Welcome to this FREE event – the Harboured Sounds Takeover of the Harbourside Christmas Market.
We’ve been invited back by The Harbourside Market team to do another takeover showcasing Bristol’s vibrant music industry! Join us on December 12th at our stage in Anchor Square for a day of free live music from our talented lineup of Bristol musicians. Located in the heart of the Harbourside Christmas Market next to the Bristol Aquarium, in addition to our unique programme of live acts you can come and enjoy 100 brilliant stalls, delicious street food, licensed bars, mulled drinks, cosy blankets and much much more!
With special guest Sisanda Myataza from Mankala presenting, who previously played at the last event, we have a great line-up that will suit all your festive needs!
These are the acts so far confirmed to grace our stage from 11am-5pm:
Cécile is a singer-songwriter based in Bristol, UK. For years she divided her time between native France and the British Isles, developing a distinct style of sound influenced by her engagement with both cultures. However it was on the streets of Bristol that she felt the surge of inspiration to create her new material. Through simple and honest acoustic live performances Cécile touches and transports the audience emotionally, exploring smooth folk tunes with distinctive vocals.
Her debut EP Ten Past Twelve was released in 2015 and is the fruit of collaboration with musician/producer Jack Cookson.
“Clever and highly emotive piece of work”. Bristol Live Magazine
“Organic music with strong melodies and lyrical depth. And very sweet”. Lewis Creaven
‘Avalanche’ selected by The Indie Folx for Indie/Indie Folk Mix #18 – November 2015
‘What Goes Around’ & ‘Avalanche’ played on BBC Introducing in the West
Ten Past Twelve out now on cecilemusic.bandcamp.com
12.00: Suzy Condrad
A one woman band creating songs with a live looping pedal. She uses many instruments and her voice to build up complex arrangements literally one bar at a time. everything happens live, nothing is pre-recorded…She is constantly looking for new instruments and sounds. In 2011 she won the UK Boss Looping Championship (international competition for Loop Artists) and went on to compete for the UK in the World Championships. She honed her craft busking on the streets of Camdenand has since played many venues and festivals all over the UK, she has released one album and is working on another.
13.00: Griselda Sanderson
Based in South West England, Griselda Sanderson is a musician and producer who plays traditional fiddle, violin, viola and nyckelharpa – a Swedish bowed, keyed fiddle with sympathetic strings. One of six musical children of violin-maker Derick Sanderson she grew up in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland, attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as a youth as well as playing in the National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland. She went on to study at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, attaining a 1st class BA Hons degree in Music and Composition and a PhD in Musicology on the subject of traditional Scottish and Irish folk music and its integration onto the internet.
“A highlight of this year’s Golowan Festival in Penzance was the show from Griselda Sanderson and Amadou Diagne, who performed to one of this year’s largest audiences. The complement of nyckelharpa and West African melody and rhythm was delicious, and warmly received. Months later people are still talking about this gig!”
Amanda Pickering, Golowan Festival booker 2012
14.00: Julia Turner
Julia Turner grew up in Bristol in the UK where she loved singing jazz from a young age. After studying at Leeds College of Music for three years Julia felt she needed an adventure to draw her out of the relative comfort of the city she’d played in for 4 years, something to challenge her as a person and an independent musician. She touched down in Melbourne in late 2011 and after romantic notions of being a waitress fell flat, decided to chuck in the regular wage and opt instead for the less stable but certainly challenging and exciting life of a busker.
Living in an unfamiliar city in a far-flung continent was exciting but not always easy. Life threw many complications her way as well as many extraordinary opportunities. Freed from the lines that she’d drawn for herself in Leeds and unafraid of what anyone might think Julia’s music almost began to write itself. With all but one of the tracks written over a year in Melbourne the album tells tales of the trials and tribulations of a year spent far from home learning to live and make honest music with a coin or two to spare. Topics explored include comic depictions of the woes of temporary jobs, unexpected synchronicity, the joys of making music and living in Coburg as well as honest accounts of the more difficult things that were thrown in her path.
She is crowdfunding for her second album which is being recorded at Toybox Studios in Bristol. Check out the crowdfunder campaign and find out how you can play a part in the creation of original music!
15.00: Victoria Klewin and The Truetones
The sweet-spot where great things meet: where tradition meets with originality and retro nostalgia gets down and dirty with musical fusion. Originally conceived as a cross between vocal jazz and blue-eyed soul, the Bristol seven-piece is all that and more, gracefully merging genres and styles to create music that is as unique as it is engaging and accessible.
With their unique brand of catchy soul inspired tunes that also draw on elements of jazz and blues, VKTT have been making waves both locally and nationally. It’s a very classy affair, oozing style and sultry retro vibes in a similar vein to contemporary artists such as Norah Jones, Imelda May and Caro Emerald. “The songs sound as if they were written in the 60’s”, says producer Rob Williams (Ruby Music). But this is far from a nostalgic tribute act. It is as if the band take the very best bits from old soul, jazz and blues and wrap them up in a new package. It’s ‘pop’, but in the best sense of the word – catchy, finely-crafted tunes with a wealth of musical heritage and depth behind them.
The combination of flawless playing and powerful vocals has impressed at a number of prestigious shows, including the Bath International Festival, Marlborough Jazz Festival (where they were nominated for best newcomer), the semi-finals of the nationwide New Brunswick Battle of the Blues and a session for Jazz FM’s Discovery Show, live from the Boisdale. They are currently producing new material for their upcoming album and playing shows throughout the UK.
16.00: Immigrant Swing
Immigrant Swing offers its own blend of Bristol Riot Swing – a high energy, foot stomping, acoustic music merging sounds from around the globe, with influences ranging from Gypsy Jazz & Blues to Mediterranean Folk & Hip Hop. Featuring a swinging rhythm section – driven by Double Bass, Manouche Guitar rhythms and Drums. This provides the foundations for MCspokeMao to deliver his own style of beat-poetry, with Clarinet & Violin ripping through the melodic lines. Be prepared for anything and make sure to bring along your dancing shoes!
We will also have a busking area set up outside No.1 Harbourside starting at 1pm! Musicians TBA.