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Announcing our Headline act for 2024 
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W A R D  T H O M A S

Hampshire country music duo Ward Thomas will headline and close our festival on the mainstage!

 Hailed as the UK’s most successful country act, twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas recently sold out shows across the UK during 23/24 with a special show with stripped back versions of songs from across their career.  Recording their debut album, 2014’s ‘From Where We Stand’, whilst still in school, the duo have since cemented themselves as pioneers in the UK Country and Americana scene; not least for the follow-up album ‘Cartwheels’ released in 2016 going to No.1 in the UK Album Charts, the first by a UK country act to top the charts.   

In 2019, the band were presented with the Country Music Association’s Jeff Walker Global Achievement Award in recognition of their success and impact on country music in the UK. 

‘Music In The Madness’ was hailed by critics for its live sound mixed with country-pop style, whilst of their Barbican show earlier this year, The Upcoming said: ‘It’s safe to say Ward Thomas delivered a magical performance that left us on a high – an evening to remember.’ 

So get ready Devon we are going to have an absolute party! 

MORE ACT ANNOUNCEMENTS TO COME SOON! 

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WOOD BURNT RED - Country/Rock/Pop

Their Southern American look might fool some, but listen closer and you'll hear that Wood Burnt Red are a UK country rock band like no other.
With 3 of the band hailing from the Midlands UK, and 1 from Zimbabwe, the boys have each been playing music for over 15 years, but a pandemic saw all four of them unable to perform their art. So, with nothing but his acoustic guitar, pen, paper, and a drop of whiskey, frontman and songwriter Tom Franklin spent his nights endlessly writing country songs, which led him to form the band in the summer of 2020.
Ever since, Wood Burnt Red has been playing across the Midlands and South West, knocking dead crowds with their original writing and energetic performances in a show that leaves you wanting more.

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OUR ATLANTIC ROOTS - Folk/Americana

Mac and Laura Johnston, ‘Our Atlantic Roots’, fuse together poetic and beautifully authentic lyrics with incredibly tight harmonies. The blend of their vocals make it almost unbelievable that they are individually from countries that are thousands of miles apart, with Mac originally from North Carolina, USA and Laura from Yorkshire, UK.

The transatlantic, husband-wife duo now live in Cornwall (the wild Atlantic south-west coast of England) but spend much of their time travelling across the UK, sharing their songs and stories with audiences in an abundance of settings, from theatres to festivals, in barns, bars and even on beaches! . The duo have taken sonic inspiration from bands such as The Paper Kites, First Aid Kit and The Hollow Coves, and are often compared to the likes of Us The Duo, The Shires, and The Civil Wars.

 

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DEMI MARRINER BAND - Modern Country/Americana

Demi Marriner is a songwriter well worth keeping track of. Her passion and emotion are so contagious, it is almost impossible to not be captivated from the offset. Whether she’s pouring out her heart in an intimate solo shows, or kicking down the doors with her incredible backing band, Demi knows how to impress.

​Winner of the Whispering Bob Harris' Emerging Artist Award at the 2021 UK Americana Awards,
Demi released her highly anticipated debut record 'The Things We Didn't Say' in July 2023 which has received much acclaim.
With endorsements from Whispering Bob Harris, Under The Apple Tree, Chris Difford, The House Of Songs and AMA UK, Demi is no doubt an artist to look out for.



 

THE WESTLANDS - Country Rock

After hearing this band at the British Country Music Festival we knew we had to have them play for us in August!!

The Westlands are a UK Based Country Music Band. Influenced by the likes of The Cadillac Three, Brothers Osbourne, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and many more. Whilst The Westlands love the traditional country sound you will hear them get a little rockier from time to time.
The sublime Vocals are front and centre with harmonies to blow you away!!

 

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THOMAS KAVANAGH - Country/Pop

Fresh from the biggest UK Country Music Festival C2C, we're proud to announce Devon based singer songwriter Thomas Kavanagh !! 

Originally from Birmingham, Thomas Kavanagh's musical journey began at the age of 13 when he first picked up a guitar. His music has been showcased on prominent platforms such as Apple Music Radio, HMV, SKY TV, and FOX TV.
Recently Thomas has been co writing and performing with US artist Kirstie Kraus and is releasing a new album of his Country Pop Rock music in 2024.
We can't wait to welcome him to our Main stage!! 

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ALEX HART - Folk Country

Described by BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe as “the Stevie Nicks of Folk”. The south-west based singer/songwriter Alex Hart has just released ‘VISIONS’ her most exciting and anticipated album to date.
Alex also collaborates and performs alongside the critically acclaimed Devon born folk singer Seth Lakeman. Alex’s voice as well her multi-instrumental playing features heavily on his brand-new album. The single “Higher We Aspire” received huge BBC Radio 2 support, and Alex performed the song live on BBC Breakfast TV. Alex tours extensively with Seth as a duo, trio and part of the band. Keep a lookout for gigs across the UK.
Alex Hart is not only a talented vocalist, but an accomplished musician too, 2024 is set to be her most successful and exciting year yet.
"Alex Hart is set to make a global impact"
THE GUARDIAN
"Alex Hart is not only a talented vocalist, but an accomplished musician too. Alex has grown as a musician over the years and is continually adding new instruments to her armoury."
REVIEW MNPR MAGAZINE

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HOSTED BY GEOFF MEADS

 

the previous two years we are very very lucky to be welcoming back the wonderful Geoff Meads to be our host for the whole festival.
One half of duo Tennessee Twin He single handily makes sure the main stage runs smoothly and to time, which is no mean feat! Aswell as being part of the team in the run up with his valued skills!
His professionalism, passion for music and engaging personality as most of you know is a brilliant feature of our festival!!

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THE LONGSHORE DRIFTERS  - Honky Tonk

The Longshore Drifters are an East Sussex quintet of duet heavy, old school country pickers who wear the influence of golden age Honky Tonk and Cosmic Country proudly on pearl snapped sleeves. A living jukebox exuding the very essence of dim lights, thick smoke and loud, loud music, two stepping in the shadows of Conway & Loretta, Gram & Emmylou, The Drifting Cowboys and The Buckaroos.
Fronted by singers & songwriters Michelle Miller and Mark J. Lee, the band have quickly gained a reputation as one of the hottest 'must see' Country acts in the UK. Delighting audiences with a compelling mix of well crafted original material and lesser known honky tonk & cosmic country classics.
"Really great traditional sounding stuff!"
- Tim Prottey Jones Countryline Radio
Hits all the right notes... can’t wait to see them at a festival sometime soon."
- The Rocking Magpie

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SONGS AND STORIES COLLECTIVE

Donna Marie, Tennessee Twin, Sarah Yeo

- Modern Country Folk/ Americana

Festival Creator Sarah Yeo - singer/songwriter along with Donna Marie Songs Tennessee Twin will be of course be performing at the now famous 'acoustic late night chill' which rounds off the festival but you may see them on our main stage all together with a short upbeat set of original songs!
The 4 have a unique blend with their vocal harmonies getting stronger and stronger with each performance..
Not only do the 4 perform and write together they have become great friends since those first lockdown days and are now an integral part of the WCMF team, and you will see them busy around the site during the run up and whole weekend!!

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JOSH BEER DUO

Hailing from North Devon, UK, Josh Beer is quickly making a name for himself within the wider British and international country music market as an all-round artist following years of touring as a session musician.

His Unique sound sets him apart from others in the genre and his energy onstage is evident of his love for performing! Josh will perform as a duo set up, showcasing his vocal and authentic songwriting

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