December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 19, 2013
THE Manuden Music Festival (Saturday August 31, from 11.30pm to 8.30pm), in aid of ADAS, continues to gain momentum and has a superb array of performers.
In addition to excellent local acts such as Elliot Porter, AlicebanD, 27 Strings and Gerard and the Watchmen, there is a very impressive list of not-so-local acts.
Leading the way are Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.
Those who have been following the folk revival movement will already have heard about this multi award-winning folk duo who won the Isambard Folk Award last year. In addition, Clarke has been likened to two luminaries of the folk world – Sandy Denny and June Tabor – and so it is no surprise that she also won the FATEA Female Vocalist of The Year in 2012.
They have already released three albums and an EP, and their latest ‘Fire and Fortune’ has just been released to excellent critical acclaim. Their tour starts in late August and the Manuden Music Festival is one of the very early dates.
Two of the other artists – Sam Green and the Midnight Heist, and The Worry Dolls – have recently played the world famous Glastonbury Festival and are really excited to play Manuden as well.
Sam Green and the Midnight Heist hail from the south of Devon. Their sound resonates with the delta blues of the old Mississippi bluesmen and Britain’s folk tradition; old and new. The four-piece, led by Sam Green, have spent the last six months relentlessly touring the south of England developing their sound and the songs on their new EP ‘Miles Away’.
Green plays the lap slide guitar with a refreshing blend of the old bluesmen like Muddy Walters and Robert Johnson, folk musicians like John Martyn and the modern day roots artist John Butler and Xavier Rudd.
The Worry Dolls are two solo singers by nature, but Rosie and Zoe met at Paul McCartney’s old school in Liverpool where they bonded initially due to having the same fiery red locks. They decided to join forces even though they readily admit they never agree on anything!
They feel their songs need to be original and need to have meaning – and their spine-tingling harmonies can be heard on their first EP, ‘The Worry Dolls’.
Will Robert’s ‘groove laden tunes with powerfully melodic vocals and dynamic guitar work’ are the fruits of over 10 years writing, recording and performing experience. His craft for strong songs has been honed through busking around the UK, as well as playing venues up and down the country as the frontman in various bands.* Drummer magazine UK
Manuden Music Festival is shaping up to be a really exciting day out for all the family with some superb ‘not to be missed’ acts both locally and from further afield. There are two stages, a beer and wine tent, cafe, three barbecues, a crepe stand, and various craft stalls.
A particular feature is the children’s marquee with fun and crafts for children, street dancing, face painting and a session from comedian, musician and film-maker Simon Panrucker. His workshop will create an original music track just from children’s voices!
All proceeds go to ADAS, a charity which specialises in helping individuals and families who suffer from alcohol misuse. It also runs a children’s service featuring play therapy.
Early Bird tickets for the festival are still available until August 26 at £10 for adults and £3 for children over four-years-old (normal tickets are £15 for adults and £5 for children).
For details and tickets, visit manduenmusicfestival.co.uk, or contact Phil at ADAS on 01279 641347.