Saturday 17 July
Get ready for an evening filled with fantastic musicians and performers and feel those Tolpuddle vibes.
South London-born singer-songwriter Maddy Carty is an ex-BRIT School student who went on to study at Leeds College of Music. After graduating, she headed back to London to form her own band, and record her debut album, Come And Get It.
Drawing her inspiration from artists such as Tracy Chapman, India.Arie and Amy Winehouse, Maddy has a soulful sound with honest and relatable lyrics.
Described as “strikingly sophisticated and self-contained” and a performer that is “sickeningly talented”, Maddy uses her music to try and make the world a little bit fairer.
Robb Johnson is one of the most consistent and prolific songwriters of our generation. Contradicting capitalism since 1985 pretty much sums up the vast body of his work.
His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, and he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim. His work is both political and personal.“[Robb’s] songs are incisive and clever and witty, and you can sing them on your way to work.”
A firm friend of the Tolpuddle Festival, we’re delighted to have him play the Online Festival 2021.
The Babar Luck World Citizen Folk Band
A sci-fi folk band and sound, headed up by the enigmatic Babar Luck whose love of music means he explores a wide variety of styles.
Music helps Babar find a way to express diversity and openness, sadness, passions and desires. He believes music is a healer and a teacher. And can motivate and change actions and behaviour.
As Babar says, "[the band] is a more spiritual side of me."
Songs from the States
The Saturday evening online performance will include a trans-Atlantic musical treat. Campaigning songsmiths from the US are bringing their performances to the Tolpuddle Festival.
When asked if he wanted to perform Khan replied:
“You know I would LOVE to perform at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, even if virtually. So, yes, absolutely.”
Si Khan is a veteran activist singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He is the founder and former director of Grassroots Leadership, a non-profit organisation that advocates for
causes including prison reform, improved immigration detention policies, and violence prevention. Most of the profits from Kahn's musical performances benefit this group. He has supported Save Our Cumberland Mountains, an environmentalist group opposed to strip mining in Appalachia. Kahn is especially known for songs about workers and their families, like ‘Aragon Mill’ (1974).
Anthony D’Amato gained international acclaim with the release of ‘The Shipwreck From The Shore,’ in 2014.
In response to mounting humanitarian crises, D’Amato was part of a collaborative charity EP ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ which raised some $10,000 for refugee aid.
D’Amato has racked up more than ten million streams on Spotify alone and landed headline and festival performances in the US, Europe, and Australia.
‘Five Songs From New Orleans,’ is a stripped-down, acoustic EP praised as “stunning” by Billboard. The collection is a raw, unfiltered affair that draws on an eclectic array of New Orleans sounds from Cajun fiddle and Dixieland jazz to classic country and fingerpicked folk.
Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers in the US.
A powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she light-heartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality.
“I believe in hope,” Matthews said. “It is my duty to keep breathing that hope and encouragement into the people who listen to my music.”
She tackles some heavy topics like immigration, the opioid crisis, Black Lives Matter and gun safety.
Crys Matthews's thoughtful, realistic and emotional songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving.
Based in New Orleans, Blanton performs on guitar and has released six albums and three EPs, all with a ‘pay what you please’ pricing strategy. Blanton wrote "My true calling as an artist is to share…What I actually want to do is make beautiful music and then give it to everyone, regardless of what they give me back".
Blanton says she writes "a lot about sexuality and gender and a little bit about politics as well”.
Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and John Prine, Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.