Bradford Roots Festival 2016

SAT 16-SUN 17 JANUARY 2016

PREVIEW THE 2016 PROGRAMME HERE

Once again Wiltshire Music Centre welcomes in the New Year by celebrating Bradford on Avon's rich and diverse music scene with this extraordinary weekend festival: 40-plus music acts, family activities, open mic, workshops and much more, all showcased under one roof alongside local products, real ales and great food.

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Here's a preview of some of the artists appearing in 2016!

MAWKIN

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Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe.

CARDBOARD FOX

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Formed in 2013, Cardboard Fox have roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed.

KEITH CHRISTMAS

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English singer and songwriter, Keith Christmas released his first album, Stimulus in 1969. He played acoustic guitar on David Bowie's Space Oddity album, appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival, and went on to release four more albums in the 70s while touring with and supporting bands like The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Captain Beefheart and The Kinks.In 1972 he was voted one of six favourite international artists by writers of Sounds magazine.

THE CROUTONS

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A world of harmony from Massive Attack to Doris Day, by way of dark folk tales and smoky cabaret clubs - you won't believe what three voices and occasional instrument can do!

SASSPARELLA

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An all-female choir who simply love singing, Sassparella are led by award-winning singer songwriter Cindy Stratton and her partner Marius Frank.

"I loved the harmonies. They worked beautifully." - Audience member

BACKWATER RHYTHM AND BLUES BAND

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Back Water Rhythm and Blues Band are a based 5 piece band playing a cross-section of electric and acoustic blues music, ranging from delta and country blues to Chicago and Texas blues. They bring an energetic brand of rhythm & blues to new and appreciative audiences, including those at Marlborough Jazz Festival and Upton Blues Festival.

DEAD ROYALTIES

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Combining the grit and drive of that genre and mixing it with a lo-hi punk vibe and the complexities of math-rock, Dead Royalties have come up with something cool enough for the rock kids but durable enough to survive the fickle and transient nature of the current music era."

There are many bands working with the fall out of sounds that link punk with grunge and post-punk with 90's US college rock, but none seem to do it in such an original way as Dead Royalties who have "come up with something cool enough for the rock kids but durable enough to survive the transient nature of the current music era."

NAGUL YONTEN

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Nagul Yonten was born in Tibet, and came to Trowbridge in 2007. He is keen to share the culture and musical tradition of his country.  He has performed locally for a number of years, singing traditional nomadic songs as well as his own compositions.

SATURDAY ACTS INCLUDE

Al O'Kane, Alice McNeil, Ayesha Tizard, Back Water R&B, Bardford on Avon Poetry, Bath Folk Club Youth Band, Beth Porter and The Availables, Blake's Guitar Tuition, Blind Summit, Cardboard Fox, Ceilidh with Spill the Whisky, Ceroc Dancing Workshop, Children's Activities with Chrissie & Esther, Dead Royalties, Fistful of Spookies, Harpin' On, Holt Morris, Is You Is, Jess Vincent, Jessica Samuel & Lee Broderick, Jordan Whatley, Malmesbury Community Choir, Mawkin, Open Mic  sessions, Rhythm Coalition, Rivers of England, Sandy & Graham Ball, Saxophony, Sian Penlington & Rob Colquhoun, Snufkin, Sue Coppard, Summoned by Ash, The Grateful Dad, This Side of Paris, Tim Graham, Viva Voices, Zone Club

SUNDAY ACTS INCLUDE

Bell's Angels Morris, BoA Young Music, Dominic Hewson, Georgia Lewis & Friends, Giant Sequoia & The Rooterz, Jacqueline & Felix Byrne, Keith Christmas, Little Nightingales Childrens Workshops, Mando Chutney, Matt Thorpe Music Workshops, Nagul Yonten, Pete McGregor & Rosie Upton, Poet's Brunch, Rob Jessep, Sassparella, St Laurence School Folk Band, Swansongs, The Croutons, The Roaring Trowmen, The Yirdbards, Xogara

photos on the right by: Alison Gaskell, Neil Middleton, Clara Atkins, Naomi Havergal, Giles Turnball.