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Tent Stage 2:15 Carrie Martin
Carrie Martin is a British acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter from Hull in Yorkshire. She played guitar from an early age, taught by her father. Having largely given up music to raise a family during the 1990s, she returned to writing, playing, singing and performing ,inspired and encouraged by the noted acoustic guitarist Gordon Giltrap – she cites her meeting Gordon as the most important thing that has happened to her in her musical career. Her guitar playing has attracted sufficient attention for her to be recruited as an endorsee by Vintage guitars. Influenced by the likes of Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson from Heart, her writing and performing style nevertheless defies categorisation, as evidenced by her debut album “Luna” which was well-reviewed in Acoustic magazine. Her second album, “What If”, featured Carrie on guitar and vocals, with guest appearances from Gordon Giltrap, Oliver Wakeman and Ric Sanders
Carrie has performed in Ontario, Canada and is due to tour as special guest with Gordon Giltrap this autumn
Her new album Seductive Sky features guest appearances from Gordon, Elliott Randall (Steeley Dan), Daniel Karl Cassidy & Oliver Wakeman
WEBSITE: – www.carriemartin.co.uk
Tent Stage 3:45 Henderson:Hooper
Judith Henderson has been playing the violin since the age of 6. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, and sang in choirs at school and university. After working as a linguist in the record industry, she studied music therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and went on to work in various settings including schools, care homes and private practice. As an improvising musician, she enjoyed a close association with Cecilia Macfarlane and Oxford Youth Dance, composing the music for several dance pieces, including ‘Journey of Ten Knights’ (Oxford Playhouse) and ‘Cityscape’ (Pegasus Theatre). Judith discovered her love of folk music in the course of an improvisation class during her music therapy training, and went on to form the fiddle and guitar duo Henderson:Hooper with Nick Hooper in 2001. Nick and Judith also perform with the singer/bass player Susanna Starling in their trio The Boot Band.
Judith also works in a partnership with storyteller Georgie Steele, and together they have created the music-story-performance piece The Fate of the Children of Lir Back when she was about 7, Judith was reprimanded by a conductor for making up her own part in ‘See the Conquering Hero Comes’ in a children’s orchestra in Edinburgh: she longed to break away from the notes on the page. Now, playing and composing folk tunes, and using them as a basis for improvisation, she is very happy that she is now allowed to make up the notes without being told off. Her playing style has evolved over the years to combine classical and folk influences.
Nick (Nicholas) Hooper is a composer, musician and author, best known for his two original scores for the Harry Potter film series. Nick started working as a musician at the age of sixteen when he left school, performing both classical and folk music on the guitar. During this time, he also wrote numerous pieces for a variety of instruments, a selection of which have been digitised from their original manuscripts and are now available to download for free. He went on to study composition and guitar at the Royal College of Music in 1971, winning both the Guitar Prize and the Cobbett Prize. Nick first began composing to film in the eighties, in a move which signalled a prolific creative period of his life. Since he burst onto the scene in 1988, Nick has amassed a body of work comprising almost 300 film scores across a career spanning almost 30 years, during which he has won several internationally-acclaimed awards, including two BAFTAs (Prime Suspect: The Final Act, The Young Visiters) and an Ivor Novello (The Young Visiters). In recent years, he has continued on his creative path using the imaginative and musical skills which held him in such good stead in the film world to both perform his own music and write novels.
WEBSITE: – https://wordandnote.com/
Tent Stage 5:30 Ray Mytton Band
The Ray Mytton Band is a slightly unconventional three-piece band playing their own versions of popular classic Rock, Pop & blues songs using acoustic guitar, electric guitar and cajon. The band has been a popular pub favourite around the Malvern and Worcester area for many years & has a reputation for sounding much bigger than the three-piece format might suggest. Songs range from the likes of Free, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton & the Who to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones & Dire Straits.
SOUNDCLOUD: – https://soundcloud.com/user-201747199
Tent Stage 8:45 Electric Cake Salad
ELECTRIC CAKE SALAD are an alternative/electro band from the Midlands. The trio is comprised of Steve Gianolio-Jones (guitar, vocals, programming), Rob Leaver (bass) and Mick Morrell (guitar, backing vocals) Electric Cake Salad burst onto the Midlands scene back in 2005 with a distorted mix of crunching guitars, pulsing drum loops and midi samples. They effortlessly traverse a multitude of different genres, fusing together 80s and 90s rock and old-school rave and electro. Even styles as diverse as dance, drum and bass, electronica, dubstep and hip-hop are not beyond their fingertips; they have meddled with them all, taking them apart and stitching them back together in their own unique way. “A truly unique direction, that mixes elements of classic rock/metal, with electronica for a refreshingly original and exciting sound.” – Surface Unsigned
Tent Stage 9:30 DJ set
The phatest beats brewed by a barista of bootylicious bass (me neither) to induce spasmodic gestures approximating dancing and to obviously swell bar sales. Singing will also be encouraged.