NW folk-rockers Merry Hell have been announced to play on Saturday 16th July.
Winners of many awards, including Folking.com's BEST BAND and BEST LIVE ACT, and in 2021 nominated for Best Band/Duo by FATEA magazine, they are an eight-piece band with a history, a pedigree and a bright future.
They have risen to become festival favourites, their albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike, and developing an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and live performances.
The band was forged in the smouldering embers of 90s Folk/punk band, The Tansads. Following an emotional series of reunion concerts in 2010, its members chose to tread the boards under a new name, ‘Merry Hell’, in order to reflect their new impetus, new hopes and, most importantly, new songs.
While Merry Hell retains a nucleus of five former Tansads members, brothers John, Bob and Andrew Kettle (guitar, mandolin and vocals respectively), along with keyboard player, Lee Goulding and drummer Andy Jones, the addition of vocalist, Virginia Kettle (wife of John), has helped create a new identity, purpose and spirit, in their music.
"an evening of joyous celebration...Merry Hell mixes the more serious content with the lighter stuff, so the mood of the evening never drops and the audience are always with them"
"Merry Hell know how to set up a party vibe...and provide a thoroughly healthy dose of entertainment"
Louder than War
"Merry Hell, like The Levellers, spin a tale so devastating you cannot help but be entranced by both its lyrics and the way it is presented on stage"
While we're at it. here's a little showcase of 2021 photographs, with music thanks to Track Dogs. The track La Banda was recorded at the 2021 festival.