This year’s annual Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally will be bringing some of the finest local and national musical talent to the Harbour, with two days of free live music on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.
As part of the Rally, which is now in its 26th year, an open air stage on Quay Square between Cap’n Jaspers and Bar Rakuda will host an extensive line up of acts, from acoustic singer songwriters to classic rhythm and blues.
On Saturday 27, the band doxRox will be curating the days music, which will take place from 2pm until 9pm. DoxRox is formed of a number of seasoned musicians who assemble specially for each gig or occasion, so the line-up can vary from an acoustic duo to a full electric six-piece combo.
Joining them on stage will be local artists Andy Brice, Michael Campari, Jake Bradshaw and Johnny Mac, along with duos Sedge and Strange Brood.
On Sunday 28, virtuoso bluesman Vince Lee, well known for presenting The Plymouth Blues Society Rhythm and Blues Festival, has put together a line up of some of the finest modern blues talent, which will once again take place between 2pm and 9pm.
Vince Lee will be performing himself with his band The Big Combo, along with original songwriter Russell Sinclair, internationally successful Thomas Ford & the Die Hards, Ben and Sy’s Footstompin’ Blues and local singing sensation Becca Langsford.
Jonathan Brice from Plymouth Classic Boat Rally Ltd said: “The live music stage at Quay Square will be hosting a fantastic line up of talent, encompassing many different styles of music, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. All in all, it will be a great weekend of free music in the wonderful surroundings of Sutton Harbour.”
The live music will create a lively atmosphere for the crowds visiting Sutton Harbour to see the spectacular sight of more than 70 classic boats lined up for the Rally, including the iconic Gipsy Moth IV.
The bands and solo artists line-up
The Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally this year features two days of free live music over the weekend at an open air stage on Quay Square, between Cap’n Jaspers and Bar Rakuda.
On Saturday 27 July, from 2pm to 9pm, the band doxRox is host to a number of artists who produce a wide range of musical styles, each classic in their own way.
Andy Brice is the consummate songwriter, a long time alumnus of Zipper, and more recently playing bass for Cornwall band, Off the Wall.
Michael Campari has become a fine crooner after a long stint in London selling songs on stage by night. His particular brand of smooth is in much demand around Plymouth’s nightspots.
Jake Bradshaw, another local talent, has brought some of the most skilful use of new technologies, including loopers, and has a cheeky charm and musicality that is infectious.
Johnny Mac, a frequent stager around Cornwall, brings a new dimension to local songwriting which makes a beautiful complement to his indigenous repertoire.
Sedge are a fine duo (Tom and Steve) who have brought a fresh and dynamic flavour to traditional tunes. They both work in quite diverse outfits and come together as a special treat for the Classics.
John Marshall and Al Soutter now work together in Strange Brood, after long careers with well known bands. Al recently worked with Shellin Snails, and John has a special concert planned in hometown of Islington, by popular demand, after a few years away from this vibrant scene. John has been playing guitar for about 35 years, having his first record deal in the early 1980s with Madness’s label zarjazz. He did sessions for various people, including Sarah Jane Morris and Nick Berry, and was lucky enough to record in the USA twice, once in Philly at Sigma and once in Los Angeles with Was not Was. John is currently playing guitar and singing with Strange Brood.
doxRox is a combo which involves a number of seasoned musicians who assemble specially for each gig or occasion, so the line-up is quite fluid; from an acoustic duo to a full electric six-piece combo. The core members are Doc Wallace, Ron Mason, Russell Westcott and Ronnie Cox. All the players are involved in other musical projects as well, ranging from bluegrass bands to R’n’B soul outfits. Most also write and perform their own original material, as well as play a variety of acoustic and electric instruments. What is remarkable about this band is its infectious dance rhythms leaping out of ‘bent covers,’ especially popular songs from the 50s and 60 which are often given a funk or ska treatment. doxRox have played a number of venues in the region, including two appearances at Volksfest. Doc has won a few awards for his writing talents in his home country of Australia and his first recorded original 7” vinyl ( Little Girl/Themes 1973) is included in the Australian Who’s Who of Popular Music. At the Classic, doxRox will be performing with a number of guests.
On Sunday 28 July, again from 2pm to 9pm, the same stage will be curated by the well known virtuoso bluesman, Vince Lee, who presents The Plymouth Blues Society Rhythm and Blues Festival. This festival follows on from the Society’s sell out event in June when many were disappointed in not being able to secure tickets, so this free opportunity is certain to be popular! As with his previous event, Vince has put together a great line-up of accomplished performers from some of the best blues talent available.
Russell Sinclair has a wide range of influences from Blues and Rock. He plays mainly original self penned numbers, with a few covers thrown in, and has played on a BBC Introducing session.
Thomas Ford & The Die Hards are made up of highly regarded musicians fronted by the amazingly talented bluesman, Thomas Ford, who has a wide following, both here and abroad. He has just been offered an endorsement deal by what is probably the world’s oldest harmonica maker and is part way through a 39 date tour of the UK and France.
Becca Langsford has a voice which has to be heard to be believed! If you have not heard her before, you will marvel at such a young lady having such a powerful and well honed blues voice. A very rare and critically acclaimed talent.
Vince Lee & The Big Combo bring you carefully crafted renditions of the best that rhythm and blues has to offer. Blues Matters Magazine said “…these guys really impress…”..
Ben & Sy’s Footstompin’ Blues will captivate you with slide guitar and celebrations of some of the blues greatest.
Other shoreside entertainment during the festival will include talks, practical demonstrations, guided tours and fun for children provided by the National Marine Aquarium.
The Classic Boat Rally is once again being hosted by Sutton Harbour Holdings, which owns and operates the 5 Gold Anchor Sutton Harbour Marina.
Charlotte Malcolm, Commercial Marketing Manager for Sutton Harbour added: “Having live music here at the weekend will really animate the Harbour, and make the Classic Boat Rally a great day out not only for boating enthusiasts, but for anyone who wants to enjoy live entertainment in one of Plymouth’s most picturesque waterfront locations. The Classic Boat Rally is continuing to grow every year, and is one of the highlights of a summer of events aimed at promoting the Harbour as lively and vibrant visitor destination.”
Also see the Plymouth Barbican Waterfront Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally event page for a roundup of what to see and hear during the festival. For social media keep an eye on Facebook: www.facebook.com/plymouthbarbican and Twitter: www.twitter.com/plymbarbican (@plymbarbican) for the latest info and photos from this top event.