Performing Friday 26th May 2017
Every now and then, an artist comes along that you just can’t place – one who fuses many styles, one whose passionate melodic songs cry out with emotion and pastoral beauty. Introducing Clair Brennan – Raw, uncut, urban folk.
Born in the heart of industrial Stoke-on-Trent, Clair’s dynamic and delicate song writing came to fruition in 2006, when she encapsulated her feelings and life experiences in personal acoustic guitar based songs.
Working with Stoke based music producer and visual artist Jon Aldersea, Clair completed her stunning twelve track debut album ‘Lemon Trees’ for release in 2013. Sourcing production influences and inspiration from the likes of John Barry and Ennio Morricone, Jon Aldersea has provided textural dynamics and full orchestration to the album, subtly enhancing the timeless beauty of the songs.
Clair encapsulates her feelings and life experiences in personal acoustic guitar based songs.
Performing Saturday 27th May 2017
Journey Home (formerly Acoustic Journey) are a multi-award nominated Country band from the heart of the United Kingdom. They have been gathering swift momentum since bursting onto the UK Country scene in early 2015, following a successful performance at C2C Country to Country. Their attitude to playing upbeat shows and sharing a beer or twelve with fans afterwards has allowed them to develop a truly loyal fan base.
Between Jonesy and Ben, the pair have developed a formidable songwriting team and have collaborated on every song since they originally formed as a duo in 2009. The band are known for writing and performing upbeat, feel good tracks that reflect the lifestyles they have lived through their teens and 20’s.
The band have been playing shows alongside some of the best Country artists in the UK including Jess & The Bandits, Sasha McVeigh, Luke & Mel, The Southern Companion and Holloway Road. Their EP “Get Back Up: Get Back On It” released in October 2015 reached the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart. Their efforts have been recognised with multiple award nominations at the British Country Music Association Awards (Horizon Act) and the UKCountryRadio.com awards (Group and Artist).
The guys are working with Nashville producer Tommy Harden on their brand new EP which will be released in 2017.
Journey Home will be performing on the main stage on Saturday 23rd May.
Performing Saturday 27th May 2017
The Hitchers been playing their own style of punk rock’n’roll, with the ambition to capture the infectious buzz of punk rock with the fun and style of the 1950s rock ‘n’ roll years. Following a busy 2003 gigging up and down the country they put an album out on Toddler Records, which received excellent reviews from Rocksound (8/10), Kerrang! and various web-based review centres including CounterCulture.
In 2004, they played a live session for Mike Davies’ Radio 1 show ‘The Lock Up’, before heading off to Canada to play the NXNE Festival in Toronto, as well as a handful of other dates around Ontario and Quebec. In 2005 they returned to tour Canada, beginning in Toronto and winding up in Vancouver, covering 5000 miles in 4 weeks. Once again, were successful on the Stateside, and were asked to play the USA east coast dates on the Vans Warped Tour. 2006 saw the band continue to progress with live shows and songwriting which culminated with a tour of Germany and the release of their 2nd album ‘Tees valley Deadbeats’ on Germany’s Crazy Love Records.
They are delighted to be performing at The Bushcraft Show 2017.
Performing Sunday 28th May 2017
Steve Pledger is an award-winning recording artist with an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called his music “beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”. With writing that ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances, his songs pack an emotional punch, both on record and on stage.
His musical influences are many and varied and include Graham Parker, Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, Martyn Joseph, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Don McLean, Springsteen and others.
Following on from his 2012 debut album -‘14 Good Intentions’ – April 2015 saw Steve release its follow-up, ‘Striking Matches In The Wind’ , which according to R2 Magazine’s 4* review is “Authentically expressed in a voice with genuine appeal… a direct route to the heart.” In addition to Steve’s central performances, the album is graced by a number of other talented artists, including Lukas Drinkwater and the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Ange Hardy with whom Steve has worked and toured a number of times.
His successful Spring 2016 tour took him around the UK, and as far north as the Isle of Skye. Steve’s much anticipated third album, ‘Somewhere Between’ (released on 7th November to critical acclaim) appeared on multiple ‘Best of 2016’ radio shows, frequently in the top ten, and in January 2017 was announced as Album Of The Year by FATEA, as well as by FolkWords in the Male Solo Artist category. Folking.com also recently nominated it for their Album Of The Year as well as Steve himself as Solo Artist Of The Year.
“Poetic, knowing, clever, thoughtful & melodic; the world would be a far better place with more of this stuff.” (8/10) Americana-uk
“An object lesson in the craft of contemporary song writing.” fRoots Magazine
“(‘Somewhere Between’) casts Steve as a protest singer, up there with the likes of Billy Bragg, Phil Ochs and Ewan MacColl.” Neil King, FATEA
“Extraordinary! If you haven’t found Steve before, you have now!” Folking.com
Steve will be forming on Sunday 28th May 2017 at The Bushcraft Show 2017
For more information visit www.stevepledger.co.uk
Photo credit Neil King
Performing Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May 2017
Clansman Fire are a group of fire performers based in Edinburgh, whose performances are influenced by Scottish Culture and History. They use a variety of fire props including poi, fans and charcoal based effect props to deliver highly energetic and spectacular performances.