Kahlo After Frida brings together the solo (flamenco/folk) guitar playing of Simon Cottle with the arresting vocals of Louise Armstrong (Scouting for Boys, Lux Bristol-based bands). An exciting fusion of original compositions and dynamic reinterpretations results. And all performed in the creative and critical spirit of the artist Frida Kahlo.
Twin Stranger is a Welsh 5 piece power-pop project led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Alex McConnachie. The band’s sound is a mix of hooky bass-driven pop melodies, synth freak-outs and dreamy guitar soundscapes. Initially a bedroom recording project, McConnachie enlisted his multi-instrumentalist brother Liam as well as friends, bassist Josh Newington, Joe Tobin on keyboards and drummer Eric Karvik. Following 2 successful singles so far in 2020 (Tears of Joy and Crushed) Twin Stranger are due to release their third offering “White”, after being tipped by BBC Introducing, SiriusXM and KROQ Radio in the US
Keith Hyett’s classical guitar music is a joy to listen to. He will take you on a journey in time and place with his tunes which are inspired by medieval English music to flamenco guitar music. Poetry and places have also been a great influence on his compositions. Living near the Severn estuary he has been influenced by the ebb and flow of the tides. Go to his website www.keithhyettguitarist.co.uk for further information.
David is a Chepstow based singer-songwriter who writes and performs mainly his own original acoustic music, incorporating a wide range of musical influences. The result is a diverse set-list covering rhythmic foot tappers, introspective, finger-picked ballads and many things in between.
Giles is an original singer songwriter who uses alternative tunings to give quite an individual sound to his songs. His influences are far ranging from John Martyn to modern Psychedelia. Giles performs locally and has toured as a warmup artist with Steve Payne through Europe on few occasions, his interpretation of a charity Rob Hendrixe song Tears has been picked up and played on a few played on Dutch Radio stations.
The Shaughnessy Brothers are an instrumental trio using violin, guitar and accordion to play an eclectic mix of music from around the world – from The Mexican Hat Dance to Irish Jigs to Russian classic tunes, with also a selection of contemporary music. Welsh classics feature like Calon Lan, Cwm Rhondda (and Delilah!). They aren’t Irish, They aren’t Brothers – They are The Shaughnessy Brothers
Offa’s Tykes is the name of the u3a Ukulele Group. They first met in 2014 as complete beginners and enjoy playing and singing together improving their skills. Offer’s Tykes put on a performance programme twice a year, mainly in Care Homes, coffee mornings, and local schools, they also play for u3a events.
The choir, formed in 1988, have performed in numerous venues across the UK and overseas including several cathedrals, most famously St. Paul’s. They have a broad repertoire with many diverse offerings such as: Welsh hymns, traditional hymns, folk songs, shanties, opera, and songs from popular shows. The choir gives concerts for various charities, corporate events, weddings and receptions. They give two of their own concerts in Chepstow each year, a Summer concert at St. Mary’s Priory Church and the Christmas Concert at Chepstow Leisure Centre. Upcoming performances include the Royal Albert Hall, in April 2022 with The Festival of Mass Welsh Choirs.
The Samba Band are a Community samba band playing Afro Brazilian Drumming styles based in Chepstow with over 25 active members. They run Samba Workshops Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Chepstow and Newport. Please message to get involved.
Russell Jones Jr is a jazz swing artist. He used to be a member of the choir ‘Only Boys Aloud’, which came third in Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, and, has recently come off the Xfactor. Best known for his rendition of the jungle book Disney classic ‘I Wanna Be Like You’.
Russell has also worked with and performed for some of the biggest names, including Ellie Goulding, The Saturdays and Conor Maynard. He has performed for Amy Child and Gemma Collins, from ‘The Only Way is Essex’. Performed at London’s fashion week ‘The Royal Fashion Day Event’. And performed on Coronation Street’s cobbles for their Christmas special.
There’s more to Spanish dancing than just stamping your feet!
Lesley Mills reveals some lesser-known aspects of Spain’s wonderful dance heritage – regional, folk, Bolero. As well as, of course, a little flamenco stamping.
She has appeared on stage and film, and especially enjoys performing for local care home residents.
South Wales based singer/songwriter Jamee Sumers, has unique soulful vocals which emanate raw emotion.
Drawing his information from his life, cultivating each story from an honest viewpoint,
Poetry plays a significant role throughout the entirety of THP’s music, infusing hip hop. spoken word and soul, combining with open and honest lyrics
An active singer/songwriter for much of his life, he even played Glastonbury’s Avalon Stage twice in the late ‘90s.
The global pandemic provided a tsunami wave of creativity. While much of the world was adjusting to lockdown and being confined in their homes, McConnachie used that chaos and uncertainty as a driving force to explode creatively with new songs and ideas.
John McConnachie’s new album is a relatable look into human behaviour, and also acts as a heartfelt remedy for the anguish felt by much of the world since the global pandemic changed our lives in 2020. Push For The Light will be available on all digital platforms including Apple Music and Spotify from 2nd April.
Roaring Meg is a dynamic covers’ band with a difference! This all-female 4-piece play a variety of much-revered but rarely heard numbers spanning many decades and genres. They’ll have you singing along, tapping your feet and maybe even dancing. The band thrives on the energy and fun of a live performance. So, come and join Ange (bass), Donna (vocals), Linda (guitar) and Terry (drums) for a great afternoon’s entertainment.
Cantores is a singing group of women of a certain age who love to perform songs arranged in two, three or four-part harmony, accompanied by the piano or acapella. These will generally be songs the audience recognise and can join in with.
The Ukes uv Azzard are a ukulele band based in the Forest of Dean. Comprising around a dozen performers, their rollicking set gets feet tapping, hands clapping, and the greatest compliment of all – the audience up and dancing.
Double Measure features two local singer-songwriters: Sue Skinner (vocals, tenor guitar) from the Forest of Dean andTrevor Valentine (vocals, guitars) from over the water in Thornbury. Prepare for a heady mix of self-penned songs, traditional and contemporary British and American folk songs with a shot or two of Country music thrown in for good measure.The resulting cocktail of Sue’s pure vocal tones reminiscent of Judy Collins, and Trevor’s deep velvet tones and dynamic, sensitive guitar accompaniment will leave you wanting more.
Murder, mayhem, mirth and amorous adventures – it’s all in the mix!
Poets of Wordcatcher Publishing showcasing their books and performing readings. Welsh poet Philip John, originally from the Rhondda Valleys, now resides in Chepstow and has two poetry volumes published which explore the human condition, history, nature, and our treatment of the planet. James Morgan-Jones is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and author of The Glasswater Quintet, a sequence of literary supernatural novels. His first collection of poetry was published in 2019. Sam Smith, now living in Blaengarw, is editor of The Journal and publisher of Original Plus books. He has several poetry collections and novels and has won several awards.
Chepstow Musical Show Choir are a choir based in Chepstow who love to sing, have fun and are great friends! The choir has produced large scale concerts in-house and is invited to perform at several local and some rather prestigious events. During lockdown, they rehearsed and produced videos virtually whilst they couldn’t sing together in person.
The mesmerising sound of Samba Reggae Drumming, performed by the Batala band from Bristol, is a samba style originating in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The electric enthusiasm of the drummers, the stylish colourful costumes and eye-catching synchronised choreography, makes for an extraordinary multi-sensual experience, and you will be dancing away to the hypnotic rhythms before you know it!
Formed in 2008, mainly from beginners, the Recorder Group has gone from strength to strength and now boasts 30 proficient players, tackling music ranging from 16th Century dances, to traditional folk tunes and modern pieces. The Group gives a number of concerts each year and especially enjoys playing in primary schools because the children respond so well to the tunes and rhythms we play. We are proud to have raised significant sums for charity over the years.
‘The Singing Club’ is based in Monmouthshire and is made up of 3 open access community choirs. They welcome anyone who wants to experience the joys of group singing and have raised thousands of pounds for local causes and charities.
In ‘normal’ times the singing club performs classical, gospel, folk, show songs, world music, opera, madrigals and jazz. The singing club has continued to meet regularly on Zoom and has not let the pandemic stop Them! Most recently they took part in the online Usk Choral Festival.
They are all very much looking forward to singing in real life together again outdoors this summer.
Rob Connolly Band is an acoustic trio from Bulwark and Tintern with guitar, Cajon, and close harmony, performing a mix of original and cover songs. Their style is folk/country/pop similar to the Eagles, Paul Simon and the Beautiful South. They have been together for 4 years and played several local venues and festivals including Coleford, Caerleon and Tintern Folk on the Lawn, to rave reviews! They bring energy and commitment to songs about love, loss and break-up and everything in between!
Charlotte Young stormed onto the music scene during lockdown in 2020 with her debut single ‘Whiplash’ and accompanying EP ‘Blown Away’ both reaching #1 in the UK Country Chart. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter creates a unique sound that strikes a balance with old-fashioned country feelings and contemporary country sounds taking influence from the likes of Johnny Cash, The Eagles & Carrie Underwood. Charlotte’s music demonstrates a real diversity in her powerful and smoky-sounding vocal range in addition to her elegant, yet relatable songwriting. Charlotte is currently endorsed by the dutch company Eigenpicks and G7th Capos and is currently managed by Chepstow Festival team member Rachel Sellick from Scarlet River Management.
Originally from South Wales, Bob has been performing at Festivals and gigs throughout the country and overseas. Having performed in the Folk Clubs of South Wales, Bob eventually joined Brian Tatler from the NWOHM band “Diamond Head”. Performing as a Vocalist and performing at well-known venues such as the Marquee in London and touring nationwide. Returning after 5yrs on the road, Bob went back to his roots and can now be found performing at Festivals throughout the country, such as Beacon Festival, Godney Gathering, Watchet Festival, Brecon Festival, Trowbridge Festival, The Green Gathering, Glastonbury Calling and many more.
Bob has worked with Boon Gould (Level 42), Dave Sharp(The Alarm) and performed alongside Steve Knightly, Phil Beer (Show Of Hands ) and Reg Meuross, amongst others. Bob says…..” Music has always been my journey to the Soul.”
Sub Cultures are a young indie/alternative four-piece hailing from the border of South Wales and Gloucestershire.
The band was formed in Gloucestershire in 2019 by close school-friends Kane Radnor (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Lewis Perks (lead guitar), who swiftly recruited Charlie Foster (bass) and Eric Karvik (drums) to complete the line-up.
They have quickly developed their own hard, driving, pulsating sound along with a reputation for intense live shows. Key inspirations and influences include The Cure and Joy Division, alongside more contemporary acts such as Shame, Fontaines D.C., Title Fight and JAWS.
Alex is a 19-year-old Welsh, English and Thai blues/rock musician.
A singer, guitarist and songwriter from Penhow, South Wales. Alex is a live music fanatic and loves performing gigs. He has been performing live since the age of 15 and has been in front of many audiences and met many fellow professional musicians in that time. He loves interacting with audiences and expressing himself through music and performing.