Xander & The Peace Pirates
Sittingbourne’s first blues rock festival
We are extremely excited to welcome
Xander & The Peace Pirates
to Sittingbourne as headline act for Bournefest
"Despite being a new name to many, they've already shared space onstage with rock & blues glitterati like Buddy Guy, Bon Jovi, Vintage Trouble, The Temperance Movement, Eric Bibb, Robben Ford, Manfred Mann, Joe Bonamassa, Ritchie Kotzen, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) and The Fabulous Thunderbirds."
Xander and the Peace Pirates are a testament to musical integrity and personal strength. Combining soul, blues and rock, their pervasive blend of inspired song writing and memorable performances has already seen them enrapture audiences from around the world.
Brothers Keith and Stu were discovered on YouTube by Gibson Brands CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, and during their subsequent performances for the company at numerous international events, the band caught the attention of not just an ever-growing collective of fans but also industry legends such as Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, the Stones), who was so smitten by their music he offered to produce the band’s first album.
� With haunting riffs, genius melodies, and an irrepressibly infectious charisma, Xander and the Peace Pirates continue to share their musical passion to standing ovations, while spreading a universal message of peace, love and harmony.
Late 2015 saw the Pirates head to the world class Wisseloord Studios in Amsterdam to record their first full album with V2 records, this will be produced by an awesome mix of their mysterious friend and slide guitarist Mike Gay and school friend Mr Paul Beard who has worked with James Blunt, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry to name but a few. This debut album will be a musical culmination of so much love, dedication and luck.
"Not only is he immensely talented on the guitar and vocals, he burns with an unbelievable passion for the music, pouring every ounce of energy into his performance.
Sean Webster Band
... a 14 year old boy was introduced to guitar based music by a school friend. Sean became instantly hooked on the instrument and began researching as many influences as he could. All the blues greats; the Kings (Albert, BB and Freddie), Collins, Cray, alongside Moore, Knopfler, Lang and of course the reason Sean says he plays guitar.... Eric Clapton. Music from that point became Sean's main focus in life. He would cycle 20 kms to watch friends rehearse in a band, which after some time he became the singer of: Journeymen. Years later and through various incarnations, The Sean Webster band was formed. This itself has had a few line-up changes over the years, but Sean believes change can only be a good thing in the end: "I'm not the greatest fan of change at the beginning because I like things to run smooth, but it also forces you to learn, evaluate and ultimately re-shape what you already have. Keeping it fresh!"
Sean has toured many countries such as The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, The United Kingdom, Finland, Poland and The U.S.A. playing festivals and venues throughout.
He has also appeared on national FOX TV in Austin Texas, recorded live sessions for BBC radio 2 and appeared for interviews on many regional radio and TV shows.
Sean has released 5 albums and 1 EP. His 6th and latest album entitled Leave your heart at the door has Sean going back to being the only guitarist on the album, something which hasn't happened since his first. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, the album REALLY does have something for everyone. It has blues, ballads and mainstream offerings which Sean hopes will keep his fans interested.
Recorded at the legendary Superfly Studios in Nottinghamshire, Sean felt it was like going home. "I recorded my second album If Only at Superfly back in 2005 and the Engineer and now owner Andy is simply fantastic. It is such a comfortable place to be in that I felt confident in taking the helm of Producer, part mixer, arranger, and 100% writer for this album, apart from the last track which was written by the great Keith Urban."
Having recorded the majority of the album in just 4 days, the results are outstanding. After completing the mixing, the album was sent to Jon Astley at "Close to the edge" for mastering. Jon has mastered albums for just about everyone including The Who, Charlie Watts, Abba, George Harrison, Tori Amos, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Jools Holland, Tom Jones, Emmylou Harris, Damien Dempsey, Tears for Fears, Led Zeppelin, Level 42, The Boomtown Rats, John Mayall, Toto, Norah Jones, Stereophonics, KT Tunstall, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Slade, Sting, Porcupine Tree, Bono and The Lancashire Hotpots!
Jon said of the album "I had such a lovely day with this album, thank you for a great record, a breath of fresh air!!!"
Having secured distribution with Cadiz Music in the UK and promotional duties from Hans Broere Promotions this album is set to take Sean on a new adventureu
Jack J Hutchinson and Mike Ross, both big names with their own bands and highly recognised, come together on one stage with a powerhouse band bringing a mix of southern rock, Americana and blues.
“Truly astonishing” – Classic Rock Magazine
“F***ing amazing!” – Jeff Beck
“A REALLY good player” – Gary Moore
“So amazing!” – Beth Hart
“Killer!” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Unbelievable!” – Richie Kotzen
“Exudes class & prowess” – Guitar Techniques Magazine
“Ben Poole is the full package” – Maverick Magazine
“Definitely one to watch” – Guitarist Magazine
“A really fresh sound and style” – Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)
“This is a young man to look out for as he is no doubt a rising talent” – Blues Matters Magazine
When you hear comments such as the above from some of the greatest guitar players of the last century, some of the most respected blues/rock/soul artists in the world today, and some of the leading magazines and radio presenters in Europe, you just know that they have heard something very special. Twenty-eight year old Ben Poole is currently being described as one the most exciting young Rock, Blues & Soul artists to come out of the UK for a long, long time!
Frankie Connolly id a young and talented British blues/soul singer/guitarist who has been making waves among blues fans in the south east of England. Having honed his skills in a number of prominent rock and blues bands, where he's played with some of the most highly regarded British blues and soul musicians, Frankie is now fronting his own band The Frankie Connolly Band.
Robert J Hunter
We are very lucky to have also secured Robert J Hunter to perform some solo sets in the lower lounge of the Appleyard
Alderney born Robert J. Hunter is taking the blues scene by storm with his gruff, powerful voice and the wild thud of overdriven foot stomping blues guitar. The Robert J. Hunter Band’s unique sound echoes Rory Gallagher, The Faces, Gary Clarke Jr, Free, The Black Crowes.
The band are turning heads across the UK and Europe with their constant touring, perfecting their truly original blend of blues and rock n’ roll. This is a road worn, dirty blues band that have been honed to super tight perfection by sheer hard work and volume of shows.
Previous releases, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Suitcase Blues’ and ‘Good People’ have received rave reviews worldwide. The band have achieved success reaching number one in the iTunes Blues Chart on several occasions and have earned national radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and global independent radio play.
The Robert J Hunter Band have supported the likes of Wilko Johnson, The Animals, the Kris Barras Band and Sari Schorr to name a few. They have recently been finalists in the UK Blues Challenge and The International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
“An incredibly exciting act on the blues scene, you’re going to really love them” – Whispering Bob Harris, Radio 2
”Incredible strength in the diversity of his song writing coupled with sheer hard work and volume of shows make The Robert J Hunter band one to watch – miss them at your peril.” – Blues in Britain