Gentlemen of Few + Adiescar + OVVLS + Finola + Rebecca Dancer
Friday 1st March 2019
Gentlemen of Few were formed along the South-East coast of England in 2009, founded by four young musicians who each found a vast pleasure in their ensemble work as students. They shared a broad and varied history of musical experience between them, spanning multitudes of genres, styles and formats, opening up plenty of avenues for them to explore.
Unknowingly, they drew close and familiar with the raucous energy and excitement they unearthed from American Roots, Rock and Bluegrass songs and these they played loud and fast.
Though, in this time, powerful stories and meaningful words that spoke to them were collected from areas of music like folk and blues, which followed them closely when the boys began putting pen to paper.
Since the earliest days of their formation, these boys have grown together, struggled together and learnt together, facing everything as friends and brothers and experiencing, already, more than they could ever have hoped. 2012 saw their first record released as a six-track Extended Programme named “For All We Know” which included some of the boys’ earliest songs. And it was with a great deal of help that they held a launch of the EP in their home town of Deal which, after so much preparation, was a complete success, a sell out show and had helped the boys establish themselves as a prominent local act.
Based in Bedford, Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, Adiescar, composes and performs music in a range of styles from country and pop, to electronic rock. Her current repertoire has been compared to artists such as Tori Amos, Judie Tzuke, and Gabrielle Aplin.
Driven by a want to go against the grain and write music outside of the standard commercialised narrative OVVLS made a pact to exist in their own musical realm. Having both come from contradicting musical backgrounds the pair set out to challenge genre ideals and fight back against the global trends that have been dictating contemporary music within the last decade.
As played on BBC 6 Music, the perfectly pitched harmonies and soft tones contrast the morbidity that seeps from lyrics depicting the emotional turmoil of being a millennial battling through the age of false idealisms and filtered images. This is further harnessed through hypnotic rhythms and dark soundscapes giving the band a sound that much exceeds sonic expectation from two people.
But OVVLS are more than just music.
Renowned for their unusual collaborations, OVVLS invest much of their time making the music an all round experience. From live visual shows to releasing singles as ‘message in a bottle’ style USBs, the band’s ethos has quickly grabbed attention of press around the globe resulting in shows in the likes of New York and Philadelphia and playing on line-ups including likeminded artists such as Clinic, Let’s Eat Grandma and Warpaint.
This isn’t music for the masses; it’s music for the drifters, make believers, incessant thinkers and hopeless romantics.
I'm FINOLA, a 22 year old cat loving, coffee drinking singer-songwriter from Leeds based in Manchester, where I have been pursuing a career in music since 2014.
Since being in Manchester, I have gigged both solo acoustically and with my band (Jack, Nick and Sam) at some of Manchester's best known venues including Band On The Wall and Gorilla, and I have gigged in other cities including Leeds, Liverpool and London. I have also organised, promoted and performed at my own gigs including the launch night of my debut EP "Waterworks" at Jimmy's and my most recent single "Losing Value" at Soup Kitchen, both events sold out.
My songwriting is personal, every song is usually a musical telling of an event in my own life, and I often share these experiences with the audience.
Since starting to professionally pursue music five years ago, Rebecca’s journey to where she is now has been somewhat eventful. The singer-songwriter played shows around London for two years before suffering a vocal injury which prevented her from performing for the following two years. The time away was a time of great healing and growth for Rebecca; she wrote constantly and learned more about who she was as an artist. Since recovering, Rebecca has formed a band with three session musicians; Andy, Matt, and George. These highly creative and talented young musicians have played for the likes of Rag & Bone Man, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Stormzy and The Beach to name but a few. This exciting time in Rebecca’s career represents a relaunch into the music industry; Rebecca has just recorded an EP, ‘Here in Space, which is due for release this side of Christmas. Rebecca’s songs are truthful, personal, and lyrical and she returns after her time away with new material, a fantastic band around her, and exciting new possibilities