Influenced initially by artists from the British folk revival of the 60s and 70s, Renny Jackson has also been inspired by contemporary Spanish music, particularly in terms of using flamenco guitar technique to write songs with a rhumba-fuelled Andalusian feel.
Last year Renny recorded his first album 'Talking Songs' with producer and musician Pablo Cook (Lily Allen, Joe Strummer, Robbie Williams). The album features intimate solo acoustic songs together with a richer band sound, including Pablo Cook on percussion and Eddie Myer (Turin Brakes) on double bass plus a host of other up and coming musicians.
Describing her music as 'poetry set to song', Rachel Hillary has much in common with other nu-folk artists from Manchester, including Literature Thieves and Raven and the Lyon and sees her live performance surrounded by any combination of of ukeleles, mandolins, djembe drums and banjos. She also relies on spontaneity as a source of inspiration, much like the Beat poets; all kinds of great things can happen by accident. Fans of Feist, Birdy, Melanie Safka and Bob Dylan will find Rachel Hillary a complimentary addition to their (already impeccable) music catalogue.
Hyperpotamus is a London-based multi-vocal solo artist from Madrid, Spain. He makes music using only his voice, a few microphones and a loop pedal.
In April 2009 he self-released his astounding debut album 'Largo Bailon'. Hyperpotamus has played on the banks of the Danube, under a staircase in Amsterdam, a cruise ship in the middle of the Mediterranean, a flower shop in Paris, a Soviet People's Palace in Bratislava, Ceacescu's Palace in Bucharest, a civic centre in Tijuana, under an organ pipe in Belfast, at a retirement home in Bilbao, in a cave in Andalusia..... as well as more conventional festivals, SXSW, Primavera and The Big Chill and has opened for such diverse acts as Animal Collective, Scorpions, Two Gallants and Buck 65.