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Live and local music
This year’s Avebury Rocks festival has been another successful fundraising event raising over £11,000 for Prospect Hospice! This brilliant achievement would not have been possible without the amazing artists, sound crew, vendors, stall holders and, of course, our fantastic volunteers, so thank you all so much! A massive thanks also goes to everyone who supported the event by buying a tickets and braving the poorly-forecast weather for the weekend.
Despite the morning downpours for the unfortunate people setting up camp, the sun shone for us throughout most of the afternoon. Even through the intermittent drizzle spirits remained high and our Avebury Rockers continued to revel in the rain.
We’ve had lots of great feedback and numerous requests for artists’ information, so we’ve kept all of the line-up details and performers’ bios on this page along with all of the brilliant photographs taken on the day by our volunteer photographer Grahame Bradfield.
To register your interest in the next event, please complete the form below and we’ll notify you as and when we have dates and details.
A bit of background…
Avebury Rocks was the inspiration of local-born musician Nick Harper as a way to give something back to Prospect Hospice who provided care for his late mother. Nick, with the help of David Uttley and the original organising committee, set out to find a talented and willing group of musicians who would happily perform in a field in Wiltshire, next to the famous standing stones of Avebury.
These days you can expect an eclectic line-up of local and national artists over two stages on one weekend – keep checking our page for line-up announcements and more!
Click on an image to read the artist’s bio.
Young British guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, together known as The Showhawk Duo, have dazzled audiences worldwide with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar. Their playing style has broken down barriers between acoustic and electronic music. They have re-thought traditional musical structure creating their own all-encompassing genre. Whether Playing old-school trance classics or modern funky house, their live show knows no boundaries and will leave you amazed. Together, they started out as buskers and have since gone on to play all over the globe. They have performed at most of the UK's large festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Bournemouth 7's, and Electric Picnic. They have had sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, and had numerous radio broadcasts for BBC. International performances include shows in the Seychelles, club tours in Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands and a residency at Pacha in Ibiza. this dazzling duo are sure to rock your socks off.
Billy in the Lowground are often shoe-horned into the ‘Folk Rock’ pigeonhole, because they’re loud and there’s a distinct Irish influence courtesy of fiddle player Ruth Behan, but the sound is continuously evolving, incorporating elements of Americana, Rock, and Country (Oh alright then, maybe a bit of Folk as well...) They’ve played hundreds of gigs in pubs, clubs, and venues large and small all over the UK since they formed in 1991, as well as too many festivals to count, and supported many well-known acts including John Otway, Shane McGowan & the Popes, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy, Oysterband, Rory McCleod and Fairport Convention. In the past couple of years the 2016 album ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ has had some excellent reviews – Rock’n’Reel described it as “Nashville relocated to the wilds of Somerset, and played with Joe Strummer’s heart and soul” – and it got an award from Bristol radio station BCFM for the best album from a local artist. Comparisons are sometimes made with the Waterboys and the Levellers, but there’s a distinctive tone to the band that’s all their own.
"Change the rules of the game, take the face from the name, trade the soul for the fame...I'm an Atari Pilot." After a long hiatus which took in a serious illness, Atari Pilot finally returns in 2018 starting with a set at the swindon shuffle in July. "After coming through a battle with cancer I've never been more excited and grateful to be able to play and create music. it really feels like my best days are ahead. I feel like I'm on a mission!" Atari Pilot is the sound of someone searching for something or someone, trying to the put the pieces together in order to escape or overcome whatever they struggle against. "The songs are a like series of film scenes , where we're in that particular moment at that particular time, trying to come out on top against the odds and wondering what it's going to cost us.' I hope the songs can inspire people to keep up the fight, to believe in themselves and the people around them, that's the message I'm trying to send, nobody wins unless everybody wins, as the boss would say!"
Eric Walker is a Contemporary-Country musician, originally from Huntingdon, living in Hampshire. His vocal influences from dance music with a writing style similar to that of Vance Joy or The Cranberries results in his distinct, signature sound. Although, a relatively newcomer to the music scene, Eric has already seen successes through performances of his original material at two major competitions, Open Mic UK and Greene King's Live At Your Local, progressing to the regional stages of both. In summer 2017, Eric was interviewed by BBC Introducing and was recognised for his hard-work and dedication to his music career. In February 2019, Eric released his debut EP, 'Canyons & Highways', which features the singles 'Hitchhiker' and 'Hold My Breath' - with the latter being listened to in over 40 countries to date!
Jake, Josh and Martha aka Platform 1 are originally from West Wales but now Bristol based. With folk roots and funk overtones, they offer a perfectly balanced blend of self-penned and experiential songs and a hybrid of electric, acoustic and bass, giving a wide variety of unique sound. With the vibrant music scene of Bristol, and all of its influences, their songs and sound are constantly changing.
'Strange Folk' evolved in Hertfordshire during 2002, and are currently based in Herts & Somerset. But there’s nothing strange about this band of three guys and one girl, or their music - a vibrant fusion of retro rock, folk and neo-gothic elements. The band’s roots are in folk, and distinct rock aspirations are tempered by a recognisable folk vein running through their songs to varying degrees. Dark impressive vocals ride the crest of a truly great sound that transports the listener to another time - a time when long hair, beads and flares roamed the lands; while elements of gothic/ acid/ grunge/indie rock folk generate a cauldron of flavours to excite.
Daniel Moody: Vocals, Guitars
Jim Adkin: Drums, Vocals
Tim Owen: Bass, Vocals
Liam O’Neil: Guitars, Vocals With energy, driving rhythm and heart felt melodies The Shudders combine their melee of music influence to produce a refreshing brand of indie-country-rock. Vocal harmonies, screaming guitar, warm acoustic and a commanding rhythm section with which to weave their rich tapestry of noise from. Its’ a tapestry which could be a described as a ‘Crazy Horse - Bright Eyes – Wilco’ for those weaving enthusiasts out there. Early 2019 finds the band in pre-production for their third album scheduled for release later in the year. The album will feature a raft of new songs as well as one or two live favourites, and will be preceded by a single in the Summer. After a succession of live performances, sharing the stage with the likes of Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff, Chris Helme of The Seahorses, The Young Republic and Ox ~ to mention just a few ~ The Shudders soon found themselves headlining festivals such as The Radio 1 Big Weekend Fringe Festival and the Swindon Shuffle, and playing in venues across the country, including The Borderline (London), The Troubadour (London), The Cavern Club (Liverpool), The Hobbit (Southampton) and The Fleece (Bristol). Their debut album, produced by Nick Beere at Mooncalf Studios in Wiltshire, was released in December 2009. “The Unfortunate Career of Stede Bonnet, 1688-1718” enjoyed a 3rd place spot in the Amazon folk download chart and established the band as one of the hottest up and coming UK bands. The follow up, “No Angels in the Slipstream” was recorded between the towns of Skara in Sweden (Dark Secret Ingredient Studios), and Shrivenham in Oxfordshire (The Ladder Factory) during 2015 and was released on 22nd February 2016. The record showcased a darker sound whilst losing none of the bands trademark melodies and harmonies. Both albums continue to sell well, and are available digitally from the usual places (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) and on CD from www.theshudders.co.uk.
We have a penchant for taking both the well-known and obscure folk tunes and playing them in a way that them accessible for all as well as originals reflecting stories of folklore in today's modern society. Our music includes guitar and vocal harmonies, mandolin, bass and other percussive instruments as well as a cajon hand made from an old Victorian door!
Based in the New Forest, Becoming Branches are a Country-Folk-Pop trio blending acoustic sounds and soaring harmonies in an enchanting mix of creative covers and heartfelt originals.
Over the past year, Becoming Branches have been busy gigging around Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and have had the pleasure of sharing their music at live venues, open mics, showcases, festivals, weddings, parties and on local radio. During this time, the band have developed their own unique sound and have started writing their own songs. The upcoming Becoming Branches debut EP will feature 5 original songs and is scheduled for release in 2019.
19 year-old English singer/ songwriter Dakota combines delicate vocals with a mixture of Folk and R&B influences. Dakota is currently studying songwriting at BIMM University which has only helped her passion for music grow even stronger. Inspired by a large range of artists and bands growing up such as Mazzy Star and The Verve she wishes to lead her musical journey into the genre of Dream Pop. Beginning as a solo artist and performing in local venues, she hopes that now having a band will help to bring her music to life.
Eddie George is Singer-Songwriter from the small town of Whitchurch, Hampshire. Eddie has great experience, playing live shows at venues such as The Joiners and Talking Heads (Southampton) Boileroom (Guildford), Railway (Winchester). Previously Eddie has released songs on Apple music and Spotify which obtained over 8000 streams. Eddie’s music is a mixt of pop, indie rock and folk-pop inspired by people like Nizlopi, George Ezra and Van Morrison. This year Eddie released his first EP consisting of 5 tracks. Eddie has great run of gigs coming up in lots of bars and festivals in London, Winchester, and a headline show at The Boileroom in Guildford on April 15th.
I am a folk singer/songwriter from Portsmouth , started in a band which never quite took off I decided to take my own root telling stories and putting them into songs. Only gigging a year I have already been over Portsmouth and Southampton way and even played a song to Mumford and sons on a live stream.
Singer-songwriter Lottie J has been making headlines since she was 8 years old, after being encouraged by Jamie Cullum when he visited her school and donated his old piano. One of Lottie’s first finished songs, 'Kiss Your Old Life Away’ made the final 10 of The Song Academy's Singer/Songwriter Competition, with the judges commenting;
Tom Odell “Love the vibe and the way the chorus went somewhere unexpected” & Rumer "I like this and the spiritual imagery"
In 2016 Lottie made the Grand Final of Future Music’s Songwriting Competition, which took place at the renowned Dingwalls in Camden, London with judges including Ivor Novella Award winner Mark Hill.
Lottie J is an emerging singer-songwriting talent in the UK, with influences including the likes of; Emilie Sande, Adele, Dua Lipa, Birdy, Andrea Day, to name but a few.
The Dirty Smooth are a slick groove rock outfit hailing from the deep heart of the south-west.
With a genuine love of playing and performing live, their songs have a upbeat yet groove melody based nature, as they look to provide the soundtrack to you’re evening out, wherever you are!
Having established themselves on the southwest music scene. They’ve played well attended and sold
out shows at music venues such as The Victoria in Swindon and the Fleece in Bristol, In
addition to gracing the BBC Introducing stage at Lakefest twice.
2015 proved to be a breakthrough year for the band with the release of their debut EP “Rise”
which received acclaim from music outlets Like Wiltshire Ocelot Magazine and
Rhythm & Booze. following the release, the band played a sold out concert at
Malmesbury Town Hall , raising over 1000 pounds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance in the process.
In recent times, the band have become a live staple of the southwest festival circuit, including
Well received performances at Boondocks Festival, Phoenix Festival, Livestock Festival, and Lechlade Festival to which in particular received rave reviews for their performance from the local press.
In 2018 and having spent 5 years as an established local group. The band are hard at work, recording songs for their debut album, which they aim to release in 2019.
The Dirty Smooth aim to write anthemic, memorable songs which are rocky enough for the boys to rock out to, yet sweet enough for the girls to dance to.
Be sure to catch them at a live show soon!
The Ukey D'Ukes are one of the top rocking Ukulele Bands in the country.
This is a band that is really different. They play electric ukuleles which give a solid, rocky sound......with great vocals. They play a variety of events from private parties to large Music, Beer & Food Festivals........and everything in between! See more on their website, facebook & Youtube channel.......http://www.theukeydukes.co.uk...
Kaleido Bay is a three piece indie rock band from Swindon. Band Members:
Ben Kay, Jake Gribben, Harry Grace
Jack Moore is an acoustic/rock singer and songwriter from Calne who draws his influences from Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Queens Of the Stone Age, Lana Del Rey and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Beating drums in the heart of Swindon, Ministry of Samba has been playing and performing for nearly 10 years. Their gigs range from parading in the rain through streets to bringing the sun to a sometimes muddy field. They have played many music festivals, corporate workshops, carnivals and parades, community events, weddings and pub gigs across Swindon and the county of Wiltshire. Ministry’s vision is to bring the infectious rhythm from Brazil right up to the audience to taste it.
Ministry of Samba combine Afro-Brazili by using rhythms commonly heard in the streets and samba schools of Rio and transformed into their own ‘Ministry’ style through the inspiration of fusing funk, pop, hip-hop and reggae songs with Brazilian percussion.
Jodi is a singer-songwriter and plays the piano, guitar and ukulele. She has been singing since the age of 6 and writing her own songs since she was 12. Find out more about @Jodiofficial on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Rhett O’Connor was born in London Paddington and now lives in Wiltshire where he is currently studying in sixth form. Rhett learnt to play guitar from YouTube and has already recorded songs are, ‘Heartbeats and Lady Called Love’ – both of which he considers to be pieces of his life.
The care we offer to patients and their families costs over £8.4m every year – and 72 per cent of this is raised through the support of our community. Read more about our amazing supporters.
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