The Skimmity Hitchers
Saturday 23 May | 9pm
Rising from the cider soaked floors of Dorset’s back street boozers, the Skimmity Hitchers now roam the full girth of the West Country and beyond. Bringing their dry and fruity blend of Scrumpy & Western music to venues, festivals and fairs, these scrumpy swillin’ reprobates appeal to young and old, and everyone from folkies to cider punks, beardy badgers to shifty blaggers.
The ‘Hitchers blend razor sharp parodies and original material with a raucous stage show, spontaneous audience interaction, cheeky banter and general cider shenanigans…
In their quest to bring proper job drinkin’ music to the masses the band have appeared at events of all types and sizes. Highlights include Camp Bestival, Boomtown Fair, Great Dorset Steam Fair, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and
OutCider Festival, but there’s simply nowhere these four fellas can’t instigate a good time.
They have Christened children, tamed hordes of hairy bikers and even serenaded Tony Benn with his own personal number. And now it’s the turn of the Welsh Perry & Cider Festival…
Fight The Bear
Saturday 23 May | 7.15pm
Since forming in 2004 Fight The Bear have been spreading their music far and wide. From the rain and mud of T in the Park festival Scotland to recording in summer heat of Nashville USA. They have also been featured on BBC radio 1 being described by Nick Grimshaw as ‘Epic’. To date they have recorded 3 studio albums and are looking forward to a busy summer playing some of the UK’s biggest festivals.
Saturday 23 May | 5.30pm
Chris Summerill is a being of pure rock’n roll energy from Aberdare in South Wales. Chris started off playing on his own armed only with an acoustic guitar; the only doctrine he followed was play anywhere. To truly appreciate the repertoire of Chris Summerill he must be seen live, there are no two ways about it. Chris provides one of the highest energy shows today and whether it’s a 15 minute acoustic support slot or a three-hour-flat-out-full-band-electric-extravaganza you will definitely feel like you have witnessed something special.
Saturday 23 May | 3.45pm
A four piece rock covers band from Tonyrefail/Risca, covering a wide range of songs from Abba to Biffy Clyro. A firm favourite at the Welsh Perry & Cider Festival having supported us since nearly day one.
Made up of cider-loving Dai Boy Evans on drums; the wizard that they called Oz on lead guitarist/vocals who has the talent to re-write songs to make them their own; lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Lee Mayes, who started the band and is also a novice cider maker; and finally Gavla, the baby of the band with numerous music degrees and a real talent on the bass and vocals.
Dan James has been a full time professional musician since 1997. He writes stories about people and their visceral struggle for existence – the hardships of fishermen, farmers and miners and the injustices of their lives.
He derives much inspiration from the landscape – he loves the bleak post-industrial landscape of Blaenavon and being high up in the mountains, as it’s a great place to think and be creative.
Dan James is also half of duo Miln & James and part of trio Brand F with expert spoons player Paul Weir. In previous incarnations he has also been singer and main songwriter with folk rock band Reincarnation; member of seminal folk band Firebrand; and guitarist with jazz outfit The Gareth Hall Quintet. In his time with these bands he has played Glastonbury (Pilton) festival five times and has performed as far afield as Jersey Irish Festival and Haird O Knochrach festival in Scotland. He has also appeared on two highly regarded folk compilation CDs ‘A feast of folk’ and ‘Best of British Folk’ alongside such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Kathryn Tickell.