Bradford Roots Festival 2014

A celebration of musical talent in Bradford on Avon

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th January, 2014

A triumphant return for Bradford on Avon's iconic music festival, two days and four stages celebrating the breadth and diversity of Bradford's music scene with shimmering performances by the very finest of local talent.

'What an amazing event to be part of! Bradford's so lucky to have such a great performance space and WHAT talent!' Kirsty H

With a thrilling range of musicians of all ages performing folk, jazz, blues, world, indie, rock and classical music, plus choirs, kid's shows, open mic stage, folk jam session, children's activities, workshops - vocal and instrumental (bring your own instruments), folk-dancing and wassailing, local product showcases, specially brewed festival real ales, mulled wine and fabulous hot food, this is a 'dawn-of-a-new-year' celebration like no other to warm the winter nights.

"That was the best day of my whole life!" (Finn aged 6).

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(programme subject to change)

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Neil Taylor is a guitarist who grew up in Bristol and now lives in Bradford on Avon. During his career he has recorded and toured with Tears for Fears, Robbie Williams, Chris de Burgh, Natalie Imbruglia, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Morrissey, Tina Turner, The Pretenders, Van Morrison, Holly Johnson, Paul Young, Climie Fisher and more.

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Tom Vigar is a young singer-songwriter who has lived in Bradford-on-Avon all of his life.  He won St Laurence School's music competition 'Steal The Show' last March and has since played at various town events including the Bradford-on-Avon Fringe Festival and the St Laurence Street Party with mainly acoutic/folk sets.

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A former BBC Young Tradition Award Finalist, Jennifer is an acknowledged virtuoso of the lever harp and no stranger to Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios recording on "Gifted Women of the World" and for international stars like Susanna Baca, Joji Hirota and Mercury Award winner Susheela Raman. As well as playing on numerous CD's, she has gained live work as varied as the English National Opera, to the dance/folk fusion of festival favourites Elephant Talk.

'This was a very special performance from a lady who will definitely make waves.' Maverick 2011

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The Harmonettes are one of the UK's leading female vocal harmony trios, specialising in Andrews Sisters style arrangements of 1940s and 1950s songs. The band was born after an overwhelmingly positive response to a one-off festival performance three years ago.

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At 27, Sam Brookes is a seasoned veteran of the live music circuit. Moving to Bradford on Avon as a teenager, Sam cut his teeth singing with local indie rock band The Volt.  When The Volt split, Sam returned to his roots as a singer-songwriter, influenced by Joni Mitchell, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham. His songs are beautifully crafted stories about familiar subjects that captivate the listener.

'Musically, he excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bell singing voice that makes every word of his evocative, detailed lyrics count.' Sunday Times

The Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company consists of local singers and musicians, many of whom have a professional or semi-professional background in both opera and folk music. The theme is taken from an ancient form of folk theatre called a mummers play and is based on the play that is performed in Bath every St George's Day by the Widcombe Mummers.
http://www.fierydragon.org.uk/

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The Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company consists of local singers and musicians, many of whom have a professional or semi-professional background in both opera and folk music. The theme is taken from an ancient form of folk theatre called a mummers play and is based on the play that is performed in Bath every St George's Day by the Widcombe Mummers.

Make Room for Mummers tells the story of a brave knight called George and the beautiful Egyptian Princess who is hunted by a dreadful fiery Dragon, another brave but unfortunate knight called Bold Slasher, and a doctor who is so skilled that he can bring the dead back to life again. For more details visit the Fiery Dragon website.

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Shooting Roots is an organisation run by and for young people, offering creative and participatory folk workshops at festivals and other events. They will be hosting musical workshops at the Bradford Roots Festival! Download the Shooting Roots Workshop flyer & Timetable by clicking here.

OTHER ARTISTS INCLUDE:

A Fistful of Spookies, The Magnificent AK47, Andrew Bazeley, Bath Community Big Band, Box Standard, Bradford on Song, Budada, Calico Jack, Chris Weston, Clara Celcilia Band, Cleverly Brothers, Courage Choir, Courageous, Dead Royalties, Giant Sequoia, Gracie Curry, Greasy Slicks, Jess Vincent, John Alderslade, Johnny Coppin, John Ruddock, Kate Lomas and Megan Gibson, Krokodile, LightGarden, Martin Williams Jazz Trio, Matt Thorpe, Maximum Stay, Max Stanton & Lucy Symonds, Mike Scott, Mr Wilkin's Shilling, No Fixed Abode, Orient Express, Pete and Rosie, Reg Meuross and BEth Porter, Robin Peters, Sam Brookes Duo, Sam Evans Band, Scout Killers, Shadowplay & many more...

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