Jake’s sound is a distinctively energetic and engaging blend of brash acoustic punk, and melodic indie folk. He intelligently blends tales of life, love, and the road, with dark satire, politics, and his own cheeky brand of cider fuelled humour
One man, a guitar and a loop pedal. Warren Ireland is a modern day troubadour with an arsenal of songs for all kinds of tastes. His originals touch on some of the closest subjects to our hearts, including personal battles, love and unity. An absolute power house of an up and comer.
Serious Child is songwriter and roots musician Alan Young from West Sussex. He draws from a wide range of acoustic musical influences from folk to pop to bossanova to explore the world around us with a poet’s ear for emotion and a comedian’s eye for everyday detail.
“brimming with vigour and style” ⭑⭑⭑⭑ RnR
“the year’s first home-grown album of depth, vision and commitment” ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ Spiral Earth
“taking acoustic rock to new levels” ⭑⭑⭑⭑ Maverick
“a jamboree of versatility and melody” Featured Album of the Month, Folk Radio UK
Andy Ruddy is a 31-year old singer songwriter from Bradford, currently working for the charity Give A Song performing to vulnerable people in lockdown. In 2015 he released his debut album ‘Everything Is In Order’ with the help of ex-Shed Seven musician Fraser Smith. It was a surprise hit, peaking at No.6 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. The following year he was nominated for ‘Best Unsigned Male’ at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards and by 2018 had released his second album ‘Vital Signs’ which charted at No.12. His more recent music has featured on the series finale of BBC1’s The Syndicate and been played at Bradford City, his beloved home team.
Somewhere between Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Americana there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke and velvet – has spent the past fifteen years and seven albums mapping this place, tracking the common origins of song.
Tickets – £8.70 advance or £10.70 (inc donation to The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation)
Staggering? It certainly is! Stagger Indie’s Best New Acts of 2018 (The New Fools) and 2019 (Karalinga) bring their indie sounds to the Portland Arms for the first time.
Karalinga are new to the Cambridge scene and their debut single, ‘The Old Man’ made it on to radio playlists reaching as far as Canada. Surprisingly likened to the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, Karalinga songs are actually a mix of influences from avant-funk, to rock, to indie, to country, to ska, to reggae and a little in-between.
The New Fools are a Cambridge 5-piece. Since forming in 2018 They have produced three albums on their own Everlasting label and a series of singles recorded remotely through lock down. Work started on their fourth album earlier in 2021. Their songs have been described as: “honest, emotional, engaging, well crafted, perfect pop!”
Billie – born Isabella Sophie Tweddle – got her early start in music thanks to parents who surrounded her with the music of Nick Drake, John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Kate Bush, Loudon Wainwright III and northern folk artist Chris Wood (who once told a nine-year-old Billie to “go for it!”). The family lived in the pastoral rolling hills of Ripon, North Yorkshire, where Billie grew up in and around the Dales. “I feel a lot of emotion [in nature],” she says. “Like this extreme form of empathy. I find it a very comforting blanket. It cradles you, it’s always there. It’s not going away.”
Built on the minimalist acoustic folk she made a name for herself with, Billie Marten?s breath-taking new record Flora Fauna is a mature, embodied collection of songs fostered around a backbone of bass and rhythm. “When I was younger, I was quite trepidatious in my songwriting,” she reflects, while sitting in the winter sunshine in her adopted home of East London. “I concealed myself in my music. Now, I’ve gained more personal strength than I had before, I was so obsessed with what people thought of me then. Over time, you learn to care a bit less ? and you start writing about the things that really matter.”
This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 1st April 2021. All tickets remain valid.
An immersive wall of distortion envelopes the powerful fragility of frontman Kiran Roy’s vocals, while he paints a verbal landscape of introspection, despair and hope amid a sonic palette that evokes both the driving, spacious absorptivity of My Bloody Valentine and the poetic, visceral honesty of Nick Cave’s lyricism.
This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday 16th March 2021. All tickets remain valid.
Egyptian Blue make music that is uncompromising yet uplifting. They channel modern anxieties and nervous energy into razor sharp guitar lines and post-punk grooves. Crafted originally above a jeweller’s shop in Colchester, the band then decamped to Brighton (UK) to develop their sound. Egyptian Blue are signed to Yala! Records.
Coach Party grew up on the Isle of Wight (“it’s only a matter of time until you meet pretty much everyone else on the Island,” says Eastwood) and eventually crossed paths as avid music fans – working in venues, playing together and meeting at the same gigs. Coach Party eventually formed after Eastwood and guitarist Steph Norris decided to start playing music together; quickly realising that there was something special about the pair’s songwriting and bond, guitarist Joe Perry and drummer Page joined the ranks. Musically, Coach Party are inspired by a broad palate of artists, but always find themselves drawn back to Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Strokes, and contemporary artists like Wolf Alice, The Big Moon and Tame Impala. Ultimately though, Coach Party?s primary drive to write and perform music comes from “the often entertaining struggle of real life.”
The band still live and work on the Isle of Wight (Jess at a farm park, Guy in a music studio and Steph and Joe in cafes), and describe life on the island as going “through pretty distinct phases of being a great, and a really
frustrating place to live.” The opening of new venue Strings two years ago has raised the energy of live music in the area and provided the impetus for Coach Party?s breakout first offering ‘Oh, Lola’ in 2019.
The band’s debut 6-track Party Food EP sparked their increasingly exciting association with Chess Club – a label famed for breaking new talent, where recent exciting signings include Alfie Templeman and Phoebe Green, and past successes include Jungle and Wolf Alice. Upon the EP’s release, Coach Party found themselves subject to acclaim all over UK radio with fans, including BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens (single ‘Bleach’ was even added to the station’s playlist as Introducing Track Of The Week), BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Radio X’s John Kennedy, and more.
The long awaited album ‘Herstory’ is finally being gigged out on this date, the album is now being released 21st May 2021… meaning you have 6 months to get to know the tunes before coming to sing along with us in or out of tune
We plan to play the whole album (more or less) in its entirety, with a few old classics thrown in. We also have our phantom guitarist Jason Lewis Williams joining us for the occasion.
You will be able to purchase copies of Herstory on Vinyl & CD plus our entire back catalogue and T shirts/vests will be available at knock off prices!
With intrepid, artful support from the enchantress Naomi Randall, Eloquent absurdity from Simon Lee Morgan and the purveyor of ear treats and beats DJ Johnny Cabbage.
All being well… its shaping up to be a hum dinger of an evening!
Stick it in ya diary! Lets make this happen! More info will unfold as we make our way towards this day XKX
Centred around Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen, two 22-year-old childhood best friends, Sorry were signed by Domino after developing a reputation as the most thrilling new band on London?s underground circuit. Sorry?s lineup is completed by Lincoln Barrett on drums and bassist Campbell Baum alongside a new addition in Marco Pini on synths.
Having spent the past couple of years releasing a string of singles and a pair of video mixtapes that won the band praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader, Vice, Dazed and more, the band are preparing to announce their biggest project to date with new music right around the corner.
Drum and Bass MC turned singer-songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer-songwriter.
Described by Tom Robinson (BBC6Music) as being “like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods”, his music brings together powerful messages, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc.
Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel-good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Natty meets Eminem…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.