Danny McMahon (UK)
A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s music is filled with emotive language, compelling vocal harmonies and the melodic tones of modern country music.
Danny was brought up around the musical content from his Irish family i n Bristol, UK and began his musical career as part of a rock band who toured the UK and Europe. As he began his degree and Masters in Songwriting and Business at BIMM, he was exposed to country music.
Upon attending the 2017 Country2Country, London, Danny decided that performing country music was something that he felt he connected to. Danny takes his country influence through artists such as Brett Young, Rascal Flatts & Russell Dickerson and by putting together powerful melodies with beautifully accomplished harmonies led to his debut EP release in 2017.
Danny’s passion and admirable motivation has been shown through the success of his music in such a small period of time. In 2019, Danny was awarded UK Country Artist of the Year, UK Male Country Singer of the Year and his #1 UK iTunes Country single ‘When I See You’, UK Country Song of the Year. He has been nominated for multiple British CMA awards and has spent the year touring Sweden, Italy, Nashville and the UK. He has supported the likes of Charlie Worsham, Dylan Schneider, Lockeland and Jesse Kinch.
Martha Fields band (US, France)
Martha Fields (Texas, US), award winning singer/songwriter, will be touring across Europe with her band of hot shot pickers in 2021. This Texas Troubadour embodies a hundred years of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and even Rock’n’Roll history, in a spirit of authenticity and palpable sincerity! The band has played across Europe from the UK to France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Lithuania. She’s played some of the most prestigious Country/Americana festivals and stages across Europe such as Southern Fried – Perth, Scotland, Country2Country, 02, London, UK, Craponne sur Arzon, France, Glasgow Americana and many others. With her vibrant voice, ace band, emotional purity and boundless energy « our recommendation is don’t miss seeing them on stage! » Guitar Seche.
Born with roots music in her blood, she descends from a long line of Appalachian musicians from the hills of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. She mixes the influence of her Texan father and the Appalachian roots of her mother, in a passionate and exciting crossbreeding of genres. A self-taught guitarist, she started writing songs at an early age and has shared the stage with country legends RickyLee Skaggs and Merle Travis.« The Band You Dream of Stumbling On in a Nashville Bar. Just when you thought Country Music had lost its edge, Martha Fields, sounding a bit like Lucinda Williams’ country cousin fronting the Tennessee Three has come along and not just blown the dust off our beloved music; but given it a hefty kick up the backside at the same time. » (A. Harrison, The Rocking Magpie, Maverick and No Depression).
Matthew Steinfeld (US)
Originally from Arkansas, Matt is a singer-songwriter set on making traditional country music driven by guitar and harmonica. Since finding an old flamenco guitar at an early age in his parent’s coat closet, he has been playing old country songs around the campfire and hymns in church for decades. While most of his songs balance between gratitude and reflection, they portray a perspective that is only gained through loss, pain, and the desire for something better. He continues to connect with his audience through authentic lyrics, heartfelt melodies, a southern tenor voice and a knack for the traditional. While he used to write songs and make demos growing up as a hobby, he has recently written and recorded two full-length albums in 2020 with the third on the way 2021.”
Ukus in Fabula (Italy)
Ukus in Fabula is the Italian ukulele band playing on the international music scene. It has toured the World, playing concerts in Australia, Israel, Lithuania, Germany, Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland, Austria and Scotland. It has taken part in international festivals and in national TV shows “Si può fare” (Rai), “Italia’s got talent” (Sky), and “XFactor” (Sky).
Thanks to the technical skills and to the abundant musical ideas, Ukus in Fabula ranges from reggae to rock, from pop to country music touching on singer-songwriter and top-of-the-charts hits. They often mix everything into funny and ingenious mash-ups.
Four professional musicians. They all sing and play the bass, tenor, and soprano ukuleles, kazoo and foot-drum. This explosive mix of sounds, colours and personalities makes Ukus in Fabula eclectic and unique. Their sound ranges from a classic and traditional acoustic quartet to a complete rock band, with distortion effects… And more!
Alabama Band was formed in 1995 initially as a duo of singing guitarists, later as a trio with a singing bassist. A year later, drummer Stanisław Krzemiński joined the band and from that moment the group in the current line-up began performing in Warsaw clubs and at outdoor events all over Poland.
At the beginning of 2008, the band released the album “ALABAMA BAND LIVE”, which is a recording of a concert at the Śródmieście Culture Center in Warsaw.
ALAMABA BAND won the national Dyliżanse Plebiscite: in the “New Performer” category in 2009 and in the “Band of the Year” and “Instrumentalist of the Year” categories (Grzegorz Kopka, solo guitarist) in 2017.
Alabama Band is one of the most stylish bands on the Polish country music market. Many years of experience, shared passion and deep awareness of country music from its roots to the present day make the band’s concerts always radiate with good energy and guarantee great fun and a solid portion of real, pure country music in an energetic performance.
For the last 10 years, the band has been present every year at the largest country music festivals in Poland (“Czyste Country” Festival in Wolsztyn, Country & Folk Festival in Mrągowo, Twinpigs Country Festival, Wiślaczek Country) and successfully performs at festivals abroad (Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany).
The group’s repertoire is a full cross-section of country music: from the standards of such performers as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, John Denver and Ricky Skaggs, through the musicians’ favorite honky-tonk classics (Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney) to the most beautiful country-rock hits (The Eagels, Mark Knopfler, Lynard Skynard).
Bluegrass folk music band JONIS (Lithuania)
The band „Jonis“ made its first steps in 1984. Their repertoire includes original songs and instumental compositions, Lithuanian folk song arrangements and other artists creations performed in bluegrass style with a unique sound of the band. In their active years the band has released 22
audio and 2 video albums, they participate in numerous folk and country music festivals worldwide and in Lithuania. They have performed in the US, Germany, Finland, Poland, Ireland, England and neigbouring countries. In 1994 the band initiated an opening of a music club „Juonė pastuogė“ in
Šiauliai, where live music is performed several nights a week. The band will perform their best songs and well known country song covers with other well known Lithuanian artists – A. Klova (fiddle), E. Daujotas (electric guitar).
Sherman Tan (Malaysia)
Sherman Tan is an artist, musician and owner of a strong voice hailing from Malaysia. In his 25-year career, he has won several competitions: such as Calsberg’s Top of the Pubs champion, who also won The One competition, toured all over Southeast Asia on a musical tour with the world-renowned Hard Rock Cafe network. Now Sherman Tan lives in Lithuania, gives concerts and creates his own music.
Sherman Tan captivates the audience with his charisma and strong voice, and is the only one in Lithuania to play the guitar “Finger Style”. In his program you will hear the songs of his works and well-known world hits. On the stage you will now see Bernardas Tomaszevicz – Drums, as well as Rimas Gaižutis – electric guitar and of course the unique Sherman Tan!
Fire Unseen (Lithuania, Latvia, Brasil)
Fire Unseen is a country/ southern rock band formed by a group of friends from all around the world. Well… to be more precise, 3 countries – Latvia Lithuania and Brazil. In 2021 they all came together to start a musical fire that will be hard to put out.
Each member adds a colorful musical background to the band. Rock, blues, bosa nova, punk, metal, classical, and of course country and bluegrass. The mixture of all of that creates a unique and powerful sound that will lift you up and get you goin’.
Fire Unseen plays cover versions of carefully picked songs in their own firey unseen way.
Willie Jones All Star Band (US, Germany)
Willie Jones is an American Singer/Songwriter who began singing and dancing at the age of 6 in Community Theater in Newington Connecticut. Through his teens and into his college days Willie Jones was a well known singer and bassist in local rock, blues and bluegrass bands. Since coming to
Germany in the 1980’s, Willie has formed and played with top acts from Germany, Europe and the USA including Billy Yates, Emmy Lou Harris Hot band, 3x grammy winner, John Ely, Jerry Douglas, Byron Berline, John Anderson and German Stars including, Gunther Gabriel and Klaudia Kouric.
Wolfgang Goehringer plays lead guitar and sings lead and harmony in the WJ All-Stars. Wolfgang has been a popular session guitarist since the early 80’s in Germany and played with top acts from USA and Europe including Oak Ridge Boys, Box Car Willie, John Ely, Billy Yates etc. Willie and “Wolfie”
have played together starting 1996 with the legendary German/American band, “Shady Mix” until the group disbanded in 2002. They have continued working together in duo, trio and the 4 piece “All-Star” group.
Another long-time collaborator with Willie is Germany’s session guitarist #1, Juergen Hoffman on lead, rhythm and lap Steel with his son, Paul Hoffman, on drums.
Virgis Stakėnas (Lithuania)
VIRGIS STAKENAS is a nominee Lithuanian Music Awards M.A.M.A. and is known as a Father of Country Music in Lithuania. He has been writing music for 50+ years and is the producer of five international music festivals. His musical heritage includes 354 music opuses and lyrics, 20 albums, 150 music festivals and over 3000 concerts in Lithuania, Europe, the USA; plus 280 broadcasts on the National Radio. More importantly, Stakenas is proud of his 6 guitars, 3 grandchildren, and crowds of fans and supporters.
ARTURAS PETRUOKA is a multi-instrumentalist playing the acoustic electric and bass guitars, dobro, ukulele, pedal steel, electronic organ, accordion, mandolin, banjo, kankles, drums, djembe, percussion, and harmonica in addition to his vocal talent. He will be using his musical genius to enrich Virgis Stakėnas show.