Forming in Brisbane in 2003, The Gin Club casually coagulated around a regular open mic night held in a Brisbane pub. Originally based on a fairly elastic lineup, the band has stabilized but it is still a large ensemble with seven songwriters. Winning one day of recording time through a cancer fundraiser at Brisbane club The Troubadour enabled The Gin Club to record their first album. Releasing the album through a label (Plus One) associated with one of Brisbane's main alternative record stores gave the band a reason to tour nationally...
American Music Club (often abbreviated AMC) is a San Francisco-based band led by singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel. They've been recording and playing in SF clubs since the mid 1980's, showing a remarkable longevity for a band that has been far more critically acclaimed than financially successful. Although born in California, frontman Mark Eitzel spent his formative years in Great Britain and Ohio before returning to the Bay Area in 1980.
Leslie Mendelson is a singer/songwriter from New York with influences ranging from Carole King to Laura Nyro. Influenced by her father, a trumpet player and music teacher, Leslie became passionate about music during her early childhood. She starting singing some of her original music with Mother Freedom, a Long Island funk-rock combo with whom she recorded an album. Then, in the Spring of 2002, Leslie relocated to New York City beginning her songwriting career. There, she became a part of Manhattan’s downtown music scene and participated in the New York Songwriters Circle.
Blackwater may refer to at least 3 artists:
1) a French group of Celtic music caracterized for its energic sound and accurate control over the instruments. See http://www.lesonotone.com/blackwater/ and http://www.myspace.com/blackwateririshconnection. 2) a deathmetal band from the cold north. Inspired by bands like Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, Bloodbath, Behemoth etc... 3) A London-based classic rock band comprising Tommy Balaam (vocals/guitar), George McKenzie (Guitar), Rory Murphy (Vocals/bass) and Bryce Dunn (Drums).
Were Pentangle a folk group, a folk-rock group, or something that resists classification? They could hardly be called a rock & roll act; they didn't use electric instruments often, and were built around two virtuoso guitarists, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, who were already well-established on the folk circuit before the group formed. Yet their hunger for eclectic experimentation fit into the milieu of late-'60s progressive rock and psychedelia well, and much of their audience came from the rock and pop worlds, rather than the folk crowd.
Greenland Whalefishers started out in Bergen Norway in 1994, long before anyone had heard of bands like Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys. Combining british punk with celtic folk influences, the band soon became one of the most interesting post-pogues bands . Almost two decades of touring all around the world, releasing seven full length albums, piles of singles and EPs and an uncountable number of split-releases, contributing with music to the movie
Cueball 8 are an eight piece Ska band from Stratford-Upon-Avon, born from a love of punk rock, reggae and ska music. Taking influence from artists such as Manu Chao, The Toyes and Sublime to name but a few, the band display a mosaic of different genres. Cueball 8 have supported The Beat, Adequate 7, Sonic Boom 6, Bad Manners and Neville Staple of the Specials, as well as performing a host of headline shows around the UK.
Dave Dixon has been writing stirring acoustic folk songs since the supple timid age of 14. He grew up in Weston-super-Mare but is now based in LDN. He likes the countryside and nature and animals and trees and mountains and outdoors and camping. He is not a hippie. With new songs and backing vocals he brings his evocative woodland sound to venues in/and/or around London. His main influences are other alt folk artists such as Bon Iver, Fionn Regan and Feist.
Three Daft Monkeys are an alternative folk trio from Cornwall, although the guitarist/vocalist sounds decidedly northern... Foot stomping and barn breaking brilliance, they sound good on record but blow you away live, especially at a festival (of which they play many). Check out their popular songs 'Hubbadillia', 'Faces', and 'Hey Listen'
Crosby, Stills & Nash is a pioneering folk/rock supergroup that was formed by refugees from three 1960s bands: Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, and The Hollies. The band is primarily known for their three-part vocal harmonies. They are strongly associated with the Woodstock Festival. They are commonly referred to by their initials CSN.