Short biography JD and the Longfellows formed in 2006. They have released three albums of original folk/skiffle/country music, ‘Confessions’ (2006), 'Happy Hour Again!' (2008) and this summer 'Swinging for England' (2011) - a bit like pass the parcel, but when the music stops who will have your keys? The band have played several UK tours, over 200 gigs (one in France), supported bands such as Alabama 3, as well as clubs such as What's Cookin', Stranger than Paradise, the 12 Bar Club and Gypsy Hotel.
Julian Gaskell & his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists are a four-piece outfit from Cornwall who play garage-punkfolk. Having performed at hundreds of obscure locations in the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic since forming in 2006, their music has mutated from humble folk origins into the racket that is their latest album
Whacky, zany, crazy, mad, fun, and enjoyable are all adjectives which could be applied to this foursome of highly accomplished musicians. Their comical musical style is "anything goes" and spans a number of styles including skiffle, country, rock 'n roll and German Oompah.
Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931
Fat and Frantic were a band. They are no more. Sometimes they reappear to play concerts and call themselves "Rev Softly". But not very often. They played a mixture of gospel and skiffle which they called "goffle". Some people accused them of playing a mix of punk and skiffle called "piffle". They played netween 1985 and 1992, and a one-off reunion gig in 1998. They were often to be found at Greenbelt, occasionally on tour around the UK, sometimes at the Edinburgh Festival fringe...
An amalgam of LA’s finest punk bands and seasoned bluegrass musicians, Old Man Markley is creating music that defies boundaries and transcends genres. Founded in 2007 in the sunny San Fernando Valley, OMM cut its teeth playing countless jams of bluegrass standards and covers of distinctly un-bluegrass songs done bluegrass style. Soon, out of the chaos grew original material that combined everything the band loved about all the different styles of music the members grew up playing and writing. The band played its first official show in 2008 at a small bar called the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena.
Singing songs about transport, heartbreak and homicide, the repertoire of The Dodge Brothers guarantees an evening of great entertainment. These guys are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana. With TV and radio presenter Mark Kermode thumping out the rhythm, and the melody and mystery from Mike Hammond and Aly Hirji, this roughneck trio have got feet stomping and hands clapping from California through the Natchez Trace to the South coast of the UK.
FISTS have been writing and recording in various bedrooms and rehearsal spaces across Nottingham since 2006. Their noisy, joyful, occasionally ramshackle and always ferociously energetic live gigs display the FISTS sound in all its crisp, fresh, beautifully bruised glory. Sweet vocal harmonies, rich raw power; original, electrifying indie rock. FISTS have been picking up fans wherever they play thanks to a sound that intrigues, excites and never stops evolving and sprouting new life. The band has a tantalising and beguiling set of influences.
Hobo Jones & The Junkyard Dogs are one of the most unique musical acts on the circuit today. Covering a wide range of music from genuine 1950's skiffle such as Lonnie Donegan, through Led Zeppelin & The Doors, via Johnny Cash to modern classics such as Green Day, Motorhead and even The Pussycat Dolls. Formed in 2003, the band was a backlash against the standard pub rock bands that seemed to be playing all the same covers in all the same venues, all in the same style.