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26
26
Aug

Down on the Close - ft Cara Dillon and Toploader

The Park, Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire, cv22 5eh

26 August 2017 - 26 August 2017

| Doors open: 16:00

| Event ends: 23:00

Age restriction: None

| Dress code: None

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Date
26 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
Doors open
16:00
Event ends
23:00
Age restriction
None
Dress code
None
Event Organiser

Description

Cara Dillon 

Cara is renowned for being both an original artist and one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song throughout the World, having successfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. In doing so she has earned both commercial success and critical acclaim. Following the release of her second album: "Sweet Liberty", Cara picked up one of the biggest awards in Ireland, The Meteor Music Award for "Best Irish Female" alongside the Tatler magazine "Woman of The Year in Music".

 

Wilko Johnson

The man from Canvey Island, who studied English at Newcastle University before doing a bit of travelling, could have been a retired teacher by now, sucking on a pipe and whittling away at his pension. But no, Wilko was lured into music by the dark magic spun by his first Telecaster, bought from a music store in Southend, Essex, soon after becoming the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood. Throughout the mid-70s, Wilko duck-walked his way across countless stages and venues in the UK with Dr Feelgood in the vanguard of the pub rock movement, performing the gutsy down-to-earth rock and roll that was a welcome antidote to prog-rock.

Heavily influenced by legendary guitarist Mick Green from '60s rockers Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Wilko employs a finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the 'stab', as he describes it). This allows for chords and lead to be played at the same time, giving a fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.

With this economic sound, coupled with that black-suited, scowling look, and the yards he covered across the stage pausing only to twist the guitar lead out from under his feet, Wilko became one of the guitar heroes of the era. His influence was felt in bands up and down the country, and later in the emergent punk revolution (Joe Strummer of the Clash bought a Tele after seeing Wilko play).

 

Roving Crows

Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009.  

Their powerful live performance and unique sound has seen them receive several awards and achieve national airplay on BBC Radio 2. 

They have achieved a 'ones to watch' status in the UK folk scene performing alongside artists such as Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Levellers, Jamie Cullum and Bellowhead. They have entertained crowds at many national and international festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, Sark Folk Festival, Les Traversées Tatihou (France), Lakefest and Kings Lynne Hanse Festival amongst others, gaining a reputation as one of the most hard-working bands on the scene.

The Crows have released 3 full length albums with the latter 2 being produced by Nick Brine (Ash; Oasis; Bruce Springsteen; Seasick Steve) at Rockfield Studios. They have also released a number of self-produced EPs, the latest of which, entitled 'Up Heaval' and featuring a brand new line-up, was released in March 2015 to 4* reviews.

In 2014 they recieved the award for 'Best Live Act' from Spial Earth, followed by 'Band of The Year' in the Fatea Music awards, adding to their numerous awards from previous years such as 'Best Folk Act' (Exposure Awards 2011) and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Irish Music Association 2011).

Roving Crows regularly recieve radio airplay from both regional and national stations, recieving acclaim from presenters such as Mike Harding and Paul O'Grady. Their music video for new single 'Casanova Is Burning' was playlisted by MTV.

 

Toploader

Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album 'Onka's Big Moka,' sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.
In 2000 the single 'Dancing in the Moonlight' became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekend topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on Youtube, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the
biggest songs of recent times.


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