Round the Town – Saturday 15th April

Round the Town – Saturday 15th April

12noon – 2pm THE RESIDENCE
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.

12noon – 2pm THE WHITE HORSE
SWINGOLOGY – Formed in 2005 by 5 chaps from Crosby, Liverpool, to play the toe-tapping music known as Gypsy Jazz. This style became famous in the 1930s and 1940s, popularised by the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, The band not only plays all the Gypsy Jazz standards, but a range of popular Jazz classics and some modern songs in the classic Swing “Manouche” style.

2pm – 4pm NANTWICH METHODIST CHURCH
PASTRY SHOES – Expect a great sing-along, anything from 1940’s American Songbook standards to lively pop hits from the 60’s onwards, from the likes of Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Carmen Miranda and Charles Trenez to Sandy Shaw, Stevie Wonder, the Phil Spectre Wall of Sound and Olly Murs. Entertaining you with female vocals, guitar and tenor saxophone, Pastry Shoes will welcome you warmly and truly appreciate your participation. Anyone up for some festival fun?

2pm – 4pm NANTWICH MUSEUM
TOM DOUGHTY – A performance by Tom Doughty seamlessly blends blues, pop, jazz, folk and world music influences with his own improvisational approach to create a unique experience for the listener. An instantly recognisable lap slide guitar style, passionate vocals and a relaxed, wryly humorous line in stage patter take the audience on a diverse musical journey. A self taught guitarist from the age of seven, Tom reinvented a way to play guitar after a serious injury in 1974 left him with limited use of his hands -but to hear him, you would have no idea. With four critically acclaimed CDs to his name, Tom performs regularly in the UK and Europe at clubs, concert halls and festivals, and has toured in the USA and Canada.

2pm – 4pm THE SHAKESPEARE
TWO FACED TOM & THE BOOTLEG BOYS – Good time foot-stomping glass-raising old time classics and originals with a modern twist’ Two Faced Tom and The Bootleg Boys have been sweeping up fans and revellers in their droves with their unique brand of energetic country blue grass and rock and roll. Consisting of a formidable line up including banjo, fiddle and three part harmonies the group take crowds by storm at festivals across the country. Expect Johnny Cash like you’ve never heard before.

2pm – 4pm THE STUDIO
MALPRACTICE – RnB on steroids…..”a little Malpractice never hurt anyone” Malpractice are a bunch of naughty boys who should know better who describe their influences as 70’S R&B, Pub Rock, The Blues, The Chris Bevington Blues Band. Their mission…To bring Feelgood to the people from Harecastle Delta to the Bathpool Jetty. And Nantwich !

2pm – 4pm THE UNION
RAIN – This local acoustic duo began after a chat over a nice cup of tea. Both members at the time were in other bands (Sheena – Pink Djinn and Graeme – The New Subterraneans and The Friendly Campaign) and decided that they wanted to take their music into different directions developing a laid back yet engaging set of covers and original material. And so it Rained.

2pm – 4pm THE WHITE HORSE
THE PAPRIKA BLUES BAND – The Paprika Blues Band were formed in early 2015, and since then have taken Shropshire by storm, performing at many venues and festivals across the county, winning new fans and earning great reviews. Their tender years belie a deep knowledge and understanding of not only the blues, but also jazz and funk. They are already seasoned and accomplished musicians in their own right. Think foot stomping honky-tonk piano, intertwined with intricate drumming, solid driving bass and topped off with the passionate silky vocals of Lauren Scarlett and you get the idea.

3pm – 5pm THE BOWLING GREEN
CODE RED – Cheshire-based five piece R & B/Blues band fronted by popular local vocalist Louise (Ruby and the Resonator) Stretton performing classic and popular guitar and harmonica covers from the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Reed, Dr Feelgood, Little Walter, BB King, Nina Simone and Imelda May.

3pm – 5pm THE CAT
TWIN FRETS – Always popular and back at the festival, the unique vocal style of Vernon Fuller accompanied by Italian guitarist Willy Fluss produces an irresistible blend of Soul,Jazz,Funk and Reggae.

3pm – 5pm THE CROWN HOTEL BALLROOM
THE ZOE GREEN BAND – Zoe Green Band brings its explosive set of originals and covers to the Blues Funk scene with a show that is not to be missed! Featuring creative ballads through to hard hitting Blues, Zoe delivers a powerful, sultry vocal and her sexy, energetic performance is guaranteed to leave you wanting more….They will be launching their much awaited EP mid-year 2017.

3pm – 5pm THE CROWN HOTEL BAR
R & B JONES – We are pleased and proud to welcome these guys back. A duo that plays traditional and original blues with a lively, country beat. Rod Jones, harmonica. Garrington T Jones, vocals, bouzouki, bass, 12 string guitar, harmonica. Robert (Poor Bob) Jones, vocals, guitar, slide guitar. Formed 5 years ago in Worcester they have been predominant on their local Blues scene around Worcestershire & Herefordshire.

3pm – 5pm THE RED COW
PIG MAN & THE RUBBER BAND – Pig Man aka Purcy Shaun Kemlo Flaherty  started playing back in 1983 with interests in “Psychedelic, Punk, Jazz” and has supported acts such as Daevid Allen ~Gong, Broken bones, Sonic Gypsy & Johnny Cooper Clarke.  In 2010 he developed an interest in 20’s 30’s Jazz & Blues and was eventually signed by Fellside Recordings & Lake Records with The Jake Leg Jug Band as harmonica player.  Pig-man now presents a unique fusion of lively-rough-edge acoustic blues, gospel, strange folk, ragtime & primitive jazz.  Fast raucous comedy bells & whistles combined with the darker side of ragtime.

3pm – 5pm RESIDENCE
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.

3pm – 5pm THE TALBOT
FISHHEADS – Rhythm, blues, rock, folk, fusion back at the festival. A four piece from the midlands of the UK, striving to create and perform the funkiest, bluesiest, rockiest music. The current line up of Grog, Sean, Austen & Simon have been sharing their own driven style of rock/blues around many local festivals and events for some time – the change of lineup in 2014 giving a new impetus and energy to an already exiting and original band.

3pm – 5pm THE BANK STAGE
REBUKED – are a Nantwich-based band offering ‘organic’ music. Their musical tastes range from earthy reggae, blues and soul, through brash indie and rock, to floaty ethereal folk. Expect the unexpected. Six piece band of ukes, guitar, bass, cajón/drums offering popular covers with the odd original thrown in !

4pm – 6pm FIRENZE
HOLLIE VEE & THE HUBKAPS – Hollie and her Hubkaps will be rocking the joint with some Lo-fi, Rock n Soul & Rockabilly!! A massively popular band across Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent playing rock and roll in a Rockabilly style and with many appearances at festivals on their CV we’re so pleased that Hollie and the band can be with us. Expect to dance. Quite a lot.

4pm – 6pm STREET
SCRATCH – A three piece acoustic Party Band all the way from the City of Lichfield. Don’t let the acoustic thing mislead you, this is an up-and-at-it kinda band. They play a great mix of cover songs, with a good deal of witty banter and a whole bunch of audience participation.

4pm – 6pm THE STUDIO
BIG WOLF BAND – Big Wolf is a powerful and dynamic guitarist and singer/songwriter and is fast becoming one of the must see artist on the scene. Spontaneous improvised breaks, dynamic highs and lows, bringing a song down to a whisper before exploding with energy and power. His music creates an old school feel, something which the industry has lost along the way. Original songs from blues through to rock all with that unique Big Wolf feel, backed by an outstanding band Big Wolf delivers every time! If you want a band that can capture the imagination, then look no further!

4pm – 6pm THE WHITE HORSE
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 !

5pm – 7pm THE CROWN HOTEL BALLROOM
CRY BABY & THE HOOCHIE COOCHE BOYS – So why ‘Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys?’ Starting with The Hoochie Coochie Boys, the band has been heavily influenced by the Chicago Blues sound, as well as a British influence from Nine Below Zero & Dr. Feelgood, and Hoochie Coochie Boys is a nod to the great Muddy Waters. Rob Wilkinson under pins the band with gritty harmonica playing and a wailing tone, hence the Cry Baby.

5pm – 7pm HARRISONS
SARAH MILLER & DAN MACHIN Sarah Miller started her career at seventeen, recording her first studio session with the Climax Blues Band. Having caught the bug, she joined her first band (signed to Chrysalis) a few months later, widely touring the UK. Her versatile voice and extensive range has secured her place on many popular recordings, including sessions for Candy Flip, Altern8, the Lotus Eaters, Pete Wylie & the Mighty Wah, and members of Simply Red. She appeared on Oceanic’s number two hit ‘Insanity’ and the Christian’s latest album, ‘Prodigal Sons’. Dan Machin of Funkbreakers fame is a local guitar virtuoso who can regularly be seen on the circuit.

5pm – 7pm THE MALBANK
DR T-BONE – Meeting at a jam session jazzman Dave and blues guitarist Martin Evans found each other’s playing compatible. They formed Dr T-Bone with the idea of fusing jazz, R’n’B and even funk influences to back singer Tony Davidson. With a rock solid rhythm section of Bob Berg (drums) and Mark Morrin (bass guitar) the band is up and rocking at venues in Cheshire and North Wales.

5pm – 7pm NANTWICH METHODIST CHURCH
SWINGOLOGY – Ever popular at the festival the band was formed in 2005 by 5 chaps from Crosby, Liverpool, to play the toe-tapping music known as Gypsy Jazz. This style became famous in the 1930s and 1940s, popularised by the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, The band not only plays all the Gypsy Jazz standards, but a range of popular Jazz classics and some modern songs in the classic Swing “Manouche” style.

5pm – 7pm NAKATCHA
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.

5pm – 7pm THE SHAKESPEARE
BIG BLUE HOUSE – Always a good show from these stalwarts of the festival. “The House” are a three piece Rhythm & Blues outfit that has been plying its trade around the Blues circuit in various guises for the last 12 years or so. Featuring; James Harrison guitar/vocals, Al Dean bass/vocals and Keith York on the kit.

5pm – 7pm THE BANK STAGE
BOBCAT BILLY’S MOONSHINE MISSION – Rockabilly in it’s purest form, driven by rockin’ rhythm and filled by simplicity. Ian, Nick, Nick and Ferg have been making music together for the last 18 years as part of the rhythm and blues outfit Zoot Serious and the Belly full of bop. Numbers from Johnny Cash, Elvis, Bill Monroe and many many.

5pm – 7pm THE UNION
THE BLUESHOUNDS – are an experienced powerhouse quartet, based in Stone in Staffordshire, regularly playing their own brand of soulful electric rhythm and blues at pubs, clubs and festivals in the Midlands and North West for the last ten years. Regulars at the festival. The driving rhythm section really punches through and lays down the perfect foundation for the trademark high-adrenaline set for which the band is well noted.

6pm – 8pm THE CAT
THE DIEM
 – is an exceptionally talented acoustic trio who are all professional musicians who have been performing for a number of years. The Diem trio are also all part of Soul-Revolver the extremely popular five piece electric band.  Guitarist Mike Leigh (guitar) has a BA Hons Popular Music degree and many years performing professionally with small and large bands alike. Daniel Safina (drums) is an expert drummer and cajon player who again has vast professional experience. Josh Scott (vocals and guitar) has a stunningly wonderful voice that you literally can’t stop listening to !

6pm – 8pm THE CROWN HOTEL BAR
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.

6pm – 8pm RESIDENCE
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.

6pm – 8pm THE STUDIO
THE HEXMAN – High energy old School Brit Blues with an aggressive indie edge.  Notwithstanding George’s historic links with the 80s and 90s Liverpool music scene, the current band members have an awesome pedigree. George himself, vocals (and an much sought after session blues harp player, has recorded with with some of the most significant indie bands of the past 20 years). On guitar is Ian Fuller, Influences include Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa.  Blistering drummer, Mat Shaw & Mike Cain on Bass.

6pm – 8pm THE WHITE HORSE
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.

7pm – 9pm THE TALBOT
SLINGSHOT BLUES BAND – Slingshot are a four piece band who play Dancin’ Blues. Our gigs always deliver music that you can Dance, Boogie, Bop to – whatever you call it – we call it a great time. Al’s energetic guitar solos are driven by Andy’s drumming, Steve’s huge bass presence and above all great vocals from Col. We play Blues from all areas of the genre, Texas, Chicago, The Delta, The UK Blues Revival and Modern Day Blues. The last two years gigging in this area have been great. We would love to see you all.

7:30pm – 9pm THE SHAKESPEARE
51 STONE – Well established Classic Rock covers band that tour the country presenting accomplished and superbly crafted covers. Classics from Rush, Deep Purple, Queen, AC/DC, Free, Prince, Van Halen & many more.

7pm – 9pm THE BANK STAGE
PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF MERCIA – What’s happened to Rhythm and Blues? It’s been stripped down, souled out, polished clean, and hung out to dry for the X Factor Diva Brigade. It wasn’t always like that though, pilgrims… used to be, Rhythm and Blues was a blistering Mick Green guitar solo, a manic Wilko walk, or an angry Bill Carter rant. And thats where PRoM enter stage right, shakin’ all over in the wild blue yonder, doin’ it right. The singer’s gonna blow his gob iron so hard you’ll hear it in the Windy City, and those Telecasters cut to the quick. Lets hear it for a DIFFERENT KIND OF BLUES …You know it makes sense.

8pm – 10pm THE BOWLING GREEN
HOLLIE VEE & THE HUBKAPS – Hollie and her Hubkaps will be rocking the joint with some Lo-fi, Rock n Soul & Rockabilly!! A massively popular band across Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent playing rock and roll in a Rockabilly style and with many appearances at festivals on their CV we’re so pleased that Hollie and the band can be with us. Expect to dance. Quite a lot.

8pm – 10pm THE CROWN HOTEL BALLROOM
ENCORE DE FUNK – A well earned return to The Crown for their 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.

8pm – 10pm HARRISONS
BEAM – are a 4 piece pop rock covers band with 20 years gigging under their belts. Expect songs covered from U2 ,Bowie, Numan, Floyd, Radiohead, Nirvana,through to well known punk and rock and pop classics. Be sure to catch a Beam gig. Its electric.

8pm – 10pm NAKATCHA
SWaY – Now into their forties they still love working together even after all these years… ….Sway.. perform well known songs covering the past four decades from The Beatles to Elvis, right up to Kaiser Chiefs and Snow Patrol. They have a Rock and Pop guitar based sound, from four very competent musicians, which really comes across live…

8pm – 10pm RED COW
SCRATCH – A three piece acoustic Party Band all the way from the City of Lichfield. Don’t let the acoustic thing mislead you, this is an up-and-at-it kinda band. They play a great mix of cover songs, with a good deal of witty banter and a whole bunch of audience participation.

8pm – 10pm THE STUDIO
RETROVIBE – A three piece band made up of accomplished local musicians and songwriters who give their unique slant and respectful renditions of the music that defined an era. Punk, New Wave and Indie from The 70’s ,to the naughties. Cool and dynamic music from one of Stoke’s hottest cover bands who play a selection of hit tracks from David Bowie to The Smiths & Talking Heads to The Clash.

8pm – 10pm THE UNION
THE V – The V are a band that play an eclectic mix of songs performing numbers to suit every member of the audience. The V play popular music from many different styles and eras. The boys like nothing more than to see the audience enjoying themselves (even if that means seeing some rather embarrassing dance moves every now and then!) they are a fun, energetic band that enjoy a bit of banter with the crowd.

9pm – 11pm CROWN HOTEL BAR
BARRELHOUSE JUKES – Back by popular demand and making a welcome return to the Nantwich Jazz & Blues festival for the fifth consecutive year is Acoustic Blues & Roots band, ‘Barrelhouse Jukes’ consisting of Pete Latham (guitar & vocals), Al Bruce (bass & vocals) & Julian Ogle (drums & vocals). Playing a range of standards with a West Coast flavour in their unique style, they’re regular performers across Cheshire and the Potteries.

9pm – 11pm THE MALBANK
MIND OVER MATTER – are 3 local lads that enjoy playing various music from Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Stereophonics, Kings of Leon and many more. With tunes from the ‘50s to the present day a sterling evening’s entertainment is in store.

9pm – 11pm RESIDENCE
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 !

9:30pm – 11pm THE SHAKESPEARE
THE LAST REBEL – Back at The Shakey by request. Hard hitting grade “A” classic Rock & Blues from the Welsh. These guys played last year but in different bands. When we thought it couldn’t get any better they morphed into The Last Rebel. Impressing audiences wherever they play with tight delivery, mega vocals, superb musicianship interspersed with witty banter these guys are not to be missed.

9pm – 11pm THE BANK STAGE
BAXTER BAND – They said it couldn’t be done but here it is. The long awaited five (yes 5) – piece BAXTER BAND – FIVE TIMES the quirky tunes… FIVE TIMES the ridiculous banter… FIVE TIMES the rocking out and FIVE TIMES THE FUN!!!!! Get your drink on and swing your best trousers to your new favourite band!!!!

9pm – 11pm THE WHITE HORSE
THE DANS – Fantastic covers from Dan (vocals) Al (Bass) Nick (Guitar) Sam (Drums) embracing Rock, Funk, Blues & Pop. Always a good night when The Dans are on board playing a mix to entertain everybody.

10pm – 11:30pm THE STUDIO
THE JOHN COLINS BAND – Closing the Saturday show, a band that plays the music you love, and we love because we keep asking them back. Playing that stuff that other bands don’t play, The John Colins Band, or JCB as they have become known throughout the Cheshire and North West music circuit are a good time, band playing classic dance tunes. From the Rolling Stones to Pink, Radiohead to R.E.M. JCB cover a vast genre of songs with a common feature – you will rarely hear a local gigging band playing them, well not like that anyway.

Please note the Round the Town lineup may be subject to change and timings may vary.