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  Our new Fringe Stage introduced in 2015  was a huge success. Here are few of the pictures to give you a flavour of what to expect plus a short bio from our 2016 artists.

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TENDERLORE - Tenderlore are Hayley McDonnell, Olly Lewis and Rob Kitney; three individual musical voices blending together as one. The trio met whilst at university in Southampton as fellow singer-songwriters who, drawn into each other's music, began to collaborate and make their mark on the local music scene. Inspired by the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Fleet Foxes and Joni Mitchell, Tenderlore's sound is rooted in folk but with a modern, engaging pop sensibility.

Priory Hard are George King, Rosie Marshall, Robbie Wilson, John Connell and John Miller five people who love to  sing. Over the years the group has changed a great deal, both in number and name. Their material has also altered with the ravages of time. They started out in life as the Priory Hard Shanty Crew with nearly a dozen singers. Now they are just five.

They have sung on tall ships, in shopping centres as well as in pubs and clubs. They sing lots of traditional chorus songs and shanties.

They’ve spent a few nights on the Lord Nelson tall ship at the International Festival of the Sea, singing all around the dockyard, enjoying the atmosphere of the festival and singing live on Radio Solent from the deck of the Nelson. They certainly do enjoy singing – anywhere and anytime!

MATT BLACK - Matt Black is back on his piano, imparting his observations on life, and the lessons he's learnt to ignore!

This sort of event is when Matt's at his best - intimate and raucous - See your doctor before attendance.

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LILY MEUROSS - Reg Meuross has been a favourite at our festival since the beginning and now we are delighted that his daughter Lily will be joining us to carry on the family tradition

Lily: “I’ve been playing guitar for almost three years, but writing songs for as long as I remember, and singing the same, I’ve been singing and writing songs since I was a very little girl, all my family are musicians, so I think it was in my blood!”

CHASING DEER - Chasing Deer are an up and coming rock band from the Midlands, working and living together in London. Their original music features regularly on BBC Radio in the UK as well as a number of commercial stations. 

Following the release of their first EP 'Rewriting History' in 2015 to fantastic reviews, they toured the UK to great acclaim: 

"Any description of the bands style should definitely include the word ‘slick’... Step Into The Light is just a brilliant little tune. It’s as simple as that."

IAN W BROWN - not the lead singer of The Stone Roses one, the guitarist and songwriter from The New Forest one, was nominated for an Ivor Novello award for co-writing Sandi Thom’s number 1 single, ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’ and the album from which it was taken. Under the pseudonym Tom Gilbert, he also co-wrote the lead song in the long running West End musical ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and has written songs for many artists including Fisherman’s Friends, Show Of Hands, Jason Donovan, D Side, Pixie Lott, Graham Gouldman, Henry Priestman and even Meryl Streep.


Performing and writing songs is Ian’s hobby as he is too old for football and has no aptitude for golf. He has never released any material under his own name, but that is about to change in his fiftieth year when he releases his debut single , ‘Me Too’. ( More info on his day job can be found at www.mightyvillage.com)


Ian’s set includes some of his songs that have graced the charts and O so many more that haven’t: Such as ‘She Can’t Recycle Michael & His Folding Bicycle’, ‘There’s A Light At The End Of the Tunnel (& It’s The Front Of The Train)’ and ‘Grey Is The New Blonde’ and 'The Five Foot Two Inch Giant'. These little known musical gems are interspersed with tall tales from the music business, life, love, pig farming and the universe that is visible from his shed in the New Forest.