Friday 14th April
7pm – 9pm CALLUM JOSEPH WRIGHT & OLI NG – Talented local musicians who collaborate in this fantastic duo. Oli is a 21 year old Singer-Songwriter from Crewe, Cheshire. Taking influences from artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Brian Fallon and Ryan Adams. Callum is from Nantwich and has been described as having having endless amounts of original talent.
9pm – 11pm GROOVE ENCOUNTERS – It’s Friday, it’s Jazzfest, it’s Residence so it’s a party. Groove Encounters is a pop, rock and soul covers band which boasts multi instrumentalists, a wide scope of music from the 60’s to now! These top line floor fillers will have you dancing and having some of that fun stuff.
Saturday 15th April
12noon – 2pm CHUCK HARRIET – were formed from a desire to play music that has become cool again. Vintage Jazz Swing played with style and flair and a few surprises along the way. All band members are highly experienced musicians playing together with ease and skill. Classic tunes mixed with modern tunes and a creative flair, give Chuck Harriet a classy yet current approach and a unique style and sound.
3pm – 5pm ENCORE DE FUNK – are a collective from the North West who have a Soul, Ska, Funk and Jazz influenced sound. Their set list is comprised of original interpretations of contemporary classics along with some untouched masterpieces. Members of the group have performed at numerous festivals including The Cork Jazz Festival, Leeds/Reading Carling Festival and Wakestock. The band are at their best live, with a powerful horn section, intricate keys and solid rhythm section. This is complimented by smooth soulful vocals. Their performances feature some of the best moments of Acid Jazz and Soul and include vintage portrayals of indie classics.
6pm – 8pm STEVIE HEGER & FRIENDS – Hey Stevie ! Long-time Drummer for Beach Boys’ great Al Jardine this USA based multi-instrumentalist has been in the music business for most of his life. In addition to touring as a professional Drummer, Stevie has released 7 albums over 22 years and has toured regularly throughout the United States and Japan. He has worked on a vast array of material and over 1000 recordings from Neil Young to Santana. Heger is playing the Residence with UK friends and top session musicians Howard and Dave.
9pm – 11pm SHAKERMAKER – This local covers band, are going from strength to strength having performed gigs at The Cavern in Liverpool and The Hard Rock Café over the last 12 months. Playing rock, indie and rock n roll music from the 50’s to the present day the band absolutely LOVE being on stage. Performing in a way that is guaranteed to get the joint REALLY pumping it soon becomes clear that the guys are passionate about what they do !
Sunday 16th April
1pm – 3pm MONTPARNASSE – Back by overwhelming demand Parisian singer Céline Dommart sings French Chanson, Latin and Jazz music accompanied by award winning guitarist Cris Tolley, double bassist Rob Smith and drummer Rob Payne. Performing sell out concerts across The Midlands and rapidly rising to prominence Montparnasse are a must see.
3pm – 5pm THE SOPHIA VASSALOS BAND – No strangers to the festival scene and new to Nantwich a group of misfits who are, intent on breathing new life into classic favourites old and new. The band has a repertoire stretching from 1930’s New Orleans jazz through to the acoustic blues of today. With a host of instruments, their performance is one big, happy, foot tapping, whiskey soaked jam.”
5pm – 7pm WAYNE & THE HAIRY PEACHES – Favourite festival regulars and rightly so. A firmly established band who, over the past seven years, have gigged Nationwide and have become a household name around Cheshire. A five piece with a difference, classics from the 50s through to the present day, performed with a twist that has to be seen and heard to be believed. If you fancy a sing-along, a dance and a laugh this is one not to be missed.
7pm – 9pm THE AGE OF PLASTIC – Very much in demand these guys are a South Cheshire based covers band specialising in Britpop and Indie classics. A constantly evolving set list currently includes the most popular Britpop classics from bands such as Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Ocean Colour Scene, The Stone Roses and many more. There’s also some modern classics thrown in too. The band pride themselves in playing the best songs to get the crowd moving and having a good time.
9pm – 11pm BLOZONE – Formed in 1996 Blozone have been entertaining audiences with their mixed flavour of Soul, Motown and popular songs across the UK. Now elevated to the status of “Local Heroes” who never fail to please the crowd wherever they play. See this amazing, full-on soul band do their thing with STAX and Motown classics and much more with a performance that will have you dancing the whole time.
Monday 17th April
7pm – 9pm FIRST REFUSAL – A fine female fronted covers band from Leek playing a fantastic set of crowd pleasers and floor fillers. Featuring Jez on drums, Gaz on guitar, Dave on bass, and Gemma on vocals they cover hits by the likes of Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, and Stereophonics, to name but a few.