Urban Roots and Blues Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomWales
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Upper Cwmtwrch, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
Festival Contact Information

Green Valley Arts
P. O. Box 64
Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. SA18 9AB
United Kingdom
Phone:+44 0333 9000 919
Email: info@greenvalleyarts.co.uk

Festival Description

The roots and blues festival feaures live acts, real ales, picnics, camping, tipis and marquees, and riverside walks.

Festival Dates June 28 - 29, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Baba Jack
    • BabaJack are the British Blues band of 2012.
BabaJack’s original, high energy, passionate folk-roots blues is absolutely where contemporary blues-roots is at. Their music brings together tribal rhythms, searing slide and harmonica, beautiful vocals and powerful song writing… and ultimately musicianship. They are making a big impact in the UK and Europe, and have recently released their highly acclaimed second album, ‘Exercising Demons’.?? They have played festivals as diverse as the Acoustic Festival of Britain, Upton Blues and Glastonbury, Skegness Rock and Blues, taking in the Big Green Gathering, WMF, Tenero Music Nights, Bromyard and Warwick folk, West Fest and the Pyramid Party
  • Pat Grover & The Hawks
    • Pat Grover, a real British bluesman, arrived on the London scene from Newcastle way back in 1969, and through Simon Praeger and Steve Rye appeared with Stackhouse Blues Band on The Mike Raven Show and The Alexis Korner Show, both forerunners to the Paul Jones Show. 
Featured on the CD ‘A History of UK Blues and R&B; 1955 – 2001’, Pat has not only played in such historical venues as Studio 51, The Marquee Club and The 100 Club but has also toured and gigged with Blues Legends Lightnin’ Slim, Whispering Smith, J. B. Hutto & The Hawks, Eddie ‘Guitar’ Burns, Gene ’Mighty Flea’ Connors, Snooky Prior, Doctor Ross, Eddie Taylor, Boogie Woogie Red, Sunnyland Slim, Champion Jack Dupree and Arthur Crudup. Longstanding guitarist with the Johnny Mars Band, he toured Europe in the early ‘70s and during 1980 – 82 toured and recorded on Appaloosa Records with both blues maestro Gordon Smith and Helen Watson. His current band, Pat Grover & The Hawks, have been together since 2008.
  • Sicknote Steve
    • Sicknote Steve recreates the authentic sound of the original hobo bluesman. No technical trickery here -the authentic guitar paying skills and vocals of Sicknote Steve invoke the atmosphere of the Mississippi Delta as he slides and stomps his way through the Seasick songbook.
To audiences in the South West and Wales, the familiar bearded figure of hobo bluesman Sicknote Steve has become synonomous with a a great session of the blues. bringing with him the music of Grammy Award winning Seasick Steve.
A great favourite at many events at the Green Valley and The Acoustic Festival of Britain.

  • Peasants King
    • Peasant’s King are five young men from Pontypridd. They met when they were all at school and formed, first one band and then another, before settling on their present line-up last year. Since then, their feet haven’t touched the ground. Somewhat innocently, the boys uploaded their material to the BBC “Radio1Introducing” website, not really expecting anything much to happen. Be honest, they rarely do, do they! 
But then something incredible happened. Their song, ‘Antidotes’ was selected as the, ‘Introducing Track of the Week’, for the last week of November 2012 and was play listed. 
‘Antidotes’, by a bunch of unknowns from deepest, darkest, valleys Wales, received national airplay for a whole week with the station’s DJs, raving about the track. Suddenly, ‘Peasant’s King’, (so called after the boys’ love for the ‘Robin Hood’, TV series of their childhood), was catapulted into the limelight with their internet profile going ballistic, gaining 20,000 Youtube views in a week. It also drew huge industry interest. A lot of very exciting discussions are currently on going behind the scenes. Watch this space
  • Sisters In Grease
    • Formed in 2008 Sisters in Grease were launched at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival. The duo, named after a song title, play an original brand of acoustic bottleneck blues. “If Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson were still around today they’d probably sound like these guys” Martin Elliott (author of Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions)
  • The Irascibles
    • The Irascibles are a three piece ‘bluesabilly’ beat combo from Cardiff. The unique ‘bluesabilly’ sound is a heady mix of delta blues, post-punk, rockabilly and British beat, with a few African grooves thrown in. It was discovered by the three men whilst working away in a potting shed and after some time in germination, the seeds of success are sown and it rocks!

  • Blues Train
    • A fierce 6 piece sounding and pretty much acting out the early Stones, Pretty Things, Animals, Downliners Sect, Dr. Feelgood, & The Pirates 
N o frills RnB, just like it should be and was in the British Rhythm and Blues boom in the 60’s, done in the Trains own way.
Get your ticket n’ climb aboard, hold on to your pints! 
  • Andrew Bazeley
    • Andrew’s skill at conveying the sound and the spirit of the old acoustic blues has drawn gasps of admiration wherever he plays: whether it’s the Son House/Charley Patton slide style (played on an authentic 1929 National) or the melodic fingerpicking style of players like Willie McTell and Robert Johnson (on his 1918 Gibson). 
But his range is broader: the  hokum songs from Bill Broonzy and Memphis Jug Band can be heard alongside the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and even the soul classics of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. He’ s even been known to include The Who and some reggae in his set!

  • Guy Maile
    • Guy is a Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist. His songs are intense and often personal. Guy’s guitar style is a unique self-taught style and worth travelling a long way to see. Hear him and you’ll want to hear him again. See him and you’ll definitely watch him again. Guy may include anything from his own compositions and songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, Danny Whitten/Nils Lofgren, Tom Petty, Gene Clark, Buffy Sainte Marie, John Prine, Alison Krause, Boxcar Willy, T-Bone Walker, Janis Joplin, Nine Inch Nails, Chilli Peppers, Stones etc. For solo gigs, he does not use a set list but adjusts to the audience and ambience of the venue. I’ve seen him play 5 hrs over consecutive nights with only 2 songs repeated.
  • Jam with Robina
    • Formed in 2006 from the ashes of rock band “The Immigranti”, Jam with RoBina started as a songwriting project between Mark Tambini and Romano Marenghi. The focus was intricate melodies, rhythmic acoustic guitars and solid song structures. The band released self-produced “Visions of a Runic” in 2007 and followed it with extensive gigging throughout the UK and Italy. During this period the band experimented with their live setup with various band members coming and going. The band has expanded to help add new flavours to the live sound through the addition of guitarist Ryan Neal, bassist Rory Williams and drummer Daniel Lewis.

  • Charli Bicknell
    • Charli Bicknell is a stunning 19 year old from Llandeilo, a sensational songwriter who sings with intimatacy and feeling, with piano or guitar in tow. Memorable.
In her short time performing as a solo artist, 19-year-old Charli has gigged with some of the finest rising and established acts in Wales.
These include: Robin Williamson (Incredible String Band), Trwbador, Richard James (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Cut Ribbons, Dirty Goods, Paper Factory, as well as appearances at the Uplands Music Festival (2011 and 2012), Old Town Festival (2012).
Charli has also received airplay from Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales which led to her being chosen as BBC Radio Wales Artist of the Week in December 2012, less than two weeks after releasing her debut single ‘Pirate Heart’.

  • Gaudy Orde
    • We’re a lively new band from South Wales, playing original, dancy, quirky, music that is fun and not too serious. It’s a bit skiffly, a bit vaudeville, and remarkably entertaining!
The band is fronted by Jeff Japers on vocals, ukulele and kick box. He also writes a lot of our songs and claims to be vegetarian. Then there’s Barry Sidings who plays a rhythmic bouzouki, and he sings and bangs things. Romany Bob on washboard, specially tuned thimbles and clarinet and he sings, bangs and rattles things as well. And Helen Spoons, our new Projectionist and Spoons Player who also bangs things. The band is occasionally joined by dancing artiste, Michael Klaxon and The Chimpanzee In A Plastic Mac.
  • Stainless Steve
    • Cardiff-based Steve Garrett has ‘cooked’ musically with many different flavourings over the years. As ‘Stainless Steve’ he returns to his radical musical roots to create wryly observant songs for our times which aim to amuse, entertain, inform and intrigue. Stainless’ Steve’s many years of musical experiences (including some he’d probably rather forget!) bear fruit in his current batch of wryly observant original songs about some of the big issues of our time - from global warming to modern relationships. Steve makes audiences think about things in new ways, while managing to intrigue and entertain with a heady mix of original Blues, Folk and Jazz - interspersed with interpretations of some great songs from the likes of Richard Thompson, Mose Alison and John Martyn. Steve has racked up some great reviews in 2011 at some top venues and festivals, most recently the Beyond The Border Festival (one of Europe’s largest storytelling events), the Brecon Jazz Festival - and he was a big hit on the main stage at last year’s Cardiff Bay Jazz Festival.
  • Big Fibbers
    • In 2002, whilst rescuing penguins from the zoo Nigel meets Michael Jones and The Big Fibbers come into being. The rest, as they say, is history. 
As well as making music, Nigel’s also one of a rare breed - an honest politican! He stood in the last General Election as a member of The Monster Raving Loony Party.
Take one dancing fool who sings a bit and plays some strange wind instruments and a failed pantomime villain on accoustic guitar and you get some acoustic cabaret punked up pop - whatever that is. 
The Big Fibbers - a dangerously different duo from a dark kettle of fish. They write songs about booze, madness, the ghosts of love, aliens, fish and even more booze. One of the most energetic acoustic acts on the circuit - driven by Michael McDonough Jones’ explosive and dynamic guitar playing, whilst colourful frontman Nigel Knapp entertains any and every audience. 
And the onstage banter - between themselves and the crowd - is unusally worth listening to: sometimes comic, sometimes sad, quite often surreal and almost always in English. From the sublime to the ridiculous they fall somewhere between humour and despair with bits of mayhem and beauty thrown in for good measure. They don’t deal in clichés. They are…………. THE BIG FIBBERS
  • Niel Clarke


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