You listened to them in 2017 and we listened to you! Returning for your aural delectation following their outstanding performances at this year’s Festival are:
Brothers Ric and Robert Harrison achieve a full band sound with just two pairs of hands. As they matured as a band, Echo Town developed a more harmonious and spiritual approach to their music. They are recognised for their vibrant and energetic performances, using a multitude of instruments including lap-slide guitar, djembe (a goblet drum) digeridoo and harmonica. Don’t miss them on the bandstand on Saturday!
The popular Torquay based trio, Stone Angels, return with their brand of alternative rock. Original founding member Dan Hughes (lead vocals and lead guitar), along with Nathan Hughes bass guitar and backing vocals) and Sam McIver (drums and synths) will be at the Harbour Bar on Saturday. Their debut album ‘Spirit, Love & Higher Meanings’ is available now on all online stores.
Charismatic, energetic singer/songwriter Jake Martin, blends punk and folk rock, stories of the road and politics with a cheeky brand of cider fuelled humour. He has the ability to captivate and animate any room of strangers with memorable sing-a-long anthems, resulting in performances giving off an “every show could be the last” vibe. If you enjoyed his set at the Market Square in 2017, head over to Bayards Fort on Saturday to see his acoustic set.
John Fairhurst will be back in 2018 with a full blues band! The British rock guitar phenomenon, originally from Wigan, has “sucker punch solos and a gravel swilled belter of a voice”. Having honed his craft on the road, the result is an inspiring wall of sound rooted in his norther blues background with a deep-south attitude. The modern day wandering blues man with trademark howling vocals will take to The Bandstand on Saturday, complete with his band.
If you like your blues with a measure of guitar-fuelled blustery rock and a dash of soul, make sure you check out Red Butler. Dan Spellman joined Alex Butler (lead guitar), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass) just over a year ago, stepping in as lead vocalist. The band’s evolution to a heavier sound, coupled with the ever-present energy and excitement have thrilled fans new and old. Don’t miss their Saturday set on The Bandstand.
The remaining slots are being populated with heaps of fantastic new bands for you to discover at the 2018 Dart Music Festival and we’ll be telling you more about them in due course.