Patricia Hammond

British-Canadian mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond studied singing in Canada and Switzerland before moving to the UK in 2001. She has appeared as an oratorio soloist in Europe and North America, as well as London’s Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls under Ivan Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and recently performed in Geneva’s Victoria Hall as part of the Fête de la Musique. In opera Patricia has appeared at the Wexford Festival, Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre and the Herodus Atticus Theatre in Athens. She has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and BBC4 Television, and Radio 4’s “Midweek” with Libby Purves in April 2010. “Le Charme”, her CD of French song, was Editor’s Choice in the American Record Guide in 2007, and she has just released “One Day When We Were Young” on a Sony compilation of nostalgic favourites Down Memory Lane.

In addition to her work in classical music, she is a fervent researcher of popular songs from bygone eras, and sings with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, one of the UK’s best 1930s-style dance bands.

Find out more about Patricia Hammond her website patriciahammond.com.

Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister are a family of like-minded musicians who came together in 2009: English to the core and with folk in their hearts, Daniel, Lorna, Max, Sam and Dan are the life, the soul and the party. Their music, equal parts traditional folk and ramshackle pop, rip roaring and rum totingly exciting, a Skinny Lister gig is an experience that spins you round, lifts you up and puts a smile on your face all the way home. Whether its heave-ho-ing shanties, family penned traditional songs or their own trade mark sounds from a lost summer spent tripping through fields of corn or hazy nights at a country pub, Skinny Lister is a lifestyle and the soundtrack to happiness.

Summer 2010, the first summer of Skinny Lister and what a summer it was…. From Glastonbury to the Isle of Wight, Camp Bestival to Leeds Festival and Leek to Greenwich and back, Skinny Lister spread the colours of the summer with their sunkissed brand of pop-folk songs, flying kites on breezy heights across the UK, winning and spinning fans along the way. For a Skinny Lister gig is more than just songs, it’s about singing and dancing, do-si-do -ing, laughing and leaving all your worries behind. The only blackberries Skinny Lister know are the ones that stain your hands and turn your ice cream purple.

Skinny Lister’s infectious melodies and good time songs such as Plough & Orion, Colours and Kite Song have already pricked the most discernible of ears including, 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson who championed the band’s fledgling release, December. The Independent summed up the Skinny Lister sound with “It’s really quite lovely music – tunes to soundtrack a day spent relaxing’, whilst NME Radio hailed it ‘Bruisingly pleasant stuff’’, and respected beardstroking online music site Drowned in Sound described the band as ‘Heartfeltedly glorious, somewhere between the Arcade Fire and Los Campesinos’

August two thousand and ten and as the last of the summer rum came to an end Skinny Lister embarked on a new voyage and adventure as they set off on their Narrowboat Tour. H’way down the Grand Union canal from Linslade in Bedfordshire, cruising the waterways of Great Britain, the band played at lockside pubs and hostelries along the way; ending up at Camden Lock for a rip-roaring night of music, song, dancing and fun with the bunting strung high at Camden’s olde Lock Tavern. As they wended their way down the beautiful British backwaters and into London, the band wrote and sang, laughed and loved and captured their unique sound, in new songs, shanties and diddles. The tour culminating with the recording of the very special ‘Grand Union’ EP, which the band gave away to fans and friends who crammed into the good ship Skinny at the Lock Tavern gig at waters end.

Following the final summer festival of the year, plans were afoot for yet another eccentric Skinny escapade, this time in the shape of the Homemade Tour. A gallivanting rollercoaster ride (well 50mph) in the Skinny Lister Land Rover travelling the length of Great Britain and playing to family, friends and fans in the band’s home towns. From the Forge and Flagon in Leicestershire, where legendary Party George (Max and Lorna’s dear old dad, who taught them all they know!) joined them onstage for more than a shanty or two, to the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle-upon-tyne. Wheezing and puffing its way with Double Bass on top and Skinny Lister onboard, the Landy finally made it back to London via Hastings for an end of tour party at the Enterprise in Camden. The Homemade Tour EP resplendent in its fine livery, was the result of their hard work, single handed mission to cheer the hearts of English country folk.

December found the shivvering Skinny snowmen and women locked away in the isolated Bryn Derwen studios, in deepest darkest Snowdonia, to record their debut album with producer David Wrench(Bat for Lashes, James Yorkston). Capturing the energy, and gusto at the heart of Skinny Lister, the songs of the summer, singalong shanties and good time tunes, all recorded for the band’s debut stereophonic outing; the results of which will be out very soon! So it’s full steam ahead for Skinny Lister and let the revelry begin!!

Find out more about Skinny Lister their website skinnylister.com.