The truly great bands are the ones you recognise in an instant – from a snatch of vocal, an inimitable snap and swagger of rhythm, a sonic fingerprint that says this could not possibly be anyone else.
That’s the way it is with ‘Bounce’, the spectacular new fourth album by first-generation 2 Tone skankers turned purveyors of joyous political pop The Beat. From the clipped and hectic rude boy shuffle of new tunes ‘Avoid The Obvious’ to the chiming sunshine pop romance of ‘Heaven Hiding’ through to ‘Fire Burn’’s heavy-duty righteousness, ‘Bounce’ shows off every gleaming aspect of the most musically diverse band to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards.
‘Bounce’ is the first album from The Beat in over 30 years and released on independent label DMF Records. Written by a combination of Ranking Roger, Mick Lister and Ranking Junior, it has been produced by Mick Lister (Bad Company, Amy Winehouse, The Feeling) and mixed by Tim Hamill and Mick Lister except Side to Side and My Dream mixed by Dennis Bovell (The Slits, Madness)
The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Stand Down Margaret’ and ‘Too Nice To Talk To’ – reggae looseness plus razor-sharp songwriting meets the paranoid pace of punk – is here again. It’s all been re-rubbed, freshened and refracted through the multiple dance sounds that followed on from 2 Tone, all the black-meets-white, bass-meets-melody mashups that The Beat helped to trigger. Look into the DNA of every generation of British ravers from The Prodigy through drum’n’bass to UK grime and you’ll find traces of The Beat in there.
Joining Roger in the revitalised Beat is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy, a powerhouse MC who adds a new dimension to The Beat’s live shows, along with drummers Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene and Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself . The line-up is completed by Chiko Hamilton on sax, bass guitar Andy Pearson, guitarist Steve Harper and Bobby Bird whose background in ambient dub as Higher Intelligence Agency brings a new psychedelic dimension to The Beat.
These guys appeared at Reepham back in 2012 and every single year since, you guys have been begging, get them back, get them back... well we have and as they say "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN"!!!!
Wayne Ellis, bassist, vocalist and supreme entertainer... "as close as you can possibly get to the late great Philip Lynott himself".The accolades are a tribute in themselves to the time, love and sheer determination that Wayne has put into building Limehouse Lizzy up to the position they find themselves in today - suitably rewarded in 2001 with the title "Live Band Of The Year" by Guitarist Magazine.
Greg Alcock is one half of the Limehouse Lizzy guitar duo. A wah-wah specialist, he is also a co-founder of the band along with Wayne, back in 1993.Greg was the guitar tech for none other than Brian Robertson of Thin Lizzy, allowing him an unequalled opportunity to learn many of the key parts of 'Live and Dangerous' from The Master himself, whilst getting the lowdown on that Lizzy Sound...
Tim Read first appeared with Limehouse in 2005, when he stood in for Greg Alcock. He became a full time member in January 2007.Born in Burton on Trent he took up the guitar playing in an unusual way - he plays a right handed guitar but plays it left handed. This means the heavy E string is at the bottom of the fretboard and light string at the top! Tim is best known for his work with Leicester rockers Chrome Molly. He enjoyed recording with them and playing on tours with bands like Alice Cooper and Queensryche. A ball of flamboyant energy, Tim is never happier than being onstage delivering the music of Thin Lizzy to fellow Lizzy fans.
The man at the back! Lee Morris, a long term friend of the band before he joined, Lee hails from the epicentre of the rock world Wolverhampton, and has an first class rock pedigree having previously occupied the drum stool for Marshall Law, Paradise Lost and Danny Vaughn amongst others. He’s a top man, Calm as a seashore sunset, but total controlled armageddon behind the skins!
Again, so many of you asked to get these guys back for 2017...
Jeramiah Ferrari fuse reggae, rock, ska, punk, and more to create a sound influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and Sublime, yet unique enough to call their own. Last year, the band toured heavily across the UK, supporting reggae and ska heavyweights The Skints, The Aggrolites, The English Beat, The Blockheads, Neville Staple, UB40, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Holly Cook and Madness They have appeared at Sol Festival, Galtres Festival, One Love Festival The Willowman festival with Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show and The Gomad Festival in Ooty (India)
Following the success of opening for Status Quo in 2014, Walkway were invited back to support Status Quo again last summer, and most recently were asked back to open Quo’s “Accept No Substitute” UK Arena Winter Tour in November 2015.
Having previously also supported The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Eric Martin (Mr Big) Graham Bonnet (Rainbow); Walkway’s distinct vocals, jaw dropping solos and solid rhythm section have created a huge buzz and gained the band the reputation as one of the UK’s best unsigned rock bands.
Touring extensively, including shows in Europe (2013 & 2014 totalled a staggering 229 performances, and 2015 reaching another 116 shows), two successful releases in the band’s debut album ‘Top Shelf Content’ (Dec 2012), and highly anticipated second album “Streetwise” (Sept 2014), plus national airplay on BBC Radio 2, Walkway have a huge national fan-base of all ages and a large ever growing online fan base to match.
The band have continued to expand their live experience, reputation and popularity across the UK with another 128 shows under their belt come the end of the year. To top this off the band are close to finishing material for their eagerly awaited third album; expected to be recorded during the first part of 2017.
“Really enjoyed it, loved the energy you guys had.
You boys are annoyingly good”
- Rick Parfitt & Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
“I actually felt like I was at your show…”
- Dan Hawkins, Guitarist for The Darkness
“You guys have got a very bright future ahead of you”
- Chris Robertson, Singer and Lead Guitarist for Black Stone Cherry
“Walkway is a band full of potential with a pounding rhythm section and a rising star guitarist in James Ready. Overlook these guys at your peril!”
- Darren Redick, presenter on Planet Rock Radio
“Love the playing, great show! I look forward to seeing you guys again”
- Herman Li, Lead Guitarist for DragonForce
ARCELIA - Gorgeous original songwriting and three totally different voices that go together better than the Musketeers. Teresa Gallagher’s soft sweet tones along with Gavin Alexander’s Paul Simonisms and then you throw in Simon Foster, who’s like Joe Cocker in Van Morrison’s hat and James Morrison’s socks, now regularly joined by Martin Elliott on bass and Perry White on piano.
Since getting together in 2012, Arcelia’s reputation for beautiful songwriting and stunning harmony has begun to spread and they now enjoy a wonderfully busy diary, with gigs such as... support & BV’s on Chris Difford, (Squeeze) solo tour. Mark Nevin (Fairground Attraction) Scott Matthews, Maddy Prior, Coope Booyes & Simpson, Mawkin, Oysterband at venues such as Green Note, 100 Club, The Bedford, Pizza Express, Folk in the Barn.
Arcelia were asked by Mojo Magazine to record a Beatles cover track with Chris Difford. Simon’s arrangement of ‘All My Loving’ was duly recorded and featured.
“...warm, mellow, organic and candid are just a few, but probably the best word to use is GORGEOUS” - MRU Magazine
“...beautiful harmonies, outstanding musicianship..music that will make you FEEL something” - a3music online
“ Beautiful songwriting, gentle acoustics and heart…” - Wow Magazine
“Arcelia’s combination of voices creates a subtle, soulful folk-tinted sound, filled with a richness and intensity you can almost feel... one of those albums you’ll listen to again and again.” - FolkWords, ALBUM of the MONTH
“ ...I LOVE their music, very much... Really cool band” - TONY MOORE, Soho Radio show
“...fulfilling soundtrack to the Summer of 2014” - Fatea
“...Great production. Nice album INDEED! - BBC Kent Folk
Bad Touch are a young UK based rock band who formed 6 years ago... The desire to get their music to a wider audience led the band to seek gigs around the country and this was instrumental in the band being awarded an Exposure Music Award in 2012 for their live show and being invited to play at Hard Rock Hell for the 1st time.
2013 was a great year for the band building up to a tour of the UK with The Quireboys and winning the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest.
2014 saw the band step up to become regulars at many venues around the country. Tours with Bonafide, The Electric Boys and Tyketto gave them a great education in performance and this combined with some high profile sets at festivals such as Download, Steelhouse, Legends of Rock and Hard Rock Hell has shown that the band can deliver the goods time after time.
In 2015 band record their debut album at Foel Studios and the completed 'Half Way Home' released on 27th April was universally well received and gained great reviews. 2015 was also 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 with shows gaining praise from fans and critics alike.
2016 was another busy year - they toured with Jared James Nichols and The Kentucky Headhunters in June and July and also recorded their second album 'Truth Be Told' at Mnwci Studios in South Wales during the summer. To support the release of the album the band then undertook their first UK headline tour before playing Planet Rockstock in early Dec.
The band announced a new lineup at the beginning of 2017 - Rob decided to step down and concentrate on his growing business interests and he recommended a young guitarist named Harry Slater to take his place - a great choice on Robs part as Harry is a superb player. 2017 is looking even busier with a Planet Rock Roadstars tour alongside Broken Witt Rebels already announced and another major tour booked but still under wraps for the late spring.
All in all things are looking very bright for these hard working guys. So if you're into live music at its finest with the vibes of Led Zep and Black Crowes check them out whenever they play in your town or city – you will not be disappointed.
"A truly exceptional achievement" - Powerplay Magazine
"Bad Touch have what it takes to get noticed right from the off" - Fireworks Magazine
"Simply no filler...this is brilliant" - Uber Rock
"When analysing this album as a whole it really evidences the musicality and versatility of the band. This gives Bad Touch the opportunity to stand alone individually and not follow and get lost within a crowd" - My Global Mind
Heralded by legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Bob Harris as "one of our finest singer/songwriters", Lisa Redford has earned worldwide acclaim for her heartfelt blend of Americana, folk and country with memorable melodies and stunning vocals. Her latest EP ‘Another Place and Time’ has received airplay on many radio shows including Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 show and BBC Introducing and she has also performed with, and supported, many respected international artists within the worlds of country, folk and Americana. She has also played many prestigious festivals.
Lisa also writes popular music columns in Songwriting Magazine, the Evening News Newspaper and the All Things Norfolk website where she reviews and previews gigs and offers tips to thousands of readers.
“She brings an honest songwriting style and beautiful vocal styling to every one of her songs...In a sea of smart female singer-songwriters, Lisa Redford is an admiral.’' Maverick Magazine****
"There is a warmth and welcoming vibe to Redford’s music that really is difficult to resist." Americana UK
"A breath of fresh air. Hers is a pure and quite lovely voice which delivers some sweet Americana-tinged songs from the heart" Manchester Evening News
“Elegant and tender folk, country and Americana.” Songwriting Magazine
“Distinguished by classy songwriting and a heartfelt delivery..she’s a class act.” R2 Magazine
"Lisa Redford is fast becoming one of the UK's Americana darlings, garnering constant praise from important tastemakers such as BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris" For the Country Record
“Classy and classy and assured. Lisa is one to watch for sure.’ Proper Music Distribution
The Wise Naïve are a 9 piece funk band from Cambridgeshire and London. Having formed in early 2016, the band have already played a string of successful gigs across London, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk including Islington’s O2 Academy and 93 Feet East on Brick Lane.
Their debut single ‘No Brain’ was released in October 2016. If you’re a fan of soulful guitars, a driving bass, funky drums, bongo beats, melodic horns, and a powerful female vocalist with moves like Jagger... you will have guaranteed fun with The Wise Naïve.
The Extons are a 4 Piece Indie Rock band that formed May 2015. Their Early Demo Grown Ups got featured on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 as well as making track of the week on bbc introducing norfolk. They've had an exciting year so far supporting bands such as The Sherlocks, Vant, Blaenavon, Lisbon, a sold out show with the Pigeon Detectives as well as playing at a number of festivals around the UK.
The Extons have just released Their Official Debut Single 'I Won't Leave Lonely' Which was made track of the week on bbc introducing Norfolk and is getting consistant plays on amazing Radio, played by Steve Lamacq on 6 music as well as 6 week Radio Campaign with Alan James PR
Alfreda is a 18 year old singer/songwriter. For the past two years she has been making original music with a producer in London, but now she is writing her debut album in Berlin with songwriter Craig Walker, who was in 90's bands 'Power of Dreams' and 'Archive'. Her new music features appearances from musicians such as Tyler Pope (LCD Soundsystem) and Knox Chandler (Siouxsie and the Banshees). When she is not recording in Berlin, she is playing gigs around London with her band, and aims to have her album ready at the end of summer 2017.
Alfreda grew up in New York City, which is where her father, poet/playwright Glyn Maxwell, encouraged her to start writing. It was when she and her family relocated to England in 2006 that she began singing and making her own music. She is the goddaughter of the late fashion icon Isabella Blow, who has partly inspired her style and aesthetic.
Alfreda's musical influences are Radiohead, Kate Bush and Lady Gaga. But she cites Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Alex Turner and Joni Mitchell as her lyrical idols.
Playing a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material, Georgia Shackleton is an alumna of Newcastle University’s Folk Degree course. Accompanying herself on the fiddle, she writes and performs ‘wordy songs about other people’, instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from her native East Anglia.
Georgia’s skills as a singer and instrumentalist have been put to the test in numerous different contexts, but her own trio sees her teaming up with guitar powerhouse Aaren Bennett and mandolin ace Nic Zuppardi. Together they have toured the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, appeared at Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Folk East, and concert halls and folk clubs across the UK.
"A hugely talented lass” - Mike Harding
“The combined forces of the trio deliver a stylish mix of material and influences with a direct and equal-handed commitment and tremendous panache” - FATEA
“A wonderfully pure voice over gloriously traditional instrumentation” - Rock Society
Hailing from the dark industrial heart of Manchester, Affairs are a sharply-dressed quintet, who have earned a reputation for their ethereal and theatrical live performances, considered lyrics and synth-based electronic indie.
Their music contains elements that are both uniquely modern and nostalgic, as hard hitting synths and sequencers combine seamlessly with rhythmic guitars and a truly unique vocal.
Comparisons have been drawn to artists as diverse as Foals, The Smiths, Wild Beasts.
Affairs have supported the likes of Alt-J, Circa Waves, Dog is Dead, Coasts, Young Kato, Nothing But Thieves, As Elephants Are and JAWS
"Here's a new name for you: Affairs - One of my tips..."
- John Kennedy, XFM
''...rousing melodies underpinned by thunderous percussion... anthemic choruses and theatrical drums.''
- Clash Magazine
"Cool Manchester band AFFAIRS... 80's synth for 2016 ."
- Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
"The quality of the vocal is absolutely brilliant."
- Alan Raw, BBC Introducing
''...new single (Brothers) is now unveiled - and a pretty blinding one it is, at that.''
- Little Indie Blogs
''... pure musical genius''
- Subba-Cultcha Magazine
REWS are the sassy, high energy, pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill (NI) and beat-maker Collette Williams (Wales). Together they are creating a genuine buzz on the UK/Irish music scene following the release of their four recent singles. “Can You Feel It”, “Death Yawn”, “Shake Shake” and now the chart banging “Miss You In The Dark”. Across last summer Shauna & Collette performed at a string of high profile festival performances including Glastonbury, Green Man & Kendal Calling to name but three. They return to Glastonbury JOHN PEEL Stage no less - a massive step up.
A Huw Stephens’ “Tip Of The Week” on Radio 1 with their single - “MISS YOU IN THE DARK”. Also played on Radio 6 with Tom Robinson and all 38 BBC Introducing shows! Tom said “They return in excellent form with another guitar driven, spiky, pop anthem.”
Glam-rock guitar indie pop at its best’ – Nialler9
”Hooks that give you goose-bumps you could hang your hat off, adore this’ – Hot Press Magazine‘This is good, this is really f**king good’ – CeolCaint.com
‘Infectious uplifting songs overflowing with punchy choruses and hooks’ – Bestofmusicandfilm.com
‘Hook filled power-pop, a real ear worm’ – EncoreNI.com
‘Deadly new tune, like Breeders or Throwing Muses, if you’re not instantly foot-tapping then you must be clinically dead’ – Joe Donnelly TXFM
“Rews are all about conjuring up choruses that are ready to ride the airwaves.” – Hot Press Magazine
‘One of Ireland’s most promising tunesmiths’ – Hot Press Magazine
‘Track of the Day’ – BBC Radio Ulster
‘Ultra high energy infectious alt rock’ – YourHandsMusic
‘Bouncy & Brilliant’ – Indieminded
Kolin Durier is guitarist singer songwriter who writes from the heart with catchy upbeat grooves. His latest EP Behind The Cover has already received air play on BBC Radio and great reviews in Outline Magazine.
Live, he uses acoustic guitar and loop drum sounds, basslines and funky melodies into his songwriting.
He has supported guitar virtuoso Jon Gomm on the Norwich date of his UK tour. Jon Gomm went viral with over 6 million You Tube views and has celebrity fans including Stephen Fry, Tommy Lee and Jon Anderson.
Last summer has seen him support funk legends The Average White Band at the Norwich Waterfront, play Ferryfest and Sundown Festivals as well as Peter Andre at UEA!
Kolin celebrated the release of his latest EP ‘Behind The Cover’ on 27th November 2016 with two SOLD OUT shows at The Bicycle Shop in Norwich.
Behind The Cover has already been gaining both great reviews (9/10 in Outline magazine) and radio airplay courtsey of BBC Radio Norfolk.
Nief Carroll is an 18-year-old singer-song writer based in Suffolk who enjoys playing acoustic music over a span of genres. After her debut in 2015 at Reepham, she is back with a few of her musical friends to perform both covers and originals- including some new material first to be heard at this years festival! She also hopes to have another EP out by the end of the summer after her success with "On a Day Backwards".
Hard-working and a well-known fixture on the West Norfolk folk/acoustic scene, The Fried Pirates comprise a collective of experienced and multi-faceted musicians, appearing as trio, quartet and often a six-piece. Guitar, fiddle, banjo and vocals feature in a collection of atmospheric and eclectic folk tales, often derived from Norfolk legends. The emphasis is on fun and entertainment, as will be evident from their first appearance at Reepham Festival in 2017.
The return of FRONT PORCH to the Reepham Festival where they last appeared four years ago.
Playing their own compositions as well as their take on certain standards Front Porch play an eclectic range of music based on the Folk, Blues Rock and Americana styles of their own individual influences producing a unique electro-acoustic blend.
Since last appearing Front Porch have been seen at numerous Summer Festivals throughout East Anglia and the individual members have Steve Bennett (vocals) Kevan Taplin (acoustic guitar/lyricist) and John Kelly (acoustic/electric guitar) have been touring home and abroad supporting such acts as Edwina Hayes, Brooks Williams and the poets John Hegley.
Time to dig out those dancing boots! If you are in the mood to rock to some of the 70’s and 80’s classics, then this band delivers. Reepham are delighted to welcome Parallel Times with their powerful Blondie sound, fronted by Norfolk’s well known vocalist, Julie Bunn to open the festival at the Party Night at Whitwell and Reepham Station on Friday 11th August
Parallel Times appeal to Blondie lovers old and new. Their exciting and dynamic show is packed with classics including Atomic, Heart of Glass and Call Me, authentically sung by Julie with enthusiastic support from her band.
Rounding off Festival Saturday at The King's Arms in the market place, we welcome ROGER MILES...
An experienced and well known singer/guitarist on the Norwich circuit, Roger has a large repertoire that includes folk, country, popular and singalong.
Often heard on local radio he also performs with Norfolk band, Tap The Barrel, playing mainly Irish and folk.