Summertime is festival season and along with the bigger events it is definitely worth checking out the smaller local music festivals, as some can be hidden gems. One great example would be the 'Music Makers' festival being run this weekend in the Omnibus near Clapham Common. With a full hand-picked programme is it fantastic way to discover new music. One example on yesterday's line-up were our LCM featured band today London based 'Up Down Go Machine'. With their rich Celticana sound they remind me of a cross between Blue Rose Code and Hosier. Our LCM #TrackOfTheDay is their new single, the very good western infused 'The Gambler' which was released on Friday as part of a new EP.
UDGM are a four piece outfit hailing from Wales, via Lincolnshire and Kent. The band weave delicate folk melodies around their stripped back, acoustic guitar led sound, which is bolstered by the telepathic harmonising of siblings Stephen and Ria Hallwood.
Their songs are unashamedly heartfelt and direct, with strong nods to Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne, but never stray to far from their home grown, Celtic roots. UDGM are Stephen Hallwood (Singer/Guitar), Ria Hallwood (Keys/Main Backing Vocals), Stephen Plumb (Bass/Vocals) and Sam Martin (Drummer/Vocals)