“The word genius is often over used but what else could the man whose show stopping performance at Abertillary Blues Festival on his ’57 custom three pick-upped black beauty Les Paul be coined”, “Flights and notations of mystery and imagination crashed to Earth like space shrapnel” and a more to the point quote “Why isn’t this man a star?”. Just a few of the many positive media quotations Melvin Hancox has experienced of late.
Born to song writer and playwright Stephen and artist Lynette of late Melvin has had material played on the BBC, Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock Show and live interviews and sessions on mainstream national radio along with writing and television work.
with Nikki Rous, Bryony Williams & Christie Reeves
Previously in the electro-pop duo Field Harmonics, since going solo Bryony has developed and refined her music over the past three years. This new musical direction has resulted in Bryony being highlighted as one of the ‘25 to watch in the Midlands in 2019’ byBBC WM and her latest single,‘Little Tree’ made their Track of the Month (May 2019). Along with receiving national airplay amongst Tom Robinson’s Mixtape (BBC 6 Music), her critically acclaimed EP, Conscious became shortlisted for ‘Best Record’ by Birmingham Music Awards 2019. Throughout her musical career so far, Bryony has shared the stage with the likes of Hazel English, Stevie Parker, Martha Ffion, Japanese Breakfast, She Drew the Gun andThe Goon Sax. While spending this summer breaking through into festival season, performing on the BBC Introducing stages at Camper Calling and The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival
Bryony’s music has developed into dreamy, hook laden indie-pop-folk soundscape; taking influence from the likes of Anna Calvi, Cocteau Twins, and Marika Hackman. Her personal politics and the need to break the patriarchal industry structures have driven Bryony to found her own DIY label, Grrrl Groannn.
Described as Folk-Pop with her catchy songs, enchanting harmonies and meaningful lyrics, it’s understandable why Christie’s sound is likened to Fleetwood Mac.
You may have heard Christie being interviewed and played on BBC Introducing, on the Brum Radio A-List, or performing her most recent single ‘Salt Water’ live on BBC WM Radio.
After great success locally, winning Sutton Has Musical Talent, taking the front page – literally – in local newspapers, Christie is on her way to even greater success.
Gaining thousands of views on her videos online, amassing fans from all around the world, along with an impressive vocal range which only adds to her powerful, soulful tone. Christie is an emerging artist to keep your eye on.
All kinds of country/americana from hank to nora jones plus originals from Tom Martin/bryan watkins/Bill & the Belles 8 45pm £5 @ door …
Midnight city are a five piece soul band playing a mix of classic northern soul & motown grooves.
The band have been playing together in and around the Birmingham area for almost thirty years.
The big sound and spontaneous excitement which they stir up on stage reflects their lifelong love of soul music.
From the off the band set the atmosphere with classic tracks such as uptight, seven days too long, do I love you, green onions, time is tight all delivered with heart and soul.
The sound is big and full, Hammond organ, tenor sax, bass, lead guitar and drums; one of the most powerful and soulful musical line-ups to come out of Birmingham.