Diamond Dac Charnley from Huddersfield is a founder Member of the European Blues Association and a member of the Blues Foundation.
Recent years have seen Dac travelling anywhere and everywhere throughout Europe and the US to listen and learn directly from the old masters including John Jackson and Louisiana Red.
His recordings and live performances are constantly enhancing his reputation as he delivers memorable moments through his six strings and 12 string wooden guitars, banjo and National steel resonator slide guitars. His album Got these blues has been featured on European, Australian and American radio stations.
Hannah Atkins started performing her own material at the piano age 14, doing the circuit in Lincolnshire. Her gigs continued to grow in size and frequency, including an annual International Festival at the Lincolnshire showground on the main stage to 6000 people and 400+ at late night venues. Living in Manchester from 2000, Hannah gigs every week at clubs and bars in the North West, has played at Glastonbury and appears frequently on Manchesters channel MTV shows and local radio. Not only can she write excellent songs but in her solo performance she layers up a guitar, violin, piano and vocal parts using a loops station.
Her new album Falling continues to receive excellent reviews.
The Words are a 4 piece rock band based in Manchester who are developing an exciting reputation as one of the top up and coming bands in the country.
Drawing on an enormous range of influences including David Bowie through to The Strokes, The Words manage to create their own unique style of music.
Over the past 12 months, The Words have opened the Incoming Festival at The Fly in London, supported The Stranglers at Wyeside Music Festival and performed nearly 100 gigs round the U.K including The Academy 3 and The Factory in Manchester. Their music has also been used by Microsoft and Playstation.
Beat Milk Jugs were formed in 2001 in a small Latvian town called Daugavpils. The group of friends influenced by global electronic and experimental scene started a band to create their own impact on music of the 21st century. BMJ had released a few singles and toured some of the biggest venues in Latvia before finally getting signed to TV records in London last year.
They first appeared in Future Music Magazine UK on top of the reader demos Top Ten chart with She Likes It Black in 2006 followed by their first UK Festival performance at Beat-Herder. BMJ played in New York, London and the Baltic States before arriving in Liverpool this year to work on their debut album.
The Sentimentalists are Phil Fowler, Daniel Bath, Graham Young, Tony Simms and Dan Hudson. Standing for lyricism, lovely music and character, Sentimentalists represent a strange and safe world bitter about the past but misguidedly finding comfort there, railing against the present and mistrustful of the future.
Their debut single Tobacco is out now on Shack records.
The Greeting Committee hail from the gray scale that is Newcastle upon Tyne. They produce
a gargantuan blast of sound with songs such as Show me the lights, We are the Animals and
Say Hello to Walls, they are a tidal wave of brutal noise. Currently gigging.
Almost Midnight are an energetic 4 piece funk/rock/pop band based in Aylesbury. They released their debut album Hate Mondays in February 2011. Formed in 2009 by frontman, lead vocalist and bassist Charlie Wood who writes catchy songs about life, with a serious side and sense of humour. Joining him are Laurence on keyboards, Dale on drums and Seb on guitar. They are currently busy working on their second album and gigging. Influences are 70s disco, Queen, Stevie Wonder and folk music.
Electric River was formed when Chris Aldis and Will Whisson both moved to Kent in 2003. Alex Mayland and Chris Sponge Rogers then joined. They are punky, energetic rock and roll with dodgy haircuts who love to entertain and drink cheap beer.
Grover is the UK based rock and pop producer James Grover. Following the dissolution of his rock band, Broadways Not Ready Yet in late 2008, he started to pursue new avenues of songwriting and music production, covering genres from dance and pop to indie rock and electro. Grovers first mainstream solo album is The Daydream. It is a loosely based concept album spanning the course of an imagined relationship, through a series of daydreams. Entirely self produced; four preview tracks were released in March to overwhelmingly positive feedback.
3Fall are a 3 piece rock covers band from Wakefield. Songs include classics from The Foo Fighters, The Cult, AC/DC, Elton John and Take That. Venues played include The Hop, Boot and Shoe Ackworth and The Lion in Castleford. Sean on guitar, Dave on bass and vocals and Wayne on drums.
Lorenza Woods formed in January 2011 after K.O.Kaine officially parted ways with vocalist Adam Phillips. The remaining 3 members recruited Sarah Green. Comparable top Evanescence but not too dissimilar to Nine Inch Nails, they have recorded 5 songs and are planning to release them in Summer 2011.
Dirty Twister formed in Normanton in 2006. They recently made their first video Embrace this Tonight which can be found on You Tube. Filmed on a partly demolished industrial estate, the images capture their northern roots. They have got passion, drive, attitude, confidence and most importantly the tunes to be up there with the big hitters in the UK Indie guitar music scene.
Gina Pearce from Wakefield enjoyed playing piano and guitar from an early age. On completion of her A Levels, she decided to pursue music as a vocation rather than go on to University. Her first solo gig was at The Horse and Jockey in Horbury Bridge and has since played about 30 gigs.
The Rumours are a 4 piece rock/blues/folk band from Brighton who are currently gigging and have been on tour round France on several occasions. They released single in 2010 which was produced and managed by Stuart Epps (producer for Led Zeppelin, Elton John and Robbie Williams) which reached 55in the UK singles chart , entitled One Night. The band are currently writing material in preparation for the recording of their debut album in Summer 2011.
Bradford born rocker, Anita Maj, comes armed with cracking blues pop tunes and a go-get-em attitude which has started getting her noticed nationwide. This year she has made such a name for herself in America also, that she has just returned from her triumphant 3rd tour there. Her first single Out of Control is fresh powerpop underlaid with the harder guitar roots that define her sound and is a taster of her forthcoming debut album. She has played shows with The Levellers, Billy Vincent and Little Fish. Last winter The Masquerade EP was released in America to fabulous response.
Hot Foot Powder are a 3 piece band from the Castleford area. They play a mixture of 50s rock and roll, rhythm n blues and early 60s pop in their own unique, enthusiastic style.
Featuring three vocalists, Hot Foot Powder produce a big sound.
Piskie Sits from Wakefield (Promoter slot The Hop, Chris Morse)
Saturday - 12.45 beer tent