Hugo Valentine, The Real McKoys, Gunrunner and The Mamma Mias at BrookFest
A family-friendly music festival featuring ska, punk, jazz and pop bands is to be held at Brook Cottage Farm in Furneux Pelham on Saturday (July 6).
All funds raised during BrookFest will be fed into the farm’s Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) group, which provides weekly riding sessions for children and young people with disabilities.
And this year the festival will be extra-special as it ties in with the RDA’s 50th anniversary.
As well as the feel-good factor of knowing they are supporting a good cause, visitors can enjoy watching a host of brilliant live bands perform throughout the day, which runs from noon till 11.30pm.
Gunrunner, a Chelmsford six-piece, perform music from a variety of genres, from hard rock to blues, pop and beyond. They call it their classic rock jukebox and the eclectic mixture of covers contains well-known anthems as well as forgotten gems.
The Real McKoys, swingers of music, play anything from 50s ballads to Noughties hits – but they turn them into punk-rock anthems.
Hugo Valentine, a singer-songwriter from London, is a seasoned festival performer; he spent most of last summer performing at numerous venues, including a set at the Hampton Court Palace Festival where he opened for Tom Jones.
Hugo’s passion for music began when he was four when his grandmother bought him a plastic piano, and he started taking piano lessons soon after. At 10, he was admitted into the Royal College of Music’s junior department and remained there for several years, where he was trained in classical music.
When he graces BrookFest’s main stage he will be accompanied by his energetic band. Expect catchy hooks, piano-driven melodies and a high-energy show.
Jack The Lad have become a popular choice for South East music venues and have built up their own regular circuit. The trio, who have amassed more than 150 years’ musical experience between them, only play songs that their audiences can sing and dance along to.
The Mamma Mias are three leading ladies from London’s West End. They pay homage to the Swedish superstars Abba and perform feel-good tunes from the hit musical Mamma Mia.
The Peter Lemer Quintet, fronted by jazz musician Peter Lemer on keys, also features Paul Robinson on drums, Steve Cook on bass, Paul Higgs on trumpet and Simon Spillett on sax.
Between them they have worked with Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Barbara Thompson, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Trojan Horses are a Hertfordshire ska and rocksteady band. Since appearing on the music scene in 2016, the eight-piece, who are sometimes joined by one or two extra members, play a mixture of classic Jamaican tunes from the 1960s and 1970s as well as original songs.
The 7T’s are a 1970s covers band who play hits by David Bowie, Slade, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and more.
Tingeymajig are a four-piece outfit made up of Bishop's Stortford-bred Tingey siblings Chloe, Tabitha, Alfie and Bathsheba. They have all flown their family's Windhill nest and gone on to do their own things, but they are revelling in this chance to get back together and unite their musical talents. Expect folk-pop featuring close harmonies, tight dynamics and vocal layering, all powered by deep familial love.
Alongside the live acts, vinyl records will be played out of The Shed.
And there will be lots of other things for people to enjoy, such as a yoga tent, while there will be a children’s area complete with juggling, music and art activities. Camping is available to those who want to stay at the farm overnight.
- Tickets cost £20 for adults, £15 for teenagers, £10 for children aged 5 to 12 and £10 for concessions. Camping costs an extra £10 for those bringing tents or £20 for those with campervans. Visit www.brookfest.net for further information.