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.
Frontman Lil Jim has been awarded the title of Best European Accordion Player by Cajun & Zydeco Europe. He has been playing the Accordion, along with an array of other instruments, for over 20 years. Cajun music is in his blood – his father is ‘Beeds’ from R. Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers.
Jim is the founder of “Down To Roots Music” and has made a name for himself in Derby and the surrounding area as well as performing at numerous festivals around Europe. He has even played several times on stage in Louisiana, the home of Cajun & Zydeco!
Born and raised in Oregon, USA, aerynn is a singer-songwriter who lives and performs around Manchester, United Kingdom. Having performed in theatres, clubs, pubs, festivals, forests, coffee shops, bars, boat yards, living rooms, streets, churches, meadows, market places and even a former bordello, she enjoys acoustic spaces and has thus launched her 2018 Acoustic Spaces Series. Spring brings a mini-tour, some dates including bass and fiddle to promote her upcoming single release and share new songs with her growing audience.
Music has been a part of aerynn’s life for as long as she can remember, having grown up in a musical family, and she began writing songs as a coping mechanism through life’s inevitable twists and turns. In 2015, her unreleased Light With You was awarded semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition, with her emotional ballad Returning (from Summer Leaves) receiving Commended Entry. Her music is an acoustic alternative corroded folk collection of stories from her life, lives that she’s witnessed, and a few she has yet to see.