And it’s over to Chris Sutton, station manager from Chester’s Flipside Radio and champion of local music, to tell us all about a special music festival happening in the city later this month.
Flipside Radio, a community radio station based in Chester, presents ‘Seeds’ Music Festival at Alexander’s Live on Sunday 31st July.
This family friendly festival, now in its third year, offers a mix of music, art, dance and poetry that promotes and celebrates local live performance and community radio.
Seeds is a semi-acoustic festival where the bands will be playing a mix of alt-folk, folk-rock, americana and country blues. The DJs will be playing a sunshine soundtrack to compliment the bands playing.
There will be two live music stages showcasing the cream of the music scene from Chester and the surrounding areas.
On the outdoor stage in the garden there will be sets from Heal The Last Stand, The Glendale Family, Campfire Social, Texas Banjo Massacre, Alx Green, Anna Houghton, Mountainface and Isabella Crowther.
The outdoor acoustic stage in the courtyard will feature a mix of live acoustic music, poetry, spoken word flash fiction from Ginger Open mic and swing dance from Vintage Kicks – Dance.
Musicians performing on the acoustic stage include Jon Coley, Joseph Leo, The Northern Outlaws, Tom Martin, Danny Bradley and C-90.
There will be loads to do for the kids, including a dress-up photo booth, face-painting and glitter tattoos by Glitterbugz and an art space to get creative. It will feature local independent stalls Hush Vintage, Cyprium Jewelery, Henna by Angela and Suzy Schneider: ‘A Piece of Work’. There also will be a Pop-up Bar and BBQ in the garden
When: Sunday 31st July. 12noon – Midnight – £5 entry
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And here’s some more info about the bands taking part:
Heal The Last Stand
Their music is influenced by 60/70’s west coast Folk/Americana, echoing the deep sentiments of the Summer of Love, with an ocean of harmony like Crosby, Stills & Nash meets First Aid Kit.
Heal are Joey – Guitars, Vocals, Laura – Guitars, Vocals, Stan – Piano, Vocals, Thom – Guitars, Vocals.
Based in Wrexham, UK, since 2007, Heal The Last Stand have been aiming to create music that makes people feel better. Armed with Acoustic Guitars and a Piano, Heal found themselves in the fortuitous position of having four willing singers in the band, this led to the harmony element of their sound quite by accident. Add to that lyrics with an Earthly sentimentality that speak to the Heart and you have a band who project Love through music with great ease.
It was Joey’s dream, a band in the spirit of peace. He brought together a gang of musicians/friends and recorded an EP in the Summer of 2007, by December that year their first gig was booked and the line-up decided, funnily enough it was Joey’s siblings Laura and Stan who stood with him, and their mutual friend Thom.
An Album (What Love Is…) in 2009 and an EP (Peace Is The Word) in 2010, created enough buzz for them to tour Europe and California. Clocking up hundreds of shows in their time together, including festivals like Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party. This led to them head-lining Focus Wales Music Conference and the Small World Stage at Glastonbury in 2015 and they have played at both again in 2016.
Heal’s single ‘The Gathering’ was play-listed on BBC Radio Wales and was BBC Radio Wales ‘Artist of the Week’.
In 2013 they set about recording their first album with the full band, releasing their first single from that record to mark Peace Day that year. Because of admin problems at the studio the album became problematic to finish, but the new album, ‘Mighty River’ on ‘Everybody Wants Peace Records’ is set to be released very soon.
The line-up for their acoustic set at Seeds is –
Thomas Hyndman – guitar, vocals, keys, Christopher Hembrough-Done – guitar, vocals, percussion and Carrie Hyndman – keys, vocals, viola, percussion.
Other members include Andy Lowe-Smith on drums, guitar and vocals and Mark Vernall on bass and vocals.
Founded in 2015 and hailing from Llangollen and Chester , Campfire Social are an Alt-Folk/Sunshine-Pop outfit that rose from the ashes of ‘Shy and the Fight’. Their sound is a pop sensibility with an alternative folk leaning. Harmonies are the key with these guys, beautiful melodies carrying heartfelt, well thought out lyrics over fantastic, feel-good pop tunes.
They have an EP out at the moment called ‘A Collection Of Home Recordings’ on the independent record label ‘Drum With Our Hands’ and a full album set for release later in the year
Texas Banjo Massacre
Through their mutual disillusionment with just about everything, except music and all things five stringed and banjo shaped, Dave Steele and Pat Ranscombe set about changing the universe.(This is often referred to as amidlife crisis)
And so, in January 2016 Texas Banjo Massacre was born. The aforementioned musical troubadours teamed up with a posse of wandering souls and began choogling.
Based in the North West’s cultural mecca of Chester they are Jordan Curley – vocals, Pat Ranscombe – guitars, vocals, and banjos, Dave Steele – guitars, vocals and banjo, Pete Atwood – bass, Tony O’Leary – keyboards and Barbara Grande Gil – drums.
They play a blend of edgy, garage country folk rock, with a bit of banjo somewhere. They are already creating a rumble with a clutch of shows in and around Chester with a radio session to boot. Currently writing and recording material for a forthcoming project which is yet to be announced, 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting prospect for these guys.
Listen to some of the band’s material.
If you want to get in touch you can email Pat at –
The Glendale Family
The Glendales are a collective based in North Wales and Chester who play a brand of 60s folk/psychedelic, blues and pop. They are strongly influenced by good stories like Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland, poets Ivor Cutlor and John Cooper Clarke and writers Hunter S. Thompson, Ernest Hemmingway and Alexander Trocci. New single ‘Acorn’ is driven by lucid dreams, 60’s psychedelia and a healthy dose of Grace Slick vibes.
‘A true treasure, they filled the room with pure joy’ – Bethan Elfyn BBC Radio Wales and BBC 6 Music.
‘A band of great promise with a female vocalist reminiscent of Grace Slick’ – Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music.
Have a listen