Dan Raza’s uplifting, powerful songs have won him many fans and led to his supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour, as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Chris Farlowe throughout the UK and USA. He has just released his debut album in collaboration with Charlie Hart, multi-instrumentalist and producer, who has worked previously with Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton and Mose Allison. It features a stellar array of guest appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson) Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita). Channeling the spirit of Van Morrison and Fisherman’s Blues-era Waterboys, tonight he plays with his full band, The Shrouds.
Dan Raza & The Shrouds onstage at 10.00 pm
We asked Billy Bones for a description, here’s what they gave us, it couldn’t be more perfect: If The Pogues and Gogol Bordello had dirty rough sex with Arcade Fire in the toilet of a dry docked old sailing ship themed pub and the filthy sprogs that popped out 9 months on were hand reared by The Clash and Hunter S Thompson, in a sh*t caravan decorated inside by Tim Burton parked on some wasteground upstairs in the Hawley Arms, and…. those sprogs grew up into a band, the chances are that the band would be named Billy Bones”. They recently completed a UK tour supporting Pete Doherty, and include Babyshambles guitarist Mick Whitnall in their ever expanding ranks.
Billy Bones onstage at 9.00 pm
Born from the ashes of the Moon Music Orchestra, Bobby J and Hot Teeth bring you the heaviest, most psychedelic of grooves lashed to the shiniest of glammed up super sparkling hooks. Think Queens of the Stone Age meet Funkadelic put though a day-glo Prince filter.
Bobby J & Hot Teeth onstage at 8.15 pm
Another of the Smugglers Records affiliates play the Glad (Hellfire Orchestra/ Cocos Lovers/ Leonie Evans). Informed by psychedelic, post and progressive rock, minimalism and 1960s revivalist folk and blues, Son of Kirk create their own unique and contemporary take on the thriving UK alt and indie folk movement.
Son of Kirk onstage at 7.30 pm