As a drummer, composer or artist, Richard Spaven is one of the world’s most exciting and genre-defying. His career has seen him play for many of music’s most innovative artists both on stage and in the studio: Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few.
Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe’s best known ‘fusion’ groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists.
Now settled in fertile east London, Snapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin.
The AMAZING She Drew the Gun return to York in October!
HENGE is a band of extra-terrestrials that bring with them the sacred sounds of Cosmic Dross – a musical form known in other parts of the universe that has, until now, never been heard on Planet Earth. There are no human words to adequately describe the Cosmic Dross experience.
Following 8 years working with Maceo Parker, funky’bone maestro Dennis Rollins debuts his all-new groove outfit ‘FUNKY-FUNK!’ An award-winning ‘bone player and still at the forefront of jazz worldwide, Dennis brings an electrifying band he guarantees will make you move your body! Exploring infectious grooves with sumptuous funky trombone melodies, this band is a must see!
Rozi Plain brings her band back to The Crescent after the release of a quite wonderful fourth album in April this year. And we’re delighted!
Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again with ‘Taking Liberties’. Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly.
UK guitarist Kris Barras is known for his high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense rock, blues and country. Winners of ‘best new band’ in the 2018 planet rock awards, The Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts.
As part of Old Crow Medicine Show and more recently with work on the soundtrack for The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs and his own David Rawlings produced record ‘The Folksinger Part 2’, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions for over two decades. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present.