Every evening from 18:30 - 23:00 in the main arena
Enjoy the warmth from our communal campfire not only generated by the logs on the fire but the new friends you will meet as you chat, drink and laugh with old and new friends
Performing Friday 25th May 2018
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 Friday 25th May 2018
Performing Saturday 26th May 2018
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 27th May 2018
Oka Vanga are Angela Meyer & William Cox, an award winning UK Folk & Roots duo. Whether singing, playing guitar, ukulele or mandolin, this husband and wide duo have a strong set of original songs and well known tunes “guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of any audience.” (FATEA)
Originally from Cape Town in South Africa, Angie is the creative driving force in the partnership and has been described as having “considerable vocal and songwriting talents” by fRoots. Performing at acoustic clubs and festivals Oka Vanga was born after Will and Angie met by chance at an open mic night. A short E.P of original guitar instrumentals became their calling card and in 2013 they were invited to represent the UK at the International Madame Guitar Festival in Italy alongside Clive Carroll. Shortly thereafter they released their debut album Pilgrim to critical acclaim. Described by Songlines as “beautifully pure”, it was awarded Best Instrumental Album by FATEA magazine.
Their much anticipated second album Dance of the Copper Trail has been hailed as their best work yet. Released in 2017 on Crazy Bird Records, it is described by Songlines as “profound, concise and meticulous” with Angela’s lyrics displaying “a talent for conveying emotion and joy.” Songs of faith and superstition, love and loss, death and everlasting hope are all seamlessly woven together and showcase all the manner of musical influences. Described by fRoots as “distinctly classy” and an album of “serious accomplishment and musicality”, it has secured Angie and Will a place in the hearts and minds of many fans with what RnR describe as its “up-beat feel” and “Celtic-deep universality”.
Featuring both traditional and original material, the album includes rising star Oliver Copeland on Double Bass. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Oliver is currently completing a music degree at Guildhall and performs as a part of an Oka Vanga trio with Angie and Will.
The Stanford Hill Mob
Performing Sunday 27th May 2018
The Stanford HiIl Mob
Playing a truly eclectic mix the Mob story is one of a remarkable evolution. When Chris Stanford (guitarist) was asked if he could provide the entertainment at a friend’s birthday party he contacted his old musical buddy John Hill who he played with in BLUESPRINT – a very successful blues band in the 1990s comprising elements of Little Acre and Robert Plant’s backing band.
By now John was picking Banjo and a new approach to old songs was immediately born. Nicky Facchino (harmonica) quickly joined in to bring an added dimension and as the trio became more and more successful Rob Bent was drafted in to bring true quality to the vocals. And more recently Steve Barr on double bass completed the line-up, which produces a highly entertaining interpretation of country, Irish and popular numbers – with a little jazz in there too for added interest.
The band boasts a proud CV with John having played with the Vincent Flats Blues Band and The Notorious Brothers Trolls, The Foundations – not to mention Robert Plant with The Band of Joy and The Honeydrippers. Rob too has an impressive record as lead vocalist for Almost Blue and Juju both; very highly rated soul bands in the 1990s whilst Steve has played bass with well-known Midlands bands including The Paul Steadman band and the Rumblers.
The Stanford Hill Mob is now rapidly building a reputation for its quirky and highly entertaining take on modern and classic songs and will be wowing crowds at festivals throughout the summer.
Introduction to Belly Dance Workshop (Ladies Only)
With Yara Ghrewati of Wildeyes Adventure
Parachute Powwow – Sunday 27th May 7.30 – 9.00pm
Whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience in belly dancing. Women who love music and dance are invited to come and shake their hips at The Bushcraft Show.
This fun workshop teaches and breaks down various beginner movements of belly dancing and gives you the opportunity to practice to energetic Arabian percussion.
The classes are easy to follow, get the heart pumping faster and will leave you feeling happy and inspired. Practise hip drops, hips snaps, shimmies, camel rolls & more.
Belly dancing is a great way to exercise, feel empowered and also learn an ancient art at the same time. Increase your stamina, rhythm technique and belly dance your way into a fitter you.