This year’s line-up at Farmer Phil’s Festival is really starting to take shape, and we’re excited to confirm the addition of three terrific acts: Echo Town, Rodney Branigan and John Fairhurst.
Known for their vibrant, energetic live performances, Cornwall-based Echo Town is made up of brothers Richard and Robert Harrison. Over the years their brand of music has yielded from the hard rock of their formative years to something altogether more spiritual and creatively mature. Described by Richard Cadence of egigs.co.uk “as if John Butler’s lapsteel, Xavier Rudd’s social commentary and Jack Johnson’s catchy pop ideals have all be fused by the hands of two British songwriters”, their second album, 2015’s ‘Be Strong Troop On’ has led to them touring the UK and Europe and appearing at numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Green Gathering and more.
Here’s the title track from ‘Be Strong Troop On’ to get you warmed up:
London-based Rodney Branigan was born and raised in Texas and says he “learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in the Big Smoke.” A master of several instruments, with a rich and soulful voice, Rodney’s heartfelt lyrics have often led to comparisons with Jeff Buckley, even described by France’s Crossroads magazine as “the revelation of the year or even the decade”.
His infectious blend of organic progressive folk, rock, flamenco, classic, bluegrass and jazz sensibilities have seen Rodney tour the US from coast to coast and travel the world across China, India, Africa and Europe, where his reputation as an outstanding live performer has led to turns supporting the likes of Billy Sheehan, Jack Johnson, Billy Bragg, Angelique Kidjo and Francis Cabriel among others.
Check out his brand new video ‘North in Outerspace’ below:
When an artist’s own website describes them as having a “gravel-swilled belter of a voice” there’s not much point in trying to finding your own words to describe them better! John Fairhurst has been drawing comparisons to Jimi Hendrix for more than a decade, but it was 2016 that was something of a breakthrough year for the Wigan guitar virtuoso. Like Echo Town above, John spent time touring the Netherlands with My Baby, taking in sold out shows at Amsterdam’s famous Paradiso venue. Returning home to the UK, he exploded onto the festival scene with no less than nine (count ’em!) performances at Glastonbury alone before moving on to Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party and more.
This year began with a show-stopping performance alongside Eric Sardinas (Steve Vai) at London’s 100 Club for London Blues Week, while the US’ Acoustic Guitar magazine hailed John as one of the top three resonator guitars worldwide. Don’t miss him while he’s with us in Ratlinghope!
Here’s ‘How Far How Fast’, performed live at The Preservation Room in 2016: