Jonathan is an acoustic blues musician & songwriter who’s influences range from the early blues masters (Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Blake…) to the likes of Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, The Beatles and Jeff Buckley. Having released his first album ‘Tangled Web’ which is a collation of the early blues he has gigged for the last few years, his next EP ‘Rolling Eyes & Sighs’ leans more on his more contemporary influences. “A guitarist of pronounced, envy-inducing ability, Jonathan Nicholas fuses his wealth of skills together with a naturally performative talent and a truly staggering breadth of influences, ranging from Grunge, to Blues, Folk, Country and every nuanced step in-between for an intimate, finely-crafted product.”
One of the UK and Nu Folk music’s most arresting bands, The Jigantics are part of a growing group of contemporary artists appealing to a wide range of music followers who are increasingly looking beyond conventional musical stereotypes, and just enjoying a fusion of great songs, stunning harmonies and fine musicianship. In this case its a genre defying mix of Roots, Blues, Traditional Country and then some. “Love the new sounds! It’s really different. I can’t place the style exactly but it will certainly appeal to a wide range of people” Michaela Pape – Southsea Folk & Blues Festival. One of The Jigantics great strengths is their ability to combine the power and energy of a five piece band and the vulnerable sound of a solo performance all in one show and make it work so well. Its a pretty neat trick and in live performance they carry the audience with them on a journey of foot stomping joy tempered with only the occasional heartbreak. Seeing them live it’s clear that this band believe having a good time is an essential ingredient to any gig, ensuring that the road travelled overwhelmingly ends in a smile.
Hadrian’s Union are a five piece Contemporary Folk Rock band from the debatable lands of England and Scotland. The name originates from the locality and mind set of the band, Hadrian’s Union (or HU for short) as separate members are based along various points of Hadrian’s Wall, they all come from various music genres (Folk, Punk, Rock, Blues,Celtic, Ska etc.) which reflects in the music they create together. The music is varied and ultimately for the listener all of HU’s shows and recordings are an exciting experience. Waltzes, Ballads, Music Hall and drinking songs and so much that you will find in the Union. HU will not be pigeon holed into one category but can often be found at Folk festivals in the loosely termed Folk Rock section, they are at home as much at a rock show as they are in a folk club. Hadrian’s Union have last Album ‘Aural Borderalis’ was released to rave reviews and high accolade. HU’s new line up includes Saul Rose on drums and Penny Kempson on Violin- with their evolving style there next album ‘Roman Grafiti’ will be released via Whaprecords in 2020 and promises to pack an even bigger punch than before. Hadrian’s Union are BBC Folk Award Winners Brian Bell (Bass Guitar) & Robin Jowett (Melodeon and Keys) Penny Kempson (Violin & Viola), Saul Rose (drums) with Hadrian’s Union founding member Stew Simpson on Guitar and vocals.
Our good friends at “Music in Ulpha” and ourselves are really chuffed to be bringing two of our favourite groups together under one roof and on top of that to do so at such a prestigious venue as the Coronation Hall in Ulverston. Our regular attenders will have seen both of these bands separately at the Ulverston Sports and leisure club and, as you can imagine, to get both on the same bill is a real coup for us. Merry Hell are thoroughly deserving winners of “Best Live Act” awards and with a performance pedigree of Gerry Colvin with his band, you are in for quite a night. This idea came together when we bumped into Gerry Colvin at the Cropredy Fringe last year and he thought it a fantastic idea. As both “Ulverston Live” and “Music in Ulpha” team members were there, we decided to set it up as a joint venture, knowing how popular both artists are with our regulars. It is our great joy and pleasure to bring these two outstanding bands to a wider audience and we are sure you will not be disappointed, in fact we are sure you will leave wanting more!
HAILING from the village of Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway Dave describes himself as a left-handed, balding, middle-aged songwriting folky from Scotland’s highest village. A superb guitarist with a style that is as distinctive as it is effective, a voice that can carry traditional and contemporary songs and a song writing ability that produces songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is an established performer throughout the acoustic/folk club, festival and concert scene. Lyrically Dave is a storyteller and is determined to maintain the art of storytelling through song. Musically he draws on both traditional and contemporary sources, especially the finger picking styles of the heroes.