Kicking off the 2012 festival season, Onefest is delighted to announce that Damon Albarn will perform songs and music from Dr Dee - created by Albarn and Rufus Norris – at Tumuli Field on April 14th. Albarn will be joined onstage by several musicians and singers from the original production including Madou Diabate.
We can now confirm Dry the River will be performing at Onefest 2012!
We are incredibly excited to have the band back as they have recently been named on the BBC Sound of 2012 List. As supporters of the original event we were very keen for them to come back especially with the current waves they are making in the music world.
Michele Stodart has temporarily hung up her bass and recorded her debut solo album, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, out April 2nd on Keepsake Records.
Alongside touring the world, releasing albums with The Magic Numbers and becoming a mother, she’s stolen every chance she could to take her songs into the studio. Written and produced by Michele, with a helping hand from engineer Phil Brown (Talk Talk, Beth Gibbons, Joni Mitchell), ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’ dishes up a veritable banquet of delicacies on a debut that owes as much to the strum of the acoustic guitar as it does to the richness of the jazz vocal, noted particularly on track ‘O Heart of Mine’.
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula?.
To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar.
Onefest is really excited and pleased to have Nick perform in 2012.
“If imagination, energy and bags of talent were the only factors in making a successful pop career, few would deny that Squeeze man Glenn Tilbrook has backed a winner in Nick Harper…Splendid stuff” – MOJO magazine
Cut a Shine
Cut A Shine are a London based troupe of traditional musicians, dynamic dancers and crazy callers determined to spread the word that the Hoe Down is a’happening!
From Hoxton to Humberside, from Amnesty International to Bestival, Cut A Shine are putting ceili back on the map – whether at sell out dances in London or the top summer festivals. This “Anarchic Hillbilly Barn Dancing Squad” will bring a rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, exhilarating, heart thumping, blood pumping barn dance creation to your event.
Whilst the banjo and the fiddle set the tone, the callers instruct any audience through do-si-do’s and strip the willows, until all are involved!
Kidnap Alice are a new band based in London but hailing from the South West and South East of England. The band mix up classic Bluegrass and ‘Old Time’ tunes with a modern twist, and give their own original songs the Bluegrass treatment with fiery mandolin, blistering banjo and slapped bass. Soulful vocals and tight arrangements from a classic acoustic string band line up, the band bridge the gap between vintage Rhythm and Blues and Appalachian mountain music.
The band’s début festival performance took place at Glastonbury in 2010 and have since performed at Camp Bestival, The Big Chill, Green Man, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Alternative Village Fete at the National Theatre, and The Shakespeare’s Globe amongst others.
Raghu is a singer-songwriter with a mission, a one-time scientist who gave up a highly successful career in Europe to return to India to create a new style of his own, which he describes as “Indian folk-rock, with world rhythms creeping in”. He is based in the city of Bengaluru in southern India, and his aim, he says, is to bring new pride to those who speak the local language, Kannada, which is under threat as other language influences pervade. So, Raghu set out to become an international artist, singing in Kannada as well as English, and in the process publicising the work of the great Kannada poets by setting their works to new music.
Battle of the bands winners
Maria Byrne & The Broken String
Maria first came to people’s attention last year when she recorded live sessions with both John Kennedy at XFM and Janice Long at BBC Radio 2. Radio play from Alison Curtis (Today FM, Ireland) Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2) and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) followed. Maria is an Irish singer-songwriter, originally from Cobh in Cork who now divides her time between there and London. Her uniquely phrased lyrics are based on intuitive slants on affairs of the heart and she has even dared to bravely spin the lyric ‘all you need is love’ in a fresh direction. She is joined on her debut album by The Broken String, a group of talented multi-instrumentalists who play double bass, fiddle, cello, drums, mandolin, guitar and piano.
The Gallant Tailors
The Gallant Tailors are a six piece acoustic, indie style band, hailing from Salisbury Wiltshire. They formed in late 2010 as a result of midnight tea drinking sessions and musical collaboration. From this, they decided to bring their music to a wider audience. A mixture of folk and indie, with a spattering of pop, they create beautiful toe-tapping music! They are due to perform at Salisbury Arts Centre and have been played on BBC Introducing many times. They are now out and about this summer gigging all around and working on their debut album. “Onefest” is their first festival!
Tumuli Stage in association with BBC Introducing
A genuine Freakshow
Crash and the Bandicoots
Anchor and the Wolf