Preview: The Rural Music Network Project

Preview: The Rural Music Network Project

Posted on: 13 Nov 2019

The Youth Music-funded project will be bringing eight exciting new acts to the stage at Komedia on Sunday 17 November.


Run by Young Somerset in partnership with The Cheese and Grain in Frome, The Rural Music Network Project Tour is bridging the gap between young people and the music industry. 

The Rural Music Network Project Tour at Komedia Bath.

Running from October to December, the tour aims to promote the sounds and styles of young musicians across Somerset. With eight different events scheduled for eight different venues, it's hoped that the touring project will be able to provide emerging artists with some much-needed exposure on the local circuit.


Taking place at Komedia from 19:00 until 22:30 on Sunday 17 November, the Bath leg of The Rural Music Network Project Tour is set to welcome a diverse selection of acts to one of the city's favourite stages.


20-year-old singer-songwriter Kizzie is no stranger to the stage, having played solo sets locally and across London so far. Taking inspiration from the likes of Lucy Rose and Phoebe Bridgers, her distinctive tone and honest lyrics have earned her support slots with Tiny Ruins and China Bears, as well as her own headline slot at The Boiler Room in Guildford.


Mixing an acoustic sound with electric guitar and loop pedal pieces, singer-songwriter Joshua Faulkner has performed on several stages across Somerset. From smaller pub gigs at The Bull in Ilchester and The Hawthorns in Glastonbury to performances at more esteemed venues like The Strode Theatre in Street, Faulkner is expected to bring an exciting live performance to Bath this weekend.

Somerset-based singer-songwriter, Joshua Faulkner.

Elba are an all-female group that have been playing together for just under a year. They've performed twice for Frome College Open Evening at The Merlin Theatre and played at The Cheese and Grain as part of Later with Frome College, and recently scored a few new fans with a support slot for Hair of the Dog in Midsomer Norton.


Bath-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Pickering has earned the acclaim of BBC Introducing in 2019, recognised for her dreamy combination of raw guitar playing and soulful vocals. Her unique-sounding indie-folk is sure to be a highlight at Komedia this weekend.

Elizabeth Pickering in session for BBC Introducing.

All To No Avail have been writing and performing together for just over a year, made up of musicians who have all played with previous bands in the past. With a strong set made up of original tracks written over the course of the past 12 months, the band are ready to showcase their sound across Somerset and beyond.


Among the youngest musicians on the Rural Music Network Project Tour are Junction 20, a three-piece band aged between 14 and 17. Having started playing together in May this year, the group are capable of mixing up genres during their sets, covering rock, indie, pop and punk tracks as well as a few original songs.

Junction 20 on stage at Busk in the Sun.

Combining soulful vocals with a dreamy, laidback guitar sound, Cathy & Cissy's sound is unmistakably mellow. They've played extensively alongside jazz bands in and around the local area so far, so expect a mix of originals and covers when they take the stage at Komedia on Sunday.


Young singer-songwriter Jessamy Bowditch has been performing and writing music for the last eight years. As someone who's performed with various local groups and crafting her own sound for some time, her live performances can include anything from upbeat ballads to gentle R&B.


Advance tickets for the gig, kicking off at 18:30 on Sunday 17 November, are available at just £3 per person and can be found here.

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