As we confirm our acts, we’ll add them here and announce on our festival Facebook page.
FRIDAY 6th JULY
The Adelaides are a British country-pop trio from Birmingham, England and is formed of Paris Georgia, Alicia Alba and Abi Phillips. In February 2018, they played the entrance stage for the Script in Birmingham, and in March they will be at the C2C Festival at the London O2 supporting Faith Hill Tim McGraw Emmylou Harris and a plethora of other country Legends. We are honoured that they will be our UK headliners in July.
Static Alice have already been dubbed one of the hardest working bands out there. Having supported for acts such as 'Brother and Bones' and 'Evarane' Static Alice are making their mark with their debut album 'The Ghost of Common Sense'. The album has received high acclaim having had 'Southern Star' played on BBC Radio 1 and the album featured on various radio stations in the south of the UK.
The Pirates are a 6 piece band from Jersey, playing a unique brand of Ska, Rock and Gypsy Folk all rolled into one. Formed in 2011, with their punchy and abrupt songs the band have been creating a buzz in Jersey and abroad, having been asked to headline the second stage tent at Penn Festival(UK) 2013 and 2014. 2015 saw the re-release of the bands first EP ‘Loose Cannon’ and the release of their debut album ‘Filthy Bilge’. They have also played Chaos Festival as well as Sark Roots Festival in 2017. Undeniably cheeky, perhaps a little vulgar, The Pirates come with a superb party spirit and are quintessentially the perfect band for our summer festival.
The Recks are an alternative five piece band hailing from the tiny Isle of Sark, whose genre-bending repertoire includes gypsy jazz, folk, reggae, indie, hip-hop and rock. Formed in 2012 from a motley collection of misfits on an Island 3 miles x 1.5 miles long, the band set out to write contemporary multi-genre music with a roots-based foundation and quickly amassed a full set of lively, infectious songs that began to set crowds alight at packed out Festival tents around the UK and France. Positive reviews followed from MTV News, Q Magazine and Drowned in Sound, with the latter declaring them “the new kings of schizophrenic folk".
Wondergeist formed at the tail end of 2014, conceived by Peter Gilliver and Steve Wickins, following some common interests and acoustic sessions. What started as a leisurely exercise blossomed into a full album being recorded at the end of 2015. With Support from various local artistes, including Greg Harrison, Jo Lamb, Stu Ogier, Tim Adkins, Jo Rathband, Mikey Ferbrache and Peter Mitchell, the self-titled debut received much positive feedback. The Indie-folk collective have taken on a shoegaze hue since Pete Gilliver moved to London in 2016. With a second album in progress, expect new songs as they look forward to playing in Sark again. Influences include The Cribs, Radiohead and Ane Brun.
Born from an unplugged night in a storm-battered public bar on Guernsey's west coast, the Space Pirates of Rocquaine have been a constant on the island's live scene since 2008. Their songwriting draws heavily on Guernsey's heritage and mostly finds influence in local lore and folktales. With a sound that blends their Folk and Roots stylings with a Rock/Pop undertone, this upbeat six-piece is best enjoyed with your dancing boots on.
An award winning band from Cornwall playing a rich mixture of original Cornish green-grass, folk and country songs. They weave memories and lore; striking colourful impressions of the verdant Cornish landscape, its surrounding sea and the haunts of both its living and dead. This is fresh and heartfelt music, guaranteed to take the listener on a magical journey.
A tantalising formation of feisty rock, sublime melody and infectious groove, Tantale are difficult to categorise due to their capricious desires toward serene and the psychotropic sonic. Their first two albums ‘The Known Elements' and ‘Just Add Vice’ are soon to be joined by ‘Tightrope’, due for release in February 2018.
Will Wilde has taken the harmonica way beyond its blues roots since he first emerged on the music scene in 2010. Always pushing forward, evolving and redefining his sound. On his latest album, ‘Bring it on Home’, Wilde’s hard-edged harmonica steals the spotlight from the traditional rock guitar, with a sound that owes as much to Jimmy Page or Ritchie Blackmore as it does to Sonny Boy Williamson or Little Walter.
Have you got your skanking shoes on? The Honest Crooks hit the Guernsey music scene in 2015 playing a mixture of Ska, Punk and Reggae music designed to make you to dance like an idiot. Over the last three years the ‘Crooks’ have played countless shows across the Channel Islands and have had the pleasure of supporting punk legends Sham 69 and UK Reggae stalwarts The Skints amongst many others. Picking up Naomi Burton on Sax and Keys on the way The Honest Crooks are sure to get the party going!
All the way from Jersey, PARISH 13 incorporate traditional gypsy, shanty, folk and storytelling influences with an up to date feel. The line up of Mandolin, Mandocello, Violin and Bass produce an unusual interpretation with a leaning towards the more melodic.
Matt Bonneville and the Cage Shakers
Jive the night away to classic 50s (with a bit of poetic licence of course!) rock & roll, rhythm & blues, skiffle, rockabilly, country, doo-wop and beat music, by bands/singers such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, The Stray Cats, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash and many more!
Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue are Phil de Garis (guitar) Richard (Doc) de la Moitié (drums) Geoff Davison (bass) Andy Mason (harp and percussion) and Shaun Broughton (vocals). Formed in March 2017, Shades of Blue have gigged steadily through the year playing their take on songs based mainly in the traditions of Blues and Americana with a few band favourites from other genres thrown in for good measure. Influenced by the likes of Howlin Wolf, Clapton, early Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonamassa, King King, to name a few.
Sark Summer Festival is pleased to announce a touch of Reggae featuring “Rentoclean”(Saturday afternoon) A drinking group with a music problem from Guernsey, they specialise in ska/reggae but also play jazz, blues or punk. How about this for a musical genre Guernseypunkyreggaefunkyhiphoprockblues?!
Formed Late Summer 2016, BeanJam are a three piece semi acoustic band, joined by several other musicians. They play many original tracks and loads of re-worked tracks. “We’re kinda modern folk, but not tied to any style – funk, rock & soul also features!”
This Guernsey incarnation of “Pete Frampton’s Escape Committee” known as “TEC GBG” has been going for about 20 years. There have been many names for the same band: Pete Frampton & Chums, Pete Frampton & Friends, Pete Frampton & the Insinerators, Pete Frampton & The Raviators, Pete and some blokes he met in a pub. You guessed it Pete is our leader and although he has been based in UK since 70s, the Guernsey Chums have joined him for many Cobo Balconies as well as the last 10 years of Castle Nights at Castle Cornet. Expect some great interpretations of classic songs.
Country Blues with a bit of Rockabilly. TheWar Poets are one of the top Americana bands in the Channel Islands, performing their own idiosyncratic mix of country, western swing, blues and original material. Fronted by Song writing Academy national semi-finalist Jim Delbridge and featuring some Guernsey’s best known musicians, they appear in a number of different line-ups. One week they are a duo or trio the next they are six-piece. Look out for musicianship of the highest standard and songs to match
Vocal Harmony, Melodic, Foot Stomping Nonsense, or if you prefer: “Tumbleweed are a blend of country, folk and easy rock backed by thick vocal harmonies and melodic slide guitar”.
SEIGNEUR HEDGE VEG
Seigneur Hedge Veg’s original, “beautifully crafted, brilliantly humorous folk songs” (Guernsey Press, June 2017) tell the hair-raising stories of rural backwaters, covering everything from a sexy scarecrow to a haunted tractor. Fresh from recording their debut album, Dave Herschel (guitars, vocals); Derek Beatty (mandolin, vocals) and Andy Mason (harmonica, percussion, vocals) create a heart-warming, toe-tapping, belly-laughing, thigh-slapping hybrid of folk and blues, poking fun at island life using a sharp and pointy stick.
Hailing from Snowdonia on the dramatic North Wales coast, gritty rock/blues/raw acoustic roots musician Daryl James was playing guitar and drums as far back as he can remember. Having toured UK and Europe with many top bands including Buffo’s Wake and The Junk, in 2012 he hit the road with just a ruc-sac and guitar, to pursue an exciting new solo career.
A Guernsey musician and songwriter who has spent most of his life performing live on stage in various bands across the whole of Europe. He has always written songs, carrying around a notebook to write down ideas. Rock Paper Scissors is his first solo album, just a small sample of more than one hundred songs written during the past 35 years.
Scott and Maria are an eclectic acoustic singer songwriter duo. In their ‘Bright Star’ album release you’ll hear many influences from folk, soul, rock, indie and feel good acoustic melodies. Scott has Celtic roots but grew up in the heart of Wessex. Maria also has Celtic Irish and Greek roots. The combination of their fiery strong voices and worldly influences has created a unique sound and medicine for our times.
The roots of singer songwriter Ellis Freijser lie in the region of Zaanstreek in the Netherlands. She started playing guitar about 6 years ago. She writes her own songs about various aspects of life in the genre of singer-songwriter.