Do you want to play Fatea’s 30th Birthday Bash?
Fatea has long been a champion of emerging artists and we have two slots available on the main festival stages to showcase upcoming acts. We are looking for acoustic artists of any genre, and any age, band, trio, duo or solo. A fee will be paid to the winning artists.
Thank you to everyone who applied, we had some great entries and it was a tough job to select the final acts to go through to the public vote! We have shortlisted 10 acts for you to vote on – the two acts with the most votes will win a slot on one of the main stages at the festival on Saturday 3rd November. To vote head to the poll on our Facebook page.
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
JAMES EDWYN & THE BORROWED BAND, TREVOR BABAJACK STEGER and ROBERT LANE. Head over to the Line Up page for artist details.
The 10 Fatea Future Star finalists are:
1. Ben Morgan-Brown
2. Chris Fox
3. Greg Hancock
4. Hannah Scott
5. James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band
6. Kirsty Merryn
8. Odette Michell
9. Robert Lane
10. Trevor Babajack Steger
A singer songwriter from Cambridge my style and aim is to clearly transcribe songs of the human experience in an eclectic range of styles across the folk and roots spectrum; writing and performing songs using a new roots soundscape that encompass a cultural whiplash of Folk (both trad & contemporary), Americana, Country, and Blues.
I am Devon based singer songwriter and guitarist with a growing following around the UK I came to performing later in life after returning to the UK following many years overseas, composing and writing by myself. After tentatively venturing out into public, I was knocked sideways by the positive response and haven’t looked back since. In 2015 I released an EP titled “Comfortable Hatred” and in 2017 I released a first full length album: “A303” which received a great response, including a **** review in R2 magazine.
My songs explore some of the less well travelled corners of modern human existence and often take a slightly skewed view of everyday situations. As a guitarist, those years of playing without an audience formed the basis of a style that has clear echoes of some of my heroes: John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, Nic Jones while being a unique sound all of its own.
Much of the inspiration behind Hannah Scott’s music can be found in her affinity with Italy. A year living and working in Tuscany in her late teens provided the backdrop to her early work and she has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa, with whom she has been travelling between the UK and Italy to write and produce her forthcoming record, out in June.
Hannah’s music has been played regularly on the BBC, including a live session on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show and Radio 2 play by Bob Harris, as well as being chosen by BBC Introducing 3 Counties as their “Track of the Week” on three occasions. In late 2016, she received funding from PRS Foundation to travel to New York to perform at music festival and conference Mondo NYC and she ran a successful crowdfunding campaign via PledgeMusic to return to the festival last autumn.
James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band
Glasgow sextet James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band stumbled on to the scene 2013, their formation the result of a series of unlikely coincidences. Their music is a mix of alt-country, indie/folk rock and roots orientated Americana.
Their first album The Tower was released in 2014 through the band’s own label, Dead Records Collective. The album was well received, achieving significant airplay and positive reviews across a broad range of media. High Fences, the band’s 2017 follow up, sees a big leap forward for the band. With Grammy nominated and ARIA-winning engineer Adrian Breakspear (Sony Australia) on mixing duties, the 10-track L.P. captures a bigger, harder edged sound without the band losing their trademark focus on finely honed arrangement and melody. Singles from the album, have enjoyed significant radio play across the BBC and other radio networks. Live, the band continue to move from strength to strength. Their second year on the festival circuit in 2017 saw them stepping up to a number of main stages and cementing their growing reputation as a formidable live act.
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own. Kirsty launched her debut album She & I at London’s Union Chapel on 9 November whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour.
Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS songwriting retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters and she went on to open for Show of Hands at their headline appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2016, and supported them over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour of the UK, at the end of 2017, performing to around 14,000 people along the way.
Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But it has a much wider reach, with her influences ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush – emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, packaged with panache in elegant, beautifully balanced settings and delivered in crystal clear, assured vocals.
Mondegreen are a Chester/Liverpool-based indie-folk trio. Described as “folk-tinged indie pop” with big harmonies inspired by a mix of artists such as
Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Idlewild and Sheryl Crow. The band’s debut EP ‘Small Towns’ was released in March 2017 and has since received radio play across the UK, including BBC Introducing. The band has spent the last year performing live with highlights including supporting Henry Priestman, Folk On The Dock main stage alongside Wildwood Kin, and supporting Jonah Matranga. Mondegreen released their second EP ‘Change’ in May 2018.
Odette Michell is an English folk singer and songwriter with a unique take on the acoustic tradition and a voice that is capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and country with genuine craftsmanship.
Her new EP ‘By Way Of Night’, released in April 2018, shows a rare songwriting talent that crosses the folk/country divide with ease and a voice that has been described as “warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style.”
Robert Lane is a singer songwriter based in the UK. He released his third record Only a Flight Away on the 27th of April. Fatea Magazine have described it as “an outstanding release…one of the first essential albums of 2018″ and the album has been album of the week or featured album on several radio shows including Along The Tracks, Roger William’s World of Difference, Gary Hazlehurst’s Folk Show, Magpie’s Folk Cafe and Liz Franklin’s Eden Folk Show.
Robert has toured extensively in the UK as a support for artists including Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling, Nell Bryden and Bob Fox. His spring 2018 solo headline tour to support Only a Flight Away has recently concluded and he will embark on a fifth tour in Germany and first visit to Holland in June. In June 2017 he completed a joint headline tour with Nashville based singer Kyshona Armstong.
Trevor Babajack Steger
Trevor Babajack Steger was raised on listening to his mother, a club singer in the sixties, and the only two records in his parents record collection, Johnny Cash and Rory Gallagher. In the late seventies his own musical adventures began by playing bass in a number of local punk bands. Founder member and co-song writer of the successful band ‘Babajack’ brought him to the forefront of the British Blues scene where he has been nominated numerous times for Best Harmonica Player along with Best Album and Song in the British Blues Awards.
Now Trevor lives on his narrow boat, stepping out on his own to perform his own brand of Blues, drawing from his love of early rural blues, punk and world music. Using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is both exciting and real.