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Bel Casino are very much a product of the South Coast... Life and love by the sea has worked its influence into their music in an evocative way. Whether you view the music live or lock into a recording, the sights and sounds of the streets and beaches they walk are brimming out of the songs.
The band's sound is about melody and meaning. They are looking to connect with an audience's spirit through tales of love and adventure, locked up in stories and metaphors.
The band has enjoyed a number of successes since getting together in late 2008, notably being semi-finalists in 2010's Dorset Music Awards, receiving critical praise on BBC Introducing South's Demo Panel and subsequently appearing as the live session band on that show, securing a live interview and acoustic session on Wave 105, recording and releasing their début EP "Seventeen", not to mention playing numerous sell out shows across the south of England.
Bel Casino are proud of their reputation as an ambitious, professional young band looking to make the most of every opportunity that comes their way!
Matt Bonner has been writing acoustic tracks for around 8 years.
Matt Bonner has played in a number of venues in Brighton, Edinburgh, Lincoln & London and is now looking to play across the UK. He was one half of the award winning show Post Me To The Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Purchase Matt Bonner's debut album 'Songs to Live By' from http://www.mattbonner.co.uk/shop.html
Originally formed in 2007 as a 4-piece indie rock band, Oscar's Trash Can have now been boiled down to just 2 core members: Founder, Ollie Mutter (Vocals, Bass, Guitar) and Multi-instrumentalist/producer Josh Green (Melodica, Keys, Guitar, Vocals). Their influences are many and varied. They include: Arcade Fire, The Velvet Undergound, Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr., Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul Simon, Jonathan Richman, Belle & Sebastian and The Beatles.
They have played a variety of local venues including Mr. Kyps, Champions, O'Neill's, The Cellar Bar, The Winchester and Southampton Solent University.
They are currently working on a debut EP
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.
"A wonderful artist." Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
"One of my Glastonbury highlights." Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2
"Check out the lovely Lou Brown. She's brilliant." Chris Addison, actor & comedian
"This album is a masterpice." Acoustic Magazine
"A name to watch." Rock'n'Reel
Lou’s debut album was described by one reviewer as “an album for romantics; totally unpretentious, beautifully honest”, and it is this that has seen her become a firm favourite for many, including DJ Johnnie Walker, who recorded Lou live at Glastonbury Festival for broadcast on BBC Radio 2. 'Calm the Rising Waters' is the latest album from Lou Brown, described by Acoustic Magazine as "just perfect." With a bigger, brighter sound, and featuring the instrumental and production skills of Clive Gregson, the album continues to gain her even more fans and admirers.
Lou has previously toured the USA, along with headline tours in the UK and several major festivals. She's worked with many popular musicians, such as José González, Hazel O'Conner, Paul Young, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Megson, Diana Jones and the legendary Albert Lee.
I was born in England in 1993 with severe hearing problems; I only had 20% hearing till the age of four. As a child I had the privilege to travel around the world with my mother, experiences many cultures. My mother’s musical tastes influenced me from a young age, with the likes of led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Pink Floyd.
We moved to Spain four years ago and I was introduced to the piano, which led me into guitar and to sing. My passion for music grew and I began writing my own original material. I have now written over 80 songs, all based on my personal experiences of life.
I moved back to England a few months ago and am hoping to forge my music career; I would describe my style of music as acoustic, urban folk, pop.
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
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
Singer songwriter from the Isle of Wight. My influences include: Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Ron Sexsmith, John Prine, Tom Petty, Townes Van Zandt, Elliott Smith, John Denver and Nanci Griffith.