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Slim Chance

The late, great Ronnie Lane’s band Slim Chance will be at the 2022 Wickham Festival on Friday 5th August 2022

Playing the songs of Ronnie Lane…

After leaving the Faces, Ronnie Lane formed his own band, Slim Chance.  They are a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie’s band – Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O’Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.

The Slim Chance extended family consists of a host of wonderful musicians whose contributions will always be greatly appreciated: Jim Cregan, Colin Davey, Alun Davies, Des Horsfall, Malcolm Hoskins, John Lingwood, Frank Mead, Nick Pentelow, Jim Russell, James Walbourne and Graham Walker.

Ronnie always jokingly claimed that he found the musicians for Slim Chance in the pages of Exchange and Mart. In 2010 Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson trawled the streets of South London and miraculously found three more ex-Slim Chancers who were all keen to sign up again to the quest for Ronnie’s musical holy grail. By gigging round the country the line-up has gelled into a fine band and become a powerful entity in its own right.

The aim is to create a show which celebrates the range of Ronnie’s later music: to take this show to people in village halls and clubs, festivals and theatres at home and abroad; and eventually, joined by numerous friends, to resurrect the Passing Show itself.

 

Moulettes

Moulettes are one of the UK’s most unique touring bands and are steadily being singled out from the wave of Bjork & Kate Bush influenced Alt.Folk artists that have arisen this decade. With Strings, Guitars, Drums, Bassoon and Synths, Moulettes’ music weaves between Indie Folk, Chamber Pop and Prog Rock to create an incomparable universe.

Renowned for their breathtaking live shows it is clear that few bands have the creative range and work ethic of Moulettes. They are constantly evolving with a brave approach to production and arrangement that seeks peculiar ways of blending acoustic and electric instruments.

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10cc

10cc first appeared at Wickham back in 2013 as a support slot which proved one of the big hits of the 2013 Wickham Festival.  They then played in 2015 and 2017 as headliners by popular demand.  Well … drum roll … they’re back at Wickham Festival 2022!!!  With a string of top 10 hits including Donna, Dreadlock Holiday, Rubber Bullets and I’m Not in Love, this evergreen act will bring our opening night to a fantastic finale.

Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure. Fronted by original band member Graham Gouldman they are still going strong 40 years on.

10cc consists of:

Graham Gouldman
That loyal little song-bug has stood him in good stead through decades of distinction as one of the UK’s most productive and imaginative hitmakers. We’re talking very much in the present and future tenses, too, since he continues to write with contemporary hitmakers and see his classics renewing themselves constantly, as with the news that ‘For Your Love’ and ‘Heart Full Of Soul’, two of the timeless hits he wrote for the Yardbirds, have lately been part of live sets by the White Stripes. The headlines of Graham’s career may always be his early compositions for the scenesters of the ’60s, his crucial role in the super-intelligent ’70s pop of 10cc, and his livewire combination with Andrew Gold in Wax during the ’80s.

Rick Fenn
Born in Oxford, Rick was plucked for a band called Gentlemen to join 10cc towards the end of 1976, at the launch of the Deceptive Bends album and has been part of the team ever since. From 1979, he also toured and recorded with Mike Oldfield and with him co-wrote the song Family Man, which become a worldwide hit for Hall & Oates, and won him an ASCAP award for best song in 1984. In 1985, Rick wrote and recorded his own album Profiles, with Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason. The single from the album, Lie for a Lie – sung by Dave Gilmour and featuring Maggie Reilly – was a hit in the USA.

Mick Wilson
Mick has performed and recorded with artistes such as Lionel Ritchie, Kylie Minogue, Westlife, Cher, Alice Cooper, Alison Moyet, Chris Rea, Donny Osmond, Robin Gibb, Cliff Richard, Lulu and the K.L.F.  He is also a regular member of The SAS Band which play all over the world, with guest performers such as Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Roger Taylor, Kiki Dee and Tony Hadley.  For over 20 years, Mick has had his own recording and production facility, which has been the base for a varied career as a producer and songwriter, as well as composing music for TV and live events, for companies such as Sky, BBC, ITV, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, BT, Levi’s, Toyota, Mercedes, Ford and Mitsubishi.

Paul Burgess
Paul met Graham Gouldman in the early days of 10cc when recording at Strawberry Studios and when they planned to start touring asked him to join as an auxillary member, playing drums, percussion and keyboards for what was to become a ten year period. He started recording with them in 1976. In 1982, he toured throughout America and Canada with Jethro Tull and in 1983 played his final tour with 10cc around the U.K. The ’80s became a tour fest with Camel in (’83/’84), Elkie Brooks (’85), Joan Armatrading (’86), Alvin Stardust (’87), Gloria Gaynor (’88) and Icicle Works (’89).

Mike Stevens
Born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, Mike is a musician, producer and writer graduate from Birmingham School of Music, where he studied clarinet, euphonium and piano. He is widely known as the Musical Director for Take That, having performed with them on every tour since 1993, including the Progress stadium tour last summer.

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

A regular performer with Show of Hands since 2004, Miranda Sykes formed a duo with Rex Preston in 2009 and in just a few years they have developed into one of the most sought-after and acclaimed duos on the English folk scene.

A superb vocalist and double bassist, Miranda surprises audiences with her versatility on the guitar and with her unique interpretations of songs.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

With a repertoire which ranges from traditional Georgian music to Abba, the group of Australian singers usually ranges from 12-16 singers according to availability and guests. With their unique brand of humour and musical style, these Wizards of Aus always cast a spell on fans.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale were created by Stephen Taberner and made their first appearance in August 2001 as part of an evening called “This was nearly my life” at Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney. Taberner claims he called up every man he knew who could sing and “taught them 3 songs, and asked them to show up wearing black and with an interesting hat.” The three songs were “Vineyard”, a Georgian church song, “Georgia”, a mock Georgian original, and “The Mess Song”. The latter was an existential rumination on the aftermath of breakfast written by New Zealand’s Don McGlashan and Harry Sinclair of The Front Lawn.

In the first couple of years the group performed and rehearsed sporadically until the National Folk Festival of Easter 2004, held in Canberra, which effectively launched the group and where, thereafter, they became cult figures. The gig at the National was also the debut of what would become the Spooky theme song (“We are the Spooky Men, We dream of mastodons …”) which typified the brand of humour they were beginning to define. The attention received at the National Folk Festival in 2004 gave rise to a series of opportunities to put their music before a wider audience. They are now a staple at folk festivals.

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman released his new album ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ on February 7th 2020, in a year that marks four centuries since The Mayflower ship departed the UK. The album will be released amidst a selection of UK concerts where Seth will visit locations significant to The Mayflower tale such as Immingham – where Separatists made a dangerous escape from England to Holland in their search for religious freedom – and Dartmouth – where the ship was anchored for repairs – will be visited in this expansive tour. This stirring and beautiful record is narrated by the actor Paul McGann (Dr Who/Withnail and I/Hornblower/Luther), and features a host of guest performers including Cara Dillon, Benji Kirkpatrick, Ben Nicholls and Seth’s father Geoff Lakeman.

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower ship setting off to the Americas. The ship carried British and Dutch passengers with hopes of fresh settlement, and who were famously met by the Wampanoag first nation tribe upon their arrival. Bottling the spirit of the 17th century pilgrimage, Seth has written and performed a selection songs that shape a fictional narrative of the journey, informed by extensive research from text such as the journals of William Bradford, conversations with modern day ancestors of the Wampanoag people at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, and information sourced at the national heritage sites that still exists in the UK.

Show Of Hands

For the 2022 festival season Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are returning to the duo format that launched their stellar careers over thirty years ago. Audiences will be treated to the usual ‘Show of Hands’ classics like ‘Cousin Jack’, rousing festival anthems, instrumental virtuosity and stunning harmonies from two masters of their craft.

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    Michael Tindal-Vincent Not bad considering your just around the corner 😉

    And we're off! Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass. But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival. Thank you one and all. We'll do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6. 'Earlybird' tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets ... See MoreSee Less

    And were off!  Site completely cleared in 4 days. Now back to its natural state of very parched grass.  But, oh, what wonderful memories we have of our best-ever Wickham Festival.  Thank you one and all.  Well do it all again next year, Aug. 3-6.  Earlybird tickets now onsale via www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/ticketsImage attachmentImage attachment

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    Should add that not a speck of litter was left behind thanks to Smudger's amazing litter-picking crew.

    I walked past yesterday. We love having such a great festival within walking distance of our house and also nice to see it back to normal.

    It was fantastic and no trouble at all and I live right across from it! Well done to all of you, look forward to next year x

    Thanks for all the effort you put in. Much appreciated 🙏 it wouldn't be here without your good self taking the time to stage it. Great times and memories. Fortunate to see both sides of the festival

    Was great fun. Thank you. Tickets bought for next year already.

    Really enjoyed and have purchased my early bird tickets for 2023 👌👌

    Thank you for another brilliant festival,have already purchased tickets for next year. xx

    Was great thanks to all who make this festival work so well

    Amazing weekend thanks for the fun, laughter and music

    It was brilliant, saw lots of old friends and made more new one,see you next year.

    Thanks so much everyone who made Wickham Festival a fantastic Event to attend see you all next year ! x

    Thank you Wickham, thank you artistes, See you next year

    Thanks to all involved. Loved our tent neighbours who were litter pickers from aardvark. Cheque in post for 2023. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

    Brilliant! Well done to everyone - it was an amazing weekend! Do you have a list of any ‘left behind’ items? One of my friends lost a bunch of keys and would love to be reunited with them!!

    Great festival. Thanks for all your hard work.

    So much happiness right there ❤️ Next year…

    The breakdown is the hard bit - adrenaline doesn't pump in quite the same way as on build-up. But four days.... wow!!! Get some serious Zzzzs.

    Well done Wickham gang!!! At least you don't have to contend with discarded tents etc as per Glastonbury!

    Thank you for another fab weekend 😊

    What a fantastic festival - looking forward to next year with Claire Hartt-Palmer, Paul Jerome, Alison Jerome, Deanna Gaze, Mark Gaze and many others!

    One word…… AMAZING…. Booked for next year!!

    Amazing team you have. See you next year!👊

    Such a blast, I was so sad to leave.

    Looking forward to next year

    Mother Nature will replenish the site ready for next year

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    So who or what did you enjoy most at this year's Wickham Festival? And who would you like us to book next year? ... See MoreSee Less

    So who or what did you enjoy most at this years Wickham Festival?  And who would you like us to book next year?

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    The Men They Couldn’t Hang were awesome as were Dhol Foundation

    I just want to say a massive thank you to the Sound Level acoustic stage for having us play on the Sunday afternoon. The crowd were incredible and so supportive of my music. It was amazing meeting and chatting with some of you afterwards too. Thank you to every one of you for cheering, clapping, joining in and for buying cds. All the acts I saw there were incredible and I really hope we get to return as a bigger band next year. <3

    The Men They Couldn’t Hang were amazing. Would love to see them again next year. Also you should get Robb Johnson (Official) to perform. He’s brilliant.

    I liked all the bands others have already mentioned, but wanted to also specifically highlight how great it was to have a variety of youth bands from St Vincent College appearing. They were all really confident, enthusiastic and energetic and it was a brilliant idea to have them play two or three songs before handing over to the next group. More of this apparoach in the mornings would be fabulous!

    Ferocious Dog!

    10cc. Dhol Foundation. Spooky Mens Coral society. Show of Hands. Gary Stewart's Graceland were great last year.

    Grace Petrie, The Celtic Social Club, Dhol Foundation, Steve Wickham, Ferocious Dog, they were all fantastic!

    Saw Doctors, 10cc, Men They Couldn't Hang and the Undertones were fantastic! Would love to see Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Deacon Blue, Edward II, the Dualers next year.

    3 Daft Monkeys Moulettes. Frank Turner Emma Stevens Dreadzone. Please. 🤞🏻 Highlights -The Celtic Social Club Saw Doctors Miranda Sykes bonus! Dhol foundation both sets. Grace Petrie.Levellers Skinny Lister 10cc Ferocious dog Steve Knightly …in fact just everyone I saw was brilliant. Acoustic and Tea Rooms filled to brim with talent. 🙌 Thank you -all of you - for putting on such a great event and to all the fab volunteers. ❤️ AWESOME.

    Skinny Lister were great. And Will Varley is amazing but put him on a bigger time slot please. Get Frank Turner back! Book Vri and Calan next year 🙂 , Gavin Osborn, Nick Parker, Three Daft Monkeys, Gaz Brookfield. How about booking Newton Faulkner? Oh and the Dhol Foundation were just awesome! Not what I expected from the listing, blew everyone away 🙂 only wish I could have stayed for more of the festival.

    10CC were awesome!!

    TMTCH, Oyster Band and Show of Hands were all superb, book them all again plus The Strawbs, Steeleye Span, Lindisfarne, Home Service, The Sweet, Tom Robinson Band

    For next year - Big Country, Merry Hell and get Phil Odgers back so he can do his MainStage set after his awful journey down - although his set in the acoustic tent was brilliant.

    Enjoyed this year: Skinny Lister, Grace Petrie, Ferocious Dog, The Undertones, Spiers & Boden, Sharon Shannon, Banter. Of the headliners, the Levellers, 10cc and the Saw Doctors were all excellent but I'm afraid that The Waterboys gave the impression that they were there under sufferance. A great year all round.

    10cc were the total highlight! Need to keep acoustic stage too. The South (former beautiful south) Alison Moyet

    The Trouble Notes and Dhol Foundation were excellent. Would like to see Elephant Sessions, The Fishermen's Friends, Bears Den

    Tuneless Choir we’re great fun! 👍

    Fleetwood Bac for a proper set would be great and the South always good

    Loved Cut Capers, Dohl Foundation and many more but was sad to see Tankus the Henge was not on this year ! please can we have them back! x

    The men they couldn’t hang , they were fantastic 👍well done to all that volunteered and organised it . Truly a brilliant festival loads of highlights. 👏🏻

    A lovely weekend. Normally at the end of a festival I am ready to go home, but this time I could happily have stayed a few more days. Best set for me was perhaps the Waterboys, new discovery was the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, with Will Varley a close second. Fabulous weekend, thank you. As for who I'd like to see next time -- anybody new. A few old favourites is good but I'd rather discover new artists.

    10cc, Skinny Lister, Ferocious Dog, The Dhol Foundation were all amazing. Count me in as another one for Frank Turner please. Also, check out The Lottery Winners Peter.... an amazing band! Another vote for Big Country here. A bit more Ska please..... The Skalatons were brilliant Anything a bit more "up tempo". I appreciate a balance needs to be struck, but the bands I enjoyed were a bit more high tempo

    I loved the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Spooky Mens Chorale and Town of Cats - lots of energy and fun 💜💜💜

    Get the Quay West stage back. Less fidley fidley. Move the Twisted tearoom and Tea kettle apart from each other. More acts new to Wickham. Yes I loved The Undertones, Ferocious Dog and Saw Doctors, the Twisted Tearoom was great. I personally want bands I have not seen before. How about Jason Is bell and Stiff little fingers.

    Highlights: Spiers & Boden, The Undertones, Cut Capers, Spooky Men (and workshop), Dhol Foundation, SofH; others in my party loved Ferocious Dog (clashed with SofH so didn't see). Missed: The Quay West Stage and Tankus The Henge Next Year: all of the above please; I second requests for Peatbog Fairies & Talisk; Bellowhead (hopefully a successful Novemeber tour will persuade them to do a festival circuit) and Richard Morris - who we discovered on the Quay West stage and our whole family loves and why that stage is so important!

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