Sounds Like: Van Morrison (Official), Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Adams
Bio: Chicago quintet Dolly Varden is built around the singing and songwriting of husband and wife duo Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, along with the melodic guitar playing of Mark Balletto and the soulful, solid backing of drummer Matt Thobe and bassist Mike Bradburn. Though the band’s name sugge... See Full BioMore Info
Dolly Varden "It's been four years since the last installment of Dolly Varden music, but The Panic Bell arrives with the key elements of the band's music wholly intact. Songwriter Steve Dawson has an unerring capacity for finding the caveat in joy and desolation, in light and darkness. His voice thins and strains with compelling force; partner Diane Christiansen's is here a fragile ache, there a soothing croon of reassurance; and when they sing together, the two create an entirely new whole. The band moves seamlessly from the delicate, folky sound of "Small Pockets" and the Stones-tinged rock of "You Never Will" to the guitar-and-harp wail of "Triumph Mine, Idaho" and the gorgeous pop of "It's All Gonna Change," all the while managing to inhabit the music with a simmering, barely contained intensity. The Panic Bell serves notice that Dolly Varden continues to make pop music that is seductive, transcendent and peerless." - Harp "Although it's tempting to assert that they don't make records like Dolly Varden's The Panic Bell anymore, it's far more accurate to say that they never really did. Led by the founding husband-and-wife, singer/songwriter duo of Steve Dawson (who wrote all but one of the album's 10 tunes) and Diane Christiansen, the group occupies a self-contained musical universe. Sure, classic echoes abound throughout the taut and cohesive collection. But for all the Beatles, Band, or early Little Feat references you can comb out of the tightly threaded mix, there's an utterly distinctive, here-and-now artfulness to the proceedings that defies easy pigeonholing. Much like their higher-profile homies in Wilco, Dolly Varden (named, incidentally, after a species of trout that in turn took its name from a fictional Dickens character) blends vintage guitar tones and historically aware song craft with a bold and restless insistence on reinventing the wheel. And let's just say that the Chicago-based quintet is currently on a serious roll." -PUREMUSIC.COM "The Panic Bell seems to channel the 1960s classicism of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, even a hint of the Beach Boys. The pop buoyancy of both "Everything" and "You Never Will" offers a rapturous testament to marital bliss, while the much darker "Your LastMistake" is a song Elvis Costello would be proud to call his own" - No Depression
Adam Holmes and The Embers Adam Holmes and The EmbersAt only twenty-one years old singer/songwriter Adam Holmes has already been a Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician Award finalist, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Newcomer nominee and Scottish Traditional Music Award winner. Together with his band The Embers and playing their own brand of "roots pop with a hint of Scotland" they have recorded three critically acclaimed EP's in the last twelve months, played sell out gigs throughout the country, including a storming set at Celtic Connections 2012, and have received national press, radio play and record label interest from some of the music industry's most prominent movers and shakers.More info at http://adamholmesandtheembers.amazingtunes.com/users/adamholmesandtheembersFrom 7.30pm in The Ballroom. Admission price TBC. Over 18 only
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