Renegade Americana, Anglo-American Roots. It’s hard to pin down the compelling, distinctive high energy music of Steve Bonham and The Long Road. It’s a swampy brew of styles mixed from both sides of the ocean, characterised by sharp lyrics, great melodies and the fab sound of acoustic instruments being played with passion and purpose. It’s a kind of music that appeals to the renegade and outlaw in us all.
A folk trio from the West midlands, Sam Shemmell is well known in the Midland's folk scene for his resonant voice and big personality. He has teamed up with husband and wife duo, bassist and vocalist, Gareth and Rachael Watkins who are making a big impression on the circuit.
It has been remarked that they are an unlikely duo. Hector was born in Aberdeenshire and raised and schooled in Angus and spent half his working life in the Scottish Borders, all three locations being steeped in the folk tradition of Scotland. He has a vast background in folk music including festival and club organiser,writer and performer.
Wildfire was formed by Lichfield Arts as a Youth Ensemble to play music as it should be played - with enthusiasm, energy and style! Created as part of the Lichfield Arts Folk Arts project, Wildfire started off as a one off workshop and was so immensely popular that it quickly developed into a band in its own right with regular rehearsals and performances all over the country.
MERRY HELL is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity.
The musical fireworks produced by Bella Gaffney (guitar,banjo and vocals) and Polly Bolton, (mandolin, banjo and vocals) has to be heard to be believed. Add in the musical talents of cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle player Holly Brandon, and you will see why this is a musical project with prospects.