Below is a list of just some of the incredible music that we had for 2017… The acts were so good that we are hoping to sign them straight up for 2018, but for the moment, the line-up for next year is tbc. Don’t forget to also check out our ‘Big Meat Unplugged‘ – a brand new feature from 2017. It involveed music, a camp fire and who knows, perhaps even a nip of two of whisky… it went pretty darn well, so we are certainly hoping to bring it back for 2018!
A huge thank you to our Music stage sponsor for 2017, FireFly BBQ… Read more about them here.
The New Hawleans Jug Band
A rollicking collection of meandering musicians led by the irrepressible and irresponsible “Al the Hat”; The New Hawleans Jug band have dominated the underground Jugband blues culture in NewHaw, Surrey, for more than 12 years. With their rocked-up, Jazzed-up and messed-about versions of blues, folk and hokum standards, no one genre could accommodate them, so they had to create their own: they are perhaps, the finest “Jugabilly” band you’re ever likely to hear. Some of NewHaw’s most creative drinkers have shuffled in and out of Al’s group; with the present line-up consisting of: Al the Hat on Blues Harp and vocals, Ewan Penkey on doghouse bass, Precious Pierre on Mandolin, guitar and vocals, Jim-boy on lead guitar and vocals, Alex “Cool-Hand” Tedesco on guitar and vocals, and Washboard-Steve, on Steve’s mum’s Washboard. They are regularly gigging country pubs, clubs and festivals around the South of England and bringing long-forgotten classics, plus a few self-penned numbers, to new audiences, eager to hear some real music, played with real enthusiasm and understanding.
Claudia Stark is a 23 year old indie artist currently residing in Surrey, who has been inspiring audiences for over 4 years with her thought provoking, mindful songs. Her snappy, socially swayed lyrics bring issues to mind that cut to the heart of the jaded person within all of us.
Becoming increasingly aware of the struggles and injustices faced by those around her, Claudia first picked up a guitar in an attempt to have her opinions heard and after receiving notable support at her early shows, she began to see the reach she could have with her music.
April of 2017 saw Claudia’s second headline launch show with her band at The Boileroom in Guildford where she launched her brand new single ‘Too Soon’. She is now concentrating on writing new songs and is working towards her first UK tour.
Claudia has been described as performing “with a ton of guts, passion, and at times brutal intensity” (The Musical Melting Pot) which is entirely in keeping with the fierce subjects of which she writes. She would sit well in a record collection containing the likes of Frank Turner, Bears Den and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Some vocalists sing the sweet melodies of folk in haunting melodic tones. Some singers belt the blues with gravel and rage, and some cascade fountains of smooth jazz onto their audience. Susana Silva comes under an entirely different set of performers, in that her style is totally indefinable. Why? Because when she raises the microphone stand and opens her mouth, everybody is too distracted by the sheer scale of her talent to really notice what “box” she fits into. I can think of only one catergory, which can be described as “that goose-bump, hair-standing-one-end type of singer”.
Naturally she has influences; if you listen hard you will certainly hear powerful blues, with accents of jazz and soul beats, along with the odd delightful funk lick. She is keen on Etta James, Alanis Morisette and Stevie Wonder (to name but a few), which would not surprise the listener. However, the impact of her live performance really does leave little in the mind of listener, because she communicates instead with the heart. This can only come from the fact that she exceeds the role of an entertainer – she is rather the embodiment of an astounding story.
Susana arrived into London under tough circumstances. She had nothing but a bridge for a roof. Miraculously, the gift of a two string guitar, along with her extraordinary talent, saved her life. She began to perform on the South bank, which quickly built her a fan base and provided her with the funds to invest in better and better equipment (as well as a six string guitar). She has now found her home in this city, and is rapidly becoming a recognised name in the music scene. So what do we fundamentally get from her performance?
We get the first-hand experience of a survivor that fought against the odds. We get a woman who sings from a place of authenticity and love, rather than ego. We get an abundance of breath-taking talent, with an equal measure of modesty. Most of all, beneath the love that she purposefully spreads through music, we feel inspired to follow our own dreams with the same gratitude and compassion.
Grizzly Rhys Morgan
As a professional guitarist and singer/songwriter, Rhys Morgan aka `Grizzly`, has clocked up over 60,000 miles taking big stomping blues riffs to pubs, clubs, arts centres and on the festival circuit across the south of England. As the front man for Grizzly and the Grasshoppers, Grizzly has performed at Labyrinth Blues & Roots Festival; Rhythmtree; Boomtown Fair; Weyfest; Wonky Donk; Chilled in a Field; Henry`s Little Big Gig; Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival; Guildford Beer Festival; Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and many more. Rhys is a featured performer on the `Anderwood Sessions`playing his Weissenborn lapslide guitar.
“I’m a singer/songwriter from Haslemere Surrey. I write about life, love and dreams! I record my songs in my home studio and publish them online.” Returning to The Big Meat for the 3rd Year!
Backwoods Creek is a six piece Country Rock band from the UK’s deep south that brings a fresh, exciting take on the genre to a part of the world that had forgotten just how much it loves Country music.
First E.P. Out Now!
After starting classical piano at the age of 7 and progressing to the guitar Rob began a career in the 80’s as a recording engineer at Bermuda Sound Studios. This led to him engineering on Keith Richards album ‘Talk is Cheap’ produced by Steve Jordan as well as getting some blues guitar education from Keith himself. In ’90 Rob moved on to work in some of London top studios, including Metropolis Studios and Swanyard Studios, from there he worked alongside some of the best artists, producers and engineers in London, including, Gary Langan (Queen, Yes), Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys), Manu Dibango, Bernie Sumner(New Order), Johnny Marr(Smiths) and Andy Farris ( INXS) just to name a few.
After some time, the manic long hours took their toll and Rob really wanted to be a blues player not a tech. With his contacts in the studio business he began to do session work on guitar for the likes of Tom Robinson, Chris White from Dire Straits, and many other artists.
In 1994 Rob worked at Earls Court as a guitar demonstrator for JHS, the distributors for Hughes & Kettner amps, Jackson and Encore Guitars. He went on to develop a busy schedule of regular gigs in London and the South East. Soon after this he headed back out to Bermuda for a summer gig in the tourist resorts and Pubs, this was fun, he got to jam with some of New Yorks finest blues players, Poppa Chubby and also Big Ed & the Side Pockets at the Oasis Club. With frequent trips to Florida & Manhattan, this was just too much fun and the holiday gig turned into a 13 year stay.
For family reasons Rob eventually returned to the UK in 2007. Since returning he has put his studio experiences to good use and has completed seven albums.
The Barker Band
The Barker Band are a West London folk rock band With their love for George Jones, Black Sabbath and everything in between this band offer up a unique mix of folk bluegrass, rock and blues.
“Sounds like no one else” Q Magazine
Plus, check out the line up for The Big Meat Unplugged here
Please note, all details are correct at time of publish and although we sure hope they wont change, we also know that sometimes life happens so details may be subject to change.