Stendhal announces second wave of 2017 musical acts
Having already announced a stellar cast of musical acts for the seventh instalment of Stendhal Festival, organisers have announced a second wave of acts who are set to join the likes of Ash, Sharon Shannon, Ciaran Lavery and dozens more.
First and foremost Stendhal is proud to announce A Set for Stevie, a tribute to Stevie Martin. We have collaborated with a host of local artists who all had a connection with and love and respect for Stevie Martin, who sadly passed away last year.
The news of his death filtered through Stendhal last year and settled like a dark fog on the event and this year we are honoured to pay tribute to an incredible talent and an incredible friend.
Formed in 2002, The Magic Numbers quickly won the affection of critics and audiences with their
Mercury nominated, top ten, double platinum debut in 2005. They honed and refined their guitar
and harmony sound on Those The Brokes (2006) before widening out with a more piano and studio based set on 2010’s The Runaway.
With their sunshine harmonies and commitment to delighting audiences, The Magic Numbers have gained a reputation as purveyors of very upbeat pop rock.
Stendhal is delighted to announce that for the first time ever we are teaming up with the legen-Derry CELTRONIC FESTIVAL to bring the beats to the farm this summer. Celtronic will present both Phil Kieran and Deep Fried Funk.
Using Belfast as his base Phil Kieran plys his DJ trade in the best clubs worldwide, over the past decade or so Phil has gained his reputation as one of the finest club DJs in the world. He brings the same drive, conscientiousness and desire for each set to be the very best to his DJing.
Deep Fried Funk have been hosting parties across Ireland since the mid 90’s. With an open minded music policy, covering all forms of quality dance music including house, techno, hip-hop, reggae, electro, drum and bass, breaks and downtempo, some of the biggest names in dance music have played at Deep Fried Funk events.
The Oh Yeah Centre are celebrating their tenth year in 2017 and are coming back to Stendhal to showcase some of the brightest new Northern Irish talent. This year their Showcase consists of Owen Denvir, Larks, The Over The Hill Collective and Brand New Friend.
The Nerve Centre is also back with its annual residence showcasing the talents of brand spanking news bands formed over the course of the centres summer projects which include; Music Hothouse, GSWM, Pulse, Tuned In and Camp Rock.
Dublin six-piece instrumental act Overhead, The Albatross specialise in a sound as wide in scope as their avian namesake’s wingspan. Having honed their approach over the course of six years together and routinely dumbfounded audiences at home and abroad with the famously impassioned live performances.
Without question Making Monsters are one of the finest Alt-Rock acts to ever come from our shores.
The Maiden City 4-piece have been a big Stendhal favourite over the years and last year their debut single ‘Better’ picked up spins from Daniel P Carter and Phil Taggart at BBCR1 and was subsequently picked as a BBC Introducing tip of the week.
Performances at T in the Park and Camden Rocks followed and their blistering, hard-hitting sets got the wider audience that the band so deserve.
Powerful vocals, relentless drums, screeching guitars, Making Monsters a full scale hard rock tour-de- force.
Not to be confused with another human with a similar sounding stage name, Thee Rag ‘N’Bone Man is a one man blues rock whirlwind had been operating under this moniker long before Rory Graham hit the scene.
A one man band from the bowels of Scotland, Thee Rag ‘N’Bone Man mixes primitive brutal noise blues, amped up screaming slide guitar and howling fuzzed up harmonica riffs to create a nuclear noise holocaust.
Eion O’Callahan is a modern musical chameleon and Renaissance man. You may know him from his work as Best Boy Grip but Stendhal is showcasing his talents as Wake America this summer.
In this guise expect vintage synths, punk riffs & pop hooks from a musician who is unquestionably one of the finest writing talents in Northern Ireland today.
From his latest batch of releases we are particularly keen on ‘Reptile’ as for our money it is one of the best, if not the stand-alone best Northern Irish track of this year, a genuine banger of a tune.
With a lot of love from BBC 6 music and rather randomly the support of a highly respected Spanish Football journalist, Wake America and Eoin O’Callahan is a constant source of quality.
Keeping her country this year will be one of Irelands brightest country music stars, Lisa McHugh.
With thousands of fans and many awards to her name, Lisa has released 6 albums so far and her latest studio release “#Country” shot straight into the top 10 in The Irish Charts reaching number 3.
Lisa continues to capture peoples’ hearts all over the country with her charisma, charm and of course her unbelievable talent on-stage.
Gareth Dunlop has a powerful voice and a keen eye for crafting melody. As part of the Belfast Nashville Singer Songwriter’s Festival 2011, Gareth received the Katherine Brick – Songwriter of the Year Award and has been steadily growing in popularity and reverence since.
For many years and predating the times Antóni O’Breskey has been gathering together extraordinary musicians from all over the world, and recording the over thirty-five albums which form “The Nomadic Piano Collection”
Live, The Nomadic Piano Project is an eclectic blend of styles from all over the world, melded together to create a one of a kind live experience.
The classic and minimalist compositions for piano, oboe and cello, interpreted by his collaborators Davide Viterbo (cello) and Enio Marfoli (oboe), as well as his world music, have become famous soundtracks for cinema, television, theatre and ballet and have been played in the most prestigious venues.
In early 2011 four 17 year-old mates from college thought that maybe they could earn a bit of pocket money by forming a folk/bluegrass band and busking in and around Penzance.
Lands End was just the beginning of the journey for Flats and Sharps and three years on they are one of the Uk’s finest Bluegrass bands.
Their luscious harmonies when grouped around a single microphone and their sheer joy at performing such infectious music has won over their audiences.
Highlights include: 281 gigs including 66 festival performances in the UK, France and Sweden; Performances at the Royal Albert Hall and at three Ralph Lauren events; Two CDs released (one live, one studio) and 2,000 copies sold; Touring with Gold album artists The Fisherman’s Friends (Universal Island).
Empty Lungs are Punk/Indie Rock trio based in Belfast.
Playing passionate, angry and catchy music that draws influence from punk, post-hardcore and indie music, Empty Lungs have been honing their craft since their formation in 2011.
They’ve released a string of ep’s and singles which all received support and airplay from BBC RADIO 1 and BBC RADIO ULSTER and their explosive live shows have allowed them to grow a passionate fan base and gain a huge amount of respect around the Northern Irish Scene.
Foreign Owl are a 3 piece band from a quaint, Irish farmhouse that resides beside the ruins of a castle. They met through their love of art and short-film making and have spent the last 3 years writing and perfecting their catchy, arty/rock sound in their homemade studio.
Based in Derry/Londonderry, the band consists of Eoghan Donegan (Guitar & Vocals) and 2 brothers Míchéal Okura McCay (Bass & Vocals) & Ciarán Okura McCay (Drums & Vocals).
The release of their debut single “Like A Beast” led to them receiving extensive airplay on Electric Mainline and also secured them a BBC Introducing session.
Glass Wings is the first solo project of Limavady Singer-song-writer Stephen Jones
With melodies that command attention, delivered with passion, Glass Wings’ debut EP ‘Jana from Barcelona’ is a strong first step for a home-grown artist.
Joseph Leighton is one of the finest young jazz guitarists to emerge on the Irish jazz scene. He has performed alongside established jazz musicians Meilana Gillard, John Leighton and MOBO nominee David Lyttle.
With his recently established Joseph Leighton Trio, featuring James Anderson (drums) and Rohan Armstrong (bass), he is another of the incredible talents to watch emerging from the Maiden City.
Conjuring up the frantic, dirty blues sounds of the 60’s Reeperbahn with their unique blend of folk-blues originals, Villiers and the Villains’ songs have received numerous awards in the US and are described by BBC’s Ralph McLean simply as ‘Superb’.
With influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Lead Belly and Jimmy Reed to Lou Reed, Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, Villiers and the Villains have all the attributes of modern day Blues/folk heroes.
Laura Rai, aka, Aural Air, is an enchanting new act out of Sligo. A delicate yet powerful voice soars over dreamy guitar to create a melodic skyscape of sound.
Conor Phillips performed at the sign-up stage at the festival last year and now finds himself on the bill. A captivating folk singer from Fermanagh, Conor is a undiscovered gem who Stendhal is delighted to draw some attention to.
Brash Isaac is the musical pursuit of Andrew Cameron. Combining folk songwriting with a mixture of rock and pop, Brash Isaac’s music is both heartfelt and radio friendly. First grabbing attention with the infectious alt rock folk of debut single ‘In The Dark’ released in May 2016, Brash Isaac has continued to make a name for himself in the Northern Irish music scene.
Katie and the Carnival are an energetic and engaging group based in Belfast. The music is soulful and harmony driven with other influences from folk, pop, jazz, rock and a little bit of dark cabaret.
Amy Montgomery has just signed a production deal with producer Michael Mormecha. She is currently working on her debut ep which is due for release in 2017.
Pine The Pilcrow released their critically acclaimed debut EP in March 2016 and are making big waves in the Irish music scene. The piano, cello and violin 3 piece have received early reviews describing their music as “stunning”, “cinematic” and “atmospheric, melodic gold”. Recently nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Pure M awards, Best Song by IMRO and winner of the 2016 Readers EP of the Year by The Last Mixed Tape, things are looking bright for this Dublin based folk trio.
The Antidote Sound System is back after a year’s hiatus to bring you the very best in rap and hip-hop. This year their line-up consists of Phili ‘n’ Dotz, Steve Loc, Waking Android, Militant Vinylist.
Rebekah Fitch is an upcoming songwriter and singer from Belfast. Her music is influenced by an eclectic mix of artists, ranging from the likes of Florence and the Machine and Sia, to Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys and Lorde. She creates an instantly gripping sound with memorable melodies that you will want to hear again and again.
Northern Ireland Opera presents Young Artists Rebecca Murphy (soprano), Laura McFall (mezzo-soprano) and pianist Kristine Donnan.
Full 2017 Stendhal Festival Music Line-up (to date)
ASH, The Magic Numbers, Sharon Shannon, Ciaran Lavery, A Set for Stevie, Ulrich Schnauss, Ginkgoa, The 4 of Us, Lisa McHugh, Rackhouse Pilfer, Jealous of the Birds, Overhead, the Albatross, Amy Montgomery, Anthony Toner, Aural Air, Basork, Brand New Friend, Brash Isaac, Bror, Celtronic presents Phil Kieran and Deep Fried Funk, Chloe McAllister, Conor Mason, Conor Phillips, Emma Lusby, Empty Lungs, Flash Harry, Flats and Sharps, Foreign Owl, Gareth Dunlop, Glass Wings, Hiva Oa, Homespun Sound System, Joseph Leighton Trio, John Street Band, Joshua Burnside, Katie and the Carnival, Larks, Making Monsters, Militant Vinylist, Moongoose, Nina Harries, No Oil Paintings, Nomadic Piano Project, Owen Denvir, Opera NI, Paddy Nash, Phili ‘N’ Dotz, Pine the Pilcrow, Rebekah Fitch, ROE, Rosborough, Ryan McMullan, Ryan Vail, Steve Loc, Susie Blue, The Burning Glass, The Over The Hill Collective, Thee Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Villiers and the Villains, Wake America, Waking Android.