Skilled in everything from viola, piano and harp South London born Wolf started performing aged 14 with pop art collective Minty and released his first album Lycanthropy in 2003, his third album, the more accessible The Magic Position, featured a collaboration with Marianne Faithfull. His latest album, Lupercalia, was released in May this year and features two singles that have been featured heavily on both Radio’s 1 & 2 – Time of My Life and This City. He brings his stunning live show, full band featuring strings and saxophones, heaps of charisma and hopefully a powder blue sequinned suit to The Apple Cart.
Folk stage programmed by Communion, Fence and SWN
Communion is the long-standing club night and recently formed record label founded by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, Kev Jones, and producer Ian Grimble, Fence are the micro-indie from Fife, Scotland and SWN is the Cardiff music fest curated by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Together the Scots, Welsh and English folk factions join up at Apple Cart to present a stage featuring Cate le Bon, Joshua Caole, The Pictish Trail, Peggy Sue, Michele Stodart, Treetop Flyers, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Evening Chorus, Paul Thomas Saunders, Matthew & The Atlas, Colorama and DJ Huw Stephens.
Badly Drawn Boy
Since winning the Mercury for his debut The Hour of Bewilderbeast, Damon Gough has become one of the U.K’s most consistent
songwriters as songs like The Shining, Silent Sigh and Once Around The Block attest. He’s taken his trademark tea cosy hat and
endearingly shambolic live show on a tour of chippies and pubs, cementing his down to earth Northern roots. Expect eclectic folk,
flute filled pop and touching piano ballads all peppered with Bolton accented bon mots.
Balearic Folk Orchestra
From a conversation about what makes a great house track came the realisation of the Balearic Folk Orchestra from The Memory Band’s Stephen Cracknell and film-maker Kieran Evans. With a group of like-minded friends they re-interpret classic acid house tunes and balearic beats in an acoustic style.
James Yorkston will be singing songs old and new and reading excerpts from his acclaimed literary debut The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent which was published by Domino in February. Resident of the East Neuk of Fife, James Yorkston has been releasing a series of much acclaimed albums since 2001 and has built a loyal and
dedicated following. An integral member of the much lauded Fence Collective, his style shows a mastery of folk traditions, often drawing on traditional songs. “For me, listening to James Yorkston’s music is like coming across the interesting-looking person on the fringes of a party. Before you know it, you’ve spent the evening listening to their compelling tale. There’s a quiet confidence in his craft; his singing, the words and instrumentation.” – Philip Selway, Radiohead
The Numbers comprise two pairs of brothers and sisters Romeo and Michelle Stodart and Angela and Sean Gannon. They swiftly rose to prominence in 2004 when they signed to Heavenly records releasing their debut Hymn To Her, selling out the London Forum before their album had even been released and their eponymous debut was shortlisted for the Mercury yielding singles like Love Me Like You and Forever Lost. They have released two more albums, Them’s The Brokes and last year’s The Runaway which featured a more string-filled sound.
Saint Etienne mark 21 years as the UK’s primo alternative dance-pop act, earning national treasure status through songs that
have captured swinging London life with seductive melodies, sweeping strings, Italo pianos and acid house beats. Sarah
Cracknell, Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley have had more hits than you think from covers of Only Love Can Break Your Heart and Who Do You Think You Are to the Underworld produced Like a Motorway, unashamed euro pop of He’s On The Phone and the heartfelt ballads Avenue and Hobart Paving. Further cementing their love of London town the band have produced two films about the city and are artists-in-residence at the Royal Festival Hall.
Soul II Soul (P.A set)
Jazzie B’s soundsystem collective dominated the charts at the close of the 80s and heralded the 90s, capturing the spirit of the Times, complementing the golden era of hip hop and acid house with their deathless hits Back to Life (However Do You Want Me), Fairplay, Keep on Moving and Get A Life. They were one of few British soul acts to be huge in the States too, winning two Grammies over there. Their P.A set for Apple Cart features Jazzie B, the singers and their string section.
Steve Mason is one of the Britpop generation’s few genuinely brilliant and original songsmiths, best known for his role as singer and founding member of The Beta Band. With them, Mason’s very first releases had a massive impact on the UK pop landscape and beyond, quite literally altering the way music was made, bringing a fresh, playful, genre-busting spirit to the deployment of new technology and traditional instruments. Steve’s latest solo album, ‘Boys Outside’ is no less remarkable; haunting arrangements and inventively sculpted sounds communicate a mature and focused vision. The album was produced by Steve Mason and the ever impressive Richard X.
Sunday Girl Tea Party
Rising pop star Sunday Girl has been hosting tea parties at Broadway Market’s Cat & Mutton this summer. As well as acoustic performances from Sunday Girl expect a mix of arts and crafts, jewellery making, candy floss and – how apt – apple bobbing at The Apple Cart.
Widely acclaimed as a musical tastemaker, Gilles Peterson spreads his influence on music listeners around the world mostly
through his Worldwide radio show on BBC Radio 1. His own sound is equally experimental and impressive, expertly blending the cream of the timeless with the new breed to unequalled effect. Perfect summer style. His latest compilation, Gilles Presents Brownside Bubblers Five, provides a platform for emerging talent and the best of his own DJ sets and playlists and his love of Cuban music was compiled in last year’s Havana Cultura release.
Andrew Weatherall – Songs that inspired Screamadelica
One of London’s most legendary DJs, Weatherall has been a trailblazer since his days at Boys Own back in the late 80s. He is an artist in his own right these days finally recording under his own name after being at the helm of Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen. He is of course also best known as the producer of Primal Scream’s seminal album Screamadelica which has been enjoying a 20th year anniversary. It is at the Apple Cart that Weatherall will be playing a special set in recognition of this event – Songs that inspired Screamadelica.
As the singer and lynchpin of Dexys Midnight Runners, Rowland recorded three of the best albums of the 80s – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, Too Rye Aye and Don’t Stand Me Down. Dexy’s last played live in 2003 at the Royal Festival Hall and, while writing new material, Kevin has found a new vocation in DJing playing sets of classic soul music whilst adding his own inimitable vocals over the top.
As a mainstay of the Heavenly Social night in the 90s Sean used to be the tour DJ for Paul Weller and Oasis (and even appeared on the cover of ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)’. In 2005 his BBC London show yielded a regular slot called Guilty Pleasures which was so popular he turned it into one of the biggest London club phenomenons of recent times which still sells out Koko every month. Sean also now hosts the radio show The Joy Of Music where he plays everything from the Fleet Foxes to Fairport
Convention. He also loves unusual cover versions and has a night, also in Camden, called Cover to Cover.
Caught By The River presents Nature Disco
Pastoral pop, poetry and riverine psychedelia from the people behind the Caught By The River website and Richard Norris (The Time and Space Machine).
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