Midsummer Festival 2016


Welcome to the Bythams Music Festival & Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival 2016!

Here’s where you’ll find details of all our great performers for both days of the festival

The Music Festival takes place on St Martin’s Field, Castle Bytham. Free Admission & Free Parking in adjoining fields (aim your satnav for NG33 4SB). We plan to keep the music going as continuously as possible between our two stages. Scroll down for programme (NB all listing, timings etc were correct at time of posting but may be subject to change) plus artists’ biogs, photos, links to their websites etc.

Saturday 18 June

Also featuring a Beer Festival, with good food available, plus our Kid’s Playzone with face-painting and creative activities for the children during the afternoon, led by Jo Hammond.

( MS = Main Stage ;  Ac = Acoustic Stage )

MS 1pm
Voodoo Vali

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 18.28.49A psychedelic supergroup formed in Stamford in 2016, led by enigmatic singer-songwriter Nathan Wilson, with bassist/vocalist Joe Hoten and drummer Kieran Eassom.
Enjoying increasing local success, the group have performed their unique brand of indie rock at various local festivals, live on Corby Radio, and at their recent cassette launch. www.facebook.com/V00D00VAlI

Ac 1.45pm

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 18.16.3918-year-old Stamford-based songwriter and Big Music Project semi-finalist Brooke Peverell has recorded at Lisa Stansfield’s studio in Rochdale.
She’s also playing Bourne Carnival, Essendine Celebration, Extonbury and many more this summer.

Ac 2.30pm

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 18.39.19Jan says: “I was born Jan Marian Leszczynski in East Anglia. At the age of eight my mother bought me a guitar which I remember was as big as me. I was on stage at the age of 17.
“In the early 1970s I moved to the North East where I played rock, pop, blues and country music for top artists such as PJ Proby and many others.
“On my return to East Anglia I met Mr Zachary Taylor who inspired me to study the classical guitar, for which I am very grateful. After passing all the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grades I attended masterclasses with top guitarists such as Vladimir Mikulka, Neil Smith and the late Chris Kilvington.”

MS 3pm
Uninvited Guests

P1140664editBased around the Bythams, the Uninvited Guests have been making a nuisance of themselves within the local communities for the past few years. They love to play covers from across the decades (60s on). Occasional instrumental noodling ensures a popular mix for all.

Ac 4pm
Lil’ Ian Goodsman

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 22.09.13Having played Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, the UK and the US, Ian has now been internationally recognised as a major force in the world of acoustic roots music.
Besides several previous appearances in the Bythams, he has played major festivals featuring artists such as Jools Holland, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters’s son) and The Blues Band amongst others.
He is currently working on some new material including work from Rev. Gary Davis, Tampa Red, Bo Carter, Blind Blake, Josh White, Bob Wills and Blind Willie Johnson.

MS 4.45pm
Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 18.48.53From solo beginnings local singer-songwriter Nick Corney has been a stalwart originals performer. But out of a desire for a new sound his new band was created, with Ben Knight on keys and Christopher R Moore on lead guitar and harmonica, to give a new lease of life to acoustic original songs you thought you already knew.
From heartfelt ballads to melodic pop and foot-stomping rock and roll, Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats have come to make you remember to dance, sing, love, and sin.

Ac 5.30pm
Robert King

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 19.18.00Reluctant to be pigeon-holed by one genre, Robert King is a singer-songwriter with diverse influences ranging from alternative folk and world fusion music to classic and alternative rock.
Based in the Highlands of Scotland, he has spent the last two years busking everywhere from Stornoway to Istanbul, taking his tally of towns thus played to well over 150*. Now in his mid-twenties, he has been writing songs with positive and driven lyrics since his late teens.
*Follow the adventure so far at

MS 6pm
Bianca & the TopCats

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 21.07.19Based in Stamford, Bianca & the TopCats set out in 2012 to serve audiences a classic blend of blues-based funk and soul garnished with a contemporary twist.
Playing as a three-, four-, or five-piece, the band have been playing clubs, pubs and festivals and performing at locations as diverse as an optician’s shop and in the hull of a 100-year-old Dutch barge.
The band were initially known for playing solely acoustic sets; however, with the addition of bass and keyboards the sound has now expanded to provide a perfect backdrop for Portugese singer Bianca’s vocal talent. The full band line-up is: Bianca Rodrigues, Bob Wells, Lonnie Grooby, Adam Freckingham, Scott Armstrong and Paul Clay. The band are looking forward to playing at several summer festivals in 2016.

Ac 7pm
Irene Rae

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 19.32.35Irene Rae is a singer-songwriter from the UK, inspired by country, acoustic and folk music to create a collection of hopeful ballads and up-tempo songs about love, life and finding your feet.
Irene has built a loyal following since 2005. Having produced three EPs, she released her first album “End of Nothing, Beginning of Something” in 2009.
Past support slots include for Midge Ure, Mark Morriss, Hazel O’Connor, John Power, The Levellers, Declan Bennett and The Jigantics.
Her style has been compared to All About Eve, Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones. 2015 has seen Rae’s return to live gigs and the studio with the release of EP “Hidden Secret” showcasing a new maturity in her voice and lyrics.

MS 7.45pm
The Fedz

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 22.57.08The Fedz are an exciting five-piece combo delivering an unrivalled mix of soul, Motown and 60s classics with hits from The Commitments, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and of course, Jake & Elwood Blues a.k.a. the “Blues Brothers”.

MS 9.15pm
Lexie Green & The Indigo Blue

Lexie Green & The Indigo BlueLexie Green is a songwriter from the UK with multiple album releases, all with critical success.
Introduced by Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, Lexie and her live band The Indigo Blue are becoming increasingly known around the UK live music circuit –and the globe – for their infectious, fun and eclectic sets of Lexie’s original alternative country, Americana, rock, roots/folk and blues-influenced songs.
On July 15 her eagerly awaited next album, “Moonpie”, will be released worldwide.


Sunday 19 June

Our new Artisan Food Court will be open, as well as our Kid’s Playzone, run today by FOBS (Friends of the Bythams School), with loads of activities to keep the children entertained while you chill out.

Of course Sunday is also Castle Bytham’s famous annual Midsummer Fair, featuring a streetmarket from 9am, with stalls and many other attractions, including morris dancers and Home Guard (“Dad’s Army”) re-enactors (to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Official 90th Birthday, earlier in June) as well as a flypast by a Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

MS = Main Stage ;  Ac = Acoustic Stage )

MS 10.30am
Bythams School

Children from the school will perform two songs. The choir will consist of children from Reception to Year 6.

*Extra Event* at St James’ Church 11am
IMPULSE The Lincolnshire Team
Musicians from The Purcell School

IMPULSE – The Lincolnshire Team

We are delighted to welcome IMPULSE, an International Outreach Training programme for 16–18 year-olds at The Purcell School, Britain’s oldest specialist music school. The Lincolnshire Team, led by Sam, the runner-up in Young Drummer of the Year, include dazzling classical musicians who have performed in London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, and the fabulous rising stars ‘The Delegates’, a Jazz/Funk/Soul band whose lead singer Alice is an International Jazz Festival participant.

  • As with the rest of the festival, admission is free of charge (though the church is always very grateful for donations!)
    • This project is supported by Lincolnshire Music Education Hub* led by the award-winning Lincolnshire Music Service, funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England. *(The Hub unites around 22 organisations to achieve the highest-quality music opportunities for children and young people across Lincolnshire.)

Ac 11am
Pembroke Tenneson

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 21.46.41Expect whip-smart lyrics, hooky riffs and sweet melodies from this eclectic folk-rock singer-songwriter.
Born in San Francisco, he’s been a BBC Introducing Artist of the Month, appeared on London’s newest TV channel twice and has had radio play around the UK.

MS 11.30am
Rutland Big Band

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 13.41.29The Rutland Big Band loves to play music from the fabulous 40s swing era (the time of “Dad’s Army”), Sinatra songs, and more modern numbers to get people up and dancing.
Kept in order by trombonist Marcus Reynolds, they’re an amateur band, though some are music teachers or professionals. Fancy joining the band, or booking them for any event? Get in touch at

Ac 12.30pm
HMS Welland

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 16.34.58A powerful stock of shanties and songs of the sea plus a sprinkling of patriotic sing-along songs.
HMS Welland are also performing at the Village Hall (1.30pm), The Castle Inn (2.30) and The Fox & Hounds (3.30). www.facebook.com/HMSWelland

MS 1pm
Rutland Big Band

More from the era of “Dad’s Army”! See above for full write-up.

Ac 2pm
Frankie C

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 00.21.17A huge fan of the modern female country music artists and bands, 17-year-old singer-songwriter Frankie Chaisson spent the first seven years of her life in the US.
She has played guitar for three years and been singing ever since she can remember. Frankie plays her own originals and country music of today: covers of people such as Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. Recently she signed a contract to record her first album over the next few months.

MS 2.30pm
The Tin Pigeons

The Tin PigeonsThe Tin Pigeons are a five-piece indie-folk band from the
East Midlands. Their unique and exciting pop music, which combines folk lyricism, funky grooves and shimmering vocal harmonies, forms an irresistibly fresh sound.
After creating a stir with numerous sets at Notting Hill Arts Club, Ronnie Scott’s and The Fiddler’s Elbow, they are set to light up the festival season at Secret Garden Party, Lost Village, Barn On The Farm and Boardmasters.
“Sparks” – which has just featured on BBC Radio 1’s playlist – is the title track of their new EP, now available on iTunes and Spotify.

Ac 3.30pm
Sophie’s Voice

P1120085editMany know Sophie as the ‘singing girl’ who busks on Stamford High Street, in a variety of styles from classical, folk and musical theatre, sometimes accompanied by Nathan Wieckowski.
They have performed in places including The Royal Military Guards Chapel in London; Dublin; and Wadenhoe House near Oundle. She has two CDs, “Timeless Voice”, and “Festive Voice”, available now, with a three-track CD due out soon.

MS 4pm

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 00.47.40Now making a very welcome return with their full four-piece band after many visits to the Bythams as a duo, Pennyless is Penny Stevens (vocals, fiddle), Les Woods (guitar), Graham Dale (flute, whistle, melodica and percussion) and Colin Benton (bass guitar, bouzouki, mandolin).
Graham has worked and recorded with Vicky Clayton and performed at Glastonbury and Cropredy festivals.
As a band, Pennyless have supported The Spinners, Stackridge, Sam Sweeney & Hannah James, and Captain Blackbeard’s Tea Party.
Many appearances on radio and TV promote their original material, which is thoroughly inventive and distinctively English! Influences include fenland folklore, John Clare’s poetry, medieval troubadours, The Incredible String Band and Pentangle. Their new CD, “In the Park”, has just been released.

…live music events for the Bythams