Known as a Gibraltan Leonard Cohen, a bardic troubadour, songster and poet, Gabriel Moreno is a unique artist. His lyrics touch upon the emotional, love and desire, and his sound is tinged with an upbeat, folk-gypsy pep, alive with sincerity. Moreno’s Spanish guitar sings forth arpeggios reminiscent of the Mediterranean, but with a placeless and timeless folk spirit. The Quivering Poets, oddly and aptly named, provide a tentative bed for Moreno but violins have ample time to soar. This session sees Moreno and his Shivering Wordsmiths play a lengthy set of intimate and relaxed folk with their heartfelt gypsy-swing in full colour.
Exeter’s electronic titans Delmer Darion – Tom Lenton and Oliver Jack – have been conjuring sparkling, lo-fi infused magic-tronica for a couple of years now, and they are hitting up Poltimore Festival this year in the wake of stunning new material, namely their recent track ‘Reflections’, featuring Brighton-based but Exeter-born indie band Halcyon. Heavily inspired by literature and poetry, Delmer Darion’s music is intelligent and cinematic, textural and ethereal; it is utterly unique, and their set at Poltimore is sure to be something to behold.
With a debut album that topped Amazon's Folk Charts, we were delighted to welcome North Devon's Yazzy in for a Poltimore Session in collaboration with XTV and Exeposé Music. Her powerful voice has gained her comparisons to Adele among others, and we can see why. At only 16 years old, this is a real name to look out for.
We welcomed the incredibly talented Cara Ludlow in for a Poltimore Session this week. In return, we were given lyrical vignettes the result of growing up listening to Bob Dylan, Suzanne Vega and Kate Bush. These finely crafted songs aren't ones to miss, and here they are in collaboration with XTV and Exeposé Music.
Jo Summers is a new face in Exeter music. The singer-songwriter spent her childhood in Dubai, but now calls Plymouth home, while studying at the University of Exeter. Her minimalistic strumming patterns place full attention on her voice and the offbeat romantic stories embedded within the lyrics. Having secured a place at the heart of XpressionFM’s Exe List, names like Gabrielle Aplin and Lucy Rose in their acoustic years spring to mind, with influences ranging in all shapes and sizes from Joni Mitchell to Ed Sheeran; further airtime on BBC Introducing’s Roundtable saw ‘Seven Million’ receive praise from all quarters, suggesting Jo is one to keep an eye on over the next few years.
Holly Morwenna is an up and coming name in Devon’s prolific singer-songwriter circle that gave birth to Ben Howard, Seth Lakeman and many more. Having opened the festival at Poltimore last year, she’s gone on to support Sound of the Sirens at a sold-out Exeter Phoenix, and returns to the Poltimore courtyard with a host of new material following the success of her 2015 EP, Bloom. Despite only being 18 years old, Holly’s voice holds the maturity and confident fragility of someone assured in her influence and direction.
Scott Morrison & Ishy
A duo that epitomises everything the South West folk scene stands for in community and celebration. From curating the Sofa Sessions at Exeter Picturehouse to playing our lovely festival last year, this time round they had an exciting announcement to make.
“The more you listen, the more there is to discover.” This is how Whispering Bob Harris described the music of one of folk’s most celebrated songsmiths. He's been praised by Dylan, showcased by Jools Holland and BBC Four, and his lost letter from John Lennon was the inspiration for a Hollywood blockbuster. His music was integral to Bristol’s powerhouse folk and blues scene in the 1960s and 70s, and has been recorded by Fairport Convention, even featuring in the live set of Bruce Springsteen.
It was a pleasure to welcome Steve Tilston’s virtuosity on acoustic and 10-string guitar to the Poltimore Courtyard. With special thanks to XTV and Exeposé Music, here is his Poltimore Session.