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CICCIC Music Festival v2 2016 – Helping Raise Much Needed Funds for CICCIC – Sat 7th May

ciccic music festival v2 Taunton posterSat 7th May 7pm-12am. Tickets just £10 for seeing 11 amazing bands/musicians and all proceeds to go to not-for-profit org CICCIC with many more events throughout 2016 to make up CICCIC Music Festival.
Since CICCIC started in 2012 Taunton has seen a major shift in arts and culture and many people have found a home for their creative thinking and practice, but as a not-for-profit organisation with no public funding we struggle to keep our doors open so now’s your chance to help us raise much needed funds for CICCIC while enjoying an amazing night out seeing some of the best musicians from the UK.
Want to know more about CICCIC? Check out our Patron & Friends brochure.


This amazing line-up of songwriters, guitarists, bands and singers bring the whole spirit of CICCIC to life in Taunton on Saturday 7th May and an excellent price for hearing from well-seasoned artists from a range of genres.
We are very excited to have:

  1. Elliot & Rapunzel
  2. Mike Bess
  3. Darren Hodge
  4. Universal Sound Machine
  5. Palooka 5

Licensed bar available. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

About The Bands/Artists

Elliot & Rapunzel

ellandrapstandingrapsmallElliot Hall has long been known in Bristol and surrounding areas for his sincere, emotional songwriting, raw, earnest performances and Dylanesque harmonica playing. He won the Viper songwriting competition in 2011 beating hundreds of hopefuls from around the South-West, and has released two albums – Sonnets And Singers and Adults Are Stupid – both to critical acclaim.
Now Elliot has teamed up with Rapunzel; a blues and country music singer with a long history of performing in various bands including rockabilly trio ‘Betty and the Page’ with Western Star Records. Together they enhance each others songs, with tightly written harmonies and musical acompaniment on each of their heartwrenching ballads, honest accounts of modern life, as well as nostalgic glimpses at days gone by.
Performing mainly original songs on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and male/female harmonies, Elliot and Rapunzel are gaining a reputation for their all-in-black, emotional performances, Elliot’s black cap and harmonica brace, and Rapunzel’s mane of golden hair.
Elliot Hall and Rapunzel have been compared with The Civil Wars, Harry Nillson, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, The Handsome Family, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Loudon and Martha Wainwright.
“Between them, Elliot and Rapunzel take the smoky-room, rare-steak, bourbon-laced sound of his voice and weave in the softer, country-edged sound of hers to concoct a powerful brew – one you’ll want to taste again and again. In fact, when you listen to this music be ready for its essence to linger in your head for days.” – Tim Carroll, Folkwords
“A rough, gruff and tumble voice that pulls away at lyrics this good is the kind of daydream we need in England to reignite a spark for credible new songwriters. Fans of folk, poetry and rock ‘n’ roll should pay attention” – Alex lee thomspon, music journalist, NME london

Mike BessMike Bess

Mike Bess is a Somerset based singer, songwriter and musician and has an amazing gravely blues voice.
“The Blues has always been at the centre of everything I’ve played as a guitarist/singer. Being influenced by the British & American blues guitarists, both new and old, I was fortunate to play in some great bands in South Africa, but it was only when many of my band mates encouraged me to sing more that I discovered the tone in my voice worked well with the blues I loved and felt closest too as a musician.
My most successful band line-up then followed after this, namely “Blues.com”. This was a three piece band and we played at most of the top venues around Johannesburg and many other venues in South Africa. Now with England being my new home, my music has also evolved into what I believe to be unique and original for the blues.
Preferring the use of the acoustic guitar, I have discovered that it doesn’t limit the ability to create electric guitar type solo lines, in fact I’m finding the unique sounds I am able to get from the electro/acoustic as well as the tasteful use of the loop pedal, brings the best of both acoustic and electric blues together as one. Having a selection of blues originals from my two full length recorded albums as well as some new, yet to be recorded blues songs to choose from, I am excited to be presenting my own blend of the blues to my audience at CICCIC on the 13th of December in opening for Chris King Robinson and his band”.


darren_hodgeDarren Hodge

Darren James Hodge is a young man from Taunton, Somerset who is regarded by his peers as one of the top up and coming young guitarists in the country. After picking up his first guitar six years ago at the age of twelve Darren has been astounding audiences up and down the country with his ability and instrumental style of playing.
Darren has been very busy over the last couple of years and has already graced the stage withsome of the top guitarists in the world including Tommy Emmanuel, Clive Carroll, Ben Hughes all of whom are at the top of theirfield and have backed Darren as a future star. He is also an endorsee of the UK’S leading guitar company Tanglewood Guitars who had no hesitation in backing Darren once they heard him perform. All this has culminated in the completion of his first solo album “The Road To Nashville” which includes no less than seven pieces composed by Darren himself.
All in the industry who have heard Darren perform agree that this young man is a star of the future. In October 2013 he reached the final 10 of the BBC Radio 2 Young folk awards 2014 although he did not make the final 4 the experience was invaluable and he intends to apply again for 2015. At the start of 2014 Darren was signed to Jelli Records on a full Management/Recording contract which has opened up a whole new chapter in his career. With Bigger venues and is now supporting some of the top artists in the country. http://www.reverbnation.com/darrenhodge

universal sound machineUniversal Sound Machine

Psychedelic Garage Rock – Formed in a small room in February 2016, the triple threat combo of Sam Hansen, Billy Holt and Seb Male bring you Universal Sound Machine. Exploring sonic textures and experimental song structures, the trio takes influence from a wide range of genres and styles from the blues of the 60s to art rock and beyond.
Sam Hansen and Billy Holt front up the group, shifting between the electric guitar, bass and vocals for ultimate riffing potential whilst Seb Male provides the grounding force and earth shattering beats on the drums.
Universal Sound Machine has recently begun writing for their first EP and is excited to bring their live performance to your ears.

Palooka 5 at ciccic tauntonPalooka 5

Palooka 5 play 1960s Surf Garage music using original vintage equipment and will certainly get you rocking by the end of the night.
Not only is it ‘Rock n Roll – Cut to the Bone’ but Palooka 5 are one of the most exciting bands to play the South West music circuit, with appearances at many festivals including Newt Beer Festival, Taunton Live, ACT, RubenFest to name a few.
The 5 strong band have also graced CICCIC’s performance space several times and have gone down as a great hit with audiences, but be sure to bring your dancing feet as the tunes they play and their persona with audiences are always a great fulfiller to all music lovers.  Their clever image takes its inspiration from the famous surf scene in Vietnam war flick ‘Apocalypse Now’.

More Music to Come

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