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Sun, 27 Aug


The Cellar Bar

Fred Hills Trio | Nick Austin | Calming River

A night of alternative folk and contemporary jazz in The Venue

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Fred Hills Trio | Nick Austin | Calming River
Fred Hills Trio | Nick Austin | Calming River

When & Where

27 Aug 2023, 19:30

The Cellar Bar, 1 Holland Rd, Brighton and Hove, Hove BN3 1JF, UK

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Fred Hills is a drummer, composer & collaborator based in Brighton, UK. Taking inspiration from a wide range of genres, Hills' music is a captivating blend of contemporary jazz, alt-folk & progressive indie. His debut EP ‘Incerto’, released via Ninja Tune, is ‘a tapestry of delicate and expressive guitars, eloquent strings and colourful rhythms’, as described by Cerys Matthews. Featuring Andrew Stuart-Buttle (violin/keys), Alfie Weedon (double bass). FFO: The Cinematic Orchestra, Jose Gonzalez, Gogo Penguin, White Denim.

'Fred Hills’ delicate guitar playing creates a dreamy atmosphere using various effects and from there, builds up layers of intensity that take the listener on a journey encompassing elements of prog, ambient and soundtrack music. Using both electric and acoustic guitars, Hills’ style is rich in grooves and riffs, but also very melodic. With a sound spanning from Soft Machine to Mammal Hands, yet still distinctive in its structure and creativity, Fred Hills Band certainly won the audience over with this impressive debut, and we hope to see them again on a Brighton stage very soon.' 


'Fred Hills has proven he has more to offer than his skills on the drums. The technical talent of himself, Andrew Stuart-Buttle and Alfie Weedon is a delight on the ears. Together, they take the listener on an adventure with its enchanting soundtrack. Even if instrumentals are not your usual preference, Incerto is a collection of songs worth your listening time.' 

INDIEBANDGURU // Instagram: @fredhillsmusic


With songs influenced by musicians such as Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, Cat Power and Ichiko Aoba and lyrics inspired by poets and writers such as Shirley Jackson, Samuel Menashe and Raymond Carver. Nick creates intricate finger-picked landscapes that tell stories of mystery and folklore.


Calming River is a songwriter whose creative output blends the dark underbelly of alternative folk with the vibrance of ambient musical expression. FFO Sun Kil Moon, Nick Drake, Matt Elliott

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