2023 Festival: Batchworth Lock Stage

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11:00 Watford Phoenix Choir – A community choir for everyone

Watford Phoenix Choir is led by choral conductor and musician David Halstead.

As a choir we focus on the enjoyment of singing and just learn along the way. So come and join us for a good sing, a cup of tea and sometimes home-made cake. We very much look forward to singing with you. Free taster session are offered to all new members. Get in contact by the Join Us page, contact our membership secretary at Watfordphoenixchoir.co.uk or just come along to a rehearsal.

11:50 Minnie Birch – Acoustic folk pop duo
12:40 ZiPP – ZiPP goes solo: highlights from three albums

STEViE ZiPP – best known as lead singer with popular local combo The Eleventh Hour – goes solo with highlights of his all-original material as per ‘The Lost FiRST Album’ / ‘Thirteen Years of Truth and Lies’ (free CD copy for all audience members; but come anyway) – and the just completed ‘Camouflage’.

Music with multiple influences spanning rock-pop, latin, difficult jazz, protest folk and even a bit of C&W – with lyrics that make sense, rhyme, scan and can be understood. Mostly.

One imaginary man and his guitar. And possibly some violin.

Be there or be square.

13:20 Abbie Gathard – singer/songwriter
14:10 Fluid Love – Karate Disco
15:00 Pluckwits – St Albans based ukelele band
16:00 Callum Granger – Local Americana singer/songwriter
17:00 The Batchworth Boys – General Manager & Volunteers from RWT singing golden oldies, not to be missed!
Close 17:50
11:00 Gospel Manna Choir – Gospel Singing Group

This busy community choir runs every Tuesday evening at 7:30 for all ages, ability and experience.. NO auditioning necessary and it is FREE! This choir had public bookings for every month throughout 2012. The Gospel Arts Manna Community Choir has also recorded two songs with local artist Mama Chill for her album released in 2011. GAMCC has celebrated its 11th anniversary and everyone is welcome! 


11:50 Talia – English/American Pop, Spanish and Brazilian

You may have seen her perform on BBC Television or at The Royal Shakespeare Company, TALIA has been capturing the hearts of her audience since she was seven. Her passion for music transcends language and genres and was ignited when her father took her to an accordion shop to choose her own. With over a million views on YouTube, international performances in eleven cities and performances at Ronnie Scott’s Bar in London, TALIA is living her passion. After spending time in the studio in 2019 recording her First Ever Album she now intends to increase her original pieces as she progresses through her rich musical life.

12:40 Lemon Tuesday – local choir

We are a 40 strong choir, based in Rickmansworth, and we perform a mix of music: jazz, show tunes, pop, folk and light classical among others. We sing both a cappella and accompanied. We’re here because we love singing and it’s so much better with friends.

We perform throughout the year, taking part in local events as well as festivals and concerts. Why not have a look at our performance dates and come and say hello?

13:20 K2 Music Events – Bollywood music

A Bollywood music group providing male/female vocalists in the UK.


14:10 Tom Craven – stalwart of the Milton Keynes/Watford acoustic music scene

A stalwart acoustic artist on the Milton Keynes/Watford music scene, having toured California amongst gigs throughout the UK and Europe from the age of 21, Tom (Now 35) continues to steadily make his mark with his “ability to blend acoustics and rock in a unique way; creating a perfect blend of music for all ages”.

From sing-alongs to heartfelt ballads, Tom has an intense emotion to his vocals & his music has subtle elements towards indie & folk, but his real strength lies in his storytelling and confidence/presence onstage. An honest & bold acoustic troubadour!

With a handful of amateur demos (2006-2007), three solo studio EP’s – ‘Unseen Angel’ (2008), ‘oceans’ (2010) & ‘In Rivers’ (2015), his debut full-studio album ‘LETTER/DIARY’ (2012), a full-band EP entitled ‘Take Courage’ (2018), alongside his musical family as ‘Tom Craven & The Chapter’, aswell as a four-track remix EP ‘Echo Chamber: Part I’ with close friend Joseph Suddick, Tom’s repertoire has been classed as “a bold, enigmatic collection of songs from a heartfelt and ultimately honest talent”.


14:45 Lauren Rich – Singer songwriter

Born in London and living in Hertfordshire, Lauren Rich is a singer-songwriter who certainly knows how to weave her distinctive voice around an effective acoustic chord pattern. With a taste for harmony and autobiographical lyrics that mean her songs border on country, Lauren is an artist with a bright future.

With one album and two singles under her belt; the next step in her musical career saw Lauren run a simultaneous release, with single ‘The Drink Talking’ taken from EP ‘The Same Sky’. Recorded with engineer Alan Emptage (Skunk Anansie, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Adam Ant, Boy George) at OneLouder Studios, the single was written with a hangover when Lauren realised she sent a drunken text to a guy the night before.


15:30 The Papersnakes – Singer Songwriter Duo – originals + some covers

The Papersnakes is the song writing and performing partnership of Paul Kerr (guitar) and Chris Ward (bass). The pair first met when battling to monopolise the CD player at house parties. Armed with a strong set of shared influences they started writing together in 2007. Their influences span rock, pop, funk, reggae and ska and a love for classic disco. The band’s style features bold guitar parts and memorable basslines to create their distinctive, full-of-energy sound.  Their performances always keep true to their “light and shade” motto.  This results in a mix of up-tempo bangers and stripped-back slow songs. Their covers list reflects their varied influences. From Prince to Paul Weller, from Bob Marley to Amy Winehouse.

From the start, the ThePapersnakes have focused on writing and performing original material. Their songs have featured in every gig in their extensive playing history. They often now play shows which are only original songs. “The band do all their own studio recording and production in their “2Snakes” studio. They have released many of their songs on streaming platforms and on CD.” In 2021 they ran a successful crowdfunding project to fund their first vinyl release. This nine song album of original songs, named “Volume One”, is due to land in September 2022. “They often play live on local radio. This has ranged from small community radio stations to some BBC stations.” They are very active playing on their local music scene, often at large organised events. In May 2022 they played the main stage at the Rickmansworth Festival to an audience of more than 2,500. “ThePapersnakes perform either as a duo, using a variety of technology to expand their sound. or as a three-piece band with drummer Andy Vellacott.” The band also produce their own cover artwork. One piece was accepted for an exhibition outside the central St. Albans Arts Centre in 2022.


16:20 Missing The Ferry – Folk Irish band

Four second-generation Irish lads – Missing The Ferry are three brothers and their best friend who perform a variety of Irish and Irish-influenced music as well as writing songs about identity and belonging. With inspiration as diverse as Brendan Shine, The Pogues and The Stone Roses their mission is to get people dancing and thinking. Anyone who has ever missed, or nearly missed, the Dublin-bound ferry from Holyhead will get the name.

Don’t be Missing The Ferry yourselves today!


Close 17:30

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