Supported by Isle of Man Arts Council
Saturday 13 th May 2017
Organisers of Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank are delighted to announce that emerging artist Kizzy Crawford will perform at Milntown this May as part of the PokerStars entertainment.
A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, 20 year old Kizzy Crawford’s solo career began just three years ago and in that time, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her songwriting, her soulful voice guiding us through a musical landscape of folk, soul and jazz with natural charm and charisma. Kizzy’s live performances are equally sophisticated, with clever use of the loop pedal to transform solo performances into multi-layered live tracks that are truly captivating.
Kizzy’s ambition as a young Welsh Black artist is to make her mark by fusing bilingual soul-folk jazz and she’s already getting recognition for her work with airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru as well as live TV performances on S4C, Children in Need for BBC 1 and the 6 Nations advert campaign. Indeed, Kizzy’s music is regularly used on television, her song ‘Caer O Feddyliau’ featured on an ident for S4C and her track ‘Shout Out’ featured in the 2015 VISIT WALES campaign.
“Real talent” Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
In 2014, Kizzy singed to publishing company BDi Music and Kizzy was later selected as a BBC Horizons12 Artist which included the opportunity to perform a live session at BBC Maida Vale. Kizzy has played many gigs including shows at the National Assembly for Wales during WOMEX as well as performances at Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Hay Festival and Festival No.6 amongst many others. Kizzy has also performed alongside Cerys Matthews at the House of Commons.
“Wonderful” Richard Coles, BBC Radio 4
In 2016, five of Kizzy’s songs were selected as set works as part of the WJEC A-level Music syllabus. She sits in the contemporary music section alongside The Manic Street Preachers and the Super Furry Animals. Kizzy recently appeared on BBC Radio 4 where she discussed her achievement with the WJEC as well as performing live.
Kizzy also co-wrote new music for ‘Birdsong-Can Yr Adar’, a collaborative project that was performed at London Jazz Festival and toured throughout Wales. BBC Radio 4 also covered the project, which was in partnership with Sinfonia Cymru, RSPB Cymru and Arts Council of Wales. In addition, Kizzy has performed as guest artist for BBC National Orchestra of Wales and more recently at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
You can catch Kizzy on Saturday 13th May on Cyclefest’s Village Stage, which is supported by Isle of Man Arts Council. Wristband tickets are on sale now with prices starting from just £10 for adults with discounts available across weekend tickets and family bundles.