Hailing from the South West UK and spanning nearly a decade together, folk punk outfit Black Water County deviated over time from the well-trodden path of teenage insolence(plus a lot of booze) to a vigilant state of introversion; hoping to gleam affinity through stories of the downtrodden and heartbroken. With a necessary touch of spirit and spirits. https://www.youtube.com/blackwatercounty
Also one of our compere's for the weekend is Grant Sharkey, He is the modern equivalent of a travelling troubadour, who used to carry their topical songs music around the country. It’s probably too much to talk Woodie Guthrie or Phil Ochs. GRANT SHARKEY IS A DOUBLE BASSIST PLAYING SONGS THAT ARE THOUGHTFUL, FUNNY, PROVOCATIVE AND IN HIS OWN WORDS 'NOT RADIO FRIENDLY'.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOMH6RpiilM
Darwin’s Rejects are a 6 piece folk/rock/indie band from the East Midlands. We are a band heavily influenced by The Levellers and Other independent festival favourites, often done at a super fast high energy pace. We have several original songs with more to come. The basis of Darwin’s was to not be labelled into a specific genre. Therefore we cover a vast array of songs ranging from Lindisfarne and The Levellers to Green day and Stone Sour. Our 2023 festival sets will be heavily influenced by our own original songs. Russ Torr on Lead vocals Warren Ireland on lead guitar Jamie Sharratt on Mandolin Jim Myatt on drums Gary Clark on Violin Alan Fisher Bass.
The Laid Blak sound takes massive inspiration from ska and reggae, but has often been described as 'street soul'. The influences are broad and represent sounds that define the eclecticness of Bristol music, from reggae, to dancehall, soul, hip hop, funk and jazz, whilst of course never forgetting their jungle heritage.
Matts His Name is a solo folk/rock musician coming from the Midlands. His playing style often consists of a hybrid picking technique adding melody, bass and depth.
With a wide range of influences from the punk-rock world to traditional British folk and just about anything in between his influences all give something to his writing.
For the last fourteen years he has been performing all around playing the same festivals as some of his personal heroes. He continues to perform at festivals and gigs, often supporting many of his inspirations.
If upbeat folk rock is your thing, you may just like Matts His Name!
Described as ‘a musical melange that draws in left-bank swing, Balkan gypsy dreamscape, jazz waltz fusion and cowgirl reggae-hop, all bound together with sentient political verse with a razor edge that feels no need to growl before it bites’, and fronted by the irrepressible Gail Something-Else, they bring catchy rhythms, urgent poetry and beautiful harmonies.
Bristol’s Nasty Fishmonger was drunkenly conceived in 2018 with the sole ambition of getting into festivals for free. Since then, the chaotic folk-punk collective have gigged relentlessly up and down the country, winning over crowds with their foot-stomping sound and political anthems. Having played with heavy hitters such as The Dreadnoughts, Ferocious Dog, Mad Dog Mcrea and Black Water County, the band has proved time and again they can conquer stages of any size, from the iconic Rock City, to the infamous Boomtown Fair. 2023 sees the release of their long-awaited debut album, Band of Common Folk, produced by Luke Wheatley and Dan Booth from scene legends, Ferocious Dog. The album marks a dramatic departure from the band’s previously all-acoustic sound, with the addition of new live members for a bigger, punk rock sound. However, songs like lead single Tallulah show they are still close to their folk roots. As ever, the songs cover topics close to their hearts, such as disability rights, queer liberation and the total disaster of austerity politics.
OWEN is a young Solo artist from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, who packs a powerful sound from within, a recently discovered singer and musician, this will be his Debut appearance on the festival scene, definitly one to look out for.
Nottinghamshire based singer-songwriter Warren Ireland is a multi-styled music proficient. Starting out busking on his home town streets, Warren can often be found around the UK in various forms, be it solo looping or full 5-piece band. A voice hard to pinpoint and a commanding playing style, Warren is often revered as one to be watching over the years.
In a busy renaissance of the country genre, Glasgow-based Robyn Red leads the way as one of the most exciting young talents in the UK - a claim backed up by a number of accolades.
After a trip to the States to pick up gold at the World Championship of Perfoming arts, Robyn won consecutive Writer of The Year Award’s from Country Gigs Scotland. Doubling up with Young Female Artist of The Year in 2022.
In March 2022 Robyn Red shared the Hydro Arena with Luke Combs and Ashley McBryde at Country 2 Country. The country pop maverick then took her crowd capturing acoustic arsenal across the UK. The latest of many festival performances in Millport intersected the busy rooms from Aberdeen to London, then graced the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and Liverpool’s Cavern Club - twice in the former.https://youtu.be/L2HMNc6ojZ8
Blueberry Hawks first embarked on their musical voyage of discovery together as a cohesive Rock Band in 2020, But their origin goes back earlier to when the band members grew up listening to a variety of music genres that played an influential role in shaping their paths as musicians and ultimately led them together.
As the Blueberry Hawks, they have collectively found their signature sound and offer something different and unique by creating and sharing original music, cover songs and video content which they are proud to call their own.
Echo Town are brothers Ric and Rob Harrison. They bring a tribal percussive fire to the stage with powerful drums, deep reverberating didgeridoo, uplifting vocals and a happiness that can only be experienced live. People have often commented that it is the electricity and energy between the duo that is most captivating.Echo Town cycle through genres effortlessly, demonstrating that their influences and tastes are wide and varied.Punchy reggae, uplifting rock, dirty tribal didgeridoo, acoustic folk, thunderous drum solos and inspirational lyrics.
Hailing from Buckley,Hawker are a 4 piece, Rock, Pop and 80's covers band. Set includes Pink, Queen, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Tina, Muse & The Who.With a great set list and a powerful punch, this Band will leave you fired up.
Leatherat are dedicated to playing original Folk-Rock music...Loud. Expect to be rocked to the core by the awesome band that is LEATHERAT, a well trodden band on the festival circuit of the UK and have played some of the best festivals in the country (Bearded Theory, Fairports Cropredy Convention, Off The Tracks, Ragged Bear) to name but a few, This band has been around a long time and know exactly how to get the crowd moving, so be prepared to have those socks blown off your feet, with the awesome Celtic, Folk Rock vibe that is distinctly their own sound, Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you to LEATHERAT. enjoy.
Not long after the release of their brand new album (soul of albion) MAN THE LIFEBOATS take to the stage to fire up the year ahead for a stomping musical cocktail of alchemic proportions" OUTLINE MAGAZINE. . "Sounds like The Men They Couldn't Hang at their height meet The Clash, "Think The Pogues in overdrive with the breath of the Dropkick Murphys down their necks"
Morris & Watson are a contemporary folk duo performing original and traditional material. Lizzie and Dan have been playing folk music together since 2012, developing a strong musical bond and a dynamic stage show that both enthrals and delights audiences. Their blend of songs and tunes defy categorisation in an exciting combination of styles and genres. Their lyrics dive into the industrial past of their native north, while their tune sets take inspiration from many different European and American traditions.
This exhilarating duo are guaranteed to entertain, dazzle and captivate any audience with their authentic display of rousing folk music.
My Mate Dave are an excellent acoustic female fronted four piece combining folk, vaudeville, pop and close harmony. They play banjo, fiddle, uke and flute mixed with 4 voices to produce an interesting and eclectic mix of styles including some acapella songs. Most of their material is self penned, but the stage set contains some reworked songs from other artists.
Orange River Remedy are a three-piece band based in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire that write, record, and perform music often steeped in 60’s and 70’s reminiscence, bringing powerful riffs, three-part harmonies and psychedelia into a wonderful modern, post pandemic era. The band members are all hugely talented at their craft, drawing on an extensive range of musical experience, influences, and styles, unusual for what is essentially a young band, paying homage to the likes of Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Elvis, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors.
Whilst putting their own slant on hits loved by many, as talented song writers, the band perfom a range of their own material, which they describe as the lovechild of John Fogerty and Grace Slick, with Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, Neil Young and Etta James as the grandparents. Quite a family!!!
Wherever the "ORR" rock up, be it a festival, a wedding, a party, a corporate or private intimate event, they will deliver their unique, laid back, engaging and tight performance. They will get the audience rocking!
RudeSix introduced themselves in the summer of 2018 with their debut EP "Trip Club". Charged with youthful energy, the UK midlands based group "possess an impressive sound with feisty female vocals dancing over edgy and infectious ska & reggae rhythms".
The Davidson Trio are a Blues Rock Trio formed from the ashes of popular Glen Hughes tribute Black Country Community.