Fresh Notes: Celebrating all things new and experimental.

Published on 8th April 2024

Spring is a time for new growth and as the sun starts to shine, join us at Brewery Arts for an eclectic season of incredible music from some of our favourite emerging artists across all genres – here’s our hand-picked tips for you new music lovers out there! 

Brìghde Chaimbeul – Thursday 25 April

Brighde is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music and of the Scottish smallpipes; a bellows-powered set of bagpipes with a double-note drone. She has devised a completely unique way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the instrument; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like atmosphere, played with enticing virtuosic liquidity. An unmissable show for fans of experimental instrumental and traditional folk music.

For fans of: Ross Ainslie, Lankum, Lau

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Snapped Ankles – Wednesday 8 May

Taking influences from post-punk to experimental electronic and avant-garde jazz, London-based Snapped Ankles are one of the most exciting bands operating at the fringes of UK pop to emerge in recent years. They formed in 2011 and in 2017 signed to Leeds’ now legendary Leaf Label – a stable familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in the sound of the UK underground and sonic arts.

For fans of: The Fall, Kraftwerk, Working Mens Club

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Fergus McCreadie Trio – Friday 10 May

Fergus McCreadie is an artist whose music exists at the blurred fringes of contemporary jazz, with a sound that evokes the sound of the legendary Scandinavian piano trios. Since 2021 his career has skyrocketed, propelled him into the international limelight by two acclaimed releases: his debut album on the iconic jazz imprint Edition Records, “Cairn” (2021), set the stage for a journey deeply rooted in natural themes, while “Forest Floor” (2022) was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and clinching Scottish Album of the Year – the first ever Scottish jazz album to do so.

McCreadie takes influences from the natural world, taking listeners on a sonic journey through wild places and rugged landscapes, rich with melody and texture.

For fans of: Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Gogo Penguin, Espen Eriksen

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TC & The Groove Family – Friday 31 May

One of the hottest bands on the UK’s booming jazz scene, this 10-piece collective celebrate the coming together of cultures from around the world, producing energetic, cutting-edge jazz sounds with influences including afrobeat, breakbeats, jungle and highlife. 

For fans of: Kamaal Williams, Nubiyan Twist, Sons of Kemet

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Group Listening – Saturday 8 June

Musical collaborators for the past decade, Paul Jones and Stephen Black are together known as the woodwind-and-key-wielding, sculptural-papier-mâché-hat-wearing Group Listening.

Part musical collaboration, part field recording and folk history research project, part performance art, Group Listening is a name you want to be familiar with if you’re into all things musically uncanny, and definitely one for the crate diggers and library recordings enthusiasts. 

For fans of: Finders Keepers Records, Delia Derbyshire, Cate Le Bon

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Bess Atwell – Saturday 27 July

Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith, Brighton’s Bess Atwell crafts songs that are as beautiful as they are timeless. Her new single ‘Sylvester,’ sees Bess contemplate and re-evaluate familial roles and relationships through the resurrection of the track’s namesake, an imaginary character from her childhood. 

For fans of: This Is The Kit, Sharon Van Etten, Julia Jacklin

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