Sun 25th : 12 noon : The Mill on the Fleet
New local singer /songwriter Julie Ward sings songs inspired by her late Grandfather and a love of music, often supported by local musician Linzie Watson. Ward & Watson are due to release their first EP later on this year.
Statuesque frontman Richard Ipaint is something of a punk icon, having played with Billy Childish and other worthies in the DIY music heyday of the early 80s. If we are supposed to mellow with age, Richard appears not to have received the memo: his songs pull no punches as they deal with the horrors of modern life. From brainless nine-to-five jobs to the sense of entitlement of the ruling class, Richard lines up his targets and knocks them down. This is humour at its blackest, performed with wicked glee on an electric ukulele.
North East based singer and poet Pete McConville inhabits music as best he can. Informed deeply by the bothy singing tradition he has experimented in many forms of sonic expression, trying to get comfortable. Gatehouse will be an acoustic set, picking out the strands that bind us through word and pitch.