All your favourite venues will be hosting music and other events over the BunkFest weekend.

  • The Boat House
  • The Comrades Club
  • The Corn Exchange
  • The Cross Keys
  • The Dolphin
  • The George Hotel
  • The Town Arms
  • The Keep
  • The Green Tree
  • Le Clos
  • Cholsey & Wallingford Railway
  • Salters Steamers

Please buy our excellent colour programme from the Festival Shop for a full schedule of who is playing where. Sales of the programme are crucial to the funding of BunkFest, and if you’re watching bands at the Fringe venues please give as generously as you can to the bucket collectors.

Fringe Artists A-Z

Amazing Tiger Band

Amazing Tiger BandEclectic/cross-genre

Reading based multi-instrumentalist "The Amazing Tiger" uses his loop pedal and sheer enthusiasm to create a succulent blend of Psych, Soul, Reggae and Hip-hop. with classic Grooves and witty lyricism this is a show made for the anarchically inclined.

Band of Hope

Band of HopeFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

A British indie-folk-rock band from Wallingford, Oxfordshire. 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 genres such as folk and country while keeping the emphasis on solid song-craft. "Band of Hope are experts of dark, inherently tragic country-folk, in the realms of Villagers and the ballads of Jonny Cash." The

Beard of Destiny

Beard of DestinyCovers/R&B/rock/soul

Using stand up drum kit and eleven string slide guitar, Beard of Destiny bring you original songs and honest to goodness gold sequinned rock n' roll. With beards on, of course!

Bill McKinnonFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Bill has had a love for traditional music for well over fifty years. He shares his passion by running a number of monthly traditional music sessions in and around the local area. He has been an entertainer for more years than he cares to remember and is joined by his long time colleague, Anne Tarrant. Both are gifted and well-respected musicians.

Blake Shake

Blake ShakeJazz/Funk

Blake Shake is a hard hitting saxophone and vocal laden contemporary ensemble playing all original funk music inspired by the some of the greatest funk bands of our time. This slick outfit was born from Oxfordshire’s well established Blake’s Heaven Big Band also fronted by composer and arranger Nicholas Blake and vocalist Linda Blake. The music is fun, energetic and all about getting your head moving and feet tapping! Get on up and shake it on down with your Blake Shake groove on!


Boon, Mew and Wooster have been performing in the Oxfordshire area and beyond in various guises for the past ten years, playing both original music, selected classics 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.


A four-piece indie Rock band from Reading. Inspired by acts like The Vaccines, The Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age, Bojack have merged their musical styles to find an alternative sound that they and their fans enjoy, writing upbeat and punchy tracks fused with catchy choruses. Their aim is to get people singing along to their music and to make sure everyone is having a good time.

Brook EllingworthSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

A local singer songwriter from Oxfordshire, who performed in bands for years and thought it was time to give some solo work a go. If southern rock/country is your thing then check him out!

Busted Flush Eclectic/cross-genre

A four, five or even six-piece, originating from Stoke Row earlier this year, including two Corn Exchange stalwarts. Classic rock is their milieu and they adore seeing people dancing to what they do even though the dancers' mums and dads probably weren't born when this music first happened. The blues, rock'n roll and country feature strongly. With two lead guitarists, maybe keyboards, maybe drums, bass and whatever else comes to hand...they sing as well.

Carl Komuro

Carl KomuroSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

A singer / guitarist from Cholsey, Carl has a great repertoire of songs for all occasions with over two decades of gigging experience behind him. It has been said that he sounds like a mixture of Bryan Adams and Dave Grohl, packing every performance with enthusiasm, energy, emotion - and never fails to bring a smile to someone's face!

Cat's Chorus A capella/choir

Cat's Chorus is a popular a capella choir based in Crowmarsh near Wallingford. They perform regularly in and around Oxfordshire and sing their own arrangements of popular songs from a variety of genres covering jazz, pop, folk and show tunes. Interesting in joining the group? Find out how at

CliodhnaFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

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 MarsSession

Pickin' Lunchtime, Old Time Jam. Join Colm Daly and friends for a real Old Time session - fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, double basses, ukuleles all welcome. They will be playing mainly Old Time tunes, with some songs, and some Bluegrass and Celtic. Yee Ha!

Damien A. Passmore Folk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Damien has been delighting audiences in Reading and beyond for over 15 years with his particular blend of tongue-in-cheek country rock. Expect to hear the tallest of tall tales, with songs about Mail Order Brides, Roadkill Chefs and Canal Boat Hangovers. All told with a smile, a wink and a nod to the artists who influenced him, from the Eagles, to the Monkees, to the Darkness. Spend time with Damien A. Passmore and enjoy some of the loudest, laughingest country music you'll hear in a long time!

Dave DandoOpen mic

Dave hails from Liverpool and has been on the music scene for many years! 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 Comrades Club. 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 WoodSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

An acoustic singer-songwriter from Bucks, playing an original blend of country, melodic rock and folk, along with his own versions of well-known songs. Dave has benefitted from playing a variety of styles including heavy rock, punk, ska, ambient, folk and pop, and is now focused on gigging his own material, built up over a number of years.

Edd KeeneEclectic/cross-genre

Aka The Green Man, Edd is a must see act! A multi-instrumentalist live loop-pedal performer, he is skilled in Saxophone, Flute, Guitar, Bass, Percussion and song; 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, Edd creates his electric range of songs, from Reggae to Jazz, Folk and middle eastern styles. He's been touring the festival circuit since 2007, with recent gigging in California and in Mexico City. He's even given a Ted Talk on the art of live looping - how cool is that?!

Elizabeth & JamesonFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

A stunning collaboration between two rising stars of the UK folk/pop/rock scene. Hannah Elizabeth of Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from Fred's House, have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds. They've been receiving critical acclaim for their debut studio EPs, along with two NMG Award nominations for Best Folk, Country & Acoustic Act in 2017 and 2018."Voices that blend like a dream" John Kirkpatrick "Quality songwriting" BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire

Eoin Glackin

Eoin GlackinSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Dublin born singer-songwriter Eoin (pronounced "Owen") Glackin has just released his critically acclaimed third LP, 'Fires of Innocence'. A roots rock infused barn burner with a cinematic scope. Having spent the last few years touring and opening for acts such as Joan Armatrading, Beth Orton, Damien Dempsey, Aslan, Shovels & Rope, Dick Valentine (Electric Six) and The Darkness, Eoin’s reputation as an exciting live act continues to grow and his Bunkfest shows over the weekend will show just why.

ErstwhileFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

A folk/acoustic band whose objective is to deliver songs that people will enjoy listening to and maybe join in. Join Fay Freemantle (vocals, mandolin, guitar & recorders), Alan Lovegrove (vocals, guitar, mandolin & harmonica), and Dave Dando (vocals, guitar, banjo & harmonica) at the Comrades.

Fleur Stevenson

Fleur StevensonJazz/Funk

One of the new breed of jazz singers, Fleur is known for her velvet tone, imaginative improvisation and sparkling presentation. She performs at many prestigious venues across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Fleur is privileged to be mentored by The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin: the collaboration has produced a fine performer with musical intellect and skill as an improviser. Fleur’s influences span jazz, soul and blues genres, include Carman McRae, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway and Chris Connor "Fleur is a wonderful singer with a great musical ear and natural jazz feel." Claire Martin OBE. A treat for fans of first class, straight ahead vocal jazz delivered by one of the UK’s fastest rising stars.

Fora CordaFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Fora Corda is a Majorcan idiom that means having fun without worrying about the consequences. Dan and Llorenç play a lively mix of folk music from the British Isles, the Mediterranean and beyond. From drinking songs to antifascist anthems, they perform on Whistle, Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals and, possibly, Majorcan Bagpipes.


Called by some "the best guitarist in Wallingford", Sanj has been playing the guitar for longer than he cares to remember. Come and join him on a journey through their life together as he showcases the tunes which have inspired him, from his days as a rock guitarist through to his current modern acoustic style, incorporating a wide range of musical and technical influences from tranquil finger-picking to classical and percussive guitar. Considering he will even be sharing some of his playing tips, this promises to be a real treat, not to be missed.

From The EchoCovers/R&B/rock/soul

Formed in late 2013, ‘From The ECHO’ perform well known Maximum British Power Pop! This includes the music of The Jam, Stereophonics, The Specials, Blur, Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs, The Clash, Kasabian, Madness, The Kinks and many, many more. With 100+ live performances under their belts, they blast through a wide range of British music performed with power and passion. Their repertoire includes International Power Pop by artists such as U2, Blink 182, The Killers and Green Day. Party guaranteed!

Full Circle BlueCovers/R&B/rock/soul

A blues-soaked, guitar-driven, five-piece band, Full Circle Blue draw from classic influences including The Doors, early Peter Green, The Eagles, Hendrix, Dylan, Bob Marley and the Wailers to create an original musical brew with some funk, reggae and americana thrown in the mix. Described as having a "delicious vibe…completely fresh - yet classically cool" they’ve gigged a number of recent venues and festivals in Oxfordshire.

Gareth NugentCovers/R&B/rock/soul

An Irish Singer / Songwriter with a style that is a cross between Rock and Country. He has toured the UK, Ireland, Europe and parts of America gaining a loyal fan base. Gareth and his band have an energy that is electric and full of feel-good. He releases his debut album in September called 'QuarterMile’. A performance not to be missed!

Garvin DanSka/punk

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and an Oxford resident for 20 years, Garvin Dan has made a steady career progression since his unexpected start into the Oxford reggae scene. Being invited to DJ for Natty Hi Fi, Oxford's No1 Roots Reggae Sound System, in 2007 lead to a resident DJ position and gave way to a love of sharing his varied musical collection and knowledge. A lively night awaits you!

Graham SwannellFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

A local folk musician, Graham is an integral part of the festival! He’s coordinated Bunkfest busking for many years and brings you his own unique take on folk music.

Greg Mayston TrioFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Greg’s Folk, Blues and Americana play country folk and blues, new and old, with love for the traditions the songs represent. Greg was inspired by the great blues guitarists of the 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. He has extended into bluegrass banjo and performs at this year’s Bunkfest accompanied by Neil Warren on harmonica and mandolin; Neil Packman on guitar, harmonica and percussion; and Les Calvert on Bass. Join them bringing the Mississippi delta to the Thames Valley!

Heather-Jayne and the Red Shoes

Heather-Jayne and the Red Shoes40s, 50s & 60s

A quintet from Goring and Reading, Heather-Jayne and the Red Shoes play swing and soul on guitar, piano, double bass, drums and sax/flute/clarinet. Anything from the Andrews Sisters to Paolo Nutini, via Smokey Robinson and Nina Simone. Hugely popular with the Reading and Oxford swing/lindy hop dancing clubs, they'll have you dancing in the aisles and crying in your beer. Possibly simultaneously.

Hog Wild

Hog Wild40s, 50s & 60s

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!

Holly Rose Thomas

Holly Rose ThomasSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Holly performs her own thought-provoking songs, alongside well known and more obscure covers, spanning the 20th century. Her gently lilting, naturally folky vocals are accompanied by her own mellow acoustic guitar and, more recently, the sweet keyboard tones of Chris Neale. Their collaboration creates an exciting new dimension and Bunkfest will be host to their first gig together. Don't miss it!

Ian Freedman

Ian Freedman Singer-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Listen to a member of Reading band RyeWolf giving a special solo performance!



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.

Jason StretchCovers/R&B/rock/soul

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

Jen Berkova

Jen BerkovaCovers/R&B/rock/soul

A 20 year old singer/songwriter born in Paris to Russian and Congolese parents and raised in Oxford. Jen's music combines elements of R&B, Soul and heartfelt lyrics delivered with edge, creating her own unique sound and leaving audiences with a sense of nostalgia. Her first track is scheduled for release later this year.

Jody Wyatt

Jody WyattSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Nephew to the legendary Bob Wyatt who founded this festival and who sadly passed away earlier this year, Jody has been playing here for over a decade. For him folk music exists only in the folk sessions, the stage is for the dreamscape. His live sets explore those spectral fields in the outer reaches of folk culture. "One of the highlights of the festival" - Nightshift. "The full deal of a singer and excellent guitarist with a dry sense of humour" - Blues In Britain Magazine.

Johnny B. and the 2 Tees 40s, 50s & 60s

Colourful acoustic versions of favourite Beatles songs from the Swinging 60s, plus a selection from The Kinks, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly. Guaranteed to get you singing along and tapping your feet - maybe even twisting or jiving! Jonny met Tony and Trevor, 'The Two Tees', at Wallingford's Acoustic Ballroom. They have a lifetime of experience in playing and performing popular music and entertaining.


Juno is a four-piece band from Oxfordshire, well known for strong musicianship, powerful harmonies and youthful energy, and is guaranteed to bring the house down! They play retro and modern classics designed to get audiences dancing, including covers by acts such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Blur and Nile Rogers.



LØVE is a new collective of musicians and creatives that work together to produce art for the benefit of the wider community. Members hail from various backgrounds and disciplines, producing an eclectic sound with influences that extend from trip-hop, soul, math rock and jazz. Currently, their main avenues of artistic expression take the form of live music and collaborative murals. LØVE's ethos is that art has the power to bring all people of the world together by encouraging understanding and peace, and their mission is to create this art.

Lucy QuinnFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Lucy has been running successful 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. Lucy’s 'Anything Goes’ session at the Corn Exchange is open to all genres of music, with all musicians, singers and listeners welcome!

Ma Bessie

Ma BessieFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Building on her passion for the Empress of the Blues, Julia Titus started to perform as Ma Bessie in mid-2015 to share the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries with a new generation of listeners. Mixing Julia’s rich, warm vocal sound with a dynamic group of musicians that look as well as sound the part, Ma Bessie combines classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs and hand-picked covers from the last 50 years of popular music.

Matthew BeesleySinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Former guitarist with local band the Keeling Curve who played Bunkfest on several occasions, Matthew returns to play a solo set of original acoustic pop tunes about life and stuff, with the odd finger picking cover.

Mike McDaidSession

Mike 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 RowbottomEclectic/cross-genre

Is this the fourth or fifth year that Mike's been in the Corn Exchange foyer, regailing folk with daft songs about seals, rubber chickens, unsuccessful actors and strange party goings-on? He'll be joined by some proven Corn Exchange-based performers as musicians, singers or something else... One thing is certain: the ace fiddle of his playing chum Peter Crowther will be on hand to fill out the noise; and the wonderful Kirsty Van Den Bulk, a Sinodun Player of renown, will be giving us an embarrassing story from Mike's pen. There might even be an EP ready!

Missing PersiansFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Formed in wet January 2013, when drummer Nick Clack decided that what Oxford needed was another band... The Persians’ live 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!


Mo'Mojo formed in 2007 playing popular Rock/pop covers old and new with an added splash of mojo. We’ve played most venues and festivals in and around Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and even supported Toyah Wilcox at ‘MantonFest ’17. But our spiritual home is the Jericho Tavern, Oxford where we often rock the famous venue to its core, including guest bass player Colin Greenwood from Radiohead! We have an extensive list of songs, from the Stones and The Who right through to the Killers and Stereophonics. Band members include two senior doctors and a professor... what can go wrong?!

MonkeyfistsFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

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!


MoonrakersFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Oxford's much-toured 4-piece band, Moonrakers (Celtic harp, cello, stringed instruments, whistles, female/male vocals) specialise in traditional and contemporary folk music from the English, Irish and Scottish tradition as well as their own compositions. They’ve been described as "startlingly talented" (Oxford Times), with five albums of "exquisite music" (BBC) and "truly wonderful" (Wycombe Festival) performances. Their latest album ‘Tides’ has received glowing reviews in the music press ("The real deal", The Living Tradition; "Uplifting, sensitively crafted songs and tunes" FATEA magazine) .

Mostly BowieCovers/R&B/rock/soul

An acoustic trio whose set is, well, mostly Bowie…with a scattering of other classic songs plus a few own compositions. As part of The Mighty WUB, recently seen at Rugfest, Mostly Bowie is a side project inspired by a love of Bowie’s music. On the day of the great man’s death, they were asked to do "a few Bowie songs" in tribute at the Victoria pub in Paddington, where Bowie played in 1966 with "The Lower Third"…it seemed to go down well, so here we are!

Mudslide Morris & The RevelatorsCovers/R&B/rock/soul

Rocking slide and harp-driven blues and boogie. For fans of ZZ Top, Seasick Steve, John Lee Hooker, Rev Peyton, The Stones, Clapton, Led Zep, Rory Gallagher, RL Burnside, Jimi Hendrix and the White Stripes! The Revelators' brand of roosty juke joint blues and boogie and classic rock is equally popular with folk who know their music and folk who like to dance. They know how to put on a show, whether by executing toe-tapping boogie that makes you get up and dance, or by Mudslide wandering into the crowd to borrow people's beer glasses to play slide with. His idiosyncratic guitar collection also excites punters' interest. It includes cigar box guitars, lap steels and a one-string Diddley Bow made out of a cricket bat!

Night Herons

Night HeronsJazz/Funk

The Night Herons’ smoky jazz club vibe brings smouldering vocals and irresistible rhythm to dance numbers and moody lounge ballads. Chilled out, glamorous and fun, they delight audiences with a mixture of well-known standards and their own original swinging songs.

Noah's CapeFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Friends of Bunkfest Fringe, this experienced trio never fail to entertain. From heart rending songs to light-hearted anecdotes and a huge sense of fun, Marian’s sweet vocals and Mark’s lovely tenor voice together with Linda’s, blend to produce sumptuous harmonies. Mark is also an actor and performance poet - actually he is Milton Keynes’ Poet Laureate - so expect some truly entertaining repartee!

Not Souled Out

Not Souled OutCovers/R&B/rock/soul

A seven-piece Berkshire soul-based band, Not Souled Out's music has its roots in the up-tempo soul and funk sounds of the '60s and '70s, featuring cover versions of classic tracks and artists as well as lesser known songs (that deserve to be kept alive). The band include their own take on some more contemporary numbers and their own compositions. They're currently working on recording their first EP.


Caroline, Rebecca, Andy and Paul along with new member Steve - have come together from the remnants of last year’s Corn Exchange Panto band, Indie Nile, and singers from the rest of the Panto team. You may recognise both the vocalists from their performances in shows at the Corn Exchange. They provide a delightful mix of vocal harmonies along with Paul’s guitar virtuosity and Steve’s driving percussion. With a varied taste in music, Outlyres will have the audience singing along - with some songs that are familiar and some that are not!

Oxford Classic JazzJazz/Funk

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 OrtonSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Pete brings the raw, edgy sound of the High Street to the comfortable, cultured ambience of the Market Place. He'll 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.

Pure FlukeEclectic/cross-genre

A multi-instrument folk-style band playing vintage and modern tunes with a unique ukulele slant. Pure Fluke brings you music of all flavours:1930s ballads, through jive, rock, country, ska and pop to the present day - but the songs might not be as you know them! Lively, energetic music with a huge sense of fun. Prepare to enjoy!

Restless OceansSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

A local acoustic duo, playing upbeat melodic originals. Formed late in 2017, they have been working tirelessly on their sound, writing songs and building up their repertoire. After playing more and more shows, 2019 is set to be a great Summer of Festivals, full of new material.

Richard StrangeSka/punk

A well known and well loved local DJ, you'll hear Richard on the Kinecroft with Radio Bunkfest. His Ska and 2Tone DJ nights are always packed - come along and feel the groove at the Keep on Friday night!

Robert ButtrickSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

A finger style guitarist who played at Bunkfest for the last 3 years and at many other local venues. Robert brings us songs of love, lust, protest, war and life from a wide range of song-writers including Dylan, Magna Carta, Cohen, Chapin Carpenter and McTell.

Rocket KingsEclectic/cross-genre

A unique 5-piece band: vocals, three ukuleles, double bass and drums. Formed locally in 2016, the band plays cheerful, highly infectious original songs, with vocal harmonies and top tunes aplenty! Rocket Kings released an EP in April 2018 and they are delighted to be returning to Bunkfest for a second year. This is the sound of 'ukepop'! 

Rory Evans

Rory EvansSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Rory Evans is a Wallingford based guitarist. Inspired from a young age by the likes of Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke, Rory pulls his mastery from a complex history of guitar styles. With a stunning blend of virtuosity, expression and some flair thrown in for good measure, you're in for a live performance like no other.

RyeWolfFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

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

Safari BootsEclectic/cross-genre

Playing a unique form of world music by blending world rhythms into their mainly original tunes, the band creates a joyous Afro-Euro fusion. Influences are from Congolese soukous and rumba, Zimbabwean jit, South African mbaqanga, along with a touch of reggae and a hint of Latin. They've a parallel existence in California, where frontman John Howarth was semi-resident for ten years. A trio since 2009 in the UK, they are now a four-piece, with the addition of Mike Green on flute, whistle and keyboards.

Sara Daniels

Sara DanielsSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

An Oxfordshire singer/songwriter, Sara's performance, honed by many years amongst Irish and English folk sessions, has taken centre stage at festivals and clubs up and down the UK and Ireland. Originally influenced by singers such as Mary Black and Joni Mitchel, her own voice and songwriting embrace the majestic Ridgeway hills and downs. Ideas with women at heart, social comment and lighter verse about trips to Ireland. Her latest CD ‘Lightly on My Heart’ prompting a 5 star review from RR2 magazine, combines her own songs with some well known folk standards. ‘The voice is the echo of the being, and hope, our survival’.

ShirazA capella/choir

Five friends singing their own arrangements of well known jazz and popular songs 'a capella' style. Singing for fun, and in the absence of any musical accompaniment, the group use their voices to produce the tune, backing vocals and harmonies.

Short Drag Roger

Short Drag RogerFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Short Drag Roger began in the landlocked village of Chalgrove, singing traditional sea shanties, some dating back as far as the sixteenth century. With the true character of work songs, the rich chorus harmonies are all their own! In keeping with tradition, Short Drag Roger also write their own shanties, and audience participation is essential. They sing at large music and sea shanty festivals, as well as pubs, clubs, and corporate events. Short Drag Roger has grown from humble beginnings into a truly committed crew keeping shanties alive!

Sian Lloyd-Jones

Sian Lloyd-JonesSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

A Manchester born singer-songwriter based in Wallingford, Sian plays gigs across the country, most recently in venues across Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Covering a variety of different genres, along with a wide repertoire of original songs, Sian has a focus on writing new material and reinventing her style of music.

Six Feet of Snow

Six Feet of SnowCovers/R&B/rock/soul

6 Feet of Snow" (the title of a Little Feat song) is a very local band with musicians from Wallingford, Moulsford, Benson, Goring and Ipsden. Featuring strong vocals, 6 Feet play a varied set of songs with the aim of getting the audience on their feet and rocking. The music they play includes songs from bands the Killers, Foo Fighters. Jam, Kings of Leon, REM, and U2, plus many more from different eras.


SkepticsA capella/choir

Renewed, revived, reborn from the original, that "force of nature" The Skeptics, are at it again. Fabulous harmonies and unique arrangements aren’t all they bring to folk/fusion – the daft shirts should seal the deal.

Spill The River

Spill The RiverFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

An Alternative Indie/Folk band, Spill the River was born in 2018. Having struggled to find the right musicians in London, songwriter Micky Buccheri moved to Oxfordshire and posted a musicians wanted ad online… within weeks, the other band members had responded! After an unusual first gig at a wake in Braziers Park, they now play regularly in Oxford and are creating a buzz around their beautifully structured songs, haunting melodies and boy/girl harmonies. They are currently recording an EP at Upcycled Sounds, an environmentally conscious and folksy community label.

Steve DanielsSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Steve’s set will include tracks from his self-penned 2019 debut album ‘Green Triangle’.


StrannickFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Oxford-based Strannik is a new musical venture headed by Tatiana Soloviova, a scholar and superb singer whose repertoire includes folk songs in her native Russian, and in Italian and Spanish. With multi-instrumentalist Jon Bennett (Moonrakers) and fiddle player Dom Wilkinson (Mad Marston Hares), the trio perform exquisite and authentic sounds of Russia. Some surprisingly familiar. Strannik in Russian means a wayfarer, a wanderer or pilgrim. Tatiana explains: "The songs draw you into the world of emotional textures from joy and exuberance to grief and melancholy" Come and enjoy!

The Bardic Army

Lively and full of energy, their eclectic range of new takes on old folk standards, with a smattering of refreshingly inspired originals, all delivered with eccentric gusto and a punchy

The Deadly Nightsheds

The Deadly NightshedsEclectic/cross-genre

Abbie Rumsey, Kate Dey, Jon Chick, Chris Baines and Dave Hemming combine many influences in Jon's shed to bring you a unique blend of loveliness including rock, pop, folk and jazz. Lots of original songs from Kate and Dave, plus strange covers.

The Mysteries

The MysteriesEclectic/cross genre

A trio from Goring who play harmony drenched acoustic soul, from plan B to Elvis, Kylie to Otis, on guitar, double-bass, percussion and…glockenspiel

The Ponderosa

The PonderosaFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

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."Worryingly good" Johnnie Littler, Green Bar Stage, Towersey Festival.

The Portraits

The PortraitsFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Somerset Acoustic duo Jeremy and Lorraine Millington, who have played six Glastonbury Festivals, and return to BunkFest for the third time this year. Recently described by BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson as "Irresistible and Irrepressible", The Portraits release their new album 'For Our Times' in the Autumn and say it will be an upbeat call for unity during these turbulent times. It will include their March 2019 single, 'Harmonise',  built around video selfies of dozens of members of the public singing the word 'harmonise' to camera. The Portraits storytelling song style, a worldly mix of Anglo-Irish harmonies and upbeat catchy tunes, provides the backdrop to a recurring theme of unity and peace.

The Pottingshed Band

The Pottingshed BandFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

Skyport and Peter have been performing together for thousands of years, belting out Ade's blues (and other hues) numbers. They specialise in parodies of famous blues numbers, written by Skyport, on subjects including Oscar Pistorius; the womenfolk of Basingstoke; various users and misusers of the roads; Chancellors of the Exchequer; home improvements; chocolates; internet technology. Sit back and enjoy the music as the Pottingshed Band puts the world to rights in its own inimitable style.

The Shady Grove String BandFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

The Shady Grove String Band has been appearing at the Bunkfest every year since 2002. They are the band which accompany Cornucopia (the Oxfordshire based Appalachian clog dancing group) and play traditional American old-time music.

The Shakedown ProphetsCovers/R&B/rock/soul

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.

Thom LucasSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Oxfordshire Singer/Songwriter with influences ranging from the melancholic to mildly euphoric. Self produced new album “For A Game Of Soldiers” due out in the Autumn. Can be found on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Tom GriffinSinger-songwriter/acoustic/guitar

Beautiful songs with deep lyrics and catchy melodies" is how BBC Music Introducing describe Tom Griffin's blend of folk, jazz and blues inspired songwriting. Tom prides himself on the stories behind the songs he performs and believes that behind every great song is an even greater tale to tell the audience. Tom's most current EP, "In Session for BBC Music Introducing" was a recorded in front of a live audience and received a headline feature on the station, showcasing his ability as a songwriter and live performer.

Unusual Suspects

Unusual SuspectsCovers/R&B/rock/soul

The premier tribute to "Guitar based music through the ages," that is like no other! Showmanship is all here. The band's set features turbo charged, much loved songs from the past half a century, delivered in their own exhilarating style. With Ian’s vocals and unforgettable charisma, Phil’s attention to rock solid time, James’ thumping bass lines and Baz's classic rock tones, they generate a set full of covers in their purest form. With standout tracks from five decades, they pay homage to some of the greatest songs of all time.


WaterfahlFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

A local duo playing originals and covers with their very own Nordicana style: bluesy Americana with a bit of Nordic noir. Melodic acoustic guitar, soulful vocals and emotive harmonica form the core of their sound. They released their debut album Sharp Flats last year. Back at Bunkfest for the fourth time and always a treat to see!

Who Stoned Who?

Who Stoned Who?Covers/R&B/rock/soul

Returning for the 3rd year running and featuring Phil Hall on guitar, John Metcalfe on drums and the amazing Matty Smith from The RHCP Experience on vocals! Come and have a pint or 3 with the lads as they close off BunkFest for 2019 at The Dolly!


WhoosyaFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

An Oxfordshire band playing energetic feel-good Americana roots songs (jug band, folk, gospel and country) and British skiffle. The lineup includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass and washboard, with harmony vocals.


WolfNoteFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

An acoustic quintet from Berkshire who use rich vocal and string harmonies to create a stunning sound. They've won The Graham Steel showcase artist of the year award and have featured on BBC radio. They supported the English National Opera at Henley Festival 2018 with BBC Introducing. With multi-instrumentalist Mike, violinist and vocalist Ceri, Gill on guitar, vocals and dulcimer, vocalist and cellist Bex, and Ann-Mari, on bass, vocals and percussion: WolfNote would just like to say that they are not all sisters and Mike is not their dad!

WTFFolk/Americana/Blues/Sea Shanties

WarnerTaylorFolk are Steve Warner (songwriter and lead vocal) and Roly Taylor (arranger and composer). Writing and performing their own brand of original folk tunes as well as classic folk songs with humour and warmth. Expect a show that will get you laughing and crying all at the same time.


Zodiacs40s, 50s & 60s

An Oxford-based, 1950s style Rock'n'Roll / Rockabilly band, playing songs from Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley and Johnny Burnette, to name but a few. Guaranteed to get toes tapping!