Festivals: Black Deer Festival Add Further Names To 2019 Lineup

Black Deer have announced that The Shires will be added to their celebration of Americana and country in Eridge Park this June. Having become one of the most talked about acts in the home of country music, the Nashville based duo have a lot to offer to the new UK festival. The audience at Black Deer can look forward to the pair performing their hits after returning to their home country for a special performance this summer

On playing Black Deer Festival, The Shires say; “We’re really excited to play Black Deer Festival with some of the most influential artists in Americana and country music. We can’t wait to perform in the stunning surroundings of Eridge Park in just a few short weeks – it’s going to be a truly special summer show”

In homage to the classic delta blues slide players like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker and their own Rockfree Base, Alabama 3 will present a stripped down acoustic set at Black Deer 2019. Complete with Larry Love’s gravelly ash-stained vocals and Nick Reynolds bank robber melodies on harmonica, they promise a raucous and unrestrained rendition of their esteemed back catalogue. After emerging in London in the late 90’s the nine-piece band have become synonymous with Americana, leftist politics and laughter – and through their brilliantly theatrical live shows command a huge following here

Larry Love of Alabama 3 says; “Alabama3 are extremely excited to be invited to The Black deer Festival so keep your stetsons sharp , your yodels high and your hoedowns low……The Sheriffs lost his badge and the deputy is in the jailhouse now!”

UK-based four-piece The Magic Numbers also join the line-up for Black Deer today, bringing unique harmonies, melodic hooks, songwriting craftsmanship and a timeless sound. Adding a dose of catchy, heartfelt soul, Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Spender is announced to play Black Deer, whilst he currently resides in London to record his forthcoming fourth LP. Black Deer Festival also welcome Kent locals The Breretons into the fold this year. Described as noir folk draped in hard rock sentiments, The Brereton’s debut album exhibits dark undertones drawing from long days and nights growing up in the Kent sticks

In addition to these new names and outstanding previously announced artists, Black Deer Festival is proud to announce that professional trade association The AMA-UK take to the Live Fire stage to engage festival goers in the history of the prestigious group. The panel will see UK Country trailblazers Stevie Freeman (AMAUK CEO), Bob Harris OBE (Legendary BBC Radio 2 Country show DJ), Emily Barker (UK Artist Of The Year winner 2018), Robert Vincent (Bob Harris Emerging Artist winner 2016, UK Album of The Year 2018), Danni Nicholls (Nominee Album and Artist 2017 & 2018) take to the stage to share story of The AMA-UK in all its glory, from formation through to its vital award shows

Black Deer Festival promises a jam-packed weekend of celebrating all things Americana and Country! Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, the festival is just a mere 50 minutes outside of London. Co-founders Gill Tee and Debs Shilling are no strangers to the UK’s events industry – having produced and directed much-loved festivals with musical legends like Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Neil Young – and have a lifelong love affair with country music and the authentic Americana aesthetic. This compelling blend of originality, experience and passion has shaped Black Deer into an exciting and emerging force on the UK festival scene – and one in which families can take advantage of top-class production values, quality and comfortable accommodation and great food

Black Deer offers festival-goers who have a passion for Americana the very best sounds in Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots and Blues from around the world. This summer’s artist line-up promises to show all attendees what Americana and Country truly is, where it came from and where it’s heading, providing the ultimate live soundtrack to accompany their visit

Set to stand out is globally revered, Grammy nominated, Seattle group Band Of Horses. Playing tracks from their 5 critically acclaimed studio albums, they rock, but never forget to roll, and will play an unmissable headline performance as the sun goes down on the deer park

Ahead of their headline performances, festivals goers can expect to see the likes of Australian roots rockers John Butler Trio, Watford harmonising sister trio The Staves, and legendary Hollywood hero and country music icon Kris Kristofferson performing with The Strangers. ‘Dance The Night Away’ stars The Mavericks, and the iconic punk-charged storyteller Billy Bragg will undoubtedly provide unforgettable performances

Also sure to deliver a captivating musical experience like no other are American singer-songwriter Neko Case, modern hillbillies The Dead South, fast-rising UK country star Yola, the bluesy and psychedelic The Marcus King Band and the revered Nashville based Larkin Poe. Oscar winning troubadour Ryan Bingham, former Kyuss and Fu Manchu desert rocker Brant Bjork, critically-acclaimed alt-country new blood Ferris & Sylvester, London Folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts and the Grammy Award winning Fantastic Negrito will also be performing across the weekend amongst a jam-packed schedule of other Roots inspired artists

Additionally, there will be the first opportunity to see Jessie Buckley – the phenomenal lead in the latest British drama-country-musical film Wild Rose, adding an exciting new element to an already outstanding line up at Black Deer. Jessie will be performing the beloved songs from the films’ soundtrack such as Primal Scream’s ‘Country Girl’ and her new single, the closing song of the film ‘Glasgow’ at the stunning Eridge Park


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