The following artists and bands will be playing at the Bunkfest Fringe venues over the weekend. A full schedule of times will be available in the BunkFest programme, that you'll be able to purchase from the Bunkfest Shop over the weekend and at any of the Fringe venues.

Against the Grain

Stirring the styles of West Africa, South America and Spain, Jo and Matt create an original blend of musical flavours to whet your appetite - from jazz tunes with spoons to original masterpieces on balafon, cajon and flamenco guitar. A unique sound with an infectious groove. Against the Grain enthrall audiences everywhere including main stage gigs at Towersey, Broadstairs and Sidmouth festivals, along with other headline venues.

Alex and the Monkeyfists

The UK"s most landlocked shanty-drinking-songs band. A rousing and carousing bunch of drinking songs and shanties, come mosh about with us – it’ll be good, honest and ragged, as usual and as requested!

Alex Falconer & Jess Marshall

Alex Falconer (guitar/banjo) and Jess Marshall (fiddle) are an acoustic duo from Witney, Oxfordshire. They play original material blending trad folk, country and contemporary acoustic styles.

All Things Considered

Folk Fusion" is probably the closest you will get in defining the sound of Berkshire"s All Things Considered. Along with the haunting tones of lead vocalist Emma Baldwin enjoy driving fiddle player Gethin Webster, intricate acoustic guitarist Adrian Holden, soaring cello from Andrew Richardson and the groove based, almost tribal percussion of Phil Daniels. Their bold sound and wide musical influences make them a distinctive, yet very accessible act. The last decade has seen the band record 2 albums and a live EP, tour all over the country and have their music played on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, multiple regional BBC folk and acoustic shows, plus radio shows and podcasts in the USA.

Band of Hope

Band of Hope are an indie-folk-rock band from Wallingford, Tom Crook (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Paul Whitty (keys, multi-instrumentalist), Amy Roy (vocals, cello), Drew Milloy (bass, multi-instrumentalist) and Ben Smith (violin, mandolin) are joined this summer by Sarah Morgan on drums and Matt Allwright on lap-steel. Individually they"ve graced studios and stages with the likes of Mew, Danny & The Champions of the World, Jackie Oates, Ben Marwood, and Sadie & the Hotheads. Together they are an eclectic indie-rock collective, touching on folk and country while keeping the emphasis on solid song-craft. . Causing a stir on both the BBC Introducing circuit as well as the vibrant Oxford scene, Band of Hope are experts of dark, inherently tragic country-folk, in the realms of Villagers and the ballads of Jonny Cash.

Beard of Destiny

Electric beard with 11 string baritone guitar and stand up drum kit...we ROCK!...This dynamic duo are sworn to fight the terrible crime of boring song All together now..TED ATE KEITH....

Bearwood/Amanda Shora/Colin Bailey

Bearwood are an acoustic folk trio from Berkshire, performing a mixture of self-penned, traditional and contemporary songs, often with a Scots flavour.They love playing at festivals! “Bearwood are an excellent trio with a great stage presence specialising in traditional folk but with the occasional surprise in their repertoire, which makes them perfect for folk clubs and festivals” Graham Steel (Graham Steel Music Company.) Mandy Shora will be singing a cappella at Bunkfest this year, as well as with Bearwood. From "tender and tortured" to rousing and sing-a-long, there"s something for everyone, with a dodgy tale or two thrown in. Colin Bailey will also be playing solo at Bunkfest - a mixture of his own songs and traditional ones - you may like to join in!

Bethan and the Morgans

Bethan and David began performing covers as a duo. When they started writing music they decided to add more musicians into the mix. and this saw the birth of Bethan and the Morgans. Over the past three years they have been steadily building a supportive fan base across the West Midlands, Birmingham, Worcester and North Wales, performing up and down the country at festivals and venues across England and Wales, “Great sound, fantastic harmonies” BBC Radio Wales

Bill McKinnon

Bill has 40 years experience and enjoyment of traditional music, playing 5-string banjo, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin and melodeon (& probably too many other instruments to mention!) Bill is a great session leader, inspiring all with his energy and enthusiasm.


BMW (Boon, Mew and Wooster) have been playing in the Oxfordshire area and beyond in various guises for the past nine years, playing both original music, selected classic and some more unusual covers. Their acoustically driven pop/alt country originals have taken them to various venues? and festivals while their repertoire of covers has seen them play at pubs, clubs & parties throughout Oxfordshire.


Secretly dreaming of a life outside of the 9 to 5 where music was centre stage, around 5 years ago a group of like minded people from Ipswich, Suffolk came together to raise money for a local charity and enjoyed it so much they simply carried on. Today The Buskadelics perform a diverse range of covers from Dolly Parton to The Kinks, Peter Gabriel and Adele. It is stuff they like and seek to transmit that enthusiasm to their audiences.

Carl Komuro

Carl Komuro is a singer / guitarist based in Cholsey, Wallingford.  He has a great repertoire of songs by artists such as The Stereophonics, Kings of Leon, Bryan Adams to name but a few and has over 2 decades of gigging experience behind him. Every performance is packed with enthusiasm, energy, emotion and never fails to bring a smile to someone"s face, get them singing or even have a little emotional moment of their own. Each song is performed with great intensity and has his own original stamp on it.

Caroline Watsham

Caroline inherited her musical saw from her late father Eric Watsham, himself a talented sawist.  Over the past few years she has enjoyed demonstrating this unusual instrument, from regular busking outings in Oxford to international musical saw conventions in Paris and Vienna.  She even had the dubious honour of playing for Simon Cowell on BGT, though sadly he isn"t a fan of the instrument.  She won the solo busking competition at Bunkfest in 2015, and was a semi-finalist of Britain Does Variety in 2016.   Caroline enjoys playing an eclectic range of tunes from classical to quirky via the odd recent chart hit!


Formed while the members were at Wallingford school, Carthorse is an indie rock ’n’ roll band that plays a mixture of their own songs and covers. Influenced by retro and modern classic groups like The Beatles, Oasis, The Clash and more, their sets feature strong harmonies, youthful energy and tunes guaranteed to thrill.

Cats Chorus

Cat"s Chorus is a popular a capella group based near Wallingford.They perform regularly in and around Oxfordshire and have their own take on a variety of popular songs from the world of jazz, pop, folk and musicals.

Ciircus Street

Reading based indie-pop duo, Ciircus Street, are firmly putting their stamp on the current world of popular music. Sam Brett (vocals/guitar) and Jim Crowder (vocals and keyboard), walked past Oxford"s ‘Circus Street’ one night and agreed it would make a good band name; the pair then decided to form a duo. Whilst they list notable artists such as James Morrison, Jack Johnson and Ed Sheeran as their inspiration, when it comes to writing music, the pair admit that they are influenced significantly by each other. Consequently, the clear chemistry between the two which produces Ciircus Street’s individual sound. Think attitude-filled, acoustic guitar mixed with perfectly harmonising vocals - uniquely described as a mixture of ‘salt and honey’.


Take five friends, each with many years of playing Irish and other traditional music. Bring them and their great experience together and you have an Irish band full of warmth and vigour. 

Colm Daly and Cathy Mars

Colm and Cathy combined have a formidable musical legacy in Reading, with The Newtowners band, the Retreat Singers a cappella group, sessions (Pickin" Lunchtimes) and workshops (Reading Ukulele Groups). Colm"s musical pedigree goes back to the 60"s and includes piano styles, guitar and fiddle. It has earned him a strong reputation in the UK Old Time scene and internationally, including a recent successful CD ‘Old Time Joanna’. Cathy stuck to singing with guitar accompaniment and over time has developed her own unique solo style. Lately she has picked up the banjo and now together they are both in demand entertaining audiences with their authentic take on mostly Old Time songs and tunes.

Crossfire Hurricanes

Crossfire Hurricanes take their name from the first line of one of the Stones" greatest songs, Jumping Jack Flash. They are a classic rock band with a wide repertoire stretching from the 50s to the 90s taking in Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Beatles, Stones, Free and loads more. Last year saw them play through the deluge that was the Saturday night at the CAT and despite the conditions the garden remained full for their sopping wet set - water was pouring from their hands, but the show must go on. They are: Alex Lakatos on bass, lead and harmony vocals, Peat (Yes, PEAT) Gregory on drums, vocals, Jonny Goode on rhythm and lead guitar and vocals, and Mike Rowbottom on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals. Everyone knows these songs so bring your dancing shoes and your singing voice.

Dave Dando

Dave hails from Liverpool and has been doing the music scene for many years! Although primarily a folk singer with basic guitar/banjo backing, he"s always happy to improvise given the slightest prompt from an audience, with tongue-in-cheek humour punctuating throughout. Dave"s Saturday afternoon Open Mic session has been a popular Bunkfest feature since 2013 and this year it’s happening at the Dolphin. Soloists & small combos are all are welcome to come and ‘do a spot’, irrespective of genre. Simply roll up, grab a drink from the bar and catch the attention of host Dave Dando!

Dave Fidler/ Dave Fidler and the Corvettes

Based in the North West of England, Dave Fidler is a songwriter who puts a contemporary spin on the traditions of British folk and blues. Dave’s debut album ‘I’m Not Here’ was recorded by Sam Jones (Alex Turner, Corrinne Bailey Rae) – unplugged, acoustic, and on a reel-to-reel tape machine to capture the authenticity of the songs. Following its release Dave has gone toured Europe and the UK as main support to John Bramwell of the mercury nominated I Am Kloot. He describes Dave as ‘the best thing he has heard in over twenty years’. Dave has also toured festivals including Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Grillstock, Whisky Sessions and many more. “The past twelve months have been a whirlwind. This is an artist with incredible potential” - London One Radio. “Remarkable guitar playing and a set of thoughtful, melodic songs with heaps of originality” - Intermission Bristol.“Supremely talented acoustic guitarist” - Planet of sound

Dirty Bizzness

A Four piece 70"s Hard Rock "n" Blues Band playing Covers from that Classic period including AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Free and Kiss.

Ed Lofstedt/ The Ed Lofstedt Assembly

Ed Lofstedt is a Bristol-based songwriter who released his second EP "Sweep me away" this year, recorded with a supergroup of musicians from Bristol bands like Pictures of Belgrade, Iceman Furniss Quintet and Cécile. Described as "Awesome" (RGNewMusic), all profits from the first pressing of the EP will be donated to Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Ed"s songs are touched with the melodrama of Sufjan Stevens, Guy Garvey and Justin Vernon; big-hearted, melodic and wry. He channels electronica and post-rock through his guitar and folk songs, drawing in huge dynamic shifts, spellbinding stagecraft and bewitching lyrics. Formerly of Oxford and Reading, Ed"s debut "force for whatever" featured frequently on BBC Introducing Shows. "Ed Lofstedt is one of Berkshire"s hottest singer song writers, he has a back catalogue of songs that most musicians would kill for. Sounding like a young Billy Bragg, we love him and so will you." BBC Introducing

Edd Keene

Edd Keene, aka The Green Man, is a multi instrumentalist live loop pedal performer. He is skilled in Saxophone, Flute, Guitar, Bass, Percussion and singing, and when performing live he will play all them together in front of your very eyes! Using his loop pedal to record and layer all said instruments, he creates his electric range of songs, from Reggae to Jazz, Folk and middle eastern styles. Having been touring the festival circuit since 2007 his is a must see act!

Fleur Stevenson

Fleur is one of the new breed of jazz singers, known on the South East jazz scene and enjoys collaborations with many wonderful musicians on the jazz circuit. She has performed at many venues across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott"s Jazz Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. Fleur and her band provide a modern take on Jazz Standards, American Song Book and Latin numbers, as well as original songs composed by Fleur and friends. Her influences spanning jazz, soul and blues genres, include Carman McRae, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Chris Connor. Fleur is known for her scat singing, colourful tones and passionate interpretation of lyrics. She is privileged to be a student of The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin, and the collaboration has produced a fine performer with musical intellect and skill as an improviser.

Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers

Evolving from the rich, heady brew that is the Oxford roots/folk/Americana scene, Francis Pugh and The Whisky Singers never officially formed as a band, they grew organically. Playing at many late night whisky fuelled pub sessions around Oxford, James, Tim and Chris picked up extra members along the way. They are now a six-piece band, playing a mixture of Americana and roots music, that blends acoustic guitar, fiddle, electric guitar, uke-bass and cornet with five-part vocal harmonies to produce their raw, energetic sound. Over the last three years Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers have built up a strong fan base through infamous pop-up performances called Roots Rambles, the festival circuit (including the BBC Countryfile Live Festival), and supporting Ameripolitan hero Ags Connolly and Cerys Matthews’ favourite the CC Smugglers.


Ginhouse are a local blues rock power trio. They are: Alan Weikert (vocals, guitar), Steve Harris (drums), Steve Winchcombe (bass & backing vocals).

Greg Mayston Trio

Greg Mayston’s Folk, Blues and Americana play country folk and blues, new and old, and with love for the traditions the songs represent.  They perform regularly in Reading and beyond. Greg was inspired by the great blues guitarists of that 1920s and 30s to obtain an original National Steel guitar which continues to sing and cry at the heart of Folk, Blues and Americana shows. Neil Warren is a tasteful wizard of the chromatic harmonica and master of the wailing blues harp, while  Lawrie Wright is the consummate practitioner of guitar, bass and piano, equally at home with cerebral jazz as with pithy pop, finding his niche with Folk Blues and Americana as driver of the double bass which winds and pulses through the trio’s earthy songscape.

Harpers Ferry

Gloucestershire-based five piece folk rock band Harpers Ferry will be bringing us their unique sound and heartfelt lyrics. Since releasing their latest single "What to Believe" from their self-titled debut EP, the band has made stellar appearances at the Phoenix Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, and the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. A big welcome to Bunkfest!

Hippy Haze

"Hippy Haze are a tribute band to the Flower-Power Hippy era ("66 to "69). They bring you sounds of the Kinks, Stones, Dylan, Monkeys, Hendrix, Santana, CSNY, Mamas and Papas, Beatles, Donovan, Tom Jones and more; played by three original, psychedelic groovy cats!! Great music and a fantastic party atmosphere.

Hog Wild

Take a mix of rock ‘n’ roll from the 50s, early 60s pop and R&B, the odd blues tune and even a little bit of classic country; mix it all up, and what you get is Hog Wild. If you ever liked Chuck Berry, early Elvis, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly then you’ll love Hog Wild. This is the music that started it all - and it still sounds great today. These guys have been there, done that, got all the T-shirts, and played till their fingers bled – rock’n’roll music is in their DNA, and it shows. There are very few bands that know how to rock out like it’s 1959, but with 21st century energy - so check your inhibitions at the door, and prepare to Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Jack Harris

Jack Harris’s latest album The Flame and the Pelican was one of The Telegraph’s top ten roots/folk albums of 2012. Jack also regularly runs songwriting classes at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and at various venues in London.

Jason Stretch

"Jason is the guiding light of circuit favourites BAD PENNY, a classic rock covers band. He now brings you his unique take on some of rock"s most influential guitar players. A one-man full Classic Rock experience!

Jody Wyatt

Born and raised locally (by a pack of wolves) and nephew to the great Robert Wyatt (not that one), Jody merges? his traditional folk roots, love of blues and splashes of experimentation to deliver a unique style which is as catchy as it is alluring. Fine vocals interweave with his talent on acoustic guitar and out of this world harmonica, leaving you with his self-penned lyrics on the brain. " ...the full deal of a singer, excellent guitarist, a dry sense of humour and a clutch of mainly self written songs... His style reminds at times of the likes of Neil Young and Billy Bragg" Pete Clack - Blues In Britain Magazine.

Kristin King

"The Fishwife"s Fancy: Down among the driftwood and the salty spray - the fishwife dreams ... music and songs. A diverse duo scavenging among folk, blues and any other treasures that wash up on the shore. Kris King (vocals/guitar) and Minch (double bass) - with added Welsh Minnows (Amo & Kate Foxington).

Loosely Blooze

A quirky mixture of blues and classic rock played by a bunch of aging rockers, Loosely Blooze are Baby John, Paul (Moody) Mundy and Steve (Harry) Harris.

Louise Jordan

See No Petticoats Here.

Lucy Quinn

Lucy Quinn has been successfully running folk music sessions in the Wallingford area for many years, including the ever popular Drones session at The Plough, Long Wittenham every Wednesday. She has a vast repertoire of songs going back to Joan Baez and Pentangle, as well as traditional folk-songs.

Lynne Butler

Lynne is a singer/songwriter from Henley on Thames and also a professional yodeller. Her yodelling has taken her on a crazy journey through TV appearances, Corporate events and Oktoberfests in the UK and abroad and is at the moment putting the finishing touches to her "Yodelling with Yodelynne" album due for release in the autumn.

Mark Handley

Singer/Songwriter Mark Handley embraces all styles of music, though Rock, Reggae and Acoustic Roots are certainly amongst his favourites! With a natural “feel” for a rhythm and the uncanny ability to find and write a song in any situation or on any subject, these “real” songs with great lyrics will have you singing along by the second chorus.... Quite how Mark’s music remains so unknown to the World is a mystery. He is certainly a Troubadour, a true Artist putting his heart, soul and every penny he has ever made back into his music, including many fine Albums available online, via his website and wherever he is playing live.

Matthew Beesley

"Matt Beesley, former guitarist with local band the Keeling Curve who played Bunkfest on several occasions, returns to play a solo set of original acoustic pop tunes about life and stuff, with the odd finger picking cover thrown in!

Midnight Jungle

Midnight Jungle formed in Wallingford in 2015 in tribute to the greatest funk/rock band in the world: the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They capture their fun, vibrant and energy filled music, while reproducing the awesome funk rock sound that brought them international acclaim. Midnight Jungle are the amazing Matty Smith on vocals, who sounds and looks like Anthony Kiedis but without the moustache; talented guitarist Jordan Hallett, who knows the entire Red Hot Chili Peppers back catalogue better than anyone; Richard Nash, an exceptional professional drummer; and Werner de Jong, who idolises Flea, on bass guitar. The name combines Red Hot Chili Peppers song titles, “Midnight” with “Jungle Man”.

Mike McDaid

Mike McDaid has been running a cracking Irish tune session at Bunkfest since 2009. "I was probably aged seven when I became completely absorbed with Irish music. My roots are undoubtedly entrenched in it, having grown up in an environment where every family gathering was a feast of song and tune. Mike"s sessions are always enjoyable, informal, welcoming and a lot of fun - leaving everyone wanting more!

Mike Rowbottom

Mike is on his third and by a long way least lucrative career. But he"s got the music bug and won"t let it go! Strange songs to make you laugh, usually involving some anthropomorphic construction, with lions, seals, hedgehogs, goldfish, a plastic lobster and a rubber chicken... Mike"s cynical (he means comical) Christmas songs on presents, parties, families, Father Bloody Christmas: what a mess! If he doesn"t make you laugh he"ll eat his words, but please don"t make him do that unless there’s a bottle of wine to wash them down!


"On Saturday afternoon drop into the George Hotel for an exciting and varied concert of contemporary and traditional music from across the British Isles. Headliners are the 4-piece band Moonrakers , described by Oxford Times as “startlingly talented” and featuring Celtic harp, fiddle, stringed instruments, and female/male vocals. Moonrakers played the main stage at Bunkfest last year, and will be joined by the exuberant Oxford Fiddle Group, eight consummate players who you might also catch at other venues over the weekend. Their third act is is the wonderful singer/songwriter Emma Black, with an intoxicating blend of blues and jazz-tinged songs.

Nick Byrne

Singer, guitarist and songwriter, Nick"s passion for music began at an early age. With a Chilean mother and Irish father his mind was open to different styles of music, as he became involved in the independent music scene. Performing ‘atmospheric and dreamy folk’ he creates something lasting and beautiful, with various lyrical symbols, many based on distinct visual memories, worked into his songs. From finger-picked folk to more layered pieces, accented by strings and slide guitar, Nick"s live performances take on an emotive, intimate tone, as seen supporting the likes of Adam Barnes, Spring Offensive & The Lion & The Wolf. "Makes your ears prick almost straight away... beautifully written songs that carry you away with them." The Ocelot

Nikki King

"Nikki King is a solo artist with flair, in the words of TinaTurner “simply the best”. She sings accompanied by professional pre-recorded songs, with a diverse range

No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of women who challenged expectations. Louise has toured across the UK with her project No Petticoats Here.

Noah"s Cape

Paula Tindall, Linda Watkins and Marian Wedley. Three ladies, three voices, three sets of musical talent including multi instrumental skills, songwriting expertise and a huge sense of fun. Using strings, percussion and delicious harmony in careful measure, Noah’s Cape present an entertaining show with songs from corners least expected and material conjured from their own minds – all blended together with an ear for musical arrangement and a passion for a good tune!


Songwriting duo Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson create ethereal, east-meets-west electronic pop with complex beauty. Their well-crafted songs, delivered through powerful, emotional and heartfelt vocals are Ooberfuse’s trademarks. Strong live performers, they are equally at home with an audience of thousands in Madrid, hundreds in a Favela in Rio, or in front of the House of Lords in the UK. “Cherrie Anderson’s vocal…reaches out of the headphones from bar one and shakes hands with your ears. It’s just gorgeous... classy, well-made pop music.” : Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing

Oxford Classic Jazz

Some of the best exponents of classic jazz in the country today, the band feature the ragtime of Scott Joplin and the masters of the Jazz Age – Fats Waller, Cole Porter, George Gershwin et al. It has been described as “sheer elegance” and “bottled sunshine” by satisfied customers! Look out for Nick Gill performing solo, playing music inspired by the great swinging jazz pianists of the past, as well as providing the occasional vocal refrain. Nick"s amazing, portable, acoustic piano is not to be missed!

Pete Orton

Pete brings the raw, edgy sound of the High Street to the comfortable, cultured ambience of the Market Place. He is happy to be playing to support the Corn Exchange Roof Appeal. Without a roof the Corn Exchange would be full of pigeons (not good for a cinema, even if there are subtitles). Pete will be joined by his good friends Saul Beery, Abner Turnipseed and Wayne Precinct and the show will include extra material from songwriters Travis Perkins and Gary Brexit, which may be suitable for making socks. Pete appears by kind permission of Theatr Lurpak, Belarus.

Peter Joshua

Pete is a singer-songwriter, guitarist well known in Oxford and surrounding areas for his scintillating guitar work and superbly crafted songs. His songs cover a broad musical spectrum from folk to jazz, comedy & blues. His lyrics are thought provoking and unique, bringing the listener into his magical world of childhood, old age, love, seaside holidays and personal experience, alongside unique interpretations of classics such as Anji and Abide With Me. Pete has a long musical pedigree, including playing at the famous ‘Les Cousins’ in the sixties and appearing on the same bill as Nick Jones and John Martin. Such are Pete’s musical skills that he can even make a make a banjo a joy to listen to!

Pitton Garage Band

Formed in 2016 "PGB" are a Crowmarsh / Salisbury / Maidenhead- based four piece covers band. From their HQ in rural Wiltshire, they bring a slightly battered suitcase full of pop & rock classics from back in the day. Their mission is simple: if your toe is tapping, your pint tastes good and you"re tempted to sing along, then it"s job done. PGB will be playing their debut gig at Bunkfest, so come, see, enjoy - and tell your grandchildren you were there!

Pure Fluke

Pure Fluke bring you ukuleles, clarinet and vocal harmonies. We play songs from all eras and genres: folk, Americana, vintage songs and modern rock/pop classics. Very upbeat with the occasional soulful ballad thrown in - perfect infectious fun!

Richard Strange

Richard is a well known and well loved local DJ and owner of the Music Box record store. You will hear him on the Kinecroft with Radio Bunkfest. Richard"s Ska and 2Tone DJ nights are always popular and packed - come along and feel the groove at the Keep on Friday night!

Robert Butrick

Robert is a finger style guitarist who played at last year’s Bunkfest as well as other local venues including Goring Unplugged, Acoustic Couch, Acoustic Café, South Hill Park Cellar and a number of open mics in the area. He brings us songs of love, lust, protest, war and life from a wide range of song-writers including Dylan, Magna Carta Drever, Chapin Carpenter and McTell.

RyeWolf / Ian Freedman

RyeWolf are a 5 piece Reading based band who mix traditional and self-penned songs along with a few surprises. Always lively and entertaining.

Sara Daniels

Sara is an Oxfordshire singer songwriter. From the Irish Folk singing tradition, her song writing and guitar playing took centre stage at festivals and folk clubs from Orkney to Cornwall, resulting in a number of recordings. Her latest CD ‘Lightly on My Heart’ received five star review from RR2 magazine. Sara travels wherever the music takes her across the UK and Ireland. Her recent songwriting embraces the majestic Ridgeway hills and downs, ideas with women at heart, social comment and lighter verse about trips to Ireland.


A local a capella quintet singing their own arrangements of well-known jazz and popular songs. Rehearsals are often accompanied by a glass of wine (hence the name), resulting in a lively and interesting mix that is well-balanced and maturing nicely.

Short Drag Roger

Short Drag Roger were formed in 2002 by an over enthusiastic set of land-lubbers who had a passion for the ancient days of sail. Having come from an eclectic background, from choristers, opera singers and dedicated folkies, they have created one of the most passionate shanty crews in the U.K.

Sian Lloyd-Jones

Sian Lloyd-Jones, a Manchester born singer songwriter based in Wallingford. Playing gigs across the country, Sian has recently performed in venues across Oxfordshire and Berkshire including: The Pint Shop, Oxford and Pavlov’s Dog, Reading; alongside the Readipop festival in Reading. Sian covers a variety of different genres from Tracy Chapman to Eminem, alongwith a wide repertoire of original songs.

Southbound Blues

Five talented, personable young guys playing their exciting, self-penned Blues and Blues Rock Songs. An eclectic mix written in their own individual style, from thumping get on your feet and dance songs, to melodic and low down deep and dirty, heartfelt Blues (and some that fall in between and around the edges). Best seen live they love to put on a show - come join them at BUNKFEST!


A pretty regular feature on the local Folk & Open Mic circuit, you may well have come across Splodge performing as far afield as Newbury, Oxford & Basingstoke. This year he’s back with more irreverent satire, dodgy parodies and tongue in cheek protest songs. Like what you hear? Buy him a beer!

Spriggan Mist

Spriggan Mist are a 5 piece Progressive folk rock band with a steampunk flavour. They Deliver an eclectic mix of overdriven guitars with more traditional instruments such as recorders, bouzouki and saxophone, all underpinned by a rock based rhythm section. Together with Tribal belly dancers Jadoo Jingles their show is packed with energy and much Spriggery Pokery

Square One

Square One are Alex Collins, Alex Hull, Chris Carver, Mike Hayter and Tim Hennessy. Formed at Oxford Brookes, they play a great range of covers as well as their own compositions. Be there or be Square!

Steve Daniels

In between gigs singing with Reading-based British power pop covers band The Echo, Steve is performing solo this summer of love… singing very English stories about ghosts, his grandma and the festive season.


Sub-zero is an exciting all-live band performing since 2009. Their extensive repertoire features popular music from the last 50 years including material from The Beatles, Abba, The Feeling, Elton John, The Pretenders, The Police, Bryan Adams, Ladt Gaga and many more…"Everyone I have spoken to says how impressed they were by Sub-Zero and how much they enjoyed the performances...especially by the tightness of the band, by superb vocals (both solo and harmony) and by Wesley!"

The Halyards

A new Maidenhead based sea shanty singing group with two main aims: making great music and raising money for the homeless charity The Sue Brett Foundation.

The Ironics

The Ironics are an original 3 piece Oxfordshire punk/folk band with 100 years collective gigging experience. Energetic sounds & good lyrical tales served with a sense of humour.

The Missing Persians

The Missing Persians formed during a soaking wet January 2013, when drummer Nick Clack decided that what Oxford really needed was another band... the Persians’ stage set is tight, punchy and entertaining. Variety shines through... Rock, Blues, Country, Reggae, Folk and Funk influences all get a look-in, while maintaining a Missing Persians sound to ensure a satisfyingly coherent whole. They are equally at home on stages large and small, making appearances at UK festivals, as well as two successful tours of the Netherlands. With two albums to their name (The Missing Persians and Hot cats), their songs touch on animal welfare, climate change, alley cats, bullfights, seafood (!), the NHS as well as some gorgeous love songs and comments on the mid-life crisis! All are musically satisfying, lyrically articulate and fun - they"ll get you up and dancing!

The Night Herons

"Local jazz band The Night Herons are delighted to be back at Bunkfest, now with a full band on piano, bass, drums and saxophone. Singing jazz standards, swinging dance numbers and original soulful songs, these stylish crooners will entertain and transport you.

The Oxford Fiddle Group

OFG perform songs and tunes from mainly England and Scotland, but also include material from Ireland and the USA. Their tunes can be foot-tapping jigs and reels, or catchy hornpipes and marches, or beautiful slow airs and laments. A really full sound!

The Pete Fryer Band

The legendary Pete Fryer Band is an Oxford-based Rock & Blues band whose origins date back to the mid-sixties.Playing mainly covers of songs originally performed by artists such as Eddie Cochran, Van Morrison, The Troggs, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Stones, the Pete Fryer Band knows how to get an audience rocking. The ULTIMATE Party Band!!!

The Ponderosa

The Ponderosa hail from the gently rolling hills and river valleys of Oxfordshire, they play an infectious blend of the familiar and obscure: traditional and contemporary acoustic music and Americana played with passion and energy, by turns sublime and rabble rousing.

The Portraits

The Portraits are London-based Alt Folk duo Jeremy and Lorraine Millington, who have played five Glastonbury Festivals, and have just released their seventh studio album, Global Heartbeat. This includes the song Nobody Can Ever Murder Love, the duo"s instant reaction to the horror of Jo Cox"s murder in June 2016. The song has been championed on BBC Radio 2 by Clare Balding, who invited them to play the song live and chat about its origins.

The Shakedown Prophets

The Shakedown Prophets are possibly Oxfordshire’s hardest-working blues / R&B band. This four-piece put out a great live sound, rooted in melodic modern blues played with a bit of an edge. Regulars on the local pub, club and festival scene, they’ve built up a strong following in the four years since the current line-up started.

The Skeptics

Andy Zakowski, Kieran Moore and Peter ‘Badger’ West, collectively known as ‘The Skeptics’, are a North Oxfordshire based male a capella trio who have fast become known locally for their stunning harmonies and distinctive style.

Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin is a local singer songwriter fusing influences of blues, jazz and folk music. Being a huge fan of Bunkfest, he is looking forward to his first time playing at the festival. Tom"s main influences range from traditional Delta blues, Hendrix and SRV as well as Motown and Soul. Tom is recording his first EP over the summer period and will be promoting it ready for Bunkfest.

Troubshort and Turnipseed

"Troubshort and Turnipseed perform American style old time and bluegrass music with cool British humour. They released their debut album Dark Clouds Over Didcot in 2013 and followed this up with the EP Banquet in a Can. Originally playing as a double act they now have a four–piece featuring banjo, harmonica, guitar, appalachian dulcimer, lap steel and wash-board. They regularly perform in pubs, clubs and festivals around Oxfordshire and were a main stage act for Bunkfest 2015.


Undercurrent are a trio from Reading playing a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk music with a light dusting of rock and country, all delivered on acoustic instruments.

Unusual Suspects

A very popular 4 piece back from Wallingford, specialize in turbo charging much loved songs from the past half a century in their own exhilarating style.  The boys soared to the top of the local scene in 2005 and continue to be firm favourites


Waterfahl, Hanne and Finn Fahl, are a local acoustic duo playing originals and covers with their very own ‘Nordicana’ style: Americana and blues mixed with the tone of Nordic song-writing from their Danish background. They bring you deep female vocals, melodic guitar and harmonica.

Who stoned Who?

Who Stoned Who? play the music of the Rolling Stones and The Who with a twist of fun and Filipina mischief. They play all the hits and a few you may not have heard before! Their aim: to get you up on your feet and start dancing your worries away!

Wild Rover Set

A band of friends from Weymouth, frequently augmented by guest musicians to bring a bit of class to the proceedings. We bring to the festival the songs you won"t hear in Folk Clubs but you will know the choruses! Audience participation is the name of the game and we seek to incite a frenzy of harmonies and merriment that will leave you feeling as though you"ve been to a Folk Festival.


An acoustic quartet from Berkshire, Wolfnote play an eclectic mix of originals and covers, using rich string and vocal harmonies as their signature sound. WolfNote are: Bex Rennie, cello vocals and recorder, Gillian McCoy, guitar, vocals ukulele and dulcimer, Ceri Rushent, violin, vocals, and recorder, Mike Tuffery, Cajon guitar bass and vocals.