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Laurence has cerebral palsy and his outlook on life as a disabled person very much shapes his comedy. His first show, The All-Star Charity Show, won critical acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe in 2003. The show was named Critics’ Choice in The Times and Laurence was described as a “powerful comedy voice” and “stunningly hard-hitting” by critic Kate Copstick in The Scotman’s round-up of the best of the fringe.
Inspiration is a vibrant singing group based in Newcastle and Leeds with a passion for celebrating the power of song. Inspiration concerts are fun and exciting but also have the ultimate aim to take singing into the community. Inspiration perform concerts at Leeds Town Hall and The Sage-Gateshead in partnership with The Northern Sinfonia and The orchestra of Opera North.
Recorded in a Cornish chicken shed, The Loose Salute’s newly released second album, “Getting Over Being Under” is an affectionate, open-hearted, follow up to their critically acclaimed first album, “Tuned to Love”. It’s a strongly crafted, bitter-sweet collection of songs of experience, low key but loveable and bursting with gently twinkling treats.
Ian McCutcheon’s Loose Salute are ready to set the festival alight with their big hearted acoustic West Coast pop sound….expect post glam Beach Boys with a loving spoonful of Nashville swing….and they’ve promised to bring along a thick slice of Californian sunshine.
Neil lives in Cornwall and was a member of cult shoe-gaze band Slowdive before forming critically acclaimed psych-country/folk outfit Mojave 3 . they have so far released five albums in are in the process of thinking about another one…it may take some time.
Neil’s first solo record ‘sleeping on Roads ” was released to critical acclaim on 4AD records in 2002 , a second album “Oh Mighty Engine ” released in 2009 on jack Johnsons Brushfire Records. After touring extensively ,both with jack Johnson and solo , 2012 will see Neil release his third album ‘palindrome Hunches” again on Brushfire Records.
Timeout has called him”one of Britains greatest songwriters” and NME ”’Britains best keep secret”
Walk a Mile
A feature length mockumentary that follows arrogant young comedian Ash Caton as he struggles to find love, fame and success.
Sister Elements brings her unique style to the festival with original songs combining spoken word, jazz, hip hop and soul. This debut artistreleases her first album in 2012.
Singe n Swing
Singe ‘n’ Swing is a community based jazz band from Ben Rhydding. The band has grown up around playing jazz classics at the Ben Rhydding Community Fete since 2006, but has gone on to playing community charity gigs such as Pat’s Party.
There are 5 cats in the band covering bass, drums, keyboards, clarinet/sax along with female vocals. Particular favourites with the children are the Disney film tunes and children’s TV themes along with some modern popular jazz tunes and twists on old favourites.
Emily and Duncan
Local diva Emily Muirhead and guitar maestro Duncan Cooper have joined forces especially for Disability Rocks @ Nell Bank. Expect soulful jazz vocals and deep down Delta blues for this must see acoustic debut. We’re looking forward to a collaboration that will last well beyond the festival!
Den Leanard and Company
Den has refined his guitar and vocal skills during his twenty years in the veterinary profession; gathering around him a band of merry music makers from dairy farms and hostelries scattered across the Cheshire plain. His influences range from Oasis to Van Morrison to Damien Rice and Pink Floyd whilst maintaining a firm connection to his Irish roots.
Clayton West and the Hotdogs
Tex Mex /Rock and Roll (countryish)/a couple of Glen Campbell hits/ Some Little Feat classics
Mid Life Crisis
Mid Life Crisis have played the last night at Grassington Festival several times and have regular gigs at Grassington Town Hall and other venues.
Mid Life Crisis play cover versions of popular rock songs with a bit of indie, pop and punk.
“The best I’ve seen in twenty years” – Harvey Andrews
Roger has recently enjoyed a succession of sold out concerts and performances at the Towersey, Shepley, Crawley, Otley, Wath, Holmfirth, Ashover, Stainsby and Birdsedge Folk Festivals. Recent concerts with Harvey Andrews, John Tams & Barry Coope, Bernard Wrigley, Vin Garbutt and Simon Armitage have helped to extend his audience and establish Roger as one of the most engaging young performers on the contemporary acoustic music scene. He is also currently working in various West Yorkshire schools, delivering songwriting workshops with great results.
His album The Busker includes a stunning rendition of Brighouse on Saturday Night with the World Famous Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band. The Busker received the Leeds Music Promotions Award for the Best Male Solo Album of 2009 – “An album with everything the discerning listener could wish for.”
A new album Songs in Plain English will be releases in early 2012.
For more information, please visit www.rogerdaviesmusic.com
Up to 18 musicians playing brass, saxes and percussion in this colourful streetband. Based in West Yorkshire and formed in 1983 in support of the peace movement the band continue to entertain at all kinds of events, benefits, festivals, parties all over the UK and in Europe, playing tunes and rhythms from around the world in their own inimitable style.
“Those Wonderful Peace Artistes” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu and “There’s too many of them and they’re too loud” – a woman shopper from Leeds.
With songs spanning 4 decades and a healthy sprinkling of rock mixed with the sumptuous 3 part harmonies of the female lead vocals this band provide something for everyone.
Active Drumming provide fun group rhythm activities for school drumming workshops, community drum events and corporate team building.
2012 marks 10 years of drum circles, Boomwhackers, junk percussion and more with group sizes from 5 to 1500 so far!
Visit Active Drumming for more info.
The Outsiders are a success story from Yorkshire. An outstanding band with exceptional talent. The Outsiders have decided to ditch the label they have been given ‘adults with Learning Disabilities’ and see themselves as musicians. The Outsiders is their opportunity to show off their talents and perform. The band have been invited to play all around the country, their gift for music and performance is inspiring people and changing long held beliefs around abilities.