Bradford Roots Music Festival 2017

Sat 14 - Sun 15 January

Join us for the fifth and fabulous Bradford Roots Festival at Wiltshire Music Centre, celebrating the very best in local musical talent with over 40 acts, plus family activities, open mic, workshops and much more, all showcased under one roof alongside local products, real ales and great food.

This year catering and festival food will be provided by our local partners Hartley Farm Shop and Kitchen, who will be setting up a marquee and Big Green Egg barbecues on our front lawn, and Wiltshire-based brewery Box Steam will be selling their beautifully crafted ales.

Saturday 14 January 11am-10pm

the greasy slicks

Acts performing on the opening day of the weekend include headliner Rodney Branigan,acoustic jazz-duo Cindy Stratton & Marius Frank (who will also run a singing workshop), rock'n'roll three-piece The Greasy Slicks (pictured), The Arkansaw Jukebox Collective, performing bluegrass covers of pop classics, ceilidh with Dance Bazaar, plus Stay Hungry, Jack Cookson, Xogara and more!

Rodney Branigan

rodney branigan

Texas-raised Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London - think Americana meets Texas blues. A Londoner by birth, Rodney now lives in Somerset and is very happy to support this local event.

Cindy Stratton & Marius Frank

Stunning vocals, brilliant bass playing and unforgettable melodies. Cindy and Marius are well known all over the West Country, not only as stellar performers in their own right, but also as Musical Directors of the Bath-based choir Sassparella.

The Arkansaw Jukebox Collective

Arkansaw Jukebox Collective

They are covers Jim, but not as we know them! Sex Pistols on a banjo? Radiohead as a waltz? Has the world gone mad...? Fear not dear reader it's just the legendary Arkansaw Jukebox Collective - playing covers just like god intended... bluegrass style! Foot-stomping straight up bangers all the way and no one gets out without smiling.

Reg & Lily Meuross

Reg Meuross BW at Roots Doncaster 12 Dec 2014 CROP

Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, represents contemporary English folk at its very best. Reg returns to Bradford Roots by popular demand, bringing songs that comment bravely on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written.

Lily Meuross has been writing and singing songs for as long as she can remember, not surprising given that her father is Reg Meuross, one of the UK's finest folk songwriters. But whatever his influence, Lily has her own, unique, striking and powerful style of writing and playing, and is definitely one to watch.


Kusanganisa is the Shona word for 'mixture' that aptly describes this world music project involving musicians from different traditions.

Chartwell Dutiro (from Zimbabwe) plays mbira and sings and has been brought up in the Shona tradition; Leandro Maia (from Brazil) is a guitarist, singer and composer; Nick Sorensen (from England) is a saxophonist whose music is located within the traditions of contemporary jazz and folk music and Chris Blanden (from England) is a bass player who previously worked at Real World Studios.

Sunday 15 January 11am-4pm


Performers on Sunday include contemporary folk band Effra, eclectic multi-instrumental six-piece Bonfire Radicals (pictured), classical soprano Luana Godwin with pianist Jules Addison, Bristol-based six-man acapella group Kettle of Fish, and Mark Green's Blues Session.

Bonfire Radicals

Bonfire Radicals play eclectic roots music featuring 3 wild women on clarinets, recorders, vocals and violin, and 3 grumpy men as the rhythm section.

Recently described by Songlines Magazine as 'boldly infectious'.



These acoustic multi-instrumentalists play international folk music with verve, gusto and subtlety. Hailing from Oxford via Galicia, Wales, Devon, and the bottom of the hill, Xogara are possibly the finest proponents of Anglo-Galego-Cymraeg folk you'll hear all weekend.


Effra are a 'power trio' of the highest order bringing exciting contemporary and original new music to the UK folk scene by drawing together their collective influences of jazz, folk and classical music. Guitarist Alex Bishop is artist-in-residence at The Pound in Corsham where he works from his studio as a guitar maker and repairer.

The festival supports local charities Wiltshire Young Carers, Wiltshire Music Centre and Zone Club.

Weekend pass £20 adv. (or £22 on the day) / £14 Under-18s
Saturday pass £15 adv. (or £17 on the day) / £9 Under-18s
Sunday pass £10 adv. (or £12 on the day) / £6 Under-18s

Free to Under-12s (with an adult)

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