Thursday 14th May 2015 8pm
Merry HellSupport: Paul Higham
Tickets £9 SOLD OUT
Festival favourites Merry Hell are a joyous folk-rock explosion of melody, commitment, energy and above all, songs that will stay with you long after listening. Founded in their native North West of England, Merry Hell is an eight-piece folk-rock band. The band was forged in the smouldering embers of 90's Folk/punk band, The Tansads. 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. Her prolific, ingenious and insightful song writing is one of the focal points of Merry Hell's recordings and live performances – her presence has perfectly complemented a group which has taken particular pride in penning original material. 2015 sees the release of their third album, The Ghost In Our House and other stories..., with national tours lined up for Spring and Autumn, the return of Merry Hell Acoustic and a summer filled with festivals.
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Reviews"Call it power folk, call it punk folk, whatever you want to call it, call it a good time. This is in your face folk music, with more than a hint of social justice, delivered up tempo with plenty of aggression." FATEA
"It is a well-established fact that if you see Merry Hell live, you will leave with a big grin on your face. Their music is rousing, joyous, uplifting and totally infectious" FATEA