Bradford Roots Festival 2015

SAT 17 - SUN 18 JANUARY 2015

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A 'town with much more than its fair share of talent' (Swindon Advertiser) celebrates its richly diverse music scene with this high-octane festival: 40-plus music acts on truly thrilling form, plus kids' shows and activities, jam sessions, workshops, and showcases of fabulous local products, real ales and food.  DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME HERE

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OPEN MIC SESSION (SAT 17 JAN 1PM - 4PM, UTTER SHAMBLES STAGE)

Local roots-blues legend Tom Rockliffe hosts this year's Bradford Roots Open Mic sessions.

An omnipresent fixture of the local music scene, Tom ran the much loved music session at The Canal Tavern in Bradford on Avon for many years, and currently hosts sessions at The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon and Charlie's Bar in Westbury.

In the grand tradition of all open mics, he's not booking anyone in advance, it's open to allcomers and the earlier you get to the session (starting at 2pm) the more chance you'll have of playing within the two hours we have allocated. All you need to do is buy a day or weekend ticket and be ready to play. A PA and sound engineer is provided and there are up to four vocal mics and 5 DIs as well as other options for micing instruments should you need them. There is no drumkit (and please don't bring one) but any other percussion is fine.

It's become a tradition that the stand out performer from each open mic gets a full set on one of the stages at the following year's Bradford Roots Festival. This year, that's Ayesha Tizard (performing Sat 17 Jan, 3.30pm on the Golden Gudgeon Stage).

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WASUREMONO

Wasuremono, are a dream pop outfit from Bradford-on-Avon and past students of St Laurence School. Likened to Nick Cave, Slowdive and Arcade Fire, their sound is described as "Rich sky-scraping pop with beautiful melancholic lyrics'. Within a year they have had plays on BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music and were long listed in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition 2014.

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LEE BRODERICK

Born in Liverpool and raised on the likes of Nick Lowe, Roy Orbison & Queen; Lee spent his early career touring with artists such as Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall & Patrick Wolfe. After two years living and working in Nashville, he returns to the UK this year with his brand new record, 'Loveless Street', written and recorded in the Tennessee capital. With a bold, unmistakeable voice and impossibly infectious songwriting, this is the slick, polished pop of Nashville delivered with a big, brash Liverpool boot. This festival performance is Lee's second in Bradford on Avon, the first being at The Black Cat Club in 2008. Catch Lee on his full UK tour this February.

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PAUL 'SHILTS' WEIMAR

Paul 'Shilts' Weimar hails from London and has been playing saxophone since his early teens. His 35 year career spans all forms of jazz, funk, soul and pop and he has toured the world and recorded with a host of international artists, including David Bowie, Jimmy Paige and Lulu. In the 1980s he had top ten hits in the US with the pop band 'Breathe' and also played regularly on the London jazz club circuit with his jazz band 'System X' and also performed with several bands in the 1990s, including 'The Brand New Heavies', 'Jamiroquai' and 'Down to the Bone' (DTTB).

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HATTIE BRIGGS

Hattie Briggs' journey through the folk and acoustic music scene began with her decision to drop out of a Russian degree at Oxford University to focus on songwriting. Since then it's been full steam ahead for the 21year-old, with a debut EP in the iTunes singer songwriter char and a nomination in this year's prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. TV and radio exposure followed; with performances on the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood Festival and support to Seth Lakeman, and featuring in a recent BBC emerging talent documentary. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk

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SPILL THE WHISKY

Spill The Whisky, the most popular ceilidh barn dance band in the South West, have had their busiest year ever playing at weddings, parties and festivals. Come and dance to fabulous musicians playing traditionally handed down Jigs, Reels and Polkas with fiddle, whistle, melodeon, guitars and drums. Debby, the caller, was described by the BBC as second to none. Be sure to join in with the barn dancing which will be suitable for all ages and abilities - it'll be fun, lively and unforgettable. Wear your dancing shoes! www.spillthewhisky.co.uk

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THE B NATURALS

A rare appearance on home soil-don't miss it! The B Naturals (Dave King, Guy Wilson, Jon Conway and Nick Petts) - based in BOA and Frome, have rapidly become one of the leading A Cappella quartets in the UK, gathering huge acclaim at every performance, and running inspiring workshops for all levels of singer. A blend of sumptuous romantic ballads, uptempo rockers, refined baroque counterpoint and funky soul, a B Naturals show is a feast of great singing delivered with fun, wit and panache. www.thebnaturals.com

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BOA YOUNG MUSICIANS SHOWCASE

The following four artists will be appearing at the Bradford Roots Festival as part of the BoA Young Musicians showcase:

TOM VIGAR
Winner of St Laurence School's music competition Steal the Show in 2013, BoA resident Tom has since played at various town events including the Bradford Roots Festival 2013, the Bradford-on-Avon Fringe Festival and the St Laurence Street Party.  He published his first EP Coffee Shop Boy in 2013 and is the co-founder of BOA Young Music.

ISAAC AND JOEL FRANCIS
brothers Isaac and Joel Francis, 16 and 18, are an acoustic duo from Trowbridge. Opting predominantly for covers, they enjoy putting their own spin on both current chart hits and old classics alike.

ZOE NEWTON
A country/folk singer-songwriter from Wiltshire, she performs her own original songs and acoustic covers of a whole range of different songs. Doing gigs all over Wiltshire, Zoe has played at iconic venues such as The Fleece in Bristol. Zoe takes inspiration from Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Joni Mitchell in her songwriting. www.youtube.com/ZoeNewtonMusic

THE BESPOKE
An energetic, young band from Bradford on Avon, they write their own songs, and are currently working towards releasing an EP. Their influences range from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Dog is Dead. This extensive blend of styles results in a unique, alternative-rock sound.

BABY SWIM
A Bath / Bristol based indie rock band, comprised of James Wicks, Sol Vowel, Jack Smith & Reuben Robinson. Their sound features succulent vocals, fast, sharp guitar riffs and a powerful, driving rhythm section. Currently working on a debut EP, the band sports an ever expanding selection of original material, drawing inspiration from groups such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Arctic Monkeys & King Krule.

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