Fiesta Band Stand
This year , our friends from Jelli Records are celebrating their 10th Anniversary by filling the Bandstand with a great line up of musical talent , a lot of it locally grown and all of it just excellent.
The Jelli aim is to provide entertainment to a wide age range and also to promote local music and musicians thereby ‘Bringing Music to Life!’
Their full programme for the weekend is below. You can find out more about their acts and the label itself at www.jelli-records.com
There’s also a Jelli Records show on Monday nights at 8pm on BSR 103.4fm
Thursday 9th August
2pm Connor Walsh
Connor Walsh is a Devon born and bred folk singer song writer who recently moved to Bristol (good choice!). Think energetic, foot stomping, jig inducing folk music that will bring a grin to your face. Upfront, confident and engaging performance –Devon is missing him already.
3pm Joe Carreyett
A 21 year old singer-songwriter from Bristol. Heavily influenced by artists such as the legendary Cash and the immortal Nelson. Joe brings out a strong narrative side to his songs making the listener hang on to every word.
4pm The Plinks
The Plinks are a five-iece folk and country group, fronted by Barry Walsh, an amazing storyteller, who takes inspiration for his songs from Bristol and the surrounding area. Seasoned, talented musicians, lovingly crafted songs and a charismatic frontman with a wardrobe full of hats- what’s not to like?
5pm Ian Lawton
Ian Lawton is a country ballad musician, and award-winning international singer, songwriter and music producer. He’s been playing the guitar since he was seven and it shows in his slick performances which you may have seen on Sky TV’s Keep it Country Channel.
6pm Sophie Hosken-Taylor
From just down the road in Weston-super-Mare, Sophie is a well-known and renowned local singer/songwriter with her own very distinctive style.
7pm The Severn Whalers and The Longest Johns
The Severn Whalers are a group of 11 likeminded lads (and a lass!) who enjoy a pint and a sing –song – if only life was always that simple. They will be joined at the Balloon Fiesta by The Longest Johns who rock maritime tunes and traditional folk songs by using tight acapella harmonies.
Friday 10th August
2pm Karl Toth
Karl is a UK based singer songwriter and writing music is something he has done all his life. Taking inspiration from the likes of Frank Turner and Newton Faulker, his no-nonsense approach to new music is a refreshing take on the ever booming singer songwriter genre.
3pm Sound Affects
Using intertwining combinations of guitars, violin/viola, flute, and banjo, topped with male and female vocals, this duo blend beautiful melodies with lush harmonies. This is music to soothe your soul. Listen for originals and classic covers.
4pm Brian Inglis
Brian’s styles cover pop to country rock and blues to soft jazz providing something for everyone. Brian is particularly looking forward to appearing at the 40th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
5pm Luna Haze
Luna Haze are an ambient pop duo playing a mixture of covers and original music. Drawing on influences from soul and pop artists such as Annie Lennox, London Grammar and Adele, their music captures both happiness and heartbreak through a combinations of emotive lyrics and melancholy melodies. Be prepared to shed a tear – you won’t be the first!
6pm Rebecca Shelley
A 21 year old songwriter who emerged onto the Bristol music scene last summer, Rebecca blends jazzy chords with pure vocals and soulful melodies to create a unique, truly atmospheric sound. Rebecca is releasing her new EP “Imagery” this summer so if you like what you hear you can grab a copy.
7pm Short & Sweet
Short and Sweet are an acoustic covers and mashup combo with a set inspired by past and modern day songs and artists who are guaranteed to entertain all ages and genres no matter what your taste. The band was formed in 2015, appearing on the Bristol open mic scene and has had many gigs and opportunities to perform. This experience has turned them into the polished professionals you see today.
Saturday 11th August
12.30 pm Kala Chng
Formerly known as Makala Cheung, a half-Chinese music artist from Knowle West, her act sees Bristol bass meet classical Chinese and catchy pop lines. She’s a living example of why Bristol is such a unique and creative place to live.
1.30 pm Sazzey
Sazzey is a rapper, singer/ songwriter from Bristol. She started writing her own lyrics and beat boxing at school, finding it a great way to express her feelings and emotions. Sazzey has performed at many different venues from NEC Birmingham, Bristol Pride, Paignton Festival to the O2 Academy.
A jazz influenced soulful songstress with an edgy twist and superb piano skills. Bashema performs an eclectic mix of music ranging from her own self-penned compositions to jazz, blues and pop covers. Niece of Jamaican Reggae Legend Keith Hudson and cousin of Acclaimed New York Hip Hop artist Keith “Tryfle” Hudson Jr. Bashema has had a passion for music since she was very young and this shines through in every performance.
3.30pm Sal Wyatt
Sal is the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the mighty power funk band – Funkinsteins. Using the acoustic side of her personality Sal Wyatt she will be showcasing her soulful voice and songwriting skills in a different and intimate light.
4.30 pm BAOS
Bristol Amateur Operatic Society are the longest running amateur dramatic group in Bristol. For your entertainment they will be performing songs from some of the most well-known Broadway and West End Musicals. Feel free to sing along!
5.30pm Isabella Alford
Isabella Alford still only 16 but possesses a musical maturity way beyond her years. Her songwriting is impressive for one so young and her take on covers is equally refreshing. In 2017 she released her debut EP ‘Home’ through Jelli Records and is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
6.30 pm El Pony Pisador and Special Guests
El Pony Pisador are Barcelona’s premiere shanty crew. Combining intricate harmonies, expert musicianship and stunning performance, they are an act you will simply not want to miss. They will be joined at the Fiesta by some very special guests. They have come an awful long way to join at the Fiesta – so make sure to catch their set.
Sunday 12th August
1pm The Jamestown Brothers
The Jamestown Brothers are an eightpiece band featuring guitars, banjo, fiddle, piano, trombone, bass and drums. This mix of instrumentation combined with vocal harmonies and original material creates a unique and joyful sound. The Brothers happily amble through the country, folk and blues worlds to bring audiences an uplifting set.
2pm Nia Nicholls
Nia Nicholls is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Frome, who has recently been featured on BBC radio after performing multiple gigs in Tennessee. Last Spring one of her songs “I Chose You in Nashville” reached No. 4on Florida’s Country Top 20 Charts. So, we have a 16 year old and a 17 year old in the bandstand line up – there is no shortage of fresh young talent In Ashton Court this weekend!
3pm Lonesome Stampede
An upbeat original folk-funk band from the Hay-on-Wye and Builth Wells, they released their debut album in May 2017, with sixtracks being aired on BBC H&W Introducing. The album tour took them to London, Bristol, Bridport and Weymouth. They plan to head back into the studio to record two new tracks; Haunted Man and Dead Drovers, both a mixture of twisted Balkan-folk!
4pm: Stereo Kela
Stereo Kela are an upbeat electronic duo from Bristol. Josh Childs completes a balancing act of live trumpet playing and live mixing, accompanying Raquel Peralta’s vocals and dance improvisation.
5pm The Phoenix River Band
The Phoenix River Band’s roots stretch back over 20 years, with their impressive back catalogue covering more than five albums. Successfully mixing roots and soft rock from both sides of the pond, they are set to be a great way to end this year’s celebrations at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.