Yard Sessions

Date: Fri 24th May

Time: 17.00 - 20.30

Yard Sessions brings an eclectic mix of live music in a relaxed setting at Royal William Yard. Taking place every Friday evening this summer at Firestone Bay between 5-8:30 pm.  Featuring handpicked International artists alongside the brightest talent on the South West scene, from laid back folk and roots to sassy R & B, mesmerising gypsy jazz to pulsing Rhythm & Blues. Grab some friends and enjoy sun downers to welcome in the weekend with hot street food, craft beer from Steel Brew Co and wine from Le Vignoble.

All located at the home of South West SUP based at Firestone Arches who will be running stand up paddle board lessons from 3-4:30 and regular club paddle sessions from 6-7pm.

Vince Lee

24th May

The infamous Vince Lee is renowned as one of the top blues singer/ guitarists of his generation.

Based in the South West he has toured the UK & Europe for 40 years.  A truly authentic musician playing music from the 1920’s & 30’s the songs tell stories of bank robbers, bootleggers, murderers, prisoners and adulterers. Something for everyone!

Elani Evangelou

31st May

The young star of the Plymouth music scene, Elani's stunning voice is one part sensitive and nine parts WOW, and has led her to perform on the regions best stages alongside some of its best acts. An accomplished guitarist, Elani's music swells and twists and draws you in with a delicate mix of jazz, soul & folk - for fans of Lianne La Havas, Laura Marling and Lucius. Perfect for a balmy summer evening.

Calvin Thomas

7th June

Calvin Thomas is a Singer/Songwriter from the seaside city of Plymouth. His songwriting has been described as honest and poetic, with a voice that transcends generations, reminiscent of Ray Lamontagne or James Morrison. Calvin's influences range throughout many genres including Folk, Blues and Punk and he brings them together with real effect when he plays live.


14th June

Armed with a mesmerising batch of original songs, summer vibes, catchy hooks and soulful melodies, Rue is a treasure! Delivered with a melisma vocal style and sassy jazz guitar expect a smooth blend of contemporary jazz and R'n'B. Fresh from a recent show at Cheltenham Jazz Festival prepare to be completely drawn into Rue's world!

Jak James + Jake Calladine

21st June

New Antimatador frontman Jak James is a One man One guitar troubadour, blending gritty guitar tones with a mesmerising, soulful voice. After some mainstream success with his previous band 'Warhorns' he's off in a more delicate direction. He draws regular comparisons with the likes of Ben Howard, The XX and Patrick Watson.

Louis Thorne

28th June

Local boy Louis is making a name for himself around the southwest area, bringing a new sound and style to his originals and indie/folk covers. He has a charming stage presence, keeping the audience smiling with him! Soulful tones and a rustic sounds make him an artist that's easy to listen to, and keeps you engaged with his up lifting lyrics.

Russel Sinclair

5th July

Russell is a fine blues guitar player and singer based in Plymouth. Performing mostly blues and RnB music complete with regular off shoots into Swing, Jazz, Country and Rock n Roll. His sets are always full of raw energy and you’re unlikely to ever hear the same set twice.

Ross Kelly

12th July

Ross Kelly is the frontman for popular funk Behemoths, 'Freshly Squeezed'. This is the acoustic blues and soul arm of his interest. He plays classic soul numbers with his own flavour, from Joe Cocker to Marvin Gaye and back round to The Kinks, with a few choice originals thrown in.

Joe Biddle

19th July

A legend on the Plymouth scene, Joe's style has drawn on a variety of genres from his musically eclectic and varied background. The last four years has seen him settled in Spain entertaining crowds with his distinctive, acoustic soul feel. Joe takes great pleasure in dropping a bunch of well known tunes with a strong emphasis on entertaining and engaging with his audience. Hes flying in especially for this show so don't miss this one!

Joe Francis

26th July

Hailing from the wild northern shores of Cornwall, Joe blends  melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics and has toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland with his touring band Winter Mountain. Opening for some of the worlds most talented artists including Richard Thomson, Seth Lakeman, Leann Rhimes, Paolo Nutini, Fleet Foxes and many others Joe is also a celebrated songwriter signed to the prestigious Faber Publishing group.

Dew Barf (Two Beards)

2nd August

Expect top banter and relentless energy from Dew Barf who are a thrill to watch. They pour in the passion and thoroughly enjoy everything they do, from Bluegrass to 90’s Trance, incorporating a heavy dose of Classic Rock from the 70’s and Blues of the 60’s.

The people's string foundation

9th August

The People's String Foundation mix passionate theatrics with an urban gypsy sound. Led by Ben Sutcliffe (musical director for Rogue, Kneehigh and Bish Bash Bosh Theatre companies) who's virtuoso violin styles have landed him to play with the likes of The Levellers, The Stranglers, The Yardbirds and Gary Stringer from Reef.

Mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats The People's String Foundation are festival heavyweights in the South West and beyond.

Rob C Force

16th August

Rob C Force has been a cornerstone of the Plymouth music scene for many years fronting both his band C Force and popular covers band The Wireless. A versatile singer/songwriter/guitar player with a vast repertoire, Rob sings classic covers by the likes of Tom Waits, Carole King, Bowie, Talking Heads, Future Islands and Paul Simon and delivers down to earth original songs based on his reflections on society and the interesting characters he's met through the years!

Olly Parker

23rd August

Olly Parker is at the crest of a wave of young musical talent rising up in Plymouth and has has his fingers in a lot of musical pies! Being a core member of popular local bands such as The Busketeers, Drakes Island and most recently Pint Sized Tiger. His original acoustic music fuses a bit of funk, soul and blues and takes inspiration from John Mayer, Tom Misch and James Taylor.

Jack Cookson

30th August

Stylistically influenced by roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jack Cookson combines dry and visceral word play with intricate finger-style guitar arrangements, to create emotionally charged yet honest and memorable songs. A recent finalist in the Radio 2 young folk awards Jack is both super talented and very at ease in his own skin and is a great addition to the summer sessions.

Bess Howard Baker

6th September

Influenced by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, John Frusciante, Joss Stone, Chainska Brassika, Jack White, Sheryl Crow and many more Bess Howard-Baker is a young Singer/Songwriter with an original, soulful voice that is wide ranging and expressive.

Jack Tucker

13th July

An enigmatic performer Jack brings his travelling spirit to the stage and channels it through a blend of rootsy acoustic music that dances with array of cultures and feels. A  heart on the sleeve artist who's not afraid to speak his mind jack brings life to many classic pop songs with his a deft rhythmic finger picking style and laid back vocals.

Andy Quick

20th September

Born in Plymouth, Bred up North, Andy Quick is an experimental and prolific songwriter who has been pounding dance floors and lighting up major festival stages for the last 10 years. As front man of Land Of The Giants and Andy Quick Band his songbook is a mash up of flavours and impossible to pin down but think roots, blues, soul and ska and you are halfway there! Amongst recent appearances at Glastonbury, Boardmasters and NASS he is set to headline this years Ocean City Jazz and Blues fest and we are delighted to welcome him to RWYard Sessions for a solo set.

Jake Landers (Big Sets) + Vince Lee

27th September

Hailing from Sunderland and residing in Stockholm international bluesman Jake cut his teeth and made his name as the ferocious (most likely topless) lead guitarist in raucous funk blues band The Big Sets. 

He is heavily influenced by BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Vince Lee, Parliament and Funkadelic and he brings this high calibre to his solo set. Jake will be accompanied on the double bass by the one and only Vince Lee so we're in for a double treat!