Ever since bulldozing his way onto the scene with unforgettable tracks like ‘Cuddly Toy’ and ‘Family Man’ in the late 80s, Andrew Roachford’ s maverick take on music has spread far and wide. As the first artist to sign a staggering seven-album deal with Columbia Records, it heralded the beginning of something big. Andrew was Columbia’s biggest selling domestic act for over ten years achieving Platinum and Gold selling albums, 4 Top 30 albums and 8 Top 40 singles. As if any more proof were needed, the fact that Andrew Roachford has been approached by such luminaries as Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan to write songs, speaks volumes.
Roachford’s stunning album – ‘Encore’, released March 2016. This powerfully emotive and soulful album brilliantly showcases Andrew’s unique song Interpretation of some classic tracks and brings a fresh take in a way only he can.
“I’m always pushing myself as an artist. When it comes to songwriting, I naturally gravitate to digging deep. That’s how it works for me”. With Platinum and Gold selling albums, a career that spans two decades, and the last five years seeing him writing and singing on everything from top-five selling international dance tracks to co-writing and touring with Mike and the Mechanics, Andrew is undeniably a prolific and unique talent. Reepham is very proud to present this truly amazing musician’s musician!!!
Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, Their energetic live shows, which feature the dual lead vocals of Tim and Shan, are a thing of local legend and awe in their home county of Dorset, usually ending up with band members scattered throughout a frenzied crowd or a shoulder-mounted fiddle solo, to name but a couple of eventualities.
The band have recently released their debut album, TAKING CHANCES (released February 2017), the first taste of which came in the shape of the preceding singles, One More Beer Won’t Hurt, Start Something and The Painful Truth (released June 2017). Reepham fans… We defy you not to dance to this great live act!!!
Once in a while a band comes along that has the ability to capture, captivate and tell fantastic stories through song. Madness is one of these bands. For over 30 years they have been entertaining us and providing the soundtrack to many memorable and special times.
Mainly Madness are a group of Two Tone loving musicians that bring the Madness experience to your event.
Not only are Mainly Madness a tribute to the great band itself but also a celebration of Two Tone and Ska, which include such inspirational bands as The Specials, Bad Manners and The Beat to name a few. Reepham, this fantastic genre of music manages to make you smile and stomp your feet to the rock steady beat. Whether male, female, young or old, Mainly Madness will leave you wanting more.
But Hey You, don't take my word for it, come and check us out for yourself! Prepare yourselves for the carnival, which is Mainly Madness...
Born out of the impenetrable divide of Disco and Metal, these six fearsome brothers fearlessly obliterated the truce line that had been set in the great Disco/Metal Peace accord of 1977 when they seamlessly blended the two genres with the debut album, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong, which was a collection of Bee Gees songs redone in a heavy metal treatment reminiscent of Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses and Aerosmith. Since then, they have crisscrossed the globe with their spectacular live shows and having stormed across the USA, UK, France, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. Subsequent albums, Humbled By Our Greatness, Death To False Disco-Metal, The Solo Albums and The Joy of Sex have seen them spread their glittered wings to take on non Bee Gees classics from the disco era, soft rock anthems and party jams.
Tragedy have headlined festival stages at Bloodstock (UK), Rebellion (UK), Musikfest (US), CMJ (US), SXSW (US), Summer Breeze (DE), Glastonbudget (UK), Legends of Rock (UK), Motocultor (FR), Foud’rock (FR) and Hammerfest (UK).
“Camp as a row of tents, and with more hooks than hell’s cloakroom, Tragedy guarantee it.” Metal Hammer
“Hard riffs, tight white flares, and even tighter octave-scraping harmonies...essential listening.” The Sun, UK
“Back in the dark days of disco, the Bee Gees were the s...., despite having massive teeth, bigger hair and a falsetto only dogs could hear…with the righteous power of heavy metal, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong mixes Guns ‘N’ Roses swagger, the Scorpions’ sense of pomp and Judas Priest-esque vocals to create a sound that is exactly like The Darkness!” Kerrang
Having played Whitwell at R17, we proudly welcome back Affairs to play on Rookery Meadow this year. For those of you who missed them, be prepared for a thrill.
From scattered English Counties, the band members of Affairs all met at Hull University, drawn together by their mutual appreciation of great music, art, slick hair, tight jeans and loose hips. Affairs are a well-dressed quintet, who have garnered a reputation for their ethereal and theatrical live performances, considered lyrics and hooky, alternative synth, pop / rock style.
Their music contains elements that are simultaneously uniquely modern and nostalgic, as laptop-made samples and loops combine seamlessly with vintage Rickenbacker guitars and dramatic vocal style – creating a sound that has been described as ‘audible chocolate’.
Alan Raw, from BBC Introducing said “The quality of the vocal is absolutely brilliant”.
Comparisons have been drawn to artists as diverse as Foals, David Bowie, The Smiths and Frank Sinatra, with James Moore – Independent Music describing the bands sound as “Somewhere in between The Smiths, Joy Division, Interpol, and modern indie rock, Affairs are a very interesting new five-piece from the UK. The word has been spreading fast about this young band with a classy sound”
Aaron Phillips, from Amazing Radio described Affairs as “Electro Pop, fused with Guitars and vocals Morrissey would be proud of”
Blending Indie Rock with undertones of Funk and Reggae, Mammal Not Fish is a fresh new four piece band born from Norwich.
Although having been friends for some time, the boys of M’n’F only joined forces late 2015 and have been playing and working tirelessly non-stop since. Their individual styles blend together and complement each other beautifully to create a unique, crisp and original sound. With funky riffs, driving bass lines, catchy lyrics and rhythms you can’t help dancing to, this is one band you are going to want to see live. These guys love to perform and their passion and love of music is unparalleled.
This is music that will get under your skin and force you to move, and every song is an ear worm, with catchy riffs and sing-a-long choruses. Some of the lyrics are genuinely funny, and while the band doesn’t take themselves too seriously, the proficiency with which they play their instruments is very serious indeed.
If you’re in the market for something upbeat, that’s almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face, then this is definitely something you should try and get your hands on.
Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met in 2015 when they were both supporting Joan Armatrading on her first solo tour. They started writing together and their first duo gig saw them opening for Joan in front of a thousand-strong audience in Blackpool.
They have been performing together regularly since then, playing at St Pancras Old Church, The Kimpton Folk Festival, The Secret Garden Party and opening for Tommy Emmanuel at the Milton Keynes International Festival. They were chosen to showcase at The Americana Music Association UK 2017 in London where they were selected to perform in a songwriting panel in front of Beth Neilsen Chapman, Angaleena Presley, Graham Gouldman of 10CC.
This was followed by a series of gigs including Cambridge City Roots, Ireby Festival, Maverick Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and Folk on the Dock. They have also performed at venues such as the Slaughtered Lamb and the GreenNote.
In April they recorded three songs for Bob Harris’s ‘Under the Apple Tree’ sessions which attracted over 25,000 views,and they have subsequently been booked for a live ‘Under the Apple Tree’ session in Harrogate.
Ben and Jimmy's biggest achievement to date was being chosen to showcase at AmericanaFest 2017 in Nashville. They performed at five official events in venues including Alley Taps, The Decker and Dyer Restaurant and Bar, The Groove and The Country. They played in front of audiences comprising industry professionals such as AMA President Jed Hilly, artist and producer Gail Davies and AMA UK Chair Stevie Freeman.
Since their return to the UK, they have supported Ralph McTell at the London Palladium and the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Ben and Jimmy have also performed at the Llyn Acoustic Festival, headlined at the Cambridge Junction and supported Graham Gouldman at The Stables.
2018 will see them recording their debut album as well as playing at Midwinterfest and the Cambridge Folk Festival.
“There's a timelessness to the neatly crafted songs that displays their musical interplay and superb harmony vocals.” - R2 Magazine
“You guys have a great sound.” - Beth Nielsen Chapman
My Cocoon are a three piece band from the east of England.
The guys draw on influences from Johnny Cash to Stone Sour, The Bee Gees to Springsteen. Having toured UK, US, and Germany, where they are sometimes strangely referred to as ‘acoustic metal!’ and with more European dates for 2018, they bring their own brand of acoustic dirt, playing hard, wearing their hearts on their sleeves.
The current line up of Jerry Seaton (vocals, guitars), Sam Reeks (vocals, guitars), and Ollie Newman (percussion), are also in the process of recording new material for 2018.
Drawn Together by the tides of time, Strolling on the shores of creative endeavour. These five musicans of the metropolis gathered together to defy gravity, and play while standing up. Inspired by the songs of Alan Rondeau, harmonies flow, solos grow and la musique blossoms like, well like blossom. Alan's lyrics cover all aspects of life, from love and lust, to drink and death.
Eclectic in style, the music steps gracefully between haunting and lyrical, strides purposefully down the folk road to the party in the park. When you see Palmerston perform you are always left with a song in your heart and a smile on your face.
During their 7 year existence, they have been very fortunate to play at many festivals and venues. From being on tour with Albert Lee and Ralph McTel, supporting The Moulettes and Mad Dog McCray, TopLoader, Eve Sellis. 2018 brings much cheer as they are booked on Folk on the Pier in Cromer, supporting Home Service and Richard Digence and also make a return to the Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes to launch their new album. Many more festivals will be confirmed shortly.
Alan Rondeau; vocals, guitar, mandolin & cardboard cowbell. Founder member, and the man who once lived in Palmerston Road. Rumour has it that he was evicted for being too good a guitar player...
He writes the songs that Palmerston play and ruthlessly exercises no control at all over the arrangements.
Dave Norman; vocals, bass, cigerette lighter. Could have been unbelievably famous as a popstar but chose the uncertainty of a quiet life with regular meals. Not that you would notice. Without a waist to call his own, nobody is sure who wears the trousers in his house.
Martin Hartup; vocals, guitar, tuning fork. A refugee from Dunstable, he has been known to travel abroad, searching for the perfect cup of tea. After much research he has decided that beer is far better. It doesn't need heating, well not to much, and it makes you laugh a lot.
Julian Pentz; vocals, Violin, Viola, the youngest member of the band, trained in the fine art of the classics, he reminds us frequently what notes we are playing for which we are always grateful.
Andy Powell; vocals, banjo, harmonica, other peoples percussion. Andy was found rambling around folk bands, when Alan recently rustled him. Branded him and stuck some marracas in his hand. Fear has no bounds on his face.
Reepham is delighted to welcome back award winning songwriter Lisa Redford has been heralded by legendary BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris as “one of our finest singer/songwriters”, and earned worldwide acclaim for her heartfelt Americana tinged music with memorable melodies and stunning vocals. Lisa has also performed with, and opened for many respected international artists within the worlds of country, folk and Americana, performed at prestigious festivals such as C2C Country to Country at London’s O2 twice, Sound & Vision, Greenbelt, Weyfest, Folk East, Latitude and Ipswich Music Day. She has also recorded live sessions for Bob Harris on Radio 2, various local BBC sessions and Amazing Radio.
She has released three acclaimed albums ‘Slipstream’, ‘Lost Again’ and ‘Clouds with Silver’ as well as EP’s ‘Reminders’ and ‘Another Place and Time’ that have received airplay across the world including Bob Harris’s Radio 2 shows, Amazing Radio and Acoustic Cafe, radio’s best international showcase for new acoustic music. Her song ‘Dragonfly’ was played on a Bob Harris ‘Best of British’ show’ which featured the best songwriters in the UK. The song was also used in an independent film in LA.
“Brilliant! Lisa has a great voice” Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze)
“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 (8 out of 10)
“Her grasp of texture, mode and fearlessness in giving it all, I suspect, comes with the realisation that she actually possesses a voice able to do her musical vision justice”
R2 Magazine ****
Peter is a Norwich-based classical guitarist. He started busking on the streets of Norwich whilst going through some difficult financial times. That was the beginning of a musical journey which led to a new career as a full time musician and music promoter. He’s also a luthier, which means he doesn’t just play guitars – he also makes them!
Peter will play a musical programme that spans the past 500 years of stringed instrument history, from early renaissance lute music, through to baroque and romantic period tunes, and modern classical and flamenco.
Reepham welcomes back Differential who will be both your MC and performing at Whitwell on Festival Sunday
Differential is a beatboxer, singer and songwriter from Norwich. Combining percussive vocals, an acoustic guitar and a wonderful voice, Differential uses a loop pedal to build his very own live band.
Furthermore, Differential has a fantastic repertoire with the audience, this means that there are always laughs and smiles throughout the performance and even some audience participation.
With his comedic ways, and his energetic performance - you will not want to miss this!
Marian Fox, Anna Sims, Claire Kidman, Jane Ellis and Paul Fox are Sonrisa, a five piece acapella group singing an eclectic mix of songs in perfect harmony, featuring From Finland to the Appalachian Mountains; from English Folk to American Shape Note.
Marian Fox, Anna Sims and Claire Kidman sing with Harmonium, an experiment in vocal sound layering with twelve female voices using interlocking rhythms and harmonies. Claire also writes and performs with melodic indie band Stromm.
Marian is an experienced choir and vocal workshop leader; she and Anna also sing with Americana band The A13 All Stars, already familiar to many Reepham Fest-goers, and Paul is the band’s sound engineer. The five met when they joined Big Sky, the Norwich-based choir led by eminent singer, conductor and performance maker Sian Croose.
And Sonrisa? It’s Spanish for ‘Smile’!
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