PRSF Open Fund project 2018-2019

PRS Foundation open fund

Throughout 2018 – 2019 we supported the following artists to produce high quality recordings, working with Higher Rhythm in-house studio engineer Paul Littlewood, multi-award winning producer Andy Seward, and accompanying video elements, working with Skinny Pelembe in a project funded through PRS Foundation’s the Open Fund. Listen to previews of the recorded tracks below (and please consider buying these tracks as they are released to help support the artists)

And here’s a short video with a few of the artists involved reflecting on their experience of being involved in the project

Luke Todd

Scunthorpe’s own Luke Todd had been working at the local Steel Works before discovering such artists as Frank Turner, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. His inspiration grew into dedication; a drive to tell his own story.

Hannah Louise Lloyd

Having recently performed at the Foundry supporting Paul Young and Yellow Arch Studios’ reputable Cafe Sessions, Hannah Louise Lloyd is no stranger to the Sheffield live music scene. With smooth, harmonious vocals and poignant, mature songwriting, Hannah’s performances are always guaranteed to leave you feeling moved. 

Roshan Lal

Taking a break from bass duties from Sheffield instrumental experimental pioneers King Capisce, ‘The Wake’ is Roshan’s first step into recording his solo material. Delicate acoustic open tunings accompany falsetto vocals to create something beautifully unexpected.

Let Man Loose

Let Man Loose are a four-piece rock band from Hull, inspired by Queens of the Stone Age, the associated Palm Springs low desert scene and Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys. Expect a blend of thunderous fuzz boxes and tuneful East Yorkshire dialect.


LIO is an ambient alt-pop format fronted by Leonie Sloots. The Sheffield-based songwriter has taken the stage supporting acts such as Stevie Parker, Slow Club and While She Sleeps. In May 2018 LIO launched as a full band, quickly gathering momentum on the Sheffield music scene and beyond through multiple festival appearances (Outlines, Tramlines, Y Not Festival) radio play (Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing Sheffield, Sheffield Live, Jelli Records Music Show) and their O2 Academy Sheffield debut supporting King No-One.