Always welcome in this part of the world, Jason McNiff has many friends and supporters here. However this is the first time he has been back with his band The Lone Malones, and it will be fascinating to hear those wonderful songs and fluid guitar picking fleshed out as per his recordings.
Jason McNiff is a London based Yorkshireman of Irish and Polish descent. He has made four solo records of what are loosely described as Alt. Country or Americana, yet there is something very British about him. As Time Out attests, ‘McNiff’s quiet, intimate, fragile-sounding vocals draw you into his world – a melancholy, almost timeless place, through which he drifts, a romantic loner, a dreamer, at home with the blues.’
“One of the UK’s best kept secrets” Mojo
“A triumph of English-Americana” Time Out
“The nearest thing out there to Bob Dylan and the Band” BBC Radio London
“One of the best singer/songwriters we have in this country” Morning Star
“Not just a good songwriter, a truly great one” Americana UK 9/10
Jason McNiff & the Lone Malones will have some copies of their new album, ‘God Knows Why We Dream’ available to buy at this event…
Case Hardin take their name from the female lead in Boston Teran’s noir thriller ‘God Is A Bullet’ (Pan 2000). In the finest tradition of naming groups, it came about by virtue of being the book that band- leader and songwriter Pete Gow was reading when the call came through that they had secured their first gig; necessity was, once again, the mother of invention on that day.
But Case Hardin does have meaning – to toughen by experience – and over the years the band has toughened its core, toughened its sound and toughed it out through musicians who came and went, to stand a little bruised, battered in places, but to preside tall, over three self- released EPs and three stunning full length albums… 2007’s ‘Some tunes For Charlie Spencer’, 2011’s ‘Every Dirty Mirror’ and 2013’s ‘PM’.
“Pete Gow is a songwriter like no other” – Q (Roots Album of the Month)
“Matches Springsteen for raw emotion” – Maverick Magazine
“Their live show truly is a fearsome beast” R2
Chloe Foy plays a catchy, homegrown music that has been likened to sounds as far flung as Laura Marling and Youssou N’Dour. Indeed, a fan of West African and folk music, Chloe imbues her songs with a lyrical lilt and rhythmic inflection evocative of much of the music she loves. Classically educated from the age of four, Chloe’s music comprises of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment her cryptic lyrics.
“definitely a name to watch” – Folk Radio UK
“uplifting, grandiose aplomb.” – Just Music That I Like
“…enchanting vocals and mature songwriting from this wonderful, rising talent” – Thank Folk For That