John Craigie + Reece Jacob + Lauren Rycroft
Entry Requirements: 16+
Musically comparable to John Prine, with the humour and wit of Mitch Hedberg, the humble, gracious and hilarious John Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.
“John Craigie is a dude. Craigie presents himself as no more than that but he’s a tremendously talented dude with a guitar and a great voice that can tell a funny story. Craigie can follow that story up with an even better song.” – Glide Magazine
Born and bred in California, Craigie has charmed audiences in all 50 United States and throughout much of
Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, he has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm.
He’ll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, his true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.
John Craigie finds his niche in delicate storytelling, via his voice and guitar. His new release ‘No Rain, No Rose’ is a beautiful collection of carefully selected stories, featuring many collaborations with close friends, including The Shook Twins and Gregory Alan Isakov. Regarding the title of the album, Craigie explained, “I took it from an old Buddhist saying ‘No Mud, No Lotus’, which basically means, you need the bad things to make the good things. I changed it to reflect my rainy city of roses…” paying respects to his current home in Portland, Oregon.
I Am California (Go Westy Video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wldRoZenss
Woodstock Baby (live) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6itWCmSZv0c
Pictures On My Phone (live) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26p_XSUyyU8
BBC Introducing favourite Lauren Rycroft is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter, originally from Lincoln but now based in Leeds. Still a relatively new act, 2016 has been a whirlwind year with Lauren going from strength to strength moving from small-town stages to headlining her own shows at established venues in London, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
After a busy summer playing festivals, including Dot to Dot, Live at Leeds & Tramlines, as well as being invited to do a tour of London’s coffee shops with Coffee House Sessions (following in the footsteps of the likes of Nina Nesbitt, The Shires & Luke Sital-Singh), Lauren caught the attention of BBC Introducing across the country. This year alone saw her invited in for her own live BBC Introducing sessions in Leeds, Nottingham and Lincoln. All three putting her forward for national BBC Radio play resulting in numerous works of hers being broadcast nationally on “The Mark Forrest Show”. After being played on every BBC Introducing station in the country, Lauren caught the attention of BBC Introducing star Izzy Bizu, who during her own BBC Introducing session mentioned Lauren and her songs claiming she "Absolutely Love’s it”.
The end of 2016 saw Lauren embark upon her own UK tour with her backing band supporting her self released 6 track debut EP titled “Tide of the Mind”. The EP was produced by Dave Sanderson at the legendary 2fly Studios (Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Long Blondes) in Sheffield. The EP has been a resounding success with BBC’s Melvyn Prior choosing it as his “Album of the week” the first unsigned act to be chosen by him. This Christmas Lauren has been invited to sing Christmas songs on Melvyn’s own BBC show “Melvyn in the morning” on the 24th December. Lauren’s debut EP has also been put forward to be featured on BBC Radio West Yorkshires “Best of 2016” Christmas show. The BBC’s support for the EP and reviews of “Tide of the Mind” confirm Lauren’s remarkable talent for songwriting, Fierce Panda Records have even quoted that the EP is “Sweetly Epic.”
Lauren’s Live show history is astounding. Not only has she gigged profusely up and down the country in 2016 with her own solo or full band shows, she has supported some of the most well known names in the industry on tour such as Newton Faulkner and Janet Devlin. Lauren is taking the music industry by storm and 2017 is looking to be an equally if not more successful year.
"Lauren has wowed the crowd every time she has appeared at our nights and is making quite an impact on the local scene"- Nick Simcock, High & Lonesome, Dead Young Records
“She is amazing” Izzy Bizu
"Sweetly epic" - Fierce Panda Records