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Mad Dog Mcrea & Midnight Mango, in association with Exeter Phoenix, are proud to present
Mad Dog Mcrea’s Gypsy Caravan Weekender
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Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce details for their inaugural Gypsy Caravan Weekender which is taking place over the 2020 Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April 2020, at Exeter Phoenix.
In the Main Auditorium, Thursday sees sassy alt rock/grunge pop band Hands Off Gretel headline with folk/punk festival favourites Black Water County and upcoming Irish rock group Sick Love supporting. Friday sees a return to Exeter Phoenix for high-energy, fiddle leading, footstompin’ Noble Jacks with rockabilly five piece The Hawkmen and Cornish four-piece bluegrass outfit Flats and Sharps supporting. Saturday will be headlined by none other than Mad Dog Mcrea themselves with support from upcoming Irish singer songwriter Amy Montgomery with her raw and beautiful voice and Old Sea Legs which is the new project from Ian Bermingham; songwriter, performer and former frontman of The Eskies.
In Studio 1, which is being curated by BBC Introducing Devon & Cornwall, Thursday will see traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska from The Cabarats with support from earthy, bluesy, ambient, singer songwriter Michael Sykes Band. Friday welcomes back alternative/indie/folk group Huw & the Greater Good and Bicycle Repair Man with their quirky folk style. Saturday Plymouth based indie Rock ‘n’ Roll four-piece Chay Snowdon headline with The Barefoot Bandit supporting with their electrifying blend of modern roots reggae, bass-heavy riddims, deep dark dub and soaring trombone lines.
Thursday: Hands Off Gretel | Black Water County | Sick Love
Friday: Noble Jacks | The Hawkmen | Flats and Sharps
Saturday: Mad Dog Mcrea | Amy Montgomery | Old Sea Legs
BBC Introducing in Studio 1
Thursday: The Cabarats | Michael Sykes Band
Friday: Huw & The Greater Good | Bicycle Repair Man
Saturday: Chay Snowdon | The Barefoot Bandit
THURSDAY: Hands Off Gretel
Hands Off Gretel are a sassy alt rock/grunge pop band from South Yorkshire, who have built themselves a solid live reputation, for a high energy shows that are musically dynamic and visually compelling. They have created the perfect soundtrack of sugar-coated grunge-punk to vent and rail against the issues of body image, mental health, celebrity, childhood and loneliness all of which were addressed from a fiercely female, unapologetic, feminist perspective.
The band have received critical acclaim on their self-released album ‘I Want The World’ (2019). With Classic Rock putting this at No.15 in the Top 50 rock albums of 2019 ‘so far’ and Kerrang Magazine giving it a solid 4/5 Ks.
Black Water County
Through a fusion of folk instruments, punk energy and catchy pop melodies, Black Water County’s sing along choruses rile up audiences all over the UK and across Europe since their first headline tour in 2018. The five piece, 20 something group of friends from Bournemouth came together through their love of playing music live. They tell stories of relationships, the people they meet on the road and their own angsty experiences of growing up looking through the bottom of a pint glass.
Sick Love deliver a high-energy, no holds barred rock show all wrapped up in the most anthemic songs. Described by Hot Press magazine as ‘defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland’, they broke through with sold out shows as well as festival slots at Electric Picnic and Indiependence. The band were quickly marked by many as ones to watch, with the Irish Times preaching they are ‘set to join the Super League of Irish rock bands’. The band’s third single Gun In Your Pocket has just surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify.
BBC Introducing in Studio 1 | Thursday
The Cabarats bring a new musical experience to the global underground, combining traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska.
Michael Sykes Band
Michael Sykes is an earthy, bluesy, ambient, singer songwriter/producer and performs with a hybrid multi-instrument set up. Creating an original sound that peers into the past and reaches into the future. Michael’s music has been used for film and advert’s, he’s had a television performance on BBC1 and airplay on radio stations throughout the UK.
FRIDAY: Noble Jacks
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. The band tour relentlessly, with sold out shows across the UK on their headline tours, shows at major festivals including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival, plus major European festivals. With two albums to their name to date, the debut ‘What The Hammer’ and second album ‘Stay Awake’, both have received great reviews and play on BBC Local Radio and have become firm favourites among their fans and beyond.
Noble Jacks have one of the liveliest show around and invite you to dance with them.
The Hawkmen draw from an array of influences such as rhythm’n’blues, soul, and rock’n’roll which they bring together in a classic, rootsy, hybrid blend. The band emerged as a full, live act in 2017 following the early successes of soul 45 and Craig Charles favourite, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover (Record Kicks, Italy), a northern soul remix of Emma Beatson’s debut single Do It (selected by Craig Charles for the second volume of his Freestyle Records compilation series) and The Hawkmen’s blazing Keep On Working EP (Mocambo, Germany) which yielded another 45 and was widely played on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6.
Flats and Sharps
Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.
BBC Introducing in Studio 1 | Friday
Huw & The Greater Good
Assembled by members from each corner of the UK, alternative/indie/folk group Huw & the Greater Good came together bonded by a love of classic and contemporary music.
Fronted by the uncompromisingly powerful and soulful voice of Huw Eddy, their live show is lauded as a liberating and empowering experience. Songs of self-discovery triumph and heartache inspire audiences to throw down their inhibitions like never before. They deliver – live and on record – nonstop, heart-on-sleeve, electric moments. In the short time they’ve been together they’ve stolen the hearts of audiences up and down the country, they are not one to be missed.
Bicycle Repair Man
They are Bicycle Repair Man. They do not mend bicycles. Only broken hearts. From Metallica to Mumford and Steve Earle to the Stereophonics, no one is safe from their quirky folk style of covers. Throw some original and traditional songs into the mix and you’ve got a Bicycle Repair Man set. James and Matthew combine close vocal harmonies with mandolin melodies, rhythmic guitar work and intricate tenor riffs in an attempt to deliver a two man wall of sound.
SATURDAY: Mad Dog Mcrea
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
The first thing that grabs your attention about Irish singer songwriter Amy Montgomery (apart from her Bohemian look) is her raw and beautiful voice honed from relentless busking throughout Ireland. Her vocals seem to channel the spirit of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick whilst also acknowledging her all-time favourite Alanis Morissette.
Amy has just completed three headline shows in Belfast, London and Dublin, these shows were highly charged where emotions swung from happiness and smiles to audience members literally weeping – these three shows proved incontrovertibly that Amy, at just 20, is ready to take on the world!
Old Sea Legs
Crawling with vivid imagery and colourful characters, a timeless tangle of tongue-twisting, brain-burrowing lyrics that can swing from a breathless barrage to a lilting lament – at times without a moment’s notice – ’Old Sea Legs’ is more than just a nom de guerre for Dublin songwriter and performer Ian Bermingham, former frontman of ‘The Eskies’; it is a window into a world entirely of his own creation.
Displaying all of the storytelling nous and craft of the quintessential folk troubadour, the melodic ear of a pop pioneer and the lyrical largesse that has become so synonymous with Ian’s songwriting, ‘Old Sea Legs’ see’s the Dubliner push himself to new and exciting territories.
BBC Introducing in Studio 1 | Saturday
Chay Snowdon are an Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll four-piece based in Bristol/Plymouth. With Jack Hawkins providing anthemic guitar riffs on lead guitar, George Roach complementing Luke Westwood’s strong and powerful drum sections with his thick and simplistic bass lines. Which when put together provide a sublime wall of sound for Chay Snowdon to add his chugging rhythm guitar and uniquely powerful vocals. Their latest single ‘Men Cry Too!’ has recently received repeated plays by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and enjoyed huge support from Amazing Radio.
The Barefoot Bandit
Their noise comprises of an electrifying blend of modern roots reggae, bass-heavy riddims, deep dark dub and soaring trombone lines. Building a strong and loyal fan base, TBB have spread their sounds far and wide from headlining small stages at Glastonbury Festival to main stage performances at One Love Festival, Glass Butter Beach, Wonderfields and more. A lucrative debut tour of Ireland, countless shows around the UK and multiple appearances at Boomtown Fair have seen The Barefoot Bandit become a prolific festival outfit and perform their dynamic live show in front of audiences of 6000 plus.