Festival 2013

Sunday 13 October 2013

From 6.00 pm – Pill Festival Auditions

Pill Music Festival’s week begins with an opportunity for artists wishing to perform or rehearse without the added stress of an audience.

Rehearsing is important for all artists, but especially for young singers and bands as it gives an opportunity to refine your skills and practise without fear of criticism or embarrassment. From 6pm on Sunday 13th October, you will have the stage of the main hall at Pill Memorial Club.

Open to any types of entertainer – adults or children you simply can turn up on the day and do your act without an audience.

7.00pm – Pill Beginners Band

  • Pill Beginners Band

The raison d’etre for the Festival! –  any profits from the Festival go to supporting the purchase of instruments and to pay fees for the tuition of our embryo musicians

7.30pm – Pill Festival Band Invites

  • Pill Festival Band

Our hosts for this evening are our resident  group of young and old musicians from Pill and District. They play a range of music across the genres.
Musical Director: Nicky Berry

  • South West  Division Salvation Army Band

A great opportunity for brass band lovers to hear one of the premier British Brass Bands. The band has around 50 members drawn from all walks of life. Virtually all have spent most of their lives involved in Salvation Army music making.
Music Director: Norman Cassells

 Tuesday 15 October 2013

7.30pm – Pill Entertains

Some of Pill’s finest entertainers will perform for your delight including:

  • Ollie Rush

Rapidly rising local Pill talent, who writes and sings his own songs with style and panash

  • Lorraine Gould

A young lady who we are pleased to welcome to another appearance at the festival. She sings covers with a beautiful clear voice and a polished delivery.

  • Richard Reeve

Local multi-talented musician who has played the university circuits and inhabited studios with sixties stars like the Rolling Stones and still plays a mean Blues Guitar

  • Dave Parker and Betty McDonald

Awesome Bluegrass music from Dave on the guitar and Betty on the Banjo

  • Steve Graham

Steve say’s he is a bald man who plays hairy guitar and sings songs about family and friends.

  • Sue Erwin and Ann Norval

Two brilliant musicians with rather more than a hint of comedy

  • Whispering Pauline McDade and Her Pleasant Pluckers

Plucked from out of the Pill Ukulele Ensemble these keen pluckers continue to expand their repertoire and are never happier than when invited to perform

  • Claire and Lou

Comedy Duo

  • Maddie Bickle

A stalwart of Shark Morris and Pill Ukulele Ensemble sings solo

  • Jane Cullinane

Arguably Pill’s best karaoke singer who also sings beautifully unaccompanied

  • After Hours

A newly formed group of 6 talented musicians from the Pill Festival Band exploring jazz and the classics

Wednesday 16 October 2013

7.30p – Pill Swings

  • Richard and Catherine

Catherine’s crystal clear voice pus Richard’s sympathetic accompaniment

  • Jacob

Pete Stern and Mike are Just A Couple of Odd Blokes – Get it?

  • Veroneka Big Band

A must go evening for lovers of big band sound with added ingredients from 

  • Suzanna

A warm melodious voiced contemporary contralto, Suzanna van Moyland
re-configures classic stories from the rock, funk and blues movements.

  • Monkey Chuckle

A Bristol based brass-heavy funk outfit, featuring a three piece horn section, jazz influenced instrumental playing and a groove directed straight towards the dancefloor. With a reputation as one of the regions most exciting new bands, they combine classics from the likes of the James Brown with their own originals, they will leave you dancing until you drop.

Thursday 17 October 2013

2.30pm Tea Dance

  • Holly House Jazz

The small band with the big band sound. Holly house jazz was formed by local reed player John Pritchard some 9 years ago.  They currently comprise two  trumpets , two saxophones, and a trombone plus a rhythm section and play their own arrangements of jazz and swing standards. 

7.30pm – Pill Grooves

  • North Somerset Orchestra

The cream of North Somerset’s young musicians play a wide selection of music to satisfy every taste

  • Kim with Mike Ashdown

Atmospheric jazz-filled vocals from Kim with a driving guitar accompaniment from singer songwriter, Mike Both are regular performers at Pill Sessions

  • Fred Bloggs Band

Music’s answer to Spike Milligan – the one and only Fred Bloggs and his long suffering band whose expertise nearly always enables them to guess what he is going to do next. A never to be missed experience that is worth the price of a weeks ticket on its own. 
Fred alleges that tonight will have a Blues Brothers theme so bring your shades and hats.

Friday 18 October 2013

7.30pm – Festival Bash

  • Kate Peters

Uniquely talented and versatile Kate has performed with some of the UK´s most talented jazz musicians

  • Amjad Mehdi

High powered acoustic guitar

  • Federal Charm

Explosive vibe, and unique sound from Nick Bowden – Vocals & Guitar, Paul Bowe – Lead guitar, Danny Rigg – Drums, L.D. Morawski – Bass.

Unlike anything currently around they rediscover retro blues rock like Free and Led Zeppelin with a modern melodic twist that is totally original but reminiscent of the glory days of rock n’ roll.

Federal Charm are starting their 22 venue nationwide tour here in Pill.

  • Steal-Easy

Steal-Easy combine laid-back sorrow and driving rhythm in equal measure, playing songs from the Dixie Chicks to the Drive by Truckers, and from gospel to country rock in their own distinctive style.  The Somerset/ Bristol-based line-up features Neil Bannister on lead guitar, Clint Dando on bass, Glen Martin on drums, Martin Froud on lap steel, and Nicki Davey on guitar and vocals Steal-Easy will take you on a journey through death, murder, trains, the devil, and aching loss: American roots and country music with rock attitude

  • Chequered Souls

From Motown classics to modern soul via reggae, funk and danceJay, Bill, Sharon and Paul play up tempo  tunes that will fire the depth of your being and invigorate your dancing cells  so unwind, relax, have a drink and then strut your stuff on the dance floor with soulful dancing tunes,

 Saturday 19 October 2014

10.00am Festival Coffee Morning

Parents can enjoy coffee and cakes whilst their children are entertained and encouraged to join in the fun with:

  • Paruski

High energy violin and guitar duo guaranteed to amuse and enthrall

  • Seamus O’Baoighill

Infectious Scottish pipes and fiddle rythyms to get everyone dancing

  • Shark Morris

Sheer pottery in motion – their precision movements and enthusiasm result in some infectious dancing

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Christ Church, Church Road, BS20 0AE

The Festival goes over to Christ Church for a change in tempo and a chance to enjoy the serene ambience and acoustics of our village church

11.30am – Singing Workshop

Led by Wendy Sargeant

12.45pm – Refreshments

1.30pm – Choral Concert
  • Pill Community Choir

A great Pill institution making a welcome reappearance at this year’s Festival

  • Singing Ladies Acapella Group

A bubbly group of Pill Ladies, whose repertoire and rendition reflects their joy of singing

  • Barley Rye

Led by Keith Burrows  the group was formed in 2000 as a millennium project for Nailsea Folk Club and now has a membership of over 20.

  • Portishead Choral Society

Portishead Choral Society is a community-based, mixed-voice choir. 

  • Freshly Ground

  Will finish the Choral Concert with some beautiful traditional harmonies.

3.00pm – Recital

The Recital will will showcase some of the most talented young musicians from in and around Pill along with

  • Seamus O’Baoighill
  • Pill Festival Band
  • Pill Ukulele Ensemble
  • Paruski
  • Gittings Family
  • Pink Noise Quintet

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Pill Memorial Club, Main Hall
7.00pm – Festival Concert

MC Greg Ashdown introduces a wide range of the music played during the Festival topped off with a foot stomping dance band

  • Pill Festival Band

Our resident band of young and old musicians from Pill and District

  • Just 3

Just wonderful harmonies. Michaela, Lydia and Everton perform soul, gospel and pop arrangements of well known songs.

  • Seamus O’Baoighill

Traditional West Coast Highland Fiddler and Piper

  • Freshly Ground

A beautifully balanced folk choir with some of the South West’s best singers

  • Bob Hone

Bob lives in Pill and his humorous songs were a hit at the 2012 Festival

  • Dave Bannister

Pill’s own Frank Sinatra sets the mood from upbeat showstoppers to reflective love songs.

  • Ska’d

Our evening is topped off with a 6 piece band who play SKA and Two-Tone music as a tribute to great bands like Bad Manners, The Specials, The Beat, Madness, Toots & The Maytals The band aims to re-create the raw sound and atmosphere that surrounds this style of music. 
Featuring Paul “Buster” Hawkins: Vocals, Sean “Dreads” Jenkins: Vocals/Harmonica, Terry “El Tel” Watts: Saxophones and Paul “Hotlips” Thompson: Trumpet/Congas

 Sunday 20 October 2013

10.00 Pill’s Faith in Music 

Celebrate the start of our Sunday programme with spiritual songs and words from
  • Hilary Pavey
  • The Festival Band
  • The Salvation Army Band
  • Gospel Trio

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Pill Memorial Club, Upstairs Lounge

11.30am Performance Workshop
James Slater coaches singers and muscicians to work on gaining confidence and improving performance
12.30pm – Songwriters Workshop
Hilary Pavey guides and advises budding and tyro songwriters to start writing or improve their existing skills

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Pill Memorial Club, Main Hall

12.30 Lunchtime Song and Music

Songs of fun and laughter

2.00pm  Festival Afternoon Concert

  • Everton, Estelle and Vanessa
  • Hilary Pavey
  • Simon Arlidge Band
  • 2 Anchors

3.30pm Songwriters & Singers Open Mic

Hosted by MC s James Slater and Hilary Pavey

6.00pm – Ultimate Concert

Round off the Festival with a potpourri of our finest Festival performers including 

  • Festival Shanty Group

Pill Walers and Two Anchors plus singers from the Festival

  • Seamus O’Baoighill

Traditional West Coast Highland Fiddler and Piper

  • Vanessa and Julia

Beautiful tapestries of rich harmonies

  • Steve Graham

Steve say’s he is a bald man who plays hairy guitar and sings songs about family and friends.

  • Alana Kirkpatrick

Is a singer/songwriter who sings thoughtful songs from a variety of genres in a quiet sympathetic style.

  • Jacob

Just a couple of odd blokes playing guitar and bass superlatively

  • Hilary Pavey

Singer/songwriter/guitarist also teaches guitar and songwriting.

  • Chameleon

James Slater and Jan Newton play a very eclectic set, embracing traditional music from Britain and USA, contemporary songs, blues, and a sprinkling of jug band and jazz classics.

  • Si Barron

Accomplished guitarist, songwriter and interpreter of traditional English folk songs

  • The Wilbees

Polished performers of light hearted songs delivered in a witty harmonious fashion. guaranteed to bring a smile your face. John Blake – Guitar, Ukulele and Vocals. Guitar, 
Humph Bennett – Ukulele and Vocals

  • Fastest to Canada

Tonight’s headliners are the Bristol based folk rock band who return to our Pill shores by popular demand. Their upbeat but lyrical treatment of traditional and contemporary songs bring our Festival to a rousing finale.

Artists 2013

Click on the artists name  to go to their website

2 Anchors

The 2 Anchors are: Nick, Steve, Will, Debs and George  They perform  unaccompanied and accompanied shanties and songs of the sea, with closely woven vocal arrangements. . They sing harmoniously and with gusto but better still  on their website they guarantee enjoyment or your money back!

After Hours

A newly formed group of 6 talented musicians from the Pill Festival Band exploring Jazz and the Classics. 

Alan Kirkpatrick

Is a singer/songwriter who sings thoughtful songs from a variety of genres in a quiet sympathetic style.

Amjad Mehdi

PMF is happy to provide a bigger stage and respectful audience to this latter day Dylanesque performer who is starting to make an impact on the Bristol Open Mic. scene.

Barley Rye

Led by Keith Burrows, Barley Rye Choir was formed in 2000 as a millennium project of Nailsea Folk Club with the aim of giving club supporters an opportunity to express themselves. In the intervening years the choir has developed into a supportive group that also makes regular performances.

Bob Hone

Bob lives in Pill and his humorous songs were a hit at the 2013 Festival

Chameleon

James Slater and Jan Newton formed Chameleon in the spring of 2011, through a passionate mutual interest in acoustic music. They have a very eclectic set, embracing traditional music from Britain and USA, contemporary songs, blues, and a sprinkling of jug band and jazz classics. 

Chequered Souls

From Motown classics to modern soul via reggae, funk and danceJay, Bill, Sharon and Paul play up tempo  tunes that will fire the depth of your being and invigorate your dancing cells  so unwind, relax, have a drink and then strut your stuff on the dance floor with soulful dancing tunes

Claire and Lou

Comedy Duo

Dave Bannister

Pill’s own Frank Sinatra sets the mood from upbeat showstoppers to reflective love songs.

Dave Parker and Betty McDonald
Awesome Bluegrass music from Dave on the guitar and Betty on the Banjo

Everton, Estelle and Vanessa

Charming laid back trio. A welcome return from last year’s Festival.

Fastest to Canada

Stalwarts of the Bristol music scene, celebrating their tenth year as a band. Contemporary folk with a twist.

Federal Charm

Explosive vibe, and unique sound unlike anything currently around rediscovers retro blues rock like Free and Led Zeppelin with a modern melodic twist that is totally original but reminiscent of the glory days of rock n’ roll.
Nick Bowden – Vocals & Guitar, Paul Bowe – Lead guitar, L.D. Morawski – Bass, Danny Rigg – Drums,
Federal Charm are starting their 22 venue nationwide tour here in Pill.

Festival Shanty Group

Pill Whalers and Friends

Fred Bloggs Band

Steve Brown, alias Fred Bloggs started his first band in the 1970s. Shortly afterwards, Bristol entertainer Fred Wedlock helped them get a spot on an HTV television program which led to many engagements in the West Country, U.S. Military bases in Europe, and a winter season in a disco near Oslo.  Since then the bands line up has changed frequently but Steve’s madcap personality continues to shine through.

Freshly Ground

A group of musicians from Pill Festival Band aiming for the big time with some beautiful traditional harmonies

Gittings Family

Henry (Violin), Joseph (Piano), Robert (Oboe) are the Gittings Family – a trio of talented musicians.

Gospel Trio

Hilary Pavey

Singer/songwriter/gu­itarist who also teaches guitar and songwriting.

Holly House Jazz

The small band with the big band sound. Holly house jazz was formed by local reed player John Pritchard some 9 years ago. They currently comprise two trumpets , two saxophones, and a trombone plus a rhythm section and play their own arrangements of jazz and swing standards.

Jacob

‘Just a couple of blokes’ playing guitar and bass superlatively

James Slater

Plays mainly Americana with his acoustic guitar and is never happier than when encouraging other musicians and singers to play alongside him

Jane Cullinane

Arguably Pill’s best karaoke singer who also sings beautifully unaccompanied.

Just 3

Just 3 ……with just wonderful harmonies.  Michaela, Lydia and Everton perform soul, gospel and pop arrangements of well known songs.

Kate Peters

A young lady from the village making her fourth appearance at the festival  singing covers with a beautiful clear voice and a polished delivery.

Kim with Mike Ashdown

Atmospheric jazz-filled vocals from Kim with a driving guitar accompaniment from singer songwriter, Mike Both are regular performers at Pill Sessions

Lorraine Gould

A young lady who we are pleased to welcome to another appearance at the festival. She sings covers with a beautiful clear voice and a polished delivery.

Luke Derrick

Home grown talent making his mark on the Bristol music scene with his acoustic guitar. Luke mixes his own well crafted songs with popular up to date covers delivered in a unique style

Maddie Bickle

A stalwart of shark Morris and Pill Ukulele Ensemble sings solo

Monkey Chuckle

Monkey Chuckle are a Bristol based brass-heavy funk outfit, featuring a three piece horn section, jazz influenced instrumental playing and a groove directed straight towards the dance floor.  Tommy Barlow – Alto Sax, John Pratt – Tenor Sax, Ryan Aves – Trumpet, Sam Mills – Keys, Mark Lawrence – Guitar, Phil Olds – Bass, Tom Gilkes – Drums

North Somerset Orchestra

The cream of North Somerset’s young musicians play a wide selection of music

Ollie Rush

Rapidly rising local Pill talent

Paruski 

Violin & guitar duo Paruski plunder Celtic and Russian folk sources and, thanks to high energy performance and a heap of stagecraft, whip up a fine frenzy of fun. Click on the video above if you need convincing that this is one of the Festival acts that should not be missed.

Click on the ‘Paruski’ link above to see a really funny video on YouTube

Pill Beginners Band

The reason raison d’etre for the Festival! Any profits made go to support the purchase of instruments and to pay fees for the tuition of these embryo musicians

 Pill Community Choir

Pill Community Choir is a  great local institution who are regular Festival performers.  They meet at the Community Centre in Church Place from 8 – 9.30pm on Tuesdays. For more details  call Wendy Sergeant on 01275 814200, email sergeantrw@tiscali.co.uk

Pill Festival Band 

A group of young and older local musicians with a range of instruments and abilities playing music across the genres.

Pill Ukulele Ensemble

The massed ukuleles have been working hard since the 2011 Festival got everybody playing

Pill Whalers

Pill Whalers were formed at the original Pill Music Festival in 2000. They are a bunch of blokes and the odd wench, who sing mainly maritime songs in a rough and ready fashion.

Pink Noise Quintet

Henry (violin), Joseph (piano) Robert (oboe) Gittings – The Pink Noise Recorder Quintet is an amateur recorder ensemble based in Bristol who play a wide repertoire of music, with a particular focus on modern recorder music

Portishead Choral Society

A friendly, medium-sized choral society with close links to the local community, Portishead Choral Society is a community-based, mixed-voice choral society.  They rehearse for and perform three concerts of classical choral music per year and are affiliated to “Making Music” – the National Federation of Music Societies.

Richard Reeve

Local multi-talented musician who has played the university circuits and inhabited studios with sixties stars like the Rolling Stones and still plays a mean Blues Guitar

Seamus O’Baoighill

Virtuoso young traditional West Coast Highland friddler and piper: ….from the Isle of Skye. Intrigued – check out the video by clicking here.

Shark Morris

Sheer pottery  in motion – their precision movements and enthusiasm result in some infectious dancing

Si Barron

One of the most popular local performers of traditional and acoustic songs.
Si specialises in well-performed interpretations of songs from a surprisingly wide variety of sources, traditional English folk songs, compositions from songwriters on both sides of the Atlantic and even saucy music hall whimsy are all linked by a thoughtful presentation of each song.

Simon Arlidge 

 Simon Arlidge is a singer/songwriter who has come back to public performance after a 29 year break. His songs are a eclectic mixture but if you like folk/country rock then you’re sure to like his new album due in December 2013.

Singing Ladies

A bubbly group of Pill Ladies, whose repertoire and rendition reflects their joy of singing and wowed

Ska’d

A 6 piece band who play SKA and Two-Tone music as a tribute to great bands like Bad Manners, The Specials, The Beat, Madness, Toots & The Maytals The band aims to re-create the raw sound and atmosphere that surrounds this style of music.
Featuring Paul “Buster” Hawkins: Vocals, Sean “Dreads” Jenkins: Vocals/Harmonica, Terry “El Tel” Watts: Saxophones and Paul “Hotlips” Thompson: Trumpet/Congas

South West Division Salvation Army Band

The band has around 35 members drawn from all walks of life. Some are involved in the financial services sector and local government; some run their own businesses, while others are teachers, lorry drivers, care workers, sales representatives and students. Virtually all have spent most of their lives involved in Salvation Army music making.

Steal-Easy

Steal-Easy combine laid-back sorrow and driving rhythm in equal measure, playing songs from the Dixie Chicks to the Drive by Truckers, and from gospel to country rock in their own distinctive style.  The Somerset/ Bristol-based line-up features Neil Bannister on lead guitar, Clint Dando on bass, Glen Martin on drums, Martin Froud on lap steel, and Nicki Davey on guitar and vocals Steal-Easy will take you on a journey through death, murder, trains, the devil, and aching loss: American roots and country music with rock attitude.

Steve Graham

Steve say’s he is a bald man who plays hairy guitar and sings songs about family and friends.

Sue Flanagan

Sue’s clear, haunting voice adds real feeling to English and Irish ballads.

Sue Erwin and Ann Norval

Two brilliant musicians with rather more than a hint of comedy

Suzanna Van Moyland

A warm melodious voiced contemporary contralto, Suzanna van Moyland
re-configures classic stories from the rock, funk and blues movements.

The Timbrels

William Goddard designed a timbrel in 1893.  It was first used at Easter in 1894. The timbrel which is used today hasn’t changed significantly since the original design by William Goddard.

The Wilbees

Polished performers of light hearted songs delivered in a witty harmonious fashion. guaranteed to bring a smile your face. John Blake: Guitar, Ukulele and Vocals.  Guitar, Humph Bennett: Ukulele and Vocals

Vanessa and Julia

Very popular duo which brought the house down at last year’s Festival

Veroneka Big Band

One of the biggest and best amateur and semi pro big bands in South West of England, the Veroneka Big Band was established in 1999. If you want to listen to great live jazz and swing music or dance this is act to follow

Wendy Sergeant

Wendy runs community choirs and daytime singing groups as well as other occasional singing workshops in and around North Somerset. She started her first regular group – the lovely Portishead Community Choir – in 2005 and it now has over 100 members!

Whispering Pauline McDade and her Pleasant Pluckers

Plucked from out of the Pill Ukulele Ensemble these keen pluckers continue to expand their repertoire and are never happier than when invited to perform at pubs and open mic venues.

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