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.
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!
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
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
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
Reg & Lily Meuross
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
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 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
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.
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
The festival supports local
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)