George Gadd + The Aftermath, Ben Mark Smith and The Balancing Acts, Craig Gould – Live at Dubrek Studios, Derby.
Time to get back on it with some live gigs and we’re really excited to welcome back three of our favourite artists that performed for us over Covid in the old Dubrek Studios garden before the move.
Doors are at 7pm, music from 8pm, curfew 11pm.
Tickets are £5+fee in advance and £7.50 on the door.
Facebook event here.
Eventbrite tickets here.
George Gadd & The Aftermath
Blending the Americana influences of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty with nostalgic emo-punk sensibilities, Nottingham’s George Gadd & The Aftermath weave together a diverse palette of influences and craft it into a unique sound. Having shared stages with the likes of The Front Bottoms, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and The Xcerts as well as festival appearances at Y Not, 2000 Trees and regular appearances at Dot to Dot, they are currently hard at work on their debut album. For fans of: Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes and Pavement.
“Fantastic work” – John Kennedy, Radio X
“Consistently brilliant” – Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing
Ben Mark Smith and The Balancing Acts
Nottinghamshire, UK based singer-songwriter Ben Mark Smith draws comparisons to artists the likes of Frank Turner, City & Colour and Damien Rice.
After a few years building his fan base, supporting acts like John Joseph brill, Gecko and Non Cannon, as well as performing at such festivals as Dot To Dot, Y-Not Festival, Here For The Music and Derby Folk Festival, Ben released his debut single ‘Who’s The Girl?’ to critical acclaim, a song which gained a cult like status amongst the Nottingham & Derby music scene.
A few months later saw the release of the singles ‘One Year On’, ‘Thanks For The Adventure’ and the charity single ‘Dog & Parrot’, which all received strong praise from fans and critics.
Lockdown brought along a ton of time to write and be creative, which finally brought about the creation of Ben’s debut album ‘Drinking Games’ and the formation of his gigging band ‘Ben Mark Smith and The Balancing Acts’.
Ben’s emotive story telling and passionate performances have enabled him to connect with a very attentive audience, gaining him a strong following as he continues to perform and release new music.
Craig’s unique songwriting and musicianship has seen bloggers & critics from around the world draw comparisons with songwriting royalty such as Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel and Leonard Cohen. With the first 3 singles from his highly anticipated debut album Songs from the Campfire (due for release early 2023) all releasing to critical acclaim, the midlands based Folk/Americana singer has been heralded as “One to Watch in 2022” alongside artists such as Holly Humberstone by MusicNewsMonthly, as well as achieving the #1 spot in the Amazon Folk Chart with his single “Captain of the Seas”.
With all three of Craig’s single releases receiving “Single of the Week” accolades from the likes of BBC Radio Kent, The British Country Music Association, Modern Age Music and MusicAndTourNews, Craig took his celebrated sound on the road in 2022 as he announced his first headline UK tour, playing packed-out shows in Liverpool, London and Birmingham, whilst his music obtained support from various BBC Radio Shows, Amazing Radio UK & US, and established UK Folk/Americana Radio shows such as The Folk Pilot, What The Folk is That?, and Leader’s American Pie.
It was during this tour that Craig also joined the Tanglewood Guitars Official Artist roster, alongside artistic greats such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Steve Cradock, Imelda May and Paul Carrack.
With a career that has already seen him take the stage at some of the UK’s most loved venues (Birmingham Symphony Hall, Islington Academy, Liverpool Cavern Club, Camden Barfly) and lauded festivals (Bearded Theory, Solfest, Timber Festival), supporting huge UK artists such as Levellers, Ocean Colour Scene, Example, Flogging Molly, Maximo Park, The Rifles, Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) & Dave Hemingway (Beautiful South) it’s easy to understand why his debut album release “Songs from the Campfire” (March 2023) is being met with such excitement and enthusiasm.
“Poetic and haunting” –atthebarrier.com
“Amazingly good. Make a note of the name” – folking.com
“An effort of excellence” – anrfactory