Friday

Tankus The Henge
9:00 - 10:30pm

Noble Jacks
7:30 - 8:30pm

Sarah McQuaid
6:00 - 7:00pm

Wallingford Mayor
Opens Festival

Kinecroft, 5:50pm

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

Saturday

Merry Hell
9:15 - 10:30pm

Cecil
7:45 - 8:45pm

RSVP Bhangra
6:15 - 7:15pm

Steve Morano
4:45 - 5:45pm

Jackie Oates with Jack Rutter
3.15 - 4.15pm

Jody Wyatt
1.45 - 2.45pm

Sunday

Roving Crows
6:30 - 7:30pm

The Grahams
5:00 - 6:00pm

Tribute to Bob Wyatt
3:30 - 4:30pm

One Step Behind
(Madness Tribute)

2pm - 3pm

Sam Brown
12:30 - 1:30pm

Plus on the Dance Stage after headline band
The Redhills 8 - 9 pm
Shoot the Moon 9.30 - 10.30 pm



Main Stage Artist Profiles A-Z

Cecil

CecilSaturday Main Stage, and Thursday Night Friend of BunkFest

Cecil is a singer songwriter born and raised in Berkshire with her family roots hailing from Manchester, who’s music has grown in notoriety over the last 2 years. She began to sing at the age of 5 and took up the piano in her early teens. Always surrounded by music with her mother being a drummer in a band Cecil immersed herself in music and began to write music from an early age. 2018 saw the songstress nominated for “Best Solo Female” at the U.M.A’s which led on to a jam packed summer. Summer 2018 saw Cecil share stages and name appear alongside the likes of Jess Glynne, Razorlight, Chase & Status, Sam Fender and many more. This also included warming up for Jools Holland, being chosen from hundreds of acts to support Grace Jones with the BBC Introducing amongst many more. Fast forward to her recent release “Toybox” caught the attention on the national tabloids which saw Cecil earn her place on The Independent’s “Ones To Watch In 2019” list. Her music also caught the attention of The Sun Newspaper tipping her as a “Rising Star”. The likes of CLASH magazine, Line Of Best Fit and several other blogs have picked up on the buzz and given their support to the stellar pop riser. With her self-proclaimed “Off-Pop” style being compared to the likes of Lana Del Rey meets Gaga with a hint of Kate Bush, Cecil will definitely be a one to watch in 2019.

Jackie Oates

Jackie OatesSaturday Main Stage

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the Imagined Village, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release seven acclaimed solo albums. An inventive and enthralling artist; who else can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in Midsomer Murders.

Jody Wyatt

Jody Wyatt

A highly popular local artist with a set of original songs that share a love of life on the river, and things in his life. With a fine voice, a real talent on acoustic guitar, this is a very big welcome to a very welcome artist. " For his second visit to the Famous Monday Blues, Jody Wyatt, the full deal of a singer, excellent guitarist, a dry sense of humour and a clutch of mainly self written songs. His only cover a set closing version of Dylan"s "All Along The Watchtower" (and a very good one as well). His style reminds at times of the likes of Neil Young and Billy Bragg. In the few months since his first show he has really honed his set, and again proved to be a very popular and enjoyable artist." Pete Clack - Blues In Britain Magazine

Merry Hell

Merry HellSaturday Main Stage

MERRY HELL is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test and let the music speak for itself...

Noble Jacks

Noble JacksFriday Main Stage

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly. With sold out shows across the UK on their two headline tours in 2018, many months in advance, as well as shows at major festivals including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival, including major European festivals. Noble Jacks second album, Stay Awake, is coming in the Spring of 2019, and the Jacks will be embarking on their biggest ever UK headline tour, taking the liveliest show around on the road.

One Step Behind (Madness Tribute)

One Step Behind (Madness Tribute)Sunday Main Stage

One Step Behind is the UK's Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. Formed in spring 1993, the band achieved widespread recognition in an unusually short time, playing venues the length and breadth of Britain including the Marquee Club in London & the Venue in New Cross. Jaunts into Europe and beyond are also common place. Members of Madness have joined the One Step boys on stage on a number of occasions. Sax player Lee Thompson has played a few times commenting the band were “Tight as a ducks arse” and “Brilliant”. Lee is also quoted as saying that OSB were “single handily keeping the good ship Madness afloat”. Drummer Dan “Woody” Woodgate joined the band on stage for “One Step Beyond” and told the boys he thought they were amazing. "That's exactly what we used to be like - you've got it to a tee!" he said. Fine praise indeed! And he could not believe the keyboard playing used no overdubs and was all being played live! Perhaps the greatest tribute came from Suggs himself. At a gig at G-MEX in Manchester walked up to the microphone and said "By the way, we're MADNESS not One Step Behind!!” The subsequent review in the Melody Maker bared the headline “One Step Behind”. Fine praise indeed!

Roving Crows

Roving CrowsSunday Main Stage

Over eight years and evolving incarnations Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by pounding tribal rhythms and electronica infused dance grooves. Roving Crows comprises; Lead vocals from Paul O’Neill and Caitlin Barrett, Paul’s electric and acoustic guitars, Caitlin’s fiddle, Loz Shaw on electric 5 and 6 string bass, keyboards, guitars and clarinet, and pumping percussion from Tim Downes-Hall. Formed in 2009 by Barrett and O'Neill, the band have created 3 albums; ‘Bacchanalia’ 2012, ‘Deliberate Distractions’ 2013 and the latest, ‘Bury Me Naked’ which was released in Spring 2017 and to critiacle acclaim from across the world. The former two releases were produced by Nick Brine (Ash, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Seasick Steve) at Rockfield Studios and ‘Bury Me Naked’ was self-produced with Loz Shaw handling the engineering. They have wowed festival audiences from Cambridge and Trowbridge to Cheltenham Jazz Festival as well as numerous headline appearances in France & Ireland. Band of the Year in the 2014 FATEA Music Awards and Best Live Act in the Spiral Awards in the same year, they were also winners of the 2017 Australian Celtic Music Awards (International Artist of the Year category), adding to their previous accolades in the Irish Music Association Awards for Top Celtic Rock Band and Top Fiddle Player.

RSVP Bhangra

RSVP BhangraSaturday Main Stage

Veterans of Glastonbury, WOMAD and Boomtown - just a few of the festivals in the UK that the band performs at regularly - and of Feest in 't Park in Belgium, Kulturekosmos in Germany and Pennabilli in Italy, RSVP Bhangra has developed a high-energy, interactive and fun Bhangra music experience that is guaranteed to really rock the crowd and keep them dancing all night. Performing everywhere from countryside village halls to large theatres in the UK and at massive festivals in Europe, RSVP Bhangra's unique blending of Punjabi Indian music with dance beats and mainstream pop has created a new and irresistible sound that audiences everywhere love and keep on coming back for. Is it Dildar's mellifluous voice and charismatic stage-presence, Judge's deliciously engaging interactive involvement with the audience or perhaps Jeevan's insistent dhol drumbeats - or even Cris and Puggy's sharp rhythmic underscore that does it? Who knows? The resulting effect, however achieved, is immediately involving, compulsive and extremely addictive!

Sam Brown

Sam BrownSaturday Main Stage

For more than three decades Sam Brown has performed with some of the most renowned artistes in British music, as well as maintaining her own career. Daughter of top 60s guitarist Joe Brown and his vocalist wife Vicki, Sam had a huge international success with her own composition Stop in the late 80s. A series of albums and a world tour with Pink Floyd followed plus years on the road as a lead vocalist with Jools Holland. Sam has performed at the Albert Hall on over 50 occasions, she has sung for The Queen and for prime ministers as well as for President Bill Clinton. She's appeared at over a thousand charity gigs, raising massive funds for good causes. Songs she has written have been recorded by some of the biggest names in the business. In July 2006 Sam started to experience problems with her voice…… and her music career veered off in a completely different direction. Sam now teaches ukulele. She has over 150 pupils and teaches in Oxfordshire, under the Umbrella name of The Fabulous Ukulele Club.

Sarah Mcquaid

Sarah McquaidFriday Main Stage

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post. With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”

Steve Morano

Steve MoranoSaturday Main Stage, and Thursday Night Friend of BunkFest

Musically inspired by artist and bands such as: Paul Weller, Grant Lee Phillips, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr, Ray Lamontagne plus many more. STEVE MORANO has been crafting his own style of Folk Country/Blues influenced songs and currently recording a brand new Vinyl Album entitled “Brick Lane” with top producer Mick Boggis (Led Zepplin, The Spice Girls, films - Four Weddings & A Funeral, HighLander, amongst many others) Appearance in the UK’s Acoustic Magazine, songs such as Donna and Jacksons Corner both having received wide coverage on the internet, Jacksons Corner has also received a lot of coverage on BBC Radio and TV too. Having toured worldwide including USA, Australia & Asia. Performed at various big UK Festivals including a 5 year stint at Guilfest plus appearances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Has a residency performing live at Pizza Express around the UK and has recently been booked to perform at the ARMS AROUND THE WORLD concert in the USA with world class acts such as BON JOVI & BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN this October.

Tankus The Henge

Tankus The Henge Friday Main Stage

Tankus the Henge have built their reputation on unforgettable songwriting, spectacular live performances and relentless hard work, playing hundreds of shows across Europe and building a devoted fan base along the way. Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from New Orleans inspired swing to heavy rock riffs, and since their beginnings in the ratty alleyways of London’s Soho, the band has evolved into a wild groove machine. Musically inspired by bands from the British invasion of the 60s and artists such as Tom Waits, Blur, Randy Newman and Queens Of The Stone Age, and with lyrics influenced by 20th Century American Literature, specifically the Beat Generation and Gonzo journalism, Tankus the Henge defy categorisation. Their hair-raising show, like no other, has to be seen and heard to be believed. Like a psychedelic, rock n roll octopus – only with four more legs.

The Grahams

The GrahamsSunday Main Stage

The Grahams, traveling troubadours, always itching for the next ride out of town guitars and whiskey in tow. In 2013 their wanderlust took them down the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya swamp in Louisiana, then in 2015 it was the American rails, and a cross-country odyssey that resulted in not only a new album but an award-winning film. In 2017, with the country reeling from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, The Grahams embarked on perhaps their most adventurous journey yet, pointing their Harleys west to explore the “Mother Road” and the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66. What they discovered was both heartening and heartbreaking, an America torn, but aching to come together, the culmination of decades of manhandling of the so called American Dream.

Tribute to Bob Wyatt

Tribute to Bob WyattSunday Main Stage

Bob Wyatt had a wonderful soul and he strived to make people happy. He was also an exceptional landlord who reached out to many. He was passionate about music and wrote and performed his own songs, encouraged others to play and gave local musicians a place to house their sessions. He kept an award winning cellar and he could chat the hind legs off a donkey! He was much loved and is sorely missed. After co-founding the BunkFest, he fought to maintain the festival's fundemental principles; that it should support our local artists and businesses and that essentially it remained free for everyone to enjoy. These values have been proudly maintained and the BunkFest has now grown to become one of the largest free festivals in Europe, thanks to all of those who volunteer. Please then join us for free, for an hour of fantastic music and dance, performed by some very talented local musicians and hosted by Bob's nephew Jody Wyatt. A celebration of the life of a man, who's positive outlook and drive, left positive energy and vibes in the heart of our community.... And most importantly with respect to Bob, please remember to have fun and Stay Jammy!

Workshop Set

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