Solstice Sessions Day 2

Saturday 22nd June – Roots, Americana & Country Day

headliner - Sarah Yeo; 10-11pm

‘Gorgeous Country Folk from Devon’

Native Devonian girl Sarah Yeo has been making an impression on the live music scene with her blend of folk and country for at least two decades, performing her way around many venues both large and small in the UK.

Recently she has won fans performing in New York City and California. Likened to Karen Carpenter, the Corrs & Mary Chapin Carpenter to name a few, her versatility has made for a very interesting gigging past playing in bands and as a soloist. She has also gained endorsements from household names, sharing line ups with the Brand New Heavies, Incognito & Craig Charles.

Stevie O’Connor; 9-10pm

‘Country & Americana singer songwriter that defies genres’

Stevie O’Connor is a multi-award winning, UK-based singer songwriter and emerging country artist based in the North West. He is undeniably driven from traditional country roots. Nashville icons Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams & Merle Haggard are just a few of Stevie’s idols. He believes “Country music is telling a story that people will hear, and know the place you were telling it from“.

You can feel and hear the many influences of Stevie’s love for a multitude of other genres including Southern Rock, Delta Blues and Bluegrass.

Concrete Prairie; 8-9pm

‘Folk, Country & Americana soundtrack for the glamour and grit of modern living’

United by a love of all things Folk, Country & Americana, Concrete Prairie are a five-piece ensemble delivering a veritable soundtrack for the glamour and grit of modern living. They tackle themes such as hardship, loss & mental well-being.

Having headlined local festivals and on a wave of support from BBC Introducing, the quintet released their debut album – recorded at Real World studios with John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Indigo Girls) – in Sept ‘22 to huge acclaim.

Southern Fried Groove Queens; 7-8pm

‘Two-piece band delivering the original recipe of the Mississippi delta blues’

Fresh from the fryer of the UK’s Deep South. Southern Fried Groove Queens are a Mississippi Delta blues inspired duo. The band features Lee Hall on Guitar/Vocals & renowned Blues drummer Lucy Piper, daughter of the late Blues musician, Julian Piper ‘one of the UK’s foremost champions of African-American blues’, The Guardian.

Cooked to perfection using a traditional recipe passed down through generations, Southern Fried Groove Queens provide that heavy heart-thumping kick and grooves that will make you want to move. 

Screw Loose; 6-7pm

‘High energy covers band that perform popular hits for fun’

Screw Loose are a four-piece covers band from Dorset. Formed in 2019, they play all sorts of well-known classics from the 1950’s to 1990’s. They are fun, lively and really get the crowd going and having a good time!

They also play some of the better-known and up-tempo songs from more recent times, some with a twist on the original and some pretty close to how they were to be heard by the writers and artists. With mostly Female vocals, the guitarist and drummer step in as main singers on some songs, giving them more of a range to cover from the millions of songs to choose from.

Western Spirit Line Dancing; 5-6pm

‘Line dancing classes to keep you fit’

Line dancing is amazing fun and, while being great exercise, is suitable for all ages and ideal for first-timers looking to get into shape.

Western Spirit dance to all genres of music from Pop to Latin, Country to Rock. These line dancing classes will guide you through the basic steps to enjoy modern line dancing.  

No Cowboy boots or hats needed just bring a bottle of water and wear some comfortable shoes.

Rosso; 4-5pm

‘UK Americana-Country duo with gorgeous harmonies!’

Upcoming UK Americana-Country duo ROSSO were formed in 2019 by Emily Eglinton & Fiona Laycock. They met at university, where they honed their unique sound and jumped straight into the gigging circuit.

They released their first singles ‘Landing Light‘ and ‘Good Lord Could‘ in 2019 and released their third single ‘You’ll Be Fine‘ during lockdown as well as partnering with Coventry City of Culture 2021 on ‘Wilderness’, supporting Wildwood Kin, The Libertines and Scouting For Girls.

Bob Fitzgerald; 3-4pm

‘Classic country fused with rock & pop’

Bob Fitzgerald is a modern Country Music singer-songwriter based in South Wales. His blend of classic country is fused with a pop edge gives big hooks, huge riffs & hooky choruses. From good-time drinking songs to songs of love and loss, Bob’s heartfelt stories celebrate the human condition.

Take the classic writing and rich vocal harmony of the Eagles, add in Brad Paisley and Keith Urban-style guitar work, a taste of Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson and a cheeky pinch of classic KISS and Bon Jovi… Now you’re getting the feel for the music of Bob Fitzgerald.

Big Mouth Blues Band; 2-3pm

‘Authentic Mississippi blues from Ashburton’

Big Mouth are fronted by Wendy Herman, who has been on the Old Grey Whistle Test, performed with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Chaz Jankel from the Blockheads, as well as a session singer with top African bands. Wendy is a charismatic singer with a rich voice. 

Bass player Mary Caffrey is well known on the blues circuit and is an in inspiring presence on stage along with the legendary Bill Birks on drums. Bill has a long music pedigree, but here he sits back on the groove and lets the lady sing the blues. Richard and Jonathan Pickles are a father and son team who provide experienced and gifted guitar work.

Tricky Situation; 1-2pm

‘Chilled blues from Exeter to soothe the soul’

Tricky Situation are a four-piece smooth blues and soul band from Exeter. They formed in early 2019 out of a jam session at a pub in South Devon.

Expect moving soulful vocals from Verity Greenaway, masterful, soaring guitar riffs from Phil Bowler, funky bass lines from Nigel Bushell and bluesy rhythms from David Torras.

Tricky Situation are guaranteed to  soothe your senses, seduce your ears and uplift your spirit with their smooth blues and soul.

La La Choir; 12-1pm

‘300-piece community choir singing pop and rock classics’

La La is a legendary, Devon-based, 300-plus strong community-style choir, who come together every week to sing their hearts out to pop, rock, soul, jazz and country through the ages. They perform throughout the year across the south west and bring their signature energy, enthusiasm, togetherness and a real sense of community to every occasion.

La La began in 2008 as the brain child of Samantha Abrahams who still leads them. Their members come from all walks of life with different musical abilities, united by a love of song. They inspire, connect, uplift and show you that singing makes you feel good, leaving you wanting more.

Emily Dommett Yoga; 10.30-11Am

‘Yoga class on Saturday and Sunday for all ages and abilities’

Emily has been practising and sharing yoga for 16 years. She started on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand and from the first class yoga sang to her heart. After meeting a wonderful teacher in Exeter she travelled to Bali for teacher training with Daniel Aaron and his Radiantly Alive method.

Emily has studied devotional, bliss filled Bhakti Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa. Her classes have evolved in to gentle yoga flow classes, focused on breath, mindful movement and she will be creating a space to find peace at the Solstice sessions on Saturday and Sunday.