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Alt-folk line-up showcases best of the current scene

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

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There's an impressive celebration of alt folk sounds in Totnes next weekend, headlined by indie-folk heroes Laish (pictured above). Hosted by The Black Bird Collective, the bill also features Lux Harmonium, Emma Gatrill and Martha Rose.

Laish emerged from Brighton's Willkommen Collective and have one eponymous album under their belts and a second waiting in the wings. Danny Green writes and sings songs with a delicate grit, while the band arrange and perform with passion and poise. The band have toured throughout the UK and Europe over the last three years.

Lux Harmonium is the baby of Devon-based guitarist, singer and songwriter Luke Jones. In his mainly acoustic compositions, his lyrics focus on personal mythology and folklore and musically embrace melodic rambling.

Emma Gatrill is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumental collaborator. Her debut album Chapter One showcases poignant songs based around her latest acquisition, the harp. Martha Rose, who began writing songs in the Berlin anti-folk scene, is at the forefront of the next generation of young British female singers.

Indie-pop quintet's star is sure to keep on rising

Inventive, harmonious indie-pop with a hint of jazz goes some way to describe the soundscape offered by Nottingham quintet Dog Is Dead who turf up in Exeter next weekend as part of an extensive UK tour to air the songs from their debut album All Our Favourite Stories.

The title of forthcoming single Teenage Daughter, is an indicator of the everyday observational nature of their catchy, anthemic songs.

"It's a song I wrote about a conversation I had at the end of a party. I was talking to a girl who thought she may be pregnant just after she'd split from her boyfriend to go travelling around the world. It's how I imagined life would be the next time I saw her if she had the baby. It's about biting your lip and taking life head-on," says singer Rob Milton. The band have toured with A-listers like Bombay Bicycle Club and played a whopping 18 festivals this summer; their star is certainly ascending.

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