2019 Music @ Millwood Cam Beer Fest

Mee And Mrs Robinson

Dursley-based musicians Charlie Mee and Jo Robinson first started playing together as a duo in late 2016, but were soon joined by bassist Dave Leveridge and drummer Damo Connop.

Backed by this formidably funky rhythm section, the 4-piece naturally gravitated towards the more upbeat and groovy end of the soul spectrum, specialising in vintage songs from the golden era of the Motown, Stax and Atlantic record labels, including artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and the Temptations, with the odd pop gem from other decades thrown in.

With guitar, bass, drums and three-part harmonies, their tight, punchy arrangements aim to lift the spirits and move the feet, and the band have gained a reputation for winning over and bringing to life the most stubborn of crowds. With regular repeat bookings at the Old Spot in Dursley and the Crown in Uley, the band have also been warmly welcomed at venues in Bristol and elsewhere, as well as going down a storm at parties and festivals across the area.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects cover a wide range of lively Rock and pop hits from the likes of U2, Stereophonics, Rag N’Bone Man, The Killers,Queen, The Jam and many more.

The band was originally formed around 2012 by drummer, Mike, and guitarist, Roman, both of Gloucester. After a few line up changes, Dursley local Paul joined in 2015 on vocals. In 2018 bassist Steve joined, who is the popular local founder of Intersound Guitars.

The band are regulars on the local pub circuit of Gloucestershire and surrounding counties, performing regularly at Kingsholm, private functions as well as shows in Spain.

Nikki Petherick

Nikki is a singer/songwriter based in Witney, Oxfordshire. After a road trip through the southern states her pre-existing love for country music was amplified and has left it’s mark on her songwriting.  She released her debut EP on 19/08/16 and it hit number 7 on the UK iTunes Country Album Chart.

 

 

Earl

Singer/songwriter Stuart Earl started writing songs about 18 years ago. He formed ‘EARL’ with Lyndon Webb and wrote the songs for his 1st album ‘My name is Earl –The Album’. The duo expanded into a 4 piece band and regularly play gigs and festivals across the country. Based in South West and Wales they play acoustic and slide guitars and a mixture of original songs covering Americana, country and blues. The Duo of Stuart and Lyndon will be performing for us in 2019.

 

 

Music from 2018

Alex Chapman

In the nearly 20 years that Alex has been playing live, he’s accumulated a wealth of experience in entertaining an audience.

His Dad gave him his first guitar at 8 and by the age of 13, he had done his first paid gig with him. This trend developed throughout his entire teens and he became a full-time, professional musician at 28.

The First Raitt Band

Legendary flame haired blues singer, Caroline Tarbuck and bottle neck wizard Roger Slade plus a driving rhythm section comprising Pete Watson on keys, Ian Vallin on bass and John Furlong on drums.

American blues at its best!

Broken Ring

Broken Ring play rocking covers of mostly rock n’ roll, funk and rock covers… loudly. With songs from every decade from the 50’s to now. Chuck Berry through the Stones, Elvis to AC/DC, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Kaiser Chiefs etc., plus the odd cheeky pop cover.

They’re originally from Wotton-under-Edge and are all still based in Dursley & the surrounding areas. They’ve been playing together for over 11 years now and have played at lots of local charity events, pubs and weddings, and always play music that people will sing and dance along to!

Close to the Edge

Comprising of Brian on vocals, Chris on drums, Andy on bass and Steve & John on lead/rhythm guitars, the band plays covers from the 60’s right up to the present day.

Music from 2017

Max – Yole-Smith

Max is from North Nibley, 16 years old and has been playing music for approximately 6 years. He is mainly self-taught in a variety of instruments and plays music for fun and the enjoyment of pleasing the crowd with his tunes.

He has performed in a few local folk and acoustic pub sessions and takes great interest in a wide range of musical genres outside the folk and acoustic covers that comprise the majority of his repertoire.

Nikki Petherick

Nikki is a singer/songwriter based in Witney, Oxfordshire. After a road trip through the southern states her pre-existing love for country music was amplified and has left it’s mark on her songwriting.  She released her debut EP on 19/08/16 and it hit number 7 on the UK iTunes Country Album Chart.

 

 

Route 61

Route 61 are a UK Gloucestershire-based 5-piece blues band comprising well-seasoned and experienced musicians. Some members are familiar faces on the local blues scene, whilst others bring fresh inspiration and renewed vitality.

The music they play varies from standard traditional classic blues through to modern blues rock and everything in between.

Fracture

‘Fracture’ will give you that great Rock sound with musicians with over 15 years experience playing great rock together. Songs from Kiss, Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi, Thin Lizzy, The Knack, Lenny Kravitz, AC/DC and many more great Rock bands!.

Fracture provide professional entertainment for any venue. specialising in classic rock anthems from the 70s to present day, they perform an eclectic mix from a wide range of influences.

Bands that entertained us in 2016

Combination Brass Band

The band (hosted by Kings Stanley Silver Band) comprises a combination of players from three local Gloucestershire brass bands (Kings Stanley, Avening and Woodford) who join together to perform at village fetes, garden parties, concerts, Christmas festivites etc. playing a variety of music from traditional brass to film tracks and popular music.

Short Elbow

Legendary pub blues rockers who have been wowing audiences for over 25 years with their high energy fresh and original style of classic rock, R&B served up with a unique twist…and they’re great fun !

Nasty Habits

Nasty Habits the South West’s number one rock, funk, blues band.

Nasty Habits were formed in August 2013 with a line-up of vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. The original concept of the band was to play covers recorded by other artists, but choose material that was non mainstream and mainstream. However, it was important to us to make sure that the songs were upbeat and easy to dance to. With that in mind our repertoire is probably best described as “funky blues” but with a rock influence.

The band consists of five well travelled, highly experienced musicians – Nigel Lloyd (Vocals), Mike Knight (Guitar), Tim Bridges (Bass), Steve Sauders (Keyboards) and Mike Miller (Drums).

Further information on the band and each of its members can be found at www.nastyhabits.org.

The Stangs

The Stangs are an up-and-coming rhythm and blues band, creating a swarm of intrigue with their unique style and sound.

Hailing from Pembrokeshire, West Wales, the three members – Graeme Heath (20), Josh Lomas (20), and Glenn Alcock (19) – found kindred spirits when the group formed in 2015.

With both their sound and style taking obvious influence from their shared adoration of the 1960’s, the boys have managed to put a compelling originality into the music that has frequented our airwaves since The Beatles monopolized the Cavern.

Through almost obsessive listening, the boys have amassed a wealth of material – including both break-neck-rock-and-roll tunes, such as ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ and ‘Johnny B Goode’, but also lesser known gems, such as ‘You Better Move On’ and ‘I’m A Hog For You Baby’.

In October 2015 the lads released their debut EP, ‘Drumroll, Please’ – containing two originals, (both of which are available on Spotify and iTunes), and two covers.

Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheStangsBand

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