|Saturday 31st July, 2021
Dean Friedman burst onto the scene with the Top 20 chart success of his infectious hit single, Ariel, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable pop song about a free spirited, pot-smoking, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "...way on the other side of the Hudson". Friedman scored again with the release of his follow up album, “Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’, and the now classic hit single, Lucky Stars. This magical duet, performed with singer, Denise Marsa, zoomed to the top of the UK singles charts, going instantly gold. Lucky Stars paved the way for a slew of Friedman hits, including familiar radio staples such as Lydia, Rocking Chair, McDonald’s Girl and Woman of Mine. Oh, and did we mention he composed, produced and performed the soundtrack to the TV series, 'Boon' along with the low-budget classic horror flick, 'I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle'?
“Every song in this show is a classic.” (London Theatre Guide), “Songsmith Extraordinaire” – (Music Week), “Stunning Musicianship” (HotPress), “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!” – (ThreeWeeks)… are just a few of the superlatives used to describe his unique and original talent.
In addition to his many multi-media projects, Dean is the author of 'The Songwriter's Handbook' and conducts 'Songwriting Masterclasses' around the world. Dean will be conducting a Songwriting Masterclass' [Artist Panel Discussion w/ several other SongFest Artists + Q&A] to be held in the early afternoon - 1pm to 2pm - prior to the main festival performances.
Tickets to the
'Songwriter's Masterclass' can be purchased as 'ADD ONS' during the
A few years back marked the 40th Anniversary of the release of Dean's critically acclaimed and best-selling album, "Well, Well," Said the Rocking Chair' which he celebrated by performing the entire album 'live', along with other fan favorites, on a sold-out UK tour. For this year's SongFest, audiences can expect to hear choice selections from that classic album as well as fan-favorites from his extensive, eight-album, song catalog, plus selections from his latest album-in-progress. Join Dean for a collection of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share. (Also, this whole SongFest concept was Dean's idea! ;-)
Although often mistaken for a humble village in Lincolnshire, in point of fact, Boothby Graffoe is a critically acclaimed and award-winning, English comedian, singer-songwriter and playwright. He is particularly known for his surreal sense of humour and work with Canadian band, Barenaked Ladies, as well as actor/comedian Omid Djalili. Following his awesome performance at the first SongFest, Boothby is back to delight audiences at both SongFests 2019 (south & north).
Here's what comedian Stewart Lee once said of Boothby Graffoe: 'Most stand-ups secretly want to be rock stars, their ambitions thwarted only by their total lack of musical ability. This man is unique amongst comedians, in that he’s a real musician, who has been moonlighting as a funnyman since re-naming himself after a Lincolnshire village sometime during the Thatcher era. Boothby Graffoe is a multi-talented, darkly hilarious, grade A British eccentric, who can twist your funny bone one minute, and break your heart the next. A musical comedy act who is more musical than most musicians, and funnier than most comedians.’
We are pleased that Boothby is joining us for his 3rd appearance at SongFest and hope that given the fact that his concerts have been selling out all over the UK, we hope we'll be able to afford him next year!
Note: Boothby Graffoe will be participating in the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' Artist Panel Discussion to be held from 1pm to 2pm, prior to the festival performances. Tickets to the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' can be purchased as 'ADD ONS' during the ticket-order process.
We're delighted that Tracey Curtis is able to join us, again, at this year's SongFest. An audience favorite, when she performed at the very first SongFest, Tracey Curtis returns for both SongFests 2020 to perform a full set of her uniquely personal and thoroughly engaging songs. Tracey Curtis describes herself as an anarchist, a vegan, an activist and mother who bases herself in Ammanford, West Wales. Tracey was a member of the truly wonderful post-punk pop band, Shelley's Children. Since then she's released three acclaimed solo albums containing deftly crafted and beautifully performed, heartfelt songs about real life, love, and politics. If you've never heard Tracey perform her joyous, delightfully poignant and bitingly funny songs, you're in for a rare treat.
Note: Tracey Curtis will be participating in the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' Artist Panel Discussion to be held from 1pm to 2pm, prior to the festival performances. Tickets to the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' can be purchased as 'ADD ONS' during the ticket-order process.
|Lach (pronounced ‘Latch’) is acknowledged as
the godfather of anti-folk, a hybrid genre that started
out in the East Village of New York City, when he and a bunch of young
musicians, raised on punk, but playing acoustic guitars and writing
literate songs, were tossed out of traditional folk clubs and forced to
create their own underground music scene. Here's what folks say about
Lach's inimitable style...
"Lach is the mastermind of Antifolk, like a Lower East Side rendezvous of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Like black snow, stalled subway cars and random violence, Lach is a Manhattan institution." - NY Times
"Lach is incredibly bright, he's influential, he's funny, he's smart, and he’s got his own, sort of, counter-culture charm. A very intelligent songwriter, funny, poetic. He became part of New York folklore." - Suzanne Vega “
"He's a street-corner ambassador. Lach is beat. He's a ringmaster. He's a poet's poet." - Michelle Shocked
"Lach is a star! More Woody Allen than Woody Guthrie and a raised middle finger to the folk purists." - NME
“Lach’s Great.” - Bob Dylan
In recent years, Lach and his anti-folk movement has been transplanted to Edinburgh, where he's been embraced by UK audiences, and celebrated due to the success of his The Lach Chronicles radio diary series, which ran for three seasons on BBC Radio 4 and has been heard by hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide. The show was chosen Top Radio Pick by The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Daily Mail and Radio Times! We're very excited to welcome Lach for his first apperance at SongFest!
Kal Lavelle is an Irish born singer
songwriter, now living in London. The Sunday Mirror listed her as a 'One
to Watch' and her friend Ed Sheeran brought her on tour in both the UK &
Ireland. Kal Lavelle's 'Shivers' EP went Top 5 in the iTunes Singer
Songwriter chart and Top 10 in Japan, Netherlands and Belgium! Her
single 'Breakfast At Tiffanys' was named iTunes 'Single Of The Week' in
the UK and was downloaded more than 60,000 times! Kal's new album 'For
The Loved And Lost' hit the Top 5 in five countries iTunes Singer
Songwriter Charts (Japan, UK, Ireland, Hong Kong & Switzerland) and Top
10 in France. The album also topped the Hong Kong iTunes Singer
Songwriter album charts at Number 1! Both singles from the album went
Top 3 in the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart in both the UK & Ireland,
with 'Blue Lagoon' hitting Number 1 in Ireland and Number 2 in the UK!
'Blue Lagoon' will also feature on the Next Big Thing show on all
British Airways flights from May 2018. Kal's music has garnered plays
on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 show, Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music Show, BBC
Introducing, BBC Suffolk, Rare FM, Radio Warwickshire, Laurel Canyon
Radio (USA) & WMSC-90.3FM (USA). Kal's Sold Out album launch took place
on Friday 1st June 2018 in the stunning St Giles in the Fields Church,
in central London.
But here's the thing... all those impressive radio and chart credits are nice, but really beside the point. The point is, Kal Lavelle is a consumate singer/songwriter with an angelic voice who writes sublime songs filled with passion, truth and heart. And we're delighted to have her back performing her wonderful songs at SongFest.
"Get her music into your life!" - Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) "It’s very emotional stuff." - Simon Lederman (BBC London) "The wonderful Kal Lavelle has never sounded better" - Stephen Foster (BBC Suffolk)
Note: Kal Lavelle will be participating in the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' Artist Panel Discussion to be held from 1pm to 2pm, prior to the festival performances. Tickets to the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' can be purchased as 'ADD ONS' during the ticket-order process.
|It's easy to be momentarily dazzled by her dandelion head of hair, but then become transfixed by her easy way of singing and playing not-quite-pop-songs (though that hasn't stopped her from writing numerous chart hits, including co-writing a #1 hit, 'Little Things', with Ed Sheeran, for the boy-band, One Direction), and not-exactly-folk-or-jazz-tunes, either. Simply put, Fiona Bevan's songwriting is singular and original, a pop-folk-jazz-fusion amalgam that transcends categories and defines her own unique genre. Raised on classical music and jazz, rather than contemporary pop, Fiona is a multi-instrumentalist who plays almost every instrument on her recordings. Fiona began piano and violin lessons at the age of four, taught herself bass guitar at 14, so she could join a band with her schoolmates, and was writing her own songs on guitar by 15. Rather than study music in college, however, she got a degree in English literature, which was not that surprising considering she is a distant relative of Robert Louis Stevenson’s. “He was my great-great-grandfather’s cousin, so my family was a literary family and I was brought up reading a lot,” she explains. “Words are very important to me and when it comes to writing songs, studying literature really helped; I read a lot of poetry and stuff like that. It’s important to me that the music and the lyrics mean the same thing. To me, that’s great songwriting.” Fiona practices what she preaches, and SongFest audiences are in for a rare treat, as this brilliant songwriting talent shares her words and music with an audience that has a fine appreciation for both.|
Fiona Bevan will be participating in the 'Songwriter's
Masterclass' Artist Panel Discussion to be held from 1pm to
2pm, prior to the festival performances. Tickets to the 'Songwriter's
Masterclass' can be purchased as 'ADD ONS' during the ticket-order
|Charlotte Campbell delighted audiences with her debut performance at last year's SongFest. Over the last few years, she has rightfully earned the title of 'Queen of Busking', as a London Street Artist, charming the ears of locals and tourists alike. Through glorious summers and bitterly cold winters, she can be found sharing her original music with crowds along the Southbank. As a teenager, Campbell attended the BRIT School in South London and went on to study songwriting at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Building an online fanbase through street art, Charlotte has released 3 albums; her singles “Streets of London” and “Songbird” have gained attention from Mark Forest’s BBC Introducing, as well as having her single “Free The Night” featured and named official song of London’s Night Tube. Charlotte's latest release is a compilation album of songs from my previous three albums; including new recordings and remasters of her most requested original tracks. Instead of braving the crowds and chancing the weather along the Southbank, enjoy this chance to hear the heartfelt, honest and hope-filled songs of this delightful and original singer-songwriter in the intimate indoor setting of SongFest. Bumbershoots not required!|
|Basically, Ben writes songs that are funny as
hell. Here's what the press has to say about him...
'Rarely departs a stage without leaving it torn to shreds in his wake. A master of the craft.' - GQ Magazine
'The London-based perfomer has been touring steadily for the past two decades, and he’s developed a razor sharp act in the process. It’s hard to think of anyone on the circuit who works an audience with as much skill and flair.' - The Scotsman
'...an acerbic attitude, a well-stocked arsenal of sharp lines and the wherewithal to work any crowd make Norris one of the more engaging and enjoyable acts on the circuit ' - Chortle
Check out the youtube clip, below, of Ben's song 'Jenny', off his just-released album, 'Moral Vacum'; then come hear him perform at SongFest 2020!
|Saturday 24th July|
|note:the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' Artist Panel Discussion plus Q&A, to be held from 1pm to 2pm, prior to the festival performances. Tickets to the 'Songwriter's Masterclass' can be purchased as 'ADD ONS' during the ticket-order process.|
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