TOM WALKER+ GRAFTON ASH + RYAN SPARROW
Recently signed to Sony’s Relentless Records, Tom Walker was born in Scotland and raised in Manchester on his father’s extensive record collection – drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley. He’s spent the past few years honing his sound, landing in a house-share with twelve other musicians (including members of Whilk & Misky), jamming together in their home-built, soundproof studio.
What has emerged from this environment is Tom’s newest release ‘Play Dead’ – a distinctive, engaging track that immediately conjures comparisons with some of the seminal and brightest crossover singer- songwriters coming out of the UK – Finley Quaye, Hozier, Paulo Nutini and even 21 Pilots in places. Tom has already crafted a remarkably soulful signature, blended with heavier beats and carefully thought-out, understated samples. It’s a track of the kind of polish and ambition that surely marks Tom out as a definite one to watch for this year. Already finding critical acclaim from the more considered tastemakers in Pigeons & Planes and Clash as well as BBC Radio1, BBC 1Xtra and Beats1, the influencers are united in what they see as a major new talent.
Tom went from supporting Maverick Sabre, Samm Henshaw and Gallant, bolstering a growing number of festivals including British Summer Time in Hyde Park, Secret Garden Party, The Great Escape and Live At Leeds, to then sell out his first ever headline show on the same day that his last single hit 1 million streams on Spotify alone. Tom is now working on his debut full-length, which is to be announced soon.
Listen to ‘Play Dead’ below:
Plus support from GRAFTON ASH
Grafton Ash are a 4 piece pop/folk band from The Midlands. With their strong vocal harmonies and fusion of electronic and acoustic styles, the bands live set projects energy and contrasts that with a subtleness.
Their debut EP Avalanche was released in Summer 2015 and quickly gained attention from BBC Introducing. With the title track becoming Track of the Week twice and the lads being invited to perform a live session on the BBC Introducing Stage at Nozstock 2016.
Their second EP Exisiting is due for release February 2017 and is set to be the bands best sound yet.
Listen to ‘Avalanche’ below:
Plus support from RYAN SPARROW
Picking up the guitar at age 14 inspired by his father’s love for music, Ryan has progressed from playing in his bedroom alone to playing venues across the country. Recording and releasing his debut EP Shadows in August 2016, he has gone from playing local open mic nights to playing venues such as Birmingham Town Hall and The Rainbow and is still continuing to progress.
Listen to ‘Bird In The Rain’ below: