Bristol Food Connections Stage
Corn Street Steps
6pm Two Man Ting
7pm Johns & Nowak
9pm Slimline Shufflers
When ‘upside down left handed guitarist’ and singer Paul Bradley (Three Cane Whale, Organelles) and virtuoso drummer Emma Holbrook (Starlings, Ruby Jazz) came together no-one knew what would happen, even them. It’s improvised music of rare quality and beauty, of course, freshly prepared whenever they appear from a mix of folk, jazz and their own imaginations.
Two Man Ting
Jah-Man Aggrey’s original songs tell their stories with a fine Afro-Caribbean style as his voice and djembe conjure up the rich musical flavours of Sierra Leone around Jon Lewis’s jangling palm wine guitar loops.
Johns & Nowak
Two like-minded souls who bumped into each other at a bluegrass festival and found that combining their two voices with guitar (Andy Nowak) and mandolin (Camilla Johns) made for some pretty catchy down-home Americana. Nifty fingerwork and sweet vocal harmonies – what more could you want?
Violin & guitar duo Paruski plunder Celtic and Russian folk sources and and make a fine job of it too. But it’s their high energy performances and a heap of stagecraft that ice the cake and guarantee a fine frenzy of fun.
Blending the swampy spirit of old time New Orleans rhythm’n’blues with the perky upbeat piano jazz of Professor Longhair and Doctor John, Henry ‘Slimline’ Slim’s superb harmonica and vocals and Eric Arthur’s classic ivory tinkling drive along with Jai Widdowson-Jones on drums and deliver that perfect goodtime sound.