12pm – 2pm THE CIVIC HALL
THE SOUTH CHESHIRE GEORGE FORMBY UKELELE SOCIETY – Having played at every single festival this tribute society are an annual highlight of the Festival. Featuring an array of soloists, they are guaranteed to get your feet tapping. NB:- Entrance fee/donation to a charity of the society’s choice.
12pm – 5pm CROWN HOTEL BALLROOM
THE CHRIS BEVINGTON ORGANISATION – A fantastic show in store from Album Chart topping Chris Bevington who has put together a true supergroup and will present a fantastic afternoon of Blues. Featuring guest appearances by Dirk Diggler’s Blues Review & singer/songwriter Michael Rhead. Chris’s band lineup includes Local guitar hero Jim Kirkpatrick, Sarah Miller, Scott Ralph, Kate Robertson & many other talented local musicians.
12noon – 2pm THE BANK STAGE
BLUZEBOX – Maximum Rhythm & Blues. BluzeBox play lively, up-tempo, blues and R&B with passion and fun. The musicians that make up the band bring a wealth of musical experience and a wide range of musical influences – producing a unique interpretation of classic and modern rhythm and blues songs. Recognised for our professional approach and unique set, we’ll have the audience dancing in no time.
12noon – 2pm THE UNION
KIT & THE ICEFISH – a four piece band bringing together a diverse group of musicians who present their varied musical experiences to give their audience an enjoyable pot-pourri of rock, blues and an occasional unstoppable penchant for funk. Our multitudinous influences include Neil Young, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Peggy Lee, George Benson, Steve Lukather, ZZ Top..we could go on….!
12noon – 2pm WHITE HORSE
THE MILK MEN – is a supergroup of well known and hugely respected UK blues musicians. The band was formed in 2010 by mates Adam Norsworthy (lead singer/guitarist of four-time British Blues Award nominees the Mustangs) and Jamie Smy (Jellyroll Men lead singer). The duo are joined on drums by ex-Pirate Mike Roberts, and on bass by Lloyd Green, son of legendary Pirate and r’n’b superstar Mick Green. The Milk Men play a dynamic mix of classic blues and r’n’b, as well as some originals.
1pm – 3pm THE BOWLING GREEN
TRACES OF NUTZ – Traces of Nutz are delighted to be playing at the Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival. It’s their first appearance at this prestigious event and they’re looking forward to making new friends onstage. Formed in 2008, they’re a Cheshire-based band, experienced in many styles (Electric Blues, R&B, Rock), and appear regularly in pubs/events around the North West. They have also played at the Oulton Park Superbikes events for eight consecutive years.
1pm – 3pm THE CAT
WHISTLEFISH – Featuring the twin talents of Mr Colin Browne… keyboardist for Barclay James Harvest and Kate Bush and Steve Gaffney: cornerstone members of Chew the Roots, Acoustic Unlimited, Helicopters and Gambler. A heady mix of keyboard, fretless bass and great harmonies from 2 of the area’s finest. Expect covers of great songs in an unexpected way. Their only performance at the festival this year: this is one not to miss.
THE ANNIE LONG TRIO – Always popular at Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival, local Wirral singer Annie is back with her superb musicians to deliver the perfect mix of swinging jazz, soulful ballads, catchy latin and raunchy blues. Featuring songs from both her albums “Swansong” and “A New Dawn”. What better way is there to start your Easter Sunday?
1pm – 3pm THE MALBANK
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.
1pm – 3pm RESIDENCE
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.
1pm – 3pm THE SHAKESPEARE
MUMBO JUMBO – Rootsy, bluesy, goodtime, originalness from these festival favourites. Mumbo-Jumbo Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas, and Phil Bond, three of the Midlands most experienced musicians, throwing them together in a broadly acoustic format and letting them deliver what they are best at – live music performance.
1pm – 3pm THE STUDIO
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.
1pm – 3pm THE TALBOT
BRIDGEWATER BLUES BAND – pay homage to the blues artists from the 60’s and 70’s, covering classics by the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, BB King, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Albert King, and their followers including Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Performed by blues aficionados Dave Eatock (Vocals/Blues Harp), Chris Millward (Bass), Jon Ingham (Lead/Rhythm and Slide guitars), Andy Hart (Drums).
2pm – 4pm FIRENZE
TRIP – A three piece Rock and Roll Party Band, with a Rockabilly edge who herald from the City of Lichfield. They play a great mix of cover songs from the 1950’s to the present day, including artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, The Stray Cats, The Who and Johnny Cash! TRIP are a band that will engage you, entertain you, make you sing and dance and make you smile; and you’ll feel a whole lot better after seeing them!
2pm – 4pm HARRISONS
BAXTER – Peters & Lee, Nina & Fredrick, Gerald & Maureen (they weren’t so well known) and now – Baxter. Hayley is something of a local legend, with direct, powerhouse vocals, evenly matched with a dry wit and infectious guitar style. Paul looks a bit like Dave Grohl (no really) and brings strong vocal styles from soul, blues and jazz through to big rock anthems. Together, with a set of almost disturbingly quirky covers they entertain fantastically !!!!
2pm – 4pm THE RED COW
PISTOL PETE WEARN – A welcome return and by special request from the venue, old school acoustic blues, that you can jump around and dance along to. Fast paced tunes, shouty vocals, steel guitar & stompbox.
2pm – 4pm STREET
IMANER – Having made a fantastic impression at last year’s festival & Nantwich Food Festival we’ve invited them back again this Easter. Deb and guitar Dave collectively make up the acoustic duo Imaner but will be bringing a couple of mates and performing as a 4 piece. Performing a heady mix of covers and original material, with a liberal splash of banter and a helping of audience participation.
2pm – 4pm THE BANK STAGE
JUNKHOUSEDOG BLUES BAND – New to the festival and well chuffed to be welcoming them, Junkhousedog is a Manchester based Blues band founded and fronted by ‘British Blues Harmonica Champion 2008/09’ Luke ‘Junkhousedog’ Shaw. Luke is a dynamite singer and front man. The energy that sparks off him, igniting the room as he plays, is contagious. He is a true harp heavyweight! Junkhousedog mixes steamy shuffles and eclectic swing, with true vintage Chicago style grit. For them, the usual ‘Blues standard’ and ‘formulae’ does not apply.
3 pm – 5pm THE CAT
TONE JUNKIES – Countless gigs around Merseyside, Manchester, North West England and Wales plus supporting iconic bands such as 10cc and The Fun Loving Criminals, The Tone Junkies have created an awesome covers repertoire, tipping its hat to old and new, funk, blues, rock`n`roll, country and soul. With many different styles brought to the table here are some of our favourites. AC/DC to Johnny Cash, Free to Dusty Springfield, Jimi, Beatles, Elvis, The Who, and much more…
3pm – 5pm NANTWICH METHODIST CHURCH
THE SALT CITY JAZZMEN – Home grown heroes and all time supporters of the Nantwich Festival, once again bring their Trad Jazz sounds to The Methodist Church. Formed in 1969 they are probably the longest running band in the festival. A guaranteed good time gig!
3pm – 5pm RESIDENCE
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.”
3pm – 5pm – THE STUDIO
THE EMMA JONSON QUARTET – The brilliant boogie-woogie pianist Emma Jonson brings her quartet to Nantwich for the first time! Expect some pacey up tempo boogie woogie, blues covers and some brand new original material from this esteemed band of musicians, this is a festival session not-to-be-missed!
3pm – 5pm THE UNION
THE EXTRAS – An authentic British Rhythm and Blues band, the Extras can trace their roots back to Liverpool’s golden era of the ’60s . “A force to be reckoned with…” – Lucas Campbell “The Extra’s don’t trade in mellow bluesy noodling or moody motif’s. It’s hotrod R’n’B all the way.” “This band rock harder than Stephen Hawking’s homework“
3pm – 5pm THE WHITE HORSE
THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE – Blues, Rock, Country, Folk-not in that order necessarily. Accomplished musicians led by Pete “Sarge” Frampton and featuring, George Glover, Keys – (Climax blues Band) John Gibson – Bass (Manchester removal Men) Paul Burgess, Drums (10cc).
4pm – 6pm CROWN HOTEL BAR
MONTPARNASSE – Their second outing today. 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.
4pm – 6pm FIRENZE
CALLUM JOSEPH WRIGHT & OLI NG – Another festival appearance for two 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.
4pm – 6pm THE SHAKESPEARE
FRONT PAGE NEWS – A six piece band playing their special blend of Blues, Rock and Soul from John Mayall, Climax Blues Band, Walter Trout though to Joe Cocker, Bob Seger, Gerry Rafferty with a sprinkling of Stones mixed in, all played with passion and a whole lot of soul!
4pm – 6pm THE BANK STAGE
THE MILK MEN – hot foot from “The Horse” is a supergroup of well known and hugely respected UK blues musicians. The band was formed in 2010 by mates Adam Norsworthy (lead singer/guitarist of four-time British Blues Award nominees the Mustangs) and Jamie Smy (Jellyroll Men lead singer). The duo are joined on drums by ex-Pirate Mike Roberts, and on bass by Lloyd Green, son of legendary Pirate and r’n’b superstar Mick Green. The Milk Men play a dynamic mix of classic blues and r’n’b, as well as some originals.
4pm – 6pm THE TALBOT
BLACKMOON LAKE – 3 experienced musicians with a passion for live performance, have come together to form Blackmoon Lake. Playing covers of music by: Led Zeppelin, The Doors, John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, Cream, Peter Green, John Mayall, S.R.V., Pink Floyd …… Recently appeared at Jollees, Penkhull Jazz and Blues and are well known in the local area.
5pm – 7pm THE BOWLING GREEN
AUTOMATIC ANNIE – Automatic Annie is a five-piece electric blues band. Founder members Julia “Opus” Raven (vocals), Pete McEvoy (guitar) and Terry Earl Taylor (harmonica) may be familiar faces to you from their frequent gigs in the Stoke/South Cheshire area. Crafted from optimism Automatic Annie is a new name on the scene with some familiar faces, bringing you unique arrangements of old blues favourites peppered with a few original songs. Automatic Annie are dedicated to the blues and committed to entertaining. If you love The Blues you will love Automatic Annie.
5pm – 7pm THE MALBANK
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 !
5pm – 7pm THE RED COW
IMANER – Here they are again ! Having made a fantastic impression at last year’s festival & Nantwich Food Festival we’ve invited them back again this Easter. Deb and guitar Dave collectively make up the acoustic duo Imaner but will be bringing a couple of mates and performing as a 4 piece. Performing a heady mix of covers and original material, with a liberal splash of banter and a helping of audience participation.
5pm – 7pm RESIDENCE
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.
5pm – 7pm THE STUDIO
MONKEY FINGER – Want to see a band that plays cracking music, with so much feel it could make you weep? Love to see quality musicians clearly enjoying what they do? Then come on down – The Finger are the band for you!
5pm – 7pm STREET
MUMBO JUMBO – A quick sprint to their second gig today. Rootsy,bluesy, goodtime, originalness from these festival favourites. Mumbo-Jumbo Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas, and Phil Bond, three of the Midlands most experienced musicians, throwing them together in a broadly acoustic format and letting them deliver what they are best at – live music performance.
6pm – 8pm THE CAT
BEAM ACOUSTIC – A high powered covers session from Scott D Thompson and Glynn Sutton. Well established local musicians with over 20 years gigging experience in both original projects and covers bands spanning many genres. Expect a twist on popular classic covers and anticipate some excellent guitar work. Expect songs covered from U2 ,Bowie, Numan, Floyd, Radiohead, Nirvana,through to rock and pop classics. Be sure to catch a Beam gig. Its electric.
6pm – 8pm CROWN HOTEL BALLROOM
STEVIE HEGER & FRIENDS – Stevie Heger has been a long-time Drummer for Beach Boys’ great Al Jardine and 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 Crown with UK friends and top session musicians Howard and Dave.
6pm – 8pm THE CAT
TONE JUNKIES – Why did the Tone Junkies cross the road ? To get to their 2nd gig of the day. Yes, so good we booked them twice ! Countless gigs around Merseyside, Manchester, North West England and Wales plus supporting iconic bands such as 10cc and The Fun Loving Criminals, The Tone Junkies have created an awesome covers repertoire, tipping its hat to old and new, funk, blues, rock`n`roll, country and soul.
6pm – 8pm HARRISONS
AFTERGLOW – a rock & pop covers band comprising Hannah – Lead vocals, Martin – Lead guitar & backing vocals, Kostas – Bass & Neil – Drums & backing vocals. The band came about because they knew they all got along well and wanted to create a band that was a little bit different. A band where the song is king and no song is out of the running! We are pleased to welcome them to the festival.
6pm – 8pm THE BANK STAGE
THE JOHN COLINS BAND – 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.
6pm – 8pm THE UNION
MIND OVER MATTER – Always a good show from this trio. Three 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.
6pm – 8pm THE WHITE HORSE
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!!!!
7pm – 11pm CROWN HOTEL BAR
NICK STEED & FRIENDS – Nick Steed is a freelance keyboardist, piano/vocalist based in Stockport, South Manchester performing all over the UK and Europe and currently member of British Blues outfit ‘The Norman Beaker Band’. Nick will be bringing along a friend or two to give us an evening of music in the bar.
7pm – 9pm RESIDENCE
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 STUDIO
GODFATHERS OF SOUL – Under the musical direction of Lisa J Paulson and with lead singer and frontman John Robinson Godfathers of Soul play classic Soul, Motown and Northern Soul. With a line-up of seasoned musicians. Expect to turn up and dance.
8pm – 10pm THE SHAKESPEARE
JIM JAMS – Always popular at the festival, Jim Jams has acquired an excellent reputation as a professional outfit that never disappoints. Established in 2007 the London based band has extensive performance experience having played throughout the UK in venues ranging from nightclubs and restaurants to hotels and marquees.
8pm – 10pm THE BANK STAGE
THE LAST REBEL – Hard hitting grade “A” classic Rock & Blues from the Welsh. These guys played last year but in different bands and 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 and superb musicianship interspersed with witty banter these guys are not to be missed.
9pm – 11pm THE BOWLING GREEN
PHOTOBOOTH SMILE – Local female fronted 3 piece appear on their 4th time at the Festival playing a full night of crowd pleasing covers from artists such as Blondie, Stereophonics, Oasis, White Stripes, The Killers, Katrina & The Waves and ADELE, plus many more a splendid evening is in prospect.
9pm – 11pm CROWN HOTEL BALLROOM
SOUL DEVOTION – A high energy feel-good vibe that never fails to entertain. A talented band, fronted by female vocalists, with that sultry style and glamour you would expect from the classic bands of the 60’s & 70’s. There are no funny wigs, silly costumes or backing tracks here… instead, an entertaining package of dance routines, audience participation and a band that simply love playing that sweet soul music with a funky twist and a hit of Motown magic in their own inimitable style. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and even Amy Winehouse, to name but a few, all get the Soul Devotion treatment – truly an experience not to be missed!
9pm – 11pm RESIDENCE
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.
9pm – 11pm THE STUDIO
THE KMK – Stellar 3 piece covers outfit otherwise known as Kaiser Monkey Killers. Well known and respected on the local circuit and much further afield. The band line-up comprises Dan and Mark Eyden on guitar with Ant Wheeler on drums who produce absolutely fantastic indie covers from Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers and The Arctic Monkeys. A show not to be missed and a damn fine way to round off a festival Sunday.
9pm – 11pm THE WHITE HORSE
MUTHA HUMBUCKER – Classic and modern rock – But with a slight twist. Having played 1000’s of gigs from 1 extreme to the other – venues that hold about 50 to venues and festivals that cater for Thousands !!!!! They have supported bands from The Levellers to Chris Fawlowe and The Norman Beaker Band. Expect to hear a big sound and see a tight show full of the party anthem Rock songs you would expect – and some you might not !