The line-up has been announced for the very first Under The Apple Tree Festival, hosted by Bob Harris at Cadogan Hall in London on Saturday 10th September.
CHRIS DIFFORD – As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing.
ANDREW COMBS – Nashville songwriter Andrew Combs will return to the UK this fall for an intimate acoustic tour, after appearing with his band at The O2 Arena in London earlier this year as part of the Country To Country Festival. Combs made a strong impression at the C2C festival, which also featured Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton, and aired on BBC Radio 2 with Bob Harris. Combs previously appeared twice at Dorset’s End of the Road Festival, and has toured the UK with his band and in support of fellow Nashville songwriter Caitlin Rose. He recently joined Eric Church and Justin Townes Earle for extensive European tours.
Combs released his sophomore album, All These Dreams, on Loose Music in 2015. The critically acclaimed album landed on numerous best-of lists, including The Guardians 10 Best Country Albums, Rough Trades Albums of the Year and Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums, among others.
JUDITH OWEN – Pianist singer songwriter Judith Owen performing songs from two critically acclaimed albums “Somebody’s Child” out now and 2014’s “Ebb & Flow” featuring Pedro Segundo (percussion), Gabriella Swallow (cello), Meghan Cassidy (viola) and Lizzie Ball (violin)
DAN BETTRIDGE – Well, every time rock ‘n’ roll stumbles or hits a pothole, someone comes along to breathe new life and spirit into its lungs. Dan Bettridge, at all of 22 years old, knows his Stax from his Motown, his Sun from his Chess Records, and understands that it’s all about singing straight from the middle of his own bruised heart. His music has been embraced by Huw Stephens on his BBC Introducing show on Radio 1, by Bob Harris, Jo Whiley and Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, across the BBC Radio Wales network and BBC London – admirably demonstrating that great music is not only timeless, but ageless too.
With invites to play showcases at major international festivals; including Canadian Music Week and NXNE (Toronto), along with CMJ in New York, being handpicked by Bob Harris for a special BBC Introducing live session at the legendary Maida Vale studios, plus the widespread support from BBC and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons scheme throughout 2015, the best of Dan’s remarkable voice is only just beginning to be heard throughout the UK and further afield.
THE LAKE POETS – Inspired by artists such as Elvis Perkins, Carole King, Villagers, Feist, Van Morrison, Fionn Regan, John Martyn, Wilco, Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. Described as ‘Quietly Devastating’, ‘Accomplished and Intelligent and ‘Spellbinding and Heart-breaking, Martin’s music regularly silences audiences and turns heads. Lead single ‘Your Face’ has received over 3 million Spotify plays as well steady daytime airplay on BBC Radio 2, Radio X, and BBC 6 Music. The Lake Poets’ self-titled debut album was recorded at Blackbird Studio, Nashville and is out now on CD, as well as special edition double gatefold 12″ vinyl including a bonus Live recording of the album recorded over two sold out launch nights in Martin’s hometown.
LEWIS & LEIGH – Lewis & Leigh started with no real plan in mind. What began as a casual songwriting session through a mutual Nashville friend has become three EPs in eighteen months. Before Lewis & Leigh, Al Lewis and Alva Leigh had both been doing the solo artist thing for a while, but suddenly the prospect of joining forces appealed to them. Lewis & Leigh flew the flag for the UK at Americana Fest in Nashville, and they were nominated for Best UK Artist and Best UK Song (“Rubble”) at the UK’s inaugural Americana Awards. Their Pledge Music campaign to support their debut album sold out within two weeks of going live. In November they are Deacon Blue’s Special Guest on their nationwide tour, then undertaking their own headlining tour in the New Year. It’s exciting times and it seems like they’re just getting started!
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