DKOS Artists Fri 26th Jan 2024
Musically diverse as Glasgow based singer-songwriter Ant Thomaz. His infectious blending folk rock & mellow blend of soul pop, ska rhythms complete with razor sharp lyrics-gives them a sound unlike any other.
Thomaz rubbed shoulders with some legendary names supporting the likes of Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape, James Walsh Starsailors, Kool in the gang, Sheku Kanneh Mason, Big Country, and The Sugar Hill Gang, The Wailers. “
BBC 6 Tom Robinson Introducing “Gorgeous Songwriting. Thomaz fusion reminds me a little of Seal with a hint of Lenny Kravitz and of Gregory Porter, Tracey Chapman and stirring compositions, but he remains a uniquely original talent”.
Playing :- Ant Thomaz., Frances Knows, Chris Gordon
Brass Aye, are a big, bold, New Orleans style brass band based in Glasgow – with a
reputation for bringing the funk. And bringing it in gold. We play a mix of original tunes and
our own arrangements of 70s funk and soul, 90s dance classics and tunes from around the
world. Now in our 11th year we’ve previously played at festivals (Eden Festival, Glasgow
Encontro, Kelburn Garden Party, Doune the Rabbit Hole, Hull Freedom Festival), events and
parties across Scotland. We’re equally at home playing parades and roaming performances
where we can engage directly with the audience, to stage sets with P.A. and vocalists.
In recent years Brass, Aye? have played raucous sell out gigs in Glasgow, put the beat on
the street at Hull Freedom Festival, and livened up festivals across Scotland
Erin Hephzibah is a 25 year old musician and artist from Glasgow, Scotland that has been performing in bands & collective projects for over 10 years, including Mandulu & Hephzibah, Kodak Ghosts and most recently The Ronains. Over her career she has supported artists such as; Paolo Nutini, Jill Jackson, James Grant, Martin Stephenson & The Daintees, Scouting for Girls and Big Country. Since graduating from Glasgow School of Art, during the Pandemic, she has been working towards a 2024 solo release, with slightly darker and folky material, inspired by personal experience, folklore and a love for artists such as; Hozier, Etta James, Echo & The Bunnymen and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Jess Smith well known storyteller, poet , singer, author and public speaker, Jess has raised awareness of Scottish Travellers at schools in Perth & Kinross, Lanarkshire, Edinburgh and Lothians, Leeds, the Highlands and Islands, Suffolk and London, and at libraries, prisons, universities, clubs and Church groups. She has spoken at Story Telling Festivals in Scotland, England, Australia and Ireland, and at Book Festivals throughout the UK in addition to leading writing, story telling and traditional singing workshops. With 6 publications to her name and is a passionate advocate for the history and rights of travellers, with campaigns such a saving the ‘Tinkers Heart’.
“He has been called one of the most important, vital new voices of the First Nations roots music scene in Canada. In truth, Sumner could be categorized as one of the most important, vital new voices in the entire Canadian roots music scene.” — Vancouver Island Music Fest
“In First Nations cultures, traditional songs and stories communicate histories, life lessons and philosophy from one generation to the next. Anishinaabe poet, singer/songwriter and MC Leonard Sumner has woven an enticing root-blues-rap-country fusion around that traditional content. Unblinkingly honest, Sumner’s lyrics are defiant yet vulnerable, and deliver the message: We are still here and our voices must be heard.” — Calgary Folk FestivalAnishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter Leonard Sumner’s storytelling flows directly from the shores of Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in the heart of the Interlake of Manitoba. Sumner’s self-determined sound is evidence of his ability to simultaneously occupy landscapes of multiple musical genres including; Roots, Spoken Word, Country, and Rhythm and Blues.
With every vibration of the strings on his guitar, Leonard rattles the dust off truths that have been buried for far too long. On stage he poetically sings awake the consciousness of audiences who may have been unaware of their slumber. In this era of unsettling history and healing wounds of the past, Sumner’s music is an expression of medicine that walks the line between fortitude and fragility.