Saturday, 17 November 2018

Festival well worth finding

Fun, raucous and raunchy, Hipbone Slim are the latest band to be signed up to perform at the first Hideaway Music Festival at Fawley Hill on August 3.

Anyone who has seen the ‘be’ dating website TV advert (the one where the girl leaves the house in her lingerie) will be familiar with the music of Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers.

Fun, raucous and raunchy, Hipbone Slim are the latest band to be signed up to perform at the first Hideaway Music Festival at Fawley Hill on August 3.

A blues/rockabilly band with local roots (they started their musical career in Benson a decade ago) the band consist of lead singer and guitarist ‘Sir Baldy’ known for his wild and fiery style, the legendary Bruce ‘Bash’ Brand on drums and Johnny Cheeseman on the double bass.

This snippet might come in handy in the pub quiz: Bruce is legendary not only for his drumming with bands such as Wreckless Eric and Mungo Jerry, but he was once Tracey Emin’s landlord. Bet he wishes he’d kept the bed.

They have released five albums and regularly tour Europe with their own blend of Sixties ‘surf guitar’ that fans of Pulp Fiction will recognise. “Our lyrics usually revolve around girls and beer,” says Sir Baldy.

Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers take rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm ‘n’ blues - whatever you want to call it - and give it their own unique stamp and energy. They have somehow captured the true essence of rock ‘n’ roll, in a way that very few have been able to do, in a very long time.

Their musical style is a wild ride of high energy rockabilly, blues and a strong beat designed to get you dancing. Watch out for Sir Baldy’s own signature dance move, the ‘P-bug’, which sees him spin on his back on the stage, still playing the guitar in a frenzy.

No one would guess that by day Sir Baldy teaches economics and business at a Berkshire college. By night, that’s another story...

There will be three music venues at the Hideaway Music Festival site. In addition to the main sound stage and the second stage, there will be an ‘acoustic tent’ that will offer an intimate setting for a range of musical talent.

Organiser Brett Fuller has always wanted the festival to be about the music first and foremost; a showcase for as full a range of styles as possible and the acoustic stage is very much his project. His aim is to highlight the most talented musicians, whatever their musical genres, in an intimate setting to allow the musicians and the audience to really connect. “I am excited about the acts we have found for the acoustic stage. Some I’ve known personally for over two decades and some are new to me. They all share something in common, great talent, which I want to share with our Hideaway audience,” said Brett.

Adrian Love, singer-songwriter-guitarist, a veteran of the Covent Garden busking scene, will perform with what has been described as “the most velvety singing voice at the Festival”. Frankie Jack from South London, and well known around Frieth and Christmas Common, will be performing his own theatrical style of covers, combined with lots of banter!

Without spoiling the surprises, there are nearly a dozen eclectic acts and singer-songwriting talent on show. Seb Piper, described by Brett Fuller as “probably the most talented blues pianist in the country” is giving the organisers a challenge by bringing his own piano. You will probably remember the song Pilot Of The Airwaves about a radio DJ - the vocalist Charlie Dore has teamed up with Julian Littman and they will be singing their own blend of folk music with special guest Sam Brown. And that’s not the only Brown family connection. Later in the line up Joe Brown’s grandson, Mo Evans will be on stage.

“He saw the Hideaway ticket booth ‘busking gig’ in Henley Market Place a couple of weeks ago in his lunch break; came up to the mic, did some impromptu songs with guitar and I signed him on the spot,” said Brett.

Expect the unexpected too. No Direction, a ukulele band from Henley, will be performing.

There will be a five-piece rap group called Rumbold for Antix and a local youth band from Reading called The Herberts who have been described as a colourful, ‘groovy’ new band, with a tripped down sound focusing on the country-soul voice of William Trevelyan, the searing harmonica of Leo Magill and the supple bass playing of Ian MacKenzie. Another local eccentric talent is Andy Mallen, who is sure to entertain the audience musically and humorously.

* Hideaway Music Festival takes place at Fawley Hill on Saturday, August 3. Tickets are £35 in advance from or £40 on the door. Under 12s free. Tickets also available at In the Groove record shop and Magoos in Henley, the Bread Bin in Watlington, The Chequers at Fingest and The Fox and Hounds at Christmas Common.

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