Music Preview: In Good Company Showcase #002

Music collective In Good Company is showcasing some incredible local talent from the Fylde Coast this weekend. Blackpool Social Club introduces you to the acts.

The last showcase of local talent hosted by In Good Company in February featured Daisy Atkinson, Emma Taylor and Imogen Evans, among others, who were on the cusp of big things and have since gone on to release music and host their own headline shows. Now the music collective, which aims to find, nurture and develop local talent is back for round two.

Taking to the stage this Saturday night (6th May) at Bootleg are Avishek Choudhury, Betty Kendrick, Cloe Velez, Joe Wood, Dean Tranter and Rhy Grooves. If you haven’t heard of them, you are about to, as we introduce them ahead of Saturday’s showcase. And chances are you’ll be hearing a lot more of them on the live music circuit in Blackpool over the coming months.

Rhy Grooves
Ryan Greaves, aka Rhy Grooves, is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Blackpool. After a decade of touring the UK alongside multiple bands, Rhy now blends emotive lyrics with music you can dance to. Think Fall Out Boy meets Vulfpeck in Rhy’s soulful take on contemporary emo. Find him on Insta @rhygrooves and check out his skills below.


Joe Wood
This musical all rounder from Blackpool is multi-talented with bass, guitar, vocals and songwriting. You may have seen Joe as part of former local band Ivory Skies supporting the likes of Parka Monkeys and The K’s, not to mention selling out their own headline shows. Joe has recently been working with upcoming Blackpool band Circus but, this time, he’ll be performing on his own with some original tunes. Find him @joewoood.

Cloe Velez
A jazz, singer-songwriter from Blackpool, Cloe is inspired by a wide range of artists such as João Gilberto, Scott Walker, Patti Smith, and Leonard Cohen. She’s only been gigging for about three months, but has already been given opportunities such as this one to perform many of her striking original songs. Find her @cloevelez.music and check out her reels for a taste of what she’ll be offering.

Avishek Choudhury
Having been involved with In Good Company from the get go, Avishek is well versed on open mic stages but is gearing up to play his own music this weekend. The singer-songwriter from Blackpool has influences from the likes of Coldplay and The Script. Find him on socials @avishek_choudhury and check him out on stage at the Waterloo in the video below.

Originally taking influence from contemporary indie rock, Dean Tranter now returns with a more mature sound with his first offerings as a solo artist going by the nickname Deano. Drawing inspirations from artists from John Bramwell to Willie J Healey and Honey Moon, he promises an eclectic sound and a heap of talent that has just bagged him support slots with Huw and the Greater Good, including back in Bootleg on 6th June. Find him on socials @deanomcr.

Betty Kendrick
A singer-songwriter with a hauntingly memorable sound. Betty combines dark folk with elements of blues and soul. Her characteristic cadence and distinctive deep voice complement a guitar style that flips from defiant chords to intricate fingerpicking and back again. Find her @bettykendrickmusic and check her music out below.

Get tickets for In Good Company Showcase #002 at Bootleg Social here

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    Antonia Charlesworth Stack is a journalist and editor from Blackpool. She was deputy editor of Big Issue North magazine and is editor of Blackpool Social Club. Antonia is also the founder of Reclaim Blackpool, a women's safety campaign that began life as an article she wrote for Blackpool Social Club. She's a contributing author to the Lancashire Stories anthology with her story about a Blackpool performer, The Call of The Sea. The book is available for free in libraries across the county.

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