These were our fabulous 2017 performers. What a wonderful array of local, vegan talent 😊
Our Headline Act:
Rudy Warman & The Heavy Weather (5pm)
Rudy Warman & The Heavy Weather are an all-vegan Folkestonian band often seen busking the streets of Kent, also playing gigs and festivals with a large following. They are great guys with just as great music.
Their style is a mixture of Grass Roots, Rock’nRoll, Country, Folk, & Blues. They have been vegan for a couple of years now.
“We are an original band from Southern England. Everything we do is homemade. This has led us to create a style of music that people seem to love. Feel free to join us in our adventure of discovery.”
Go Eskimo – Tom Edwards (4.30pm)
Jules Madjar (4pm)
Lisa Sanchez – Back To Winehouse (3.30pm)
Lisa Sanchez a.k.a. Back To Winehouse is a singer, songwriter and bass player, from Biggin Hill. Lisa gigs regularly around the country and also writes and produces songs for other artists. She performs an Amy Winehouse show in tribute to this great artist. Lisa says, “I love Amy’s music and it is an honour to be able to sing her songs and keep her legacy alive.
I’m very excited about performing at the Kent Vegan Festival. I had been vegetarian for years and became vegan about two years ago, mainly for ethical reasons and to try and help the environment. The added bonus is that my health has improved too!”
Check Lisa out on her Facebook Page
Paul Terry, composer and performer (3pm)
Blurring the lines between ambient, classical, folk and rock since 2006.
Whitstable based composer, Paul Terry, is someone who is continually reimagining his role as a music creator; having written for films, orchestras, choirs, rock bands and ensembles. He is an international performer, and is due to embark on a summer festival tour performing a new set of gorgeous piano compositions, promoting a new mini-album, seven songs
“Music for me is not just putting chords and a melody together that sound ‘nice’ or just ‘works’, it’s a powerful medium that comes from deep within. Music is fuelled and guided by feelings and has a way of changing us like no other art form out there. It can heal and transform.
“My deep interest in music only slightly surpasses my interest in health and the world around me. I have been on a vegan diet for four years, and am presently on a raw vegan diet (and loving it!). The animal industry is a cruel and dark world that I wholeheartedly reject, and hope the rest of the world will one day too.”
More details: www.paul-music.com
Luke O’Gorman (2pm)
Luke O’Gorman is a singer/songwriter from Thanet, who is a busker and a part time shop assistant. He told us “Even though I’d describe my music to be commercial- sounding, I’ve always used music as an art form, and used my songs as an expression of myself, rather than to cater for a specific audience. I’d describe my music to be quite lyrical also, in a hope people can relate to them. I’m influenced by a lot of hiphop & authentic singer/songwriters.
I went vegan last year, following a journey of having a more deliberate and objective way of thinking, & I realised animals aren’t on this earth for human consumption, but to have their own experience, like humans.”
Or check out his website
Spyplane (1.30pm) are an Originals Doomfolk/Jazzy/Blues/Rock band playing venues and festivals around the south east, they love writing songs and it makes them happy to know people like listening to them.
Sherrie Tappenden, the Lead singer told us: “Spyplane write all their own songs. I’m a long time vegetarian but a newbie vegan and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Apart from the strong ethical issues, I have found real health benefits. I am studying for a Bsc in Plant Science and work in a junior school where I teach eco studies. I also run a gardening club to get the kids learning about growing their own food from an early age.”
You can listen to their music here – all music is free to listen to or download.
Pete Hicks (1pm) is a vocalist with an international reputation and is probably best remembered as the original vocalist with ex-Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett’s first touring and recording band.
Over the years, he has been a guest artist on a number of significant Progressive Rock albums.
When he’s not working in the studio or ‘guesting’, he’s making solo appearances as a singer/songwriter in his own right, playing original Americana-style songs depicting those identifiable situations and recognisable characters that we’ve all encountered.
Songs that are sometimes ‘quirky’ and often ‘melancholic’, but always vividly portrayed through entertaining lyrics and music,
He has been a Vegan for over thirty-five years.
You can visit his website here
Thomas Abrahams (11.30am) is a local musician who specialises in the gypsy swing style of Django Reinhardt. Alongside his passion for gypsy jazz Thomas also performs Flamenco regularly with The Bohemians Cabaret Group as well as a mixture of Funk, Hip-Hop and Pop with Tundra Fusion Band. An eclectic performer returning for his third Kent Vegan Festival after a recent three-month stint eating his way across all the vegan food South East Asia had to offer!
Geoff Minter (11am)
Geoff is a self-taught singer songwriter with a blues and rock background. He has performed with his own blues rock band and deputised with other bands but is now focusing on solo acoustic performances, writing mainly about animal rights and veganism.
Poggy Hatton (10.30am)
Kent-based singer songwriter and musician, Poggy, grew up in a family of 6 on the Kent coastal town of Deal. Music filled the house during these early years and it was through playing piano and harmonising with her 4 sisters that her musical foundation was cast. Poggy’s voice is like a raw element calling you back to the wild. It is true that she enjoys immersing herself in nature and movement as often as possible…. This life style spills out into the sound of her songs with the help of a fabulous group of musicians. ‘Woman’ is the title of her debut album, recorded and produced by Richard Bundy (Sugababes, Marlon Roudette) and mastered by Ben Allen (Basheba, FyFe). Woman features 11 songs which tell of family bonds, interconnectedness and freedom.
This is vibrant, fresh and contemporary music and Poggy’s journey is well worth following.
The Tunes – Luke Smith (10am)
From swinging sixties classics to timeless twenties standards; from shiny eighties chart-toppers to the most iconic themes of TV and cinema; from jazz gems to broadway showstoppers; from rock’n’roll to ragtime… THE TUNES specialise in playing them all with joyful beat-group grooviness and sensitive style. When the trademark swirl of Luke’s genuine HAMMOND keyboard meets the tight tasteful rhythms of Dave’s discreet drum patterns, there’s not much in the world of popular music that these two can’t make sound fab! So for a crowd-pleasing cascade of captivatingly contrasting classics, played at a moodily modest volume, look no further than… THE TUNES!
Alex Vellis (12.00) is headlining our poets:
Alex is a spoken word artist, performer, workshop facilitator, and producer. He creates poetry, telling tales of love, loss, and life. His work is engaging and melancholy, with an authenticity and passion that works equally as well from the page or on the stage. Whilst his main focus is the concept of love, Alex also writes about the disenfranchised and the hurt, the lucky, the unloved, and the melancholic
Alex has performed around the UK including at Wise Words Festival, Wonderville Festival, and at the Marlowe Theatre. He has created two monthly slams for poetry and prose, respectively, and is co-producing three more events based around spoken word, hip-hop, and music. He is also co-producing 2017’s Wise Word Festival. He has performed poetry up and down the country, from the steps of Kings Cross, to intimate tucked away venues in secluded villages.
Alex is the poet in residence for the Wise Words Festival, The Chocolate Cafe, and Canterbury Connected (BID). His first paperback collection of poetry Everything Is Terrible, is published by Whisky and Beards. He has had work commissioned by The Marlowe Theatre, The King’s Mile, and the Wise Words Festival.
Alex creates unique and exciting work by using cross-disciplinary mediums. He is an experienced producer and compere, co-ordinating literature and performance projects for various organisations.
As an educator, Alex is an enthusiastic and motivating workshop leader. He is a mentor for young aspiring poets in Canterbury, and is creating youth teams, for the support of creative writing as a career choice. He also runs creative writing, performance on stage, and professional development workshops for adults.
Sam Rapp (12.30), the dyslexic poet:
Writer and lawyer, poet/playwright
Sam is a spoken word artist and performs her poetry around the UK; at various venues including the Turner gallery Margate. She also has a regular slot on local radio.
Sam has been vegan since her late teens, and she writes about various subject matters including, the environment, war and her experiences of being vegan and dyslexic.
She is on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.
She has had her work published and has her first poetry selection coming out this year.