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Maverick Festival

Celebrating its 12th anniversary as the UK’s first and finest Americana festival, Maverick Festival returns on July 5th – 7th, and we are pleased to announce new additions to this years line up.

Set amongst the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park, the site is nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, yet only two hours from London. The three day festival presents music performances, film and workshops and features over forty different artists, across six stages indoors and out.

Maverick Festival is renowned for spotting rising stars and getting there first:showcasing the most authentic and talented musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Over the past decade, organisers have stuck to what they believe in, presenting exciting and inspiring line-ups year after year.

“This year we are pushing the musical boundaries of Americana even further with the addition of some classic Cajun and a Friday night focus on bluegrass.” – Paul Spencer – Curator

This year Maverick Festival will be celebrating bluegrass on the Friday night, with performances from Old Crow Medicine show’s Chance McCoy, Lowly Strung and Philadelphia’s Man About A Horse. Saturday’s programme will include a celebration of the protest song, introduced by the comedian / musician Rich Hall who will also present his celebrated Hoe-down.

Other additions to the festival line-up include London based five-piece Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band; a banjo-whacking, guitar-shredding, fiddle-sawing, foot-stomping, whiskey-soaked, all-female outfit! Since 2014, they have been delighting crowds spanning the blues, rock, Americana, indie, folk and country scenes with their high-energy live show and utterly unique brand of musical badassery. We also welcome the return of Muscle Shoals native Hannah Aldridge, the queen of southern gothic rock.

The sun always shines and the music is magic. Come talent spotting at Maverick 2019 – we have a lot to live up to!

As well as the musical talent, the festival also features a spacious campsite, bell tent meadow and tipi village, as well as a carefully selected range of delicious foodstands catering to meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. pizza, paella and pasta, Mexican chilli, duck pancakes & crepes, hog-roast and hand-made burgers, all washed down with freshly squeezed lemonade & freshly ground coffee, local Suffolk cider and a selection of regional ales, wine and craft beers including the Big Drop Brewery‘s award winning non-alcoholic pale ale.

Also new this year, festival organisers have teamed with the One boxed water company to ensure the festival is plastic bottle-free!

AGS CONNOLLY // AMY LOTT // BROKEN BONES MATILDA // BROKEN ISLANDS // CHANCE MCCOY// COPPER VIPER // DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND // DANIEL KEMISH // DON GALLARDO // DREW YOUNG // FIRE IN THE MEADOW HALLELUJA TRAILS // HANNAH ALDRIDGE // IMOGEN CLARKE // JD HOBSON // KENNY ROBY //  KEV WATFORD & KELLY BAYFIELD // LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES // LILLY WINWOOD // LUNCH SPECIAL //
MAN ABOUT A HORSE //
MARY ELAINE JENKINS // MASSY FERGUSON //
NO COWARD SOUL // NORTON MONEY //
RACHEL HARRINGTON // RESONANT ROGUES //
RICH HALL // ROBBIE CAVANAGH // SARAH SAVOY//
THE BLACK FEATHERS // THE BOMBADILS //
THE BROTHER BROTHERS // THE CRUX //
THE HENRY BROTHERS // THE LOWLY STRUNG // VINCENT CROSS…and more

Tickets

Ranger £110.00
Weekend ticket with admission to all stages and includes up to TWO nights camping Friday and Saturday

Juniper £50.00
Weekend ticket with or without camping for 16-18 year olds.

Wrangler £85.00
Weekend ticket with admission to all stages No Camping

Rustler £50.00
Day ticket, Saturday only

Nighthawk £30.00
Friday night only

Holy Roller £25.00
Sunday only
Tenderfoot £25.00

Children 10-15 yrs, under 10’s go free

Festival website: www.maverickfestival.co.uk

J.P. HARRIS – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing (Free Dirt DIRT-CD-0090)

Sometimes Dogs Bark At NothingYou might be wondering if J.P. Harris looks anything like the cover picture. Well, I can’t speak for all the tattoos but, yes, that’s pretty much him! J.P. is from Alabama and his lifestyle follows that of Cisco Houston, travelling for work and describing himself as “a carpenter who writes country songs”. After a four year break, Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing is his third album and is produced by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Morgan Jahnig while featuring guitarist and fiddle-player Chance McCoy.

There are many styles of country music and Harris embraces several. The opening track, ‘JP’s Florida Blues #1’, is a tough country blues rocker that forced me to reach for the volume control as I wondered if this was really our thing. Fortunately, it is. The second track, ‘Lady In The Spotlight’, is reminiscent of John Hartford and it’s not until the final song, ‘Jimmy’s Dead And Gone’, taken at express speed does he really rock out again.

The title track is an amusing slice of philosophy beginning with the question “Why does a deer get froze by headlight?” and continues in similar vein leading Harris to conclude that “sometimes dogs bark at nothing”. In and around these songs the titles suggest rough living and hard times: ‘When I Quit Drinking’, ‘Hard Road’, ‘I Only Drink Alone’ and ‘Runaway’ but there’s that typical fatalism that colours so much country music running all the way through them making you think that things aren’t so bad after all.

As I’ve already suggested J.P. has a fine band behind him. McCoy is one three guitarists alongside Leroy Powell, who provides all the pedal steel leads, and Mark Sloan who doubles on keyboards. Kelley Wenrich plays bass and keys and Eric Pollard drums with The Watson Twins on backing vocals. I started with a twinge of doubt in my mind but by halfway through the second play I was convinced.

Dai Jeffries

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – Volunteer (Columbia Nashville)

VolunteerFrom the opening notes of their latest album, Volunteer, the first to feature electric guitar in 14 years, you know the Grammy award-winning outfit have a good time in store for you, even if the song lyrics aren’t necessarily always as upbeat as the tunes. That said, the footstomping, handclapping ‘Flicker & Shine’ is a fast and furious anthem to unity as they sing how “All together we fall together we ride together we’re wild together All together we fall together every little light will flicker and shine” the song, almost impossibly getting even faster towards the close.

There’s not much community spirit going down though in ‘A World Away’, its jaunty harmonica chugging melody couching a refugee-tinged lyric about being the perpetual one on the other side of the door trying to get in, be it at the party or the pearly gates.

Taking a bluesier turn and again featuring Ketch Secor’s harmonica chops, the choogling midtempo ‘Child of the Mississippi’ pretty much speaks for itself and its lyric about “a barefoot boy born in Dixieland” growing up on and missing the muddy banks. It’s followed by another celebration of being raised and living and loving in the south, Rockingham County to be precise, twangy guitar and Morgan Jahnig’s upright bass underpinning the honky tonk line-dancing flavoured, whistling along ‘Dixie Avenue’ with its call to “rattle our bones before they lay us to rest.”

Secor’s love of the South is also to the fore on the slower, more meditative ‘Look Away’, echoes of The Band in evidence as he sings how “this is the land where salvation ain’t a dirty word” while fiddle, 12 string guitar and pedal steel colour its sweet and sad lyrics and, yes, the title refrain does evoke Dixie’s unofficial national anthem.

It’s back to a handclapping, foot stomping, holler out hoe down with the fiddle blazing ‘Shout Mountain Music’ as Critter Fuqua takes on lead vocals for its party on call to boogaloo your blues, cut a rug and swing your partners until the sun comes up. It stays in a party mood but shifts towards Western Swing with Kevin Haynes singing lead on his own ‘The Good Stuff’, another number that sums itself up in the title as Cory Youts tinkles the saloon ivories.

There’s only two story songs here, the first up being ‘Old Hickory’, again evoking The Band (notably ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’) in its tale of Virgil Lee, a flatwoods boy who could play guitar and channel the pain of the blues like an Opry star but “mistook the devil for a dear friend” and “ultimately got too big for (his) britches” and now “nobody remembers his name.”

Written by Secor, ‘Homecoming Party’ is a sort of negative zone ‘Gentle On My Mind’, to which the melody has a presumably intentional resemblance, reversing the sentiments of John Hartford’s lyrics for a song about a travelling musician coming home “weary and wasted”, taking a sleeping pill so he won’t hear the kids calling him and wary of waking the wife (“when our bodies touch I’ll pull away and not disturb her/Even though I long for love so much it hurts”), and hoping that “Maybe we won’t argue in the morning.”

The traditional ‘Elzick’s Farewell’ provides a fiery instrumental featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitjo before things close up on the second narrative, the pedal steel streaked gently rolling along ‘Whirlwind’, Chance McCoy on electric guitar, conjuring the folk-country musical spirit of Steve Goodman and Gordon Lightfoot in a love song about surviving the hardships and celebrating the joys of twirling twister of life (“There were babies died and babies born, flood and drought and world war…and every town another chance To try and build a winning hand, even when the cards were stacked against”) defying the storms to go “racing home down rainy streets.” Enlist now.

Mike Davies

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‘Flicker & Shine’: