With all the hype and mystery that surrounds the music industry, sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. At its heart, music is a creative expression that’s best when shared between friends. When a group of friends who make music come together to share their work with an audience and each other, there’s a recipe for something life-affirming to happen. Just such a thing is happening this August in London at the Omnibus Theatre, a converted Victorian Library, situated in the heart of Clapham Old Town.
The creative force behind the event is one of our favourite UK music men, Albert Man. Bringing together sixteen talented musicians, who he’s had the pleasure of getting to know during his time in the business, is a labour of love that doesn’t just showcase his mates. It also proves that he’s one of the nice guys, so head along and be part of this friend-fest of great music.
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Saturday 5th August
Steve Young – 16.45 – 17.15
What better way to open a festival than with the folk-country troubadour himself. Steve Young has been gathering fans on both sides of the pond and beyond for a while now, with his warm, country-infused tunes. It’s only a matter of time before he’ll be playing much, much bigger stages so this may be one of those ‘I saw him back in the day…’ occasions.
Matt Perriment – 17.30 – 18.00
If you’ve been listening out for a voice to fall in love with, look no further. With effortless emotion in every note, Matt Perriment has been enthralling audiences across the festival circuit. Prepare to be carried away.
Adam Masterson – 18.15 – 18.45
Bringing the energy to the stage, Adam Masterson’s live performance credentials are impressive. He’s been packing ’em in from New York to Berlin to London this year already, so catch him while you can.
Ilona – 19.00 – 19.30
With a voice to die for, award-winning singer-songwriter Ilona brings her powerful, storytelling style to Music Makers. It’ll be pin-drop intense.
Belle Roscoe – 19.45 – 20.15
How well do you get on with your brothers and sisters? You may be close, but close enough to form a band and cross the planet to play together? Australian duo Matty & Julia Gurry have done just that, bringing addictive indie-rock band Belle Roscoe to Europe and landing perfectly on the Music Makers mid-evening stage.
Dani Sylvia – 20.30 – 21.00
Is she electro? Is she acoustic? Is she urban? Is she disco? However Dani Sylvia shows up, her genre-defying style will have the crowd in the palm of her hand. If she’s taking requests, “Free” from her EP Monologues would do it for us.
Up Down Go Machine – 21.15 – 21.45
Filling the room with their raging folk-rock is Up Down Go Machine, or UDGM to their friends. Hailing from the home of song, Welsh siblings Stephen and Ria Hallwood and their band promise to bring the house down. The audience may not ever want to go home.
Prose – 22.00 – 22.30
Bringing Day 1 to a close, Manchester-based trio Mike Murray, Lee Royle & Dave Stone’s anthemic rap-led electro-folk is relentlessly contemporary yet timeless in its message. Get ready to storm the stage!
Sunday 6th August
Mark Sullivan – 16.45 – 17.15
Mark Sullivan has a voice to fill arenas. Which is just as well, since he’s played a few. Combine that with his astonishingly accomplished guitar-work (this guy must practice in his sleep – he’s so dang good!) and you’ve got every reason to arrive early. You won’t want to miss a note.
Tara Lee 17.30 – 18.00
There must be a rule that no festival is complete without an Irish contingent. Tara Lee brings her Dublin roots to London for Music Makers, but she’s no Celtic-carbon-copy. Slick, artfully controlled vocals overlay delicate acoustic accompaniments. Or she rocks out. You choose.
Brian McGovern – 18.15 – 18.45
Also from Dublin, and describing himself as ‘a guy who writes songs and likes tangfastics*’, Brian’s soulful folk speaks to the heart. There may be hands in the air and tears in the eyes for this set.
*Tangfastics are a sour candy, from the Haribo brand. Don’t forget to take a pack to share with him.
Anna Pancaldi – 19.00 – 19.30
Full of hauntingly authentic raw emotion, Anna Pancaldi’s music has been wowing the crowds at her headline gigs, and receiving acclaim from those in the know. Take a listen to hear why she’s mentioned in the same breath and Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley. You won’t want to miss her.
The City and Us – 19.45 – 20.15
Isn’t it always the way, you wait forever for an Irish act then three turn up at (almost) the same time. Here’s the third. Still fresh out of the cling film, The City And Us came together in a magical moment of serendipity last Christmas. From those first beginnings in a small cafe in Portarlington to the Music Makers stage is just one small step in what promises to be a long and fruitful journey.
Albert Man – 20.30 – 21.00
Ever the crowd pleaser, the piano man himself, Mr Albert Man, hasn’t just made this festival happen. He’ll be there with his songs to ensure the party goes with a swing. Let’s hope the schedule allows for encores!
Tom Speight – 21.15 – 21.45
Prepare to tap those toes, Tom Speight is in the house! Bringing the mix of folk-pop that every festival needs to keep the crowds on their feet, we guarantee they’ll be singing along in five, even if they’ve never heard the songs before. It’s just that sort of music.
Michele Stodart – 22.00 – 22.30
Thank heavens for the night tube on the Northern Line. Michelle Stodart’s signature Americana will keep ’em packing out the floor until the final notes are little more than a memory, and still wanting more. Fans of The Magic Numbers will be delighted with her transformation into a solo showstopper. New listeners will be fans very soon.
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