THE NIGHT & DAY SHOWCASE
Sam McGurk is Manchesters next songwriting prodigy, with influences ranging from the likes of Jake Bugg, Elliott Smith and Nirvana.
Carrying a neat blend of raw 50’s rock n roll, 60s psychedelia with a touch of 90s alternative; Sam’s first album “Outside Saint Bride” was released in August 2017, directly inspired by the magic of the Welsh valleys in Pembrokeshire. The album was recorded in Ashton, produced by Hip Hop master Tom Caruana and engineered by Jordan Barrett.
A subsequent promotional video of the single “Empty Bottle” was released along with live performances of “Runaway” and “Sparrow”. Sam later appeared on Mike Sweeney’s BBC Radio Manchester show to promote the album and performed a live version of “Wanna Go Home”.
2018 saw Sam begin to build a loyal following in Manchester after notable after performances at Indie Week festival Manchester and a support slot with Twisted Wheel at Gorilla in November.
Sam is set to release a new EP in March 2019 which will feature his most complete songs to date with further live dates to be announced.
Carpet are a 4-piece from Congleton, Cheshire. Their sound draws on the classic indie of guitar-based bands such as The Cure, R.E.M, Teenage Fanclub and The Pixies, and their songwriting on the melodicism and musicality of the likes of Alex Turner, Radiohead and The Smiths. Led onstage by frontman Ewan, and propelled by the power of the mighty telecaster, their performance shows a surprising level of confidence for a band at such an early stage.
THE COMMON VIEW
The Common View are a newly formed indie band, made up of 4 University students based in Leeds/Manchester. Their Debut album was self-recorded, mixed and mastered, giving them a professional yet homegrown sound. Their music draws from a variety of bands including the rhythmic strumming of The Strokes to the punchy guitar riffs of The Cribs. Bassist Joe provides complex bass lines that compliment the guitars of Jose and Dom, while the Singer/Drummer combo of Jacob offers a unique take on the traditional band set up.
When it is our time, with no fear or hesitation, we must release the bow.
Blackpool based We Are Troubadour are bringing a new wave of British Rock ‘n’ Roll, drawing on their own northern working-class upbringings, along with influences from America, just like their heroes of years gone by.
Known for their classic dress sense, spreading a message of positivity and electrifying live show, We Are Troubadour have been described by fans as “The best band I’ve ever seen live” and “the soundtrack to the movie that Tarantino never made”, they guarantee a night to remember and songs you’ll be singing all the way home.
We Are Troubadour are an independent band and have had music placed on the BBC’s hit TV show, Waterloo Road along with hundreds of performances up and down the country at sold out theatre shows as well as the best-known venues and festivals in the UK, having supported the likes of Levellers, James, Newton Faulkner, Seth Lakeman and Billy Bragg.
Their current project – Release the Bow – is an ongoing 6 song album which was released single by single over a six-month period featuring artwork by their favourite artist, Darren Elwell, behind the scenes videos & insights into the inner workings of We Are Troubadour and the official videos for the songs. The Release the Bow experience is set to continue with regular additional content.
Starting as a duo, and what is now referred to as Twobadour, Mick and Andy formed as a way of passing time around the campfire after long days surfing at some of the U.K.’s best breaks. Realising the potential of their songs and abilities they rose quickly on the folk scene, being featured in Acoustic Magazine, Rock n Reel R2 magazine and releasing 2 albums Layton Road and Carnival Town.
Realising their sonic potential was being limited, the original two sought out the talents of a pair of unassuming but like-minded individuals to complete the band. First enlisting the help of Drummer Chris Tweedie in order to record their debut ‘Full Band’ EP Infinite Expectations (2015) and adding Bassist Bobby Turner to the line-up for the promotional shows.
Shortly after, Chris moved on to pursue other interests, and We Are Troubadour were introduced by a mutual friend to Liam. Immediately sensing a great fit, the band set about writing new songs and re-arranging some old ones. Clad as the dapper gentlemen you see today, they hit the recording studio, and the road, to introduce the world to their brand of Rock ‘n’ Roll.