Fran Smith’s live performances leave you feeling like you’ve stumbled upon a completely new, unique talent.
Named a “Live Music Highlight of the Year” by the BBC in 2014, the Wakefield-based singer-songwriter has toured with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Athlete and legendary punk-poet John Cooper Clarke, and recently played her first sell-out shows in the US.
Her soulful, Northern tones are rooted in English folk, but musically she will transport you somewhere else entirely. Fran writes the kind of lyrics that people fall in love with: poetic, intelligent, sensuous and passionately delivered. Her intimate, piano-based songs weave infectious pop melodies with a dark baroque quirkiness that evokes Florence Welch and Antony Hegarty.
Fran self-released her debut EP in 2013 without a label, manager or publicist. It was championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq, Bob Harris and BBC Introducing, and all four tracks eventually received significant national airplay on Radio 2, 4 and 6 Music.
Last year she recorded in New York with Brad Albetta (Rufus Wainwright’s musical director) and Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons’ violinist and musical director), and also spent time co-producing new songs at London’s prestigious Air-Edel Studios. She will release new music in 2015.
Mat is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Newcastle by way of Lincolnshire, whose unique brand of storytelling has been praised and admired by the likes of BBC Introducing, The Line of Best Fit, The 405 and Amazing Radio.
He writes raw, stripped-back songs that are reminiscent of Bon Iver, Ben Howard and James Vincent McMorrow in their rustic, ethereal charm and troubled honesty.
Mat’s début single, ‘Au Contraire’, was released to wide acclaim, and swiftly connected with a passionate following that continues to grow, as Mat brings his music to an ever-wider audience.