Armagh-born Niall Vallely has established himself in recent years as one of the most original and distinctive voices in Irish music. A member of Cork-based band NOMOS, he has been acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland’s greatest concertina players. Niall began learning the concertina at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers’ Club, and over the years he has developed a unique approach to playing the instrument.
Derek R. Santos is an enigma. There's really no way to describe him other than to say, "Meow."
At a young age, he knew he was destined for greatness, and a life much more eventful than the dull one he was experiencing in Bristol, Rhode Island. Among the countless lawn ornaments, and Portuguese ghetto/goths that inhabited his hometown, he made a name for himself as an indie-folk genious. Derek, who has been known as "Milo Greene", "My Work with Snow", and most currently "Tests", changes his music styles even more often as his name...
Patrick Duff, once lead singer with the cult rock band Strangelove, is now an artist/songwriter in his own right, living and working in the United Kingdom and Ireland. His first solo album "Luxury Problems" was released on EMI's legendary Harvest Records label in June 2005. His second album "The Mad Straight Road" is now complete and due to be released in 2009 being his greatest achievement to date.
Alexi Murdoch is a singer-songwriter. He was born in London and raised in Scotland, Greece and France then attended university in the United States in North Carolina, where he had heard there was good mountain countryside. He currently lives between New York and a small house on the remote west coast of Scotland where he spends his days writing and working on a small wooden sailing boat. To date, Murdoch has released two proper recordings and one soundtrack. All his music has been self-released--on his own Zero Summer Records--with various partners.
Omnia may refer to several artists, here listed in order of popularity on last.fm: 1. Omnia is a self-described "neoceltic pagan folk" band based in The Netherlands and Belgium and whose members are Irish, Dutch, Indonesian, English and Belgian. Their traditional music takes on the form of various cultural routes, from places around the world such as Ireland, England and Afghanistan. They sing in Welsh, English, Irish, Breton, Finnish, German, Latin and Hindi and play Celtic harp, mouth harp, hurdy-gurdy...
20 year old Marc Reeves originally hails from Surrey, UK, but has spent a great deal of his life living in Nottinghamshire. It is here that Marc has become a staple part of the music scene, wearing his heart on his sleeve with his introspective performances in pubs, bars, cafe's and music venues around the Midlands and beyond. In late December 2010 Marc independently released his debut solo album, 'Perfectly Fine', to much critical acclaim, gaining attention from radio stations and journalists nationwide with his unique blend of pop-rock and folk music.
"In recent months, 24-year-old UK guitarist James Blackshaw has burst fully-formed onto the folk underground, his remarkable talents already seeming at peak maturity... Blackshaw has established himself as an instrumentalist of astonishing grace and delicacy, seeming as though he's gobbled and digested whole the primitive folk canons of Takoma and Vanguard. Relying primarily on 12-string guitar, Blackshaw's intricate creations web together Robbie Basho's wayfaring mysticism, Ben Chasny's soft-focused acid tongues, and the rustic fantasias of Sandy Bull.
Mac Lethal is a hip-hop/folk artist from Kansas City, MO. After getting his start as a battle rapper at the prestigious, world renowned freestyle battle festival Scribble Jam, he shattered the stigma that battle rappers cannot write quality songs and began to self-release his own quirky music. Quickly he began to catch the attention of artists like Sage Francis, P.O.S, and Atmosphere, who he subsequently toured with.
Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs, fast becoming national festival favorites, are the Godfathers of the musical genre 'Skunk' - Skiffle/Punk.
The basic core of three members: Hobo Jones (Tea chest bass, Banjo, Gob Iron), Miser Bill (guitar & Kazoo) & Wino Tyrone (Washboard, pots, pans & kitchen sink) are one of the most unusual and energetic acts playing in the UK today.
They will skiffle almost anything (including The Pussycat Dolls!) and with seriously funny banter between/during songs...
Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981), born Nesta Robert Marley which was later to be changed by passport officials to Robert Nesta Marley, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. He was the most widely known writer and performer of reggae, and more specifically roots reggae. He is famous for popularising the genre outside of Jamaica and the Caribbean. Much of his music dealt with the struggles of the spiritually wealthy rasta and/or spiritually powerful Jah Rastafari.