Half Moon presents:
New Moon - A Night of New Music
Georgia & The Vintage Youth + Milly + Estelle Mey + Matt Finucane + Zach Johnson
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
A night of new music and discovery. Singer-songwriters, bands, poets, performance artists...
Only £2.50 entry. Food served until 10pm. Doors open 7:30pm.
If you would like to perform please apply via firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia & The Vintage Youth
Growing up in the small town of Loughton, Georgia has developed a passion for performing from the young age of 7. A large portion of her life has been dedicated to music and musical theatre - "This is where I believe my Jazz influences come from" says Georgia who also loves Soul, Motown, blus and Ska. Since arriving firmly on the music scene about 2 years ago with the release of her debut single "The Girl' she released a follow up EP titled "EL reco" which features Dave Swift on double bass from "The Jools Holland R&B Orchestra" and neville staple from "the specials".
Georgia's music has been played on BBC radio 2 and BBC introducing's Gary Crowley Show performing live for the latter at The Scoop London Bridge for BBC's summer festival and as BBC radio Kent's house band on The James Whale Show with her band The Vintage Youth. She has been interviewed and performed live on BBC radio London's Mark Forrest Show as well as a host of other local BBC Radio shows including BBC Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.
This is a long way from the variety of amateur shows she has performed in , as well as taking every opportunity to get up and perform in school which gave her a phenomenal foundation for stage presence. She Grew up listening to her parent's old records which introduced her to Motown, Soul and Blues, and After studying musical theatre for so long, she has learnt to appreciate and adore more theatrical styles of music and performance besides Jazz such as Cabaret, Burlesque and anything vintage! Her third and final pre-album ep is titled "go funk yourself" and was produced by no other than 'mo pleasure' (earth wind & fire).
London based singer/songwriter Milly is in the midst of creating her debut EP. Fusing electronic sounds and ethereal melodies with pulsing drums and spacey guitars. Milly will be performing stripped back versions of these songs at the half moon and will be releasing her EP later in the year.
Estelle Mey is a French singer and songwriter. She started writing and performing music in Iceland, where she used to live. Gaining influence from classic and alternative rock, Estelle mixes power and softness/ dexterity into her music producing an innovative blend of new progressive genre, unique to her.
Her intense and contrasting voice takes you on a journey as you soar from Icelandic landscapes to a stage with Robert Plant-esque vibes.
Her influences come from a combination of PJ Harvey, Björk and Moby but also The Pixies, Led Zeppelin or Nirvana for the raw quality of her rock. Throughout her album we can also sense her NIN influences.
She has supported artists such as NINA HAGEN, SINCLAIR, SHAKA PONK, LUCE, MINA AGOSSI in France, and JAGUAR in Iceland. The young singer received the Special Jury Prize at the Söngkeppni framhaldsskólanna in Reykjavik. She won the RADIO SCOOP TOUR and played to a crowd of over 25,000 people. She finished 13th at the music TV show «Nouvelle star» in France (French American Idol).
She has also played at various festivals and venues throughout Europe, including the Ella Guru night hosted by PIXIE LOTT.
In 2017 she released her first album The Key thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that surpassed its initial target by over 208%! The Key, the first track on the album, is gaining increasing popularity; it is being played on radio stations such as BBC Introducing throughout Kent, and France Bleu in France. The album is also regularly played on West Track and Deal Radio in the UK, RNV in Switzerland, and RDWA and Declic radio in France.
Brighton-based musician Matt Finucane is happy to be “an explorer and purveyor of the wonderfully unconventional and confrontational”, as Ringmaster Reviews wrote. He takes his influences from art rock, Krautrock and horrible electronic noise, and says:
“All my heroes are safely dead, but it's not just playing at being Music's Bad Conscience - I can recall when music meant something, in these days of deadly sonic perfection and pretend grit.”
Gigs are solo acoustic, in a duo, or full electric as the occasion demands. Albums are DIY-released and raw. This Mucky Age (2011) & Glow in the Dark (2012) – scored good reviews, followed by singles In The Evil Empire & Lilith in 2014/15. After a writing binge, the first of a batch of new material emerged as an EP – Threaten Me with Your Love – in 2017.
Around this time Matt put together a live band (featuring Mik Hanscomb of Junkboy), gigged across the UK and kept working on songs. On his latest release:
“I shelved an EP's worth of material to focus on the new stuff. I was trying to capture a complex set of emotions: the short-fused feeling of the times, as experienced by someone not sure of their place and wanting to do the right thing... but crossed by dark impulses and confusion. You don't know who to trust and you feel ugly... all you know is that you don't want to side with the forces of reaction. That's what was after.”
“Really should be heard by many many people” –** Louder Than War**
“Like the workmate who suddenly and joltingly reveals that not only is he smart but he also thinks very differently to you; or like the abrupt weirdness in the eleven a.m coffee cup” – Misfit City
“Much like with any good outsider, the more you listen to the songs, the more natural they become, and soon those quirks become hooks.” *– *This Is Not A Drill**
It’s a way of life, not a lifestyle.
Zach Johnson is a singer-songwriter from South-East England, writing lyrically-driven indie folk tunes. He was voted the best newcomer at the ‘Graham Steel Music Awards 2017’ and has supported artists such as Luke Jackson (BBC Radio 2 folk award nominee), John Craigie and The Black Feathers. Zach’s music is influenced by the likes of Noah Gundersen, Jason Isbell and Frank Turner.