Wickham Festival Announces 2018 Line Up

Wickham have just announced that The South and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel are among the latest acts confirmed for this year’s Festival.

Also recently confirmed are singer-songwriters Reg Meuross and Jim Malcolm; Scottish duo Saltfishforty; the wonderful Mary Coughlan from Ireland; and great live bands Police Dog Hogan, The Outcast Band and Merry Hell.

They join a top-class line-up already announced including Squeeze; John Illsley of Dire Straits; The Richard Thompson Trio; Kate Rusby; Show of Hands; Tom Robinson + Band; The Undertones; The Red Hot Chilli Pipers; Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings; The Blues Band; Martyn Joseph; Flook; Drever McCusker Woomble; Tankus The Henge; The Dhol Foundation; Ferocious Dog; Skipinnish; The Pierce Brothers; Mad Dog McCrea; Daori Farrell; Imar; Talisk; Boo Hewerdine; Gaz Brookfield; Roy Bailey; Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly; and many more.

See wickhamfestival.co.uk for full listings plus details of who’s on when.

Artist Summary:

Squeeze
Richard Thompson Trio
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
The South
Kate Rusby
Show Of Hands
John Illsley of Dire Straits
The Undertones
Tom Robinson & Band
The Blues Band
The Dhol Foundation
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Ferocious Dog
Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings
Mary Coughlan
Martyn Joseph
Flook
Tankus the Henge
Mad Dog Mcrea
Imar
Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves
Pierce Brothers
Merry Hell
Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys
The Electric Swing Circus
Skipinnish
Talisk
Daori Farrell
Boo Hewerdine
Drever McCusker Woomble
Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly
The East Pointers
The Gerry Colvin Band
Roy Bailey
The Emily Askew Band
Les Barker
Vishtèn
Fake Thackray
Findlay Napier
More artists T.B.C

Above and below are a couple of special moments captured from last years festival courtesy of the folking video archive:

THE EAST POINTERS – What We Leave Behind (East Pointers Music EPCD17)

What We Leave BehindA trio from Canada’s East Coast, fiddler and nasally-voiced singer Tim Chaisson, banjo player Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron serve up bluegrassy songs and instrumentals in equal measure, the former getting What We Leave Behind rolling with a medley of the moodily atmospheric banjo-led ‘Tanglewood’ and the more spirited fiddle tune ‘A Good Head, A Good Heart’.

That’s followed by the first of the vocal numbers, ‘82 Fires’, a slow-paced, almost worksong rhythm number inspired by the wildfires that were burning during their tour of Tasmania. Then it’s back to ‘Party Wave’, another instrumental medley, here of the foostomping banjo tune Space Camp, fiddle tune Beyond The Break and the surfing-inspired fiddle/handclaps title itself.

And so they pretty much continue to alternate, ‘Two Weeks’, a melodically catchy song about having to leave friends and family to work away as Chaisson sings “Nobody warned me I’d leave there so broken, come back so lonely”, and the folk pop of ‘Miner’s Dream’ sandwiching the album’s reflective, banjo-led Celtic-hued title track. There’s a brace of instrumentals in a row with the lively reel ‘Pour Over’ and the slower five-minute plus two part ‘The Crossing’.

Closing the set, ‘No Bridge Too Far’, a nimbly-played medley of three more Celtic-infused tune, is bookended by the lilting shanty-toned swayalong ‘John Wallace’, the story of a 19th century shipwreck off the Prince Edward Island coast, and ‘Hid In Your Heart’, a slow, moving and yearning ballad about the loss of a loved one, though whether that’s to death or betrayal is open to interpretation.

On tour in the UK through October, this promises to boost their reputation and following no end.

Mike Davies

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Not on the album but we had to include The East Pointers version of ‘Heroes’: