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Tom Townsend

The Tom Townsend Blues Band

The Tom Townsend Blues Band was formed as the resident band at Scarborough Blues Club in 2008 and rapidly earned a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the country. Led by singer/guitarist and songwriter Tom Townsend, they expertly blend Jazz, Funk and old-timey blues to create a modern and refreshing sound. Masterful musicianship from Mark Gordon (keyboards), Nick Boyes (bass) and Paul Tilley (drums) and an intuitive understanding of the style makes their original material and classic song choices a real treat to witness.

Discover the band at Scarborough Blues Club every Thursday at the Cask Inn, Scarborough.

  

Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson is 20 years of age and was born in Scarborough. For many years Dan started to perform in professional musicals around Scarborough and perfomred also at whitby. Since school and college Dan has been doing Drama all his life and has also starred in BBC Waterloo Road in 2010. Dan's song writing began just as a one off, untill he was inspired by other singer songwriters such as Andrew Belle, Jason Walker and many more who gave him the inspiration to write his own sings and currently writing to this day.


  

Heath Comman and The Thin Man, Chicago

Heath Common and The Thin Man

Heath Common is a songwriter and performer living in Scarborough, UK. He began his musical career playing in New York City with Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines – the stepson and close friend, respectively, of the legendary blues musician, Robert Johnson. Following this, Heath Common worked with – and was greatly influenced by – many major figures in the New York ‘Art Rock’ scene of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Subsequently, Heath Common formed a duo with the Thin Man before both men went on to work with a diverse number of musicians ranging from the guitarist John Fahey to the British indie act, The Rhythm Sisters. Heath Common continues to work closely with many of the surviving figures from the Beat Movement and he is a published poet.
The Thin Man is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer, artist and writer currently living in Sheffield, UK. He formed a long-standing songwriting and performing partnership with Heath Common some years ago when both men were writing under auspices of the legendary music publisher, Charlie Gillett (mentor to Dire Straits, Elvis Costello & Ian Drury amongst many others). Subsequently, The Thin Man performed and recorded with many different people ranging from Fat Boy Slim to the Yorkshire guitar-genius, Bill Nelson.


  

Tom Davenport

Tom Davenport

Almost 1,000 gigs on the Yorkshire coast since 2003!!! Now teaching guitar, voice and drums...(see facebook..'Tom Davenport Music & Tuition'). Originally from Scunthorpe, has played in Brisbane, Edinburgh, and all over England. Now fronting 'Tenacious B', a tribute to Tenacious D. Also part of the 'Sofajunkies' collective. Influenced by classic progressive rock artists; Zappa, Rush, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and more acoustic based acts; Ryan Adams, Suzanne Vega etc. Find me on facebook or soundcloud. Can be seen regularly at Blue Crush, Turks Head, Nelson Inn, The Merchant and many more venues!

  

International Rescue

International Rescue

International Rescue was originally made up of 50% Fax (Steve and Dave), 25% The Vets (Spec) and 25% best mate (Chaz). Initially formed in 1980 from the residue of the Bridlington/Hornsea Punk Rock scene, the band went on to become 'the' live act to see in and around East Yorkshire. Spreading their wings following management and recording deals IR as they became known, toured extensively building up a loyal following around the UK.

Things were looking up - the elusive deal, TV appearances and a bulging gig diary would surely help them on the way to wherever it is bands aspire to reach. The Polydor deal crumbled, so undeterred the band released two singles on their own Cowboy City label. You Need Shoes and Life In An Elevator were both crowd faves when IR played live but yet again the fickle finger of fate picked at the scab of fame. Steve was invited to play with Orange Juice and subsequently Edwyn Collins and left the band on the day Life In An Elevator was released. The band carried on in his absence, changing musical direction, haircuts and clothing. The compass fell out of the tour van and IR lost their way.

In 2010, after much deliberation, the original members met again and decide to reform. All was going swimmingly until Spec opened his diary and realised his commitments were mounting up. He left to follow his dreams. To the 'rescue' came a younger, hungrier, slimmer drummer called Joel Cash. His first gig with International Rescue was only eight weeks away but Cash was truly on the money and played his part in a triumphant show to almost 500 people in the grandeur of the Spa Theatre.

July 2011 and things are on the move again. A fruitful session at Fairview Studios with friend and sound guru John Spence produces the edgy, powerful 'Sonic Lightning' EP. Two new songs - Armadillo and All I Want sit alongside old crowd favourite The Shining and despite there being 30 years between the compositions there is a clear consistency and vibrancy in the band's new direction. Sonic Lightning will shortly be available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.

  

Chris McGreevy

Chris McGreevy

Chris McGreevy is a singer-songwriter, who started out at age 16 in Sweden and is now based in Scarborough, UK. He started playing music at the age of 6 and has made it a hobby, a passion and will hopefully one day make it a career. After moving to Scarborough in 2009 for University, Chris has released an EP and an album, both available on itunes and spotify. His sophomore album is currently in the works and will deliver a slightly different twist to his normal, acoustic style.

 

  

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Stefan Ward

Stefan Ward is a 17 year old Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

He started playing guitar at age 9, taking classical guitar lessons from school. He then stumbled upon Blues music at age 11, and immediately immersed himself in it, before later widening his musical tastes to include, Rock, Jazz and Funk.

His current band, the Stefan Ward Band (AKA S.W.B.), plays locally in and around Scarborough, and features a variety of music, such as Rock, Blues and Soul, incorporating both original material and covers into his bands set list.

 

  

Dan Cope

Daniel Cope

"Powerful, melodic and hook-laden, Daniel Cope is one of Yorkshire's rising stars, his sets boast original acoustic yet anthemic material, coupled with rare indie classics".

 

  

Dan Lumley

Dan Lumley

16 year old singer/songwriter, playing locally most nights throughout Scarborough, either gigging or at open mic nights,
Dan performs a mixture of his own songs and covers. He can be seena t the cask open mic, Cellars, the tap and spile and also presenting the Indigo Alley acoustic sessions held on a regular basis on a friday night. He has recently performed at the Acoustic Gathering Festival in the summer of 2011.

  

 

 

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Best Served Cold

Best Served Cold is a four piece local Scarborough based band. Bass player Simon ‘Sid’ plays a regular and an upright double bass, he is joined by Steve (Bailey King) on guitars and vocals, Annie sings, plays her acoustic and fronts the band and Chris on drums and percussion makes the foursome a unique and very watchable and listenable experience.

They have been together for over four years and the current line up has been gigging for the past three. Their set list includes covers of great performers such as Blondie, Razorlight, Amy Winehouse and Pink. They also perform a fabulous version of the La Roux’s song ‘Bulletproof’.

As well as playing covers Best Served Cold also play originals. Their most performed ‘A Million Little Pieces’ was written by Annie but the song has been influenced by the whole band and has evolved into what it is now.

  



Nick Tudor

The Sonnet

The Sonnet are an original 3 piece band from Bridlington. They are:

Nick Tudor -  vocals/guitar
Jason Lowe  - drums/vocals
William Clarke - bass

They were formed in 1996 and played numerous gigs all over the country including prestigious support slots. Nick has also played at Staxtonbury and  recently played at Acoustic Gathering in Summer 2011. Catch the full band at the Old Vic Pub, Scarborough on the Saturday 21st January for an Ellie's Fund Charity Fundraiser.

  

Ben Lane

Ben Lane

Ben Lane is a singer and songwriter who has supported Mike Harding, Victoria Wood, Jake Thackeray and many others on the folk club and student circuit.

Ben's songwriting is less about self expression, more about story telling and observation on how people live their lives.

Ben came third in Seafest’s Song For The Sea competition 2011.

Ben's album ‘Call Of The Sea’ was released in September this year. 12 original songs, it features several local musicians including, Anna Shannon, Tom Townsend and Chris Wilson out of Snatch.

Ben can be seen at Cellars O/M, Cask O/M, Indigo Alley Acoustic sessions and presenting OVAL – Old Vic’ Acoustic Live. Regular contributor to Filey Folk Club.

 

  

 

 

Callum Marshall

Callum Marshall

Callum Marshall is a student in Scarborough. He plays a number of instruments such as Drums, Guitar, Piano, Bass and ukulele, Each taught by the amazing Paul Tilley. 

He has been doing open mics around Scarborough for just under half a year and since starting has supported other great bands and played at some festivals around East Yorkshire. His greatest been the well known "Acoustic Gathering!" He also writes songs which are based on his experiences and are usually acoustic love songs. His writing style is majorly influenced by Biffy Clyro, however he tries to make his lyrics as original as possible. 

Callum has been working on his upcoming album "Black & White Rainbows" which is an acoustic album of originals wrote by Callum through the years. However his Christmas EP was a side project mainly recorded for his family as a present at Christmas.

  


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Stray Scene

Stray Scene

Stray Scene are a quartet with monster bass riffs, a 'Jon Squire esque' guitar sound, an aggressive Marc Bolen vocal and drums that makes your heart skip. To be signed to sonic moles records in January.


The band are:
Scotti Eccles vocals, guitar
Jonny B, Guitar
Kirs Forvauge, Bass
Sam Peacok, Drums

  

 

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Jez & Dave

Jez and Dave are a father and son combination who write and perform songs both together and separately, with guitars, saxophones and vocal harmonies around the Scarborough scene. 

Jez Echevarría (48) began performing at University in London during the mid eighties when singer/songwriters were mostly out of fashion and he has continued to buck that fashion trend ever since - an RE teacher by day, he is currently Headteacher of St Augustine's Catholic High School. 

David Echevarría (who can be heard on backing vocals in this track) was born in Leicester nearly 15 years ago. As well as singing, he has played the Clarinet and Saxophone for a number of years before taking up Guitar in April 2011 in order to give an outlet for his many original lyrics.

  

 

Nursery

 

Nursery

Nursery are a strikingly-bearded band from Scarborough consisting of Chris Sheffield (vocals/guitar) and Dan Whinney (guitar/vocals).  They have been playing together for a few months and are looking for a drummer (the drums on ‘Jewels; Crown and Argos’ were done by their friend Roland), so if you know and love any of the names we're about to awkwardly drop, drop them a line

They like Chuck Ragan, American Football (the band, not the unintentionally hilarious sport), Jawbreaker, Mineral, basically stuff with nice guitars and hairy voices, and with varying degrees of bearing on how we actually sound from one song to the next... They are in the midst right now of sorting a demo that they recorded semi-acoustically in Dan's living room.

  

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Sam Harrison of TFI Music

Sam Harrison is a singer / songwriter / producer born, raised and educated in Scarborough. He has been writing material for around 10 years and has been regularly perfroming with the covers band T.F.I. Music for the past year.


Sam's music is the culmination of an eclectic music taste, stemming from influences such as Bob Marley, Arctic Monkeys and the blues. Lyrically his work revolves around social commentary and ecaptures the life and times of twenty-somethings in Britain today.


Currently Sam Harrison has two records to his name, a 5 track EP and a full studio album recorded both at home and at Scarborough University.

  



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Ishka

Sean Conroy is a singer/songwriter and also lead singer and guitarist in Scarborough based Irish band 'Ishka'.

The song 'It Ain't Like The Old Times' featured here in the interview was written and performed by Sean, however he now plays with his live band Ishka.


ISHKA are a Scarborough-based Pub/Club/Function band, playing classic and modern Irish tunes, classic country songs and old time rock 'n' roll. As well as being proficient musicians, Ishka are also entertainers, which we didn't realise until we were billed as such! See our videos section to see us live. We have a unique and memorable selection of songs everyone knows, but other bands don't play, which always go down well with a wide variety of different types of people of all ages.

 

  

 

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Ross Dransfield

Ross Dransfield

Ross Dransfield is an acoustic based Singer & Songwriter who plays around many of the open mics in town on a regular basis.

He has also previously played at the Acoustic Gathering Festival and the Acoustic Lounge as part of the Coastival Festival early this year.

Ross has recently Graduated from Hull University at Scarborough Campus where he studied Music. He takes inspiration for his music from his relationships and other elements of life.

  

 

 

The Deadlight

The Deadlight

The Deadlight are a five-piece rock band from Scarborough. They have been together for just under two years now and were formed by brothers Jon and Rich Hargreaves and friend Neil Jackson from a previous band together, with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Tim Hudson on bass and acoustic singer/songwriter Matt Dunn on vocals. 

Combining their different influences from an eclectic range of music they feel they are creating something a little different, yet still commercial, to the bands they hear on the radio.

At the moment they have no manager or contract to any label and are looking for help to get their music out there and heard, both in live performances and the recorded medium. 

  

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Nick Bartley

Nick Bartley

Nick Bartley is a Songwriter/Producer born in Liverpool but now based in the Scarborough area where he has been working as a professional musician for the past two years.  He composes every aspect of his music; the words, melodies, strings, bass and so on and also produces and plays most of the instruments on his recordings which also feature the vocals of up and coming singers.

Nick is styled in the old fashioned sense of a songwriter and producer such as Burt Bacharach,Carole King and Phil Spector,writing and producing music  to work with a range of new talented vocalists and acts which enable him to write in many styles and genres rather than be the sole performer of his own material.

  

Darren Cooke

Darren Cooke

Darren Cooke is now a solo Singer/Songwriter who can be found playing live at various open mic venues such as the Cask, Tap n Spile and Cellars and other gigs where he often plays for free around Scarborough and on the Yorkshire Coast.

He has been a main act at the Acoustic Gathering and he was recently featured on a recent charity compilation album called  'Best of Acoustic Bistro Records' 2011 which is available from Mojos Music Cafe and Record Revivals in Scarborough priced at £5.

All profits to Local well know charity Ellie's Fund - Brain Tumour Trust.

 

  

 

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Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

The twenty year old Scarborough based songwriter that goes by the musical alias of ‘Maven Fiction,’ has been described as an a-melodical social commentator, covering topics that everyone can relate to, such as, the country and its issues, all aspects of romance from new relationships to heartbreak, family and also about the people he meets and places he sees. He uses a mixture of spoken word and melodically sung vocal to tell stories over well dynamically constructed music.

He earned the name Maven Fiction from a friend he had known from school, who believed that he was born with the gift of the gab and can talk my way in or out of any situation. the friend said he was a maven at story telling but loved to exaggerate the truth, this over time became Maven Fiction.

  
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What Would Chuck Do?

What Would Chuck Do? are a four piece band from scarborough. They started out in music class at Graham school and after attending a few open mics playing covers, they decided to start to write some of their own songs and then progresed from there. They have played in places around yorkshire from small festivals to a gig at the cockpit in leeds recently in 2011.

The band consists of :

Jack Anderson - guitar / lead vocals

Eli Wilsher - Lead Guitar / backing vocals

Dan Wackett - Bass

Dan Rawlinson - Drums

 

  

 

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Edwina Hayes

Edwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson and Bob Harris among her fans.  Her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'. 

Her cover of Randy Newman's Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over two million plays on You Tube.

 

  

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Edge of 13

Edge of 13

Edge of 13 are a band from Bridlington. They name manchester indie band Oasis and Liverpool legends The Beatles as some of their biggest inspirational bands.

The band have been together since 2010. They consist of guitarist/vocalist Kris Macleod and cousins Nick Asquith, bassist/pianist and Josie Fletcher, drummer/percussionist.

Over the last year, Edge of 13 have played around the UK, gathering up dates and appearances at some of the UK's best venues. In October of 2010, Edge of 13 made their first appearance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and to be followed up with their second performance in May 2011. The week previous, they made their festival début at the Friends of Mine festival playing alongside acts including The Charlatans, Buzzcocks, The Cribs and Badly Drawn Boy.

As 2011 continues, Edge of 13 will be busy recording new material and performing even more around the UK.

  

La Petit Mort

La Petite Mort

La Petite Mort consits of:

Andreas Atkinson - Bass
Jared Thorpe - Vox & Lead Geeetar
Charlie Swainston - Vox & Geeetar
Dominic Reynoldson - Drums

The band first met in Leeds and the majority of the band are based in Scarborough. They are a 4 piece indie band who write their own songs and music. They play gigs all over the Yorkshire area and beyond. You can find the band on facebook where you can hear more of their music and see their gig listsings.

 

  

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Jonathan James

 

Jonathan James

Jonathan James is a 20 year old music student in the Scarborough area. He is a solo acoustic guitar artist, who composes his own music and performs his music live. His music is mostly written from his own personal experiences whilst also being influenced by musicians such as Oasis and Frank Turner. 

A year ago he started gaining experience and confidence by playing open mic spots in the local pubs. February this year, he got his first supporting gig with Acoustic Bistro, then got the chance to perform at the Acoustic Lounge, at Coastival. Since then he has been playing more supporting slots at different venues but, carries on playing at open mics.

At the moment, Jonathan James is writing and recording his first album and plans to complete it by March.

 

  

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Cherry

Cherry is an Acoustic based Singer/Songwriter, originally from Liverpool but now based on the Yorkshire Coast.

Cherry has played all over the country at various venue's including, 'Acoustic Gathering' festival, Scarborough, 'Guilfest' in Guilford (where Will Young was also playing!), 'Barefoot' Festival in Leicestershire ths summer and fairly recently at the 'Coastival' Festival in Scarboorugh.

As well as this she has been playing various music venues around the Yorkshire, London, Leicestershire and Liverpool. 

Cherry has been writing and recording material for her new EP to be released late September 2011.

 

  

 

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Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley is a Singer/Songwriter from Scarborough. He has been performing since the age of 14 and working as a full time musician for the last 30 months.

His music is Dynamic and inspired by many different genres. Artists such as Damien Rice, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood mac & Stevie Wonder are all cited influences.  Some of his songs have had airplay in different parts of the UK and America in the last year and hopes he hopes to release a new album by the end of the year in order to promote around America next year, when he embarks on a 7 week trip there.

Mark plays quite regular slots at the Storm Bar in Scarborough and also the Pavillion Bar Bridlington.

  

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Grace Hawkins

Grace

Grace is a singer/songwriter and musician originally from Warwickshire, now based on the Yorkshire Coast near Bridlington.

Her musical training began at age 4 with piano, a great love, which she has developed with a unique and sensitive touch over the past 16 years to a high standard.  After picking up a guitar at around 13, Grace started to find her own style of songwriting, and also in composing film/piano music. 

Grace loves acting, theatre, dancing (arabic and egyptian belly dance, modern dance and fully trained in ballet) and these have all influenced her music as well as listening to a very wide range of music. She has written over 70 songs, and tries to create each one from life experiences of her own and others.

  

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Alastair James

Alastair James is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Scarborough.  His music is a mixture of folk, rock, soul and reggae influenced by Bob Marley, The Beatles, The Police, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many other great artists.  Alastair started writing and performing at the age of 14. 

A prolific songwriter, Alastair has a good understanding of melody and rhythm.  His songs are diverse, catchy and profound.  Titles such as Sergeant Major, Bella, I Will Be There For You, Stay Strong, Getting Old, Miss Supermodel, are some of the local favourites.

You can catch Alastair performing with his band every Saturday night at the Ambassador Hotel from 9pm – 11pm, as well as other local venues.  Over the last year Alastair has performed over 180 shows in North Yorkshire and beyond… London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Middlesbrough, York and Hartlepool.

 

  

 

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The Shadracks

The Shadracks are a three piece, trash kit loving, indie electro-pop trio from Scarborough. Oasis sized swagger meets Mike Skinner crowd involvement, The Shadracks rip into their Northern lyrical songs with a verve and passion that can only hail from coldest wettest North Yorkshire.

Their dynamic live set is played for (and with) their audience.  Inject three parts dance, one part sing-along, a pan lid and a musical colander and you'll know why The Shadracks capture a crowd, electrify rooms and keep audiences singing and bouncing throughout their shows.

The Shadracks are: Aaron Ward, 20 - guitar and lead vocals, Dom Hodgkins 18 - bass and backing vocals and Elliott Wilson 17- drums and backing vocals.

  

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Ben Parcell

Ben Parcell

2010 saw Ben Parcell have his debut as a solo performer. He self produced and independently released his 10 track album “Humble Beginnings” as well as playing all the instruments on the limited edition pressing of 1000 CDs which has had several critically acclaimed reviews from respected publications.

His debut music video 'Close Your Eyes' has been a hit on Youtube and hit the TV when it was accepted for the playlist on Lava TV Sky Digital.


Ben is influenced from a wide range of music such as The Beatles, Frank Turner, Elvis Costello, Green Day, The Ataris. Taking elements from Pop, Rock and Folk. Ben blends together a catchy original sound. which he has honed through performing in bands since 2003.

2011 sees Ben's music take a slightly different direction, bringing more folk influences into his repertoire, but keeping the underlying catchy pop accessibility. He is currently recording his new E.P 'Painted By Numbers' which will be an acoustic affair featuring 4 tracks of stripped down sound featuring special guest performers.

 

  

 

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Harry David

Harry David is a Lincolnshire born singer songwriter, performer and producer currently based in Scarborough. 

His music is best characterized by his fresh approach to playing acoustic guitar...his powerful and hearty vocals go deep into his soul.

Harry has been a songwriter for over 5 years and has taken time to hone his craft in Scarborough whilst studying for a degree in Creative Music Technology.

 

  

 

 

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