THE GROUND  by  Everett Young

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Young’s natural gift for song-writing can now draw on nearly two decade’s experience as a musician and producer. He released his debut record ‘What If’ in 1997, under his middle name Hudson. The jazz-influenced LP won Young not only critical acclaim but an international fan-base.

While working on its follow-up, he found time to sit behind the mixing desk for Tallahassee’s Satori Bomb, Atlanta’s The Sight-Seers and the late Laura Pooley. “In the studio,” says Young, “I so often find myself trying to get artists to go beyond what’s current and get to the guts of their own sound.” He applied this ethos to his own work and ‘The Ground’ was the result – a stunning collection of effortless pop songs.

The story of ‘The Ground’, first released in 2002, underlines the wisdom of finding your own sound and not bowing to popular trends. Young’s album, despite many suitably ecstatic reviews, was largely overlooked in the same year his country fell in thrall to primetime television singing contests. The album’s sheer quality, however, has guaranteed it an ever-growing reputation over the last seven years.

Now that the long reign of manufactured pop is apparently drawing to a close, it seems Young’s moment has come. ‘The Ground’ has been rediscovered by university radio stations and coffee shops, catapulting his personal brand of hook-laden, intelligent yet defiantly commercial pop to a huge and enthusiastic new audience.

                                              LORDRYK by Lordryk

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Contemporary Celtic folk but taken to another level achieved, largely, by dragging traditional instruments into the nineties. To that add beautiful lyrics and melodies and enhanced by the individuality of the bands members”.

Lordryk was formed by three brothers – Andy, Paul and Tim Ashton, formerly with the Cornish band Moondragon. So it should come as no surprise that Lordryk is the Cornish word for Moondragon.

Lordryk hit the road and became an instant success, touring in the UK and mainland Europe where they built up huge fan bases. Lordryk was asked back to the Loriant Celtic Festival four years in a row – unusual, even for a top act, to be asked back more than twice. Lordryk continued to headline at festivals and major venues and the occasional support. Notably Lordryk supported The Levellers during a tour of Holland.

Athene was welcomed into the band in the mid nineties playing fiddle and occasional backing vocals that further enhanced the sound.

In between tours they returned to their home, the late lamented Vroe Community on the Lizard in Cornwall where the in-house studio was used to record yet another album.

Sadly it all came to an end in 1999 but its members are still in the bizz. Andy  is a guitarist in a band  whilst busy writing and recording a solo album. Paul helps run a community in Holland that is both a nightclub and recording studio. Tim & Athene are two thirds of The Three Daft Monkeys and Rich joined them at a later date.

                                             DREAM by Moondragon

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Proudly psychedelic pagan, progressive punk, space rock, reggae amalgam, with some really nice guitar work and folk influences. Classic material infused with a driving energy and mushroom power.

The Clectic Rock band Mondragon was formed at the end of the 80s by three brothers – Andy, Paul and Tim Ashton. The equally highly talented drummer Richard Austin was the drummer.

The quickly became Cornwall’s premier band and were soon travelling up-country to perform. The release of the ‘Dream’ album greatly enhanced their reputation and they began to support name bands.

In the early 90s Richard left the band. The search for a drummer of equal talent became prolonged. Thus songs appeared but proved to be  more folk based in nature.  The band Lordryk becamse the result of the shift in musical direction. Richard Mulryne was joined up as the new drummer and Moondragon were up and running once more.

Thereafter it was almost constant touring in the UK and mainland Europe where Moondragon built up huge fan bases.  The band consistently headlined at festivals and major venues + the occasional support.

Athene was welcomed into the band in the mid nineties playing fiddle and occasional backing vocals that further enhanced the sound.

In between tours they returned to their home, the late lamented Vroe Community on the Lizard in Cornwall where the in-house studio was used to record yet another album.

Sadly it all came to an end in 1999 but its members are still in the bizz. Andy  is a guitarist in a band  whilst busy writing and recording a solo album. Paul helps run a community in Holland that is both a nightclub and recording studio. Tim & Athene are two thirds of The Three Daft Monkeys and Rich formed the increasingly successful : Hitchcock Rules.