MantonFest 2021 Line-up so far
Dirty 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 ‘In A Big Country’, Glasgow 26.1.18
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
Producing a huge sound, this band will give your hips a
workout with their up-beat original tracks and classic
Joe 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.
New 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.
Josie and the Outlaw
MantonFest veterans, Josie
& The Outlaw are a 4 piece multi genre band that cross
over into Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Blues, Rhythm &
Blues and a little bit of country. They list their
nfluences as Howlin' Wolf. Muddy Waters, Ruth Brown, John
Lee Hooker, Etta James, Wanda Jackson and Elvis.
Josie Baker - Vocals.
Nick Baker - Lead Guitar.
Lee Brown - Double Bass.
Danny Baker - Drums. .
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 facebook.com/catfishband
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