You can sum up the journey of Seán McGowan, the son of the smith, with the title of his first EP on Xtra Mile: Graft & Grief. Work and stress. Life at the anvil and hammer, bearing the brunt of life’s weight. Since 2009 he’s been at that grindstone, gathering stories and carving melodies while working late nights in bars between shows armed with just an acoustic guitar. Somehow the perpetual new artist, even as others adorned with that title come and go, and Seán is still at it allowing the songs to pour forth like the finest lager.
Paul Goodwin grew up in London but lives in Cambridge now. He spent the first decade of the 2000’s dragging his guitar around the rail network and on the odd plane, playing his quietly heartbreaking songs anywhere that would have him, to anyone who would listen, and quite a few people that wouldn’t. His music has taken him all over the UK as well as to Canada, France and America and he’s played alongside acts ranging from Alessi’s Ark to Waterson:Carthy to Wayne Hussey. His painstakingly produced first album, Scars came out in 2009 and the follow up mini-album Trinkets and Offcuts was released in summer 2011. His well received second full album The Northern Lights In The Neon Tube eventually followed in late 2016. Real life things have taken over lately and this rare full band show will be the first time he’s played in a year and a half.
“a truly astonishing album… As insights into and articulation of the dark recesses of the human condition go, Scars is pretty hard to beat” – Maverick Magazine
“These are songs of depth and intensity… a sombre, but compelling experience” – Whisperin’ and Hollerin’
“sounds… like Joe Cole giving a post match interview” – Uncut
Glymjack is the indie-folk project of Cambridge singer-songwriter Greg McDonald.
Born out of a recording collaboration with Show of Hands legends Phil Beer and Steve Knightley Glymjack’s debut album Light the Evening Fire received rave reviews, with Acoustic declaring Glymjack “as good as contemporary folk comes”.
The term “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.
Greg’s award-winning songs have previously been called “genius” (Rolling Stone), “captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6music).
C.W. Stoneking has been hiding out since his last live full band shows in July last year, where he performed a run of headline dates and culminated in a rousing set at Newport Folk Festival. Rumour has it he’s busy crafting songs for his full length album, his first since 2014’s ARIA Award winning, Gon’ Boogaloo.
However, the road continues to call and, following successful solo dates in Australia & The USA recently, C.W is returning to UK, IE & NL stages in June for a limited series of intimate performances. These will be his first solo performances in the UK in 10 years.
Released in May 2015, Gon Boogaloo saw C.W. embark on multiple jaunts across Australia, the US and Europe with his band in tow.
Fans can expect songs old and new, Favourites performed as never heard before and perhaps a few surprises too.
From a humble beginning in the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Hò-rò are gradually becoming a force to reckon with in the Scottish music scene. This group has held their audience spellbound with their energetic performance, musical tune arrangements everywhere they perform in Scotland.
The group released their debut album in the summer of 2016, and the acceptance has been remarkable with colossal success recorded in album sales. With a line-up that features bagpipes, border pipes, accordion, fiddle, and whistles; musical instruments that are aligned with traditional Highland music combined with the sounds of guitar, keyboards, drums, and bodhran, Hò-rò can play diverse styles and produce a set that features rich musical textures.
This instrumental mix is complemented further by both the unbeatable poetry of Gaelic song and the vivid storytelling of the Scots song genre.
Mishka Shubaly is a storyteller, best-selling author, shipwreck survivor, sober alcoholic, and Doug Stanhope’s favorite singer-songwriter. His raunchy, unapologetic, so-bleak-they-are-funny songs have won him a devoted following around the world. His fans include Johnny Depp, Mark Lanegan, and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). The Guardian describes his voice as “one part rusty-nail-studded tarmac to one part engine-oil-stained sandpaper.” His newest record ‘When We Were Animals’ featuring a duet with Cait O’Riordan of The Pogues is out June 2nd.
2017 saw Glenn touring with Reginald D Hunter for his Some People v. Reginald D. Hunter tour. You also might have heard him on Freestyle with Frankie Boyle, or seen him on Doug Stanhope’s The Comedians’ Comedian’s Comedians (SeeSo), which was recorded at SXSW in March 2017.
Glenn began his comedy career in his hometown of Vancouver in 1995. He moved to London in 1998 and quickly became an established star of the London comedy circuit before becoming a globally recognised name. His TV credits include John Oliver’s ‘New York Stand-Up Show’ as well as appearances on The Green Room with Paul Provenza, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News and numerous other UK stand-up shows. In 2016 Glenn was featured on The John Bishop Show on BBC1 and hosted a new NBC series Before the Morning After. He also lent his voice (along with Katherine Ryan) to the BAFTA award-winning Lottie Bearshout: Good as Goaled for Disney XD.
In recent years Glenn has dominated the international comedy circuit, performing to huge crowds in Singapore, Cape Town, Melbourne, Montreal, LA, New York, Holland, Dubai, Auckland and Sydney. He is a hugely popular addition to many of the great summer music festivals in the UK, including Reading & Leeds, Bestival, Download, Sonisphere and Glastonbury.
Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse’s continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little — Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com
You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.