Model Village
Model Village

Model Village are an indie-pop band based in Cambridge and London. Their first album 'A Solution To Everything' (Towed by the Ghost, 2012) was described by The Line Of Best Fit as being "as deft as The Shins at their finest, and completely, utterly ace with it". Featuring a Fleetwood Mac-style revolving cast of lead singers, the band have recently supported The Lemonheads, The Wave Pictures, Jeffrey Lewis and Allo Darlin'. Their current album 'You Chose These Woes' was released in January 2014 and is an unashamedly grown-up collection of confident, memorable indie-pop songs with nods to country and folk idioms.

Lazarus Clamp

Lazarus Clamp have been making music under this name for 20 years. ‘The Bird is not the Metaphor' is their 6th long-player, their second for Little Red Rabbit and their finest to date. The 12 songs were recorded live by Lewis Childs in his converted oasthouse studio in southern England. No less than Stewart Lee in The Sunday Times has described the band as "Thirtysomething Englishmen who lay articulate, considered lyrics over unexpectedly experimental textures and deconstructed skinny guitar licks."

Quiet Loner

Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. His recording and live work as Quiet Loner has won him many accolades, including Americana UK Album of the Year 2004 for his debut LP 'Secret Ruler of the World', and he has played with kindred spirits like Lambchop, Mark Eitzel, Joe Pernice and Neko Case. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music, Hill's songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite. His current album 'Greedy Magicians' is a collection of contemporary protest songs recorded in front of a live audience at Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, in May 2012.

Fuzzy Lights
Fuzzy Lights

Fuzzy Lights was formed in 2004, and it has been a long journey since the release of their 2008 near-instrumental debut album 'A Distant Voice'. In 2010 they released their second album, 'Twin Feathers', weaving together elements of pastoral psych-folk and noise-rock. The album received critical acclaim, being named 'Underground Album of the Month' in Mojo and receiving 4 out of 5  reviews in Uncut and Artrocker. In 2011, they retreated to write new songs, and the fruits of these sessions were later recorded live to tape at a Limehouse studio. Released in February 2013, "Rule of Twelfths" is an album which carries with it the ghosts of pop songs past and is their most direct statement yet.

Last Harbour

Based in Manchester, Last Harbour are an expansive collective playing “swooning dustbowl baroque” (Plan B) that is “rich and foreboding” (Drowned in Sound). From dusty laments to doom- filled rock, from starkly beautiful duets to drifting clouds of looped noise, the only claims they make for their music are that it is honest and heartfelt. Their new album 'Caul' is released by Gizeh Records in February 2015. Photo by Andrew Brooks.

Crazy Man Michael

Named after the Fairport Convention song, Crazy Man Michael takes such classic English narrative songwriting as a touchstone and adds a literate, romantic edge that encompasses folk traditions from Bert Jansch to Iron & Wine. Using almost entirely acoustic instrumentation, his debut album 'The Green Light' loosely takes F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' as its emotional inspiration. It is intelligent, subtly yet openly political and unafraid to be emotionally raw; searching, sensitive, weather-beaten but always hopeful. In short, a very special record.
Photo by Fiona Scoble


Formed in 2005 and based in Manchester, Kalbakken are half Norwegian sibling duo Kirsty & David Birchall Nyhuus. They have a background in punk and improv styles but, as Kalbakken, they play their own readings of Scandinavian folk melodies, building new arrangements around old tunes. Their debut album 'Then I Saw Summer & Sun On The Earth' is a pure, raw distillation of the songs Kirsty and David uncovered in Oslo's library archives. They are fearless performers, unselfconscious and willing to abandon themselves to their source material.
Photo by Sam Easterby-Smith

Anna Kashfi

Anna Kashfi play dreamy, melancholic music that crackles with the memories of past mistakes, missed opportunities and the emotional games played by lovers in battle. Their current album ‘Survival' focusses on a sense of characters being vulnerable to the whims of the world and circumstance, of the thin-line between existing and being wiped-out forever and features a duet, of sorts, with Robert Fisher of kindred spirits Willard Grant Conspiracy. Anna Kashfi have received airplay from Radcliffe and Maconie (Radio 2), Gideon Coe (6Music), Elbow's Guy Garvey (XFM), John Peel and have played sessions for Marc Riley (6Music) and ALL FM.
Photo by Dan D'Giovanni

Samson & Delilah

Samson & Delilah are a 5 piece folk-rock band from Manchester led by the songwriting partnership of husband and wife Sam Lench and Anna Zweck. Their well-received debut album of 2009 led to shows at Greenbelt and Limetree Festivals and supports to Horse Feathers, 3 Daft Monkeys and Mick Turner (Dirty 3). Their current album 'And Straight On Till Morning' (2011) was highly acclaimed, prompting The Guardian to say, "Psyche folk lives on. This should be a band to watch."

Photo by Joanna Gait