SATURDAY 22nd JULY
2.15pm Top Cat & the Low Down Dogs
Top Cat and The Low Down Dogs are a local Forest of Dean band. Fronted by Tom and Caroline, the line up of The Low Down Dogs varies, today we have Phil and Pete with us.
We sing and play popular, middle of the road, sing along hits, from the 50’s, 60”s and 70’s for all to enjoy.
Silurian are a popular dynamic acoustic duo based in Usk, Monmouthshire, playing an upbeat mix of rock, britpop, country, folk, rhythm & blues.
4.15pm The Dixons of Dock Green
Roots/Country / Blues in a five piece with recently added ‘Mr Squeeze ‘ on Accordian /Harmonica Keith Baldwin & Drummer Terry Sagar to the Existing lineup of Pete ‘ Chilli’ Fensome on Lead Vox /Gtr with Alan ‘Spud ‘Taylor on Bass/vox & Paul Rosser aka ‘Bruv’ on Gtr/Vox One of the oldest Boy Bands in the Forest.
5.30pm Lila J
A vibrant four piece band, who write and perform their own unique and genre- defying collection of songs.
6.45pm Earl & Pearl
Corn fed Kentucky raised singer songwriter & raconteur Jane Pearl is a rare thing. A genuine wordsmith drawing from all four marriages and using all four chords to bring you heartfelt, humorous, well crafted wry vignettes on modern life through the medium of Americana. Odd indeed. Jane was Americana years before the term was coined. She is the real Deal. Gloucestershire based singer songwriter Stuart Earl has been writing songs for the past 17 years and has achieved Winner 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Semi-finalist 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Semi-finalist 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, and x8 Commendations 2016 UK Songwriting Contest. He has released 2 albums and is working on the next 2 albums. One of those ‘Jesse James –Theme from a non-existent movie’ features Jane Pearl on several songs. Jane and Stuart will be performing a mixture of original duets!
SUNDAY 23rd JULY
2pm Alex Davies
A singer/songwriter performing a mix of folk, country and Americana songs on guitar and bouzouki in his inimitable folk/punk style.
Expect anything from tender love songs to impassioned rages against “the system” – it all depends on how he’s feeling on the day!.
3pm The Six FootWay
A Cinderford based folk band. Playing their own stomping brand of traditional tunes, the band take inspiration from the Forest of Deans industrial heritage.
4pm Lucy Jarrett
A little bit jazzy, little bit country, little bit folky, little bit punky…..
For many years now Banshee have been performing at a variety of functions across the UK. Their lively foot tapping music and songs strike a very popular note at Weddings, Garden Parties, Schools and Festivals. With minor TV and Radio appearances behind them, their diary is full. Very proud of their Forest Roots, as well as playing Celtic flavoured music, they bring the Forest of Dean to the wider audience with dances like “The Forest Stomp” and “Lady Skimmington’s” and songs like “Vorest lad”and “Bluebell Song”
Tony wrote “Forest Gold” which was sung by the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir for many years and he also wrote a musical about Lydbrook’s Sarah Siddons which received much local acclaim. He plays Banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, bass and fiddle.
Jen plays the guitar, button accordion and Bodhran all self-taught She started playing in Folk Clubs in Qatar and United Arab Emirates and upon returning to the UK played in many Forest Country and Western bands before forming Banshee with husband Tony 15years ago. Her driving guitar is the pulse behind the band.
Ali has been playing fiddle with Banshee for 7 years before that she was an active member of the Forest’s “Wild Oats” Morris dancers. She plays the tunes at the bands Ceilidh and Barn Dance Gigs
6pm Ian Luther
Singer Songwriter Guitarist
It is impossible to pigeon hole Ian Luther into any single music genre: he has created his own from a lifetime of listening and performing around the UK and Europe.
It takes masterful musicianship to combine different styles of music into a ‘must hear’ experience, and right there we have the key to what makes Ian a star in waiting. There are many master musicians who would sacrifice some of their mastery for an ounce of the engaging, entertaining ability that Ian brings to any stage performance. What Ian does simply works. Masterful – yes. But more than that, creating those priceless ‘remember that night’ memories that live with us fondly forever.
Mike Longley – BBC Wales Head of Music 2012 – “Ian Luther’s personality is pure electric as are his stage performances.”
Geoff Downes – Asia, Yes, The Buggles – “Ian is a complete one-off and deserves full recognition for his originality.”
Experience Ian for yourself. The blazing versions of rock classics are enough for many, but that would be selling him short. His own compositions will get into your head – guaranteed. Take a listen and hear for yourself.
Luther, Ian’s family name, is a derivative of ‘lute player’, so you could say he is just following his destiny. Ian has extensive touring experience at home and abroad, playing everywhere from lively city venues to Glastonbury Festival.
7pm Harpers Ferry
Harper’s Ferry is a thoroughly modern folk-rock band based in Gloucestershire, UK. The band has pulled from a wide range of influences but is most intrigued by the story-telling and social commentary that was prevalent in the songwriting of the late 60s/early 70s. Every song has been crafted and arranged with a keen attention to detail.