Band line up and biographies
The Line Up this year includes;
Friday 6th July
Doors open at 7.00 pm
19.45: Spank the Monkey
21.45: Under the Covers
Plus another act to be announced
Saturday 7th July
13.30: Ged Wilson
14.15: Cheap Sunglasses
17.20: The Folly Brothers
18.25: Krissie Matthews
19.10: Freeway Jam
20.15: Debbie Bond and Radiator Rick
21.15: John Coghlan’s Quo
22.50: Norton Commando’s (after-party in the marquee)
FRIDAY 6th JULY
Doors open at 7.00pm
19.45: SPANK THE MONKEY ( http://spankbluesband.co.uk/)
Banbury’s number one rhythm and blues band – and they’re coming to open our festival on Friday night. Setting us up for an awesome weekend of fabulous weekend of live music.
Spank the Monkey live performances introduce younger audiences to the glory that is British R and B whilst reminding more senior onlookers of the halcyon days of such luminaries as the early Stones, Dr Feelgood and the Yardbirds.
21.45: UNDER THE COVERS (https://www.utcbanbury.com/)
A fabulous and hugely popular local band return to do what they do so well! Under The Covers perform a scintillating mix of the funk & disco classics essential to any celebration, and take you right back to the 1980’s with all the biggest pop & electro hits of the decade. They also visit some of the finest dance tracks of the 1990’s, travelling right up to the latest pop hits of the 2010’s.
SATURDAY 7th JULY
DOORS OPEN AT 1pm
13.30: GED WILSON (http://www.gedwilson.com/)
Ged Wilson is now well established on the British blues scene. He has toured the nation and has three albums under his belt. With much radio airplay and favourable reviews Ged is now starting to make his mark.
Armed with his weapons of mass disruption Ged creates guitar vibes, harp wails, from the heart vocals all spiced up with a dash of laconic humour to give a full on upbeat show. This is blues for the 21st Century; get on board!
Leigh Chambers: Lead vocals, banjo, cigar box guitar, lap steel and mandolin Gaz Manwaring: Bass Guitar / Acoustic guitar, backing vocals Matt James: Tea chest, tambourine, cowbell, hi hats, a couple of plastic things and backing vocals.
15.00: SCARECROW (http://www.scarecrowband.co.uk/band/)
An Oxfordshire based three- piece band of fine musicians, playing a range of acoustic music from folk through blues and jazz, a relaxed and easy way to enjoy this year’s festival.
15.45: BRUISER (http://www.facebook.com/Bruiser.rocks/)
Getting us in the mood to rock! Bruiser are a hard working hard rocking covers band. Playing a range of all time classic rock covers from the 70’s through to the 90’s. With a cheeky swagger, a genuine love for the music and a rock n roll attitude to match, They knock out top notch songs from such quintessential bands as Queen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Free, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy and many more. A 4 piece rock band with fabulous female vocalist and superb musicians who play music from rock’s classic period of the 70’s and 80’s.
16.35: BEWELIAN (http://www.bewelian.co.uk/)
The idea behind Bewelian is to continue the long tradition of taking songs from the British Isles folk scene and making them relevant to who we are today. A fabulous folk band with horns! They played for us last year on Friday evening, did an awesome job and so we asked them to come back.
17.20: THE FOLLY BROTHERS (http://www.follybrothers.com/)
The Folly Brothers are a Leamington Spa-based bluegrass trio consisting of brothers Mark Roden (acoustic guitar) and Jonny Roden (banjo), and Wes Stanton (double bass).
Going down a storm on the festival circuit, and having amassed BBC Introducing success, the trio’s style of Americana fused with progressive bluegrass has made them popular with devotees of the genre as well as party- and gig-goers. They successfully blend a modern country twang with rollicking bluegrass which has stirred up the UK roots circuit.
“The trio delves into a gritty, rootsy mélange full of sweeping licks, pumping bass lines and tasty harmonies, successfully blending a modern country twang with rollicking bluegrass.”
– Steve Harvey, editor, Acoustic Magazine
18.25: KRISSIE MATTHEWS (http://www.krissymatthews.com/ )
Krissie has an impressive history in the blues and he’s still not out of his 20’s! Krissie performed for Music at the Crossroads way back in the early days and returned to be the backing band for the incredible Pete Brown a few years ago. This year he will perform a solo blues set on our marquee stage – prepare to be very impressed!
19.10: FREEWAY JAMFreeway Jam was formed in 1986 so now some thirty odd years later could now be described as veterans. Comprising of Mick Bullard (drums) Ben Bennion (guitars) Andy Viccars (bass) and Nick Gould (guitar) the boys have played countless gigs at festivals and venues down the years. Performed at the famous Maida Vale studios in London for the BBC`s in session programmes and also recording three albums, all available through the Anew Day record label.
20.15: DEBBIE BOND AND RADIATOR RICK (www.debbiebond.com)
Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years. Influenced by the famed sounds of Muscle Shoals, her impressive musical story includes years of performing with older traditional Alabama blues musicians, including Johnny Shines, Sam Lay, Eddie Kirkland and Willie King. Her immersion in Alabama blues has deeply flavoured her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing – yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, and jazz influences. She has toured extensively in Europe including France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
21.15: JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO
Our amazing headliners for 2018! – John Coghlan, the original drummer with Status Quo and John Coghlan’s Quo – recreate an authentic “70’s Quo Sound” in keeping with John’s time with Quo. For Quo fans and critics alike, this time is often regarded as Quo’s “Classic” period with a string of chart-topping albums and an almost endless stream of hits included Pictures of Matchstick Men; In My Chair; Paper Plane; Caroline; Down Down; Rain; Wild Side Of Life; Rockin’ All over the World, and many more…
22.50: NORTON COMMANDOS (after-party in the marquee)
After the main stage event our local band The Norton Commandos, featuring Pete Watkins, Andy Thomas and Rich Joynes will play a party covers set in the marquee to wind up a fabulous weekend of live music.