CranfordLive! reveals festival line up

The Jeremiahs
The Jeremiahs

The acts which will play this year’s CranfordLive! music festival have been announced by organisers.

The family-friendly festival returns to the village in August.

Among the top acts include The Jeremiahs, a four-piece outfit from North Cornwall who supported Reef earlier this year with their slick rock and soul sound.

They include former Cranford and Burton Latimer resident Tim Pither.

Tim’s elder brother Simon is also performing at the event, playing drums and singing backing vocals in Chamberlain, who play a blend of guitar-based contemporary numbers and golden oldies.

Susan Valliant Speer, Cranford’s very own jazz singer, will be returning to the event after her successful set at the first CranfordLive! in 2011, singing numbers from the Great American Songbook supported by her own band of top musicians.

Other acts include The Shamlas, featuring Cranford’s Bob Stonebridge on saxophone, The Abrahams, The Jebs, and London-based singer-songwriter Mitch Daniels.

Last year’s festival was cancelled at the last minute because of bad weather.

Organiser Huw Boyt said: “Our first event in 2011 was a huge success and raised a very useful sum of money for Cranford Village Hall and we’re doing everything we can to stage another fantastic event this year.

“We aim to present a superb range of musical styles for everyone to enjoy in the magnificent Cranford Park setting.”

Organisers are preparing for rain this year with a marquee which will also house the festival bar. New for 2013 will be a climbing wall and inflatable obstacle course.

There will also be circus skills, face painting and crafts.

CranfordLive! begins at midday on Sunday, August 4, with a display by the Scottish Pipe Band in the main arena and the music continues until 8pm.

There will be local ales, wine, a Pimm’s bar, hog roast and home-made food and cakes.

Admission is £5 per person and free for under-16s.

Parking is free but dogs are not allowed.