Gaudi's innovative approach to live performance and versatility as a producer has kept him at the forefront of his field throughout a notable and prolific career. His music is stylistically hard to pin down as he is an artist in constant evolution. His musical exploration, over the last 30 years in the industry, has however seen him foray into punk, new wave, dub and reggae, world, experimental electronica and 'stuff that rocks dancefloors'.. he has however got deep roots, which run like a vein throughout his music, and they are in the big basslines and spacious soundscapes of dub and the anarchic sonic potential of the world of electronic music… where anything's possible. He's a full time internationally touring solo artist, a studio producer in demand and a respected musical innovator. He's had chart hits, gold discs and awards & nominations for his work; he has released 12 solo albums, has more than 250 productions and 90 remixes to his name and his tracks feature on more than 120 compilations... And we are very please that he is coming to headline Satu night at the Fayre, Benvenuto!
London Based Piano player Dom Pipkin was orginally a member of Errol Linton's blues band before splitting to form his own band, The Iko's. His style developed out of a love of the New Orleans piano professors - Professor Longhair, James Booker, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Jon Cleary, as well as from a whole host of jazz and blues influences, such as Errol Garner and Otis Spann. His solo set (most famously booked privately by the late Stanley Kubrik) shows his classical and sometimes rhapsodic influences, married with a tough approach to the blues and driving left hand rhythms. The band The Iko’s takes the New Orleans influence and fleshes it out with drums, harmonies, wailing sax etc, and has been resident at Ronnie Scott’s London, and around the RnB club scene, where it’s reputation as a top level live act is second to none.
(Mama doesn’t cry) is a recipe for happiness, mixing ingredients from Rumba, Ska, Reggae, Funk, Swing and many others styles. The secret ingredient is spontaneity, spreading infectious and intoxicating energy throughout their performance. A playful concoction guaranteed to make you dance; this 9-piece crazy band has a mission to break the mould of routine, to burst the gray bubble of everyday life by painting the town in bright colours. Born in London in 2012, and inspired by Spanish rhythms, Mamanollora combines brass, guitar, Latin percussion and voluptuous voices, inviting their audience to join the party!
London born singer-songwriter James Riley is a troubadour of the breed many thought no longer exist. A ‘fiendishly proficient’ guitarist, singer, and a roadrunner to match, James chronicles the story of his experiences through clamorous, jubilant bluegrass ‘n’ soul and exquisitely spun yarns, stitched through ethereal, almost hymn-like ballads of love and life! Accompanied by full live 8 piece band.
Shama Rahman is a storyteller with science, music and drama all feeding into each other as she and her band weaves sitar, urban folk, stories and song seamlessly together. She was born in UAE to Bangladeshi parents and trained under the tutelage lineage of Pt Ravi Shankar of the Maihar Gharana. Together with her band she mingles storytelling, metaphysics and poetry into their musical world and create multi-layered harmonies and energy-driven lyrical rhythms with international influences evoking genres from punk to folk, classical to jazz, swing to bosa nova, spoken word to dubstep and drum’n’bass to create their own unique Urban Folk genre..
The Muel, whose album “All Kinds of Love” came out in spring of last year. Since then, they’ve been touring hard. Most recently Sam Walker (who writes all the songs, and whose full first name is where the band name comes from) has been out in Australia playing a string of acoustic shows. It’s very difficult to describe The Muel’s music – it’s a kind of psychedelic rock, centred around Sam, who sings, plays guitar, oh and plays drums from the centre of the stag too. As with the music defying definition, so the supporting cast are very talented and versatile – each of the other band members take on vocal duties at various points in the gig – and guitar player Jim Mortimore (who’s also been playing bass for The Woo!Worths and double bass for The Moulettes recently) also took on steel drum duties
Professional musician since 1991, Al-Maranca is a bass player, singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer. Born in the South of Italy, near the Volcano Vesuvius, in year 2000 he moved to London, a very important city for his apprenticeship, playing all sorts of genre and getting known in the UK capital`s music scene. Al-Maranca has worked with many international names: producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy, Paolo Nutini) folk singer Polly Paulusma (One Little Indian Records), rumenian star Damien Draghici, Alex Pascal (BBC), Zoe Rahman (Mobo 2012) and many other artists and musicians of all kinds and race.
The family Langan are fast becoming stalwarts on the London and UK folk scene. Weaving blissful harmonies and wistful melodies, their songs breathe from the stage, enchanting all those fortunate enough to hear them.. John will headline the Sunday night with his super charged folk americana band, so catch him in the Lizard Stage first with his wife, playing something a little more gentle..
Sam Green hails from the south of Devon. His sound resonates with the delta blues of the old Mississippi bluesmen and Britain’s folk tradition; old and new. He has spent the last six months relentlessly touring the south of England developing the sound with his band the Midnight Heist, and creating the sound and songs for their new EP ‘Miles Away.’
Local legend, Dan has been hosting and Djing a night called Bossaphonik, at the legendary Celar Club in Oxford. Firmly established, over the last 9 years, as Oxfords hub for live jazz and world dance music, it has played host to a wealth of bands from the UK and beyond, bringing the sounds of the fringe to the centre of this ancient city. Expect a range of global beats, jazz breaks, funk fuelled reggae and sunshine sounds.
Last but by no means least, Dj CousCous, musical director of the Rollright Fayre, and long time resident Dj for The Lizard Stage, brings a wealth of knowledge to any dance floor. Performing for over 18 years, from modest beginnings in chill out rooms in early raves, and university parties through running global beat club nights in London, to becoming resident and co-founder of The Lizard Stage, this genre spanning Dj will excite and amaze in equal measure. Expect the unexpected, the extraordinary, and some damn fine floor slammin’ tunes!!
World Percussion Sessions Dj and head honcho, Ben Samba plays a mix of funk, jazz, global beats and electronic mashup’s. ‘The Sessions’, have been a staple of the Camden scene for the past 10 years, being housed on the banks of the Grand Union at the infamous Lockside Lounge. Hosting everyone from Goldie, Dj Marky and Giles Peterson, to XRS, John Hendicott and Zeep. The most recent incarnation of the sessions is new club night Let it Slide, which along with DJ CousCous is an all new Sunday adventure.
Our friends from the mountains of North Wales dust off their 45’s and bring a crate load of ancient classics to the hills of the Cotswolds for another dance off.. Racubah sound system is a collective of world music enthusiast's exploring dance sounds from around the globe. From musician's & song writer's, music promoter's,producers, global travellers,record digger's and D.Js, they are all part of a musical family dedicated to finding,creating and sharing the fruit's of the world's musical heritage. Expect a range of genres including black American funk groove's ,Balkan beats ,Cumbia;s, Afrolatin and African rhythm's. Dj’s through the weekend include Senor Piwi , The Man from Timbuktu and Ad-Man-Du..
Planet Amit and Conrad are the life and soul of the Lizard Stage. As Mustn't Grumble Productions the Dream Team have been playing at this stage longer than even they can remember, if it wasn’t for them the walls would definitely not have shaken as much as they have.. Their sets range wildly through genres, but one thing is for sure, it’s all Killer no Filla!! On rotation through the weekend..