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The StranglersKit HawesEd BoydPhil KingJustin Nicholls

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The Stranglers

The Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene. Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving and most "continuously successful" bands to have originated in the UK punk scene.

Formed as the Guildford Stranglers on 11 September 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, they originally built a following within the mid-1970s pub rock scene. While their aggressive, no-compromise attitude had them identified by the media with the emerging UK punk rock scene that followed, their idiosyncratic approach rarely followed any single musical genre, and the group went on to explore a variety of musical styles, from new wave, art rock and gothic rock through the sophisti-pop of some of their 1980s output.

They had major mainstream success with their 1982 single "Golden Brown". Their other hits include "No More Heroes", "Peaches", "Always the Sun" and "Skin Deep" and the 2003 Top 40 hit "Big Thing Coming", which was seen as a return to form.

Hugh Cornwell and Jean-Jacques Burnel from The Stranglers playing their Kinkade Instruments. (Top Of The Pops, 1982)

sample-image The Stranglers' early sound was driven by Jean-Jacques Burnel's melodic bass, but also gave prominence to Dave Greenfield's keyboards. Their early music was also characterised by the growling vocals and sometimes misanthropic lyrics of both Burnel and Hugh Cornwell. Over time, their output gradually grew more refined and sophisticated. Summing up their contribution to popular music, critic Dave Thompson later wrote: "From bad-mannered yobs to purveyors of supreme pop delicacies, the group was responsible for music that may have been ugly and might have been crude – but it was never, ever boring."

The Stranglers

Kit Hawes

Weaving a musical dialogue between fiddle, guitar and voice, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow explore the rich musical heritage of the British Isles, and create original music inspired by the traditions they grew up in.

In demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound System and Roni Size.

Since the release of their highly acclaimed debut album 'The Fox' in 2016, the pair have built a reputation as one of the standout acts on the UK music circuit. Praise comes from music lovers and press alike, including Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 - “reminiscent of Martin Carthy and the late Dave Swarbrick, I can give them no higher accolade", Acoustic Magazine - "head and shoulders above the rest" and Living Tradition - "mightily impressive"

Kit Hawes

Ed Boyd

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honour of the Irish god Lugh, Lúnasa was formed in 1997 from members of some of the greatest Irish groups of the previous decade, an early review from Folk Roots magazine describing the band as an “Irish music dream team”. From the start, the band’s complex arrangements and unique sound reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. Critical acclaim followed, The Irish Echo describing the band as the “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”; MOJO magazine named the band "the new gods of Irish music,” adding that “nobody since the Bothies has wielded such a thrilling rhythmic underlay.” Billboard raved that “anybody who listens can’t help but find them contagious.”

Having since sold over a quarter of a million records and performed over 2,000 shows across 36 countries, Lunasa has won multiple awards and become one of the most influential bands in the history of traditional music. Collaborations with singers Natalie Merchant, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Tim O’Brien and high-profile concerts at The Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Glastonbury Festival and Bercy Arena Paris helped broaden the band’s audience and cement it place at the forefront of contemporary Irish music.

Lunasa’s current lineup features: Trevor Hutchinson, who achieved fame as the bassist with the The Waterboys: piper Cillian Vallely was a member of Riverdance and recorded with Bruce Springsteen: Flute player Kevin Crawford, considered one of Ireland’s greatest flute players, was a member of Moving Cloud: award-winning fiddler Sean Smyth, who performed with Donal Lunny’s legendary Coolfin and accordionist Alan Kelly; Colin Farrell is a multiple award winning fiddler, who has toured with Project West, Grada and Michael McGoldrick: Guitarist Ed Boyd made a name for himself in the UK folkscene with bands such as Flook, Kate Rusby, and Cara Dillon.

Ed Boyd

Phil King

Phil King has performed all over the UK, at festivals and fayres, in pubs, clubs and bars, on bandstands and boats, and once in a beautiful treehouse. He performs regularly in Paris and has also played in Zurich, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, New York and Weston-Super-Mare. Phil has had his music played on many local radio stations and also by Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq and Alex Lester on BBC Radio.

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“As a singer-songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful singing voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. Seen live, his diffident charm could win over the grumpiest of crowds” Tony Benjamin B24/7

“A modern Bill Withers in the making” Jazzwise Magazine

“Supremely talented Bristol-based singer, Phil King. He has a voice to die for” Time Out, London

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Justin Nicholls

Justin has created unique music for award-winning television series and feature documentaries across many genres. These include BAFTA Winning series such as The National Trust(BBC2), The Force(BBC2) and One Born Every Minute(Channel 4). Russian Godfathers(BBC2) won the prestigious Grierson award and Numberjacks, a children’s animation series for Cbeebies became a worldwide hit & RTS award winner two years in a row. His recent scores include popular TV series such as The Supervet, The Secret Life of The Zoo(Channel 4) and critically acclaimed series, Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue and Last Chance Lawyer NYC(BBC2).

Justin writes, arranges, records and produces all of his own work. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing most of the parts on his soundtracks. He utilizes many unique instruments from around the globe and has designed several of his own. However, his greatest joy is finding talented, like-minded musicians near and far to perform with live and on his recordings.

Monc - Delicate Creatures | Field Recordings
Monc - Time | Field Recordings

Under his pseudonym Monc, he was one of the very first music artists in the world to launch himself independently online. This gained international press attention and two top ten hits in the US independent (CMJ) charts. His songs have featured in such movies as Chris Nolan’s Memento and many US network TV series.