2017 Artists

Martha L. Healy

Raised on a diet of The Eagles, The Traveling Wilburys and Tom Petty, through her Father’s vinyl collection whilst exploring her love for female artists like Sheryl Crow, Carol King, Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt, Martha picked up the guitar to start writing her own songs.

Her debut album, Better Days, was produced in Nashville by David Spicher in 2014 and she recently spent three months in Nashville writing album no.2. Whilst over there, she played the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, The Nashville Palace and Douglas Corner Venues.

Her EP, “To Be Free,” was recorded as an interim project in her native Glasgow and has received impressive reviews from the Country and Americana press. So far, 2017 has seen Martha travel to play at C2C in London, Sneaky Pete’s and the Queens Hall in Edinburgh and she is looking forward to travelling north for Doricana Festival this year.

 

The Jellyman’s Daughter

Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and pop. Incorporating multi-instrumentation and vocal harmonies, the pair strive for originality in their songwriting.

Having wowed the crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Celtic Connections the duo released their debut album to huge radio exposure, and critical acclaim. The Sunday Herald made it one of their Top Albums of The Year. While Maverick magazine lauded their “originality by the bucket­load”, Acoustic magazine told their readers they “kick up a heck of a storm.

Nominated as Best Acoustic Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, their burgeoning reputation complimented tours across Germany, Holland and Denmark. Further afield, tours across USA & Canada saw them highlighted at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City.

Best surmised by ‘The Daily Express’; The Jellyman’s Daughter are “a match made in heaven”.

 

Adriana Spina

Scottish-Italian singer and songwriter Adriana Spina’s sound is often hard to categorise.  Fiercely independent, she has worked hard for over a decade to craft her own blend of Americana, folk and country.

Since releasing her 2011 debut album ‘Never Coming Home’, the Airdrie based songstress continues to write and perform tirelessly.  More recently, she toured with Joan Armatrading supporting her on all Scottish dates of her most recent world tour, Adriana has also shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, Paolo Nutini, Eddi Reader and Dar Williams.

She has gained the support of legendary music impresario Alan McGee, and BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth described her music as “beautiful”!
Lost Highway Ensemble

The Lost Highway Ensemble are a collection of Country Blues, Bluegrass, folk and Rock musicians brought together by sheer chance to play a one-off gig.

Multi-instrumentation and harmonies are the backbone of this band. Their live performances are filled with the kind of fire and energy that would leave most punk bands wilting in their wake.

A pastiche of another era, they are the sound of early hillbilly and country time warping into the audience’s senses wherever they go with driving songs and tunes from the likes of Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, the Delmore brothers and many others.

This crazy moonshine fuelled rocket of bluegrass and country blues is heading straight for you…….and you’d better believe they’ll blow your socks off!!

 

The Wynntown Marshals

Formed in Edinburgh in 2007 and tipping their hat to artists like The Jayhawks, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Ryan Adams and Neil Young, ‘The Marshals’ sound has been described as country rock with a Stones-y swagger.

Their debut album “Westerner” received several excellent reviews, including 9/10 from AmericanaUK (“as good as Americana gets”), 5 stars from Maverick magazine (“…quite simply stunning…”) and renowned Dutch music magazine ‘Heaven’ described the record as “one of the best European Americana records ever”.

All this critical acclaim lead to a BBC Radio 2 session with legendary “Whispering” Bob Harris MBE and a BBC Radio Scotland live session on “Another Country with Ricky Ross”.

 

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