The Strangers Almanac is Gord Matheson, unsigned singer-songwriter from Dundee, Scotland.
The Keeling Curve is a melodic pop-folk band on the brink of rocking out. The musical influences and roots of its band members range from dirty blues, sweaty samba to Balkan folk music. These styles have been shaken up and blended into bitter pop tunes, cutting ditties and power-folk ballads. The band is based in Oxfordshire and brought together through the love of music and their work with environmental issues.
David Gray is a British singer-songwriter born on June 13, 1968 in Sale, south-west of Manchester, United Kingdom. He moved to Wales at age 9 and later returned to the north-west of England to attend the University of Liverpool. His musical career got early support from a dedicated Irish fan base. After a few marginally successful releases through the 1990s, Gray's breakthrough came with the worldwide release in 1999 of his fourth album, White Ladder; this was a critical and commercial success and included his best-known songs, "This Years Love" and "Babylon".
Charles Lloyd (b. March 15, 1938) is an American jazz musician, playing mostly tenor saxophone along with flute and tarogato.
He started his career by playing together with Chico Hamilton and Cannonball Adderley.
In the latter half of the 60s, his own quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette was one of the most popular jazz bands of the time. Their album Forest Flower is one of the best-selling jazz albums ever.
In the 70s Lloyd was mostly retired from music, but came back in the 80s after being persuaded doing so by French pianist Michel Petrucciani.
With an ‘as recommended by’ accolade from Radio 1’s Annie Mac already on their CV this male/female duo are off to a great start. Henry Smith (The Sanctuary) says about them - “timeless and universally endearing…Yadi’s voice is infectious to the point of jealousy…they (Hella Cholla) write and perform songs you can sing along to by the final chorus on the first listen.” But beware “silly dancing is unavoidable”.
Austrian born Thomas Leeb plays a style he calls 'the bastard child of acoustic fingerstyle'. This style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar as his tunes are usually punctuated by slaps, pops and beats. Adding to the overall effect is his frequent use of ringing harmonics. The resulting blur of busy hands and fingers has to be seen to be believed. His repertoire consists of self-penned numbers, traditional tunes and occasional covers such as Guns 'n' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine and Bob Marley's I Shot The Sheriff.
Stuart Masters creates fusion and psych folk-inspired music, blending instrumentation and influences from West to East. The debut album, 'One last look around', is available now.
Tommy Emmanuel (born May 31, 1955) is an Australian virtuoso guitarist, best known for his fine art of "fingerpicking". He is considered by some as the greatest fingerpicker in the world today. Throughout his career he played with many famous legends like Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Sir George Martin and John Denver. Some tracks of note include (but are by no means limited to) "The Journey" (a Top 30 hit in Australia in 1993), "Cross The Nullarbor" (off Determination) and his cover of Mason Williams's "Classical Gas".
The piano phenom fuels that ride with a combination of propulsive piano playing and sly lyrics. First single, "Falling in Love (With My Best Friend)," recounts a friendship turned romance with a heavy dose of Woody Allen-style wit and an intoxicatingly infectious falsetto. During "She's On Fire," Matt's robust baritone takes over, illuminating how incendiary he can get while singing about a fiery femme fatale.