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West Yorkshire Solo Artists

Artist: A Short Dark Stranger
Genre: Stomping Synth-pop For The Masses Location: Leeds
E-mail: ashortdarkstranger@yahoo.co.uk
URL: Website
Info:Pumping power pop performed with passion! Blend the finest 80s pop influences (Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Soft Cell etc) with a hint of 90s indie(including Pulp & Morrissey). Season with cathartically yearning yet quintessentially wittily dry English lyrics & serve with a hefty side order of OTT stage presence & dance moves : ) Album 'Popapocalypse!' available via Bandcamp at http://ashortdarkstranger.bandcamp.com/album/popapocalypse

Artist: Johnny B
Genre: Acoustic Rock Location: Keighley
E-mail: johnny.bedford@facebook.com
URL: Website
Info:Johnny B is a singer songwriter from Keighley who writes songs about real situations he has an album available to buy via his website and has been gigging for around 5 years now and is currently working on his second studio album and organising his first UK tour

Artist: Loz Campbell
Genre: Folk Rock Location: Wakefield
E-mail: rockchickloz@live.co.uk
URL: Website
Info:Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. I perform my own songs and covers in my own unique style from Damien Rice, George Ezra, The Beatles, The Animals, Soft Cell and many others. My original songs have been played on many radio stations incl. BBC Introducing and I will also be featured on TV channel Made in Leeds shortly on their Alive & Gigging show. Set lengths 1 hour or 2 x 45mins, please message for prices. Samples of my music can be found on Soundcloud. Debut EP out now, also available on iTunes. Suitable for all ages, pubs, festivals, restaurants, private functions etc

Artist: Chris Berry
Genre: Acoustic Solo Covers & Originals 2000s to 60s Location: Leeds
E-mail: chris@chrisberry.tv
URL: Website
Info:Acoustic versions of hit songs plus some of mine own! Play some of the best bars/pubs all around Yorkshire. If you want a great acoustic night, playing all your favourites, give me a call. Also play for wedding, parties, special events and festivals. Contact Chris 07855 992834

Artist: Paul Carey
Genre: Acoustic Soul Location: Bradford/Leeds
E-mail: paulcareymusic@googlemail.com
URL: Website
Info:Bradford based singer/songwriter playing acoustic soul. Also vocalist with Paul Carey and Indigo Blade. Available for gigging and session work.

Artist: Steve Chapman Smith
Genre: Americana Location: Pontefract
E-mail: stevechapmansmith@yahoo.com
URL: Website
Info:Ex Red lorry Yellow lorry, Ghostdance and more recently The Troubadors. Reviews speak of songs of grit and integrity. Debut CD "Rise" was released in March 2012 A cross between Steve Earle and the Beatles & Stones.

Artist: Gerry Cooper
Genre: Blues/songwriter Location: Shipley
E-mail: gerrycooper_98@hotmail.com
URL: Reverbnation
Info:I play solo acoustic blues, ragtime tunes and have recently introduced some of my own songs into my set. Sometimes I work with either Phil Snell (guitar, mandolin & fiddle) or Paul Wrigley (bass).

Artist: Paul Curtis
Genre: Acoustic Rock Location: Pudsey
E-mail: info@paulcurtismusic.com
URL: Website
Info: What a force to be reckoned withâ ¦ his soulful singing and slick finger prowess being unbeatable.â â Playrecord.net. Singer-songwriter, Paul Curtis had a musical background ranging from brass bands to rock bands, but he was ultimately destined to take on the world on his own. Since he did so, Paul has amassed a wealth of experience as a solo live performer, a particular highlight being the 2005 Pulse Battle of the Bands, in Bradford, at which he beat all of the bands in his heat to reach the final. Paul also has two E.P.s and a single under his belt, and he has also received airplay, and been a live guest, on local radio. Paul gives a passionate live show, rocking hits from the '60s to the present, as well as original material.

Artist: Paul Danby
Genre: Indie Rock Solo Vocalist Location: Huddersfield
E-mail: pauldanbysoloartist@hotmail.com
URL: Facebook
Info: Set 1 1.Pick A Part Thatâ s New - Stereophonics 2.She Sells Santuary â The Cult 3.Message in a Bottle â The Police 4.Creep - Radiohead 5.Design For Life â Manic Street Prechers 6.Keep The Faith â Bon Jovi 7.Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys 8.Cigarettes and Alcohol - Oasis 9.I Bet You Look Good - Arctic Monkeys 10.Vertigo - U2 11.7 Nation Army - The White Stripes 12.She Bangs The Drums â The Stone Roses 13.Dakota - Stereophonics 14.Everlong â Foo Fighters Set 2 1.Fight for Your Right â Beastie Boys 2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Greenday 3.When The Sun Goes Down â Arctic Monkeys 4.All The Small Things â Blink 182 5.Buck Rogers - Feeder 6.Teenage Dirtbag - Wheetus 7.Basket Case - Greenday 8.Park Life - Blur 9.Town Called Malice â The Jam 10.Word Up - Gun 11.Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet 12.No One Knows â Queens Of The Stone Age 13.Sit Down - James 14.Place Your Hands - Reef 15.Mr Brightside â The Killers 16.I Predict A Riot â Kaiser Cheifs 17. Chelsea Dagger â The Fratellis

Artist: Michael Graham
Genre: Japanese traditional music Location: Wakefield
E-mail: catchmentrecordings@outlook.com
URL: Website
Info: Michael plays Japanese traditional and original music on the shamisen and koto, which he learnt while living in Japan, and continues to practice, perform, teach and compose on both instruments. A CD of original compositions for koto, called 'Kisetsu' (Seasons), has been released through Catchment Recordings. As well as solo performances, Michael also plays in the trio 'Sankakei', blending oriental music and poetry, and occasionally appears alongside Kaminari Taiko, a York based Japanese drumming group.

Artist: Hunkle Vinn
Genre: Rock n Roll 50s-80s Location: Bradford
E-mail: vincekitson@live.co.uk
Info: solo artist/lyricist to backing tracks Bill Haley, Dion + many others, through to Shaky, Alvin Stardust etc. experienced in clubs, pubs, weddings, care homes. Disco accompaniment available when required

Artist: Joe Kemp
Genre: Soul Folk Jazz World Location: Leeds
E-mail: joekempmusic@hotmail.com
URL: Website
Info: Intricate and Refreshingly different Blue-eyed Soul, performed in a powerful and exiting way.

Artist: Mike Kershaw
Genre: Rock/Prog Location: Wakefield
E-mail: mike@kershmusic.com
URL: Website
Info:Having previously recorded under the name 'Relocate To Heathrow' I decided to record my latest and all future projects under my own name. The last few years have seen great leaps musically and the new album deserves a new identity. I have been gathering increased Prog Rock radio exposure from ARfm (soundscapes) & The Dividing Line and obviously hope that the new album builds on this. My music is difficult to categorise and though there are clearly tracks that are very Prog Rock influenced there are many that veer in other directions....You have to listen really to know what I mean. The new album 'Reason to Believe' is out now and available via most digital providers or CD's are available by contacting via the contact page on my website.

Artist: Max Lilleyman
Genre: Alternative Singer-Songwriter/Slowcore Folk Location: Wakefield
E-mail: max.lilleyman@gmail.com
URL: Facebook
Info:Based in Wakefield and having grown weary of the loud band scene I make music for "people who have time to be quiet" - to steal a phrase from an Island Records press release for a Nick Drake compilation. Intimacy is important but so are dynamics; diversity and not sticking to the same formula over and over again. Having trained as a screenwriter and sound designer I found the medium of songwriting to be the only true catharsis. Inspired by the likes of Neil Young and Mark Kozelek to be true to myself in my pursuit of the muse I write songs compulsively. My songs are vignettes that paint a portrait of who I am. I couldn't really write about myself in any more detail here than I would in a song. I should really hire someone for that.

Artist: Tim Moon
Genre: English Acoustic Location: Haworth
E-mail: tim@timmoon.co.uk
URL: Website
Info:Multi instrumental (over 100 instruments) songwriter and singer. Has worked with The Sex Patels, Incredible String Band, Mike McCartney and many others. Concerts, workshops and sessions. Fully pro.

Artist: Mr Gary C
Genre: Acoustic Singer Songwriter Location: Leeds
E-mail: garycwilliams@talktalk.net
URL: Soundcloud
Info:Mr Gary C is a solo acoustic singer-songwriter and his music has been described as "Acoustic pop with panache!" His forte is well crafted and upbeat songs, which are full of hooks and are instantly memorable. Drawing from such influences as Bobby Darin, The Style Council, Jimmy Webb, Johnny Cash and the Baccarach & David partnership, he performs with bags of style and a confidence that has earned him a solid reputation and a loyal following. He has notched up a number of fantastic shows, radio and television appearances, and all whilst playing the music he loves and with a smile on his face! 2011 proved to be a banner year for Mr Gary C with (amongst other things) the release of his debut solo EP, which received great reviews and radio-play across the BBC network, and numerous commercial and internet stations; whilst the video for 'A Little Bit Easier' and a series of HD pod-casts were all showcased on the BBC Big Screens across Yorkshire. Mr Gary C is a regular on the summer festivals circuit and has played supporting gigs with Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Chris Helme (Seahorses), Puressence and Mungo Jerry, to name but a few. His second solo release 'Three Cheers for the Underdog' was made available on 25 March via itunes and all major download stores.

Artist: Mark Otway
Genre: Singer/Songwriter Location: Leeds
E-mail: markotway@hotmail.co.uk
URL: Website
Info: Marc has shown a natural ability to play and compose music since the tender age of 4. As he has matured he has honed his skills to become a multi-instrumentalist, a master songwriter, as well as an assured and captivating performer. As an instrumentalist, Marc has the ability fill any position in a pop band, having had formal training as a drummer, a guitarist, a vocalist as well as being a skilled, yet self taught keyboard player. As a songwriter, Marc really shows his versatility. Having specialized in composition whilst studying for his BA in Popular Music at Leeds College of Music; Marc can write memorable music in any style with confidence. He also has the musical expertise to arrange music in just about any style, and has the very rare ability to write, arrange and perform all of his own material with a high level of professionalism. On top of writing his own material; Marc has written and arranged for television.

Artist: John Parkes
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Location: Leeds
E-mail: johnaazrecords@ntlworld.com
URL: Website
Info: Played in various underground indie rock bands that flirted with success over the years and started doing solo singer-songwriter stuff in the mid noughties. Plays various gigs generally in the Northern half of England and has releassed 2 critically acclaimed solo acoustic albums. First new release in a while is the Don't be Seventeen EP - and a new album in 2013

Artist: Malcolm Purvis
Genre: Folk/Rock Location: Wetherby
E-mail: malpurvis64@gmail.com
URL: Website
Info: Hi, after playing in rock bands I recently started doing solo gigs in the Yorkshire area and open mics. I write my own original songs and have played as far afield as Chicago. Love songwriting and singing and always looking for new places to play.

Artist: Quiet Rebellion (Shaun T Hunter)
Genre: Ethereal DIY Location: Bradford
E-mail: quiet_rebellion@hotmail.co.uk
URL: Website
Info: An original songwriter, influenced by Bowie and the Clash to Jeff Buckley and Sigur Ros! Released 4 solo albums through voiceprint, a pure independent artist who from creating the record to releasing takes on all of the tasks. Also composed the score to 'Bad Day' a Toronto International Film Festival winner ReelheART. With his music being desciribed as transendental and other worldly, together with a collaboration of artists, is creating a visual accompaniment into bespoke and art spaces. Was also voted for by his peers as the acoustic roots artist of the year at the Leeds independent music awards in 2006.

Artist: Quinch
Genre: Electronica Location: Bradford
E-mail: info@musicfromquinch.com
URL: Website
Info: Composer, producer and all-round technology whisperer who lives in the dark space between rock, dance and pop. Always keen to hear from off-the-wall musicians and singers who are interested in collaborating.

Artist: Emily Sargant
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Location: Haworth
E-mail: music@emilysargant.co.uk
URL: Website
Info:Emily is a 16 year old singer/songwriter from West Yorkshire. She performs a range of songs from quirky covers through to to her own originals.

Artist: Chris Stocks
Genre: Acoustic Rock/Pop/Blues Location: Leeds
E-mail: chrisstocksmusic@hotmail.com
URL: Website
Info:Available for cover gigs, weddings, events, bars, clubs, pubs and private parties. Search Chris Stocks in YOUTUBE for cover videos. Material - From the Beatles through to Coldplay....

Artist: Richie Schmarler
Genre: Acoustic / Alternative / Pop / Rock / Folk / Progressive Location: Leeds
E-mail: wright385@btinternet.com
URL: Reverbnation
Info:Richie's music can be recognized for memorable acoustic songwriting with plenty of hooks and charismatic performances. His sets are varied and dynamic ranging tastefully from chilled out mellow vibes to foot tapping soaring tunes, including exciting fresh sounding cover versions.

Artist: Shan Walshaw
Genre: Acoustic Location: Dewsbury/Wakefield
E-mail: Shandotcurve@hotmail.com
Info:I am a solo acoustic artists who strives to make people feel good! I love to play my music to struggling people in order to make them forget whatever it is they are feeling. My music and my whole career in it is based on that. I have a unique voice and music is everything to me

Artist: Ben 'Blue' Waters
Genre: Blues Location: Keighley
E-mail: bgwaters@easynet.co.uk
URL: Website
Info:I play acoustic slide guitar. I've been gigging since the 70's, Sometimes in bands, sometimes solo, and various genres from R&B to punk to avant garde, but I've always maintained a deep love of the simple country blues of artists like Son House and Robert Johnson, and the urban blues of Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Looking for gigs in West Yorkshire and beyond.

Artist: Wilson
Genre: Acoustic Rock Location: Leeds
E-mail: wilsonmusicuk@outlook.com
URL: Website
Info:Wilson is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Leeds, West Yorkshire

Artist: Fran Wyburn
Genre: Contemporary Folk Location: Leeds
E-mail: franwyburn@gmail.com
URL: Website
Info:The singer-songwriterâ s newly released EP 'Little Moments' is a beautiful collection of unique songs- characterized by rich harmonies and subtle instrumentation, providing a dreamy backdrop to her poetic lyrics. Inspired by the 1960â s folk revival, her style is current, original and spirited. Fran has joined harmonious forces with Rosie Evans a beautiful singer, George Birkett a mesmorising folk guitarist and singer and Sam Dutton Taylor a very talented bass player, the four of them make up the wonderful Fran Wyburn and the Indigos. They have been gigging across the UK charming audiences with their unique blend of folk, quirky story telling songs and warm personalities. In a short space of time they have already proved they are defintely one to watch out for in 2015. After working in London for several years Fran set off around the globe with her guitar on her back, returning a songwriter. Further honing her skills at the prestigious Leeds College of Music, she worked with Ivor Novello Award winning Iain Archer (Jake Bugg, Gabrielle Aplin, Snow Patrol). The EP has also been mastered by the accomplished producer Toby Davies (Gentlemans Dub Club, Ranking Records).