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The Secret Showcase Presents…A New Years Eve Party with Kansas Smitty’s House Band

19 Dec

I’m incredibly delighted to announce that The Secret Showcase Presents… will be hosting a very exciting New Years Eve Party at RibeiraPicture 7

After a successful year featuring illustrious acts The Golden Boys and CC Smugglers. We are delighted to announce that The Kansas Smitty’s House Band will transport us back in time and provide us with a number of tremendous live sets to celebrate.

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Inspired by the swinging, hedonistic atmosphere of the one American city that overcame the Great Depression. The Kansas Smitty’s House Band are the fresh answer to London’s booming ‘speakeasy jazz’ scene. The Smitty’s House Band features an ever shifting line up of London’s best musicians put together by band leader on alto sax and clarinet Giacomo Smith. Hot off the back of sold out shows at Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex, Peckham Liberal Club & The Servants Jazz Quarters and unfettered by pretensions of academic authenticity, it is not just another vintage dress up party. They’re putting danger back in jazz.

What’s more, host and resident DJ Samantha Pink Panther will feature an assortment of the best old time Jazz, Swing, Jump ‘n’ Jive, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul and Rhythm & Blues dancing tunes on 45s, accompanied by a compilation of silent films.

Fancy something tasty! Grab yourself a refreshing Mint Julep, Kansas Smitty’s very own special recipe or something else equally as mouthwatering from Ribeira’s South American inspired food and drinks menu. Food service finishes early but resumes again in time for breakfast.

Dust of your threads and dig out your best dancing shoes. Please come and join us in our magnificent celebrations for a truly unforgeable start to the new year.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Guarantee your place at the party now and Book your tickets HERE at Design My Night for £10 or pay £15 on the door subject to availability


The Secret Showcase Proudly Presents… CC Smugglers

21 Nov

Job_SS_Poster_v5printThe Secret Showcase Presents…Returns for an early Christmas party with ‘CC Smugglers’ and we can’t wait. Make sure you don those dancing shoes as you can expect to hear the best British Roots Americana group playing up-tempo swing, blues, bluegrass, gypsy and folk inspired dancing tunes.

CC Smugglers have built a reputation as a 6 piece Rag-tag busking band and have crafted songs with that old time feeling to get you up on your feet and dancing.

The lads have been so incredibly busy this summer with a calendar that boasts of performances at festival including Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival and Bestival to name but a few.

Recently spotted busking with Cerys Matthews for children in need and performing live with the Old Crow Medicine Show, The CC Smugglers are making huge waves with there music, garnering praise from the likes of Fern Cotton and Q Magazine.

CC Smugglers will be on stage at 9.pm

After the live entertainment TSSP. Resident DJ’s will play a selection of Jazz, Soul, Rhythm & Blues & Rock n Roll on 45’s

And if there weren’t already enough temptations for one evening, Floripa have a great selection of cocktails on offer during happy hour between 5-7 and you can also sample Floripa’s brand new Brazilian influenced menu with mouth watering dishes perfect for sharing.

Doors at 5.00
Free Entry – Come early to avoid queues and to secure a table.

91 -93 Great Eastern St. EC2A 3HZ

CC Smugglers – New Roots Music

30 May


I’m a little late in bringing this to you hot off the press but it is well worth telling you about anyhow. The CC Smugglers are…

Mr Richie Prynne – Hollering & Harmonica
Mr Ryan Thomas – Lead Guitar
Mr Sam Barret – Rhythm Guitar
Mr Dan Edwards – Double Bass
Mr Carl Fredricksen – Drums & Percussion
Mr Dave Marks – Keys & Trombone

They are a 6 piece rag tag alt. Country rock outfit from Bedforshire. I first saw them play at a Stortford festival in Essex three years ago and there and then they became one of my favourite bands.

I have a lot of admiration for these guys, their persistence and motivation alone is outstanding. Where other bands have peaked then disappeared for what ever reasons the CC Smugglers have kept going, held strong and stayed true to the music they are clearly passionate about. They never seem to stop, Not even severed fingers or broken limbs could stop them. They are constantly gigging and looking for new ways to make sure people take notice, whether that be writing jingles and baking cakes for Fern Cotton, following on tour and busking outside every show of The Old Crow Medicine Show and Seasick Steve, amongst other things of a befitting manor that give an deserving nod to the history of their idols and peers.

February saw the release of their debut album “New Roots Music”, an album that I have been looking forward to hearing for the best part of three years. and it certainly didn’t disappoint. On First listen I was delighted to be familiar with with most of which I had seen them perform live. It had only been perhaps 5 times but their are songs are so catchy they are impossible to forget after just one listen. I will say that initially I missed the energy that you get when you see the lads live but this should simply encourage you to go and see them live if you haven’t already. The album has bags of energy but seeing them live is another experience altogether.

The album is beautifully crafted with a multitude of instruments, great lyrics and vocal hooks. Stand out performances for me from the album are trad song Reuben’s train, the Balkan vibes of ‘Temple of Bloom’  the romantic Bread and Water and the high energy of Travelling man and Jealous man featuring guest vocals from Mandy Peregrym.

You can check out the album here where you can also purchase it along with a limited amount of tee-shirts! (there are only 4 tee-shirts left!)



I caught up with lead singer Rich to ask a few questions and found some of the songs that influenced a few of the lads.

When and how did you guys first meet and form the band?

I pulled in friends from school, who had all gone their separate ways. I decided I wanted to form a band and didn’t settle until it happened. Dan and Ryan came back from Australia, our guitarist from Brighton, and our drummer from our friends band. It all worked well. Several replaced members later the solid core are still going strong!

Who and what are your influences?

Every piece of music has the ability and potential to influence, and that’s how I look at music. I hate writing off whole genres, or even specific songs, I’ll rarely say I dislike it, and try to always digest any music. Quite directly, we are influenced by Old Blues men, Old time American folk, swing, jazz, country ragtime and bluegrass. But also down to hip hop, hardcore techno/dubstep reggae… If I’ve listened to it, then its probably influenced us somehow.

With so many of you in the band how easy or difficult is it for you
to organise regular band practices and tours or regular gigs?

It can be hard. When we first started out, it was hard to persuade people to commit to the level it requires, but I’ve always pushed hard, and led by example. If no ones practising, I’ll be there on my own writing or recording, and you just have to hope that with time everyone believes in the project enough to pull together. When you have 6 people chasing each other up to practise, you become very productive, but that requires good team morale, which can take a while to build on.
Also there are always bills to pay, and organising full time commitments, around full time jobs is tricky. You’ll learn to use a rota system, and I think you have to accept when people can’t do stuff and carry on without them. If you kick off cos someone can’t come to practise, it just annoys them. Better to keep going with out them. If they feel they’ve been left behind, they’ll soon catch up!

We’ve seen you bake cakes and write a jingle for Fern Cotton and follow Seasick Steve and The Old Crow Medicine show on tour busking outside of their gigs. What exciting shenanigans can we expect from you this year now that your album is released?

Haha, yes, shenanigans, quite. Well we are in talks with some major labels, and have just been taken on by Jon Arnison (Previously managed Merillion, Noel Gallagher, Gabrielle). I am currently writing an album, which has been requested by the labels in light of a state-side deal.
That aside we are working our way to playing the Nashville Americana Music Conference.
And early summer, the feature length documentary about our Old Crow expedition will be released.
Also there is a small chance Seasick Steve might get a little visit from us sometime soon for old time sake.

Are there any acts that you have seen recently that we might not
have head of that we should know about?

Not really, I’ve had my head stuck in this new album for a month, but for good measure, what I are bin mostly hearin is – Pokey Lafarge, Chance McCoy, The devil Makes three. That’s a good start if you’ve not discovered any of those guys before

Can you all pick one song that you would say is key to you having
become a musician?


How tricky there’s so many things, like the first time I heard an electric guitar (Petty Fly for a white guy – Offspring) at 11yrs, that shook my world.
Before then, from the age of 8, I was hanging round the tape stall at the market, spending the money I earned cutting the grass, on Bill Haley, Elvis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry tapes. Before then, my very first singles I bought were ‘PJ and Harvey – Let’s get ready to rumble’, and ‘Mr Blobby – the blobby song’. An man I loved those tapes. (Remember what I said about everything having the potential to influence? Cheers Blobby!)
Before then I used to get taken to listen to my Grandads swing band practises, he’s a trumpet player and my God Father Geoff Shovleton was a guilbert and sulivan opera singer, and would sneak us in thru the back.
Then of course there was the obligatory ‘greebo’  Punk/Metal/Rock phase that helps so many kids thru adolescance (my first CD album being Best of the Beast – Iron Maiden)
So, so many, But if I had to choose one, it would be Mr Sandman by the Chordettes. I used to put this on every night for years on my tape walkman and fall asleep to it. When I hear it now, it transports me to an age where my imagination was still taken up with sword fighting, building dens and climbing trees. Hearing that song flicks a very sentimental switch in me. Good innocent times.


Tough to name just one. Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters. The family used to have a cassette called Blues Brother, Soul Sister in the car, and when it was just me and dad we’d play that song over and over.


Ante Up – MOP or The Man Comes Around – Cash because I loved the sound of the guitar at the beginning of the song. It made me want to learn it and play it.


Black dog-Led Zeppelin Because the guitar riff is fucking epic. It was also the first album I was bought.


Agadoo because of the awesome mullets

The Big Pancake Party 2013.

17 Mar

A month ago, The Secret Showcase Presents hosted it’s annual pancake party in aid of The Big Issue Foundation. I would again like to thank everyone who was involved in making this event possible and to all you kind music and food loving folk who came down and gave generously to the Foundation. We raised £180 which will go towards developing schemes and organising more events to help raise more money and awareness for the homeless.

There are a few people in particular that I would like to say a special big thank you too.

Benn Gunn and his papa Gaz, Burning Condors and CC Smugglers who all played great sets and donated CD’s and Vinyl as a prize for the Raffle.

The Big Issue Foundation Team Amy Howell, Moira Hornik, Patricia Wynne, Graham Booth and Stephen Robertson who organised and cooked the best pancakes in London Town and Ravinder – Sainsburys Local in Vauxhall who generously donated the ingredients for the pancakes and choice of fillings.

My friends Tristan Foster-Young who helped to collect donations at the door, Isobel Brierley, Chanelle Harrington (for photos too), Llao and Sebastian who helped set up (and pack away) and make the place look even more beautiful that it was, Will Boyd who also took some blinding snaps from the night and my sister Stef and her friend Adela for making sure I got home OK after an innocent mishap with the cash machine. It gets confusing now that everything has a pin number.

I would also like to say thank you to The Macbeth and all their wonderful staff for having us and supporting the cause.

It was a while since the last Secret Showcase event and it was really lovely to see so many people that I haven’t seen for what felt like an age. This may have been one of the reasons why I was a little worse for wear come the end of the night, It would have been rude of me to say no to a drink from old friends, besides the Macbeth agreed to donate a % of the takings for the cause. All the more reason to drink and be merry I thought. So Thank you all for your continued support, It means so much to me and the Big Issue Foundation that you all came. The night couldn’t have happened without you. Until the next time, Thanks again, see you all soon.

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…The Big Pancake Party

3 Feb


The Big Pancake Party 2013


The Secret Showcase Presents is back this year with its second annual yummy fundraiser on the 12th of February. We will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday by cooking pancakes and enjoying live music to raise funds for the Big Issue Foundation, a national charity which connects Big Issue vendors with the vital support and solutions that enables them to rebuild their lives and help them on their journey away from homelessness.


The Secret Showcase Presents returns on Tuesday the 12th of February at the infamous Macbeth in Hoxton. 70 Hoxton St City of London N1 6LP. We will be entertained by the best musicians in town, guaranteed to have us all up on our feet celebrating the great work that the foundation does to help homeless and vulnerable people to improve their lives. There will be a minimum donation of £3 on the door and gold coin donation if you fancy a pancake or two.


CC Smugglers – CC Smugglers10.00pm

CC Smugglers are a rag tag 6 piece from the wilds of Bedfordshire who formed in 2009, they have recently completed their debut album, an infectious stew of gypsy jazz, blues, folk, country and roots. They have built a reputation for great live shows both locally and further from home and have returned from a successful summer on the festival circuit to perform a few select shows in the run up to the album release later this year. Oh yeah, and they are currently knocking around with the Old Crow Medicine Show.


Burning Condors – Burning Condors9.00pm
London four piece Burning Condors took flight when Tommy Thompson left his roots of Bradford and moved south to the capital to find acting work and met band mates Matthew Edun and the boy Churchy.
With Tommy influenced by British acts like Joy Division and Bowie and Matthew an old school blues nut, the pair introduced each other to their record collections to create a noise which led one reviewer to gush – ‘Burning Condors have distilled the essence of the blues, added a dash of rockabilly swagger and forced it through a modern art punk filter to come up with something fresh and new’.
After cutting their teeth on the London gigging scene, they earned a break with a run of support slots for Punk Blues favorites Legendary Shack Shakers. After seeing Burning Condors strut live, Shack Shakers’ double bassist and Producer Mark Robertson invited the boys out to his studio in Nashville, Tennessee to cut their debut album. The record also features the talents of Col JD Wilkes (Dirt Daubers) and Dave Roe (Johnny Cash’s band ‘Tennessee Three’) and is released at the end of 2013.


Ben Gunn – Ben Gunn8.00pm

Ben is a Blues, soaked Alternative, Rhythm & Blues, Skiffle singer songwriter with a tendency for covering a few old classics. His new album ”Skiffle and Grit” draws heavily on the passion of Big Bill Broonzy and Leadbelly while mixing it with the energy and emotion of rhythm and blues to excite and entertain a new generation. With homemade percussion instruments such as tea chests, bin lids and washboards played by new souls in the 21st century creating an enthusiasm that has been missing from music for a long time.




The Secret Showcase Presents… The Big Pancake Party

Tuesday 12th February

Doors: 7.30pm-11pm

Price: £3 minimum donation,

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/272320139563417/

Address: 70 Hoxton St City of London N1 6LP

The Rhythm Festival 2012, The Line Up For The Secret Showcase Presents Stage…

16 May

As you know, The Secret Showcase Presents…. Is humbly dedicated to finding, nurturing and showcasing outstanding and deserving new talent and we are delighted to announce our findings for this years line up.

We had an overwhelming amount of artist submissions this year all of which were of exceptional standards and if we could we would have put them all on. Alas we cannot and this is our pick for this year. Take your time to soak in the plethora of talent that is this year’s Secret Showcase Presents line up…


16.00 – 16.30 John D Wilson

John D Wilson is a 21 year-old folk singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire. London based promoter Zaid Joseph describes John as ‘One of my favorite young artists coming through at the moment.’ Adding ‘He gets better every time I see him.’ Wilson uses a simple style of guitar and harmonica playing complimented by heartfelt lyrics, delivered by a soft yet chilling voice. From early on in his career he has been compared to the likes of Mumford and Sons and much to his delight his idol, Bob Dylan.


16.40 – 17.10 Samantha Whates

Samantha’s songs are natural, instinctive and poignant. They are honest reflections of everyday feelings. A search for a home or a place to belong. A moment in time or a fear we all feel.
Honest, reflective contemporary acoustic music – everyday issues dealt with pensive melancholy, nostalgic yearning and a mature insight that belies her years

Samantha Whates is a Scottish Singer/Songwriter based in London where she performs live at many of the capital’s top venues, including The Electroacoustic Club, Bookclub, Cargo & Union Chapel. Recently, her demo recordings for Natural Studio Records have been receiving radio airplay, most notably on ‘New Ground’ for KCRW Radio, Southern California’s premier independent station and BBC 6.
Though based in London’s East End, Samantha’s music has more in common with Contemporary Scandinavian music (Rune Grammofon et al) where a lot of importance is placed upon the subtleties of tone, timbre and atmospherics.

17.20 -17.50 Trent Miller

Following on from his self-released, widely acclaimed debut album Cerberus – which received substantial press coverage
and airplay, including Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music – Trent Miller now returns with his second collection of arresting
country-folk, Welcome To Inferno Valley.

Unlike his debut, ‘Inferno Valley’ is very much a band album, comprising songs road-tested and honed at literally dozens
of gigs around the London area and throughout Miller’s Italian homeland with The Skeleton Jive.

‘A darkly underground mix of hangovers, anguished love, mournful blues and lonesome country’
(4 stars out of 5 – Andy Fyfe, Q MAGAZINE)



22.05 – 22.55 Small Horses

The Small Horses are Conor Fahy, Conor O’Brien, Kevin Harrington and Saulo Ramirez.

Double bass, guitar and drums deliver a tremeloed, folk picking, foot stomping soundscape, rattling along like a rickety cart on a mountainside, over which frontman Conor Fahy spends his words like a sailor, on songs that are as bright and heavy as doubloons.

This dark … ly comic, film noirish, out-of-focus, revelatory band are the distillation of dead Irish writers, pulp fiction, early rock n’ roll and many other things, sometimes as fine whiskey, sometimes as raw spirit.

The literary qualities of these songs are not to be ignored, and neither is the skill of each musician. Their tales of the grimy seam of life, of wayward men, women and friendships, can be heard on their two existing EPs.


23.05 – 23.55 Mad Staring eyes

Mad Staring Eyes are a 6-piece band from North London. Their line up Includes pedal steel and flute and revolves around a core that have played together for 20 years.

In 2006 Mad Staring Eyes self-titled debut EP won the John Peel ‘Best New Band’ award and they were chosen by Michael Eavis to play the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

They have since toured in the USA, UK, Canada, Russia and Germany, playing international festivals such as South By South West (Austin, Texas), and North By North East (Toronto), playing with acts as diverse as Supergrass, The Subways, The Magic Numbers and Pete Doherty.

Their debut album ‘Bored Of Looking Cool’, recorded at Ray Davies’ (The Kinks) Konk Studio in North London, was released in 2008 on their own label, Retina Records. Its lead single ‘Walking In The Streets’ has had 250,000 hits on YouTube so far.

Over the last few years Mad Staring Eyes music has been featured on MTV2 as well as hit TV shows such as ‘Skins’ and ‘Gossip Girl.’

Their 3rd album ‘Talking To The Operator’ has been released this year via Proper Music.


00.05 – 00.55 Ben Gunn

Ben Gunn – Ben is a Blues, soaked Alternative, Folk, Skiffle singer songwriter with a love for traditional rhythm and blues and folk. He will be accompanied by his full band who will provide the best toe tapping, hip swinging, skiffle in town. So, put on your best dancing shoes.


01.05 – 01.55 Burning Condors

Burning Condors are four Londoners getting music fans on both sides of the Atlantic talking about a sound which has been described as “…what Blur would have sounded like if they grew up listening to Carl Perkins.”

Having carved out a reputation as one of the best live acts on the London scene, Burning Condors were invited to support Legendary Shack Shakers (of True Blood fame) on their UK tour. Producer of the Shack Shakers’ last four albums, Mark Robertson, was duly impressed by what he described as “the most interesting band to come out of London in years,” and immediately invited the band to his studio in Nashville to work on their debut album.

With a short run of US dates before recording started, Burning Condors’ live reputation quickly spread across “Music City” and earned them a slot on a ‘New Acts to Watch’ bill. As fate would have it, Dave Roe (former member of Johnny Cash’s band The Tennessee Three and double bassist on Cash’s Grammy winning album ‘American Recordings’) was in the audience that night, and after declaring his enthusiasm for Burning Condors’ sound, agreed to play double bass on ‘Bringing Back the Blues’. This track is included on Burning Condors’ debut album which also features Col JD Wilkes (Legendary Shack Shakers) on blues harp.

Although Burning Condors’ hard hitting rootsy sound naturally draws comparisons to bands from the other side of the Atlantic, what makes them unique is that they wear their London roots on their sleeves. No fake tales of San Francisco, Burning Condors are the real deal.

‘Bringing Back the Blues’ is available for download from 16th April 2012 at http://www.bandcamp/burningcondors.

The debut album “Round Our Way”, produced by Mark Robertson, is due for release in Summer 2012.



14.40 – 15.10 Hayley Carlyon

Folk steeped in Bluegrass

Originally hailing from Pembrokeshire, Wales, this London based singer song writer will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end as she weaves beautifully crafted lyrics with an incredible voice and engaging presence. She is currently recording an eagerly anticipated EP.

Reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, American singer song -writers Patti Griffin and Sarah Jarosz, Hayley is not one to miss!

15.20 – 15.50 Caleb

Caleb’s Icarus debut was nothing short of stunning! Their music has a quiet majesty,with Dan’s outstanding guitar work,augmented by Elyza’s bassy tones,overlaid with vocals that have a dramatic Radiohead-esque,operatic quality which is truly mesmerising.


16.00 – 16.30 Josienne Clark and Ben Walker

Those who have been following the folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Leading lights of the emerging folk scene, reviewers for the NME were already talking about their ‘exceptional talent’ before they won the 2012 Isambard Folk Award and the wider world started to take notice.

Having performed alongside many greats including Martin Simpson, Ric Sanders of the Fairport Convention, Kami Thompson, Emily Portman, Mary Hampton and Emily Barker,
Ben and Josienne are a delicate, winding and unwinding proposition that requires close attention… She has this voice that’s like a precision tool for making golden, ringing shapes in the air … It’s as if they pull in all the energy in the room, concentrate it in some kind of musical alchemy and then spin it into shimmering cathedrals of sound.

The next EP, Homemade Heartache, will be out in this summer

You can see them doing just that in the Union Chapel here:

16.40 – 17.10 Pete Greenwood

After studying a degree at London’s Goldsmiths university, Greenwood found himself on a world tour with Mojave 3 as a guitarist, only four songs to his name, and a record deal with Heavenly waiting back in London. On returning, and after a hectic ten days of writing and recording, eventually Pete’s debut ‘Sirens’ was released in 2008 to much critical acclaim (making it into Uncut’s “top 50 albums of 2008”), and saw him touring Europe extensively for 18 months.

Having bunkered down to work again Pete has spent the last year in an old school overlooking Bunhill Fields where William Blake is buried, working with Stephen Cracknell of The Memory Band. Pete plays the majority of instruments on the album himself, something that means the
finished product sounds closer to what he had in mind than anything on his debut.

The new record is titled ‘Beauceron’ and is a more assured and varied record than anything Pete’s done in the past and features a duet with Lou Rhodes of Lamb.

17.20 -17.50 Jessica Moncrieff

Jessie grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia, where she started playing violin at three. While developing an on-going obsession with the sounds of sitar and tabla she heard a family friend playing next door, she learned some Hindi lullabies and her parents taught her classical music at home. Violin playing took her through studies in classical music and jazz, a degree in composition and arrangement at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), concerts and conversations which brought her overseas as far and wide as Africa and Europe. Later she took up the guitar and began writing melodies to scribbles she made on her travels, arranging them for string quartet and various combinations of instruments. She released her first EP in July 2011 and is currently recording for a new EP to be released later this year. She recently performed with Jason Singh (Nitin Sawney and resident beat-box artist at the V&A) at Hush in London, and continues to perform regularly throughout the UK as a songwriter and violinist with other bands.



23.05 – 23.55 Praxis IV

Praxis IV was formed by 3 school friends who wanted to make interesting music.

The formula is to essentially combine the influence of 60s artful and melodic songwriting like The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Simon + Garfunkel; with the blissful sonic mastery of dream pop and shoe gaze bands like Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and Galaxie 500. Expect strong melodies, reverb laden guitars, and fancy dress costumes.


00.05 – 00.55 The McGowns

The McGowns are three brothers who have been playing music together for 15 years – the unity of their sound is the product of three lifetimes’ working together. The band has a rock’n’roll heritage that’s clear to see, but a fresh sound that’s raw and genuine.

If Johnny Cash, the Beatles and the Clash formed a supergroup it might well sound a lot like The McGowns. The band can often be found busking on London’s South Bank, in the shadow of the Eye, wowing crowds with great harmonies, fine tunes, and a raucous performance.

01.05 – 01.55 Solko

Six piece Suffolk based Solko have been together in different incarnations for around three years. Solko’s influences come from a wide array of Dub, Reggae, Soul, Indie and World music, and their sound is all about vibes and energy. Last year saw the band pick up airplay and feature on ‘Fresh Faves’ from BBC 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson. As well as playing various festivals, In September 2011 Solko released their debut EP ‘Fix This Fire’ on Norwich based independent label All Sorted Records.

2012 has set off in a similar vein. Solko were selected to attend the BBC Musicians Masterclass at Abbey Road in London and were also earmarked by Music Week in their Future Faces section. The band also notched up
support from Dubstep producer Flux Pavilion who has been posting Solko tunes online. Having already supported bands such as ‘Dog is Dead’ and ‘Submotion Orchestra’ in the past few months, Solko have a busy year ahead and plan to release EP number 2 this Summer!


 13.30 – 14.10 Ed Begley

Hailing from deepest darkest South East London, Ed’s songwriting certainly compliments his surroundings.
Moody progressions and hard hitting glitchy rhythms are led by his powerful and ethereal voice. He is Joined by longtime co writer James Kitchman.

Ed’s music is a winning mix of Jeff Buckley-esque vocals, Radiohead sounds and 1920’s blues and gospel undertones. While some of his influences are clear, his songs show a great deal of originality, heart and mastery. Anyone listening to Ed Begley should be prepared find themselves guided graciously through an other worldly sound-scape.

– Piranha Parlour Promotions

14.20 – 14.50 Samantha Jean

Samantha exists on the margins of popular music, her style is distinctly English and oddly timeless, or rather not modern! The sound draws comparisons to Nick Drake and Robert Wyatt combining the eeriness of an English winter evening with a memory of a perfect summer. Where other artists seem locked in a desperate bid for success Sam exists in a world where being lost is something to aspire to, time simply to record and document experiences, friendships and relationship breakdown. The songs are confessional but not necessarily based on truths. They are written by a gifted storyteller, the actions are real but the names have all been changed.

15.00 – 15.50 Felix Holt

Born in London, Felix spent his formative years avoiding school in any way possible before taking it upon himself to get a whole new education, saturating himself in the history of folk, blues and lyric poetry. A history which is reflected in his traditional yet original songs. But from the image-saturated incantation of “Somewhere to Fall” to the simple desperation of “I Forgot to Win”, it is Holt’s earnestness and attention to detail that tie the whole into a knot of musical authenticity. The gentleness of his voice could send you gently dreaming, but let the gravity drag you under, and you’ll find it speaks to a loneliness that very few could reach.

16.00 – 16.50 Klac Tik

Klak Tik (comprised of Søren Bonke, Matthew Mitchinson & Jonathan Beyer). To follow their (9/10 NME rated) debut album ‘Must We Find A Winner’ the band escaped the trappings of East London’s alternative coffee shops and vintage chic for a simple purer existence in the Welsh village of Penrhos. For a month Klak Tik drew inspiration from the cold January sea, set up a make shift recording studio deep under Parys Mountain and shouted high into the chapel’s rafters, then walked out with the remainder of the album to be finished in London

What has been crafted is a tale of two lands; the powerful nature and the freedom that comes with solitude – and the infinite timelines and realities of the metropolis.

If pressed Klak Tik might refer to themselves as Post-Folk, so file loosely between Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens & Love.

‘The Servants’ will be released in the UK through Safety First Records. Slowshark records will release in Demark & Germany where Klak Tik’s debut has already been included in All Scandianvia’s Top Album’s of 2011, been nominated for three ‘Gaffa’ awards and had full support from Politiken, Denmark’s Guardian equivalent.

“Like little droplets of sublimity, these 13 tracks are built around chiming, tender and sorrowful melodies.
So who has released the orchestral folk album of the year? Some people think it’s Bonke’s”
9/10 NME

“breathtaking – and as good as anything you’ll hear on 6 Music at any time of any day of the week”.
Tom Robinson


17.00 – 17.50 Dave Gerard and The Watchmen

“Usurping the standard folk formula and carving a niche of their own, Gerard and the Watchmen have a habit of grabbing whatever instrument comes to hand — be it guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, strings.… – retuning it and going from there. With rich harmonies meeting melody full on, Gerard and the Watchmen could be the next alt folk heroes”.


 Jack In Water 23.05 – 23.55

Jack In Water are a five piece alternative folk band from Essex via Lincolnshire. They write music about happiness and draw influences from artists and bands such as Bjork, Sigur Ros and Talking Heads. They have just released their third E.P ‘The meaning Of Events’ after recently winning the Abbey road Anthem competition. This triumph saw them record at Abbey Road with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Crouch End Choir and Eric Whitacre.

‘Jack In Water give new meaning to many hackneyed adjectives used in music reviews. They are as soft as a chilling caress and they are epic like an ancient battle, full of blood and dismembered limbs. They do not play music for the faint hearted but their attentiveness is able to usher in and embolden the uninitiated rather than scare them away.’ Earhorn

Their music is so beautiful and evocative’ Eric Whitacre

00.05 – 00.55 Robin Elliot

Robin Elliott was born and raised on Merseyside, but he was always a softlad so he went to live in London. He tries to do different things with his guitar in every song, and tries to make each of his songs do different things (albeit always with the same instruments), and his pop sensibility has been landed with the unfortunate task of trying to tie everything together whilst picking up the pieces. His voice has a whispering descant quality that puts a lot of people in mind of Nick Drake, though Robin goes to great pains to point out that he’s got no idea how Nick Drake sounds or sings and doesn’t know who he is.

Despite this Robin has profited from a talent for mimicry, having been hired by a production company to write and perform songs in a variety of styles – including those of Oasis and Arctic Monkeys – for use in the documentary feature film A Very British Gangster. A lot of people over here haven’t heard of the film, although it did do quite well in France and the US. The production company has since gone bust.

He owns the rights to the stuff he did for British Gangster, and when, recently, he was offered a copy of said film on pirated DVD by a smiling man with a large rucksack in a pub in Tottenham, it really brought home to him the chilling realities of copyright theft.

With his band, he is currently working on an EP/mini-album, to be titled There is a Land.

01.05 – 01.55 CC Smugglers

“CC Smugglers are a rag tag band of Bedfordshire boys, who have honed a unique style influenced by a wide variety of roots based styles, which they call NEW ROOTS MUSIC.

It is their mission to create and present a brand new, fresh and
exciting blend of proper playing and style to the masses.

CC Smugglers have earned themselves a reputation for great live shows and are commonly regarded as contemporary innovators – come and be part of the revolution. Experience for yourselves – NEW
ROOTS MUSIC – from CC Smugglers. ”

The Secret Showcase Presents… @ The Rhythm Festival

25 Aug

The Secret Showcase Presents… Is once again taking to the great outdoors to host a stage over two days at the Rhythm Festival and its new home in the beautiful grounds of Old Warden Park’s Mansion house.

The Mansion House
Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX
Biggleswade, United Kingdom

Acts on the bill for The Secret Showcase Presents Stage are:


12.00pm – 12.30 – Jack Hancock
12.45 – 1.15 – Rosie May – http://soundcloud.com/rosie-may
1.30 – 2.00 – Charlie Valentine
2.15 – 2.45 – CC Smugglers – http://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/
3.00 – 3.30 – Ben Gunn – http://www.myspace.com/bengunnuk

Open Mic Session
7.00 – 7.30 – Dave Gerard – http://www.davegerardmusic.com/
8.00 – 8.30 – Jack in Water – http://www.jackinwater.com/
9.00 – 9.30 – Mozzy Green – http://www.mozzygreen.com/
10.00 – 10.30 – Spanner Jazz Punks – http://www.spannerjazzpunks.co.uk/


12.00pm – 12.30 – Samantha Jean Scuffham – www.myspace.com/samanthajeanscuffham
12.45 – 1.15 – Caleb – http://www.myspace.com/calebband
1.30 – 2.00 – Jazzy Hen
2.15 – 2.45 – Samantha Whates – http://www.samanthawhates.com/
3.00 – 3.30 – Darren Poyzer – http://www.poyzer.com/

Open Mic Session

6.00 pm – 6.30 – Ruby Tuesdees – https://www.facebook.com/groups/118896204847416/
7.00 – 7.30 – At Stations – https://www.facebook.com/atstations
8.00 – 8.30 – Old People – http://www.myspace.com/oldpeopleband
9.00 – 9.30 – Soapy Jefferson – http://www.myspace.com/soapyjefferson
10.00 – 10.30 – Praxis IV – http://www.myspace.com/praxisiv

with a surprise appearance from Solko http://soundcloud.com/solkomusic

We will also host open mic sessions on both days, So if you would like to join in make sure to buy your ticket here… http://www.rhythmfestival.com/buy-tickets and make sure to not forget your instruments.

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