Today, Monday 3 April we pleased to release the names of the latest northern line artist roster. The round 5 artists will be available to any northern promoter with a subsidised artist fee from September 2017 – 31 March 2019. For individual artist interview videos and links to their websites see:
Faye MacCalman clarinet, tenor saxophone/John Pope electric bass/Christian Alderson drums
Faye MacCalman fronts a Newcastle sax-bass-drums trio drawing on garage rock, minimalism and free improvisation: riffs, silence, noise and grooves create a collage of hard-edged blocks of sound that evolve over the performance.
Birkett & Fisk play Venuti & Lang (Newcastle)
Emma Fisk violin/James Birkett guitar
A violin and guitar duo celebrating the under-explored work and associated repertoire of two prime exponents of early ’20s/30s jazz: authentic, rhythmic and uplifting, with a warm rapport and infectious energy.
Dan Whieldon Quartet (Manchester)
Dan Whieldon piano/Richard Iles flugelhorn/Gavin Barras double bass/Caroline Boaden drums
Pianist Dan leads a new band performing his pieces: contemporary European in style, rich in harmony, refined and elegant, their melodies eloquently voiced by the lyrical flugelhorn of Richard Iles.
Deep Cabaret (Lancaster)
Steve Lewis voice, guitar/Jayson Stilwell overtone vocals/Matt Robinson clarinets/
Maja Bugge ’cello/Paul Sherwood hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes/Ben McCabe drums, vocals
Steve Lewis creates songs by taking fragments from leftfield pop, African, folk and jazz, channelled through a sextet of instruments rarely heard in jazz (hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, overtone vocals) and setting found texts from across science, literature and history: riffs and drones, curious and stirring.
Early Nite (Manchester)
Otto Willberg double bass/Harry Smith tenor saxophone/Alexander Tod drums
Otto Willberg’s fiery take on the sax-bass-drums trio format, favouring short and snappy tunes in the spirit of punk: free improvisation delivered with humour, melody and fun.
Perpetual Motion Machine (Sheffield)
Sam Dunn, Jamie Taylor guitars/Ben Lowman tenor saxophone, bass clarinet/Riley Stone-Lonergan tenor saxophone/Garry Jackson electric & double bass/Steve Hanley drums
Double guitars of Sam Dunn and Jamie Taylor, along with doubled-up saxes, add verve to this high-energy sextet blending jazz and rock – but eschewing fusion – with carefully chosen repertoire including Bowie and Peter Gabriel.
Sam Healey alto saxophone, keyboards/Craig Hanson drums, triggered samples
An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey’s roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson’s drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core.
The ElecTrio (Leeds)
Dan Goldman Fender Rhodes, synthesizers/Hamlet Luton electric bass/Gordon Kilroy drums
Dan Goldman has made a speciality of the Fender Rhodes, centring it at the heart of the blistering, funky driving sound of this tight, magnetic band: progressive, yet with a nod to its historical roots in 70s/80s fusion.
Alice Higgins vocals/Will Blackstone trumpet/Conall Mulvenna guitar/Roz MacDonald double bass
Vocalist Alice Higgins with an intimate trumpet-guitar-string bass group playing fresh swinging perspectives of the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson, as well as their own songs in a warm, relaxed vein.
Thandanani Gumede, Nokuthula Zondi-Kamudyariwa, Xolani Mbathe vocals/Dave Evans keyboards/Nik Rutherford guitar/Barry Ricarby electric bass/Alex Wibrew drums
Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa (now Huddersfield-based) with gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi – traditional Zulu music – and Afro-pop.
Ushaw Ensemble (Newcastle)
Paul Edis piano/Graeme Wilson flute, clarinet, saxophones/Graham Hardy trumpet/Emma Fisk violin/Andy May Northumbrian pipes/Paul Susans double bass/Rob Walker drums, percussion
Pianist Paul Edis’ was commissioned by Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral to compose for septet – pitching improvisers alongside Northumbrian pipes and violin – melding his forte in modern jazz with traditional music from the north east.