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!
Steve and Nigel have performed together since 2005, initially in the Kitchen Sink Band. The original Stamp was a 6 piece rock band with Elly on Vocals, Bill on Drums, Zack on Guitar & Jake on Bass. We then downsized to Acoustic with Zack on Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin, & Vali on Vocals. We then downsized again when Rob joined us in 2013.Now we are essentially a 3 piece, but we can expand! Our material is drawn from the last 70 years of popular music
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'.
Charley Hicks is a UK based musician, reviving the raw sound of Delta Blues. Described as having a "voice that could shred metal", his authentic sound is matched by his slide guitar. In August 2016, Charley released his first EP and a full album in October. They both reached #1 in the US and Australian blues charts and #2 in the UK blues charts. Key musical influences include Bukka White, Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson - but none more so, than the enigmatic Charlie Patton.
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.
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.