Blue Milk /Roo Geddes & Neil Sutcliffe /Mairi McGillivray /Janice Burns & Jon Doran /Emma Jane / Roswell – Zoё Wren & Jasmine Watkiss.
Jonny Mac – Guitars and Vocals / Luo S Glaister – Harmonica / Ike Malinki – Base Guitar- Backing Vocals / Taylor Whyte – Drums and Backing Vocals
Glasgow-based Blue Milk are a one-of-a-kind roots group harking back to traditional turn-of-the-century Delta Blues and 60’s – 70’s electric Blues Rock.
Taking its name from the classic Captain Beefheart album Safe As Milk, Blue Milk are heavily influenced by the slide guitar style of Ry Cooder and inspired by Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Junior Kimborough and Lightnin Hopkins.
The band deliver a brand of Blues which is entirely their own. The dynamic 4-piece boasts dirty, electric slide guitar and rousing melodies from Jonny Mac (guitar, vocals) the wailing howl of Leo S. Glaister’s harmonica, powerfully resonant undertones from Ike Malinki (bass guitar, backing vocals) and infectious grooves from Taylor Whyte (drums, backing vocals).
Blue Milk deliver deeply compelling Blues, charged with intense sincerity and relentless energy. As modern bluesmen, they channel the raw spirit of Blues in its most authentic form, whilst simultaneously bringing a driven twist to the genre.
Roo Geddes & Neil Sutcliffe
Roo and Neil are a duo based in Glasgow, Scotland. Both have grown up surrounded by Scottish traditional music, and this is a strong part of their musical identity.
They combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Their compositions are inspired by landscape and people, and by how music can evoke a sense of place and community.
Both musicians are in their final year of the classical Performance degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Throughout their studies they have developed their musical style and technique, drawing from the wealth and diversity of experience around them.
In 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown, they were selected as winners of a category in “In Tune with Nature”, a competition run by Feis Rois and Scottish Natural Heritage. They remotely composed, recorded and filmed a new piece which celebrated the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve.
Mairi McGillivrayis a Gaelic singer from the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. Mairi comes from a strong gaelic background and uses her heritage along with her dynamic range of musical influences to put her own style on songs from her tradition, performing in gaelic and other traditional styles.
Mairi has performed at various venues across the UK and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020 with a First Class Honours in Traditional Music. Mairi’s Debut EP, “In My Mind”, was released on the 15th of January 2021. The EP is formed of 4 tracks of different style including one self penned song “Sea of Men” along with traditional gaelic and scots pieces. She was joined on the EP by some of Scotlands best young musicians, Seán Gray (guitar), Isla Callister (fiddle), Charlie Stewart (double bass), Graham Rorie (mandolin) and Paul McKenna (backing vocals)
Janice Burns & Jon Doran
Janice Burns & Jon Doran are a folk duo based in the North-East of England who formed in 2017 after discovering their shared love for traditional song. A connection with vibrant and relevant repertoire unveils a clear respect for tradition, capturing feelings of familiarity. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and thoughtful interplay between mandolin and bouzouki.
Students of Newcastle University’s folk & traditional music degree, Janice and Jon sought to expand their influences further and spent a year studying in Norway. Here they established their sound, drawing inspiration from their surroundings. Gathering songs from a range of sources, they communicate the hardships of work, industry and ordinary life to audiences throughout Scotland, England and Norway. Their work is a celebration of their own musical and geographical backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them.
Emma Jane has always been inspired by the melting pot that is country soul and blues. In December 2005, Emma Jane took to the stage for the first time, and since then, has never looked back. She has self released 6 albums, and has gained recognition for her songwriting and vocals, wining unsigned album of the year 2012, “Penillee songs”, nominated for BCMA album of the year in 2014 “workhorse” and her song “run” being nominated for UK Country Radio song of the year, 2015. Emma Jane, based again in her home town of Glasgow, spent a number of years moving between London and Nashville, writing with established writers and producers such as Kent Wells, and up and coming UK Country band The Adelaides, who now have Emma Jane’s song “Jack Daniels” a regular in their set list.
Emma Jane has just recently finished her latest album “Bars & Ballrooms” which is due to be released later this year.
Roswell – Zoё Wren & Jasmine Watkiss
Zoё Wren & Jasmine Watkiss
When harmony-obsessed multi-instrumentalists Zoё Wren and Jasmine Watkiss formed a duo after an impromptu Cambridgeshire gig in 2018, they didn’t think that in less than two years they would have won Purbeck Rising 2018, released their debut EP ‘Remedy’, which won the Fatea EP of the Year Award 2019, and sold out a headline show at the Green Note for the launch of their second EP.
The duo, who describe themselves as Indie Folk/Americana, have supported John Smith and Gilmore & Roberts, and played main stage shows at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival and Wimborne Minster Folk Festival.
They were also invited to Switzerland to play the Fête de la Musique Genève 2019. Roswell’s second EP ‘Come Home’, produced by Dan Wilde, was released in February 2020, with the tour including shows at The Stables in Milton Keynes, The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry and The Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth.
While unable to go and see the artists live during lockdown they are still able to bring you their music via all their social media so please go and check out how busy they have been writing and performing their music during this difficult time for all artists
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