M G BOULTER
Clifftown is a celebration of the history and culture of the English seaside. In this show songwriter and musician M G Boulter plays music from his 2021 album ‘Clifftown’, which charts his personal history of growing up in the seaside suburbia of Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Here you will find the neon lights and burnt sugar smells of a Saturday night seafront but also the solitary Essex noir of the salt marshland. With stories collected from his time creating the companion podcast series ‘The Clifftown Podcast’ and accompanied by a full band M G will bring his unique take on the English seaside to the stage.
Serving his apprenticeship in numerous bands in the hotbed of the Southend-on-Sea pub rock scene (the precursors of which were household names such as Dr Feelgood and Eddie and the Hotrods), M G has been quietly working at creating rich and evocative story songs since 2013. M G creates vignettes of suburban lives and seaside communities and is a contemporary voice in the long tradition of the singer-songwriter. Often referred to as the artist’s artist M G has been a much sought after collaborator in the folk and Americana scenes, having significant tenures in the Simone Felice Group, The Duke and the King, Emily Portman’s Coracle Band, Blue Rose Code and The Owl Service. Having previously released two albums and numerous EPs, Clifftown is M G’s most complete work to date creating an immersive world rich with ordinary lives glimpsed through fairground grease and mindless 9 to 5 jobs. As much social commentary as an honest picture postcard of his hometown, Clifftown is an exquisite and life-affirming exploration of modern suburbia and the British seaside by one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents.
“Gorgeous in a word” – Uncut
“Brings freshness to songwriting” – The Daily Telegraph (Top Ten Folk Album of the Year 2016)
“Highly Recommended” – Independent on Sunday
‘Hallival’ is the long awaited debut album from Leeds-based folk singer and songwriter Iona Lane. Having found herself fascinated by folklore and folk stories from across the UK ‘Hallival’ is inspired by natural landscapes, scientific discoveries, equality, human relationships and the supernatural, all tied together by a strong sense of place and a love for being in wild places – creating something truly special.
Having studied under the tuition of Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray and Stuart McCallum, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have captivated audiences up and down the country.
Iona was chosen by Karine Polwart to receive the Taran Guitars Young Players Bursary 2020. Since receiving the bursary luthier Rory Dowling, of Taran Guitars, has designed and built a bespoke instrument for Iona’s music.
“Lyrical ballads, beautifully performed!” – Chris Riddell
“The gorgeous natural-mythological commentaries she explores in her own songs link ancient and often unheard histories with the world we find ourselves in today.” – Nancy Kerr
“One of the most outstanding, gifted and polished young folk artists out there.” – Chesham Folk Club