Thame Food Festival Music Stage
Presented by First Thursday Music Club
This brand new feature promises to be a fabulous and exciting addition to the Food Festival. Brought to you by the team behind First Thursday Music Club and the Thame Town Music Festival we will showcase local and national musicians on our purpose built stage.
Sandwiched perfectly between the Festivales Pop up Pub and its sister Botanical Gin Garden with an area of covered and uncovered seating and surrounded by Street Food; it is the perfect spot to have a drink, tuck into some food and wind down and relax.
A bit more about the Bands…..
Les Clochards are Oxford’s musical secret weapon. They sharpened their teeth on a diet of French chansons and Roy Orbison, on which basis they have developed their own repertoire. Their distinctive sound is fronted by male and female vocals, accordion and guitar. Autumn 2013 saw them launch their second album, Any Fool Can Wear their Heart on their Sleeve, following 2009’s critically acclaimed Sweet Tableaux, both released on Big Red Sky.
‘a love of Fifties rock and roll married to a kitschy Parisian sophistication . . . an act of rare intelligence and charm’ – Colin Mackinnon, oxfordbands.com
John Buckley’s varied musical career has taken him from guitar demonstrator for a top American guitar builder to playing banjo on the national tour of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ and from sitting by the chocolate fountain at many a corporate event to busking, occasionally earning enough to cover his car park fee. At the Cross Keys he’ll be playing songs from his recently released album along with some terrific acoustic cover versions of songs you’ll recognise
The Dung Beatles
A musical tribute to one of the world’s finest bands.
The Dung Beatles are Steve Hillier – lead vocal/guitar, Danny Prendergast – lead guitar/vocal, Phil Toler – bass/vocal, Mike Ashton – drums/percussion.
If you love Beatles music played the way the Fab Four intended, then The Dung Beatles are for you. From chart toppers to ‘hidden gem’ album tracks, the Dung Beatles will play it for you, and are equally at home playing to hundreds of festival goers or in a more intimate setting, blending acoustic and electric sets to suit the occasion and audience.
Zach Johnson is a singer-songwriter from South-East England, writing lyrically-driven indie folk tunes. He was voted the best newcomer at the ‘Graham Steel Music Awards 2017’ and has supported artists such as Luke Jackson (BBC Radio 2 folk award nominee), John Craigie and The Black Feathers. Zach’s music is influenced by the likes of Noah Gundersen, Jason Isbell and Frank Turner.
Bright Shadows are a vocal harmony driven acoustic pop rock duo based in Reading, UK. Fusing their individual and at times contrasting styles of dark acoustic rock and upbeat pop-folk, Bright Shadows have built their sound around powerful dual lead vocals combining bright, harmonic pop and driving rock.
The Ponderosa are Rod Craig (mandolin/vocals), Mat Davies (bass), Kate Saunders (fiddle/vocals), Simon Stafford (vocals/guitar), and Colin Tester (percussion). Hailing from the gently rolling hills and river valleys of Oxfordshire, they play an infectious blend of the familiar, unfashionable and obscure: traditional and contemporary acoustic music and Americana played with passion and energy, by turns sublime and rabble-rousing
Hailing from Oxford, at 20 and 24 years old, brothers Rhys Warriner and Gus Warriner, to their own, are two very experienced singer/songwriters and together create the loveable band Roguey Roads. This up and coming duo have gigged all over Oxford and the surrounding counties as well as internationally, from pubs, clubs and small festivals supporting the likes of Andy Bennet and Waiting for smith, Roguey Roads offers light hearted alternative rock/indie twee pop complimented by a blend of traditional and contemporary songwriting. With outstanding testimonials Roguey Roads are defiantly a band to look out for.
Papa Truck is a bluegrass band playing original material, based in South Buckinghamshire, England. The band first came together when Martin Selman brought his songwriting talents along to jam with newly converted banjoist, Dan Abram. Having played the guitar for over 20 years, Dan was charmed and inspired by the earthy sounds on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, and as a result bought his first banjo in 2004. Their first full line up was formed with Simon R Poulton on double bass, and Mark Leppard on guitar. Deciding on the name “Papa Truck”, for no other reason than it sounded “bluegrassy”, the band performed around their local area to a warm reception, bluegrass being a rarity in the Home Counties of England
In its original guise, Elemental Joe was an ambient/funk/rock band which wowed noughties audiences with its own brand of ‘cosmic rock’ inspired by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Now, under the continuing leadership of inspirational guitarist and founder member Nick Dutton, Elemental Joe has morphed into an exciting new band which amalgamates the essence of funk and jazz with a great blues tradition..
A Little Bit Country
A Little Bit Country (ALBC) are an outlaw country duo from the UK. One half American, one half British, who draw on both classic and contemporary country influences. The duo has been bringing a taste of Nashville to the UK since 2015. Their hit Shot At Loving You has clocked up an impressive 150,000 downloads worldwide. Throughout 2017 A Little Bit Country toured multiple venues and cities across the UK and reached its climax with multiple dates in Nashville, Tennessee in November 2017. “ALBC sound more country than half of Nashville” – TJ Cates, Nashville Entertainment Weekly.
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