The full line-up of great music...
Exploring the roots of folk from the Appalachian Mountains to the wilds of Somerset
St Mary's Sinners (aka Dave and Barry) both retired recently. Dave and Barry are neighbours. When they started chatting they found they had a common interest in music.Dave plays guitar and sings, Barry played drums with several bands. They decided to try something different, so they came up with playing 60's music with an acoustic guitar and cajon. They also specialise in 1930's blues and Delta blues. David and Barry are often seen on Open Mike Nights around the Oxford area. they have recently played Music in the Park (Thame) and Sunfest (Rising Sun, Ickfield).
The Sentinels formed in the late 90s and have been delighting crowds ever since, with their Hammond organ-driven funk and soul. Searing 'Car chase' music, laid-back grooves, their repertoire covers it all.
The Forty 6 is a newly formed covers band 84% of whom are from Cholsey. They are a versatile group, thanks to their combination of guitars, bass, drums, vocals and saxophone. This talented bunch think of a song they like and add it to their set list, so expect a wide variety of tunes from moshing to moody. Sing along with the shouty, sway to the soulful. Catherine, Chris, Claire, Darren, John, Mike and a Steve wish you a very pleasant evening at the Choko Beer Festival.
Find them on Facebook @theforty6
After an absence of five years Dave is back!! A selection of mournful but melodic songs composed by Bob Dylan, Harvey Andrews and Christy Moore are intermingled with the odd song from his native Wales. Please support as necessary - (sympathetic) applause, laughter or first aid!
Following Louise's impromptu set at the very first CHOKO beer festival, Livewire were formed as a five piece to play the second year's event, and have been playing gigs around the area ever since.
This year we are delighted to introduce Steve on drums. Steve is an extremely accomplished drummer and musician with varied musical tastes and we are delighted he has agreed to complete our 'Five Piece Band'. Despite their tender years they boast close to 180 years of performing experience between them. From blues band to musical theatre and pantomime, with even a chart hit back in the sixties!
Playing many classics from the 50's through the decades to some of the more recent chart hits, our master set list reflects not only our taste in popular music but also the age range of the band.
Alan, Ian, John, Louise and Steve promise to put on a show to entertain you and get you up and dancing if that is what you enjoy.
You can follow Livewire on facebook the link is:Facebook
Spoken Word and poetry, sometimes it rhymes sometimes it doesn’t.
Selina and the Howlin Dogs like to keep things upbeat and funky and play a mix of originals and covers. Their own music draws on influences from funk, rock, hip hop and disco and covers are from contemporary artists like Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars as well as legends like James Brown and Stevie Wonder. Watch their latest music video Mr Ambitious here and see their Facebook Live performances here.
Gigging since 2015, Selina and the Howlin Dogs regularly play venues and festivals in their home town Reading and across the local area. Gigs and festivals in Oxfordshire this year have included Party on the Pitch in Cholsey, Charlgrove Festival, Cullham Science Centre and Boundary Park Music Festival in Didcot. The fantastic Choko Fest marks the end of their Festival season when they'll be on top form bringing the funk to Cholsey! So get ready to dance to their groovy originals and sing along to familiar classics!
You can find out more about Selina and the Howling dogs, listen to their music and watch them play by checking out their website, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube links:
We will be revealing the list of beers, ciders and lagers soon...
Please buy your tickets in advance if you can, it will help us to make sure we don't run out of beer too early!
Due to high demand, and because we want the event to be the best it can be, there will be limited tickets available on the day.
Tickets are available from R G Parks the Butchers, located in the Forty, Cholsey or buy online now by clicking the link below.