Rising Appalachia is super excited to launch our new project “the Slow Music Movement”, an effort to promote sustainable touring practices, bring in local outreach to each event, reduce single-use waste at our shows, source farm-to-table food for backstage, and continue to create and promote sustainable touring practices across the board. “It’s our effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots- that of public service. A service where musicians are not just part of fast-paced entertainment world, but instead influence the cultural shift as troubadours, activists, story tellers, and catalysts of justice,” explains Leah
UK based Ugandan singers DENIS MUGAGGA and DAN SEWAGUDDE (formerly of DaTwins fame) have teamed up with UK world musician, arranger, record producer and film composer, CRAIG PRUESS, to form a new and exciting band, the GANDA BOYS.
The recorded sound of the Ganda Boys is under the capable hands of cutting edge world fusion expert/performer, CRAIG PRUESS – a versatile American multi-instrumentalist musician, award winning composer, arranger, gold & platinum record producer.
it was during the making of the recent BBC “Moses Jones” series that Craig first met and worked with Denis and Dan, and they have never looked back! It’s a sizzling collaboration, made for an international audience – heart and soul, poetic and full of energy!
Australia's Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Realising that music is one of the best tools for bringing about cultural change, Formidable Vegetable Sound System frontman, Charlie Mgee has dedicated his musical mission to composing swingin’ tunes on a ukulele about plants, peak-oil and permaculture – among other things – with the intention of inspiring folks to create the sustainable world they want to live in starting with their own front yards. Joining him in the band is Mal Webb on slide trumpet & trombone, Kylie Morrigan on violin, Tim Bennett on drums and DJ Winx on the beets.
What they’re saying about Formidable Vegetable Sound System:
‘You don’t have to be a greenie to love this’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘Fantastic music… singing about the important issues of our time’ – The United Nations
F#@$%ng FANTASTIC!!! – Glastonbury Festival
‘Formidable Vegetable Sound System connect the creativity of nature with the creativity of music’ – Vandana Shiva
Jali Fily Cissokho is Virtuoso kora player and praise singer (griot), Jali Fily hails from Ziguinchor in the beautiful lush region of Casamance, Southern Senegal. Fily is a Mandinkan griot He has also performed on David Attenborough's BBC TV Documentary 'Elephants' for composer Will Gregory (of 'Goldfrapp' fame), and more recently for AR Rahman, composer of the score for 'Slumdog Millionaire'. ily has so far released 4 CD albums, the second, 'Doumajoulo' involving a number of other Senegalese musicians. "My aim," he says, "Is to bring KAIRA (peace) to all through my music."
Chloe Leigh and The Willow Trio - Saturday at 12noon on the Seed Stage
Chloe Leigh and The Willow Trio are a female fronted, folk inspired four piece band from Brighton, whose combination of honest lyrics, intricate melodies, and occasional Latin twists will leave you hungry for more. The band have gigged across the four corners of the country, and are in the process of finishing their first album.
Seize the Night - Protest music performed with grace and power.
Seize the night are Shannon Smy, Ali Blackburn and Elizabeth Gray; three women who also perform with the band Seize the Day. Their songs touch hearts, ask questions ...and occasionally change lives. Beautiful harmonies accompanied by guitars, cello, harp and percussion.
Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights & Protest In Folk Song & Story‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, the housing crisis and food sovereignty movement via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.
'It was a privilege to perform with you.' Peggy Seeger
'Good luck with the work you do. It’s so important and so good!' Professor Tim Lang
'You really should go and see this.' George Monbiot
'Thank you for the work you are doing, it is important.' Alistair McIntosh
AMJ Collective has been releasing fresh, modern dub tracks over the last few years steadily building a solid reputation for an original sound. Their first album, Sky Blue Love, a collaboration with dub maestro Rob Smith, came out in 2016 to wide acclaim across the world. Time to take their music to the stage, AMJ have now created a ten-piece band for an uplifting live experience featuring soulful songs and deep dub workouts. “Whenever I see the name AMJ Collective I know I’m going to be in for something special, something different, something unique.” DAVID RODIGAN “Pushes boundaries and takes reggae to new and exciting places.” REGGAEMANI.COM “Bass heavy and deep meditation, this is future roots music at its best.”SATTAMAN
Thee Onescome from the five valley delta of Stroud. A leafy, free spirited town full of artists and musicians. Raised on a diet of Dr John, The Meters and Captain Beefheart they’re all about the groove. With clever story telling lyrics their sound is infectious and will move your mind and body in equal measures. They can be dangerously wild live, whipping a crowd into a frothing frenzy, then soothe them with a delicate Latin tinged vibe.
If you catch them out-and-about we highly recommend you take your dancing shoes and a voodoo charm.
International multi-instrumentalist Vojta - violin live-looping, tribal rhythms & didgeridoo.Vojta is a multi-instrumentalist traveling the world, and gathering inspiration along the way. He started to play violin when he was young, but his devoted journey with music began two years ago when he came to New Zealand and decided to fully trust and follow the music path. It was during this time that he joined a band called Mad Hallelujah Tribe (madhallelujah.com). His solo act is a simultaneous combination of violin live-looping, tribal rhythms, and didgeridoo.
R&B/Rock band from Apsley in Hertfordshire who combine deep lyricism, soulful harmonies, funky basslines and infectious melodies to irresistible effect. April Blue are known for their tight, electric live performances. David Durant of Brooklands Radio has described the band as “fresh, vibrant and exciting”, whilst Edward Adoo of BBC Three Counties described April Blue as “amazing”. 'Valentine', the latest single from their debut album Pop Girls Etc was featured as track of the week on BBC Introducing in May, and the band won 'Best Pop Artist' at the 2016 NMG awards.
Sunday Morning Earth Beats will be providing an uplifting, mindful dance practice that helps us connect to ourselves, each other and the world around us. From a space of embodiment and heartfulness we journey through the five elements to experience our interdependence with others, our community, spirit and the wider web of life.
‘Cynefin’ is the musical brainchild of Llandysul native Owen Shiers. It’s a journey to discover the musical landscape of Ceredigion and West Wales. From the grumbles of millers past, musings of balladeers and tales of ‘y werin’ (the common folk) – it seeks to uncover the untold stories of people whos voices have been lost over the centuries.
S.H.E. Nation new album Rise in Love songs Support Humanities Evolution (S.H.E.) Soothing yet groovy, a cauldron of sonic delights & powerful intentions.
Victoria Whelan - creator and holds the vision yet is joined with other like-hearted women to perform the songs live, all holding a strong prayer and intention for the world they want.
River Roots (formerly Matt Montez Duo) are a vibrant mixture of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and a playful uplifting vibe. Conscious, mind opening music delivered from the heart.
Fusion of their soulful harmonies and positive energy illuminates the stage. They share their musical journey together while bringing people together. The music is majorly influenced by a nomadic lifestyle and connecting with nature, with a positive uplifting message.
Seed Festival 2017
Seed Festival 7-9 July 2017 Planting Big Ideas! Hawkwood, nr Stroud. Musicians, Poets, Artists, Inspiring Eco Speakers, Movers and Shakers and YOU! Seed Festival inspires a more intimate and personal connection with our living world and our place within it. WIth the biggest UK Green speaker lineup that includes the voice of many Millennials, its set to be the best yet.
More about Hawkwood
Hawkwood is a Centre For Future Thinking, providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds. Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We are a place that convenes people and organisations from many disciplines in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment. Registered charity number 311767
More about Seed Idea
Seed Ideaexists to provide inspiring and engaging service through events, design, innovation and coaching. Seed Idea projects include: concerts, festivals, videos and workshops; plus the Big Green Chair.
They are particularly inspired by people and projects that break the mould and are grounded in social and ecological values - those who are planting big ideas in the world.