a festival of music and nature
15th - 17th May 2020 Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
HERE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT ACTS WE SAW AT WOOD 2017...
Brent Cobb didn’t set out to write an album that
feels and sounds like the place he grew up.
But now that the grooves have been cut in his debut LP, Shine on Rainy Day, there’s no denying the people, the places and the vibe of his southcentral Georgia home
infuse almost every song.
“It just is Georgia,” Brent says in his musical drawl.
“It's just that rural, easy-going way it feels down there on a nice spring evening when the wind’s blowing warm
and you smell wisteria, you know?”
The Magic Numbers are back. Prepare to be amazed.
Exultant harmonies, sweeping melodies, driving rock and gorgeous ballads: The Magic Numbers are past masters at making music that lifts the spirits.
“I wanted to hold out, to really make something special, to make sure I’ve got the best songs I’ve ever written, to sound the best we’ve ever sounded, to capture that thing that happens when a band really plays together and nothing else matters,” says master magician Romeo Stodart.
“Everything was about aiming for the best we’ve ever done.”
“There are buskers that will make you cry, they’re so good”, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. “And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself.” CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some. We’re delighted to welcome them back to Wood, after an acclaimed performance at our 2016 event.
“Blue Rose Code is as slippery as an eel; a genre dodger; a mess of influences and contradictions. This rare display of soul and emotion will not be boxed, a sign of something special.”
– David Kushar, Spiral Earth.
Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England “to be by the sea’s energy”, but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn’t always simple. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson. “On my darkest day I found my benediction”.
THE MAGIC NUMBERS
C C SMUGGLERS
BLUE ROSE CODE
Worry Dolls are a folk duo that have been making waves in the London Indie-Folk scene, and across the UK from Glastonbury Festival to Derry, collecting praise and accolades as they go.
Many will have seen the Worry Dolls supporting Joan Armatrading on tour, or may have heard their songs played on Radio 2 and BBC6 Music.
Their bond was created through their fiery locks, but developed through creating music which is characterised by sublime harmonies, and tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics.
“It’s no secret that we think Worry Dolls are pretty special” - For Folk’s Sake
Multi award winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood meld together their love of storytelling, songwriting and melody with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that combines both reworked traditional folk song with original and contemporary material. Their individual musical backgrounds are quite different yet their voices blend effortlessly to produce a mellifluous and sometimes melancholic soundscape.
JACKIE OATES & MEGAN HENWOOD
The Epstein are an indie folk pop band from Oxford. Burn The Branches, the band’s 3rd studio album, released in 2016, saw the band depart from the widescreen country/Americana sound of previous album Murmurations, and explore harder edged, atmospheric sounds whilst still retaining singer/songwriter Olly Wills’ undeniable knack for great melodic hooks. Having toured heavily in Europe, particularly in Holland and Germany, The Epstein have built an impressive fan base on both sides of the Channel.
Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary! He has a fanatical army of little and not-so–little fans from all over the world, If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing,
“a brilliant show” ***** (Edinburgh Reporter), with songs about dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith.
"Nick Cope is the indie-surrealist kids' entertainer Robyn Hitchcock and Syd Barrett, foolishly distracted by cult status, never were.” Stewart Lee, 2016
FLATS AND SHARPS
Hailing from Cornwall, in the South West of England, Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in 350 live performances over nearly five years charming and wowing audiences along the way.
"I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment I'll personally send you a cash refund."
- Mark Ellen, R2 Magazine
Jason McNiff is a London based Yorkshireman of Irish and Polish descent. He has made five records of what is loosely described as Folk or Americana, yet there is something very British about him. As Time Out attests, “McNiff’s quiet, intimate, fragile-sounding vocals draw you into his world– an almost timeless place, through which he drifts, a romantic loner, a dreamer, at home with the blues.” He is often touted as one of the UK's most overlooked musical treasures - a great songwriter and top-notch finger-style guitarist.
Mike Gale's prolific Winchester/Oxford collective return to Wood festival just a few weeks in advance of the release of their 4th album in just 4 years (Gale has also released 2 solo albums and 2 album collaborations during this astonishingly fertile period). Ambitious alt-prog-pop opus "Moon Lagoon" will be released on new Oxfordshire label Farm Music in June, and their blend of swirling harmony, chiming guitars & soaring melodies promise to delight on the sun-dappled Wood stage hillside.
Ben Ottewell has announced the release of new album A Man Apart and new single Watcher released on 25th May, both through Sunday Best. With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, A Man Apart is Ben Ottewell’s third solo offering and follows his albums Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. The album is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend/former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley). A Man Apart delves into such relevant subjects as love and relationships, fame and politics.
Vancouver’s fast-rising Youngblood is a case study in the power of contrasts. What started as the creative release of Alexis Young, the music of Youngblood is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always pure Youngblood.
Heavily inspired by the French electronic retro-futurist duo Air, Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”, and that’s as apt a description as any of songs that fuse timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the here and now. This is dream-pop to be sure, but a close listen reveals that Young is singing songs of obsession, self-destruction, and romantic catastrophe.
THOSE PRETTY WRONGS, DANNY GEORGE WILSON & FRIENDS, SERGIO BEERCOCK, MOSS/CLARKSON and HANNAH LURATI,
NO ROOM, GEORGE BOROWSKI / MORA, PETE FALLOON, DUOTONE, CANDY SAYS, JALI FILY CISSOKHO, ART THEEFE, HANNAH ROSE PLATT, JAMES FOLEY, PAPA NUI, OXFORD UKULELES, ROOTS RAMBLE with members of Francis Pugh & the Whisky Singers / Great Western Tears.