Our friends at the Bedford in Balham, have put together our music programme for the festival. Featuring local up and coming artists, all with a contemporary, folk vibe. We hope you enjoy the music and maybe you’ll be seeing some of the acts on a bigger stage in the future.
Natalie Shay is a 16 year old multi-award winning singer/songwriter from London. Natalie has been writing and performing her own unique style of music from the age of 11 and is now two time winner of the Mayor of London, Gigs: Big Busk competition, winner, of Open Mic UK and winner of the guardian Future8 2014 Music Award. A fantastic act to start our entertainment at Beer by the River 2015.
Mark Sullivan is a singer/songwriter from Hitchin. Producing a unique sound which gels gravely vocal tones and funky guitar work. Mark brings an acoustic, funk brand of music to Beer by the River.
Sion Russell Jones
Fresh from performing at the London Folk Festival Sion brings an infectious and unique folk sound all the way from Cardiff. Having gigged extensively over the last couple of years , his music is on the verge of breaking through with tracks from his soon to be launched album featuring on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6. Definitely an act to look out for.
Steve’s career started in 1996 after joining London based rock band “Rehab”. Since then he has appeared on MTV and TOTP as well as working alongside artists such as Lionel Richie and Delta Goodrem. Now a solo artist, Steve will bring his up-beat mash up of Pop, Blues and Country to complete the Friday line-up of Beer by the River.
Balham Ukulele Society
Great local community Ukulele group from Balaham. Hawaiian shirts optional.
A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, Eighteen year old Kizzy Crawford’s solo career began just two years ago. In that time, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her songwriting and performance, which is complimented by her soaring voice that boasts both range and charisma.
ISSIMO are a theatrical pop ensemble from Yorkshire, fronted by Marc and Abi and backed by the ISSIMITES (a rogue bunch of unruly jazz musicians).
No Coward Soul
London based band playing the songs of our singer/songwriter (Alaska’s own) BRAD SCHMAUSS.
Jake Morrell Band
Fresh from performing at the Marylebone Summer Fayre, the Jake Morrel Band is an eclectic mix of musicians from the UK and Europe producing a folk – rock sound. Having been performing across London over the summer we are delighted to invite them to Beer by the River 2015
Sion, Nick, Jimmy and Frankie are Fingertrap. Joining us from the Rhonda Valley in Wales where they have been making a name for themselves by producing a brand of alternative music with diverse influences from Van Halen to Ray Charles. Be prepared for something to get you off you seats.
19 year old singer songwriter Joe Miles, hails from Northampton. He brings a brand of acoustic blues to South London influenced by Jamie Cullam and John Mayer. Musical talent runs in the family with his grandfather being the legendary Jazz musician Terry Lightfoot.