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Stiff Little Fingers
Formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland, along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement.
In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.
Countless albums later, SLF’s signature style still rings through: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment.
This Glasgow-based sound system and production unit pull off a rare trick: making reggae/dancehall that is both original and of quality. They started inviting visiting vocalists to their regular nights in Glasgow to hold the mic and then join them in the studio. So far they’ve released five albums featuring an ensemble of talented artists.
Bassist and composer Douglas Whates has had major works performed by the London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble, Paragon Ensemble. He cites the theme music for Nemesis Inferno, one of the UK’s most advanced roller coasters, as one of his more unusual commissions.
Albert is one of the world’s finest guitar players. As well as his solo albums, Albert has also featured with artists such as Dolly Parton, Shakin Stevens, Rodney Crowell, Eric Clapton and many more!
In 2007, Scottish singer-songwriter Louis Abbot formed the band Admiral Fallow. After recording their album “Boots met my Face” they then went on to tour the UK. During the tour, Abbot and his band have headlined the T break stage at T in the Park, and have more recently released two new albums.
William Thomas “Tommy” Emmanuel AM is an Australian virtuoso guitarist and occasional singer, and songwriter best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Mugenkyo’s aim is to develop taiko drumming as a contemporary European performing art, both in its pure form, and in collaboration with other artists & disciplines. They are are a professional touring group performing a full-length concert at theatres and festivals.
Guthrie Govan is an English guitarist and instructor, known for his work with the bands The Aristocrats, Asia, Dizzee Rascal, GPS, The Young Punx and The Fellowship as well as Erotic Cakes
World famous bass player – KT Tunstall
One of the UK’s up and coming metal guitarists. While studying, Andy formed a band named Fallen Ikarus. Now he is the lead guitarist for the band Sacred Mother Tongue.
Steel pedal guitar -Van Morrison
Singer Songwriter -The Levellers
Singer Songwriter – Joss Stone, The Voice (TV Show)
Singer – Professor Green, Lily Allen, Craig David
Singer – The Streets
Drummer – Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx, Lily Allen, Reef
Keyboards – George Michael
Drummer – K.T Tunstall, Joe Strummer
Manager – Simple Minds
Drummer – Cee-Lo-Green, Michael Buble, Eminem
Drummer – George Michael
Drummer – Squeeze
Drummer – Sharleene Spiteri, the Proclaimers
Singer – Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal
Vintage Trouble is an American blues rock band. The band formed in Hollywood, California in 2010. They have released one studio album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2011). Their sound has been described as “retro”, reminiscent of a number of late 50s and 60s blues and rock artists, such as The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and The Animals. One particularly familiar song called “Today is Pretty Great” was featured in a Honda commercial with the artists seen at the very beginning for a few seconds.
Thriller Band Live
Thriller Live is a two and a half hour concert celebrating the music of The Jackson 5 and the solo work of Michael Jackson. It had already been performed in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and Scandinavia before opening at the Lyric Theatre, London on 2 January 2009.
Swans in Flight
Swans In Flight are a band which over the last 24 months have been making a definite impression at a number top venues and festivals across the UK. The six piece outfit has been applauded in the press and on radio for its originality and musicianship as well for their engaging stage performance.
Heaven’s Basement is a British hard rock band formed in 2008 and signed with Red Bull Records. The current members are Aaron Buchanan (lead vocals), Sid Glover (guitar, backing vocals), Rob Ellershaw (bass), and Chris Rivers (drums).
Their debut album, Filthy Empire, was released on 4 February 2013 in the UK and 5 February 2013 in the U.S. They released their first single, “Fire, Fire”, in September 2012 leading up to their album release. The single peaked at #12 on the Mainstream Rock chart.