Who’s performing?

The line-up performing at Northwich River Festival 2018’s live stage in River Park

Chris Tavener

Chris Tavener is the witty, satirical songwriter saying things that everybody thinks, but nobody says. Rock ‘n’ roll infused with comedy. Folk dipped in satire.
It’s like Peep Show set to music! If Jimmy Carr played guitar…he would be Chris Tavener.
“Comedic genius” – Pop Culture Pipebomb

Chris has been known to play as many as 350 gigs a year, making him one of the most hard-working singer-songwriters in the UK. He’s had endorsements from Carl Barat of The Libertines, Will Ferrell’s ‘Funny Or Die’, Paddy McGuinness, Jamie Lawson and Steve Lamacq of BBC 6 Music. Steve has played Chris’ tracks four times on national radio.

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Local band, Irwell, had a great time playing 4 gigs at this year’s FAB fringe in Middlewich : The Cheshire Cheese , Turnpike , The Kings Lock and The Narrowboat.

They perform their own, original music, as well as playing covers by David Bowie , The Rolling Stones, Stone Roses , The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and sometimes do the song Sultans of Swing!

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Andrew Keeble

Solo singer/guitarist, Andrew Keeble performs mostly covers from the 60s and 70s and has performed at festivals in Northwich and Lymm, as well as weddings and other functions.

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Martin Rodgerson

Martin Rodgerson is a songwriter currently attending LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts), where he is studying performance and song writing.

Martin has performed at the Echo Arena and the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

As well as performing his own work, Martin also covers Ed Sheeran.

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Pete Thompson

Local singer/songwriter,  Pete Thompson, is acting chair of Northwich Folk Club, and is keen that our common heritage of traditional music continues to thrive.


Pacific are a Piano-driven Alternative/Indie band hailing from Northwich, Cheshire, UK. The band consists of brothers & songwriters Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Pianoand Daniel Orzel – Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Guitars and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.

Pacific’s lead single ‘Time to Forget’ from their debut EP ‘What Are You Waiting For’ immediately stood the band out from the crowd. The single reaped the band’s first BBC Radio 1 play on the Huw Stephens show, along with airplay on a further eighty UK radio stations. Following their 2017 single release ‘Blinded’, described by reviewers as “anthemic vocals, addictive guitars and euphoric moments”, Pacific’s energetic brand new single ‘Life in Short’ landed, with an exclusive first look courtesy of Metro, declaring “New band Pacific are proving indie music is getting a much needed coming back.” – with Metro’s video exclusive trending number 1 on the site for a week. ‘Life in Short’ won Staffordshire & Cheshire’s ‘Best Local Single’ at the 6 Towns Radio Awards 2018 and is currently at over 90k streams on Spotify.

Pacific made huge steps on the live circuit in 2017, sharing stages with Razorlight, Maximo Park, Newton Faulkner, Toploader, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Wheatus, The Hoosiers, Starsailor and more. The band have previously received strong backing from BBC 6’s Mark Radcliffe, who praised the band’s music as “outstanding”, along with constant support from BBC Introducing, who often invite the band for interviews and live sessions. Pacific’s music has often been played at half time at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, along with the band’s music videos on heavy rotation on MUTV. The band’s brand new single ‘Should Have Known’ arrived Friday 11th May 2018.

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Christopher Schofield

Solo Acoustic Guitarist and Singer, Christopher Schofield, regularly performs at weddings, functions, pubs and parties, playing a mix of folk/pop/rock/country.

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Jessie Desai

Jessie Desai is a singer/songwriter from Walsall, and has received musical training since she was 8.

She now performs her soulful songs across the country, whilst studying for he Masters degree.

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Salt Rox

Salt Rox perform covers of mostly female fronted acts like Tina Turner, Pink, and Amy Winehouse. Their act consists of  “poppy rock” from the 60’s onward.

They have played at the FAB Fest in Middlewich for the last three years, and at many Charity gigs, several weddings and private parties.

The band can be regularly heard playing in pubs/clubs in Congleton, Northwich, Middlewich and they pride themselves in offering quality covers delivered with passion

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Flying in from Italy to perform at River Park Live Stage, as part of Northwich River Festival 2018, NOx is an electronic music project founded by the Italian musician Nico Micarelli in 2016.

His music encompasses different genres from dark electro to ambient-techno and post industrial. NOx released his first two EPs “No Chemistry” and “Firestorm” with the independent label TONN recordings (Belfast/UK) in 2017.

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Cinder Hill

Cinder Hill is a modern country/Americana duo (plus lead guitarist) playing both covers and originals.

Their debut EP charted at no.3 in the iTunes Country Chart. They supported Nashville artist Jennifer Bostic earlier in the year and also played the main stage at Middlewich FAB Festival.

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Damn City Crying

Tom and Andy were in the Band The Restless Venture together for 6 years but have just joined acoustic forces to create the melody based Damn City Crying.

Tom also presents regularly music events at his Northwich hair salon, House of Quirk

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Bitter and Twisted

Bitter and Twisted is a Folk Duo with a leaning towards melancholic dirges. Their music has been variously described as “Dignitas Mood Music” and said to “invoke a need for fenestration”.

The unpredictability of their performances has been attributed to a synthesis of discordance and HRT. Despite a lack of musicality, this band enjoy a loyal, albeit extremely small, following.

Juxtaposed against more capable bands, Bitter and Twisted are an antidote to an enjoyable afternoon of music.

Editor’s note: Don’t believe the hype, this duo is awful(ly good!)

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Sam S.

Sam Shemmell is a singer/songwriter hailing from Walsall, playing old and new folk songs originating from around the globe in his own unique style

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