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Fran Smith's live performances transcend lazy comparisons, leaving you feeling like you've stumbled upon a completely new, unique talent.
Named a "Live Music Highlight of the Year" by the BBC in 2014, the Wakefield-based singer-songwriter has toured with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Athlete and legendary punk-poet John Cooper Clarke, and recently played her first sell-out shows in the US.
Her soulful, Northern tones are rooted in English folk, but musically she will transport you somewhere else entirely. Fran writes the kind of lyrics that people fall in love with: poetic, intelligent, sensuous and passionately delivered. Her intimate, piano-based songs weave infectious pop melodies with a dark baroque quirkiness that evokes Florence Welch and Antony Hegarty.
Fran self-released her debut EP in 2013 without a label, manager or publicist, but it was championed by Steve Lamacq and BBC Introducing and all four tracks eventually received significant national airplay on Radio 2, 4 and 6 Music.
Last year she recorded in New York with Brad Albetta (Rufus Wainwright's musical director) and Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons' violinist and musical director), and also spent time co-producing new songs at London's prestigious Air-Edel Studios. She will release new music in 2015.
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Tom, Ste, Sam, Harry and Samuel met in Leeds. Recently revealing themselves as Heir, the band have spent the past year writing and touring. With powerful four-part harmonies fronted by Tom's raw, soulful voice, their music evokes the grit of Paolo Nutini and the organic sounds of Fleetwood Mac. These, combined with tight rhythms and hooks akin to Haim's, are expressed in their debut single 'All Comes Down'.
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A FIRM OF POETS
A Firm of Poets is a collective of writers and spoken word artists based in West Yorkshire.
Formed by Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott (Skint & Demoralised) in the back fields of Glastonbury Festival, The 'Firm' have set about injecting the West Yorkshire spoken word scene with a new lease of life. Their manifesto is simple: to bring engaging, energetic and accessible poetry to the masses. Their appeal is so wide that they are enjoyed by people who don't even like poetry... or at least, didn't *realise* they liked poetry.
The 'Firm' not only showcase themselves, but have a desire to expose the best of emerging talent from the region and beyond. They recently supported Kate Tempest, and this autumn will embark on their own 20-date national tour of theatres, venues and arts spaces, part-funded by Arts Council England.
"This is proper, visceral stuff about real life. Poetry for the rest of us. Long live The Firm." - Luke Wright
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