Alt folk band Ranagri combine voices, guitars, (Donal Rogers) flutes/whistles, (Eliza Marshall), harp (Eleanor Dunsdon) and bodhran (Jordan Murray) to create their unique sounds and storytelling. Since forming, Ranagri have recorded three studio albums at Grammy Award Winning Record Label Stockfisch Records.
Numerous festival performances include Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Towersey and New Forest Folk. They are equally at home in a small folk club, art centre or at The Union Chapel, with tours taking in Cambridge Junction and Camac Harp Festival in France, The Oran Mor in Glasgow, and regular invitations to perform throughout Germany.
Ranagri bring depth of lyrics to a big sound and get audiences to their feet as they discover their new favourite band.
“Ranagri, a sound that's completely new, which has great energy and immediately makes you want to dance” - Katie Derham BBC Radio 3
Ranagri - Medication Show
Anna Renae is a pop/folk singer-songwriter, weaving musical stories inspired by life’s complexities. Having roots in Lancashire and Northumberland, Anna graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Popular Music. She now lives in Hampshire, where her musical career has begun to bloom.
Her debut album ‘Skin’ was released on 20th March 2020 which features songs written between the ages of 13-21, telling stories that encapsulate many aspects of Anna’s teenage and early adult life. The album has received wonderful reviews and has attained radio play around the world, including multiple plays on BBC Introducing. Songs from the album have also gained acclaim in songwriting contests, and have been featured in the Autumn 2020 edition of the FATEA Showcase Sessions. In October 2021 she was part of the BGTM Showcase at the English Folk Expo.
‘Skin’ and her latest EP 'Speaking Her Mind' are available on all major platforms, and CDs can be purchased from the online store at www.annarenaemusic.com and here is what Folking.com had to say about it - https://folking.com/anna-renae-skin-own-label/
Anna Renae - Alaska
Raised in the rural market town of Newbury; English Singer-Songwriter Joe Hicks blends pop, blues and folk influences, combining intricate guitar composition with classic pop song-craft. Having made a name for himself as a session guitarist, Hicks released his first solo single at the start of 2017 following a soul searching writing trip to a secluded Cornish Airbnb garage with no internet or phone signal. Soon after he was made 'BBC Introducing Artist of the Week’, receiving extensive radio play across the U.K and also a CLASH ’Track of the Day’ feature.
Since then the songwriter has built up a sizeable online following (+1 million Spotify Streams) helped on by extensive support from BBC Introducing and touring of the UK and Europe, including appearances at the Big Feastival, Are You Listening? Festival, over 30 Sofar Sounds shows and a slot supporting BRITS critics choice winner Sam Fender.
Joe’s self-titled album (06.03.20) was recorded at Studio 91 in his home town of Newbury with producer Sam Winfield (Amber Run, Fickle Friends).
“This guy is absolutely smashing it, we can't wait to see what's next for him!” - Linda Serck, BBC Introducing Berkshire
Joe Hicks - Talk To Me.
Fred’s House are an award-winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70’s West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. This group of musicians have the rare ability to sweep you away with their gorgeous harmonies, moving lyrics, infectious melodies and uplifting grooves. Among their many influences are the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Lissie and Janice Joplin.
Since forming in the home studio of producer Fred Cox in 2010 (hence the name), been creating quite a stir on the live circuit with their reputation for their stunning and energetic shows going before them. Fred's House have won many awards; Audience Choice for BandApp 2013, 'Best Folk/Roots Band' and 'Audience Choice Award' NMG Awards 2013, the prestigious 'Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award' at the NMG Awards 2017 and the 'Best Folk/Roots Band' at the NMG Awards 2018. They have released 3 albums to critical acclaim Bonnie and Clyde (2014) Faultlines (2016) and Careless (2018), and latest EP Walls and Ceilings (2020) grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board as well as emphatic press.
Festival appearances include Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, Acoustic Festival of Britain among many others. In 2017 the band embarked on a 13 date tour of China as part of the ‘Nanjing International Music Festival’ playing 1000 plus capacity venues. The band have been main support for the likes of Eddi Reader, The Wonderstuff, The Shires, Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Ward Thomas and many more. Fred's House have been heard on BBC 6Music as played by Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Wales, and many BBC stations across the UK as well as having been invited to perform live for BBC Introducing and Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris' Under the Apple Tree sessions.
Fronting the band is Vikki Gavin, a classically trained vocalist, who started the band with former member and singer-songwriter Griff Jameson. Fred’s House was born when the pair moved to Cambridge in 2010 and joined forces with their funky dancing bassist Gafyn Jameson and songwriter and guitarist Lachlan Golder. Later in 2013 Cambridge legend Paul Richards, aka 'The Happiest Drummer', recorded on their debut album and then never left. Band politics and relationship breakdowns lead to Griff leaving the band after 8 years. Since 2019 violin and vocalist Prue Ward joins the line-up and gives a fresh new spin to their staple sound. Fred’s House are busy writing and recording new material for their 4th album at North Acre Recording Studio and getting back to a busy gigging schedule after a long awaited pause during the pandemic.“Isn’t that lovely stuff.
They have a whole new sound and one that I really love!” Baylen Leonard (BBC Radio 2 / Country Hits Radio)
Fred's House - Steal The Night
Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall are Plumhall, an electrifying duo from Yorkshire whose award winning original songs are earning them well deserved plaudits from the likes of Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff), Phil Beer and Steve Knightley (Show of Hands), R2 Magazine and many more. Plumhall pack a punch with powerful acoustic (occasional electric) guitar and luscious harmony-driven textures of original contemporary folk rock.
Plumhall have appeared at The London Palladium with the legendary Al Stewart and they have also written music for and appeared in a major British cinematic release called The Runaways, starring Mark Addy, Tara Fitzgerald & BAFTA winner Mollie Windsor.
Plumhall’s debut album Thundercloud was voted one of The Guardian and Observer's Hidden Gems. Their second studio album, The Ghost of Noise, was released in Spring 2020 and sonically the it is a departure from their previous record in its use of electronica and found sounds to augment their trademark harmonies and acoustic instrumentation.
Plumhall - A Darkness That Won't Leave The House
Craig Joiner has been a professional musician for over 25 years, doing his first ever spot at the Cellar Folk Club in Old Hemel Hempstead when he was about 16. However he turned to the electric guitar and rock after having his mind blown by Rush playing Tom Sawyer on TOTP.
In 1987 his band Romeo’s Daughter were signed to Jive Records and released their debut album a year later. The self- titled album was produced by the legendary Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange (Def Leppard, The Cars, ACDC, Shania Twain). Romeo’s Daughter disbanded in 1994 but reformed again in 2009, they’ve made two more albums and are currently working on another.
Craig has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Heart, Bonnie Tyler, Eddie Money and Steps. As a session player Craig also has an impressive list of names he has recorded for including Tom Jones, Jane Wiedlin and Peter Collins. He has also had his songs used in major Hollywood movies such as ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘102 Dalmatians’ and ‘Jack Reacher’, but it took until 2019 for the his first solo album, ‘Art of Landing’ to be released.
In recent years Craig has returned to the Folk Club scene where he has gained an impressive following and where he honed the songs for his long awaited solo debut album. He has kept himself busy during the pandemic recording a second album due out later this year and actually managed to do a real life socially distanced gig supporting Kitty Macfarlane at Harwell Village Hall. He is looking forward to getting back out on the road again as soon as is possible.
Craig Joiner - Emily Benton
"Beautiful songs, deep lyrics and catchy melodies" is how BBC Music Introducing describe the Oxford-based singer songwriter, Patrick Griffin. Blending influences from his most revered songwriters spanning genres such as folk, pop, jazz an soul, Patrick's songs portray passion and emotion with memorable hooks and a story to tell.
Patrick has supported well known acts on the folk circuit such as Jacob & Drinkwater, Lady Maisery and Gilmore & Roberts courtesy of Big Ginger Tom Music events. Patrick has also hosted his own headline shows and performed a variety of festivals across the country whilst achieving numerous plays on BBC Music Introducing including his latest single, “A Different Drum” which saw him featured as BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Week.
Patrick Griffin - A Different Drum
The People Versus are a narrative led harmony driven act, calling their sound 'Museum-Pop' it borrows from a plethora of genres and traditions. Comprising six members, its formation arose almost spontaneously out of a combination of previous collaborations, the band is effectively made up of four ex-lead singers whose combined voices and instrumental lines swoop, circle, and support the beguiling voice and personality of Alice.
Alice's asexuality provides her lyricism with a rare perspective from which to build poetry out of life. Each song is taut with feeling and longing, as Alice channels dreams, thought, and love through a kaleidoscopic medium of Greek myth and tales from Shakespeare.
The People Versus - Witch