One-man band Sam Duckworth, from Southend, Essex, UK, writes socially-motivated acoustic songs, set to a background of scatty electronic beats running from his laptop; what you might call "folktronica". Influences include Roni Size, Athlete, Gomez, Elbow, The Streets and Rival Schools. Having released one EP and two splits (one CD, one 10") through Big Scary Monsters, Sam signed to Atlantic records in March 2006.
Jake Berry is a poet, songwriter, musician and visual artist. Shadow Resolve, a CD of home cassette recordings appeared as the first release on the Front Porch Recordings label founded by the poet and dancer Amy Trussel in 1997. In 1998 he founded the contemporary folk group Bare Knuckles with Wayne Sides. All of Berry's solo CDs and all three Bare Knuckles CDs were released on the Front Porch label.
Singer songwriter K Anderson describes his sound as ‘lesbian music by a boy’. He has Lily Allen’s frankness, Ryan Adams’ heartbreak, and Tegan and Sara’s rough charm. Yet, for all these comparisons there is something distinctive about K’s sound, making it hard to categorise. Taking influences from the likes of the Brill Building sounds of the 60’s and the radio pop of his youth, K melds a ramshackle hotchpotch of styles with a diversity of instrumentation and a sonic boldness that is both emotive and disarmingly honest.
Danielle de Niese is an American soprano born in Australia from Dutch-Sri Lankan heritage. She became famous in her portrayal of Cleopatra in William Christie's production of Händel's Giulio Cesare from 2005. She was only 21 at that time. She has recently signed with Decca and in august 2007 she will release her first recital album, which will consist of Händel arias only. This will again be a collaboration with conductor William Christie.
Buddy sees himself as a pretty happy guy. That light-hearted quality shines through in his live show and in his wonderfully dark cover of the popular Kelis song Milkshake found on his new EP, entitled "Buddy". Rest assured, there is much more to Buddy underneath the silky covers... Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Buddy began feeding his love for music at an early age. At 10 he was begging his mom and dad for a guitar and by 16, had formed his first REM- inspired band.
Polly Jean Harvey, born October 9, 1969 in Yeovil, United Kingdom and raised in nearby Corscombe (Dorset), is an English singer-songwriter. She has recorded as a solo artist under the name PJ Harvey, but she began her career as part of a trio (with drummer Rob Ellis and bassist Steve Vaughan) also named PJ Harvey. Early material released by the trio on Dry, 4 Track Demos and Rid of Me was praised by critics for its raw lo-fi, many times acoustic guitar sound and melancholic, witty lyrics.
Malcolm Middleton is a singer/songwriter, best known for being one half of Scottish band Arab Strap. In 2002, while in between Arab Strap albums, both he and bandmate Aidan Moffat pursued different solo projects, Moffat's being the ambient Lucky Pierre. Malcolm, writing lyrics and singing for the first time, recorded the cathartic 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine for Chemikal Underground.
Lupen Crook is a British singer-songwriter and musician who has been part of the underground folk scene since 2004. Crook began writing his own songs on his twelve string acoustic guitar after he formed many unsuccessful bands. Early demos surfaced showcasing Lupen's twisted take on traditional folk music. Based in Chatham, Kent, Lupen began to play live locally at venues such as The Tap & Tin, at which bands among the likes of The Libertines had performed concerts at.
Juan Zelada is a folk-rock singer-songwriter and a session musician for bands in the UK. An accomplished piano and guitar player, Juan's songs are deeply influenced by his varied tastes, ranging from jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea or Pat Metheny to pop figures like Paul Simon, Dave Matthews or Ben Folds Five. Juan is truly a global artist and his music reflects this cultural and linguistic diversity.
Sam King is a singer/songwriter from Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He currently lives in Fayetteville, AR. In addition to his solo work, Sam is also in a band called "Fire Don't Care." Sam has two albums that he self-released: "The Baby & the Bathwater" and the aptly titled "Two." His songs may remind you of Iron & Wine's early albums (esp. Brian Deck's production on "Endless Numbered Days") or of the more sincere moments in Bonnie "Prince" Billy's work. But there's something more homespun in King's lyrics and his elegant textured guitar work is one of a kind.