Climax BLUES BAND
JACKIE LYNTON BAND
ZAL CLEMINSON's SIN DOGS
Derek William Dick, better known as FISH (born 25 April 1958), is a Scottish singer-songwriter and actor. He achieved prominence as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988. In his solo career he has explored contemporary pop and traditional folk and rock.
Music critics have acknowledged Fish for his voice, which has been described as both “distinct” and a “conflation of Roger Daltrey and Peter Gabriel”, while his lyrics have been praised as “poetic prose”. Fish was voted number 37 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009.
Fish plans to retire from live performance soon, so it goes without saying we are absolutely thrilled that he has chosen to grace A New Day with his presence in 2019 as our Friday headliner.
CURRENT LIVE BAND
Fish – Lead Vocals
Robin Boult – Electric/Acoustic Guitars
Steve Vantsis – Bass Guitars; Keyboards; Backing Vocals
John Beck – Keyboards; Backing Vocals
Gavin Griffiths – Drums
We didn’t have them in 2018, and you made your feelings known! Sorry…
With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans! After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up.
Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound.
Guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, and acclaimed bass player Udo Pannekeet, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK. A new Focus era has arrived! There is a rejuvenated passion amongst the band as it enters the studio to record Focus 11 and prepares to go out on the road again for a World Tour, in support of the new album, and as it builds up to its 50th Anniversary.
Thijs van Leer - Hammond-organ, flute and vocals Pierre van der Linden - drums Udo Pannekeet - bass Menno Gootjes – guitar
The Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s and achieved such great success and recognition through the 70s and 80s, huge selling albums like FM / Live and Gold Plated, the 1976 hit single Couldn’t Get It Right (from Gold Plated) and I Love You in 1981, the reputation carrying right through until the tragic death of founder member Colin Cooper in 2008.
Colin’s death could have meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his desire was for the band to continue creating the fine blues blend that the band has been associated with since its formation, and that desire has been accepted with relish by the remaining members of the band. George Glover has been at the keyboards in Climax since 1981, very much part of the nucleus of the band, Lester Hunt on guitar joined in 1986, drummer Roy Adams in 1987 and Neil Simpson on bass in the early 90s. This solid unit has flown the Climax flag with tremendous passion and style. Now there is a spring in their step, taking the band forward and already pleasing crowds throughout Europe, the ‘seamless’ transition in carrying on creating the unique Climax sound is the result of hard work, disguised by a band having a great time making music….
Graham Dee was recruited in 2012 to front the band. With his own distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene which included performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session vocals and voice coaching, at the same time Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge took on the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting dynamic sound, both adding their own dimensions to the musicians that have carried the flag for Climax as a unit for over 15 years, in Les’s case over 25 years, and George for over 30 years.
Etheridge - Theo Travis - Roy Babbington - John Marshall "Soft Machine Legacy” was launched in Turkey in Oct, 2004. The intriguing line-up of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, John Etheridge and John Marshall was a coalition of 4 long-time servers in different eras of the legendary group Soft Machine, but who had not played before as a unit.
With the enthusiastic management of MoonJune in New York - the band quickly established a recording and touring schedule in Europe playing a repertoire of new originals and some vintage pieces. Highlights including appearances at the Umbria Jazz Festival and Leverkusen Jazz Festival (televised). In 2006 came the sad death of Elton Dean, whose place was taken by young blood Theo Travis, who has a continuing association with Gong and was thus perfectly sympathetic to the music. After a long illness, Hugh Hopper sadly passed away in 2008.
A decision was taken to continue with Roy Babbington - thus reuniting 3/5ths of the 1975-77 line up that recorded the acclaimed "Softs" album. (Special thanks to Fred Baker who deputised when Hugh was ill). Since then the band has recorded an acclaimed album ‘Burden of Proof '(2013) and continued to tour widely often with the legendary Keith Tippett. From the beginning of 2015, it was decided to drop the “Legacy” and tour again as Soft Machine
Jackie Lynton has been famous more times than most of us have had hot dinners! He has played and recorded with a stellar list of true rock legends: Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Screaming Lord Sutch, Big Jim Sullivan, Albert Lee, Rick Parfitt, Dick Taylor and most of Jethro Tull including guitarist Martin Barre and founder members Ian Anderson, Mick Abrahams and Clive Bunker. He started his career as a young ballad singer in the late fifties and early sixties - in the same shiny suited genre as the young Billy Fury - he had chart hits with All Of Me, Teddy Bears Picnic and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
As the sixties progressed Jack expanded from the ballad style (at which he is still a mean exponent) into the blues and rock style which he really loves best, and he wound up as the front man for The Savoy Brown Blues Band, becoming the cover hero for their legendary LP "Jack The Toad". Jack has always been a bit of a poet, and during the late seventies he struck up a songwriting partnership with Rick Parfitt of Status Quo; the lyrics of many of Status Quo's headbanging hits come from Jack's pen. His next venture into the public eye was as lead singer for Diesel - a band created by the Quo's drummer, John Coghlan. During the nineties Jack became a familiar background figure in "The Queen Vic" as an extra in TV's Eastenders.
He is still writing and recording songs and he still commands an amazing vocal talent for blues and rock'n'roll. His fame and respect among fellow musicians is legendary. Almost anyone you meet on the music scene will have a story about him - usually rude! His association with the music business over the years means he is often called on by the BBC to participate in documentaries about such colleagues as Long John Baldry, Dave "Screaming Lord" Sutch and others. He is a consummate entertainer and - if the audience is right - will pepper his performance with blue jokes. This respect from his peers means that he has always managed to attract an amazing array of talent to his band - you can judge for yourself at A New Day Festival that the current line up of The Jackie Lynton Band is nothing short of excellent.
Kangaroo Moon was formed in Bellingen, Australia. After touring extensively around Oz, they then headed for the UK in '92. Then began the "Summer Hopping" between Blighty and Oz - with tours in the USA and mainland Europe thrown in for good measure.
The band are completely addicted to festivals and love being on the road, playing what they themselves describe as ‘Psycheceltic folk fusion’.
Kangaroo Moon are:
Elliet - violin, trumpet and vocals
Mark - didgeridoo, keyboards, whistles and vocals
David - guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and vocals
Gem, Matt, Myke and Mike - drums and percussion
What a delight it is to welcome old friends Solstice back to the forefront of progressive music.’ - Prog Magazine Soaring violin and guitar weaving around delicately passionate female vocals, underpinned by driving rhythmic complexity - Solstice were an unlikely band to succeed in 1980s Britain.
Yet because of their unique vision, audiences in search of an alternative to the shiny 'product’ of the music industry revelled in the band’s performances at all the major festivals and sell-out tours, on which they made the legendary Marquee club their home.
In spite of this live success, bolstered by BBC sessions and national music press coverage of an unprecedented level for a then-unsigned band, by the close of the 80s the members had dispersed to pursue successful careers in session work, soundtracks and elsewhere, leaving only the independent Silent Dance album to keep the memory alive.
There was a Solstice renaissance in the 90’s, with two studio releases – New Life and Circles – and a live album – The Cropredy Set – on A New Day Records, documenting their return to the big festival stage. This rich musical heritage provided the foundation for the next stage of the band’s development. In a period of unprecedented output for the band a further three albums have been released. 2013 saw the release of their fifth and arguably best studio album, Prophecy. Once again Barry Kitson provided stunning artwork and, to complete the circle, longtime fan and prog lord, Steven Wilson, contributed three superb remixes from the original multi-track tapes of the 1984 debut ‘Silent Dance’.
Playing first with Iron Maiden then Samson before launching his own band, Barry Graham Purkis (AKA Thunderstick) has been a legendary part of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene since the late 70s.
Now Thunderstick is back – with a brand new album ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. Thunderstick delighted the audience at A New Day 2018, drawing a huge crowd despite their early Sunday slot, and we are delighted to welcome them back.
Zal Cleminson: Lead Vocals/Guitar
David Cowan: Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Nelson McFarlane: Bass Guitar
Willie McGonagle: Guitar/Backing Vocals
Scott Cowie: Drums
Zal Cleminson, former guitarist with Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Nazareth, returns with his new high octane 5 piece rock band - SIN DOGS!!
DEEP PURPLE LIVE
Band of Friends
Kingdom of Madness
THE FIERCE & THE DEAD
KANDA BONGO MAN
“The Voice of Rock” Glenn Hughes, performs a loving tribute to the music of "Classic Deep Purple Live", following his world-conquering assault as part of super group Black Country Communion. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale. Any skepticism was squelched with the 1974 release of "Burn" which has since been re-released on its 30th anniversary. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.
In the halcyon days, Purple headlined at the famous California Jam in 1974 in front of a quarter of a million people. World tours via Purple's own jet plane, "The Starship" and two more studio albums later, the Hughes influenced "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band”
Born in 1978, out of the ashes of the Sonic Assassins, Hawklords was the brainchild of the late, great Robert Calvert. The band's debut release, on the Charisma label, was the album 25 Years On (later editions were released simply as "Hawklords"). It featured eight excellent tracks, all but one co-written by Calvert, and marked a significant departure from the spacey sounds of earlier Hawkwind material. 25 Years On peaked at number 48 in the charts. Two singles were also released: Psi Power and 25 Years.
Barney Bubbles was involved in the design, and the stage sets for the supporting tour. The overall idea was based on a company called Pan Transcendental Industries, which was a factory that manufactured car doors to replace angels' wings - a very avant-garde mixture of Fritz Lang and Mao Tse Tung visually.
In 1983 Barney left the planet.
In 1988 Robert Calvert headed for the gods alone know where.
Now it's the 21st century. After more than 25 years of social research Harvey, Jerry, Ron, Dave & Tom have regrouped to bring Hawklords back to the people.
HAWKLORDS are: Harvey Bainbridge, Dave Pearce, Jerry Richards, Tom Ashurst, with special guests from time to time.
Rory Gallagher’s music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA, Covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60’s 70's and the 80's.
Sadly we lost Rory on 14th June 1995, to his devoted fans and followers this was the ultimate tragedy. The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory, more a celebration of his life and music.
'Please be assured that this is no tribute band. Think a rendition of a composer's former work performed by those who have a full right to both perform it and choose their musicians. RG would approve. No Doubt'
Noel Buckley, (Get Ready to Rock UK)
'Having had the privilege of seeing Rory Gallagher live (as well as several tribute acts), I can honestly say that this gig is the closest that anyone will ever come to his sound, style and sheer energy of delivery. This wasn't a gig, it was a concert. This certainly was a 'Celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher' and it's great to see they are doing a fantastic job of keeping the music of this great musician alive.'
Rob Dodgson, (Annular Media UK)
Members of MAGNUM’s classic-era line-ups reunite for a celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue covering the period 1978-94.
One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, Magnum achieved high album and singles chart positions in both the UK and Europe and gained a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands on the touring circuit, delighting audiences with concerts that were always captivating both musically and visually. Highlights of the band’s career include regular sold-out theatre tours including a memorable five nights at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon performed during 1988 together with headline appearances at Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, as well as appearances at major festivals.
Kingdom of Madness features Mark Stanway, Richard Bailey, Micky Barker, Laurence Archer and Mo Birch – all of whom have toured and / or recorded with Magnum – together with legendary bassist Neil Murray and acclaimed vocalist Chris Ousey – establishing a pedigree line-up of world class musicians. Kingdom of Madness celebrates the legacy of Magnum’s classic period,
“Heavy psychedelic post rock”
The Fierce And The Dead are a heavy psychedelic post rock band from North London who have been part of the UK’s underground post-rock/psychedelic/progressive scene for the last 8 years. They have been championed by Stuart Maconie on BBC 6 Music and Steve Davis on his Interesting Alternative Show and played with everyone from Hawkwind to Crippled Black Phoenix, Anathema and Monkey 3 via festivals in the USA and UK including Arctangent and sold out London headlining shows.
“Comes with the fuzzed out edge of a stoner rock classic” Real Gone Rocks
"They manage to cement themselves as current leaders of a new kind of progressive music, where the past is unshackled and a new urgency is added…King Crimson partying on down with Hawkwind and The Stooges while Mogwai loom menacingly in the background.” Echoes And Dust
Kylver (pronounced - Kill-ver) are a four piece instrumental progressive rock/metal band that have crafted their take on the progressive genre by mixing slow and heavy doom riffs, odd time signatures, atmospherics of post-rock and Hammond tones of the 70’s with a classic rock and metal sound.
Kylver released their first album ‘The Mountain Ghost’ in May 2015 - a forty-minute long concept album consisting of four tracks that follow the fictitious tale of a spirit who inflicts torment on the residents of a village that lies in the shadow of his mountainous home.
The album very quickly gained the band a great deal of parse from the press with reviews from Echoes and Dust, The Sludgelord, Progressive Music Planet and a ‘Limelight’ feature in Prog Magazine that earned them a nomination in the 2016 Progressive Music Awards.
“The Mountain Ghost is a superb piece of mood-building. It has an instantly appealing and addictive quality, and is best experienced at ear-splitting volumes.” - Dave Cooper (Echoes and Dust).
“An immensely strong debut offering, The Mountain Has Ghosts is an instrumental masterpiece. Deep bass lines run throughout, creating a simultaneous sense of unease and awe.” – Prog Magazine (Prog Issue 57).
Lapis Lazuli is a multi-genre fusion band from Canterbury combining Funk, Progressive, Psychedelic, Fusion, Rock, Latin, Balkan and Afrobeat styles. In the past they have supported Caravan, Alice Cooper, Nuru Kane and Syd Arthur.
A glorious return to A New Day for the joyous sounds of kwassa kwassa!
Kanda Bongo Man (born 1955 in Inongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo) is a Congolese soukous musician. His first solo albums where "Iyole" in 1981 and "Djessy" in 1982 and the success of these albums launched Kanda Bongo Man’s International career and led to an invite from world renowned progressive rock musician Peter Gabriel. Mr Kanda Bongo Man has also shared a stage with the late Grammy Award Winner “Mama Africa” Miriam Makeba and Jamaican Reggae Musician Jimmy Cliff just to name a few.
Mr Kanda Bongo Man is known for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music. The previous approach was to sing several verses and have one guitar solo at the end of the song. Kanda Bongo Man revolutionized soukous by encouraging guitar solos after every verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. His form of soukous gave birth to the kwassa kwassa dance rhythm where the hips move back and forth while the hands move to follow the hips. Your hips will be moving too!
ULI JON ROTH
Martin Turner ex WISHBONE ASH
THE TRUE DECEIVERS
An Iconic British rock band that started life in 1968, they were one of the most prominent bands of the Glam Rock genre. Their first hit “Funny Funny” came in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Chin & Chapman. During 1971 & 1972 their musical style followed a marked progression from the Chin & Chapman bubblegum style to a hard rock band in the vein of “The Who” supplemented by high pitched backing vocals. Sweet has had a string of hits all over the world, They had 13 Top 20 hits in the 1970s alone.
Their best known being: Block Buster, The Ballroom Blitz, Love is Like Oxygen and their last major hit Fox On The Run. They have sold in excess of 55 million records worldwide. The thread that links the past through to the present is Andy Scott. His determination to maintain high standards with the band’s musical legacy and touring is legendary. The band today has an illustrious pedigree recreating “live” the high energy and soaring vocals associated with the Sweet sound that is the band’s trade mark. They continue to pack venues out all over the world.
The song most associated with MUNGO JERRY is the global hit IN THE SUMMERTIME, it sold over six million copies worldwide in the first six months of release and that total is now estimated to be over a staggering thirty million units, and it is now officially recognised as the most played summer song of all time. Winning for itself and its writer RAY DORSET, prestigious Sony / ATV and Ivor Novello awards.
It is the biggest hit in an incredible list of hits throughout the 70’s. In describing the music of MUNGO JERRY as pure pop would be an insult to the varying styles of rock, blues, boogie and skiffle that has graced the stages of concerts and festivals which have seen MUNGO JERRY sharing and indeed at times topping the bill with the likes of JIMI HENDRIX, ELTON JOHN, ROD STEWART & THE FACES, GENESIS, STATUS QUO, CANNED HEAT, FREE and JETHRO TULL. Instead of simply resting on his laurels and living off the success of the world's biggest selling Summer song In The Summertime.
Ray Dorset aka Mungo Jerry has in this new millennium maintained his reputation as the King of the Groove by releasing some of his best and strongest work and Mungo Jerry's live stage performance has been much acclaimed at Blues, Jazz and Rock Festivals throughout the world.
A legend and veritable ‘Rock God’, Uli was the lead guitarist and a main songwriter for top German rock band The Scorpions from 1973-1978, before going on to form Electric Sun. Since then he has written 4 symphonies, 2 concertos and numerous songs. He is a true multi-instrumentalist who writes his own musical scores and arrangements. He is also a music director, paints realistic oil paintings, writes his own poetry as well as philosophical treaties. Uli invented his own unique instrument - the by now legendary 6-octave Sky guitar which is without peer. He produces his own albums and directs his own videos. Artistically, he has been an inspiration to many of his fellow artists as well as his audience and continues to be so. He has been cited by countless guitarists from all over the world as one of their main influences. Widely recognized as perhaps the single most important protagonist of neo-classical guitar playing, Uli is seen by many as a trend-setter who has often been considerably ahead of his time.
Martin Turner - founding original member, lead vocalist and key creative force of Wishbone Ash.
Wishbone Ash was formed by Martin Turner and Steve Upton in London in 1969. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music's best loved works and influence numerous successful bands and result in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts and its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.
Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans.
As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound.
Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current band, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.
Bad Touch formed in 2010 when the band members were still in college.
In their formative years, they played local pubs and performed covers of some rock classics, and gradually began to compose original material. Over the last few years Bad Touch have started making a name for themselves and built a reputation for their dynamic live shows, making them on of the “must-see” acts at many local venues. In 2012, the band recorded their first EP at the Leeders Farm Studio – home of local hero’s The Darkness.
The desire to get their music to a wider audience eventually led the band performing gigs around the country. In 2012, the band won the Exposure Music Award in 2012 for their live show, followed by an invitation to play Hard Rock Hell for the very first time. 2013 was a great year for the band. They toured the UK with The Quireboys and won the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest. In 2014, they toured with Bonafide, The Electric Boys and Tyketto, and played many festivals including Download, Steelhouse, Legends of Rock and Hard Rock Hell. 2015 was a great year for touring with the band completing an 18-date UK tour with The Answer as well as UK tours with Tyketto and Snakecharmer. Bad Touch’s live shows garnered them praise and support from fans and critics.
They toured with Grammy Award winners The Kentucky Headhunters in October 2017 and then embarked on their 1st headline tour in November – with the support Planet Rock including both Hard Rock Hell and Planet Rockstock During the winter months of 2017/18 the band spent time in the studio working on a new album – with a scheduled release date of autumn 2018
Marcus Bonfanti blew up a storm last year at A New Day fronting Ten Years After, and we are really looking forward to seeing him again with Jawbone! Jawbone are a new and exciting London-based four-piece band. Beginning as a collaboration between established solo artists Paddy Milner (keyboards, vocals) and Marcus Bonfanti (guitar, vocals), the band was soon joined by the renowned rhythm section of Rex Horan (bass, vocals) and Evan Jenkins (drums, percussion), Jawbone has quickly become a band with a unique sound focused on delivering strong songs.
Each member of Jawbone are all respected musicians in the industry. They have played with everyone from Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ten Years After, Van Morrison Robert Plant, Dave Gilmour, Seth Lakeman, Cliff Richard, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood, Shuggie Otis, Laura Marling, James Hunter, Phil Manzanera, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Carl Black and many more. In January 2018, Jawbone were chosen to back Eric Clapton, Van Morrison & Tom Jones at Paul Jones’ legendary charity show at G-Live in Guildford, gaining rave reviews from the artists involved and the sell-out audience alike. Having all met each other in and around the thriving London music scene, Bonfanti and Milner first crossed paths in a North London house share in 2008 forming a close musical bond through a shared love of Blues and Roots music. Rex and Evan shared a similar experience halfway across the world in Perth, Australia before moving to the UK to pursue new musical endeavours.
Jawbone pride themselves in their lack of compromise, from the writing and recording processes, through to album artwork. Taking influences from Little Feat, The Band, The Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills Nash & Young but also mixing it with the eclectic musical backgrounds that each member brings, allows Jawbone to create a very fresh take on rock’n’roll.
StoneWire have crafted a sound that is both unique and yet reassuringly familiar. With influences spreading across many genres the blend of Rock, Blues, Country and Heavy Metal produce something that has been described as classic British Rock with a dirty Southern twist.
They switch seamlessly from riff-laden rock to melodic anthems, underpinning it all with dynamic rhythms and exceptional vocals. This versatility has lead critics to compare StoneWire to contemporaries such as Black Stone Cherry, The Answer and more recently the Blues Pills.
Sky Hunter's soaring rock vocals and gravely blues tones are integral to the StoneWire sound. This powerhouse of a front woman delivers an electrifying live performance and clearly shares a true connection with the audience. But StoneWire are not all about the front (wo)man.
The emphasis is firmly on the word band, setting them apart from other female fronted groups. The bands core is centred on a mix of voice, music and an ever energetic, ever powerful, live per f o r m a n c e . T h i s i s r e f l e c t e d i n t h e l o y a l t y o f t h e i r g r o w i n g f a n b a s e w h o a r e n o t m i s t a k e n w h e n t h e y s a y t h e b a n d j u s t h a v e s o m u c h f u n o n s t a g e .
Leatherat have played to over 150,000 people during the course of their existence; in more than 300 venues, festivals, clubs and pubs.
They are well recognised on the touring festival circuit. Formed in 2004, the lineup originally featured Kevin West, Tim Durham and Richard Reece. Richard was surpassed by Hugh Edwards for the first album “Temporary Immortality”.
Kev & Tim paved the way for shredder Bret Nichols on the second album “Garden of Eden”. Bret moved on and Jim Bennion joined us to record and tour our third album “Short Time on Earth”. In 2012, shortly after releasing the fourth album “Uprising”, Hugh & Jim handed in their resignations and Leatherat went about re-building the band. Lee Smith jumped aboard the good ship Leatherat as our new drum-meister and some weeks later, James Foley made us 5 once again bringing with him a ruck of guitar skills.
Noted guest musicians on Leatherat albums have been Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Tom Leary (Feast of Fiddles), PJ Wright & Gareth Turner (Little Jonny England) & many more. Leatherat have shared stages with highly acclaimed acts including Levellers, Space Ritual, Fairport Convention, Status Quo, Jethro Tull, 3 Daft Monkeys, Seth Lakeman, Newton Faulkner, Steve Harley, Scouting For Girls, and The Christians. Influences of the band are Levellers, Fairport Convention, Hawkwind and Wolfstone to name but a very small few!
The True Deceivers have been developing their own blend of rootsy folk rock/Americana since their formation in 2003.
Since then they have played hundreds of gigs across the UK becoming regulars at festivals including Guilfest, Weyfest, Watchet, A New Day Festival and Bearded Theory. During this time they have shared stages with the likes of The Stranglers, The Wonderstuff, Oysterband, Seth Lakeman, Three Daft Monkeys, Neville Staple, Dreadzone, Kate Rusby, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and Hank Wangford. 2018 has seen the band back in the studio recording the long-awaited follow up to the band’s second album, Hell or High Water, which was well received back in 2012: fRoots Magazine - Rootsy rock chooglin’ away in a gutsy backbeat. Time To Mend A Broken Heart and Wishing My Life Away really move. Net Rhythms - Guitar chiming roots rock. R2 Magazine - These guys enjoy playing the music they love.