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A New Day Festival: Atomic Rooster, Bemis, Bernie Torme, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Caravan, Arthur Brown, Curved Air, Gerry Colvin, Hugh Cornwell, John Coghlan & more
A New Day Festival brings you the very best in Prog, Rock, Blues and Folk Music, in a truly wonderful setting, with affordable ticket prices. It was shortlisted for 'Best New Festival'.
Visit www.anewdayfestival.com/ for more information.
Atomic Rooster were formed from the ashes of the The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in 1969. Their debut gig was at the Lyceum in London ( supported by Deep Purple ) and their first self-titled album was released in February 1970. It was after the release of “Death Walks behind you” that they had their first taste of UK chart success with “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer”. The band split in 1975 and briefly reformed in the early 1980’s. Main band member Vincent Crane joined Dexys Midnight Runners in 1985 for the “Don’t Stand me Down” album before he sadly passed away in 1989.
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Folk duo from Portsmouth with mesmerising lyrics, great vocal harmonies and lots of enthusiasm.
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The axeman behind Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Atomic Rooster and Dee Snider's Desperado, as well as his own bands 'The Electric Gypsies' and 'Torme'.
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Blackbeard's Tea Party combine fiddle, melodeon and voice with the interlocking grooves of two hand percussionists, a distorted electric guitar, and funk-inflected bass patterns. Though their music often takes traditional tunes and songs as the starting point, it's clear that Blackbeard's Tea Party is not for folk purists. Theirs is a gutsy take on folk which aims to renounce the trendy twee of bands like Mumford and Sons in favour of folk's darker and more primitive origins, all by way of classic rock, funk and dance music. The resulting arrangements are often quirky and boisterous. This playfulness - along with their anarchic and ebullient stage show - has won Blackbeard's Tea Party a small legion of fans.
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Caravan are considered by many to be the undisputed, unsung heroes of the British Prog movement. Often quoted as being one of the most formidable acts to emerge from the '60s progressive rock scene, over the years they have managed to achieve cult status and have maintained a passionate and diehard following.
Originally formed in Canterbury in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury rock movement, and produced their own brand of "superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work" (NME) and packed venues worldwide. The current Caravan line-up includes Pye Hastings (1968 founding member: guitar, lead vocals), Geoffrey Richardson (joined 1972: viola, guitar, flute, vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion).
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After 40 years of performing, adventuring and recording, the indomitable force that is Arthur Brown continues to come up with a genre spanning, time travelling, world bending, heavy grooving and massively eclectic collection of songs. This is music made in the now with Arthur's vital, soulful and acrobatic voice at the heart. Arthur's long career has been one of true innovation and exploration.
From pioneering theatrics in music with the worldwide hit Fire to heavy involvement in '60s London at the UFO club, to a role in The Who's Tommy and an early pioneer of electronica, with Brown's band being the first to use a drum machine on stage.
Arthur and The Crazy World live band have been playing stages across Europe with a voice and stage presence that leaves a trail of dust in its wake. Brown takes to the stage bedecked in full warpaint, backed by a band of players who can match his energy and power. The result is electric.
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Groundbreaking British progressive rock band feature original members Sonja Kristina on vocals and Florian Pilkington-Miksa on drums. The band was a unique and powerful combination of a remarkable female vocalist and virtuoso musicians. They'll be performing 'Back Street Luv', 'It happened Today', 'Vivaldi', 'Marie Antoinette', 'Phantasmagoria' and 'Everdance'.
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In the early 1980s Gerry Colvin co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit Terry & Gerry. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless TV shows including The Tube and The Old Grey Whistle Test. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 on the indie charts. In the nineties Gerry spent time in Nashville - working as a professional songwriter and later collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also wrote TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC radio 2.
Since 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. Colvin's new band features Trish Power on accordion, Jerome Davies on double bass, and Lyndon Webb on guitar with more of his brilliantly eccentric, hilarious and absurd observations, and witty and catchy singalong songs.
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John was the drummer with Status Quo for over a decade. John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band in 1962. By 1983, having left Status Quo, John decided it was time to put together new bands Diesel and Stranger, before eventually forming John Coghlan's Quo during the late 1990s. The band has since toured Europe and the UK successfully for several years with various line-ups. The current band since 2010 (previously performing as The John Coghlan Band) consists of John on Drums with Baz Barry, Mick Hughes and Pete Knight from NWOBHM Boogie Band ‘Predatür’ completing the line-up. The band performs many of the Status Quo hits and favourites from the Coghlan years 1962 - 1981.
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John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage.
His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway!
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Kanda Bongo Man, from the Democractic Republic of Congo, is the world's leading exponent of Soukous, the hottest dance music to come out of Africa for decades. He is joined by an eight-piece band.
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Ken Pustelnik, the original Groundhogs drummer, has formed a new lineup of the band. Their show features all the classics from The Groundhogs long and very successful existence (formed in 1963), which featured Ken Pustelnik's unorthodox drumming style.
All the traditional Groundhog elements will be on show, such as the high energy arrangements and the free-flowing psychedelic-tinged improvisations, all anchored by the underlying Blues Root ever present since the bands earliest days.
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Artists are often described as having 'a unique talent'; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.
The London based singer/songwriter masterfully plays two guitars at once or both guitar and piano simultaneously. However, it is his ability to mix this extraordinary skill with his own heartfelt lyrics and rich, soulful voice that have led to Rodney Branigan becoming one of the most followed global performers of the moment.
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The Ruts DC were formed in 1981 by the rhythm section and guitarist of The Ruts. The Ruts had had three whirlwind years of success and much critical acclaim - excellent releases included the singles "Babylons Burning" ,"Jah War"," Something That I Said" and "Staring At The Rude Boys" and the albums "The Crack", "Grin And Bear It" and "Animal Now'.
The late great John Peel at Radio 1 strongly supported the band's debut single "In A Rut", which was released on the label 'People Unite' by reggae band Misty In Roots, as they shared the common fight against racism and the National Front. They were later invited to play live for him, and their 1979 "Peel Sessions" set was eventually released as a 12-inch in 1986.
The band continue to tour extensively and record, with 2016 album "Music Must Destroy" being voted 'Album of the Year' by Vive Le Rock magazine.
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When Bob Richards and George Jones left MAN in 2008 they decided they would continue to play the bands music, with George Jones's father being the founding member they saw it only right that he continued the family legacy.
"One of the last things my father ever said to me was, it’s up to you now to keep my music alive. I love the music of MAN and Micky was a huge influence musically, there was no question about it really."
When Micky Jones passed on in 2010 George Jones organised a memorial concert for him and put together a group of musicians (Bob Richards on drums, Glenn Quinn on Bass and Chris Buck on guitar). We called it Son of MAN, it seemed quite apt. At the second memorial a week later (the first sold out), George put another band together (Bob Richards on drums, Ray Jones on bass, Marco James on keys and Richie Galloni on Vocals) The latter three musicians were from another well known Welsh band called Sassafras. In a series of events the two bands who played those nights merged into what we have now.
Son of MAN play a mixture of MAN classics, heavily focused on Micky’s input. But they also play Original material and are working on a debut album in 2016
"It’s been an extremely rewarding experience, musically and personally. Long may it continue." - George Jones 2016
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The Gift, one of the UK’s underground giants of Prog, signed to Bad Elephant Music. The band's music has been described by Classic Rock magazine as 'music of considerable power and beauty'.
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Since being formed by brothers Andrew & Jamie Pipe in late 2008, award winning British rock band The Mentulls have carved out a niche for themselves on the international rock scene.
With music critics calling them “a band to watch now and for years to come”, “so talented, so good” and “the future of prog rock” the band have earned a reputation for blending original, emotive, bluesy classic rock with progressive rock instrumentality played with gusto and energy.
As well as recording three albums to date, with their latest opus “Reflections” having received rave reviews and acclaim, the band as well as headlining their own shows have toured internationally and opened for a plethora of big-name artists including Wishbone Ash, Focus, Walter Trout, Dr Feelgood among many others. In addition, the band have made many large festival appearances where they have shared the stage with the likes of The Stranglers and Feeder.
Also, the band and its members have won and been nominated for numerous awards including Young Artist of The Year in ‘The British Blues Awards’ two years running in 2012 & 2013. Away from the band the members have worked with Grammy award winners to rock legends.
Now, in 2019 after a short break away from the live arena Andrew, Jamie and long-time drummer Nick Colman are joined on vocals by David Neil Crabtree, who brings a new soulful dimension to the band.
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Folk roots singer/songwriter who has worked with the good and the great.
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