Blue Rodeo, the Orbitsuns and much more at the Maverick Festival 2011
Canadian country rock veterans Blue Rodeo will headline the fourth Maverick Music Festival, taking place in Suffolk in July. The event also includes a long-delayed appearance by Detroit outlaw country outfit the Orbitsuns and a chance to see the other side of “Downton Abbey” star Elizabeth McGovern.
On the road for more than a quarter of a century, Blue Rodeo are musical royalty in Canada and have receive five Juno awards as group of the year and sold more than 4 million records. They will play on Saturday July 2 at the festival, which has rapidly gained a reputation as the Americana highlight of the summer in southern England.
A year later than planned, The Orbitsuns are booked to play both Friday and Saturday night. Last year, the band were forced to cancel their UK tour just before they were due to fly out after two band members lost close family members on the same day.
Also booked are two artists from New York – the bluesy Will Scott, whose short tour of England also includes an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, and singer-songwriter Joe Whyte.
Austin native Danny Schmidt appears at the festival as part of his UK tour in support of his new album, Man of Many Moons, released in the US this week. Maverick regular Brigitte DeMeyer is back, along with all-female Canadian roots group Oh My Darling.
Los Angeles-based five-piece band Dead Rock West, a fusion of country, rock, pop and punk, are to be regulars in the UK this year. They are on tour next month and return for a number of shows in June as well as two nights at Maverick.
Among the homegrown acts playing are Norfolk’s Vagaband, who survived being bumped up the billing last year following the withdrawal of the Orbitsuns; Southend-on-Sea’s The Ugly Guys; and London-based Sadie and the Hot Heads _ fronted by Elizabeth McGovern, a former Hollywood star who now lives in the UK. From Sweden come rockers Society, regulars on the UK circuit.
The Maverick Festival takes place on the weekend of July 1-3 at Easton Farm Park near Woodbridge, a working farm that’s usually open to the public.
For further details, a review of last year’s event and web links, visit the Backroads Maverick Festival page.