love and the paranoid fears that can go with this; the constant grind of a day job to the liberation of a weekend and the path to musical enlightenment; the mysticism that surrounds the world and the effect humans have on it.

Artist Type: 
Singer Songwriter
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Ant Henson

Sounds like Paolo Nutini dry humping Grace Slick on the sofa while Stevie Nicks seduces a drunken Jason Mraz in the corner. Oh, and whiskey. It sounds a bit like an unpainted Austin A30 running on whiskey.

Inspiration is; Sunshine, 12 string loveliness, driving fast in August with the windows down, heartbreak, girls in short skirts and high heels, street life, that beautiful 5th bottle of Budweiser, this whole damn brutal universe.

"The release of Ant Henson’s new single, ‘I Love You and I Miss You’ is perfectly timed. No, not because it coincides with his first UK tour, nor because it happens to come out just as Spotify [where a free sample of Henson's release is available to listen to online] overtakes iTunes as the record companies' favourite online music service, but more because it is the perfect accompaniment to what will hopefully be a long, lazy summer.
"Picture the scene: steak on the barbie, beer in the cooler, iPod on shuffle; then, after the Isley Brothers have faded out, you hear pure acoustic bliss. The tune is catchy (but not annoyingly so), and invokes memories of Mumm-Ra, one of Henson’s key influences. The guitar playing is not invasive, and the instrumental section towards the end reminds one of a Richard Durrant masterpiece – imagine an audio accompaniment to a Jack Kerouac novel, and you should get an idea of what it sounds like.
"The other songs on the EP are equally entertaining: clever rhythms pervade ‘She’s Crying’, and ‘Incredible’ sounds like what would happen if Dylan could sing. Overall, a highly satisfying EP, and one that should remain on the summer playlist until the nights start drawing in."

- Chris Riley, Junction 11 Radio

Artist Type: 
Singer Songwriter

The Douglas Firs

Back from their Canada tour 2011...new record 'This Strange Embrace' to be released early 2012...

Bringing their music from the woods to the people of the towns, The Douglas Firs are an acoustic duo whose love of nature is reflected in their songwriting. With a name inspired by their love of cult TV series ‘Twin Peaks’, they are known for their beautifully sparse arrangements, combining a thought-provoking lyrical style with simple yet strong melodies. With their influences ranging from the classic songwriters of the 60s to contemporary nu-folk artists, the crystal clear and sometimes ethereal vocals from Suzy Douglas and delicate guitar work from Jimmy Douglas help weave the stories in their songs that creates their distinctive sound.

Since releasing two EPs to critical acclaim, The Firs have been spreading their roots on the live scene, playing to growing audiences around England, receiving radio play, and playing festivals such as Purbeck Folk Festival, Eastleigh Music Festival and Musicosity. As well as headlining many venues, the Firs have supported established acts such as Lanterns on the Lake, Eddi Reader, Megson and Rosie Doonan . They also won two awards for their live performance at the Dorset Music Awards and after finishing their latest EP, ‘This Strange Embrace’ in 2011 (to be released early 2012), the pair set off for a 6 month trip to Canada, playing a series of shows across Vancouver and Seattle whilst taking time out to travel and write material for a full length album, to be recorded on their return to the UK.

Suzy and Jimmy came back to the shores of England at the end of the summer 2011, with a rucksack full of new songs and a slightly battered guitar case. They made their return to the UK scene with a headline show at the legendary Troubadour Club, before playing a number of shows in London and around the South. The Firs will be recording some new songs in the upcoming months – news of 2012 album release and tour dates will be announced soon...

“simply beautiful” Sally Taylor , BBC Radio Solent

“Songs like 'Woman of Wood ' and 'Regrets and Cigarettes' illustrate this duo's ability to write remarkably original and inventive songs. The live performances are usually modest and understated - as is the 'Firs' ethos - yet always deeply powerful and emotive.”
- Paul Burke, Purbeck Folk Festival and Bournemouth Folk Club Director

"really lovely songs” Eddie Reader

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Lauren Bannon

Lauren Bannon is a Bournemouth based Indie Singer/Songwriter. Regularly playing events across the South and London. Taking influence from artists such as Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Regina Spektor to create a sound of nothing you've ever heard!]
Listen to Lauren at http://myspace.com/laurenbannon

Artist Type: 
Singer Songwriter
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Chris Woodford

CHRIS WOODFORD IS A WELL RESPECTED MUSICIAN IN THE BOURNEMOUTH AREA, WHEN YOU SEE HIM PERFORM YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY!

HIS ACOUSTIC FINGER PICKING STYLE OF MUSIC IS VERY UNIQUE, POWERFUL, AND MOVING.

HIS STYLE OF PLAYING PROVIDES A FANTASTIC ATMOSPHERE IN ANY PUB OR CLUB, ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

CHRIS ALWAYS RECEIVES HUGE APPLAUDS FROM THE CROWDS, WHO ARE MESMORISED AND ASTONISHED AT HIS RARE TALENT!

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Gehko

The four members of Gehko, Rich Mead, Stewart Melvin, Dave Rudge and Rich Kelly, sat at the beach hut they had often sat. It was the essence of what they saw that day which captivated and inspired their musical motivation; happy day’s, lazying in the sun, watching the beautiful nature of the sea and people alike, eclipsing the dark days of the autumn and winter months. With similar aspirations and musical taste they strove to deliver music which epitomized this feeling; creating waves of feel good music to the masses.. Ladies, gents and fellow geckos.. Tis the year of the gehko!!

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Band
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