Our partner Cornwall Music Forum announces new acts for Talent scheme

Black TambourinesOur Cornwall based Artist Development Partner Cornwall Music Forum has announced the artists that will be taking part in their artist development scheme – the SAND Project (Supporting Artists New Directions).  

Our new network of regional Artist Development Partners recognises the wealth of talent across the UK. We are excited to work with Cornwall Music Forum and explore the specific challenges emerging artists face in the region.

The Cornwall Music Forum SAND project aims to support unsigned artists creating original music in Cornwall to reach the next level in their music careers. Support will include mentoring and studio time the project will culminate with a showcase at Looe Music Festival.

The selected artists are:

The Black Tambourines (Pictured above) 

Olive Haigh

Ruarri Joseph

Julian Gaskell & his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Jenny Bishop

Cornwall Music Forum are a not for profit music organisation who aim to inspire, support, connect and promote music in Cornwall. They provide a comprehensive music listings service, encourage musicians and music businesses to network & connect and develop exclusive and bespoke resources to help support and develop musicians, businesses and venues.

Cornwall Music Forum is also supported by Arts Council England, Falmouth University, dBs Music and Creative Skills.

Find out more about the selected artists below and explore our other Regional Artist Partners and supported artists

The Black Tambourines

Based in Cornwall, The Black Tambourines met and formed whilst studying art in Falmouth.  After releasing their self-titled debut album with Art is Hard records in 2013, the band has been touring ever since, offering support to acts such as The Fall and Jesus and Mary Chain.

Blissfully hazy garage-punk, the material is born from long days spent dreaming by the coast in their native Cornwall. – Clash Magazine

Olive Haigh

Olive Haigh is a narrative singer-songwriter who creates thoughtful imagery within her songs, performing on her autoharp. Whether she’s standing alone or with her band, Olive creates a dramatic atmosphere on stage which is hauntingly mesmerising. She has recently released singles, ‘Pebble People’ and’ Secret Cupboard Waltz’.

Ruarri Joseph

Joseph’s first independent release, the 2006 EP ‘All Substance and No Style’, brought him to the attention of Atlantic Records, who oversaw his first official album release, 2007’s ‘Tales Of Grime and Grit’. Ruarri left Atlantic records in 2008, going back to basics, he converted his garden shed into a makeshift studio where he dedicatedly tinkered away with new songs, later releasing ‘Both Sides of the Coin’ in 2009.  His follow-up release, 2011’s ‘Shoulder To The Wheel’, was an equally freewheeling affair, refining Joseph’s talent for poetic, toe-tapping folk ballads.  Joseph’s newest album, ‘Brother’, was released in 2013.

Jenny Bishop

“Long-tall singer-songwriter and guitarist”, Jenny Bishop has had the wonderful opportunities to open for great musicians such as Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention), Ralph McTell, Midge Ure (Ultravox, Band Aid), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Los Pacaminos.

Currently performing across the South West of England, you can catch Jenny with her loop station as a solo artist or as part of a duo with trumpeter Richard Evans (The Mighty Bucca Du, Kabasa & Wonderbrass). Her ‘beatboxing’ son, Jordan Bishop, has been known to share a stage with her also.

Julian Gaskell & his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and nomadic one-man-garage-orchestra Julian Gaskell howls and hollers his way through a global cacophony, leaping from cockney cowboy drawling to barely uttered murmurs of eloquent discontent, all delivered with a sharp lyrical edge.

His recent album " Kind words from home’ is’ a home-grown tour-de-force of musical and lyrical recklessness, a wall-of-thrift sound, a moreish, richly narrative and vocative concoction" (Western Morning News). Julian is based in Penryn, Cornwall where he is continually refining the 'wall of thrift' sound and occasionally ventures out to gig either solo or with his band.

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