Music Magic (formerly Classical Babies) provides live music of all genres for babies & their grown-ups in a relaxed, informal setting where no-one is expected to sit still & be quiet! The music is carefully chosen to appeal to all ages and performed by some of the country’s most esteemed professional musicians. With soft flooring and toys for the babies, and coffee & cake for the adults, concerts don’t come more baby-friendly than this!
A voice that pours with emotion and fills a venue, Katie O’Malley and her hip-swaying country/blues band have played across the country at numerous shows and festivals, including Green Meadows, Dot2Dot and many more.
A familiar face on the Manchester acoustic scene, she has supported top ten album selling Beth Rowley, country star Kimmie Rhodes, played alongside Aziz Ibrahim (stone roses, simply red) and worked with award-winning producer Simon Dine (Paul Weller, Noonday Underground)
Ashley Sherlock is a Manchester-based singer/songwriter citing his inspirations as Jeff Buckley, The Marcus King Band, The Cadillac Three, Gary Clark Jr and Chris Stapleton. Working alongside producer Kenneth Nixon (of Framing Hanley fame) Ashley’s material, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, presents a modern outlook on the sounds of the deep south; combined with his fantastic vocal range and songwriting style. After several years, and hundreds of gigs performing as a solo artist, Ashley Sherlock has now formed a blues rock trio and has been working on an album of new material. Their fantastic blend of gritty blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a jazz/funk-inspired rhythm section creates a unique sound
Rick’s tradition is that of the singer/songwriter and storyteller and his influences can be detected in his songs and his playing but his work possesses a startling sense of originality and his musical influences seem to mesh together with a timelessness that like the blues, folk and country music that he loves goes beyond fashion into that hard gut-bucket reality that forms the currency of our lives. His songs are steeped in the wild beauty of the hills, valleys and moorlands of his beloved Peak District countryside; at once simple, raw and earthy and yet at the same time filled with an indefinable sense of poignancy and yearning. Though some of Rick’s songs are heartbreaking in their unflinching honesty, the insight he brings into his portrayal of the human condition is riveting.
Tearing it up with his own raucous interpretation of traditional blues, Pistol Pete Wearn is a renowned vocalist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. Equipped with acoustic guitar and stompbox he blends traditional material and originals with the odd slide-ifed cover.
Recent career highlights have included getting a song played on BBC Radio 6 Music; winning Moonshine Magazine’s ‘Solo Blues Artist of the Year’ award for 2015-16; a successful five day run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe; & a tour of Ireland; as well as support slots for ragtime guitar legend Stefan Grossman, American folk superstars The Stray Birds & New Orleans songwriter Andrew Duhon.
Appalachian dancing originates from traditional English, Irish and Scottish clogging and stepping styles as danced by the immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in North America. The dance evolved in remote mountain communities and incorporated steps from the dance style of native Indians and former slaves.
Mind the Step was formed in 1990 by a group of dancers wanting to “do something different “ and we have been performing our unique style of Appalachian dancing ever since! We choreograph all our own dances using traditional Appalachian clogging, stepping and flatfooting styles drawing inspiration from many sources ranging from the American flag in a dance called Liberty to the name of the local pub in Windmills. This energetic and exciting dance form will take your breath away, both dancers and spectators alike!
Emily is a singer/songwriter from Stoke-on-Trent. Emily first started learning to play the guitar at the age of about 5 and started writing songs from age 12.
Emily’s song “Reflection of Me” was highly commended in 2017 in the national Song Academy Young Songwriter competition (age 13 – 18 category) and “Nice Eyes” repeated this in the 2018 competition.
Emily’s first collection of self-penned songs, called “Reflections of Me”, was released in December 2016 and in December 2018 a second EP called “My Imagination” was released and was awarded 5 stars by Maverick Music Magazine (Jan/Feb 2019 issue).
Also in 2018 Emily won the “Artiste of Year 2018 – Peoples Vote” in awards run by British Country Airplay in conjunction with Country Road Radio and in 2019 Emily was voted Local Music Act of the Year by 6 Towns Radio.
As regards live performances, Emily has opened for international and touring artists and played in a variety of venues, from small clubs in Stoke on Trent & Manchester to bigger festivals like 110 Above Festival.
“We are a retro acoustic duo, we play a mix of covers and originals and are soon to record our first EP. Our original material is heavily influenced by the 50’s Rock and Roll era along with the subsequent musical styles that surround that genre.
we live in Cheddleton and have been playing locally around Leek and Staffordshire for the last couple of years, we recently played at Conkers supporting A Frankie Valley tribute band and Burton brewery music festival. We hope that the forthcoming EP will be well received and will appeal to fans of the 50’s “Atomic” Americana scene” Chris Rushton.
Dana Immanuel is a banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking, poker-playing singer-songwriter currently operating from a north London hideout from which emerges a sound more usually associated with the bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, washboard, and a touch of alt-country eccentricity. With the five-piece, all-girl Stolen Band, Dana has been getting feet stomping across the UK folk, blues, Americana and rock scenes.
Son of Dave is a Bluesman. Not traditional, but has begun a new tradition perhaps. Playing harmonica, layering up beatbox grooves, stomping and playing percussion, then writing passionate growling infectious songs overtop, he defies category. A truly maverick Bluesman.
He comes originally from Winnipeg Canada (born Benjamin Darvill). He’s been based out of London U.K. for over twenty years. He’s toured all over Europe and North America as well as more off centre countries such as Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon, Russia and more. His one-man show is fun and unforgettable.
Many have come to find Son of Dave tunes through programs like Breaking Bad, Preacher, Bloodline and others where his unique songs have featured.
As a young harmonica player he worked in the Blues and biker bars of Manitoba. Being nurtured in the tradition of Midwest Blues and Canadian folk music, he joined Crash Test Dummies at it’s beginnings and rode that wave for four albums and ten years until returning to his more humble, rhythmic desires and the tunes he’d been working on through those dizzying years. The music business almost crumbled with the switch to digital, but Son found a path through the old fashioned way, playing clubs and building an audience from scratch. He’s recordings found their way to millions of fans without the backing of a big label or hit machine.
Embarking on a year of singles, EPs and an inevitable 9th album, at 52 years of age, there is no sign of slowing down. Well, the knees an back aren’t what they used to be……