Katrina of the Waves
the lightning paced cracker that is Walking on
Sunshine, the breakthrough Katrina and the
Waves single that was a huge hit in many territories and
has become a summer anthem that still receives airplay
across the world today. 12 years after the wonderful
summer of 1985, they climbed back up the charts with Love
Shine a Light, which remains the UK's most recent
Eurovision Song Contest winner (with the highest score
ever given) and reached number 2 in the UK.
Katrina of the Waves, a grammy nominated artist who
performs all over the world, is coming to Manton to
guarantee that we get some sunshine on our big day.
And don't it feel good!
John Coghlan's Quo
Quo take you on a breathtaking journey of his golden
past in one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved
As a founder member and the original backbone of Status
Quo, John drives his current band through hit after hit of
heads down, no nonsense Status Quo classics with the same
flair that created the unique 1970s sound that fans and
critics alike regard as the classic Quo period.
With Paper Plane, Caroline and Down
Down - the ultimate in feelgood music -
We’ll all be rockin’ all over Manton.
Whatever You Want - Whatever You Like
Whole Lotta Led
Whole Lotta Led are
regarded as the finest full-time professional tribute to
Steering clear of wigs and costumes, they achieve
magnificent levels of accuracy in recreating the feel and
sound of the original albums.
Since their formation in 1996 the band have continually
led the field of Zep tributes with over 1,300 shows under
their belt - performing Stairway To Heaven more
times than any other band in the world, including Led
Zeppelin - their monumental two and half hour shows have
received high praise from Zep fans the length and breadth
of the UK.
Full of seasoned professionals that have played with
numerous established artists,
Whole Lotta Led perform some of the greatest music
ever written, delivered with a passion and enthusiasm that
is second to none.
have also been active in raising funds for
The ABC Trust, a charity founded by Jimmy
Page’s wife to help underprivileged children
in Brazil, the involvement with the charity
eventually led to a meeting with Led
Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist Jimmy Page
who has given the band his blessing and
wished them all the best.
Whole Lotta Led –
Setting The Standard
The Swinging Blue Jeans
Liverpool by Ray Ennis and Les Braid in 1961, The
Swinging Blue Jeans were cruising when the
Merseybeat sound poured out of our radios in the early
1960s and caused a storm on both sides of the atlantic.
Initially a skiffle group named The Bluegenes, they took
their unique blend of skiffle, jazz and rock n’ roll to
become one of the most exciting bands on the Mersey scene.
A hard working band with regular gigs at the Cavern Club
and appearances at the Star Club in Hamburg, The Swinging
Blue Jeans were a hard act to follow and they were soon
snapped up by EMI, who released a string of hits on their
One band that had to follow them on stage, was The
Beatles! who first appeared at the Cavern Club as
guests of the Jeans.
There have been many line-up changes over the years and
the current crop stick very close to the original Jeans
style, playing through the hits with all the spirit of the
With hits such as Hippy Hippy Shake, Good
Golly Miss Molly, You’re No Good and Don’t
Me Over, you are guaranteed a fab time.
mission of Barrelhouse is to play vintage blues
with a hard edge groove and they achieve this with
style! A busy gigging and recording band who have
spent much of the last year promoting their album
‘Mooncalf Blues’, it’s great to have them join us this
Guitarist Tim Harvey makes all his own guitars and even
plays a four strong guitar fashioned from a cigar
box! He is joined by drums, vocals, bass and blues
harmonica…. a bit like Seasick Steve on
Producing a huge sound, this band will give your hips a
workout with their up-beat original tracks and classic
Gestures are MantonFest regulars that never
disappoint. With a set full of the finest upbeat
rock and pop, you’ll be up on your feet, singing along
with hits from across the decades, this Gloucestershire
based five-piece will give you plenty of what you want!
Lead vocalist Mike Nuttall is backed by guitarists
Will Ponting and James Adnett alongside Andy Charles on
drums. They formed The Empty Gestures from the remnants of
other long since departed bands, some say they are the
product of misspent youth, others that mid-life crisis
played a big part in their formation. Either way, they are
always welcome here.
very own Skedaddle are thrilled to be playing at
MantonFest again this year. Skedaddle are a
six-piece semi-acoustic band playing a crossover of blues,
jazz and soul. The band bring a mix of covers and
original material in their own unique style.
Sensational vocal harmonies are provided by Jane Witcomb
and Amanda Cramsie-Smith bringing a fresh and uplifting
approach to classic tracks and long-lost tunes.
Original compositions are by their bassist Stuart Whant
and completing the line-up are Chris Witcomb (guitar),
Eddie Witcomb (bass/guitar) and Joe Witcomb (drums).’
The Harry Miller Band
The Harry Miller
Band presents a tasteful ensemble of delicate guitar
riffs, accompanied by soulful vocals with jazzy melody
lines and stark, honest lyrics. The creatively flowing
drums and the mellow tones of the bass make for the ideal
silky backdrop. They propose a sometimes dark, sometimes
cheery but always beautiful perspective into the band’s
vivid psyche. Drawing influences from artists such as
Tracy Chapman, John Martyn and Michael Kiwanuka, at heart
of it all, there is fantastic songcraft and pure feeling.
The Harry Miller Band have been together for almost
3 years and in that time they’ve built a loyal fanbase in
Guildford, London, Bath and Somerset. They have played a
number of gigs at well-respected venues such as
Marlborough Jazz Festival, Moles, The Nest, The Louisiana,
St Mary’s Redcliffe Church and The Boileroom.
Additionally, they’ve recorded live sessions with BBC
Radio Wiltshire, Eagle Radio and Metropolis Studios which
has seen massive names such as Adele, Drake, Amy Winehouse
and Ed Sheeran record there. They've also joined Port Erin
and Syd Arthur on parts of their UK 2017 tour.
Entertaining our audience in
the intervals will be Manton's very own Ed Witcomb.
Performing with a relaxed and laid-back style,
complemented by mellow blues based vocals and thoughtful,
catchy guitar riffs, Ed will play a combination of chilled
acoustic covers and original material.