Our most recent line-up came from as close to home as East Oxford and as far afield as San Antonio Texas – here are the artists who played at Halfway to Seventy-Five 2017:
Little Brother Eli
“…the band have a sound that can transcend to a wide audience… to the extent that I kinda think I’d hang out with them and have a good time.” Huey Morgan – BBC 6 Music
Little Brother Eli was formed in Oxford during early 2013 by bassist Josh Rigal and vocalist Alex Grew. The pair were joined by guitarist Adam Stowe and drummer Benji Page who began sharing their eclectic mix of musical influences. With a sound that brings Jack White or the Black Keys to mind, Little Brother Eli take powerful vocals, growling guitars and gritty solos to create their own twist on bluesy garage rock.
Rachel Laven grew up in a musical family in San Antonio, Texas. She performed with her parents’ cover band at the age of 5, started songwriting at 10, and recorded her first full length album at 13. Now 24 years old, with a college degree from Trinity University, 3 albums with her family band (The Lavens), 2 solo albums, and 1 EP with her bluegrass project band (Sweet ‘Shine & Honey), she’s setting her sights on an international following.
We fell in love with Rachel’s most recent album ‘Love and Luchesses’ from the first time we heard it, so we’re extremely pleased to be introducing her to a new audience in the UK.
Knights of Mentis
From a mixture of musical backgrounds, this group of multi-instrumentalists found themselves thrown together in a way musicians often do, linking via many varied musical connections that range from improv jam sessions to heavy metal gigs and late night parties at Oxford’s infamous May Day celebrations.
The virtuoso line up delivers a distinct and flavoursome brew of Americana, country, folk, and roots music, taking inspiration from artists such as Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Band; however you can also hear influences from other great British bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Having wowed our crowd with a blistering and joyful closing set in 2014, it’s high time we had the Knights back at Halfway to Seventy-Five. Bring your dancing shoes…
“A brilliant band and a good example of that crossover where Britain meets America and it makes a very special sound indeed” Ralph McLean – BBC Radio Ulster
In 2015 The Rosellys signed to Clubhouse Records (Redlands Palomino Co, Cale Tyson, Don Gallardo) and released their first full band album ‘The Granary Sessions’, gathering praise from musicians, critics and audiences alike. They have toured extensively across the UK, Australia and America – notably the Southern States where San Antonio (Texas) has become their second home. Influenced by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, it is clear The Rosellys have an absolute love for Americana music, which makes them perfect guests for Halfway to Seventy-Five!
Jonny Payne & the Thunder
Travelling from Massachusetts to Tennessee, then Canada to Colorado set the initial theme for Jonny Payne & the Thunder. The songs are about stories and characters encountered in between. The music is based on music heard (and danced to) in various neon-clad dive-bars stumbled upon along the way.
We’re really pleased to be welcoming back Jonny Payne & the Thunder to Halfway to Seventy-Five following their brilliant opening set in 2016.
UK country is going through something of a surge of popularity at the moment, and we think it’s only a matter of time before Devon Mayson is mentioned in the same breath as artists like the Shires and our 2014 guests Ward Thomas. Mayson’s music sits unashamedly on the pop side of country, but her gift for songwriting lends her debut release ‘Lie to Me’ an understated depth.
The Deadbeat Apostles
Take a pinch of Southern soul, add some rhythm, blues and a full cup of country. Beg, steal and borrow but pay it back in full. Shake some voodoo bones to season add a twist of dirty funk and bake in the Delta sun. Pick it up, throw it in the dirt and don’t worry about wiping it clean-it tastes better that way. Take it to the bridge, douse it in kerosene, set it ablaze and send it careening down the canyon, a whooping and a hollering, trailing carnage in its wake. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I GIVE YOU THE DEADBEAT APOSTLES. And they’re bringing their own brand of white hot incendiary country with them.*
*We didn’t write this stuff, the band did, but it’s one of the reasons we know they’re going to be ace when they make their Halfway to Seventy-Five debut in 2017!
“When it comes to long car journeys, Nick has saved our sanity…if only all music for under 5s was written by indie-pop geniuses!”
“It’s such a pleasure to find a children’s songwriter and performer whose music I can actually bear to listen to!”
Just two of the many reasons why Nick Cope is adored by parents and children alike for his delightful songwriting and performances which engage and enthrall the whole family. We’re delighted to welcome Nick back to Halfway to Seventy-Five once again, where he’ll be playing songs from his brand new album ‘A Round of Applause for the Dinosaurs’.