Have Mercy Las Vegas / Dom Prag / Bäckafall / Sarah McConnell / Arthur Coats
Have Mercy Las Vegas Wed 20th Jan 2021
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“Think deep Scottish roots, razor sharp Americana, trad and contemporary Appalachia embellished with touches of folk and country blues – do that and you’re halfway there. To complete the picture, add blisteringly tight musicianship and perfectly interlaced harmonies.”
HMLV have been described as “an ideal festival band with stacks of energy” by DJ Jim Gellatly. Many agree with him, with the band earning rave reviews of their blistering live performances at festivals up and down the country. Stand out performances at Belladrum, Celtic Connections, Hebcelt and Wickerman have been the highlight, although there have been too many to count. In addition, the band have been rewarded with performances on BBC’s RAPAL, STV’s Riverside Show and a live broadcast of their set from Belladrum, featuring in the weekends highlights alongside the Manic Street Preachers and Hayseed Dixie.
Debut Album “That’s Life” was released 2 years ago, peaking in lead single “Pappy” reaching the Dermot O’Leary show on BBC Radio 2. HMLV toured the album extensively, and have recently released new single “St Peters Blues” to a packed Cottiers Theatre. Alongside a beautifully filmed video, the band are hoping to embark on new ventures within the UK and beyond.
Dom Prag Wed 20th Jan 2021
Dom Prag is a folk singer based in Southampton, Dom’s music knits together British and European folk tradition, classical guitar: mining songs, unaccompanied singing, poems set to music, compositions influenced by Schubert and Shostakovich, bluesy riffs and raw vocals.
Throughout 2016 and 2017 he worked on the monumental Ferry Tales project on the Isle of Wight where he collaborated with poet Robyn Bolam and fellow musician JC Grimshaw, setting poems to music. The work was showcased in spring and summer 2017. Dom Prag unveiled his debut album, Young Man on a Ferry, in December 2018.
Bäckafall Wed 20th Jan 2021
Bäckafall is a Swedish traditional music duo consisting of Hampus Grönberg (guitar) and Samuel Lundh (nyckelharpa). Bäckafall are Influenced by the World, with a foundation in Swedish folk music. The duo plays mainly original music in the style of Scandinavian and Celtic traditional music. Bäckafall has done collaborations with bands in many different genres, such as Swedish band Woodlands and Irish fiddle duo Lucia & Maria.
Sarah McConnell Wed 20th Jan 2021
I’m a singer-songwriter from Edinburgh who has been writing songs from the age of 12. My uncle taught me to play the guitar as well as introducing me years ago to Celtic Connections. Growing up I was heavily influenced by the traditional and folk music that my family listened to, both of Scotland and of my family’s native Ireland. What has always excited me the most about traditional/folk music is the world’s, characters and stories that they create within only a few minutes. Although tending to keep most of my playing confined to my bedroom, I did write a charity single whilst in high school for Castle Rock Edinvar, which helped to raise money for housing both in Scotland as well in third world countries. I also have spent some time playing traditional music casually with family members. However, now I am ready to finally take the plunge and try and put my own work out there.
Arthur Coats Wed 20th Jan. 2021
Arthur has been playing Fiddle since the age of 7, growing up in rural Aberdeenshire, north east of Scotland. His first teacher Sharon Hassan was a very big influence in his musical development. Upon attending his second annual ‘Gaitherin’ He was inspired to take up the Guitar by John Coletta (The Humpff Family). At the age of 12 Arthur was awarded a scholarship to attend the ‘Aberdeen City Music School’ to study Fiddle and Guitar. Here He was taught by Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs), who is still a huge influence on his music. Around this time Arthur was at the Sidmouth Folk Week, he saw ‘Le Vent Du Nord’ who would become his favourite band. They continue a big influence on his music.
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