Whatever train you board on Saturday 11th you’re guaranteed an entertaining ride, courtesy of this captivating collection of performers…
Cat Bear Tree
Kero Kero Bonito
Nixie in the Pond
Street Party in Soho
The Tin Can 44′s
The Wave Pictures
Read on to find out more:
A playful band willing to mess with a formula to produce something that in one regard conforms to pop tropes and on the other turns them on their head. They dwell on the end of club culture and in the midst of every day details.”
Amy Firth is an Australian singer/songwriter based in London.
Raised west of Sydney, in the cloud-cloaked villages of the Blue Mountains, Amy’s sound is rooted in the eucalyptus & wood-smoke of an Australian winter. Amy’s music is a mosaic of folk, blues & rock. Her songs are vibrant, rich & cheeky.
A Londoner from an Irish background, Any O’Neill is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, writing the perfect mix of Indie, Folk and Punk coupled with orchestral elements. Or Indie-Polk for short! Alongside festival and gig performances with his 5 piece band, 2013 will see the release of his debut EP.
Singer and songwriter Ben River was brought up in West London, Ladbroke Grove and has been on a weird and wonderful musical journey ever since. “Ben River – Singer songwriter and poet, playing melodic folk pop and sounding like Rufus Wainwright meets Mumford and Sons meets Tallest Man on Earth.”… Bugbear Bookings
With her unique songwriting style Bity Booker weaves elements of folk, country and blues together with her classical guitar to create a distinctive sound that is all her own. Bity Booker recorded a live EP titled “See you @ Elephant Tree” available at her live performances and limited to 500 vinyl copies. Bity Booker delivers an hypnotic playing style and bewitching voice that will leave you entranced.
Cat Bear Tree
Cat Bear Tree are a South London-based all-girl trio. They play angular, harmony-driven, indie punk-pop. The band is comprised of Zoe Konez (guitar/vocals), Claudia Mansary (bass/vocals) and Sarah Smith (drums/vocals). Cat Bear Tree are currently gigging across London and beyond, whilst preparing for the release of their debut EP.
Originally from Birmingham, Chris Ryder started playing as a lead singer in a Grunge/Hardcore band and toured the uk for just under 3 years. Now based in Oxford, playing what’s described as “Folk/Rock”. With an EP out and now working on an album to be released in November.
Born and raised in a small seaside town and now living in London, singer/songwriter DeHavilland gets inspiration for song from the city and the people around her. Sophisticated, heartfelt pop vibes with an acoustic flavour.
The Dixie Strollers are a young six piece jazz band in the Dixie/New Orleans style of the 1920s-50s. Influenced by Alex Welsh, Kid Ory, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, the Dixie Strollers are guaranteed to get you on your feet!
Dulwich Ukulele Club
EDITSELECT describe themselves as “A young musical gang from the Art Beat of London’s lower South East side” – which is about right, an edgy New Wave band in the finest art school tradition, with songs bristling with originality, creativity and irrepressible charm.
In 2012 they teamed up with FHM and Avril Lavigne to promote her ten years in the industry. The band are currently working on a series of single releases for 2013.
Fabian Holland is a contemporary, singer, songwriter and guitarist based in London. His Music is influenced be folk sounds and tales from the British Isles, together with an upbringing in the Blues. This is enriched with his love of storytelling.
On first listen, Mrs Q’s vocals and Mr Y’s guitar create sound and song like authentic old classics, standards…but listen closer and the warming low-fi, country-psyche-folk-jazz duo, Good Spirits, sing tales of regrettable tattoos, unforgettable loves, London Commuting and the shady truths of South East London’s notorious Lewisham to name but a few…
Harriet Jones encompasses everything you could want in a singer/songwriter. Great songs and smouldering good looks. Still the tender age of 19, Harriet has the growl of someone twice her age and the songs to back it up with.
An exciting all-girl psychedelic pop fivesome from Camden.
Kero Kero Bonito
Bromley boys Gus and Jamie met half-Japanese troubadours Ken and Sarah on the internet through a mutual love of Cornelius and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Uninspired by the lack of guerrilla dance parties in South London, they realised that it was their destiny to play multi-lingual electro-pop on Overground trains.
Dalston-based singer songwriter James Ewers, alias Lonesound, performs songs from his new EP ‘The Great Outdoors (Part 3)’ and his previous two EPs, all released during the past year. Former frontman and songwriter of My Luminaries, since going solo Ewers has gained support from BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM Sunday Times, The Fly and is an iTunes featured artist. Ewers is known for his inspiring and intimate performances, this will be his first performance on public transport!
“Ace” – Sunday Times Culture
“Infectious” - Artrocker
Lophtus are a band who focus on all aspects of existence and project this into the sound. Elements are taken from many different types of music, mainly film and computer game music, acid jazz, trip-hop, grunge and psychedelia. The one is many, the one you won’t forget.
Malphino is a band that plays a heady mix of Latin American music – Brazilian Forro to Colombian Cumbia via a variety of tropical rhythms with a hearty nod to Italian film music. The band is a conceptual music project based around an imaginary island called ‘Malphino’. The islanders came from different places in the world and the island belongs to nobody and everybody belongs to the land. With our music we hope to transport our audience to this beautiful island.
The Marna Duo was established in 2011 at the Royal Academy of Music. They are violin (Mayah Kadish) and cello (Lorna Davis) that like to play seriously juicy music together.
Fusing counter cultural indie story-telling with explosive punk riffs and musical prowess, THE NEVERTONES have quickly gained a reputation for their lively and unpredictable shows in London’s underground music scene, drawing comparisons to The Sleeping Souls and the White Stripes. Fronted by a man described as ‘a F*cked up Morrissey’ and powered by the adrenaline of their blonde female drummer, the band have already received BBC radio airplay and graced high profile stages such as The Quarterhouse (Folkstone), Proud (Camden) and Hard Rock Cafe (London).
Imagine PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and a dash of Imogen Heap and you’re somewhere close to Nina Schofield; A fresh new act on the pop/singer songwriter scene. Soaring vocals, emotive melodies and an honest lyrical reflection on love, life and all the in between.
Nixie in the Pond
Ethereal duo Nixie In The Pond take you to a place where time stands still. Somehow they manage to combine that with songs that you can’t stop getting under your skin. A force to be reckoned with…
Open Souls is a gathering of like-minded musicians from a vast array of musical worlds.This collaboration is about creating a canvas, that allows the skillful improvisation of classical Indian structures and driving rhythms, married intricately with atmospheric and ethereal sounds.
Beatboxer/vocal sculptor Jason Singh and British Indian vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, have come together to explore the relationships between these sound worlds. The band played a sold out performance at the London Jazz Festival, in addition to various performances that include the Exhibition Road festival, East weekend at the Barbican and Broomhill Art Hotel/sculpture Park.”
Pocket-Size is a compact, portable quartet of up and coming young musicians, consisting of 2 saxophones, bass and drums. Having all met through studying jazz in London, their music uses elements of jazz and improvisation and mixes them with other music such as samba, folk and pop to create a fresh, exciting and original sound.
Red Bear is the solo moniker of Adam Clarkson singer with Nottingham band Captain Danerous. Red Bear plays a combination of his self styled “Forest Pop” (a collection of poetic concept based songs about 1939 Finnish Karelia) and intimate versions of his Captain Dangerous penned output.
Roberta Banana and The Big Hand
The Banana Sessions are a Scottish tea-swilling band who combine Folk and Pop with cheeky bits of Disco and Techno. The Big Hand are a Disco Ska Pop band with a good measure of Rock ‘n’ Roll and a sprinkling of Latino. For the first time ever, they’ve decided to join forces. Sparks may fly.
Scowlin Owl are an all-female folk-americana band, low on twee but big on drama and vocal harmonies. They’re influenced by storytellers from the classic (Dylan, Baez) to the contemporary (Decemberists, Midlake). Any story or concept which inspires them may become a song – such as creepy preachers, frozen cavemen the Japanese John Wayne, or inter-dimensional travel in North London.
Sister George come to you as a band who have traveled down many dark and winding Suffolk ways. Each location more distant and unexpected than the last, it has become ingrained in them to play every venue with the vigor of those who possess little to lose, but desire everything.
Street Party in Soho
Newcastle based alt/indie band Street Party In Soho were recently XFM single of the week with their debut single “Take Your Time”. Currently attracting attention from all the right places, they are possibly the most promising band in the country right now.
The Tin Can 44′s
The Tin Can .44s are a band heavily influenced by the music of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Their Blues-based style hangs from gritty lyrics and is drenched in razor-sharp melodies. The band’s 3rd EP, The Moonshine Express, was recorded live in the band’s own studio on a single day, in one take and can be found on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Tom Moon is an up & coming singer-songwriter now living in London. Thought-provoking lyrics, catchy melodies and inventive guitar playing result in a beautiful and unique sound. A collaboration with rapper Awoma has been added to the mix to create a brand new vibe!