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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has always been strong on authenticity, playing music that blends blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk fueled rock.
And performing tunes plucked from their lives, their community or from the canonical songbook that fed the Rev. Peyton’s formative creative identity. It’s a mix that’s allowed the band to win fans from all corners of the Americana and rock worlds, and bring a new generation to blues and other forms of American roots music. Led by Reverend Peyton the band also features his wife Breezy Peyton on washboard and Max Senteney on drums.
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band America’s foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev’s new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton’s dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev’s irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose “When My Baby Left Me” receives a memorable reading.
The NewGrass Cutters
The NewGrass Cutters are making a very welcome e return to Arlington Arts to perform their very popular show. A four-piece progressive ‘NewGrass’ band who play arrangements of some of the greatest contemporary and classic songs, the band play highly original covers of some of the best-known rock and pop songs from the last 50 years.
Pete Brown and Phil Capaldi are the lead singers and, with Richard and Andy joining in, the four-part vocal harmonies are one of the real strengths of the band. The arrangements are imaginative, too. They have received some great testimonials from other artists:
Dave Pegg – “Triffic playing and tasty arrangements with vocals and energy to match.”
Andy Fairweather Low – “New…you bet! New life into great songs, with great playing and singing. Fabulous choice of songs, its music doing only what music can…. what a great idea…what a great band.”
One of the great singer/songwriters to emerge from the 80s Liverpool music scene. Founder/lead singer with the chart toppers The Icicle Works, famous for the UK and US Top 40 hits “Love Is A Wonderful Colour” and “Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly)”, Ian McNabb has gone on to enjoy a critically-acclaimed solo career. The Mercury Music Prize nominated artist continues to write stunning songs with warmth, humour, cynicism and grandeur.
Jawbone are Paddy Milner, Marcus Bonfanti, Rex Horan & Evan Jenkins; A 4-piece band formed in London, 2018 sees the release of their long awaited self-titled debut album. A sound sitting somewhere between the southern drawl of little feat and the classic London blues of the Rolling Stones, the band create a unique blend of sounds from both sides of the pond that is entirely their own. The two frontmen share the lead vocal duties and with big harmonies from the rest of the band, they have created their own sound that’s greater than the sum of it’s parts. Having worked with many artists (om Jones, Van Morrison, Robben Ford, Ginger Baker, Dave Gilmore, Jack Bruce, Ronnie Wood).
Jawbone are striking out on their own and it all starts here.
Clearwater Creedence Revival
Relive the glory days of Creedence Clearwater Revival with this smashing tribute to the band!
This band was like a breath of fresh air. I was transported back to my youth. They had the full audience singing along. Finishing off with the classic Have you ever Seen The Rain, Without doubt the highlight of the festival. Andy Numark
The band took us on a melodic and spirited romp through the Fogerty songbook and related material. The lead singer plays the rhythm guitar and gives these full-blooded jukebox hits full throttle whilst the lead guitar lines are played by his axe partner, so the visual dynamic is a tad different from what you will see on any footage of the source group. There were plenty of spontaneous singalong moments, it being hard to resist the choruses of Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Bad Moon Rising, opener Proud Mary, the choppy swamp rock of Green River. I was pleased they included Fortunate Son and the propulsive Run Through The Jungle – puffing harp break and all, but maybe the best received song was the old folk tune Cottonfields. Every member of this crew plays the numbers with a crisp style that reeks of experience but moreover love. Born On The Bayou captured the classic CCR voodoo vibe. No pseudo Yankee chat, just the songs delivered with a friendly relish.
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention-grabbing appearance on Later…with Jools Holland. Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, or to collaborate with other artists. One such collaboration, Sweet Liberties, toured major UK venues, spawned an album and featured on BBC Radio 3in late 2016.
Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings was released in April 2016, supported by a 15 date tour, culminating in a packed-out show at Kings Place in London.
Sam continues to work with groundbreaking band False Lights: featuring songs premiered in a rip-roaring live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show in January 2018, their second album Harmonograph is due for release in February and looks set to build on the success of their Folk Award-nominated debut Salvor which fRoots hailed as ‘A game changer for all involved, and perhaps even the scene in general’.
When the Endurance sank leaving the captain and crew of 27 stranded in Antarctica, Shackleton’s carpenter Harry McNish played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved. For all his bravery and ingenuity, he was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal. Now, again, alone and destitute, one still night on the dockside, he challenges Shackleton one last time.
In his fevered mind he relives the Endurance expedition, pitting himself against Shackleton and plagued by the ghosts of his past. How did he antagonise the hero of Antarctica? How does he come to terms with it?
Actor Malcolm Rennie has appeared in over 20 West End shows and has also toured internationally with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob, father to Philip Schofield’s Joseph, and with the RSC world tour of Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
TV and film appearances include Midsomer Murders, Pride and Prejudice, Coronation Street, Sherlock, and Mr Selfridge.
Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Her rapid rise in the folk world began when her 2013 debut folk album Bare Foot Folk was played on BBC Radio 2 and gained the attention of veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding. Her 2014 album The Lament of The Black Sheep subsequently received 5 stars from The Telegraph which led to Arts Council England funding her 2015 album Esteesee – an album of music based on the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Ange’s 2016 album Findings with Lukas Drinkwater was launched during a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, and was toured nationally at venues including The Sage Gateshead and The Regal Theatre. Her sixth studio album, Bring Back Home, released in November 2017, was equally well received.
“one of Britain’s top folk musicians” – The Telegraph
Formed in 1981 by guitar-playing founder members, the late Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, Big Country were initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric. Their sound was further enhanced by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the line-up that recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.
Their classic singles ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and ‘In A Big Country’ went on to become huge worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and three prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
Their success continued throughout the 1980′s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and their second album ‘Steeltown’ which debuted at Number One in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where the Rose is Sown’.
“Big Country almost blew the roof off on Saturday night. Hough was a revelation and a more charismatic vocalist is hard to visualise. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish – no wonder Bruce Watson singled him out for a special mention”. – (Ian Russell, Daily Record)