David Gibb – Climb That Tree

Climb That Tree is the brand new live show and album from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. This latest release builds on the success of his critically acclaimed debut album Letters Through Your Door, released October 2014, which had families across the UK singing (quite literally!) its praises. David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics.

Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.

“Prepare to be carried away with the music… packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers.”
The Guardian

“David Gibb has a well-deserved cult following for his stage show which includes tales of dragons and driving chocolate cars. His lyrics are genuinely side-splitting and tunes guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days.”
Creative Tourist

The Phantom Of The Opera with Live Score by Minima

Minima specialise in live accompaniment to silent films. Their electrifying new score for The Phantom Of The Opera captures the horror of the story but also finds pathos, romance and humour. Drums, bass, guitar and cello strike up a thrilling relationship with the film, following the Phantom down into his subterranean nightmare world.

Press quotes from the film’s original 1925 release contest to its impact and drama: “Ultra fantastic melodrama” (New York Times); “Produced on a stupendous scale” (Moving Picture World); “Probably the greatest inducement to nightmare that has yet been screened” (Variety).

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film.

Film critic Roger Ebert said in 2004 that “it has always been a question whether The Phantom Of The Opera is a great film, or only a great spectacle.” Either way, to see this film in 1925 was a truly shocking experience. Fast-moving and exciting, the film is a dramatic tale of obsession, kidnap, murder and revenge, beautifully tinted throughout and featuring an impressive sequence of early Technicolor as the Phantom appears at a masked ball.

“Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.”
Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, the Barbican Centre

“Minima’s spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding accompaniment.”
Guardian

“A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.”
Financial Times

The Harry & Chris Show 2

After last year’s sell-out run of their debut show in Edinburgh, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to venues nationwide! Ranging from pandas in crisis to Robot Wars, they bring love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

“A combination of catchy hooks and breath-taking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour… The quality and quantity of laughs on offer is generous and yet the show is cynicism-free, the tone unapologetically feel-good.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Blistering wordplay.”
★★★★★ ThreeWeeks on Harry Baker

“Brilliant.”
Evening Standard on Chris Read

Three Cane Whale

A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. “As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer)

Their eponymous debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums; second album Holts And Hovers was fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013, one of The Observer’s “Hidden Gems Of 2013”, and one of Acoustic Guitarist magazine’s 20 Essential Folk Albums.

The band’s third album, Palimpsest, was recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire, produced by Adrian Utley, and released on January 15th 2016, with artwork specially designed by Dorset’s Little Toller press, and accompanied by a UK-wide, Arts Council supported, album launch tour. Palimpsest was chosen by The Telegraph as one of the ‘Best Folk Music Albums Of 2016″, by fRoots as one of its 5-star Playlist Albums, and by The Guardian for its Folk World Music Playlist.

On October 3rd 2016, the band released a live recording made in The Old Barn on Kelston Roundhill in Somerset, the inaugural release for new independent label Kelston Records.

Music from Three Cane Whale’s first and second albums forms the soundtrack to the independent feature film “Brown Willy” (a Malabar Film Unit / o-region co-production), named after and filmed on Cornwall’s highest peak. The film is released in April 2016, and the soundtrack is available now from Three Cane Whale’s Bandcamp site.

“Wonderful.”
fRoots

“Impressively original.”
The Guardian

“Mesmerising.”
Q

Three Cane Whale are represented by Fancourt Music Agency.

Beethoven’s 4 Seasons with Wild Words

A Ludwig van Beethoven rollercoaster of drama and daring, triumph and trauma, from the shadows of his father to the guiding love of his mother, from losing his hearing to the Ode to Joy. Meet Mozart, the pink wigs of Vienna and a dancing puppet all wrapped up in Wild Words’ trademark magical invention.

Playshop 2pm – Learn a song to sing in the show and ‘Meet the Instruments’ from strings to brass to accordion (40 minutes)
Performance 3pm – Show Time (55 minutes)
After the show come on stage to meet, ask questions and play some instruments, including hosepipe trumpets!

“An intoxicating mix of sound and story to leave a magical world lingering in the minds of their young audience for a very long time.”
Catherine Freda, Head of Education at St George’s Bristol

“Loved the performance, the acting and music were splendid. The message about his deafness was beautifully done.”
Audience Reaction

“Thank you for such a rich, touching, sad-joyful occasion. Musical accomplishment and participation – you have all the bases covered. A dramatic delight.”
Audience Reaction

Michael Loader – storyteller, storywriter and flugel horn
Alison Francis Black – violin
 and voice
Martin Solomon – violin, harp, accordion and piano
Caitlin Alais Callahan – piano, flute and bass

Dedicated to my special friend Henry, ‘the Boy with Spirit’ and my Mum who opened my ears to Beethoven.

The Fantasy Orchestra

The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’) brings together 40+ musicians, professional and amateur, to create a kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade.

Their eclectic repertoire covers film soundtracks (Morricone, Barry, RD Burman), rock and pop favourites (Hendrix, Beatles, Bowie), and some more obscure treasures. Think psychedelic loveliness, rousing choral noise, and some choice costumes.

Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

“I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.”
Alison Krauss

“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved.”
Bela Fleck

Joan Shelley

Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Joan Shelley followed her debut album ‘Electric Ursa’ (2014) with ‘Over and Even’ (2015), which was named album of the year at NPR Music and in the Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and called it “a masterfully turned set of folk reflections.” Shelley made the record with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, recording the bulk of the tracks over just two days. She has since spent timing touring the US and Europe, and will be releasing an album in 2017.

Joan Shelley’s new album ‘Over And Even’ was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlour on the island of Thessaloniki, a collection of smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. She lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. People say her voice reminds them of Sandy Denny. It’s more than the vocal range; it’s a quiet power that draws you in.

Leonie Evans

leonieevans.bandcamp.com

The Goldilock, Stock Social Club

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is going to Edinburgh Fringe 2017 but we need your help to get there!

Join Goldilock, Harry, Barry and Vinnie plus all your favourite characters from The Wardrobe Theatre’s hit alternative comedy show for an unmissable night of entertainment and laughter, soundtracked by our house band.

Don’t miss this stellar line-up of Bristol acts including:
Roxytocin
Tom Marshman
Closer Each Day Company
Ellie Showering & Rozie Jackson
Angus Barr
Sugarscratch Theatre
Bertie Boulevard
Ed Rapley
The Goldilock, Stock Social Club House Band
and many, many more!!!

Performed at The Redgrave Theatre

Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LE

45781200

Nick Cope

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. He now writes and records music for children and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents, from all over the world.

His five CD’s of original songs for children have become a must have for thousands of young families. Nick performs all over the UK at all the major art and music festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival, Hay and Cheltenham literary festival and hundreds of theatre and arts centres.

“Funny, profound, educational, our children have talked about everything from gravity to grieving thanks to Nick Cope’s songs. Our family’s favourite singer/songwriter.”
Lucy Porter

“A brilliant show.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

“Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.”
★★★★ Fest Magazine