Mark Morriss is a singer songwriter who famously made his name fronting English indie outfit The Bluetones. Mark fronted the four piece over a successful and fruitful 15 year period, scoring 14 top ten singles and 3 top ten albums, whilst touring the UK, Europe and Japan, before temporarily disbanding in 2011.
After releasing ‘Memory Muscle’ in 2008, Mark banded together The Mummys and hit the road. He spent the best part of that year touring Memory Muscle while The Bluetones took a short sabbatical, often with his bandmates in tow, either sharing touring duties or joining him in the studio for the odd overdub.
After returning to The Bluetones to record their ‘A New Athens’ swan song, Mark re-focused his attention on his solo career. In 2013 he recorded ‘A Flash of Darkness’, raising the recording funds via a successful Pledge Music campaign.
The album was then given a general release by Acid Jazz Records the following year, whilst Mark continued to tour both as a solo acoustic artist and with an ever changing line up behind him. The various members of The Magical Sex Band.
In the summer of 2015 Mark recorded and released ‘The Taste of Mark Morriss’ for Acid Jazz. Intended as a companion to ‘A Flash of Darkness’, the album comprised a collection of cover versions of songs that had informed the writing of its predecessor.
Since 2013 Mark has also been a member of Acid Jazz label-mate Matt Berry’s touring band The Maypoles. When in 2015 The Bluetones announced that they would be returning to play a series of anniversary shows it started to look like there was never going to be time to start work on solo record #4, but in December 2016 a new Pledge Music campaign was launched to raise a budget to do just that. Titled ‘Look Up’, and release last year it looks like 2018 is going to be another busy year.
British Singer/Songwriter, Steve Young’s music, has been described as “Country music with pop sensibilities” also as “Well crafted Pop songs with strong Country overtones”. The acoustic guitar pulls away from ‘Rock’ genre but the live show ‘Rocks’ far too much to be considered acoustic. The lyrics far too personal to be Folk but occasionally too ambiguous to be Blues. You only need to skim the surface of Steve’s long and diverse career to realise that ‘genre’ became obsolete a long time ago. Put your pigeons back in their box, open your hearts and minds and maybe, just maybe there will be something here – just for you……
Much of the inspiration behind Hannah Scott’s music can be found in her affinity with Italy. A year living and working in Tuscany in her late teens provided the backdrop to her early work and she has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa, with whom she has been travelling between the UK and Italy to write and produce her forthcoming record, due out early next year.
Driven by a desire to create something lasting and beautiful, Nick Byrne has created his ‘Through The Tall Grass’ EP. Various lyrical symbols work their way onto the 5-song offering, many based on distinct visual memories. Single ‘Birch Tree’ in particular has gathered praise from BBC Introducing, BBC Wales, BBC Oxford and BBC Ulster. With his live performance, the music takes on an emotive, intimate tone, as seen supporting the likes of Declan McKenna (BBC Introducing artist of the year), Adam Barnes and The Lion & The Wolf (Xtra Mile Recordings).
Damon T and Mark Cole.
Damon is a NYC-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist influenced by Americana roots and traditional music. Original music has a pure down-home country blues sound, heavily rhythm-oriented guitar style whilst performing a unique blend of traditional material and popular covers. Live performances capture the raw foot-stomping juke joint sound, gritty slide guitar and powerful bass drum beat accompanied by soulful vocals.
Joining Damon is Mark,a powerful, passionate vocalist, Mark also plays a pretty mean harp, honest uncluttered slide and rhythm guitar, a little mandolin and accordion, and loves experimenting musically with other instruments and found objects. His many talents keep him in demand at studio sessions covering all types of roots music. Over the years he has received critical acclaim for his vocal performance and songwriting which has been described as having “a quality and professionalism that sets it apart from so many” with an “assured melodic delivery and ability to constantly impress” (Rock ‘n’ Reel magazine). He writes songs across many styles for himself, the bands that he plays in and other performers.
Mark regularly performs with his blues duo/band Sons of the Delta and with americana band The Jigantics. He also performs occasionally with his blues and soul band Maxwell Street and as a ‘gun for hire’ with other bands and musicians.
Avygayle Smith is a 16 year old singer/songwriter based in Gloucestershire. She has been singing since a very young age, and loves to perform covers of songs in her own style to people, or perform her own songs to make an audience feel connected.She plays the piano, acoustic guitar, and sings of course! She sings in many choirs such as her school choir, Gloucester Cathedral Youth choir, and (GYC) Gloucestershire Youth Choir, and also sings in her school orchestra and jazz band.However, in her free time at home, she sings solo, writes alot of her own songs, composes and performs for some events that she gets invited to sing at.