We’d like to give an enormous thanks to all the artists who played The Mighty Boy Festival 2018. We really appreciate your support for our fund-raising efforts. You mighty people…!
For a playlist of songs played at the festival click HERE
The Correspondents consist of a singer Mr Bruce and a producer Chucks. Both growing up in South London, they formed in 2007 and within two years had taken their hi-octane genre-blending dance music from house parties to festival main stages. It’s hard to pin down exactly what they do. Mr Bruce dances in a tempestuous whirlwind of monochromatic energy while singing, rapping and scatting about the trails and tribulations of love, lust and everything in between. Chucks takes the crowd on a journey through genres from the retro sounds of the Swing Era to Blues and 60s Soul, and then out the other end into Electronica, Drum and Bass & Jungle. The Correspondents are never afraid to stick to their pop sensibilities, but get fidgety dwelling anywhere too long. Since their inception they have toured far and wide, relentlessly bringing their unique live show to huge crowds, earning themselves Telegraph’s “Top Ten Glastonbury Highlights” two years in a row. The Times mentioned the band as “bundles of fun” and the surprise success of Wilderness Festival 2017.
Jam Sandwich need little introduction to most of you. A crowd-pleasing band made up of a group of close friends who create an electric-atmosphere on stage with their feel-good, high energy performances. These boys know how to rock and more importantly how to get a crowd on their feet. They have played at venues such as the Clapham Grand, The Tiree Music Festival and on the skis slopes of Europe. They also played at the Celebration of Silas’s life in 2014 and their music is right up his street. Prepare to get dancing….watch their story here
Gentlemen of Few
Gentlemen of Few play an eclectic blend of old-time bluegrass and classic rock with skilful vocal harmonies and powerful lyrics. The band perform their music with a raw passion and intense energy, giving them an almighty sound that they’ve coined as “Nugrass”. Smugglers Records described them as, “fusing an old time bluegrass sound with a youthful English vigour, impeccable harmonies and song craft way beyond their years. Mighty impressive.” And Chris Evans marked them as “young yet amazing.” Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the band have played across the county and at Secret Garden Party, Tiree Music Festival and Boomtown Fair.
Hang David was started by a bunch of school friends (Tonbridge boys) back in 1987/88. They were influenced by bands such as The Cure, Joy Division, The Beatles, the Aussie band The Church, Stone Roses and REM. At the time Melody Maker described their music as: “PRETTY, pretty, gently cruising and crooning towards a soft apex, with an attractive lustre to their guitar dominance as they sparkle, mingle and tingle like early Hurrah! with their mouth full of crisps.” The band split up in 1992/93 but reunited to play a gig last year and with a bunch of big birthdays on the horizon it looks like a few more gigs are on the cards. Silas’s mum was an original groupie and saw them play at venues such as The Mean Fiddler, The Rock Garden and The Orange Club back in the day….
If you are from Kent, I’m sure you already know about Daniel Son. Arguably one of the county’s most refined rapper/producers, who has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, receiving praise from the likes of Slaves, The Guardian and Barry Evans himself, with a string of BBC plays under his belt to back it up. Following the success of his ode to his hometown, Maidstone, he has performed all over the South of England promoting his charity LP – in memory of his friend, the producer Danny 2.0. Since then he’s fired his band Roundhouse into action and is currently working on their debut release as well as his own solo album. One to watch…
Hot Wings is a Rock and Funk band, playing everything from bang modern guitar-driven anthems to 70’s foot-stomping grooves. Upfront, there’s snake-hips himself, the irrepressible Colin “scrapper” Norton. He is ably assisted by top London session guru Mark Vandergucht on guitar, the infamous throbbing bass of the legendary Andy Waterworth, the divine talents of the internationally acclaimed Nat Woodcock on Keyboards and at the back Matt “Gibby” Gibbins on the drums. Hot Wings is a transglobal sensation, guaranteed to pour the sauce on your sonic buffet. Colin also took to the stage with Jam Sandwich at the Celebration of Silas’s life to sing a version of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” – a song that meant so much to Silas.
Nico & Friends
Nico Ramsden and his outstanding group of musicians will perform the coolest jazz funk to kick us off on the main stage. The band features seasoned professionals that have a tight and cohesive sound, which will hook you from the outset. Between them the band members have played with the likes of Mica Paris, Paul Young, Steve Winwood, Mike Oldfield, George Benson, Thomas Dolby, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and The Proclaimers. The band has played at the Rye Jazz Festival and the Faversham Hop Festival and can often be found playing at pubs such as The Phoenix and The Anchor in Faversham.
Georgia Parker is a local singer/songwriter who is studying at Berklee College of Music in the USA. She has been singing for the last 10 years and is now majoring in Songwriting and minoring in Production. Her musical style is a mixture of folk/pop/alternative/indie. Her greatest influences would be John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, Jamie Cullum, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell.
Only Crows & Horses
Only Crows & Horses is a band composed of a bunch of Canterbury school friends, who are all now studying music in some form or other at college, and their teacher. They have played together over a number of years for various pop music recordings and band events. They are all passionate musicians who have been influenced and inspired by a range of music from the 60’s to modern pop. Their focus is singing soul, funk and pop and the upbeat nature of their music reflects the outgoing personalities within the band. The lead singer Livvy Acock was at primary school with all the Pullen boys.
Cetty Barrett is a local singer studying music at university. She plays the piano and acoustic guitar. Cetty has been inspired by many R&B, soul and blues artists, such as Stevie Wonder and Etta James, along with more contemporary artists like Amy Winehouse and Kodaline. She is currently writing her own material and hopes to continue with a career in music. Cetty was also at primary school with all the Pullen Boys.
Rage Against The Party
Rage Against The Party is a band formed specifically to play at The Mighty Boy Festival. It comprises ten musicians local to the Faversham area, who between them have a wealth of talent at their fingertips. The band is led by Ben Saul, the musical impresario and notorious funk runner, who has drawn together Vancouver’s finest drum/trombone knitting duo, an itinerant East Midlands lead trumpet with Yorkshire pretensions and the “seven ages of man” horn section to form this devastating super group. With the Faversham Youth Choir on vocals and rhythm you’d better dance or else. The band will be playing a number of soul favourites and are honoured and privileged to play this festival, not least as some band members were mates of Silas’s back in the day.
Whitstable Samba Band
Our local volunteer community samba band are going to kick off proceedings in the morning and get us all in the true festival spirit. The samba band is made up of ordinary people from all walks of life, from Whitstable and further afield, and is led by experienced musical director, Ann Day. Samba music originates from Brazil and it is all about the rhythm and the noise…