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Your MCs for the evening will be performance poets Dave Pitt, Steve Pottinger, and Emma Purshouse (from the Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists Collective). Come along and witness 15 poets battle it out to become the 8th 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!
Nixon Tate & the Honey Club represent a sound that you would not associate with Stoke-on-Trent. From an apathetic post-industrial city comes a band with eclectic musical influences ranging from Steely Dan, Tom Petty and The Band. Their first EP 'Roses and Bones' included singalong choruses, jangly guitars and alternative-indie sounds, striking an authentic rapport with Stoke's discerning music appreciators. The band have a dominant presence in the local scene for their unique and authentic style: a very British sounding singer songwriter with an American sounding band.
The band's journey to date includes BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson's selection of an early single from their first EP to his Mixtape, whilst support from BBC Introducing Stoke continued to showcase the band. As testament to the band's quality, craft and musicianship, they concluded 2018 opening for Graham Coxon from Blur.
Continuing the momentum into 2019, the Stoke 5-piece release their second EP 'Small Town Enforcer' on April 19. This features a track commissioned by Stoke's very own Wedgewood Museum for a First World War centenary exhibition, and two tracks recorded live with the Manchester based Untold Orchestra.
Like many of his generation Nixon Tate was inspired to pick up the guitar by the Gallagher brothers during the 90's Britpop era. However, he was determined not to be defined by this sound, and draws on the musicianship of his band The Honey Club, who have all cut their teeth in bands playing the music of their fathers.
Telling stories is what Nixon Tate does best. Stories about coming of age, about growing up, about friends, relationships, and the wins and losses that protagonists go through. Nixon Tate & The Honey Club have a fateful desire to make people feel something. Anything over nothing. Love or hate. Just not apathy.
Albert returns to Audlem with his band, one year after the release of his debut album 'Come Alive'. The album has been supported by BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O'Leary), BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson) and received countless plays on local radio across the UK, no mean feat for a fully independent artist.
"The velvet tones of Albert Jones" — Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
Recent support slots for superb acts like Seth Lakeman and Scott Matthews have further bolstered his live reputation.
While his origins lie in folk and acoustic music, the sound has gradually evolved. Albert is a performer who most strongly refuses to be defined by a genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically, all the while following his increasingly prolific muse.
Expect finger style guitar playing in the vein of Lindsay Buckingham, songwriting laced with catchy hooks, and a strong clear voice delivering the lyrical goods.
"hushed vocals and lazy, twinkling guitar lines weave together to create a little capsule of happiness." — Max Pilley — Fresh On The Net
A Double Bill!
9pm Bash & Strum Original acoustic rock and pop at its finest, plus cut down covers of chart hits spanning 5+ decades. Bash & Strum are the result of a musical collaboration between Dr. Daz Clement and Dr.Jimmy Davis.
Having started out as a charity covers band, Bash and Strum have made the transition to writing, composing and regularly performing their own material.
10pm Brave New World musically they are hard to categorise but if you think melodic 60s psych/folk/Pop you might be getting near to the mark.
The band have played The Cavern at Liverpool for the 5th successive year now, have had a track released on the UKs premier psychedelic label 'Fruits de Mer' and have had both local and international radio play with fans in both Australia and Denmark to name but two places.
All their material is written by their lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chris who also presents music shows on CAT FM and KOR Radio and Pop Radio UK.
The band will be hitting the studios later this year and have a couple of EPs Out currently which can be purchased on the night of the show.
Award winning actor musician & songwriter Jonathan Markwood (Coronation Street, Fresh Meat, Eastenders) takes his internationally acclaimed songs to the stage with his band Hoo-Hah Conspiracy. Albums 'Telling Tales' and 'Tips & Tricks' won Best Album awards at the JPF World music awards in USA. His story based songs invite you to follow the lives, loves and outrageous fortunes of an eccentric coterie of characters. Added to the shows is the brand new album 'Psychoacusis' in which even the President makes an appearance ! Jonathan is joined on stage by the uber talents of Jim Streets (guitar) and Tony Holt (drums) and fans attending shows have found the biggest dilemma is whether to listen with rapt attention to the black humoured narrative or dance to the spine tingling music!
Here again. The Endings are a six piece band based in Telford. They play up tempo original material with a few covers thrown in and now working on their third album. A combination of instruments creating a mixture of folk rock with an Irish flavour. Always good craic!
Singers & instrumentalists performing light-hearted songs mainly from 1930s, 1940s & 1950s enhanced by props &costumes. Audience participation is encouraged!
Devon says of herself " I write songs and I sing them" What more do you need to know?
well...... There's only one way to find out ....
a quartet with a growing reputation for providing innovative, accessible jazz based entertainment for North West audiences.
The Band name is derived from the Latin meaning to revive, to renew,to look at in a new way and 'Redux', with a series of Festival appearances already scheduled through 2019, offer a newly minted approach to many jazz standards which incorporate forays into blues, soul and roots.
The set is eclectic but with an emphasis firmly on entertainment.
Grant is an alternative solo double bass satirical singer from Southampton. However he is almost continually touring the country and is back with us for another Audlem Festival
Bluebyrd are a modern acoustic folk duo from Wolverhampton/Stoke, who have been together for just under 2 years and are building a profile across the Midlands and North West for catchy, original songs that have a lyrical depth to them. Their debut album 'Uneven Ground' has been getting great reviews and they have appeared on numerous radio stations playing live, including on the BBC and local and community radio shows across the Midlands.
Now based in Liverpool studying songwriting and performance at the
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and gigging on a weekly basis, Lily returns to the festival.
He's back again!
As the charismatic frontman of t'North's hardest-working comedy band, 'The BarSteward Sons of Val Doonican', Scott Doonican is a debonair and theatrical performer with superb hair and more style than you could shake a Milan catwalk at. As a solo performer, Scott's 'Bar-Steward Unplugged' shows are every bit as funny, dynamic and engaging as those with his band, and he is equally at ease in front of large festival crowds, as he would be in a theatre or down the pub. This is where Scott Doonican the story-teller, entertainer and showman, gets the opportunity to take the band's extensive back-catalogue of comic-songs and perform them, stripped-back, on just his battered 'Workhorse' acoustic guitar or a banjulele. Here, the Doonicans' side-splitting song-smithery, comes to the fore, often accompanied by with an abundance of cracking yarns, giving a charming insight to the inspiration behind them. Having brought well-over a decade of smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury, Scott continues to wow audiences with a fine selection of The Bar-Steward Sons' greatest hits, including the likes of "The Lady In Greggs", "How Deep Is Your Glove?", "Nandos", "Paint 'em Back", "Walking In Manpiss" and "If I Could Punch A Face... It'd Be Justin Bieber's". With almost 1000 shows under his belt to date, Scott Doonican is driven by the desire to leave his audiences with a big grin on their faces. He subscribes to the same wise words of his spiritual father, Val Doonican, that, "When you entertain the public, it's no good just having good music or singing, you must also have entertainment value, so people will go home having a good time". So, can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and a pint in the other, Scott Doonican is quite clearly here for a good time, not a long time. "The greatest thing to come out of Barnsley, since the A61 to Sheffield" Jarvis Cocker, musician "Great fun" Jason Manford, comedian "A genius, hilarious, irresistible music maker, currently crowd-surfing to the bar all over the great county of Yorkshire and beyond, into the venues and music festivals of the UK" Eliza Carthy MBE, musician "Very, very funny... one of the hardest working acts on the planet." Mike Harding, comedian, musician, author & broadcaster
Phil will be playing a set of original songs. Expect a mixture of folk , blues and country tinged tales with plenty of brand new material to showcase.
Another miscellany of song from Francis Hughes and friends
After a couple of years hiatus when they grew beards, grew babies, grew bellies, and grew brands, the Crystal Ships fellas dusted off their instruments and had a jam. They enjoyed it so much, they wanted to do a one off gig at the wonderful Audlem Festival. Incorporating some original Modern Alarms tracks, expect some mistakes, and some jokes, but as ever, plenty of energy!"
When Julian Casewell formed The King's Pistol, he had one very clear idea in mind — to create an album, something that would stand the test of time and release it on vinyl. The first song written under the moniker of The King's Pistol, Host Of Bones, is a dark and solemnly sad recollection of the death of a loved one. This brooding 'dark-folk' song set the musical tone of the project and three albums later, The King's Pistol are now a 3 piece 'twisted rock n roll band' with a couple of hundred gigs under their belt and their latest album, "Evil Spirits" set for release in April 2019.
The Reads straddle the border of North Wales & the North West of England and have been together in some form or other since the start of the millennium. As in the year 2,000. Not the one before.
After years of writing together and producing carefully crafted home recordings, they got their big break in 2010 when a friend of the band offered to fund their debut album 'Stories from the Border' (2011). The album was produced and mixed by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, Jonny Marr, New Order), mastered by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, Gomez) and featured string and brass arrangements written by Joe Duddell (Elbow, James, Richard Hawley). The Reads teamed up with both Jim and Frank again to record their follow-up 'Lost at Sea' (2014), which was recorded at The Charlatans' Big Mushroom studios. After a longer-than-planned hiatus, they have recently finished recording their as yet untitled third album and are excited to share the fruits of their labour when the album is released later this year.
Their music has been played nationally on BBC Radio 2, XFM and Amazing Radio. They have been 'Artist of the Week' on BBC Radio Wales several times and have performed numerous live sessions for their shows. Further support has been received from BBC Radio Merseyside... all of which has led them to have a small, but loyal fan base across the country.
Bad Dukes are a rip-the-roof-off, seven piece band from Cheshire, who take contemporary classics and drench them in ska, boss reggae and dub. The sonic result of this musical marinade is a sound which will have you bouncing higher than a treasury cheque. Come prepared to dance!
A real festival favourite. 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?
An ever popular 3 Piece Rock Band with musicianship of the highest order and superb vocals. Rock covers from Foo Fighters, Toto, Whitesnake, Pink Floyd, Focus, Don Henley, U2, KOL, ZZ Top and so many more.
The super talented duo is back again. They deliver tight harmonies to a modern folk repertoire with pep and zeal. An easy strolling start to the night with the occasional running jump and somersault, getting the blood flowing and ending with the feet dancing.
So you've had a day of drinking, feeling a bit ropey but just got your second wind...this band's for you. Playing well known tunes, 32RED will make sure you finish your Saturday on a high.
Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Country, RnB, Blues, Punk and everything else in between! Some tunes you'll know, some you might not, but all of it fun, energetic and dance-able.
Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger will be running a FREE writing workshop on the theme 'Here is the News' Come along and have a go at writing poetry using headlines and newspaper stories as inspiration. To book your place on the workshop, email Emma on email@example.com or phone 07950 165265. (Please note the number of places are limited and the workshop takes place in an upstairs space accessed by stairs).
If you love Americana you will love Ella Cicely and her beautiful heartfelt songs
Featuring Steve Oakes on guitar, Ed Kainyek on alto and soprano saxes, John Sandham on bass, and Tim Franks on drums. The band performs a mixture of standards, original compositions and interpretations of pieces by contemporary jazz greats including Pat Metheny and Chick Corea. The music is frequently dynamic, passionate, and exciting, but at times lyrical and reflective.
Pembrokeshire (St Davids) born singer songwriter & Multi instrumentalist, Mike, has been writing, recording and performing music for 40 years. He has recorded 5 albums and featured on many other music projects throughout his career. Mike has played as far afield as Goa in India and San Francisco in the USA. Aside from which he has performed the length and breadth of the UK at festivals, pubs, clubs, prison (not as an inmate), arts centres, colleges, front rooms and funerals. He also spent a number of years giving music workshops in the corporate sector. With no formal musical education Mike has gained enormous experience and his passion has taken him down many unexpected avenues. He continues to write and perform with his band "Mirror Show" alongside his solo endeavours.
Given the hugely broad range of influences Mike has a vast repertoire of cover songs in all sorts of genres from Pink Floyd to Louis Armstrong and even a few from the musicals, alongside his original material. He is also renowned for his Didgeridoo playing incorporating Celtic rhythms and modern songs with his self made "Triple Didge".
Festival favourite, 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.
Turn up, share your work or just relax and listen to an hour or so of poetry.
For fans of The Script, The 1975 and Fickle Friends, Bluelights are an exciting Manchester band driven by anthemic choruses.
After forming in 2015, Dan, Sam, John and Adam spent their early days writing and rehearsing their material. After spending the majority of 2016 touring around the north west of England their debut single 'When You Were Mine' was released in early 2017 as was followed closely by their debut EP 'All In My Head' in May of the same year.
After relentlessly touring their debut EP, filming music videos, playing live nationally on BBC radio for BBC Introducing as well as being finalist at Indie Week2017, the band are working hard on refining their sound and their new material the features the biggest choruses you will hear in 2019.
Always welcome at the festival, the FM guitarist plays an acoustic solo set
An indie band from Shropshire and previously known as Jack in a Box, they have been performing their own original music around Shropshire and the Midlands for the past 3 years.
Albert returns for a solo spot. Expect finger style guitar playing in the vein of Lindsay Buckingham, songwriting laced with catchy hooks, and a strong clear voice delivering the lyrical goods.
Singer Songwriter Megan comes together with her band to create ethereal songs and stories that seep from dark enchanted woods hinting at the fairytale world of Florence and the Machine and Aurora.
Grant is an alternative solo double bass satirical singer from Southampton. However, he is almost continually touring the country and is back with us for another Audlem Festival
Local legend, ex Heavy Weather and current lead guitarist with FM is here with a band ready to play some Rock and Blues
Not something you would normally see at our festival — A tribute band!
So here we go... They have headlined festivals in Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, as well as all over the UK and Ireland. They appeared at the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival in 2017 where they played to a packed out, at-capacity Electro Love tent and were invited back again in 2018. They have even headlined a festival at Donington, home of the infamous Monsters of Rock .... Rock on.....
Be Quiet. Shout Loud!' are a five piece disco-rock band from Teesside. Known for their flamboyant and energetic live shows 'Be Quiet! Shout Loud!' have quickly become the must-see live act from the North East.
"Sequins, impressive dance moves and a whole load of sparkle... with 80's-style synths, catchy lyrics and heaps of passion" — NARC Magazine.
"Their furiously energetic stage shows regularly blow people's minds." — NEVolume.
"The band have the sensibilities of a glam rock five piece, but the sound of something in between The Darkness and New Order. They look like Steel Panther, act like The Rolling Stones and sound like Andrew WK." — Peanut Mixtape
We reckon this is the 12th consecutive year that Poyzer and Fluff have appeared at the festival and fundamental to this line-up on at least 10 occasions has been the enigmatic Mr Farrell.
Fluff has recently completed a major UK tour with Thea Gilmore, is currently also playing and singing with The Reads, Midswegan, Full House and Mark Radcliffe's Galleon Blast, as well as teaching and leading the Love Music Trust Sinfonia and Young Folk Ensemble.
Darren Poyzer, in his 31st singer songwriter year, is a resident performer / host at Scotland's Internationally acclaimed Belladrum Tartan Heart. He also manages 5 community singing groups, Stockport (youth) Music Project, and works in both education and youth work special needs settings.
Kevin Farrell brings an incredible 46 years playing guitar and songwriting experience, his genius rarely published in print, but often found at the heart of popular folklore ...
With a fresh take on some classic songs, FreeFall has been wowing audiences from across the North West, playing some of the best songs from some of the world's greatest artists spanning five generations of music. During this time we have worked on perfecting a good and varied repertoire to suit most venues.
FreeFall are Lee (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards), Ste (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Ray (Bass/Vocals) and
John (Drums/Vocals). From the classic songs of the 60's, up to present day popular Anthems (and some of everything between), FreeFall are four experienced and accomplished musicians who know that quality, versatility and professionalism count along with recognising the importance of delivering a great night, every night!
An original, 4-piece, alternative / indie, electro-acoustic band, writing and performing original music.
Nominated; Outstanding Band — Yorkshire Gig Awards and C.O.Radio, features on BBC Introducing, MADE TV, Radio Rock — Hollywood, Rick Witter's — Disco Down show, Radio B88 Hawaii, and on Andy Cousin's acclaimed show, plus many other media publications and shows globally.
Performed international Musicport festival, to standing ovation — we gig most weekends, at venues and festivals across the country.
Teirnew album; No Light For Lies, featuring the double-A side Edge Of Space / Everything I Told You, plus Famous Liars and From The Wreck,
Award winning singer songwriter, Heidi gives us a solo set prior to her band appearing on The Lord Combermere stage in the afternoon
First appearance of the day for these festival favourites with their special brand
of A Cappella songs from around the world.
Phil and Nick return with a set a of songs based loosely on the theme of failed love, jailed love and downright derailed love!
A second set from the popular A Cappella group
Original, contemporary and up-beat songs with elements of jazz, funk and soul
"The Blue Yellows are an original alternative rock band of both intensity and tenderness with influences ranging from folk to grunge. Their 2nd album, 'Kitchen Sessions' out on March 1st this year, represents their long-awaited 2nd album, this time focussing on live and session tracks, recorded in a variety of locations often rehearsed and mixed in keyboardist Emma's kitchen. Following their well received debut EP 'All These Things Right Now', described by Here Comes The Flood as 'Quirky rock from the UK with powerful voice and good-time backing vocals' and Radicals Rising as being 'stamped with affection and originality', the very different feel of this follow-up has been much anticipated"
Forming in early 2015, The Paprika Blues Band have since taken their home county of Shropshire by storm. After extensively touring the local music scene and gaining experience at a number of festivals, and having gained a dedicated following along the way, the band has reached its blues-rock sound that belies a deep knowledge of the two with a punch of funk. The young, four-piece outfit have a repertoire of originals combined with well-known and not so well-known covers to take you back to a happier time of nothing but energetic, live performances to be cherished.
The multi talented Heidi Browne makes a second appearance with special guest performers.
Callum Wright is a dedicated Singer/Songwriter receiving rave reviews from the professional music industry. With years of experience gigging at venues and producers across the UK and occasionally overseas, Callum is no stranger to the spotlight. His set takes influences from John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Jimi Hendrix, Justin Bieber, Mc Fly, Bill Withers and many, many more... Including his own respected original material, which you can find on all digital platforms. Fusing styles of timeless classics with modern hits, talent guaranteed to set a great atmosphere and have you singing along.
They need no introduction in these parts and they are back and guaranteed to get you going with their brand of rock covers old and new. The boys are itching to blast your festival and leave you with a big smile on your face!!
The Red Kites Staffordshire 4 piece band playing original music cherry picking from genres such as psychedelia, rock, folk, blues, americana. Established 2015 current line up JBJnr, Nath P Lally, Ade Willis, Jake Jeffs.
They set sail in 1989 gigging round Scottish Islands in a small boat. Since then they've gigged 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.
The Fargo Railroad Co. are a southern rock / americana inspired 4 piece band from Sheffield, UK.
Established in 2013 they have already gathered a loyal fan base and continue to add to their numbers playing shows throughout the UK.
What is clear is that these boys enjoy being on stage and love playing the music they are producing.
They share a distinct and united love of music with a breadth of appreciation that is truly eclectic — all of this has come together to form their current sound, which has settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. Looking at the mighty works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, '38 Special etc, doffing a cap to the sweet 70's sound of Cash, Young, Dylan whilst bringing in more contemporary vibes of Blackberry Smoke and Jason Isbell.
Based on the long standing regular Audlem folk session, all are welcome to turn up, play, drink or even just watch and listen.
Back by popular demand! 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!
Thumping lumps out of his guitar and singing passionately about life and his own experiences, Paul is one of the 'RIOT FOLK' family's hardest workers. Touring relentlessly across the UK, Europe and afar with his band, he has shared festival stages with the likes of The Levellers, The Feeling, Ub40, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Huey Morgan, Ferocious Dog, The Orb and Newton Faulkner
The popular singer songwriter is back to finish off the night.
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
And now it's nearly here!! -- our 19th -- May 23rd to May 27th. We have a wide range of music to please all who come to enjoy the spectacle.