The Rural Music Project Tour programme is Young Somerset project that has been running since 2017. This is an experiential music development program, that supports up and coming new musicians, raises the profile of up and coming new music and bridges the gap between young musicians and the music industry.

Now in its second year the project has grown from its initial one gig launch to a 3 month long tour that takes some of the best new young up and coming new music from Somerset to eight different music venues across the region such as Moles, The Fleece, The Cobblestones and Cheese and Grain. The Growth of the Rural Music Network has allowed the project to partner up with the Latter which is where it is based permanently, operating from the brand new Bert Jansch Studio.

Along with giving young music a chance to play at venues across Somerset and Bristol the Tour Programme allows each of Music acts the chance to review, develop and improve there act through rehearsal and development sessions which it runs at the Bert Jansch Studio. Each music act is also then given 2 days worth of free studio time allowing them to record some of their owns song which they can then release to the public and send to Promoters, Venues and labels.

With the last tour taking place in between March and June this year its saw eight different music acts play at venues such as Komedia, Cheese and Grain, The Fleece and Moles to name a few. Highlights included a nearly packed out Moles on the second to last gig of the tour.

Now with the 2nd tour about to start on October 18th at Pilton Village Hall and Working Men’s Club the Rural Music Network Welcomes a new line up of new young up and coming music acts who are all ready to hit the stage. The new Music acts featuring on the October – December tour are:

Kizzie, A 20 year old singer-songwriter who has so far played solo sets around London. Kizzie has supported bands such as Tiny Ruins, Me and the Moon and China Bears as well as playing her own headline set at The Boileroom in Guildford.

Joshua Faulkner, A mixture of acoustic singer/songwriter songs, mixed in with some electric guitar and loop pedal pieces. Joshua has done several performances in and around the Glastonbury and Yeovil area. From gigs ranging from small pubs such as The Bull in Ilchester or the Hawthorns in Glastonbury, all of the way up to Strode Theatre in Street.

Watch Joshua Faulkner's Rehearsal

Elba, comprising of four members who have been playing together as a band for just under a year. Since forming Elba have gone on to play two performances for Frome College Open Evening at the Merlin Theatre. Elba also had the chance earlier in the year to play at the Cheese and Grain as part of the Later with Frome College.

Junction 20, Brand new three piece band aged between 14 and 17 who started playing together in May this year. Junction 20 vary between genres such as rock, pop, punk and indie,  playing covers and some originals written by their singer/guitarist.

Watch Junction 20's Rehearsal

All to No Avail, A new band that has been writing and practising for the past year, with members who have played live before with previous band All to No Avail have now built up a great set of songs that ready to played to audiences all around the South West area.

Cathy and Cissy, A newly formed duo who combine soulful vocals with dreamy laidback guitar sound to give a chill mellow sound to their music. Having previously played with Jazz bands expect these two to play originals and some covers.

Watch Cathy & Cissy's Rehearsal

Jessamy Bowditch, A young singer-songwriter from Somerset who has performed with various different local groups from a young age and has been creating and writing her own music for the past 8 years. The style of music Jessamy writes ranges from some upbeat ballads to gentle R&B but expect Jessamy to explore styles of music outside her comfort zone.

Watch Jessamy Bowditch's Rehearsal

You can see all of these music acts plus special guest acts from previous tour programmes feature at all of the following gigs:

18/10 - Pilton Club, Pilton

23/10 - The Cobblestones, Bridgwater

01/11 - The Crown at Wells, Wells

08/11 - The Malt Shovel, Bridgwater

17/11 - Komedia, Bath

02/12 - The Fleece, Bristol

06/12 - Moles, Bath

15/12 - Cheese and Grain, Frome

Finally Rural Music Network will also be hosting another one of its Academy Sessions later in November with Singer-Songwriter Sam Brookes giving a masterclass on Song writing. In this session Sam Brookes sharing his experience as a Singer-songwriter and Collaborator working in the music industry as well as explaining his process of writing songs. Brookes will follow this up by talking through the different methods that he uses during the song writing process. For more information email [email protected].