Line-Up: Friday 13th July
Artists in reverse order of appearance,
starting with the Headline act
Taking influences from Chess Records’ Muddy Waters and Little Walter, British Invasion R&B, Grunge and modern day blues artists; all levelled out with a serious dedication to writing a great song, the boys are no strangers to bringing a room full of people into a Friday night frenzy. Whether leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry, the True Strays bring 21st Century Rhythm and Blues with anthemic choruses and a healthy measure of the heat of the swamp. Their energetic and joyous live shows have already made them a must-see act - in only a year since their inception, True Strays have completed an independent UK tour and last summer played 10 UK festivals, Including a packed Chai Wallahs tent at Green Man. With their first EP in the pipeline for release in the spring of 2018 everything is cooking up nicely for a busy year ahead!
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father's Whatever Happened to Jugula? in 1985. To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.
Zervas & Pepper
Zervas and Pepper are singer/songwriters that have been crafting songs and capturing imaginations with their previous critically acclaimed albums 'Lifebringer' and 'Abstract Heart', and 2017 brought a fresh offering in ‘Wilderland'.
Touring with their six-piece band presenting the albums in clubs and theatres with a reputation for transporting the audience with wild tales, soaring harmonies, open tunings and psychedelic leanings. Zervas & Pepper have their roots firmly planted in the rich and fertile soil of the legendary sound of Laurel Canyon.
‘Wilderland’ was written in a cabin in the Colorado rocky mountains, The duo taking refuge from a troubled world, The songwriters underwent the process of writing an album that would be infused by the nature around them, A muse that would only be interrupted by their concerns for the outside world.
Recording started in LA with James Raymond (Crosby, Stills and Nash/CPR) with James co-producing and performing on part of the album. Recording then resumed with long time band and engineer Llion Robertson on home soil in rural Mid Wales.
Ivan Moult is set to release his second LP, ‘Longest Shadow’, on 2nd March, 2018. The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Second Guessing’ conjures similar stylistic touchstones, such as the 70s acoustic of John Martyn and Nick Drake, while covering darker confessional and emotionally honest subject matter, likening his latest output to that of Josh T. Pearson and Damien Rice.
Defined by the human fluctuation of love, ’Longest Shadow’ charts Moult’s real-life progression through the fledglings of blissful romance into the fragmentation of embittered break-up. The soft, subtly shattered vocals are complemented by the orchestral compositions and double bass of Callum Duggan, the precision percussion of Sam Thomas and backing vocal contributions from Kadesha Drija.