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Veronica & Max

Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20s and 30s.

They like to keep this precious musical heritage alive faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it a modern twist.

Using strictly acoustic instruments such ukulele, washboard, kazoo, resophonic guitars and double bass their passion for this music is perfectly represented on their last CD - Old Stories for Modern Times.

With their trio called Veronica & The Red Wine Serenaders they won the European Blues Challenge 2013, an important international contest held in Toulouse in March. Thanks to this result they performed at the prestigious Notodden Blues Festival in Norway and will take part in Lucerne Blues Festival in November. Veronica & Max regularly perform in the USA, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Norway, Spain, England, Italy and Poland.

'Good time blues is alive and well and residing in... Milan, Italy. A band with a mission' Folk & Roots Magazine

Studio
£15 | £13 conc

Veronica & Max website

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Alice Armstrong and Matt Long

Combine the incredible voice and stage presence of UK Blues Award nominee, Alice Armstrong, together with the powerful vocals and impeccable guitar wizardry of multi UK Blues Award winning guitarist and vocalist, Matt Long, and you have a truly explosive cocktail.

After gaining a following fronting and writing for the Crossfire Blues Band, Alice spent the last few years on the stage of many of the UK's biggest rhythm and blues festivals, completed a European tour and featured in both the 2020 and 2021 UK Blues Awards. Matt Long has carved himself a reputation as a stellar front man of multi award-winning British Blues band, Catfish, and he tours with his own band, Matt Long and the Revenant Ones.

Alice and Matt have been writing together and will be performing some of their original material along with a variety of covers from all genres, tracks that they both love.

Studio
£15

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Dean Owens with Jim Maving

Award winning Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens is one of UK’s finest troubadours, with fans including authors Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, and BBC legend Bob Harris.

Hard to pin down to a particular genre, his music is a unique blend of Scottish roots and Americana – the unfettered enthusiasm of a rock n roller coupled with the sympathetic delivery of folk’s best storytellers. A compelling performer, with a searingly soulful voice that is warm, subtle and powerful.

He’s joined by regular collaborator, guitar maestro Jim Maving (Case Hardin, Don Gallardo), on electric, delta slide and mandolin. Two outstanding live performers, their gigs are marked by a joyous onstage chemistry, and exuberant standing ovations.

Dean’s music has taken him all over the world, particularly across the USA, where he has made most of his eight solo albums, including the celebrated Sinner’s Shrine (2022), recorded with 'desert noir' legends Calexico, adding some Latin/mariachi tones to his musical palette.

'The pulse of all our lives' Irvine Welsh

Best UK Act of 2021 Americana UK Readers Poll

UK Song of the Year Award 2019 UK Americana Music Association

'Magical… one of the happiest and most life affirming shows of the year' Americana UK

'One of the most interesting and innovative artists in Americana' Lonesome Highway

'Music that is varied, vibrant and thoroughly fascinating' American Songwriter

'Visionary and rewarding; don’t hesitate in exploring' Folk Radio UK

Studio
£15

Dean Owens website

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Never 42

The UK’s Premier Level 42 Tribute return to bring Level 42’s music live to Norden Farm.

Never 42 is the expression of their combined passion for the musicianship of Mark King and Mike Lindup and the upbeat jazz funk sound that is Level 42 - with an uncanny accuracy and has earned them the reputation as the UK’s Premier Level 42 Tribute Band.

This impressive five piece band, individually brilliant musicians, they bring to the band extensive musical careers which includes touring and alongside professional session musicians.

Founder member Howie Rogers says 'As a band, we are so excited about Level 42’s Music. We can’t wait to play to our fans around the country and meet new ones! Performing to a live audience who all love the hits like we do is the most amazing feeling and to bring the music of Level 42 to new listeners far and wide is the most satisfying.'

Expect to hear all the Level 42 favourites including Livin it up (The Sun Goes Down), Lessons In Love, Something About You, The Chant Has Begun, Starchild, Are You Hearing What I Hear, Hot Water… and so many more!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Don Vappie and Jazz Creole

Creole-influenced New Orleans music from the 'Jimi Hendrix Of The Banjo'.

Led by Don Vappie, the award-winning Creole banjoist/vocalist from New Orleans. Vappie is a living embodiment of 300 years of New Orleans music embodying all aspects of the unique melting pot of cultures that is New Orleans. Known for being banjoist/guitarist in Winton Marsalis’ Jazz at the Lincoln Centre band, but more importantly his nurturing approach to Creole culture and its preservation. He is widely considered to be one of the best banjoists in the history of New Orleans.

Honouring the tradition of his predecessor, banjoist Danny Barker, Vappie has singlehandedly kept alive Créole songs of New Orleans and has been honoured with awards from Créole society for preserving this cultural treasure.

This US/European project combines all genres of New Orleans from traditional to modern day funk with the classic early tradition of a string band. The result is 'Jazz Créole'.

Don is winner of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize 2021 and was inducted into the Banjo Hall of Fame 2022.

Features UK clarinetist David Horniblow of formally the Chris Barber band and recently The Dime Notes, guitarist Dave Kelbie of The Dime Notes, Django a la Creole and accompanist to many musicians worldwide, and from Paris bass player Sebastien Girardot of Django a la Creole fame.

Nominated for 'The best of the beat' in Offbeat magazine and The Sunday Times Jazz Album of the Year 2020! 

'He can start the party with his banjo, he sure can!' Iggy Pop

'A sure taste and a remarkable technique' Swing Fr

'it’s about time someone showed the jazz world what the banjo really can do' The Observer

'Mr Vappie is a born storyteller ' Jazz Da Gama, Canada

'Jazz virtuosity with buoyant blues riffs and a splash of Caribbean rhythms' The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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The Shackleton Trio

Captivating songwriting and fiery tunes on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo.

A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet. This is a band that loves playing together, and not to be missed.

Touring their brand new album Mousehold, The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia.

Featured on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, and BBC Radio 4, with five-star reviews, and an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival’s main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours.

‘Beguiling. Holds your attention and isn’t afraid to make you think’ ★★★★★ Northern Sky

‘Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured’ fRoots

'Excellent' ★★★★ R2 Magazine

‘A voice entirely of their own’ Mike Harding

Studio
£15

Visit The Shackleton Trio website

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The Ocelots

24 year old twins Brandon and Ashley Watson are The Ocelots.

Formerly based in Ireland, now in Leipzig, Germany, the brothers have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. Their music perfectly embodies the breezy effortlessness of early Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.

The Ocelots have toured extensively with international acts such as Jack Johnson (with whom they played to an audience of 5000), Felix Rebil (The Cat Empire), Isaac Gracie, Kim Churchill, as well as performing with well-known Irish artists such as Glen Hansard and Hudson Taylor. They've appeared at festivals such as Philadelphia Folk Festival, Tollwood and Electric Picnic. The Ocelots live set combines all that is great about folk music, so come and be charmed by the charismatic duo.

Studio
£15

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Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream.

Paying tribute to these legends of rock are Voodoo Room. A stunning power trio featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians who perform an incredible show in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks - simply great music played by great musicians! Featuring classics such as Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze and Layla.

Members of Voodoo Room have recorded and toured with Stevie Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder and many other high profile artists. With standing ovations the norm, the word on the street is Voodoo Room are not to be missed!

‘STUNNING!’ Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Women in Rock

The ultimate celebration of the world's greatest female anthems.

Women In Rock are pleased to return to Norden Farm after their successful debut in 2018.

Since 2016, Women In Rock have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their high energy performances. Featuring soaring vocals, choreography, audience interaction, striking costumes and backed by a band of world class musicians, Women In Rock has built a reputation as the leading rock show around.

Having performed to audiences of up to 120,000, these women are ready to take you on a spectacular journey through five decades of female rock leaving you cheering for more.

Featuring the songs of Cher, Blondie, Janis Joplin, Republica, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Tyler, P!nk, Suzi Quatro, Tina Turner and many more, Women In Rock are guaranteed to get you on your feet. Grab your tickets and let’s get ready to sing, dance and ROCK!

‘The audience were held in reminiscent bliss from start to finish, outstanding!’ At The Theatre

‘The girls held the audience captive with their outstanding energy and vocals. Bravo Women In Rock!’ Harley Davidson (Europe)

‘Women In Rock is a must-have show for our venue, keeps our audiences on their feet like no other' Chequer Mead Theatre

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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