August Bank Holiday weekend music festival in our back beer yard headlined by Nervous Twitch. Also appearing, Fold, Jessica Thristan, The Tragics, Keiron Higgins & From the Hills.
Nervous Twitch are a three-piece from Leeds UK described as “A winning, fuzzy blend of garage-punk and pop hooks” mixing bands like The Ramones, Au Pairs, The Cramps, Blondie and Thee Headcoats, pumping out “Catchy songs full of hooky heartbreak, rumbling twang, post-punk-ish attitude and warm bouncy rock n’ roll”. 2016 has seenTwitch perform a live session for Marc Riley and live acoustic tracks for Mary Anne Hobbs’, both on BBC Radio 6 Music. Since 2013, Twitch have played gigs with some familiar names including Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, The Lovely Eggs, Shopping, Flamin’ Groovies, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. Recent
releases include two albums on Odd Box Records, “Get Back In Line” (2015) and “Don’t Take My TV” (2016) and two 7” singles on Punk Fox Records. The band recently returned from a successful tour of Europe.
The Tragics were born on a Friday afternoon long ago in Sowerby Bridge when, fueled by a crippling overdose of tea and cheap tobacco Jim Bottomley (Guitar, Vocals) and Andy Greaves (Vocals, Guitar) all of a sudden started to play 'country music' by mistake. Shortly afterwards Andy learned to play themandolin, on purpose.
Their characters now as black as tar and tannin Jim and Andy still play as a duo but the Tragics at its fattest is a six or even seven piece band taking in a variety of musical styles delivered with cheerful savagery, memorable melodies and (preferably) not too many chords. Expect at least four of 'em today.
Fold are gaining a solid reputation as a gem in the crown of the Yorkshire music scene. When BBC 6 Music's Lauren Laverne planned a special broadcast out of Huddersfield's iconic Vinyl Tap on the eve of Record Store Day they chose Fold to represent the region in a live session. During the interview, Fold outlined their purpose: to help advance equality and unity; to help break down barriers that divide us. Weaving a tapestry of speaking and singing voices from past and present into funk, jazz, soul and psyche Fold remind us of the forces within that matter most.
Often compared to Public Service Broadcasting (whom Fold have both supported and remixed) Fold's musical deployment of the human voice has been influenced most by the likes of Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Lemon Jelly and Steve Reich. Though Fold often use existing soundbites from known figures such as Bruce Lee and Malcolm X they also collaborate with active speakers including the celebrated UK poet Mr Gee.
Fold have built support over the past few years gigging across Yorkshire and beyond, releasing EPs, singles and an album all of which have had exceptional support from both regional and national radio. BBC 6 Music have provided the most exposure with help from presenters Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe, Huey Morgan, Don Letts and Funk & Soul's champion Craig Charles. Craig even placed one of Fold's tracks among his Funk & Soul Stompers of 2015.
This event will showcase Fold's forthcoming EP entitled Written In the Sky along with other new material and favourites from past releases.
“I want us all to remember this moment as all of us heard Jess Thristan sing for the first time live on BBC Radio 2. It will not be the last time. Absolutely sensational.” — Clare Balding
“Beautiful.” — Mark Forrest
“Absolutely beautiful.” — Johnny I’Anson (BBC Introducing)