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Your MCs for the evening will be performance poets Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse (from the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists Collective). Come along and witness 15 poets battle it out to become the 7th Audlem Poetry Slam Champion.
For those of you who might not have seen a slam before then you are in for a massively entertaining, high energy evening. The audience reaction helps the judges to decide who wins, so turn up and whoop for your favourite wordsmith. Let battle commence!
playing mostly original acoustic music in a mildly folky manner.
An eclectic mix of Ska, Blue Beat and Rock Steady
Acoustic instrumentalism. Far flung, expansive and embellished original sonic journeys, capturing life's insanity and its peace, all in one blob!
Skutch Manos offer a beautiful and hypnotic clash of classical Spanish and British instrumental acoustic folk, sometimes heavy, sometimes soft, but always heartfelt! Think Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Williams, John Mclaughlin and Led Zeppelin all rolled in to one: a deadly and rhythmic combination of percussion, guitar and double bass.
Skutch Manos were formed in 2011 by classical guitarist Arlen Connelly (formerly The Acoustic Conquistador) and Brazilian percussionist Holly Prest after meeting as different acts at Manchester's popular Food and Drink Festival. The band soon became 3 in 2012 with the addition of jazz double bassist Chris Cliffl and have found hard followers from music hot spots such as Band on the Wall and Matt and Phred's.
Their compositions are often dynamically expansive and well embellished and best served live!
Well Tim Vinall said "Definitely one to watch. She delivered a set well beyond her years at Percy's last night supporting Charli White. All the best for a successful musical future!!!!"
A must see, Chris, is a satirical singer-songwriter, known for his comedic, witty lyrics and a vintage sound.
The super talented duo is back. They are sure to make you smile as they perform a dynamic set of foot stomping rhythms, heart-warming and infectious melodies in a style that resonates with everyone.
Shropshire-based five-piece folk rock band with an Irish twist -The Endings. Up Tempo, Good Time Music, playing originals and covers
Singer Songwriter Oli Ng fronts his own talented, energetic band with a live show that has been crafted from touring the UK and Europe over the past couple of years.
Emma Purshouse and Dave Pitt will be running a FREE writing workshop at the Audlem Mill Canal Shop, The Wharf, Audlem. Come along and have a go at writing poetry suitable for performance and pick up some top tips for performing or reading your work to an audience.' After the workshop you will have the chance to share your poems with an audience at the festival's poetry open mic. To book your place on the workshop phone or email Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org/07950 165265. (Please note the number of places are limited and the workshops take place in an upstairs space accessed by stairs).
There is no Audlem Festival without these. In from
the beginning, performing songs from the 1930's, 1940's & 1950's. A light-hearted
and often downright funny set of songs enhanced by props and costumes.
Devon says of herself " I write songs and I sing them" What more do you need to know. How about this? She recently appeared on Fat Pigeon Live in Shrewsbury.
Join Emma Purshouse & Dave Pitt and the participants in the free writing workshop (stats 10am) for a poetry open mic at Audlem's newest venue. To reserve a five minute open mic slot email email@example.com or just turn up on the day.
Start your festival off with these festival favourites with a rousing sound.
First appearance of the day for these festival favourites with their special brand
of a Cappella songs from around the world.
Singer songwriter, Michelle, says 'For me my songwriting keeps me sane and if
someone else appreciates it then that`s a bonus' Here is your chance to find out.
You won't be disappointed.
At the age of 16, she bought her first guitar and fell into a world of diverse
musical discovery, the musical colours of artists and bands such as Nick Drake,
Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tori Amos, Skunk Ananise, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,
Bob Marley, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Massive attack and so many
more amazing musicians that inspire her still to this day.
A second set from the a Capella group
Ray is a grammy nominated jazz trumpeter who has been influenced by many of
the great trumpeters of the genre. He has played for well known US/UK artists
such as Dr John, Mica Paris, Robbie Williams and Beverley Knight...
Taking part in the Choral afternoon
The USBs are a unique masked — yes masked! — Hawaiian shirted instrumental
surf rock band from Stockport playing vintage surf songs by the likes of Link
Wray, Dick Dale and The Ventures with a smattering of their own compositions.
Think Pulp Fiction and then come along and do the dance.
Local group of musicians playing Irish Traditional music. Favourites at Ireland's premier Traditional Harp Festival in Granard where they were christened 'Cosa Dohsa' (dancing feet)
Phil has performed at gigs and festivals all over the North West of England supporting acts including Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpets), The Christians, Mark Radcliffe & Foes, John
Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and Strawbs.
If you love music from the soul, delivered with passion and conviction, then
Bluebyrd is the band for you. Their music is part folk/part rock, spiced with
aspects of pop and country, resulting in Bluebyrd's dark-folk-rock; a unique
sound that is both warm and edgy, leaving your feet tapping, heart skipping,
head buzzing and your eyes shedding an occasional tear.
Sarah Miller and Dan Machin are a legendary acoustic duo playing hits from all
genres. They have a varied repertoire from Jazz, like Van Morrison, to Rock and
Pop like Bob Dylan to KT Tunstall. Sarah's jazzy vocals blend perfectly with
Dan's virtuoso jazz guitar.
Taking part in the Choral Day
"If ever a band wears its burning bright heart on its sleeve its Red or Dead — their
name alone is a clear statement of intent and belief. A North Walian campfire
authenticity to artists who believe every bit of what they sing, an honest passion
and insight embedded in their folky punk songs which chime with the times."
Late replacements for Red Rum Club and very much coming to our rescue. Fronted by singer songwriter Dave Busby and coming all the way from Shropshire, Hatters Ball perform classic and modern popular music for your considerable enjoyment
Manchester based 4-piece Indie band with a Reggae/Ska twist, infectious energy and an explosion of saxophone. "Imagine a cross between The Arctic Monkeys and Madness"
Indie alternative Manchester based band formed in mid 2015. Their catchy indie pop hooks will get you singing along!
Audlem Voices is a mixed choir with a diverse range of singers who perform a
variety of repertoire from classical music to songs by artists like Queen and
Their musical diversity appeals to a wide audience.
You know when your friends do something fun, and they don't invite you? And you know it's going to be a funky bluesy blitzkrieg of awesomeness, and you get super jealous? Come check out these beautiful people!
Headsticks' distinct brand of punked up roots rock and roll Live performances blend barbed lyrics, anthemic choruses, and addictive melodies to create passion infused performances oozing honesty, integrity and raw energy, all delivered with a wry humour!
Big thanks to these guys for stepping i at the last minute. The 3 piece will bring classic blues & rock covers to The Bridge Inn.
Great music played with a passion for live performance. This is what we like.
A last minute replacement for Katie Cassidy, The Red Kites are, in their own words, Evolution of soulful sounds
Very Bad Company came together in January 2015 and have huge experience of performing live, Free and Bad Company wrote some of the all time classic rock songs, Very Bad Company do them justice, come and enjoy.
Ian Simpkins is a singer and guitarist from Perthshire who brings a singular style to acoustic music. He specialises in delivering his own take on roots, Americana and contemporary folk songs as well as his own original material. With strong vocals ,a bluegrass influenced guitar style with a distinctive mix of cross picking riffs and melody lines he has a strong emotional connection to his music.
Oli will be performing with his full band at the festival, but you can catch Oli here at the legendary Blues Alley where he performs a solo acoustic set of his self penned material
A unique, acoustic-driven trio from Cheshire. Formed in late 2014, they draw their sound from the darker side of English folk music as well as Americana and 60's psychedelia such as Love and The Doors.
This is a special appearance ahead of the full bands gig later in the day. Come along to Megan's solo slot in this intimate venue and say hello.
"A name you will hear quite frequently at the moment in and around the local music scene, is Julia Mosley. Performing original compositions such as her debut single 'September Song', 'Jack Frost' and 'The Conquest', her powerful, feathery vocals combined with mellow piano accompaniment, filled the room and spread into everyone's souls. " — Emily Jones, E Major.
Hailing from St Davids in Pembrokeshire an opportunity to experience a more intimate version of the Bands festival gig and a chance to say hello. Check out those Didgies!
'Indie folk', 'pop-folk', and another- 'contemporary' slow ballads or uptempo rhythmic songs they are usually confessionary, or observational but always contemporary in lyrical content. Think Nick Drake, Scott Matthews, Damien Rice, Tom Baxter, John Martyn, Bon Iver, and any other great story tellers.
The Happy Soul are a melodic vocal group from Manchester UK. They make subversive popular music and are better than their dwindling fanbase suggests.
A special solo performance by todays 'Guest'
They set sail in 1989 gigging round Scottish Islands in a small boat. Since then they've travelled by land and sea, round Britain and beyond, and en route they've picked up a huge and varied catch of tunes: Creole, Caribbean, Gospel, Cajun, English, Zydeco and Blues — not much slips through the net.
Bringing together some of the hottest talent in the Northwest, the funky bass lines and tight rhythms are guaranteed to get your body moving, dance your feet off, Papa Funk the funk & soul band!
This band work really hard to make the live experience a memorable one, take the time to go and see them. The release and reaction to the first EP "Early Morning Riser" was fantastic, which made everyone excited about the second "Siren".
Megan has recently released a new single to rave reviews Sea of Ice as part of her 2018 tour.
Pembrokeshire born singer songwriter Mike Chant has forged a reputation for himself as a passionate multi instrumentalist and powerful singer and lives by a small, simple but very important bit of advice given to him by the legendary Finbar Furey... "Always from the heart..." oh, and a Didgeridoo and a band.
Back and guaranteed to get you going with their brand of rock covers old and new. The boys are itching to blast your festival with a big smile on your face!!
A welcome return to Audlem. With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching 'Country Blues' like you never heard... It's up, it's down, it's soft and loud, it's dark and lonesome too, there's hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there's love in what they do! There's a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon's blues ... Simply put, it's exactly what it says on the tin.
Fantastic 3 Piece Rock Band, musicianship of the highest order, superb vocals and thoroughly entertaining. Rock covers from Foo Fighters, Toto, Whitesnake, Pink Floyd, Focus, Don Henley, U2, KOL, ZZ Top and so many more.
Full-blooded, invigorating style of folk, infused with elements of punk, rock and theatrical in-yer-face shenanigans. If you have not yet seen them, where have you been?
Jay Johnson is a singer songwriter who, with his Trio of drums and bass accompanying his guitar, combines his roots of rock, folk and country into a unique sound that varies from anthemic choruses to deep, soulful lyrics.
"Thanks but no thanks" Michael Eavis, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 2014 2015 and 2016 — Their loss, our party Audlem!!
"They bounced the place so hard I thought everyone would suddenly say hello to the cellar" The Sun Inn Llangollen
The Lamps will be lighting up The Shroppie Fly on Bank Holiday Sunday, the 27th of May as part of this year's fantastic Audlem Music and Arts festival! Admission is free. Expect their usual mix of rock / alternative / funk covers, plus a few more of popular original songs, which are planned to be recorded and out very soon. See you there!
A great venue to enjoy double bass satirical singer Grant Sharkey's alternative solo set.
The renowned, and most talented rock/blues guitarist sought out by the biggest names in the business, here, in Blues Alley!
Andy is a local resident and singer guitarist whose return to the Audlem Festival has once again been secured by the promise of sex and drugs and rock 'n roll (although he assures us a decent pint and a nice Islay malt would have done the trick!). Andy's set delivers a collection of acoustic classics, covering a period from the sixties right up to the present day (ish!).
Award winning singer songwriter, Heidi gives us a solo set prior to her band appearing at The Bridge Inn later in the day
'Controversial entertainment? Grant Sharkey is an alternative solo double bass satirical singer, and he's currently touring the UK. In fact he is continually touring the Country, As well as some of London's prestigious music venues, and managed to add in Audlem to his tour!
at the legendary Blues Alley for those in the know, come and check this out!
Sam Lyon has played well known festivals and music venues all over the UK, from London's Pinewood Studios to Liverpool's Albert Docks. With two successful UK tours under her belt, and a reputation of being a prolific performer, working with John Delf, a renowned sound engineer who has worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, James Arthur, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and many more
After countless tours throughout Europe and North America, and releasing 7 studio albums (3 of these through the Fellside Record label) with many compositions receiving national and international airplay (Mike Harding called 'Sinking Town' one of his favourite tracks of 2006 on his Radio 2 folk show), the band called it a day in February 2011. Since then, having taken on different projects as far-ranging as presenting regular radio programmes to running a personalised song business, but the pull of writing and playing live again never left them, and the result is the new trio of Wilcox:Hulse.
Their 11th year at the Festival, and this is DP's 31st year in the industry and this is a reflection of the performer and the Man, this quote lives for ever "This man is one of the greats. His wonderfully lyrical version of "Love Will Tell Us Apart" with the great John Ellis on Piano redefined that song and will stay in my memory as one of the great live moments I will ever see" — Nick Holmes, Mcr Busker
The venue to enjoy and relish in Callum Wrights own original material.
Paul and his band (The Scientific Simpletons) have shared festival stages with the likes of The Levellers, The Feeling, Ub40, Fun Lovin' Criminals Huey Morgan, Ferocious Dog, The Orb And Newton Faulkner
By popular demand this Four piece from Bedfordshire playing electro indie originals interspersed with a few covers of indie dancefloor fillers just isn't saying enough.....
Francis and friends with a miscellany of song
Hear Phil's music in a totally different light in a festival setting. Phil has performed at gigs and festivals all over the North West of England supporting acts including Tom Hingley (ex-Inspiral Carpets), The Christians, Mark Radcliffe & Foes, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and Strawbs.
A big Band, relive this one: Simple Minds tribute, with a great catalogue of the 80's thrown in.
Say no more THEY ARE BACK!
Jeramiah Ferrari fuse together styles of reggae, rock, ska and punk to make a truly memorable and essential new sound. Brought up on a diet of Bob Marley, Toot and the Maytals and Sublime, the band have brought their own unique brand of dancing reggae ska to the festival stages, including Sol Festival, Galtres Festival and The Gomad Festival in Ooty (India), The Willowman Festival with The Wailers and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show.
What starts off as a classy folk concert quickly mutates into a rollicking clash of pulsating sound clouds that reverberates throughout the concert hall. The Uptown Monotones are known for consistently serving up musical surprises. Their repertoire features a fresh mix of off-beat, driving pop songs, unique cover versions and a barrage of electronic and ethno-inspired improvisational performances. Way-out, and yet strangely down-home ...
Their explosive stage show will rock your boat like a hurricane!
The highly acclaimed band promise a mixture of hard-hitting blues & rock.
Not only writes and performs her music to high acclaim, but also presents on the FatPigeon Live Sessions.
The mantle of UK Piano Man has been dominated by Elton John, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum over the past five decades and no one else has come remotely close — until now that is! A career highlight for him, is performing a '1 piano — 4 hands' version of "Route 66" with Jamie Cullum. Virtuoso solo-ing, excellent improvisation skills as well as a distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him as one of the UK's finest Blues & Boogie-Woogie piano/vocalists.
A great setting to relish in the warm afterglow of the festival with the highly acclaimed Callum Wright.
with just two old guitars, an upright bass and a bucket full of aching harmony, they preach country blues like you never heard, there's a hint of Hank, a twist of Waylon and a little Gram in there too... it's up and down, soft and loud and swings that big ol' country snake like a born bad ass ... ju
Jeremiah Ferrari is a rocky roots, reggae and ska quartet that has been turning heads with its punk rock take on traditional Jamaican dancehall, reggae and dub. Currently working on their first album.
The King's Pistol are a unique, acoustic-driven trio from Cheshire. Formed in late 2014, the band secured a number of plays of their demo tracks on BBC Introducing, which encouraged them to record their debut album 'Long was the Road, Dark was the Night.' The Album was recorded over 4 days, en
Heidi Browne is a BBC Introducing Pick for 2013, who in early 2014 was crowned the overall winner of OpenMicUK. She was also shortlisted for Jamie Cullum's Big Audition in 2011.