Billy Salisbury aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the Europe’s best festivals. They’ve been regulars at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and many more.
Politically driven the band blend acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more. Loyal fans travel the length of the UK for shows and spread the music wider with their impressive devotion.
The Truth or Fiction tour marks the band’s third album, their most ambitious to date. Lyrically the band have never had so much to discuss. Political all always singer Billy Rowan discusses the state of the world at a time when we’re just starting to realise how much those who rule our lives hide information from us.
Formed in September 2013, Black Thorn are a four-piece band, young and energetic with a catchy new-wave folk sound.
Most of Black Thorn’s material is original, and their influences are diverse (Seth Lakeman, Calvin Harris, Fat Freddy’s Drop and even Bullet For My Valentine!)
They use mandolin, accordion, acoustic guitars, bass, trumpet, percussion, beatboxing and vocal harmonies. And wah pedals, of course.
Their first EP was released in July 2014 and tracks from it have been played regularly on BBC Introducing with rave reviews from DJ Christian Carlisle.
Their debut album ‘Butter Side Up’ was released in August 2016 and every track on it has been played by the BBC.
Their music has been featured in BBC Sheffield’s Top 50 Tracks of 2014, 2015 and 2016 (when they reached Number 5!!) They have been played on the Mark Forrest show, which goes out to all 39 BBC radio stations in the UK.
They have been featured on BBC 6 Music – Tom Robinson’s Mixtape and also his Top 25 tracks ‘Fresh On The Net’. They were broadcast playing a live session on BBC Introducing for Tramlines Festival, Sheffield in 2016.
They will be playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival, 2017, which, understandably, they are very excited about!
And in the autumn, they will be starting work on their second album.