An indie folk acoustic guitar duo might be considered an unlikely outfit for Robert Sword, a classically trained pianist, and Simon Thomas, an oceanography graduate and bassist, to end up in. But, after Rob discovered the alternate guitar tunings of the likes of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell and begun experimenting with the guitar, finding a new compositional voice in the process.
Katie O’Malley is a Manchester girl who’s raw emotion to her voice fills a venue. Her influences clearly shine through and include the likes of Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac. Katie and her band have played across the country and in Manchester’s iconic venues. She has played alongside Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses/Simply Red) supported Kimmie Rhodes and worked with award winning producer Simon Dine (Paul Weller, Noonday Underground) on his project Chevron Shawl.
Dawn Chorus is the title of their EP. It beholds haunting songs with airy, organic folk/rock production; droning strings, piano, a shimmery electric guitar and drums coalesce around a finger style pattern and throaty vocals. The lyrics are rich with natural imagery.
Cape Town band, Stone Jets are building a fan base across South Africa with their fresh, unique brand of Afro Pop Rock. Formed in 2013, the band have released two EPs, namely River and What I Say, and performed alongside the likes of Hugh Masekela and Majozi. They’ve performed on national television SABC 3’s Expresso Morning Show and SABC 2’s Hectic Nine-9, as well as appearing on some of South Africa’s biggest festival stages.