Music from Bristol, England

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  1. Tricky



    Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English producer, vocalist, director, actor and musician. A native of Bristol, Tricky began his career as an early collaborator of Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career with his debut album, Maxinquaye, in 1995. The release won Tricky popular acclaim, including a nomination for the Mercury Prize and Album of the Year award by NME magazine, and marked the beginning of a lengthy collaborative partnership with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. He released four more studio albums before the end of the decade, including Pre-Millennium Tension and the pseudonymous Nearly God, both in 1996. He has gone on to release six studio albums since 2000, most recently the self-titled Adrian Thaws (2014).

  2. Portishead



    Portishead are an English band formed in 1991 in Bristol. They are named after the nearby town of the same name, eight miles west of Bristol. Portishead consists of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley, while sometimes citing a fourth member, Dave McDonald, an engineer on their first records.

  3. Acker Bilk

    Acker Bilk


    Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk, MBE (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his appearance – goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat – and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style.

  4. Roni Size

    Roni Size


    Roni Size (born Ryan Owen Granville Williams, 29 October 1969, Bristol) is a British record producer and DJ, who came to prominence in 1997 as the founder and leader of Reprazent, a drum and bass collective. That year they won the Mercury Prize for their album New Forms.

  5. Up, Bustle and Out

    Up, Bustle and Out


    Up, Bustle and Out are musicians and recording artists - DJ D. "Ein" Fell (also known as Clandestine Ein) and producer-performer Rupert Mould (also known as Señor Roody) from Bristol, Senor Cuffy (Spanish Guitarist), Dave Cridge (Beat Keeper and tour/soundsystem dj) UK. They have released a number of albums and singles on the Ninja Tune independent record label.

  6. Florrie



    Florence Arnold (born 28 December 1988), better known as Florrie, is an English pop singer, songwriter, drummer and model. Closely associated with the Xenomania production house, since joining as their in-house drummer in 2008 she has played live and on record for popular artists such as Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and the Pet Shop Boys.

  7. Evita



    Evita is a British melodic metalcore band from Bristol, UK formed in 2006. The band are notable for drastically changing the sound of their music between their first EP and their debut album.

  8. Dragons



    Dragons were an English rock band, formed in 2005 in Bristol by singer Anthony Tombling Jr. and drummer David Francolini.

  9. The Wurzels

    The Wurzels


    The Wurzels are a Scrumpy and Western band from Somerset, England, best known for their number one hit The Combine Harvester and number three hit I Am A Cider Drinker in 1976.

  10. Crustation



  11. Onslaught



    Onslaught are an English thrash metal band from Bristol, England. Initially active from 1983 to 1991, they reformed in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave hardcore punk bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straight forward thrash metal sound. To date, Onslaught have released six studio albums, one compilation, four singles and two live recordings: a live album and DVD.

  12. Heads



    The Heads are an English psychedelic rock band formed in Bristol, England in 1990. They have released around 20 full length albums (including live albums, patchworks, and collaborations), numerous EPs and singles. They recorded 3 Peel Sessions between 1995 and 1999.

  13. Smith & Mighty

    Smith & Mighty


    Smith & Mighty are a trip hop group from Bristol, consisting of Rob Smith and Ray Mighty. Their first releases, in the late 1980s, were breakbeat covers of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and "Walk On By". They went on to produce "Wishing on a Star" for Fresh Four and Massive Attack's first single, "Any Love".

  14. The Eagles

    The Eagles


    The Eagles were a British music quartet active from 1958 until the mid-1960s. They formed in 1958, at the Eagle House youth club in Knowle West, Bristol.

  15. Monk & Canatella

    Monk & Canatella


    Monk & Canatella is an indie/breakbeat musical group from Bristol, England, formed by Simon Russell born in 1973 and Jim Johnston (born 1975) in the mid-nineties. Their 1996 album on Cup Of Tea Records, Care in the Community, is a prime example of the trip-hop sound.

  16. Flying Saucer Attack

    Flying Saucer Attack


    Flying Saucer Attack is an experimental space rock band that formed in Bristol, England in 1992. David Pearce was the core member of the group, and Rachel Brook (of Movietone, another Bristol band) was a member for most of the band's lifetime.

  17. Ben Westbeech

    Ben Westbeech


    Ben Westbeech (born 12 May 1981) is a British DJ and producer originating from Hertfordshire who spent his formative musical years in Bristol, though he currently lives in Amsterdam. Trained as cellist and vocalist, his influences include house, soul, jazz and hip hop.

  18. Fuck Buttons

    Fuck Buttons


    Fuck Buttons are a two-piece electronic group formed in Bristol in 2004 by Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power.

  19. Rob Fisher

    Rob Fisher


    Rob Fisher (5 November 1956 – 25 August 1999) was a British keyboardist and songwriter from Cheltenham, England, who achieved chart success as a member of the new wave band Naked Eyes and later Climie Fisher. He attended Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire, where he was a member of a band called Cirrus.

  20. Alex Lee

    Alex Lee


    Alex Lee (born 16 March 1970, Bristol) is an English musician. He has played guitar and keyboards for Goldfrapp, Suede, Placebo, Strangelove and The Blue Aeroplanes amongst others. He has also worked as musical director with Florence And The Machine, Marina & The Diamonds and for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as composing regularly for film & TV.

  21. Gary Clail

    Gary Clail


  22. Nick Warren

    Nick Warren


    Nick Warren is an English house DJ and producer. He is well known for his eight albums released in the Global Underground series and as a member of the duo Way Out West. He is head of A&R for the progressive house and breaks record label Hope Recordings.

  23. Adge Cutler

    Adge Cutler


    Alan John 'Adge' Cutler (19 November 1930 – 5 May 1974) was an English singer best known as the frontman of the comic folk band the Wurzels. Cutler was known for his songs, but also his dry, West Country humour, and gained the unofficial title of "The Bard Of Avonmouth".

  24. Russ Conway

    Russ Conway


    Russ Conway (2 September 1925 – 16 November 2000) was a British popular music pianist. Conway had 20 piano instrumentals in the UK Singles Chart between 1957 and 1963, including two number one hits.

  25. Gary Clail

    Gary Clail


    Gary Clail is an English singer and record producer and is the founder of the Gary Clail Sound System. He was part of On-U Sound Records (and also the On-U Sound System) and led Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System.

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