Friday

Talisman

Rusty Shackle

The Crimps

Mayor Opens Festival
Kinecroft Time TBC

Radio BunkFest
Kinecroft Beer Tent 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday

Mad Dog Mcrea

The Epstein

Mr Tea & the Minions

Moonrakers

Sunday

Hope & Social
plus lantern procession

Megan Henwood

Hot Rock Pilgrims

Workshop Set



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Main Stage Artist Profiles A-Z

Hope & Social

Hope & Social

Eight years, five albums, thousands of gigs, Glastonbury, Leeds Arena, and many a pub and front room up and down the country – Hope & Social do the things every band does. But then so much more. A peoples’ band at heart, they involve their audiences in as many ways as possible; singing on their records, appearing in their videos and by always making their shows life-affirming experiences.Described as “one of the UK’s top five live bands” - The Independent. With their energetic, joyful, dance-along music and impeccable showmanship, Hope & Social create a truly unmissable experience.

Hot Rock Pilgrims

Hot Rock Pilgrims

"An Irishman, a German, and three Brits; together they will take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants". Born out of the UK's cult bluegrass scene, Hot Rock Pilgrims have quickly become one of the most sought after bluegrass acts since their formation in 2014. Featuring the powerful vocal harmonies of co-lead singers Hubert Murray (guitar) and Dan Edwards (banjo), augmented by the slick musical stylings of Bruno Pichler (dobro) and Kieran Towers (fiddle), locked together by Sam Rose (bass) whose slap solos never cease to raise a cheer.

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their ‘Happy Bus’ video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; - whilst obviously killing it live - Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.

Megan Henwood

Megan Henwood

Megan began writing songs in her early teens and by 19 she won the 2009 BBC Young Folk Award for her poignant song about relationship/abuse “White Lies”, which featured on her 2011 debut album “Making Waves”. The album established Megan as a songwriter rooted in folk but by no means bound by it. Three tracks from the album went on to be playlisted at Radio 2 and she became a regular on the festival circuit. Her follow up album “Head Heart Hand” in 2015 was an even more accomplished affair and was widely critically acclaimed. She has subsequently performed on all the specialist music shows including Bob Harris and the Mark Radcliffe Folk Show, where her music is regularly featured. One of her songs sound tracked the 2016 BBC Folk Awards promo which ran across the BBC channels for three months. Cut to mid-2016 and a 5-track EP with folk evergreen Jackie Oates supported by ‘duo’ dates across the country during August and September. In November and December2016 Megan embarked on her biggest tour yet - a 22 date national theatre tour supporting alt-folk legends ‘Show Of Hands’ which won her a new legion of fans. Her third album “River” was released in October ahead of her first solo headline tour of the UK and was reviewed enthusiastically across the press with 4- and 5-star reviews everywhere.

Moonrakers

Oxford's much-toured 4-piece band, Moonrakers (Celtic harp, fiddle, stringed instruments, whistles, female/male vocals), created quite a buzz this year with the launch of their new studio album and a number of festival appearances including a debut at the Towersey Festival. Their material includes songs and tunes from the English, Irish and Scottish tradition as well as their own compositions. Described as “startlingly talented” (Oxford Times) and now with five albums of "exquisite music "(BBC) and "truly wonderful" (Wycombe Festival) performances, Moonrakers present musical excellence and humour.

Mr Tea and the Minions

Mr Tea and the Minions

Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea, the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion! They’re on a mission to ignite crazy dancing by audiences everywhere, with their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music to get their audience stirred into a big bouncing frenzy of fun! A hugely popular festival band, they have played raucous gigs at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Nozstock, Goulash Disko (Croatia), among many others. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tea Your Mind’. The Minions play their own unique take on high energy Balkan party music – combining Gypsy flavoured Ska, Dub and Swing with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and bass to put a smile on your face and your knees up past your ears!

Rusty Shackle

Rusty Shackle

South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you’ll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. The six-piece group are made up of band members Liam Collins, Mathew Barkwick, Owen Emmanuel, Ryan Williams and brothers Scott and James McKeon. They amalgamate guitars , vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandola, trumpet and percussion to create a sound that is unique to them and one that instantly fills you with emotion and energy. Rusty Shackle draw influences from Folk, Roots, Rock, Celtic and Old time Blues. With years of domestic and international touring under their belts, and a large and loyal fan base already in place, Rusty Shackle have found themselves to be seasoned regulars on the UK festival circuit. Their most prestigious performances to date have been at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk and Beautiful Days Festival.

Talisman

Talisman

Talisman’s new album "Don’t Play with Fyah" is a revelation. Most bands with a history that stretches back four decades are content to go through the motions, their creative peak somewhere in the past, not Talisman. Their new album includes some of the strongest material they’ve ever recorded, with seven brand new songs and the corresponding dub counter parts; this is their finest album to date. With such strong material we knew we had to pull out all the stops when it came to the final mixes and who better than legendary musician, producer, engineer and all round British reggae genius Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Aswad, Madness, Orange Juice, The Slits, The Pop Group, Arcade Fire, Joss Stone) who has taken the songs to the next level and given us the strongest British reggae album in years.

The Crimps

The Crimps were formed accidentally in a lay-by on the A34 over ten years ago. With the help of considerable prescription medication and gaffer tape we deliver an eclectic mash-up of the old and not so old: R&B, Rock, Reggae, Pop, Glam, Torch songs, Classics - form the weird to the "what the hell was that?". A triumph of enthusiasm over talent, we're in it purely for the fun.

The Epstein

The Epstein

The Epstein are an indie folk pop band from Oxford, England. Burn The Branches in the bands 3rd studio album coming in Spring 2016. The album was recorded with Richard Neuberg at Strawhouse Studios in Oxford, and produced and mixed by George Shilling (Stornoway/Frank Turner). Having toured heavily in Europe, particularly in Holland and Germany, The Epstein have built an impressive fan base on both sides of the Channel. The forthcoming Burn The Branches album sees the band depart from the widescreen country/Americana sound of previous album Murmurations (PIAS), and explore harder edged, atmospheric sounds whilst still retaining singer/songwriter Olly Wills’ undeniable knack for great melodic hooks. Finally Forgive, with its fast paced Texas shuffle and major-key harmony rock is a great intro to the new sonic world in which The Epstein have found themselves. A sonic world that takes in the hard rocking, full throttle approach of acts such as Wilco alongside the lyrical clarity of artists such as Bright Eyes. Discussing the new single, Olly describes how “Finally Forgive is about breaking free…. from a time, from a person, from a situation. Keep on moving on!”.

Workshop Set

An opportunity for Workshop participants and tutors to perform something they’ve worked on over the weekend.