A 19 yr old singer songwriter from Scunthorpe, was selected for the Higher Rhythm Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2018. Joe developed as an artist, turning out a self-recorded EP with a fair label of ‘lo-fi dream pop anthems’ being attached.
Gathering a list of 9k fans, playing gigs across the region and selling his music in 62 countries, perhaps Joe’s own description of “a reet ole year” summarises how things have gone for him on 2018.
Is a singer-songwriter based in the north of England. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Dermot Kennedy, Billie Marten and Bruce Springsteen – coupled with her own experiences with teen-hood and relationships – she has captivated audiences with her soulful and original storytelling. With a vocal delivery often compared with Florence Welch, and a delicate but powerful musical backdrop to support, Fiona’s songs have regionally made an impact, and has earned her support slots for Scouting For Girls, and Seth Lakeman.
Fiona has played a number of prestigious festivals including Humber Street Sesh, Cornucopia and Beverley Folk Festival, and is now gigging regularly in the North.
Is a 19-year-old performing musician from Sheffield, England who has been active in the local music scene since around 2012 in various bands and capacities. He has played clarinet and keyboard up and down the country in local indie-folk groups The Silver Darlings, The 1 O’Clock Sirens and Simba, including at the popular local Big Boulder Festival. The last 2 years has seen his own project The Meadows, based on songwriting influenced by Pulp/Prefab Sprout/Two Door Cinema Club and his unsettling, entertaining front-man performances, become an established act in the Sheffield scene, achieving a solid social media/Spotify presence and playing slots at the 02 Academy and Tramlines supporting the likes of The Academic and Oddity Road.
Keturah Lewis is an arts administrator based in Yorkshire. Currently she works at Opera North as the Chorus & Orchestra Co-Ordinator, assisting with administration for both departments. As part of the role she has worked on several projects, these have included touring operas, education productions, flash mobs, theatre collaborations, concerts and outdoor music events. Keturah is now looking to enhance her knowledge of the music industry, building on her experience gained working for an arts organisation.
She studied Media at Leeds Trinity University, graduating in 2013 with a First-Class BA Honours degree. During her time at university she worked as a Student Ambassador and Conference Assistant, gaining experience working with the public and assisting with running several events. She developed an interest in theatre whilst doing work experience at Leeds Grand Theatre and Leeds Playhouse (formally West Yorkshire Playhouse), working with the marketing, communications and developments departments. This inspired her to write her final year dissertation on theatre audiences and their relationship with live events.
After finishing studying, she then went onto work in administration at the university, completing a Events Co-Ordinator Internship. This involved planning and hosting a celebration exhibition as well as running multiple conferences and assisting with graduation ceremonies. Following this she went onto work as an administrator for the education department, where she gained a vast amount of office experience and worked on a reception desk.
Alongside working full time, Keturah also volunteered at Leeds Playhouse and the Howard Assembly Rooms as a Front of House Assistant and Event Host, where she further developed her understanding of theatre and live events. It was during this time that her personal interests in music began to combine with her professional experiences. An opportunity arose to work at Opera North, Leeds completing a 6-month internship with the Chorus and Orchestra departments. This has been her full-time position, working in arts administration for the past 4 years.
Netherlands-born, Sheffield-based LIO has taken the stage supporting acts such as Estrons, Skinny Pelembe, Slow Club, Our Girl and Orchards. In 2018 LIO launched as a full band, further building her eclectic sound compared to the likes of Florence and the Machine and Daughter. They have quickly gathered momentum through festival appearances (Liverpool Sound City, Tramlines, Y Not Festival), radio play (Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing) and their O2 Academy Sheffield debut supporting King No-One.
Dan has vowed to shed the Indie aesthetic of his hometown. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Sparklehorse, Lou Reed and Amy Winehouse, he is already captivating his mum, his nan and his 7 Soundcloud followers with his unique and brutally honest take on love and loss.
Holly Redford Jones
Is a singer-songwriter from Chesterfield. She fuses soft, idiosyncratic guitar tones with distinctive vocals that gravitate towards indie tendencies yet sit comfortably within jazz and folk spheres as well. Imaginary sonic love child of the likes of Kevin Morby and Joni Mitchell, Redford-Jones is without doubt one to watch for 2019. Her second single, Bonjour Madame, recorded in Nashville Tennessee was released in May, and having gained the support of BBC Introducing she was recently announced as a winner of the Drake Yolanda Award for emerging artists.