WinterFest Performers

There’s a fantastic line up of performers at this year’s WinterFest. Here are some of them.


WinterFest Appearance:
The Swan, 28.02.18, @9.45pm

Dave Wilson and Geoff Cole began performing together in 2012, combining outstanding blues guitar with original singer/songwriting. Since then, they’ve become well known for their original blues sound and have played all over the South East.

Geoff  is also doing a solo slot at the Singer Songwriters night on 10/02/18 – also at The Swan.  He has the 10.30-11pm slot.

Broomwagon’s website

The Motley Crew

WinterFest Appearance:
The Rosebud, 09.02.18, @8pm

Brightlingsea’s own shanty singers, The Motley Crew, have been performing at fetes, functions, festivals and pubs for more than 10 years – raising thousands of pounds for the RNLI along the way. Now officially the world’s oldest boy band, the crew will be bringing their own unique brand of maritime mayhem to the Rosebud for the second year running. There will be drunken sailors!

The Motley Crew’s website

When Rivers Meet

WinterFest Appearance:
The Swan, 10.02.18, @11pm

When Rivers Meet are a British husband and wife musical duo composed of Grace Bond (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Aaron Bond (vocals, guitar). Their sound is based around masterful vocals and rich harmonies which the duo deliver with authenticity and sincerity. 

When Rivers Meet released their debut album ‘Liberty‘ under One Road Records in August 2017, produced by platinum award-winning music producer Chris West. Liberty has received rave reviews from Rolling Stones’ producer Chris Kimsey: “..the performances are exemplary, the sound is magnificent, the songs are gorgeous, and I am insanely jealous—this is really wonderful. I love the drama. I love everything”. Simon Redley of Music Republic Magazine said: “The chemistry between their voices is palpable.. 

With international radio play and enchanting live performances this duo are charging into 2018.

When Rivers Meet’s website


WinterFest Appearance:
The British Legion, 24.02.18

Hoaxx play punchy rock and pop covers, with plenty of up to date material and a rocking selection of crowd-pleasers. We’re looking forward to a great night at Winterfest.

You can check them out on Facebook here


WinterFest Appearance:
No 1 Harbour Square, 18.02.18

Twelve-year-old Roma is a singer songwriter who raised over £4500 for the Ipswich Winter night shelter through performance donations and sales of her debut EP in 2017.

2018 sees her fundraising,  through performing and new album release in September, continue as she hopes to raise £6000 for three worthy charities – EACH children’s hospice, 4YP Youth Project and theIpswich Winter night shelter.

This inspirational young lady hopes to win you over at WinterFest with her original and uniquely arranged covers of iconic songs. She is looking forward to being a part of this amazing festival. 

Follow her on Facebook. 

Last Born Unicorn

WinterFest Appearance:
Ye Olde Swan, 16.02.18

Last Born Unicorn are a 4-piece of friends and family from Colchester, Essex, whose music has been compared to that of Souixee and the Banshees, Skunk Anansie and Garbage.

Follow them on Facebook here.

In My Disguise

WinterFest Appearance:
The Kings Head, 17.02.18, @10.15pm

Hailing from Suffolk and breathing new life into the world of rock music. Taking influences from the likes of Royal Blood, Audioslave, Muse and Biffy Clyro to name a few. In My Disguise bring big riffs, catchy melodies and heavy groove elements for you to sink your teeth into.

 With ever growing success in 2016, releasing 2 debut singles ‘Alive’ and ‘Fear’, 2017 welcomes In My Disguise to the gigging scene, with the privileges of being invited to play the Ed Sheeran stage at Ipswich Music Day and opening ‘Independent Venues Week’ festival hosted by the John Peel Centre.

Their 5 track debut EP ‘Achromatic’ is out now and available on most major online platforms.

Band website


WinterFest Appearance:
The Brewers Arms, 03.02.18, @9pm

33RPM are based in Colchester and plays music from the sixties through to the early eighties. Lots of songs that you know and love and maybe a few that you had forgotten! The band only formed in 2014 but each member has a huge amount of experience on the local circuit and as part of bands performing nationally and internationally.

 The bands line up is lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and drums with all four contributing lead and backing vocals, making for rich and sometimes complex harmonies.

33RPM play primarily across Essex and Suffolk in pubs, clubs, festivals (particularly beer festivals!), bike rallies, parties, weddings and corporate events.


WinterFest Appearance:
The Kings Head, 17.02.18, @9pm

KYU are a 3 piece indie rock band from Colchester Essex, who write original music ranging from sweeping melodies to punchy riffs, complemented by a side of funked up bass lines and striking drums.

Gallow Wood

WinterFest Appearance:
The Kings Head, 02.02.18

Gallow Wood is a three-piece emo rock band from Chelmsford. Having played the WinterFest once before, the youngsters are returning with an arsenal of original tracks, ranging from pop-punk rock to metal. Fans of Iron Maiden all the way to Blink 182 will find something they like. Check out the first LP album “This is Where It Ends” on Spotify.

Geoff Cole

WinterFest Appearance:
The Brewers Arms, 09.02.18

Geoff Cole is perhaps best known for this incident in which he came back from the dead, then recorded this song…

Pet Needs

WinterFest Appearance:
Ye Olde Swan, 16.02.18

Four lads who through the nature of chaos all landed in Essex, wide-eyed, out of breath and ready to create something hugeWith explosive live performances of fractured anthems, Pet Needs are currently smashing sets throughout the East, screaming stories of chance meetings, self-destruction, perceived freedom and woods.

Follow them on Facebook here.

Suzy Cramer

WinterFest Appearance:
The Swan, 10.02.18, @10pm

Suzy Cramer is a Colchester based Alt-Folk Singer Songwriter who draws on an eclectic range of influences from Dylan to Florence and The Machine, from Balkan Gypsy Music to Rap- she is lyrically driven and writes her own songs about people, places and the ambiguity of life, and gives her own take on well- known and off the wall covers, with the occasional foray into Italian, French or Spanish.

 She has been described as “Kate Nash meets Kate Rusby with a bit of Courtney Barnett in the mix”.

She is currently working on her debut Album “After Rachel” which will be released in Spring 2018.

Jim Reynolds

WinterFest Appearance:
No1 Harbour Square, 25.02.18, @3pm

Jim S Reynolds is a singer/songwriter based in Colchester, UK and is presently best known for his work as sideman guitarist with a number of local acts past, present and future. 

His debut EP “The Moonin her Eyes” fuses hooky songwriting with sophisticated, acoustic guitar-driven arrangements, reminiscent of Nick Drake and Fleet Foxes, with a dash of 80s electronica thrown in for seasoning.

Tasha Robertson

WinterFest Appearance:
No1 Harbour Square, 25.02.18, @2pm

Tasha Robertson is a folk-pop singer-songwriter from Essex. She writes delicate and intimate music, echoing the sounds of songstresses such as Lucy Rose, Gabrielle Aplin and Kate Nash. Tasha has released a number of tracks online, telling tales of love, loss hope and acceptance, and has gained support from her local BBC Introducing show.

Tasha’s website

Carl & Steve

WinterFest Appearance:
1 Harbour Square, 25.02.18

Carl Simpson and Steve Watson have known each other for over 25 years and in the late noughties they got together for a jam session which resulted in their first ever joint composition.

After this they co-wrote enough material to fill their first album – Day at the Seaside, produced under the band name Salute the Magpie – in Steve’s conservatory in Brightlingsea – with nine self-composed songs.

In the past couple of years they have combined continued song writing with live appearances at many local open mics.

In song writing terms they both come up with ideas for chord sequences then Carl is in charge of vocal melodies, with Steve coming up with the lyrics. If you had to label their style then they once described their niche as folk/pop – with influences as varied as the Lennon and McCartney, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Terry Reid, Richard Thompson and Eddie Cochran.


WinterFest Appearance:
The King’s Head, 02.02.18

Drift have been performing as a blues roots and soul group in various guises for the past 12 years. Now as a trio, with Jay Nicholls on lead vocal and harmonica, Patrick Auer on drums and percussion and Duncan Bilko Boon on lead/rhythm slide electric guitar, their electrifying gigs evoke all the elements of blues and roots from traditional to modern.

Jane W Tomsett

WinterFest Appearance:
1 Harbour Square, 25.02.18

Jane Tomsett is a singer/songwriter who lives in Colchester. Two of Jane’s original songs have been included on two separate Pocket Gods and Friends 100×30 albums – the Shakespeare Versus Streaming album and the 100XMAS30 album.

Three of her original songs ‘Before My Heart Breaks’ – a rock song, and ‘Never’ and ‘Lines’ have also been released by Nub Music onto a wide range of digital music platforms and her new original indie rock track called ‘A Day Late’ is scheduled to be digitally released by Nub Music on 2 March 2018.

Jane performs as a solo artist and also with her band called The Jane Tomsett Band. Her writing style covers a range of genres including rock, folk, country, pop and most recently Americana. Some of her original songs can also be found on Soundcloud and her music videos can be found on YouTube under Jane W Tomsett. She also has a Facebook Artist page @JaneWTomsett.