Western Valley Hot Club (11.00am – 12.00pm)
A busy weekend for Western Valley Hot Club starts with a stripped back performance from the effervescent Lancashire based trio to get the Food Festival into swing. Fronted by the dynamic Gaynor Sutcliffe (accordion / keys / violin / vocals), these food festival favourites also feature Simon Brady (mandolin / vocals) and Ray Walmesley (double bass).
Me, Thee & E (12.30pm-1.30pm)
Song-writing duo Me, Thee and E (aka Tom Gill and Evie Rapson) formed in the summer of 2017. Their music spirals out of a love of jazz, classical and folk music, from Bach to Gershwin, Paco de Lucia to Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald and back again. Their songs tell the tales of their times – relationships, society, philosophy and politics, all told with the naive wisdom of late night bar talk ringing clear in every crevice. There’s anger and sadness, optimism, gladness – protest against something or other and after 18 months trawling the country for venues and listening ears, they now bring to the table a selection of songs from this first period of touring life.
Their debut album Sunlight Soap Opera is a rather lovely melting pot of sounds and stories from every part of the western music map. You’ll hear virtuosic guitar solos, extravagant vocal extrapolations and every dynamic marking in the book, from near silent, dark folk ballads to rousing, roof-raising choruses, belted through soprano lungs. Evie and Tom are formidable live performers and you should expect exciting, improvised interplay between vocal and guitar and many a story from these young troubadours.
Cheating Hearts (2.00pm – 3.00pm)
Well loved North West rock n’ roll five-piece performing material from Chuck Berry to Joni Mitchell, Lindisfarne to Steve Earle and The Faces to Bob Dylan. A great line-up and entertaining stage craft from band members who have, between them, played alongside artists as varied as Chuck Berry, Black Grape, Denny Laine, Nico, John Cooper Clarke and Nanci Griffiths.