Lineup announced for the Maverick Festival
The Maverick Festival looks set to retain its place as a don’t-miss event on the summer festival circuit. Organisers have announced a wide range of U.S. and British artists for the event, which takes place July 2-4 at Easton Farm Park in Suffolk.
Chris Scruggs appeared at the Maverick festival last year playing with his mother, country stalwart Gail Davies. This year he returns in his own right with his band. Also making a return appearance is Michigan-based singer-songwriter Drew Nelson.
Nashville-based Suzi Ragsdale has had a varied career. For 20 years she sang harmony vocals on albums by some of the greatest artists, including Joy Lynn White, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, Darrell Scott and Guy Clark, and also toured for 16 years with Scott. She has made two duet albums with Verlon Thompson and one album of her own, Future Past.
Also appearing are Rod Picott, sometime collaborator and schoolmate of Slaid Cleaves and one of the nicest guys on the circuit, along with Texas fiddler Amanda Shires. From East Nashville come Phil Lee, supporting his new album So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You; and music journalist-cum-accomplished singer-songwriter Peter Cooper along with his singing buddy Eric Brace, also a former journalist. Brace is also bringing his band, Last Train Home.
The lineup also includes British country legend Hank Wangford who was originally scheduled to appear last year; London-based bluegrass quartet Norton Money; Liverpool band The Good Intentions, who won the song competition at last year’s event; East Anglian old-time band the Ragged String Band; veteran songwriter Chris Difford; London-based urban bluegrass band Police Dog Hogan; and Nashville singer-songwriter Stephanie Lambring.
More acts are expected to be announced later.
The festival begins with a Welcome Jamboree on the Friday evening, followed by a very full day of music on the Saturday and a Gospel brunch on Sunday morning.