Joesph & Maia
Friday 7th August 2015
Four Bars at Dempseys
8pm / Ages 18+
Joesph & Maia
New Zealand based duo, Joseph & Maia, have been making music for the last 3 years establishing themselves as songwriters and a hardworking touring act. Influenced by the likes of Ryan Adams, Ben Howard, The Staves and Noah Gundersen, the pair have quickly developed a unique sound that is ‘Joseph&Maia’. J&M recently parted ways with their label Sony Music NZ to claim independence and direction in an ever changing industry. The follow up to their debut EP ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ is set for release in April 2015 so be sure to keep your eyes and ears open.
Remembering August release their new EP Brother which includes the intimate and intriguing singe “Stay” on 10th November. TVD said, “the chemistry between the two is electric think The Civil Wars meets Lorde.” Gigwise commented, “ a tender and soaring lament to the struggle of holding on as love fades,” with Sweet Circuit adding, “makes you fall in love all over again”.
Discovered by Ed Sheeran collaborator Amy Wadge, Remembering August are the real deal, a sensual evocative pairing that fuse Jessie and Luke’s tousled blonde locks; impeccable taste and soaring soul-filled harmonies. What’s remarkable is their ages (both only just 19) their ambitions (world wide recognition), and their achievements: play-listing on both Amazing Radio and BBC Radio Wales.
Jessie Hallett and Luke Searle combine the sophistication of The Civil Wars with the passion of Buckingham Nicks and Bruce Springsteen to create a fresh take on Americana with songs ripped deep from the heart. They formed whilst studying Music Technology in Bridgend South Wales after a course requirement to sing a duet with a classmate brought Jessie and Luke together. The vocal chemistry on that first performance was pure alchemy. Soon afterwards they met Amy Wadge at songwriting workshop in Pontypridd which led to Amy’s offer of producing their debut EP.
Gildas is the stage name for the singer-songwriter from Llansannan, Arwel Lloyd. He is well known as the co-writer and guitarist for the Al Lewis Band and since 2009 he’s been ploughing his own furrow with a blend of folk roots and electro influences with his individual project Gildas. He has released many records that have received high praise from critics and the public and the second album Sgwennu Stori appeared on the short list for Welsh Language Album of the Year 2014 and Y Selar Best Albums of 2013. On his latest album, Paid â Deud, Arwel blends his guitar arrangements with the voices of Greta Isaac and Miriam Isaac to compile a collection of new verions of other people’s songs.