With our Gracia Live Sessions at The Dirty Rabbit we want to provide a live and (un)plugged stage and stepping stone to foreign emerging artists who deserve recognition. We want to give them the opportunity to develop themselves and to introduce them to the Belgian music scene.
From now on, the Live Sessions will be an established value! Keep an eye on our calendar for all the latest updates on the rising stars we will be showcasing!
Xander and the Peace Pirates are a testament to musical integrity and personal strength. Combining soul, blues and rock, their pervasive blend of inspired song writing and memorable performances has already seen them enrapture audiences from around the world. With haunting riffs, ingenious melodies, and a uniquely infectious charisma, Xander and the Peace Pirates continue to share their musical passion to standing ovations, while spreading a universal message of peace, love and harmony. On top of all that, defying all expectations, lead singer and guitarist Keith Xander was born without a right arm below the elbow and plays guitar using a prosthesis and hook with a pick attached at the end.
The band established themselves as a live-performance juggernaut after concluding their 5-year tenure as the resident band at Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club pub and going on to support the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Temperance Movement, ex-Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden and Bon Jovi to name a few.
Paradisia is Sophie-Rose Harper (vocals), Anna Pesquidous (harp) and Kristy Buglass (vocals, keyboard), a London based 70‘s-influenced trio that combine beautiful vocals and lyrics against the delicacy of a harp to create a personal sound that is all their own.
They have supporting the likes of Starsailor, Paolo Nutini and Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park. Paradisia spent time in Berlin to record their debut record in 2015 and chose their cover of Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark as their debut single. Of the track, the band says ‘it’s a beautifully written song and slowing it down was our way of bringing attention to the lyrics, so we wanted to show the beauty and sadness of them with our own interpretation’.
With relatable lyrics that draw inspiration from personal experiences, Paradisia is a world in to which most can escape.