Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to - to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to - to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new. As part of this tradition we invite gifted musicians to come and entertain us all over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and this year is no exception!
THESE WERE THE MUSICIANS THAT PLAYED AT THE 2017 GATHERING, ALREADY CONFIRMED FOR 2018 IS "VOJTA"
Short Cover are a dynamic acoustic duo. Leon Kaye and Jeff Topp are both professional musicians in their own right.
They perform music from across the decades from rock, blues to modern pop. The fact that they both play the guitar and take vocals means they can cover a wide range of music to suit the audience they are performing in front of.
Singer-songwriter from Brighton with a mixture of off-beat, soulful and alternative influences. She began busking full time last February and in July was approached by the singer Seal and asked to open his concert that evening. Since then she has continued to busk, gig, travel and record her own original material.
I've been described as many things, but 'the bastard son of Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf', has got to be my favourite. I've got Rob Clarke to thank for that, eclectic impresario at the Arch 1 in East London - one of my favourite places to play. I'm a Brighton based Blues and Roots and Folk man, and I've been been around, doing this thing I love, for a long time. I'm a singer- song writer, and I share that writing process with my partner, Sameena Zehra, a storyteller in her own right.
Over the years, I've played guitar and harmonica, and sung solo, as well as with a lot of different musicians and a few different bands. I've been writing Roots and Folk songs all my life, and I started writing Blues as well.
Rose has been performing as a folk singer/songwriter since 2007, and has supported and worked with many artists including Boo Hewerdine, Phil Beer, Ethan Johns, Raurri Joseph, Jenna Witts, Kristina Olsen, Naw and Woodford Green. She released her first album 'Coco's Jar' in 2007 with the group The Roholio Project - a folk duo with Tim Pointer. Rose then followed this with 2009's 'Spilling the Beans' - predominantly a solo album and under the new heading Roholio; but featuring a lot of musician friends, such as Brendon Taylor and Tom Saunders. In July 2012 Roholio finally released the third album, 'Ghosts' which marked a new musical direction utilising synthesizers, mandolins and guitars to create a raw, honest album which was a world away from the acoustic, laid-back vibes of 'Spilling the Beans'.
Vojta is a multi-instrumentalist traveling the world, and gathering inspiration along the way. He started to play violin when he was young, but his devoted journey with music began two years ago when he came to New Zealand and decided to fully trust and follow the music path. It was during this time that he joined a band called Mad Hallelujah Tribe (madhallelujah.com). His solo act is a simultaneous combination of violin live-looping, tribal rhythms, and didgeridoo.
Adam first picked up a guitar aged 7. He took to it quickly. In his early teens Adam was taken to see his first ever gig when The Hamsters came to play in his hometown of Lyme Regis. Inspired by this first live experience, and with the help of some of his Dad’s old records, he began unearthing the classic rock riffs and driving blues of the 60s and 70s that he had been missing out on. It didn’t take long to form his first band with a couple of likeminded classmates and by the age of 15 they were performing regularly on the local circuit. In the years that followed Adam could regularly be found recreating the music of his new-found guitar heroes around the South West of England. Since those early days Adam has steadily honed his craft and found his voice, and with well over 1,000 gigs under his belt is now successfully carving out a solo career.