Jasper Erkens is a young, seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter from Diest, Belgium. He cited Damien Rice as his role model. At the age of 11, he got his first guitar as a gift from his parents and about two years later his first songs were conceived. 2008 was Erkens's breakthrough year, as he supported well known artists, such as singer-songwriter Anton Walgrave, Spinvis and the British Adele. Erkens played in well known venues, such as Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Petrol club in Antwerp and Melkweg in Amsterdam.
Eef Barzelay (born Ifar Barzelay in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 12, 1970) is an Israeli-born American musician. Mostly known as the principal songwriter and singer of alt country band Clem Snide, Barzelay has been performing since 1991. Early on this included stints in a number of Boston-based bands, while later he has toured as a solo act, both as headliner and as international support. Barzelay was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. He enjoys old-timey music but also has an out-of-left-field interest in the apocalyptic and the ways human folly and failure might influence it.
Northern Irish Singer/songwriter Chris Keys had a passion for music from a young age.
He grew up in Portstewart, a small seaside town where the beach, night sky and surfing brought out his creativity and had a big influence on his songwriting.
As a teenager Chris played in many bands gigging around the north coast area and began writing original material. In 2005 he won North Down 'Pubstar' wowing th...e Judges with his increasing catalogue of songs.
Chris has been performing for years as a solo artist at a wide range of events.
Coming from a small town in the middle of the Lake District, surrounded by mountains and numerous amounts of sheep, you wouldn’t expect to find that music was one of the most popular forms of getting-away-from-the-world. But from an early age, Fiona has written and played music for audiences ranging from just her parents - to a crowd of over 1000 people. With her mum being a music teacher and her dad playing tapes and records of typical 80’s rock and roll it was hard to get away from it.
In 2008, Emil Brynge relocated to London from his native Sweden, having already performed in the UK at various gigs and festivals since 2006. His songs and lyrics are infused with his reverence for nature, and a deep interest in visual art inspired him to write a song about Brancusi's sculpture 'Bird In Space'. As a guitarist, Brynge's finger-picking style is strongly influenced by musicians such as Nick Drake, Robin Williamson, Bert Jansch and The Incredible String Band. He also plays several other instruments including sitar, violin and piano.
Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea released their critically acclaimed ARIA nominated album Dead Wood Falls in 2006. They have toured with the likes of Josh Pyke, Ben Lee, Missy Higgins, Jose Gonzalez and MIa Dyson and played Homebake, Queenscliff, Falls, Feel Good and Harvest. For all the latest on this hot new songwriter and band go to www.jencloher.com
The story of Avalanche City begins in a house, alone, for hours and hours each day for months, slowly learning how to sing by process of scales, recording, and self critique.
Six months after taking the first steps towards singing, Dave Baxter played his first solo show as Avalanche City. Six months after the first show, one year after beginning the process of teaching himself how to sing, the first tracks were laid for Avalanche City's debut album Our New Life Above The Ground.