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!'
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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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
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
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
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.
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
'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
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
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.