Friday 1st July
With music characterised by astute, observational lyrics and big, hook driven melodies, Britpop favourites Sleeper enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the 90’s with well over a million sales and eight UK Top 40 hit singles including ‘Inbetweener’, ‘Nice Guy Eddie’ and ‘Sale Of The Century’.
Fronted by one of Britpop’s biggest female stars, Louise Wener, the band also had two tracks featured on the era defining movie ‘Trainspotting’ and has played the main stages of Reading, Glastonbury, V and Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The band reunited in 2017, completed a sell-out tour in 2019, and co-headlined a UK tour with The Bluetones in 2021.
Born in Salford and raised on romance, Lottery Winners blend momentous guitar pop melodies with a humorous and wistful lyricism. Signed to Seymour Stein’s legendary Warner/Sire imprint at the end of 2016, the band has built an extensive and loyal fan-base through consistent touring, earning a reputation for hugely entertaining, blisteringly loud live shows.
This summer sees the band play festivals including Kendal Calling, Larmer Tree, Boardmasters, Neverworld and British Sound Project. Their recent 16-date UK tour culminated in a triumphant sell-out gig at Manchester’s 450-capacity Academy 3 venue, and the band has received widespread support from BBC6Music, XFM, Virgin and BBC Introducing.
In December 2021, the band charted on the Official Albums Chart Top 100 at number 11 with their third hit album ‘Something To Leave The House For’ which features Frank Turner on the title track and Sleeper on ‘Bad Things’.
Taking you on a ride with their infusion of anthemic pop and modern rock, Sour Kix are an energetic, female-fronted band, guaranteed to keep you entertained.
Their lead singer, Amelie, captivates audiences with her striking vocals and enthralling stage presence. Joined by her brothers Louis (guitar) and Ollie (drums) and closest friends Ed (bass) and Drizzy (guitar), Sour Kix provide a memorable performance with songs sure to be stuck in your head.
Fortress are a young duo from south Surrey, formed in 2018, and brought together by a shared passion for playing live music. Frontman, Jamie Hemmatpour, is lead guitarist and takes care of most of the vocals for the band. On drums, Finn Prior, also steps up to the mic from time to time. Inspired by Royal Blood, Muse and Black Stone Cherry, Fortress have a strong sound and are best enjoyed at volume. This award-winning band are ready to rock!
HUNTED BY ELEPHANTS
Inspired by the rock classics of the 70s, Hunted by Elephants are a high-energy 5-piece hard rock band renewing the time-honoured union of soaring vocals, growling riffs and energising drumming.
Formed in mid-2018 by Tolis (vocals), Roman (guitar) and Ray (bass), now joined by Alex (drums) and George (guitar and keys). Together, they supply riff driven songs with heavy undertones that invokes an atmosphere of the golden years of hard rock from the 70s and beyond.
Musically taking inspiration from artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Fela Kuti, Tune Yards, Amy Winehouse and Lianne La Havas, the band have moulded their sound around Hip-hop beats, funky base lines, jazz chords and Punchy brass parts. Inspired by what is happening in culture, society and daily life, Alma Twist writes with feeling and commentary. Lyrical topics are formed from podcasts, news outlets or current affairs these are all catalysts for musical themes about wealth disparity, social media, political constructs and self-development.
Between them, the members of the band (in different projects) have collectively released music onto streaming platforms, played at multiple festivals including Glastonbury, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party, Reading and Leeds. The merging of different genres and influences from previous musical projects is what has created such an organic and strong chemistry between the band members.
FIVE 'TIL SEVEN
Modern Jazz Trio Five ‘Til Seven formed at Bohunt School in 2017. Now regulars on the London Sofar Sounds circuit, crowds love their unique sound blending jazz and progressive rock. Featuring ambient guitar lines, groove-centric bass and flowing drum parts, the trio are the product of years of experimentation. The EP “Bishkek” (2019) first showed their talent for carefully crafted instrumental music that never forgets melody is king. 2022 sees them embark on a tour with brand new material, ahead of release later in the year.
George Wilks is a songwriter and producer from the South East of England. His jazz, funk, gospel and pop influenced music swirls, pops and envelopes the listener into an emotional, deep experience. His underlying message is that happiness and joy will always triumph over dark and unwelcome feelings. He writes, performs, produces and mixes all his songs, meaning when you listen to his music you really are listening to HIM!
His recently released EP ‘Stories Left Untold’ was described by Talk About Pop Music as an ‘exceptional body of new work….simply outstanding’ while his music was describes as ‘for the music connoisseur who can identify someone with a unique gift for writing and presenting what is, at the end of the day, pure class’.
With over 15,000 streams in 2021 from their lockdown single, Haslemere Fringe favourites watershed return in 2022 with brand new material from their forthcoming 3rd album. Indie Music Habit says: “Where most new folk artists are losing sight of its traditions, watershed keeps it intact while bringing an edgy, southern rock influence to the table.” Reviewers have noted the influence of The Band, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
SLYJYNX are forever evolving. Their music spans genres that include psych-pop, post-rock, city pop and jazz fusion. Their hooky melodies and energetic live shows have earned them a loyal live following and support from BBC Introducing. Their debut EP is out August 2022. Based in London, SLYJYNX are George Cooper, Mike Pain, Olly Lightfoot, Nick Willsher, Louis Patterson and Tom Greatorex.
Saturday 2nd July
Iconic rock/pop band The Feeling, whose hits include ‘Fill My Little World’, ‘Sewn’ and ‘Never Be Lonely’ have performed all over the world, as well as the Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage and Wembley.
This award-winning group is fronted by lead singer Dan Gillespie-Sells whose West End musical hit ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ was released as a Hollywood Movie in 2021. The band are set to release a new album ‘Loss. Hope. Love’ in Spring 2022 which will be followed by a major UK tour.
Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka,‘ sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.
In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekends and topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on YouTube, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.
With a reputation as a genuine crowd-pleasing live band Toploader have appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival and T in the Park and backed the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium.
With influences like Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, George Benson and Marvin Gaye (to name but a few) and combining 80’s soul; whilst fusing modern funk, pop and house music, Tash is building a reputation for her upbeat, infectious and fun music.
August 2020 saw her debut single ‘Stepping on Out’ released, showcasing everyone her sassy, fierce vibes. Tash’s second single First Breath was released November 2020 and was an instant hit which gained huge follows in America and Japan; securing a place on Spotify’s editorial playlist ‘Nu-Funk’.
Celtic rock band, Gleadhraich, is made up of Craig Weir (Bagpipes/ Vocals), Ross White (Guitar/ Vocals), Paul Weir (Percussion) and Graeme Ritchie (Bass Guitar) who are complimented by a fluctuating collective of saxophone, trombone, accordion and keyboard, affectionately dubbed “the Accordihorns”.
Gleadhraich released their debut EP, ‘Pipe Dreams’ in 2014 and the follow up, ‘Where We’re From’ was released in March 2015 to critical acclaim. The band released ‘Definition’ in 2016 and their latest EP, ‘Rewritten’ was released in August 2019. The band are actively working on new material for release in 2022.
“Gleadhraich are wicked. Their sound is very contemporary”, Amy MacDonald
South Coast Ghosts
Straight out of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas comes an up and coming collective of independent rappers, musicians and singers collaborating under the name ‘South Coast Ghosts’. Creating tracks that lend themselves to a variety of genres – Rap, Hip-Hop, Soul, Rock and Jazz – the result is a rich array of soulful sounds packed with live instrumentation and perceptive lyricism.
Since forming in late 2020, SCG have performed sets at Victorious Festival and Queens Hotel as well as receiving airplay on various local and national radio stations, including Record of the Week on BBC Radio Solent for ‘Stay Free’ while ‘Medicine’ was selected for BBC Radio 6 Introducing Mixtape. ‘Silent Assassins’ is the forthcoming debut album from South Coast Ghosts. The Ghosts are; Tommy Brown, Diamondback Kid, Georgie, Teddy Trumpet, John Hicks, Fugitive Orchestra, James Joe, Nath Hill, Sean Brophy and Tony Dart.
Local band SUBSETTERS, known for their hard-hitting energetic performances, mix influences of ska and reggae with indie rock music to define their own new genre ‘Skindie’. Their first album ‘Skindie Volume 1’ is now available on Spotify and all major streaming platforms.
British four-piece, Risking Nostalgia, emerged from London in the summer of 2016. Lead by Jake Tempest (vocals, guitar); Ollie Rann (guitar), Liam Matthews (bass) and Sam Shelton (drums) complete this new chapter in alternative rock. Collecting blues-esque styled rock rhythms under a chorus of soaring lead guitar, the band is described as combining old with the new to bring about a fresh sound inspired by innovators such as Queens of the Stone Age and The Cure.
Their latest release, ‘Salem EP’ was released on 30th August and is available for download everywhere.
Face the Wolves
Ethereal yet feral, Face The Wolves are a female-fronted electronic metalcore band emerging from the Guildford scene. Sonically comparable to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and Sleep Token, they combine an expanse of synthesisers and textures with throbbing riffs and blast beats to concoct killer tracks.
Compositionally, the forefront of Face The Wolves’ sound has been cultivated by Serena Davidson; fronting the band as lead guitarist, vocalist and producer, she exudes the quintessential aura of a modern rock chic. Her overtly assertive stance and mesmerising tone contrasted with primal screaming paves the way for a brutal show.
GO FOR IT TRIBE
Go For It Tribe are perhaps best described as the musical equivalent of the X-Men. A band of mutants brought together by what makes us different; by what makes us unique. As individuals; the members of the Tribe all have their own stories to tell and their own paths to walk, but when the Tribe unites, what they can do is unlike anything you have seen before. Inspired by the ancient Japanese concept of ikigai, Go For It Tribe are working to inspire all of us to Go For It.
Founded in 2014, Go For It Tribe have released multiple albums including 72 Hours (2019) and 48 Hours (2018) whilst also releasing weekly freeverse videos on YouTube for 250 consecutive weeks spanning 2014-2019. They have since supported acts such as Das-EFX, Grandmaster Flash, Slum Village, Rodney P, Logic, Mic Righteous, CASISDEAD, The Scribes, Jazz T and Amy True, and have performed at festivals and events such as The Great Escape, BBC Introducing Live, Sofar Sounds and more.
Named in the NME Top 100 Essential New Artists for 2020, ARXX are a Queer Alt- Rock Gal Pal Duo. They have been making moves all over the UK and Europe, including appearances at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, Great Escape, Icebreaker and Left Of The Dial. They’ve been making music together since 2017 and have received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Sophie K and Huw Stephens, Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy on Radio X.
“Honestly everything about that I just love. Oh my god that one is definitely getting me super fired up, just love it.” Jess Iszatt – BBC Radio 1
” ARXX are at the top of our every playlist right now. Their unapologetic attitude paired with a pop-edge, makes ARXX a vital addition to the queer music scene. ” – Diva Magazine
20-year-old singer-songwriter, Eloise Carter, fuses indie rock with folk. Half-French, half-British musician Eloise, is influenced by the likes of Wolf Alice, The Driver Era and Coldplay and strives to deliver a high energy and charismatic live show. Her debut single, Another Loud June is the embodiment of this and has been featured on BBC Radio Solent. Now studying Music and Business at Southampton University, Eloise continues to gig all over the South of the UK, playing venues and festivals including WeyFest, Haslemere Fringe Festival and The 1865 in Southampton.
“A heart stopping vocal, falling lightly on the ears like a tender yet confident confession, bright but delicate, hopeful and wondrous. There are echoes of Joni Mitchell and Janis Ian, but it’s a different voice for different times.” (Simon Farquhar, writer and broadcaster)
May 2020 saw Rebecca’s debut single ‘Falling‘ released which will be followed up by ‘Into The Blue‘ early Summer. She lives in Richmond with her rescue doggy Luna and is currently writing and recording new songs for release in 2022. Cinematic and moody, Rebecca creates music that is dark, expansive, uplifting and transformative like a rich wall of evocative sound that wraps it’s arms around you.
Passionate Haslemere singer-songwriter Sofia Gillani delivers frames and snapshots of her life with her unique voice. Mother of the songs ‘Ain’t a Game’, Other Side’ ‘Waiting for You’ ‘Water Run Dry’ and her new single ‘Flames’, she has a clear purpose: making music that speaks to the mind and heart of the people, mixing genres and styles to create a kaleidoscope of real emotions.
BIG RED SKY
hooky songs”, and “Quirky punky dudes”.
Armstrong are a 4-piece, independent band based in the South East of England. Tom (Vocals & Guitar), Will (Bass & BVs), Ollie J (Guitar) & Ollie W (Drums). Taking influence from the likes of Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Sam Fender & Bon Iver, Armstrong’s anthemic indie rock is infused with emotionally driven lyrics, catchy pop melodies and a driving rhythm section to create their unique and signature wall of sound.
In 2022, Armstrong are back adding Jarv to the lineup adding a fresh new sound and power to their live shows, and an explosive new song “Morning”, a song about making a big life-changing decision, having that final night with the person you love before your decision possibly changes everything. “Glorious pop-rock that pops and, you guessed it, rocks… Armstrong have a hit on their hands with Morning.” (BBC Radio Surrey 2022)
The Beelines formed in July 2019 and are based in Surrey. With shared punk and mod songwriting influences as a starting point the band quickly found a creative common ground to develop their sound. Their songs are full of characters, big theme politics and melancholic reflections. Lyrics to make you think and hooks to stick in your head. With time in and out of lockdown it was an opportunity to write and record and the band have quickly caught up with a number of live gigs played in 2021 and planned for 2022 across Surrey, Berkshire and London.
Recent reviews and descriptions of the band and their performances include “their stage performances are winning over gig goers”, “Pop Punk Modernists”, “fabulously eclectic mix of edgy original songs”, “Great set, all original with hooky songs”, and “Quirky punky dudes”.
An average band with a few bits and bobs trying to get onto the indie music scene 🙂
Benski (Vox/Guitar), Patric (Lead Guitar), Mil (Bass), Wol (Rhythm Guitar) & Jaim (Drums).
18-year-old singer-songwriter Hollie Hunt has been performing original music across Southern England for a number of years.
After reaching the final of the OpenMic UK competition at the NEC Birmingham, Hollie performed at the Haslemere Fringe in 2018 and is booked to return in 2022.
Betty is a UK based singer songwriter with Kenyan heritage. Her music is heavily influenced by RnB and soul legends like Brandy and Nina Simone. She shares real life experiences from a lens of faith and tells stories in the hopes that the listener feels heard, irrespective of whatever stage in their life they hear her music.
Yellowlees is a singer-songwriter from the South Coast of the UK, by way of Norwich. Having started writing music and playing in bands from the age of 15, he independently released his debut EP ‘Eden’ in September 2016. Each of his songs is imbued with conversational honesty – every lyric and hook is full of heart. Known for his spirited, passion-fuelled live shows, there’s nowhere Yellowlees feels more at home than onstage.
“A natural songwriter…a captivating vocal disarmingly charming lyrical content” – Turtle Tempo
24-year old Tom Baird has been writing and gigging for nearly half his life now. Growing up zig-zagging between London and the South Coast, he began performing as a young teenager busking on street corners of nearby towns. Developing his sound and writing through an early love of classic soul and folk from the likes of Marvin Gaye, he honed his stage-craft through countless live performances, from pop up acoustic stages to sold out bills at some of the best small venues in the capital.
Previous releases Seventh Sea and Lonely Hour have received airplay from Guy Garvey on BBC 6 Music, and BBC Introducing in The South, and garnered a glowing reaction from blogs and playlists across the UK.
“An extraordinary songwriter… Sings about the things you can’t find the words for” – Guy Garvey BBC Radio 6 Music
“His song writing has an incredible musical depth” – Chalkpit Records
“Warm… Glittering with soul” – Little Dose Of Indie
Born and bred Haslemere, Jack Robson is a self-professed friend of Jesus, and much of his spirituality and journey around faith has fuelled his own song writing and musical creativity. Since 2016, Jack has been involved in musical releases in one way or another. He has helped contribute to various songs, gaining writing, vocal, and studio and production credits across various projects. ‘Curated’ his debut album encapsulates not simply the year long process of crafting this album, but a whole decade’s worth of songs written to express the varying moments of change and growth found in a life lived with Jesus, day to day, year to year. These are songs where the spiritual entwines with the soulful and physical alike.
A 1950/60s trio performing early Brit R&R & Hamberg sounds & I have attached a photo.
Sunday 3rd July
Kitchen Disco legend Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s fame rocketed during the Covid-19 lockdown when her weekly live Instagram streams provided a means of virtual escapism for everyone tuning in.
Sophie went on to release a greatest hits album ‘Songs from the Kitchen Disco’ which includes her previous Top 10 hits, ‘Groovejet’, ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ and ‘Take Me Home’ as well as a cover version of the Alcazar song ‘Crying at the Discoteque’.
Festival Coordinator Paul Ashton said “we’re delighted that Sophie Ellis-Bextor has re-signed to close this year’s festival. 2022 is set to be the best party yet”.
Bare Jams captures the sounds of that one summer you’ll never forget. Starting out as the passion project of Ollie Coombes and Sam James, the band has grown and evolved from the modest duo busking in 2011, into the full fat festival force it is today. Now a six strong collective, the members come together to blend a tight fusion of genres, seamlessly mixing flavours of reggae, dub, soul, pop and ska into a unique, collaborative sound. This sound is delivered with exuberance and relentless energy, creating a stage presence radiating love and good times.
Betty Boo is a Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer, songwriter and pop-rap artist who first came to mainstream prominence in the late 1980s, following a collaboration with The Beatmasters on the song “Hey DJ/I Can’t Dance”. Between 1990 and 1992 she enjoyed a successful solo career, which spawned a number of chart-placing singles, most notably “Doin’ the Do” and “Where Are You Baby?”.
Her new single, “Get me to the Weekend” is sure to stick in your head on the first listen. Describing her new album, Betty said “The muse came back out of nowhere during lockdown and I have made the record I should have made when I was 25”.
Guilt Trippin’ are a 3-piece girl band taking old school R&B vocals and blending them with a pop/commercial sound. Their debut single Catch me reached no 12 in the UK iTunes pop chart and their most recent release was named record of the week at BBC Introducing music. They are ambassadors for body positivity and female empowerment.
MI Soul Band are a dynamic, engaging, fun loving band, made up of some of the UKs’ finest musicians. Based in London, Mission Impossible Soul Band have been bringing the party for over 25 years. Inspired by the Blues Brothers soul revival of the mid eighties, the high energy eight piece band led by their own Queen of Soul – Bernie, fill dance floors all over the Uk and Europe… playing classic hits like ‘Soul Man’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Get Ready’ as well as crowd favourites such as ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Valerie’. The Band live by the belief that live music should be fun. And when you see them playing the music that they love, you’ll feel that fun too!
Life has been something of a whirlwind for the down to earth surfer chick from Guildford, since embarking on a solo career in 2012 and bursting onto the scene with her distinctively catchy pop melodies, fused with folk instrumentation and a touch of country. The increasing popularity of this uniquely versatile “what you see is what you get” artist is now undeniable, thanks to over three million Spotify plays, and over a million video views on the back of seven EP and three album releases, with four consecutive singles playlisted by BBC Radio 2.
Emma’s voice is emotive, clear, effortless and uplifting. She has toured seven times (including three headline tours), performed at numerous festivals including Hyde Park, CarFest and Country2Country..
Emma describes her songs as, “all written from my heart and soul to convey beautiful messages based on feelings of loss, happiness, nature, my love for the ocean and my love for people”. From the thought provoking ballad Sunflower (a song written about the loss of her mum to cancer) to the barn-storming Riptide, the debut album Enchanted demonstrated an impressively mature talent.
Bohunt Big Band
After a considerable break, Bohunt Big Band are delighted to be back performing soul, funk and pop covers. Some of the players are multi-instrumentalists with years of experience, and for others this is their first time they’ve been let loose on the public after two years of no music clubs…! Either way, they can’t wait to perform at the Fringe and get you dancing – rain or shine.
Often described as ‘Captivating and special to watch’ Portia is a local singer based in Haslemere. She has been singing for over 20 years and is known for her powerful and soulful vocals. Taking inspiration from singers like Chaka Khan, Adele and P!nk, Portia brings a little fun while really connecting with every song she sings. Her love for music and singing shines through with every performance.
The Freaks are a 3 piece punk/alternative band, inspired by 90s artists like Mineral and Blur, as well as modern alternative artists such as Beabadobee and PUP. Based in West Sussex, UK and Currently consisting of: Jude Atkins, Jacob Blazdell and Matt Brown.
Rusty, Lucky, Richey, Finn and Ted.
Maximum skiffle & roll from the dancehall days. Somewhere between The Cavern Club and Canvey Island.
“The TR5’s” are unique in many ways. Part skiffle, part rock ‘n’ roll and part early r ‘n’ b their sound epitomises a bygone era of cool, with an epic sounding unit of voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, the bass and drums. With set lists made up of out-of-the-ordinary (but not unknown) 50’s and 60’s tunes, deliberately chosen to stand out, the band are guaranteed to capture your attention and have you up dancing.
A singer-songwriter, with a strong instinct for melody and hooks, Floron crafts songs that meld the essence of Bowie and Lennon into his own unique style. Hailing from Haslemere, Floron and his band are thrilled to be showcasing his new album, The Quiet Misfit.
“Floron’s songs are evergreens. A songwriter with one eye on the classics and one very well set on the present. Passionate lyrics and catchy melodies running through fresh and timeless arrangements.” London Mastering Studios.
Daisy Skelton is an independent singer-songwriter from Haslemere, her music combines modern indie pop with classic ballads, taking inspiration from artists such as Clairo and Arlo Parks. She released her first self-produced EP at the age of 17 called Fairy Lights, which is available to listen to on all streaming platforms.
Telephone Road are an acoustic duo from Surrey who blend infectious pop melodies with folk sensibilities. For more than 10 years they have been playing to audiences across the South-East, with influences ranging from Kate Bush to Benjamin Francis-Leftwich. Their latest album, Ash Vegas, was released at the end of last year, with its lead single ‘Wildfires’ being played on BBC Surrey and Sussex as ‘Track of the Day’.
Molly Lethbridge is a 19 Year Old Musical Theatre performer and Vocalist. From a young age she trained with various schools and academy’s such as Guildford School of Acting and The British Theatre Academy, to further her passion for a career in the industry. Molly ensures that there will always be something for everyone listening, growing up in a very musical family broadened her influences widely, making this possible for her gigs and busking in her free time. Alongside her Musical Theatre training, Molly performs at a wide variety of venues and events including weddings, corporate events and private parties, ensuring you leave singing the songs you all know and love!
George Alfie is a singer-songwriter from Surrey, a proper cheeky chap who tries to always put his heart in the right place. Raised by loving parents and a large close family, he lived a sheltered early childhood, though leaving school at the age of nine pushed him to mature quickly and miss the normalities of young life. Struggling with fitting into the wider the world has always been a strong focal point for his songs as well as being accepted by people.
Space Fishermen are a new, upcoming indie-reggae-rock band who perform a mix of re-imagined covers and original music.
Having recently won battle of the bands at the Wooden Bridge in Guildford, this band has a great stage presence with good vibes bound to get you dancing!
City Lake are a high energy indie/rock band from London/Guildford consisting of vocalist Jake Poole, guitarists James Scott and Nathan Coates, drummer Harvey Clarke and bassist Emily Sowell.
They recently played the Half moon in Putney and are releasing out first album this summer. They love crowd interaction and making sure everyone has a good night – each song will be a banger!
The Charcoal Burners are a barnstorming modern folk fusion group playing an intoxicating blend of original songs with fast and furious mixture of new and traditional tunes. Lead singer David O’Brien has been writing and performing since the early 1980’s with his band Prime Suspect, touring with Hazel O’Connor, recorded with Ray Dorset of Mungo Gerry, even replacing Duran Duran on Hazel’s last gig of the Breaking Glass tour. The Charcoal Burners formed in 2016 with Steve Redshaw and Martin Ruinet, two highly talented folk musicians from Sussex and Art Gelling on bass and Cajon.
The Charcoal Burner’s set is fast, foot tapping and infectiously catchy with songs such as ‘Life of Riley’, ‘Free ‘n Easy’, ‘The Devil Rides’ and ‘Working on the Railroad’ to moving ballads such as ‘Don’t Let it Rain’ and ‘Seagull’. Steve Redshaw’s banjo playing is flawless, writing the band’s signature tune ‘The Charcoal Burners’. Martin Ruinet, a multi-instrumentalist-whistle, harmonica, mandolin & mandola provides the humour and Art Gelling on Bass and Cajon, beats rhythm that will have your legs twitching and itching to dance. Together, their voices soaring in four part harmony can make your spine tingle.
Harmonix, a new contemporary choir are taking Surrey by storm! Formed in January 2021 in response to the COVID-19 lockdowns, Harmonix pride themselves on connecting those in Haslemere and surrounding areas through a shared love of music.
LIVING WATER CHOIR
Living Waters Gospel Choir are a group of singers from a variety of backgrounds and local churches who want to share the exuberant joy of gospel music, to bless the community with uplifting and energetic songs.