Thrill Collins are a band on a mission to revive the genre the world forgot – skiffle. They are going about this mission by reworking the popular songbook of the golden age of pop into melodious rockabilly anthems. The band have toured America and Europe twice, have played at numerous music festivals, performing alongside artists such as The Wurzels, Zero 7 and Frank Turner, and next week they are heading for the Jurassic Folk sessions at Seaton in Devon. The band's first EP, recorded by British producer George Shilling (Blur, Texas and James Brown) was released in 2010, features classics including Michael Jackson's Black or White. In 2012 the boys have recorded their second EP – Super Continent.
Thrill Collins play Jurassic Folk at The Grove, Seaton at 7.45pm on Wednesday, December 5. To book visit www.eastdevonfolk.org or call 01297 20064.
Lily and Meg find alt folk harmony on stage together
Beautiful vocal harmonies with banjo, guitar and harmonica accompaniment, define the sweet sound made by Falmouth alt folk duo Lily and Meg, who have been making their mark on the Cornish live scene since teaming up in April.
"We haven't stopped playing and writing and recording and performing since. We are completely delighted at the response we have received so far and continue to work hard for an exciting future," say Lily Somerville and Megan Markwick.
They have even set up their own monthly club night with Duelling Kazoos called The Somerwick Sessions – the next one is at The Shipwrights, Falmouth on Sunday, featuring Jack Wallen and the White Bicycles. The girls play the Communion night at B-Side at Bunters in Truro on December 14.
They are also the main support at two shows with William the Conquerer, the new side alt-country project for Cornish singer songwriter and relentless troubadour Ruarri Joseph, at the Sandsifter, Hayle on December 7 and Miss Peapods, Penryn on December 8.
"William the Conqueror is three passionate musicians hell bent on staying in love with what they do," says Ruarri, who is joined by Harry Harding on drums and Naomi Holmes on guitar, bass and vocals.