MantonFest 2021 Line-up so far

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry - SarahDirty Harry is the only tribute band for the true Blondie fan.
Formed in Edinburgh in early 2011, Dirty Harry was borne out of singing doctor, Sarah Kennedy’s desire to create an act which could play homage to everyone’s favourite rock goddess, Debbie Harry and to the band who practically invented Power Pop, Blondie.
Nearly four decades after Blondie emerged onto the anarchic downtown New York punk scene Sarah struck gold on Gumtree and found four of Edinburgh’s finest musicians to complete the line-up. In the annuls of rock Blondie is unique; their back catalogue has proven to be timeless and with Ms Harry at the front, what’s not to like guys!
Dirty Harry has not only the original sound, feel, attitude, and full back catalogue of the band but a look- a- like of Debbie to deliver the good stuff.
If a recap of some of the top tunes are required, lets remind ourselves; Heart Of Glass, Call me, Rapture, Sunday Girl, Dreaming, Atomic, Denis, Hanging on the telephone, Maria, One way or another.. Dirty Harry do it all plus plenty more of the best chart toppers and fan’s favourites.
The essence of Dirty Harry is to put on a show Blondie would give the nod to and in true punk style we can embrace any sort of venue, function or odd request so feel free to test us out.
As Oscar Wilde put it-
"There are but a few great second acts, but for those that can deliver in style, the applause lingers long after the curtain comes down and the critics have put down the sword…"

Dr Feelgood

Dr FeelgoodFrom their formation in 1971 to lead vocalist Lee Brilleaux's untimely death in 1994, the band never left the road, playing hundreds of gigs every year.
Throughout their entire career, Dr. Feelgood never left simple, hard-driving rock & roll behind, and their devotion to the blues and R&B earned them a devoted fan base.  That following first emerged in the mid-'70s, when Dr. Feelgood became the leader of the second wave of pub rockers. Unlike Brinsley Schwarz, the laid-back leaders of the pub rock scene, Dr. Feelgood was devoted to edgy, Stonesy rock & roll, and their sweaty live shows -- powered by  intense singing and guitarist Wilko Johnson's muscular leads.
Dr. Feelgood's dynamic live act had made them the most popular group on the pub rock circuit, and several labels were interested in signing them.  They settled for United Artists, and according to legend, Down by the Jetty was recorded in mono and consisted almost entirely of first takes.  While it was in fact recorded in stereo, the rumour added significantly to Dr. Feelgood's purist image, and the album became a cult hit.  The following year, the group released Malpractice -- also their first U.S. release -- which climbed into the U.K. Top 20 on the strength of the band's live performances and positive reviews.  In 1976, the band released the live album Stupidity, which became a smash hit in Britain, topping the album charts.
During their first decade together, Dr. Feelgood never left the road, which was part of the reason founding members John Martin and John Sparks left the band in 1982.  Lee Brilleaux replaced them with Buzz Barwell and Pat McMullen, and continued touring. Throughout the '80s, Brilleaux continued to lead various incarnations of Dr. Feelgood, settling on the rhythm section of bassist Phil Mitchell and drummer Kevin Morris in the mid-'80s.  The band occasionally made records -- including Brilleaux, one of the last albums on Stiff Records, in 1976 -- but concentrated primarily on live performances.  Dr. Feelgood continued to perform to large audiences into the early '90s, when Brilleaux was struck by cancer.  Today’s line up continue to thrill audiences across Europe and we are delighted to welcome them to MantonFest.

The Ex Men

The Ex-Men Peter BartonRock n Roll’s long heritage is drenched with countless classic artists. As the years roll by, members come and go. But the songs always remain. So many artists, so many songs!
The Ex-Men feature four British musicians with their own remarkable heritage – playing alongside legends and icons of music – so there’s no shortage of classic and iconic songs for them to play!
Vocalist/bassist/guitarist Peter Barton spent 20 years as the voice of Animals & Friends, alongside The Animals’ co-founder, John Steel and the man who replaced Alan Price on keyboards – Micky Gallagher, later (and still) one of Ian Dury’s Blockheads. Along the way, Peter has toured alongside Stax and Blues Brothers legend, Steve Cropper; the late great Mick Green (The Pirates, Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison) and Spencer Davis.
Further live credits include performing with Jerry Donahue, (Joan Armatrading, Sandy Denny); Dave Rowberry (The Animals), Jim Rodford (The Kinks and Argent), Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix); Chris Farlowe, Alan Silson and Pete Spencer (Smokie), Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Garry Roberts and Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats), Trevor Burton (The Move), Wayne Fontana (The Mindbenders), The Swinging Blue Jeans plus many more.
Over the last four decades Peter has also recorded over a dozen albums, alongside Rick Wakeman (Yes) , Bev Bevan (The Move, ELO), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull), Paul Jones (Manfred Man, The Blues Band), Don Airey (Gary Moore, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne), Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy) plus many more.  Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.
Drummer & vocalist Geoff Hammond started performing in the 1960's and has always been in demand as a session and live drummer. Over the years he has played drums for Denny Laine (Wings and The Moody Blues), Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), Lieutenant Pigeon, Alan Silson (Smokie), Eric Haydock (The Hollies), Trevor Burton (The Move, Steve Gibbons) Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience).
Graham Pollock (Guitar and Vocals) also started performing in the 1960's. In the 1980's Graham secured a recording deal and was produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Gary Moore etc ) and Pete Waterman.  Graham also spent over a decade performing as lead guitarist and vocalist with Eric Haydock from The Hollies, alongside Mick Avory from The Kinks and also Chip Hawkes of The Tremeloes. He also performed in The Bay City Rollers with Eric Faulkner and with John Steel of The Animals.  60’s medley
Bassist Alan Sagar’s background is steeped in Blues and Rock. Over the years he has recorded many albums with cult Country Rock Band Slack Alice and more recently, he was also the bass player for Zoot Money (Big Roll Band, Alan Price) and performed with Scottish Rock Band Big Country.  Big Country ‘In A Big Country’, Glasgow 26.1.18


BarrelhouseThe mission of Barrelhouse is to play vintage blues with a hard edge groove and they achieve this with style!  A busy gigging and recording band who have spent much of the last year promoting their album ‘Mooncalf Blues’, it’s great to have them join us this year.

Guitarist Tim Harvey makes all his own guitars and even plays a four strong guitar fashioned from a cigar box!  He is joined by drums, vocals, bass and blues harmonica…. a bit like Seasick Steve on overdrive!   

Producing a huge sound, this band will give your hips a workout with their up-beat original tracks and classic covers.

Joe Martin                      

Joe MartinJoe Martin, a Lancashire based singer songwriter is deservedly gaining major attention on both sides of the Atlantic. As a child Joe was brought up listening to artists from Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Songs that tell a story played a big part in what Joe would be listening to in his formative years. This can be heard in the music he’s making now.

In 2017 Joe released his debut EP ‘Small World’ to much acclaim and has recently recorded a suite of singles with the Champs of the much respected UK Americana band ‘Danny and the Champions of the World’. Joe released his next single ‘Love Strong’ in October 2018 and the following two singles in the first half of 2019. Joe was a big hit at MantonFest 2019 and is back by popular demand.

The Dissidents                      

The DissidentsNew to MantonFest this year are Richard Davies and The Dissidents.
"Richard Davies is a name that may be new to many, however he is no newcomer, having played guitar in 90's Indie Popsters Tiny Monroe, and 00's Alt-Country combo The Snakes. Human Traffic is his debut solo album, backed by The Dissidents, a group of old friends and former band colleagues. Richard has written and recorded a collection of emotive, life reflecting and life affirming songs, Ten tracks of pure and perfect 'Countrydelic Rock'n'Roll' Imagine Steve Earle playing with The Byrds at a Paisley Underground revival festival while the ghosts of Johnny Thunders and Tom Petty look on. From the opening beats of call to arms title track 'Human Traffic', to the final ringing guitar on album closer the epic and enthralling 'No Mans Land' the songs on this album are full of fragile vulnerability and hope. 'Lay Me Low' is an old hymn first written down in 1838 by a revolutionary religious sect called The Shakers and later sung by the troops in the trenches of WW1, here it is given a spine tingling and seductive spin by Richard and his Dissidents. Throughout the rest of the album songs like ‘21st Century Man' ‘Way of The Wild' and ‘Echo Road' strut, stroll, sway and swagger along, guitar licks weep and bleed, while the vocals are delivered with a real passion and feeling. With songwriting and musicianship this good, It's no wonder that Richard has worked with the likes of Peter Perrett and Glen Matlock." from a review of Human Traffic.


CatfishCATFISH  return to the stage at MantonFest 2021.
Hot on the heels (OK, maybe not that hot. The luke warm, very slow, and much delayed due to Covid heels) of their triumphant almost headline appearance at 2019's Aldbourne Music & Song Festival, Catfish, the home-grown Marlborough popular (according to their mums, wives, girlfriends and pets) beat combo have been announced as the latest act to appear at this year's rescheduled Mantonfest. In a set which will feature their trademark brand of guitar-driven, melodious, self-penned numbers, Dorian, Mark, Glynn, and Mike are looking forward to playing live again to an enthusiastic local crowd. Heck, they said they might even rehearse for this one, it's been so long what with lockdown and all. For more info on the band, including videos and downloadable tracks that are great for singing along to in the shower, go to


Skedaddle‘Manton’s very own Skedaddle are thrilled to be playing at MantonFest again this year.  Skedaddle are a six-piece semi-acoustic band playing a crossover of blues, jazz and soul.  The band bring a mix of covers and original material in their own unique style.
Sensational vocal harmonies are provided by Jane Witcomb and Amanda Cramsie-Smith bringing a fresh and uplifting approach to classic tracks and long-lost tunes.  Original compositions are by their bassist Stuart Whant and completing the line-up are Chris Witcomb (guitar), Eddie Witcomb (bass/guitar) and Joe Witcomb (drums).’

Compered by Marie Lennon for BBC Radio Wiltshire

Marie Lennon BBC Radio Wiltshire's day-time presenter Marie Lennon brings the county together Mondays to Thursdays with the very best in conversation and music.
Married to a musician, Marie is a local girl from Swindon and has a great sense of what the people of Wiltshire are like and what they want on the radio.
As a former presenter of BBC Introducing she has a huge love for live music, and with the pandemic bringing lockdown to the country and no live music allowed, she created the virtual 'Airwaves' festival on the radio.
Marie says, "Local BBC Radio is amazing because we are really connected to our listeners. We are living in, working in and covering the stories that matter to the people of Wiltshire. We try to give them a voice, try to represent their views but also try to be part of their day-to-day lives."
You can hear Marie Monday - Thursday weekday mornings from 10.00 - 2.00pm on BBC Radio Wiltshire and she will be hosting at this year's MantonFest on Saturday 21st August 2021.
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