Music & Entertainments
17 & 18 JUNE 2017
Bythams Music is delighted to announce the bands and performers booked for this year’s festival. Even bigger and better than ever, this musical and artistic feast is all part of the wider weekend Midsummer Festival programme.
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). Please don’t try to park in the village. Visitors with limited mobility can be dropped off outside the Castle Inn.
We plan to keep the music going as continuously as possible between our two stages. Scroll down for programme (NB all listings, timings etc were correct at time of posting but may be subject to change) plus artists’ biogs, photos, links to their websites etc.
We’ve got you covered!
Don’t forget, we now have our huge marquee, which means that bands and audience can all be under cover if, heaven forbid, it should rain! And if it is boiling hot (fingers crossed!) then we can all be in the shade. Either way, everyone wins!
This page will be updated as more details become available and the programme timings are finalised (latest update 5 June 17)
Saturday June 17: 1.30pm – 11pm
Also featuring a fantastic Beer Festival (this year with 14 real ales and 5 ciders plus lager), with great food available, including a fantastic barbie and veggie options, plus there’s our Kids’ Playzone with all sorts of creative activities for the children during the afternoon, led by Jo Hammond.
( M = Marquee Stage ; G = Green “acoustic” Stage )
Lively and energetic, inspired by classic blues, rock and folk/singer-songwriters, after being selected as BBC Introducing Artist of the Month for Coventry/ Warwickshire in March 2015, he quit his boring desk job to fling himself into professional musicianship and songwriting.
With his powerful singing voice and rhythmic guitar work, his exciting show blends fierce rock and blues with thoughtful lyrical folk songs. He released a debut album, “Chimera”, in 2015, and a new EP, “Gravity”, in November 2016.
Rutland Radio Introducing:
Stamford singer-songwriter Chloe Lorentzen won the 2017 Youth Music Showcase at the Peterborough Music Festival. Though only 12, she has released her first CD, “Beneath Safer Skies”, with all proceeds going to War Child UK. It includes her award-winning song, “Circus Clown”. Recently Chloe starred as “Annie” at Stamford Corn Exchange.
CJ Hatt has a passion for pure acoustic music that shows in his performance. He plays a wide variety of music, from old classics to modern hits, with some curve balls thrown in too.
His ability and his different take on songs make any song sound great acoustically, which makes him stand out as a unique, talented act. You’ll see and hear what makes him different from the usual acoustic singers when you see him live! Not to be missed!
Stamford-based Los Cojones are a five-piece latin-Caribbean rock band who specialise in playing rock, blues and jazz, in a latin and rumba style.
They play songs by Santana, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, BB King and Ry Cooder among others.
G 4 pm
Pop/rock songsmith David Lacey has featured on BBC Introducing and performed live on BBC Radio. He’s had tour dates supporting acts such as Dodgy, Dave McPherson (InMe) and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly.
His debut mini-album “Concrete Rivers”, released in 2014, is available on CD, iTunes and Amazon. A new album is due out soon, so there is plenty to look forward to.
“Great, feel-good, acoustic pop songs” Dean Jackson – BBC.
“David’s music is full of passion and is definitely catchy” Amanda Penman – Artsbeat.
A songwriter from Hampshire, influenced by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. As a teenager, forever dreaming of escape and travel, Will played guitar and contributed songs to various bands and projects. His first EP, “A Past Life”, and later, a trip to Argentina (with its performance and broadcasting opportunities), gave the extra motivation and self-belief that he needed.
On his return in 2015 he shot a live video with his fabulous new collective, then gigs came thick and fast. He’s been featured on independent radio in the UK, Europe and South America, plus BBC Berkshire. A big performance at Celtic Connections festival 2016 was followed by live filming at The Roundhouse and work on his first full album.
Diamond Dac & Cap Gordy
Born and raised on a lonely hill farm in the west Yorkshire Pennines, Diamond Dac grew up listening to American roots music on an old crystal set radio. Always obsessed by the music and a passion for playing, he learned from old masters and modern performers.
Dac, an adept picker and funky slide man, has three solo albums airplayed to worldwide critical acclaim.
Cap Gordy started playing sax in his early teens with a budding rock band in the early 1960s but after seeing Sonny Boy Williamson during his UK tour he was hooked on the blues harp.
Cap and Dac first met and played together some 20 years ago; both became founder members of the European Blues Association around that time. They’ve played together at several Blues festivals (though Dac has a very successful solo career and Cap is involved with several electric blues bands), being drawn together by a mutual love of the unforgettable originators of blues.
Jon Rogers’ Linesmen
Debuting their inaugural album “Ideology”, Jon Rogers fronts this slamming rock group of seasoned musicians, driven through blues, funk, jazz and alternative roots.
On lead vocals and guitars, singer/songwriter Jon’s highlights include: performing original material at numerous festivals; being first to play the KC Stadium to an audience of 14,000; playing alongside the late, great blues and world music performer Nashid from Zero Degree Atol (in both the UK and US); and recording with legendary producer Gordon Raphael of The Strokes.
Drummer Nigel Lobley has toured the major UK and European blues festival and club circuit and has worked alongside Van Morrison, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, Peter Green and Ruby Turner and played drums for the legendary Memphis Horns. Classically trained double bass player Paul Mallatratt performed in orchestras and swing bands in the UK and Europe before moving onto the bass guitar. www.jrogerslive.com
Country/folk duo Oakleas Rise is the collaboration of Northamptonshire-based singer/songwritersLesley Curtis and Stuart Mcleod who write, record and perform original material.
Lesley spent a number of years working in a variety of bands touring Europe and the UK. She has written and recorded three albums, most recently “Looking For The Girl” (May 2015), on which Stuart also worked.
Lesley’s albums also incorporate songs she has written with Stuart McLeod, Dave Smith and Nashville-based Jo-Leah Gray. Stuart has also collaborated with Dave Smith and Kevin Elsy.
The Uninvited Guests
Known as a great party band in the Castle Bytham area, The Uninvited Guests love to take a popular song and add their own twist to it in order to get the crowd rocking, singing and dancing.
They’ve played the Midsummer Festival four times now and it seems that, despite their name, people seem to like what they do and insist on asking them back! They are looking forward to this year’s festival and working hard on an up-tempo set.
The Tin Pigeons
Castle Bytham favourites The Tin Pigeons – Fraser Norton (vocals & guitar), George Norton (banjo), Thomas Quembit (bass), Douglas Tawn (guitar) – are a four-piece indie-folk band from the East-Midlands.
As well as enjoying a good hyphen, they have developed a unique and exciting brand of pop music, combining folk lyricism, funky grooves and shimmering vocal harmonies to form an irresistibly
The 2016 festival season saw the Pigeons play up and down the country, including sets at Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters, Lost Village, Barn On The Farm and Reading and Leeds Festivals. Their last single “Sparks” was also made BBC Introducing track of the week on BBC Radio 1.
Sunday June 18: 10.00am – 5.00pm
The Bythams School
A massed choir of children, from Reception to Year 6, will perform some of their favourite songs.
The Dance Academy (Swinstead)
The Dance Academy holds classes in ballet, tap, modern, street jazz, musical theatre and acrobatics, from 3 years old to adults. Jane Brown: 07979 613826.
Rutland Big Band
A full 18-piece swing band, the RBB loves getting audiences up to dance to their favourite tunes, maybe ’40s swing, Sinatra classics, Bublé numbers, or a lively party tune.
Find them on Facebook or the web and get in touch, whether to join the band or book them for village events, weddings or parties. rutlandbigband.org.uk
A classical/crossover soprano, currently studying a Vocal Performance degree at Chichester, Sophie is passionate about singing and performance.
She continues to hone her ‘simply stunning voice’ (Stamford Living magazine) by grasping every opportunity in front of her, performing all over the world, from Dublin to New Zealand, via London’s Royal Festival Hall. Not forgetting her home town Stamford and her adopted city of Chichester – on a weekend, come rain or shine, you’ll find her busking on the streets of either place.
Rutland Big Band
Another session from the magnificent RBB!
With over a decade’s experience in performing classical guitar, despite only being aged 18, Harry recently completed his grade 8 and started to focus on his musical diploma.
He has performed in many different venues across the county, from large concerts to small private dinner parties, including the Peterborough Mayor’s farewell ball. With a modern interpretation on classical Spanish guitar, he always puts his own spin on a piece.
Formed in May 2012, The Ruby Doos were brought together by their mutual love of great songs and classic close-harmony singing. Now a four-piece band, they feature vocalists Sarah Rawson and Annie Smith accompanied by Steve Burton on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals, and Neil Cadwallader on bass, mandolin, guitar and vocals.
They play contemporary Americana with a retro twist plus a few classics from early bluegrass to the songwriter gems of alt country. The retro feel is carried on in their choice of stage clothes. Their
debut album, “Lyin’ and Cryin’” (2016) features nine self-penned songs and a couple of favourite covers.
Unashamedly ’70s, Flash! play some of the most popular glam rock hits that helped make that era a golden age of rock ’n’ roll. The trio originally met at school but later pleased audiences at venues all over West London.
Think back to the miners’ strikes, hot summers, punk, the Silver Jubilee, 3-day weeks etc. Now, 40 years later, the band – Bob Wells (guitar), Julian Bell (drums) and Jamie Hassan (bass) – are playing their favourite covers from T Rex, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, Status Quo etc. – pleasing audiences yet again – and are very much looking forward to pleasing Castle Bytham!
Around the St Martin’s Meadow Arena and in the village streets
Away from the main meadow site, and in keeping with the weekend’s medieval theme (primarily on Sunday), we will also have a wonderful array of historical re-enactors, including an alchemist, a jester, storyteller, Wobbly Bodger woodworking, merry mountebanks in the form of Helter Skelter Arts theatre, medieval magician Nathaniel Bagshot (left), Red Fox Archery, Go Active Falconry, the have-a-go coracle demonstration, lots of children’s activities and parade – and our very own knight in shining armour. It’s not impossible that Robin Hood himself might make an appearance…
Appropriate musical accompaniment will be provided by French dance band Tourdion (left), who will perform in the streets, weather permitting, entertaining visitors to the village’s ever-popular street market on Sunday to the sound of hurdy-gurdy and other instruments.
Meanwhile, in the village hall and the Fox and Hounds pub, the Lincolnshire Poachers (below) will be performing folk songs from our county and beyond.
In St James’s church, at 12 noon on Sunday, Village Voices, our local choir, who sing a variety of sacred and secular music, will be singing their interpretations of medieval and renaissance songs and music in a special concert, including songs by Dowland sung by soprano Janet Major, and a comic monologue, explaining “The Magna Charter”, by Robert Brownlow.
Further details about the bands and the line-up are in our special souvenir programme, which is now available. (All timings are subject to change.)
Can you help?
We are always looking for folks to come and help us put on the festival, so if you have a few hours spare before or over the weekend, do come and join in the fun.
Bythams Music is very grateful to Rutland Radio for promoting this year’s music programme, including their special “Introducing” slot for young Stamford singer-songwriter Chloe Lorentzen at 2pm on Saturday.
The Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival 2017 is supported by the Big Lottery Fund through its Celebrate! programme: