Midsummer Festival 2018

Our biggest and best festival line-up yet, with new acts aplenty and some old favourites too.

Midsummer Festival
Music & Entertainments Programme
23 & 24 JUNE 2018

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

St Martin's Meadow main arena (with Marquee Stage in centre)

Bythams Music is delighted to announce the performers for the 2018 festival. This year, reflecting the Midsummer Festival’s overall Country Capers theme, there’s a distinctly folky, bluesy, country, rootsy flavour to the weekend’s musical mix. But we also have some exciting young indie bands, some alternative rock and prog rock, covers bands, Americana, Motown and funk, a fantastic gospel choir and much more. Truly something for everyone!

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, where there will be lots of other events happening: see Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival website. Visitors with limited mobility can be dropped off outside the Castle Inn.

  • This page may be updated if programme timings are altered (latest update 17 June 2018)
  • The detailed programme listings, with band write-ups, are now available below. Click here to jump to   >SATURDAY    >SUNDAY
  • This year we plan to keep the music going as continuously as possible on both our stages.


The performers appearing over the weekend on our 2 stages in St Martin’s Meadow (The Meadow Stage & The Fishponds Stage, named after the medieval earthworks nearby) are :
(click green links to visit artists’ websites)

Saturday 23 June

NB © Copyright of all artists’ photos is retained by the band, artist or the original photographer.

Meadow Stage 1.30 Saturday
Chloe Lorentzen

ChloeL _lowresRGBStill only 13, Stamford singer-songwriter Chloe’s already won songwriting awards, headlined her own sold-out concert, and released a CD that’s raised thousands of pounds for War Child UK. She’s accompanied by pianist Jake Piechota (15) from Peterborough. Despite Chloe being the youngest ever competitor in the Twisted Melon Acoustic Battle of the Bands, they won and will now perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Europe’s biggest free festival, Festival Too in King’s Lynn.

Fishponds Stage 2.00 Sat
Paul Galloway

GUITARMAN 017lowresPaul has been playing acoustic guitar for nearly half a century, incorporating his skills in his career as an actor and teacher. His delicate fingerpicking style – influenced by such heroes as Ralph McTell and Dougie Maclean – can be heard in a variety of venues in and around Rutland (most of which sell beer).

Meadow Stage 2.20 Sat
Zarakan Blues Band

ZarakanA veteran of the British blues rock scene of the late 60s and 70s and onwards, Brian Harris came back to the stage in 2016 with the resurgence of interest in blues rock across Britain and Europe. He is joined by Pat Martin, previously known from Laughton’s Last Stand, and Dan Stimpson, also known for his placements in the bands Lucks Lane, Last Minute Brigade etc.

Fishponds 3.30 Sat

Homity2Ian and Michelle Wright, a close harmony folk duo, are both originally from East Anglia, where they performed in two Suffolk-based folk bands – Mardi Pas and The Homity Band. Ian sings lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar; Michelle sings harmony vocals and plays a range of whistles and occasional concertina. They perform a mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes, and also write their own material: they won the BBC Song for Lincolnshire Competition in 2015 and were runners-up in 2016. www.facebook.com/Homity

Meadow Stage 3.45 Sat
North End

NorthEndBandBased in Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, North End was founded in November 2016, playing an eclectic range of toe-tapping, upbeat, fun music ranging from ZZ Top to Chuck Berry. “Our five-piece band, currently performing at a range of local venues, consists of vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, harmonica and drums. We have just launched our first CD which will be on sale over the weekend. You can follow us on Facebook.

Fishponds 4.15 Sat
Rebecca Ryan

RebeccaRyanAwakeningsA singer-songwriter with an incredible voice and a large collection of songs, Rebecca has just been signed and has released her debut EP with plans to release her LP before the end of the year. She’s booked to appear all over the summer before heading into the studio.

Meadow Stage 4.50 Sat
Jon Rogers’ Linesmen

Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 17.13.30Jon Rogers: vocals/guitars, Paul Mallatratt: bass and Nigel Lobley: drums. Promoting their debut album ‘Ideology’ and performing new material, an eclectic mix of influences across genres: rock and blues with a little prog styling where required. The trio bring together career highlights including: recording with legendary producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes); performing with Dale Storr, Danny Bryant, Dom Pipkin (Paloma Faith) and the legendary Memphis Horns; working alongside Van Morrison, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, Peter Green and Ruby Turner.

Fishponds 5.00 Sat
Purdue & Bec

Will PurdueIntrospective and emotional singer-songwriter Will Purdue and alternative multi-instrumentalist Liza Bec continue their collaboration, showcasing evolving and exciting new material from their latest releases.
Will’s soulful Cohen-esque baritone and Liza’s pure soprano combine in a truly unique combination of sultry harmonies, with Liza adding both recorder and saxophone to Will’s skilful and sensitive guitar. Together they create a very classic and rarely heard sound, fusing elements of folk storytelling with alternative rock.

Meadow Stage 5.40 Sat
Uninvited Guests

Uninvited Guests 3bLowRes“Known as a great party band in the Castle Bytham area we love to take a popular song and add our own twist to it in order to get the crowd rocking, singing and dancing. We’ve played the CBMF four times now and it seems that, despite the fact that we’re called Uninvited Guests, people seem to like what we do and insist that we come back! Looking forward to this year’s festival and working hard on an up-tempo set.”

Fishponds 6.00 Sat
Listen Like Thieves

Thieves“We formed in Stamford in 2017 as a three-piece acoustic covers band. Crowds see us as an alternative to Right Said Fred, but that’s just down to the lack of hair! We play a range of crowd-pleasing songs from the 60s through to current-day hits that will entertain any audience.” www.facebook.com/listenlikethievesband

Meadow Stage 6.30 Sat
The House of Ghosts

HouseOfGhostsLineUpAn original alternative rock band from Lincoln, including vocalist Gina Stone, Danny Krash on drums, bass man Daniel Foster and guitarist Steve Watts. From the groove-led hard rock of Pulse
to the gentle ballad of Drowning and a sprinkling of covers, The House of Ghosts will make any gig a good night to be haunted! http://thehouseofghosts.co.uk

Fishponds 6.45 Sat
The Ruby Doos

Rooby DoosThe band love great songs and classic close-harmony singing. Sarah Rawson and Annie Smith, accompanied by Steve Burton and
Neil Cadwallader on guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals, perform 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 vintage-style stage clothes. “In 2016 we released our debut album featuring nine self-penned songs and some favourite covers. Musical influences are wide and varied but we all love The Secret Sisters, Caitlin Rose, The Dixie Chicks
and The Civil Wars among many others.”

Meadow Stage 7.25 Sat
Don’t Forget Rupert

IDFRupertndie rockers Don’t Forget Rupert come at you with catchy hooks and feel good vibes that nod towards Panic! at the Disco and The 1975; the result is distinctly contagious and altogether captivating!

Fishponds 7.45 Sat
Ock ‘n’ Dough

OckndoughCropThe world’s only Anglo-Latvian Zydecajun ceilidh band have been playing together for 30 years and during that time they have become well known throughout the UK playing a mixture of English, Latvian, Cajun and American roots music. Janis, Bob, Dace, Jo and Robin play a vast array of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, concertina, melodeon, percussion, clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophone, and above all piano accordion. Their musical heritage emerges from the Baltic shores of Latvia, flies over the wild hills of Wannie, meanders through the quiet lanes of Northamptonshire and is absorbed into the steamy bayous of Louisiana.

Meadow Stage 8.30 Sat
Centre Excuse

Centre excuseAdrenaline-fuelled live performances combined with danceable rhythms, intricate layers of synths, raging guitars and infuriatingly catchy heart-felt lyrics have become the hallmark of Centre Excuse, a dynamic 3-piece emanating from Rutland. Their contemporary sound is crafted through fusing together their own unique style with the excitement of the 80s new wave movement and the energy of rock. www.centre-excuse.com
www.facebook.com/centreexcuse www.youtube.com/centreexcuse http://instagram.com/centreexcuse http://po.st/spotifyce

BFCH logoMeadow Stage 9.35 Sat
The Band From County Hell

Screen Shot 2018-06-17 at 14.43.32An original celtic folk band with six critically acclaimed albums, published works with Cherry Red Records and over 2,000 live performances, including gigs from the smallest of venues to outdoor arenas and, most notably, their own show at The London Palladium.
They have appeared with bands such as The Levellers, The Stranglers, UB40 and have supported Stiff Little Fingers, Hayseed Dixie, The Beat and most recently, New Model Army on national tour dates. BfCHsmallcropMajor festival appearances include Wychwood Festival, Rhythm Festival, Weyfest, The Bearded Theory Festival, Galtres, The Great British Folk Festival and The Acoustic Festival of Great Britain among many others. www.bfch.co.uk
Twitter: @bfchofficial
Email: celticartists@aol.com

NB © Copyright of all artists’ photos is retained by the band or the original photographer.

Sunday 24 June (10am–5pm)

(when the historic village of Castle Bytham holds its main street market, with all the usual stalls and a wide range of entertainments) there will be performances on our two St Martin’s Meadow stages between 10am and 5pm by the following:

Meadow Stage 10am Sunday
The Bythams School

BythamsSchoolLogoTinyBythams School children will sing three songs, including one original composition.

Meadow Stage 10.30am Sun
Swinstead Dance Academy

The Dance Academy holds classes in ballet, tap, modern, street jazz, musical theatre and acrobatics, for 3-year-olds to adults. Jane Brown: 07979 613826.

Fishponds Stage 11am Sun
Kaci Jai

KaciJaiKaci, 14, recently moved to Castle Bytham. She enjoys taking part in events and helping to raise money for charity through her singing. She won Yorkshire Has Talent (an open-age-group event) aged just 12. She has appeared at charity fundraisers such as Hundhill Party in the Park, Charlotte’s Army, That’s Variety, Woodmanfest and many more. www.facebook.com/Kacijai

Meadow Stage 11:20am Sun

W45 copy“We’re all 15 years old and have been a band for four years, playing at school and other local events. We’ve appeared on Peterborough community radio and played at festivals in Deeping and Werrington.”  www.facebook.com/W45-1780012515574120

Fishponds 11.50am Sun
Ian Goodsman

Ian GoodsmanLowResHaving played Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Europe, the UK and the US, Ian is now internationally recognised
as a major force in the world of acoustic roots music. Besides several previous appearances here, 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 among others. www.iangoodsman.com

Meadow Stage 12:10pm Sun

Screen Shot 2018-06-17 at 14.51.59A professional nine-piece band including a full three-piece brass section who deliver the true 60s Motown sound, 70s funk, and some of the great songs from the 80s. www.inferno-band.co.uk

Fishponds 12:30 Sun
Pembroke Tenneson

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 21.46.41Lively and energetic, inspired by classic blues, rock and folk/singer-songwriters, after being selected as BBC Introducing Artist of the Month for Coventry/Warwickshire, Pembroke quit his boring desk job to go into professional musicianship and  songwriting. His powerful singing voice and rhythmic guitar work blend fierce rock and blues with thoughtful lyrical folk songs. He followed his debut album, Chimera, with his 2016 EP, Gravity.

Fishponds 1.15 Sun
The Settlers

SettlersThe 1960s saw the pop/folk sound emerge with acts such as The Springfields, The Seekers and UK quartet The Settlers, who enjoyed chart success with The Lightning Tree (theme music to TV’s Follyfoot Farm)… In 1975, after major success of their own, Steve and Patty joined The Settlers until the early 80s when they disbanded.
Now in 2018 Steve and Patty are bringing back the fabulous sound of The Settlers, with Dave Smith on guitar/vocals, and Tony Harris on bass/banjo/guitar, to delight Settlers fans old and new. www.thesettlers.co.uk

Meadow Stage 1.30 Sun

Screen Shot 2018-06-17 at 14.55.38Fast and furious fiddle and flute, jigs ‘n’ reels along with storytale English folklore woven with invention and delivered up with wit and style. A highly varied set of original alternative folk and roots music, from haunting psychedelia to rip-roaring piratical songs! www.pennyless-music.co.uk

Fishponds 2.00 Sun
Kenneth J Nash

KJNash1A veteran singer songwriter with a long list of famous folks he’s shared the bill with – Fleetwood Mac and Suzanne Vega included – and an even longer list of folks he’s worked with. Kenneth J Nash has released six acclaimed LPs that have won him the support of the BBC and Folk Radio UK alike. www.facebook.com/KennethJNash

Meadow Stage 2.20 Sun
Vikki Clayton

VikkiClayton“Peachy voiced, enchanting” (Mojo)
“Crystal clear vocals” (The Guardian)
* * * * (Q Magazine)
Singer-songwriter Vikki has appeared with many of the greats of the folk and folk-rock world, including Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Ashley Hutchings and Richard Thompson, whether solo, with the former band Ragged Heroes, with her own Vikki Clayton Band, or providing vocals uncannily reminiscent of the late Sandy Denny for Fairport Convention and Fotheringay revival line-ups. www.vikkiclayton
YouTube: singing Movers & Shakers with Martin Barre of Jethro Tull
YouTube: singing One More Chance with Fairport Convention

Fishponds 2.45 Sun
The Fox & The Pirate

Fox&PirateA lively, original singer- songwriter known for entertaining performances, Brian Stone (The Pirate) has that magical ability to engage with audiences. Jonny Wallis (The Fox) has a reputation as one of the finest voices in folk-rock with original songs sung from the heart. Together the Midlands duo are greater than the sum of the parts, their energy and enthusiasm making a riotous cocktail.

Meadow Stage 3.20 Sun
DMU Gospel Choir

DMUcropSemi-finalists in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, based at the
De Montfort University, Leicester, DMU Gospel Choir exist to offer music and performing arts at DMU and other events. Awards include University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) 2016 and twice Finalists in BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year. As the EAGA Choir they were runners-up in Gareth Malone’s The Choir on BBC2. www.facebook.com/DMUGospelChoir

Fishponds 3.30 Sun
The Tin Pigeons

TinPigeonsA four-piece indie-folk band from the East Midlands.
Their irresistibly fresh, unique and exciting brand of pop music combines folk lyricism, funky grooves and shimmering vocal harmonies. They have played festivals up and down the country, including Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters, Lost Village, Barn On The Farm and Reading+Leeds. Their single Sparks was BBC Introducing track of the week on BBC Radio 1. Their latest, Always The Same, was released last Friday! Always the same? Not the Pigeons! www.facebook.com/thetinpigeons

Meadow Stage 4.20 Sun
Brotherhoods Roundabout

BrotherhoodsRbtThe band is named after a well-known Peterborough landmark. “Brotherhoods Roundabout was born 12 years ago after we had become disillusioned with playing the same old tunes for years! We decided to play exactly what we wanted. It had
to be challenging and really make us think. Welcome to the wonderful world of Prog Rock and after many cups of tea this is what we have learnt so far. We hope you enjoy at least some of it!”

NB © Copyright of all artists’ photos is retained by the band, artist or the original photographer.

_MG_5413_RGB"cutout"Sunday entertainment around the village

On Sunday, Bythams Music and the Midsummer Festival combine to bring you a fantastic array of street entertainers, from jugglers to fire-eaters, street theatre to stilt-walkers, archery and more, plus morris and molly dancers, throughout the day. And look out for details of music in the pubs and perhaps other venues too!

Food & drink

On Saturday and Sunday this year our amazing Beer Festival features 24 real ales, 7 lagers and 10 ciders, plus on Sunday we will also have a Prosecco Bar and a Pimms Tent! The excellent food options include our perennially popular barbecue and the Village Veggie stall.

The real ale bar
The real ale bar

Screen Shot 2018-06-16 at 23.11.34Souvenir programme

Printed details of the bands’ biographies and the line-up are also in our special souvenir programme, which will be available from just before the event. (All timings are nevertheless 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.

  • For further information contact Patrick Candler, Chairman, Bythams Music, 07876 806646.

Our thanks go to…

Rutland Radio LogoBythams Music is very grateful to Rutland Radio for promoting this year’s music programme.

SKDC Logo_Stack_CMYKThe music and entertainment programme for Castle Bytham Midsummer Festival 2018 is supported by South Kesteven District Council.

PRSLOGOcutoutPRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want. These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this. For more information, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828.

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