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FNL Special: Billy Bibby (Former Catfish & the Bottlemen) & The Wry Smiles
Fri 21 April 2017, 19:30 – 23:30 BST
Live performance from the brilliant ‘Billy Bibby (Former Catfish and the Bottlemen) & The Wry Smiles’ plus support from the inimitable Robbie Cavanagh.
BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES are an unsigned, four-piece alt rock ensemble from North Wales/Chester UK comprised of Billy Bibby/lead vox & guitar; Rob Jones/lead guitar & vox; Matt Bassy/bass & vox; Mike Pearce/drums. Since playing their first full band gig in November of 2015, the band have tallied 100 gigs and festivals in 40+ UK cities, released a début EP and three follow-up singles, with more on the way. Hard work is paying off in the form a growing, grassroots fan base, as well as music industry recognition with two grant wins from Horizons/BBC Launchpad and Arts Council of Wales to further fuel new music development and touring. Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have caught the attention of numerous tastemakers such as Adam Walton of BBC Introducing, Tim Cocker of Virgin Radio UK, Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, Radio X, NME, BBC Radio Wales, and over 100 radio and media outlets in the UK and abroad. Manchester legend Clint Boon describes the band's music as "that classic sort of British songwriting with a strong nod to Americana," naming Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen as points of reference and predicting "a massive future". The band's influences remain diverse, both classic and cutting edge, with new songs constantly being added to an already varied live repertoire. Despite forming recently, reviewers consistently remark that the group chemistry and level of musicianship are such that they play like a veteran ensemble. Bibby has surrounded himself with talent, initially holding auditions with the help of Simon Jones of The Verve. Experience also plays a key role considering Bibby's history as a UK Platinum Certified recording artist with Catfish and the Bottlemen (The Balcony), bringing to bear seven years of gigging and songcraft to every show and in every heartfelt song he's written.
ROBBIE CAVANAGH is a superb singer songwriter who is known far and wide for his encapsulating stage presence and delivery. He brings beautiful songs and a jaw-dropping vocal tone that demands you forget everything and listen.
The Bailiff Bar // The Old Courts
Doors open 7.30pm // £5 advance // £6 on the door