Young Talent at Gate to Southwell 2016

Jun 3, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Gate To Southwell Festival next week (from Thursday June 9th to Sunday June 12th) and, to celebrate this great East Midlands music occasion, plenty of talented young local artists will be given the opportunity to shine alongside international stars.

Attracting musicians from as far a field as Canada and the USA, and with headline acts such as Appalachian hillbilly heroes Hayseed Dixie (Friday), the great English roots band Show Of Hands (Saturday) and legendary Scottish vocalist Eddi Reader (Sunday), the Gate To Southwell Festival will get off to an explosive start with a firework party and the launch of a new Arts Council-backed “alternative” stage.

The opening night party on Thursday 9th features one of Ireland’s greatest traditional folk acts Kila headlining the main stage alongside Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s new band False Lights. Plus, the alternative stage will feature diverse acts such as the Latin passion of Alejandro Toledo’s Full Attack Band and Glaswegian alt-country stars James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band.

Also on the bill are Nottingham’s highly-rated rising indie sons Same Streets – an exciting four-piece rock & roll band featuring young musicians from Arnold, Beeston, Long Eaton and Southwell.  With James Gooch on guitar and vocals, Jacob Harris on guitar, Isaac Bloomfield on bass and backing vocals and Seb McNish on drums, Same Streets have already supported The Enemy at Rock City and had their music played by Huw Stevens on Radio One.   They’ve also guested alongside established bands such as Red Faces, Rifles, Sherlocks and Fronteers, and their growing reputation on the circuit for incendiary performances has made them a band to look out for this year.

“Our main influences include the Rolling Stones, Iggy & The Stooges, the Las and David Bowie,” says drummer Seb McNish.  “We’ve got a great summer ahead of us.  There’re a few festivals including Southwell, Dot To Dot and the Isle of Wight.”

Another youthful local act appearing at the festival for the first time is upcoming singer-songwriter Jake Burns.  Originally from Mansfield but now living in Burton Joyce, Jake’s debut EP ‘California Bound’ has received great praise from critics and plenty of radio play.  Its lyrics name-check many of his American inspirations and influences, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and David Crosby.

“I think I own every Simon & Garfunkel record there is,” admits Jake, “and I still find myself listening to them from time to time.  Paul Simon was and still is my musical hero but I also listen a lot to Conor Oberst and Crowded House at the moment.”

Also appearing at next week’s festival, there’s highly-acclaimed sweet-voiced Nottingham singer-songwriter Tiger.  Recently turned eighteen, she supported Canadian band The East Pointers in Southwell earlier this year and also delivered an impressive showcase at Rough Trade Records.  Self-penned tracks such as ‘Contender’ and ‘Let Me Hold You’ also earned her a slot on the BBC Introducing East Midlands show.

Added to this array of local talent, there’s also Cheshire And The Cat, the seven piece Future Sound of Nottingham finalists who’ve previously played Glastonbury, Dot To Dot and Soundwave in Croatia.  Over the past few years, they’ve built a reputation mixing soul and funk with breaks of reggae and rock. With new material in the pipeline and a whole new repertoire of songs, 2016 will see the Cats step up to an even higher level.

Last but not least, one of Nottingham’s most exotic sounding and best-loved acts, Maniere Des Bohemians, return to play Gate To Southwell with their hot brand of Django Reinhardt-inspired and Stephane Grappelli-influenced Gypsy Jazz and Eastern European swing.

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, plus the usual fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the tenth Gate To Southwell is guaranteed to be an unmissable Midlands event.

For more details visit the website – www.gtsf.org

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