The Ramblin’ Roots Revue 2017

A celebration of roots, americana, folk and alt-country music alongside fine beer, whisky and food held at Bucks Students’ Union’s award winning venue in High Wycombe, across the weekend of 7th/8th/9th of April 2017.

The Ramblin’s Roots Revue have teamed up with UK label Clubhouse Records to launch a brand new event featuring 21 bands from the USA and the UK, playing on two stages and starting on Friday evening, running throughout the day and late into the night on Saturday before rounding off with the “Ramblin’ Roots Sunday Brunch” on Sunday.

Artists performing this year read like a “who’s who” in contemporary americana and include;

Laura Cantrell / Peter Bruntnell / John Murry / Case Hardin / SOCIETY / Michelle Stodart (The Magic Numbers) / The Treetop Flyers / Joana Serrat / The Redlands Palomino Company / Yola Carter / The Dreaming Spires / Paul McClure and the Local Heroes / The Travelling Band / Legends of Country / Hannah Rose-Platt / The Rosellys / Luke Tuchscherer / Co-Pilgrim / William the Conqueror / Loud Mountains / Jonny Payne and The Thunder


Award winning brewers and distillers will be providing a range of incredible beers, ales and craft lagers, a selection of exemplary ciders and a lovingly curated menu of the finest whiskies and bourbons courtesy of – it’s the best stocked bar for miles around! Alongside that there will be a range of street food concessions to keep you going throughout the weekend with freshly prepared food from Tex-Mex delights to great Smokehouse BBQ.

Over the weekend we’ll also be hosting a buskers’ stage with special guests, americana label record stalls, clothing and merch, the great pie eating challenge and Saturday’s late night “after-show” party with guest DJs. Our Sunday brunch includes free coffee refills, freshly prepared and locally sourced eggs, bacon and sausages served in warm brioche buns, free Sunday newspapers and revitalizing, uplifting live music enjoyed in like-minded company before we part company until next year…

You can check out all the bands on this YouTube show reel or listen to them on this Spotify Playlist.

The event caters for up to 600 per day with warm indoor stages and a fully accessible venue. Our customer’s comfort is our primary concern and you’ll never be more than 20 meters from a stage, a bar or something to eat!

Tickets: For the full Ramblin’ Roots Revue experience over Friday, Saturday and Sunday our introductory ticket is just £25

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25   Personal Best – Arnos Vale

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24   Lightning in a Twilight Hour – Fragments Of A Former Moon

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23   Jennie Vee – Spying


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22   Kontiki Suite – The Greatest Show On Earth


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21   Reichenbach Falls – The Traitor Shore


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20   Paper Aeroplanes – Joy


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19   Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE


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18   Mammoth Penguins – Hide & Seek


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17   Craig Finn – Faith in the Future


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16   Case Hardin – Colours Simple

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15   The Dreaming Spires – Searching for the Supertruth


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14   The School – Wasting Away and Wondering


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13   Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter


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12   Owl & Mouse – Departures


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11   The Manhattan Love Suicides – More Heat! More Panic!



10   Bully – Feels Like


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9   Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

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8   Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary


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7   The Treasures of Mexico – Holding Pattern


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6   Kid Wave – Wanderlust


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Case Hardin – Colours Simple

Colours SimplePoets Corner the lead-track on the new release from Case Hardin is unusual for an album opener, clocking in at over eight minutes it’s  a slow builder and a brave move, but the song craft of the bands frontman Pete Gow is such that the anthemic track (named for a local landmark in Acton West London) builds into a bold stylistic statement of intent for the album Colours Simple, a recording which sees the band move consciously to a fuller and more guitar-centric sound – at the centre of which is guitar slinger Jim Maving, backed by the rhythm section of Tim Emery (bass & mandolin) and Andy Bastow (drums).

There’s more to Colours Simple than the epic opener though up next is Three Cities that sees Gow turn a late night bar stool conversation with a prostitute about the merits of Phil Spector as a record producer
into one of the albums highlights, embellished with the keyboard skills of longtime collaborator Mike Wesson it’s a slow burner. Rock ‘n’ roll returns for tracks three and four with the rollicking Roll Damnation Roll and the barroom blast of (Jesus Christ Tomorrow Morning) Do I Still Feel This Way which cede to one of albums quieter and reflective tracks Fiction Writer.

Recorded in North London at Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios the next track see the band getting a groove on and breaking out the brass courtesy of the Reservoir Dogs brass section – Robin & Joe Bennett (Dreaming Spires), Geoff Widdowson (Danny And The Champions Of The World).


Up next is a foot tapper from the other-side of the tracks The Streets Where the Bars Are (the Bars Where the Girls Will Be) is sure to be a live favourite with it’s dual twang and piano rhythm ‘n’ roll, all change for the next one which features a guest performance, from former band member Hana Piranha, who joins Pete Gow on vocals, another of the albums quieter moments, High Rollers tells the forlorn story of  a young woman making ends meet with two jobs; By day she works in a massage parlour frequented by ‘overweight business men with hard- on’s and body odour’ and at night is a croupier at an equally low end Casino where she can ‘do whatever I like with these desks, they don’t even try to take their eyes off of my chest’ . Hana also plays fiddle on the albums penultimate track A Mention In Dispatches  which ponders ruefully a life lived in the public eye, the album closes with Another Toytown Morning, an acoustic ruminative on a life of wrong turns.

An airless room and a bottle of wine / A turntable and some old Patsy Cline / Open up these scars / With pedal steel guitars / Lost to the lonesome and high’.

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Available now from Clubhouse Records and on lovely vinyl too.

“(Jesus Christ Tomorrow Morning) Do I Still Feel This Way” from Colours Simple by Case Hardin.

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