Joshua Caole / Dave Hughes / Mark McCabe / Davey Nolan
Thursday 4th October
Caole’s music evokes the American songwriting greats like Gram Parsons yet simultaneously tiptoes along the lines of alt rock, post punk and folkier climbs. What binds these disparate influences together is his rough-with-the-smooth combination of coarse, velvet vocals with clean, beautiful ringwheeling guitar parts.
Combining the songwriting of Elliot Smith with the vocal fragility of Bright Eyes; tales of misspent nights and love not quite won makes his debut album Moon Palace (released April 2012) an
impressive, impassioned collection of songs.
After releasing his EP Slow Hearts in December 2010, Joshua Caole spent much of the past year playing in cramped, dark rooms in the UK and Europe including support slots with superb acts such as Smoke Fairies, Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine and Laura Gibson - to name just a few - and appeared at festivals including; Lounge on the Farm, Apple Cart and Swn. The year was topped off with a slot at the December Sessions at the O2 arena in London.
This year he’s doing it all over again, touring Europe far and wide with freshly pressed copies of Moon Palace under his arm.
"Subtle, understated songs with death and beauty at their heart.”
- Adam Walton (BBC Wales)
Dave Hughes is a folk singer, originally from just outside Glasgow but now residing in Dundee. He has been playing live for 5 years, and in this time has clocked up over 200 gigs all around the UK.
In the past has played with, amongst others, Frank Turner, The Wonder Stuff, Chris T-T, Ricky Warwick (ex-The Almighty, now of Thin Lizzy), Jonah Matranga, Damien Dempsey, and The Indelicates.
Drawing influences from Bruce Springsteen, Christy Moore and The Clash, he plays a modern form of politically, socially aware, story-telling folk music.
Recently signed to London DIY label “Corporate Records” who released his third album “Despite the Blackout”. A six track acoustic folk record recorded between 2010 and the start of 2011. Backing band “The Renegade Folk Punk Band” features 5 members and sounds like a “punk rock ceilidh”.
With his musical cohorts, stomped his way through an Irish folk flavoured set of post punk songs that would surely have won the approval of Joe Strummer”, - Bluesbunny
"If Gaslight Anthem got in a fight with Against Me! at a folk festival" - Wesley Shearer, Scotscribbler
"songs that are too melodic to be the traditional, if not literal definition of punk, but too ramshackle for the folk circuit." - Lisa-Marie Ferla, Last Years Girl
"Righteously riotous" - Ramblings of A Nik