Newland Street Stage/Roots

SATURDAY

2.30pm Railroad Al and the Sleepers

“Railroad Al”, one of the personas of local singer/songwriter Alex Davies, performs folk and country songs with a railway theme or connection. Today he is backed by “The Sleepers” – Pete Farnell on bass, Phil Hopkins on cajon and percussion and Simon Thompson on dobro, guitar and harmonica.

3.30pm Mud on the Tyres

A group of experienced musicians who were drawn together by a love of upbeat, fun, country style music..

They have focused on creating an atmosphere of fun with their music and performances to ensure they appeal to music lovers of all generations. It’s clear to see that making people tap their feet, dance and laugh at some of their lyrics makes for a slightly different night out than people expect. This, of course, doesn’t stop them writing more touching and melodic songs that clearly show the versatility of the band. 

4.45pm Adz King

Solo acoustic artist, he has spent many years travelling the world and taking inspiration from his travels, strongly influenced by 60s folk music with a modern twist.

5.45pm Ragtime Jug Orchestra

The Ragtime Jug Orchestra is the authentic string-band sound of the early 20th century. Playing a good-time mix of ragtime, country blues, skiffle and jug band music, the RJO perform hits from the levees of St Louis, the Beale Street bars of Memphis, the back hills of Tennessee, the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta and the sporting houses of New Orleans. 

6.45pm Shootin The Crow

#StrawShedMusic – Old Time meets Country Rock meets Rock n Roll ..don’t try putting a label on it……Guitar, mandolin, banjo/guitar-jo and vocals……three chords and our truth’s, our way.

SUNDAY

Forest Folk Clubwill be presenting a showcase of talent. The club meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at The Orepool Inn, Sling near Coleford and has now been in existence for nearly 40 years in various pubs and venues in the Forest of Dean. More information about regular events can be found on our websitewww.forestfolkclub.com

MC and host is Dean Radio’s Chris Arscott – http://www.deanradio.co.uk  

who will be introducing….

2.30pm Jan O’Neill and Doug McLean 

Songs of the Forest of Dean and beyond with Jan on vocal and guitar ably accompanied by Doug on guitar, mandolin and other assorted instruments!

3.30pm. Chris and Wendy Moreton 

An award-winning guitarist with more than 40 years of guitar-playing experience Chris is a multi-instrumentalist rated as the UK’s “best bluegrass guitarist” and playing “truly world class lead guitar”. Together with Wendy on double bass they make up the Moreton Roadshow, with foot tapping tunes, songs and witty entertainment.

4.30pm Jan Vaisey and Ian Harvey

Jan and Ian perform a variety of contemporary and traditional songs and tunes with vocals guitar and mandolin. Their influences range from James Taylor and Dougie MacLean to Scandinavian Folk tunes!

5.30pm Compost Heap 

This four man Shanty Crew from land locked Herefordshire will entertain you with their rousing songs from land and sea – think “Fisherman’s Friends” with pitchforks!

6.30pm Misfit Pearl and the Oddfellows

Corn fed Kentucky raised singer, songwriter and raconteur, Jane Pearl brings you heartfelt, humorous, well crafted wry vignettes on modern life and her two band members  add finesse and groove to what she describes as a “mighty fine trio”- multi-instrumentalist Lyndon Webb, a purveyor of an original 1980s ponytail, on guitars and Thad Kelly, owner of two shopping scooters, on bass. Odd indeed!