The Ditty Bops is a band from Los Angeles, California that play a blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz, swing music, ragtime and musical theater. They are headed by Abby DeWald (vocals and acoustic guitar) and Amanda Barrett (vocals, mandolin and dulcimer). They are noted for their excellent harmonies and generally playful style and tempo. The Ditty Bops formed in New York City, when Abby and Amanda were on a hunt for a friend's lost cat.
Swanston is made up of Grice Peters (Lead vocals, guitars) Jim Peters (Keys, flute, vocals) and Dave Costello (Bass, vocals) and was formed in Devon, UK. Swanston take their name from a dilapidated but much loved Georgian mansion in deepest Devon. This is where much of the band's early material was written and recorded, including their stunning concept album 'Glorious Swanston'. This was recorded in one mammoth session!
There are bands out there that are on the cutting edge, breaking new ground and pushing musical boundaries. While The Skylight Crowd certainly wishes those bands luck, they definitely don’t fall into that category.
“If we’re really honest with ourselves, our sound is fundamentally based on the music we like,” smiles singer Keith Porter. “Bands like Counting Crows, Train and Hootie and the Blowfish are the reason we exist. We’ve been influenced by that genre for fifteen years, and now we’re creating music that would fit into that world.”
The Sun Blindness are a psychedelic band - based in Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2004, they play druggy, dreamy, harmony-driven psychedelia. Indebted in spirit to bands such as the 13th Floor Elevators and The Doors, their sound channels & celebrates 45 years of psychedelic music history. 2008 saw the release of their debut album 'Like Pearly Clouds' in Australia by indie label Sensory Projects.
The Lone Bellow - A biography Zach Williams, the Lone Bellow’s lead singer and principal songwriter, can pinpoint just about exactly when the Brooklyn-based group serendipitously willed itself into being. It was around 9 a.m. one morning in 2010, at Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where the Lone Bellows guitarist and Williams’ old friend Brian Elmquist was working a shift. Williams, up to then performing as a solo artist, needed a place to try out some new songs; for a scuffling artist, the diner was as good as any rehearsal space.
The founding members of the group were Conleth (Con) Cluskey (born 18 November 1941), Declan (Dec) Cluskey (born 23 December 1942), and John Stokes (Sean James Stokes) (born 13 August 1940). In 1957 they formed their first band together, "The Harmonichords" (also seen as "The Harmony Chords"), a classically styled instrumental harmonica-act. As The Harmonichords, they appeared on Hughie Green's 'Opportunity Knocks' on Radio Luxembourg and on the 'Ed Sullivan' TV Show St. Patrick's Day Special (filmed in Dublin, broadcast 15 March 1959), where they played "Danny Boy.
Scowlin Owl are an all-female folk band, low on twee but big on drama and vocal harmonies. They’re influenced by mythic storytellers from the classic (Dylan, Baez) to the contemporary (Decemberists, Midlake). Any story or concept which inspires them may become a song - their setlist includes tunes about the 2004 tsunami, creepy preachers, frozen cavemen, the Japanese John Wayne, the childlike love of waterslides and what Dolly Parton’s Jolene may have said in her defence.
Previously known as Evident Earth, This Century is a pop band from Tempe, Arizona, signed to Action Theory records. The members are Ryan Gose (drums), Joel Kanitz (vocals), Alex Silverman (bass), and Sean Silverman (guitar). Discography: 2007 EP
Look What We Made EP
No Way Out Digital Sampler
To Love and Back EP
Hopeful Romantic Sampler
Sound of Fire single
Sound of Fire
Kiss Me Like It's Christmas (acoustic) single
Bleach Blonde single
Mad Agnes (http://www.madagnes.com) is Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders, based in Connecticut, USA. Margo Hennebach is a classically-trained pop musician who also has a solo career. She is a music therapist and a Feldenkrais Practitioner. Adrienne Jones is a multi-instumentalist and songwriter, who has put out a CD called "Talking River". She is also a Reiki practitioner. Mark Saunders is a conservatory-trained musician who performs on vocals, acoustic, electric, National steel and bass guitars.