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...
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