With just one day to go before the gates open at Ramsbottom Cricket Club for the fifth instalment of the ever-growing Ramsbottom Festival, we turn our attention to five more acts that we think are worth checking out at the festival (or otherwise). Tickets are still available online and will be more expensive on the door for one of the country's most intimate yet exciting music festivals that mixes both nationally known acts such as headliners Idlewild, The Wonder Stuff and The Proclaimers with the best emerging talent from the North West and beyond.
Dave Fidler is a man with a growing reputation as a solo artist on the back of last year’s debut album I’m Not Here. His songs have been known to reduce his audience to tears such is the emotional intensity of songs like A Song For Nico about the troubled birth of his daughter or the Dylanesque Easy Gone Easy Come about his son. He’ll also stun you with his mastery and diversity of guitar playing styles as well – single Taking Over being a prime example of his fingerpicking technique.
Dave Fidler's website can be found here and the single and his album I'm Not Here can be purchased on CD and vinyl from there. He is also on Twitter and Facebook.
Having blown away audiences at the urban Dot To Dot Festival earlier this summer and with single Regress building them an underground following, Delamere are about to break out with their forthcoming single Heart, which is ready-made for the festival scene and the big halls of the land to which they're heading. We'd recommend catching them here and now before you'll be scrabbling around for tickets for their winter tour.
Delamere's official website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter.
Jesca Hoop is a fabulous anomaly. Three albums into her career and a fourth hopefully on the way, it's impossible to pin her down - the perfect slightly off-the-wall pop of Hospital (Win Your Love) contrasts with songs about her mother's battle with terminal illness, but she's never anything but utterly compelling to watch and listen to live whether she's singing or regaling us with all manner of stories of the weird and wonderful life she's lived that's taken her from Santa Rosa, California to the less sunny climbs of Manchester.
Jesca's official website can be found here. She is also on Facebook and Twitter.
Grainne Duffy hails from Co Monaghan, Ireland and the influences of her home permeate throughout her two albums to date, but it's this year's live album that showcases her addictive mix of soul, blues and country and of course her showstopping voice. Having built big audiences in places like Germany and France as well as back in Ireland and fresh from a recent trip to Morocco, Grainne promises to light up Sunday's proceedings.
Grainne Duffy's official site can be found here. She is also on Facebook and Twitter.
THE JADE ASSEMBLY
Hailing from just down the road in Bolton, 2015 has been a big year for The Jade Assembly playing ever bigger shows in their home town and in Manchester and with the release of their most recent single One Last Time putting down a substantial marker that they're a force to be reckoned. They're a band that's not afraid to wear their hearts on the sleeve and in front man John Foster they have a man with a voice to match the ambition of their huge anthems. Expect a preview of their next single Nothing Changes and a loyal local following down the front for their set on Friday.
The Jade Assembly's website can be found here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.
The official Ramsbottom Festival website can be found here. Tickets are available on a day and weekend basis. The festival is also on Facebook and Twitter.
Part one of our preview can be found here.
Part two of our preview can be found here.