DISCOVERY 2 feat. THE GLENDALE FAMILY + JENNIFER LEFT + THE LEFT STEP BAND + ANNIE LOVELL
A collective of musicians based in the North West. Their music is modern folk , influenced by sea shanties, heroic figures, tall tales and the natural world. After touring the whole of Ireland in 2009 and Scotland in 2010 the band earned their stripes living on the road, playing serious folks clubs, allotment parties, a ferry on Loch Ness, busking the streets by day and gigging venues by night. They’ve featured on Dublin Fm and performed at Focus Wales, The Wickerman and Deer Shed Festival’s. Currently they have a residency at one of the North West’s renowned venues, Telford’s Warehouse along with their work for charity Music In Hospitals. Recently crowned ‘Busking Champions’ at the Marple Food Festival. Folk & Roll.
This young songbird, originally from Newcastle but now the seaside town of Brighton, is inspired by the songs that raised her – she sings about the stories she writes. Delivering a two-song single of smoky vocals and pitch-dark lyrical subject matter, opening song Black Dog is an English piece of poetic off-kilter pop. Her undeniable talents lie in balladry so breathtakingly visceral, yet perfectly balanced with infectious up-beat instrumentation and menacing bittersweet tones. Black Dog stretches her voice across lush arrangements of stuttered bass, drums and Glockenspiel. A compelling song about sibling loyalty & protection between two sisters after an unsettling encounter with a prowling nocturnal apparition, Black Dog is a testament to Left’s lyrical & vocal abilities as she forges her own stylistic path as a songwriter.
Soaring, melancholic guitar and string arrangements on Hushabye wash against a stunning visionary backdrop of honest and fragile storytelling, aptly unveiling the fascinating depth of Left’s songcraft. Hushabye’s elaborate instrumental flourishes & emotive gorgeousness warrants your undivided attention. It’s a bittersweet torch song, a childhood tale of love that Left recalls vividly through her music.
The August installment of the Discovery 2 comes immediately after the Nottinghill Carnival so the party continues in Kensington. Left Step Band will be bringing some carnival vibes, whilst The Tuesday Club will reignite the feeling of smiling and dancing, Jennifer Left will be bringing her quirky style of folk & pop, Chester’s Glendale Family, the busking champions of Folk & Roll and the fabulous pianist and vocalist Annie Lovell plus Dj AKW
A four-piece made up of MC, DJ, drums and bass . Their eclectic fusion of hip hop, ska, funk and biggabeat pretty much combines some of the liveliest genres around and makes for one helluva live show. Started by producer/drummer Nikolai Jones ( formerly of UK ska punk stalwarts King Prawn) and rapper Eff Le Ref in early 2007. Since their last performance at Discovery they’ve signed to Bristol label Reel Me Records and played numerous festivals. We’re hoping for a sneak preview of “Come Home” the new single due out in October.
With a voice described by Music Magazine as possessing, “the raw power of an unbridled horse and twice the beauty”. Classically trained at London’s Royal College of Music , she’s travelled the world performing both classical and pop music, as a solo artist and in groups. Her debut album, Beyond the Face of it, was produced by Matt Terry and Mike Crossey, who’ve worked with the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Noisettes, and Ben Howard. She’s also worked as a session musician on albums for artists such as Take That, on film soundtracks, and in operas, including Damon Albarn’s Monkey at the 02.
Adam Hayward, CEO of radio station Global Onslaught, says, “It is really rare that an artist touches our hearts through her music like Annie does.”
£5 adv, £7 otd