Saturday 19th May 2018
Aquadrome Main Stage - Sponsored by Hetheringtons
11:00 Ripple Dance Academy
Ripple are a local friendly dance school who strive to build confidence and strength in every pupil to be the best that they can be. They offer classes in Ballet, Tap , Modern, Jazz and body conditioning.
Two piece acoustic - covers, but probably not ones you've heard for a while!
12:00 The Formal Opening of the 25th Festival:
- The Chairman and Leader of Three Rivers District Council www.threerivers.gov.uk
- The Rt Hon, David Gauke MP www.davidgauke.com
- Taz Kazmi - Deputy Director of the Canal & River Trust www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
- David Montague, Chairman of Rickmansworth Waterways Trust www.rwt.org.uk
12:20 Rock Choir
13:00 Blag Youth Theatre - Musical Theatre class in Rickmansworth 7-17
Blag Youth Theatre. Established 1997. An independent Youth Group that specialises in Drama but also has a very successful Musical Theatre Class. They're unique, They're Original, They're 'Outta' control and heading your way! Also performing 'Peter Pan II' at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham, March 24th & 25th. It's an Awfully big adventure.
13:50 Lost Near Blue Ape
14:40 Toffees - 4 piece British rock band
Toffees are a UK based young British rock band formed in 2015. They have toured extensively, winning new audiences everywhere they perform and have been featured on BBC Introducing, including live sessions for BBC Radio. Influences include bands such as The White Stripes, Kasabian and Muse.
In 2017 they played alongside Stereophonics, Jake Bugg, Newton Faulkner, Peter Docherty, Elbow and Rita Ora. Toffees are published and distributed worldwide by Monkey Puzzle House Ltd. Also Well 'Oh' Well has recently been voted Amazing Radios 2017 track of the year!
"Brilliant" - Gareth Lloyd (BBC Introducing)
"Most promising young band for 2018, amazing live performance" - Chris McCormack (Camden Rocks Festival)
15:40 Phillipa Leigh - Ukulele and vocals
Phillipa is delighted to be returning to the Ricky Festival after first performing here last year in the beer tent. She is a singer and self taught ukulele player. She has performed at venues around the world from Bucharest to Brazil and closer to her home in London including Ronnie Scotts, The London Eye, Facebook's London office and busking on the London Underground. She supported three time Grammy nominated artist Joan Armatrading MBE on two separate tours after Joan herself approached Phillipa whilst she was busking at Waterloo. Festivals include CockRock, Hullabaloo, Thames Clipper River Lates Festival, Eat and Drink Festival (at The Ideal Home Show, Olympia), Essex Uke Fest and Uke East (with Ben Rouse). Phillipa plays every Sunday at Potbelly in Stratford and has helped out at The Royal London Hospital Children's ward helping patients and staff to learn the ukulele for Ukulele Kids Club in London.
16:40 Caution Horses
The Caution Horses are a unique outfit playing original music along with a wide range of well known covers spanning the last sixty years.
Originally picking up gigs as an acoustic duo, Ray and Lauren have been playing the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire pub circuit since 2008. They have also performed at numerous weddings and parties and their repertoire of approximately 200 songs means that sets can be tailored to suit any venue or occasion with ease.
Evening at the Aquadrome - Hosted by DJ Jarley
17:40 Tom Craven & The Chapter - Four-piece 'Prog-Pop' band from Watford
Tom Craven & The Chapter are a collaboration based in Watford and the surrounding areas. Building upon a collection of more anthemic songs by local singer/songwriter (and Rickmansworth Festival regular!) Tom Craven, The Chapter set about to bring those songs to life in a hugely progressive rock way, with big guitars, brooding basslines and bold chorus' to keep your ears well entertained and your feet tapping.
With their long-awaited and highly anticipated EP in the pipeline and set to be released in 2018, TC&TC are here to let the music do the talking and have a good time in the process!
18:40 The Magicians Nephew - 12 to 14 years old St Albans Rock Power Trio - 3rd album Release
The next big thing, but bigger! Magician’s Nephew are a young rock power trio from North London who continue to amaze audiences with their talent, energy and passion for rock music. A busy 2017 has seen the boys display their adrenalized high energy live performances at festivals and venues across the UK to great reception and acclaim. The band’s plethora of original songs and witty juvenile lyrics, combined with grown-up, in-your-face, guitar riffs and roaring sounds, have immediately caught the attention of BBC Introducing, local radio and stunned crowds on a impressive gig and festival track record under their belt.
Drawing influences from Hendrix to the Stones, 2016 saw the launch of their second album ‘Young Enough’ with the band blasting full steam ahead this year, having just released their third album "Today's News for Tomorrow's World" and going on a Cotswolds tour this summer.
They write, record and produce their own songs and deliver amazingly energetic performances on stage.
In an era in which mainstream-music machine sterilises millennial musical creativity, could the emergence of Magician’s Nephew spell the much needed return of the Rock Band?
We’re on it - keeping it real! Guitar (Josh), Bass (Euan), Drums (Noah) …. but Bigger!
Please check them out on the links below:
Official Website: http://www.magiciansnephewband.com/ or http://www.mnb.rocks
19.40 Engine Room - Local power rock covers trio
Gary Allen: main vocals/bass guitar, Robbo: guitar/vocals, JB: drums. The band have been together several years and have played hundreds of gigs in Hertfordshire and surrounding region.
GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES!
Returning for their fourth outing to the festival, Coley are a local band with over 20 years of experience in getting a crowd up and dancing. Their set is a mix of old and new classics, something for all ages with plenty of familiar songs to keep the crowd entertained. From Free to the Foo Fighters there's something to keep you dancing on what we hope to be a day of glorious sunshine and music!!!
21:40 Marchant - The best of Rock and Pop from the last 4 decades!
Inspired by the vocal talent of young singer Sarah Marchant, seasoned musicians Phil King, Debbie Marchant, Stuart Brierley and Andy Brown formed Marchant to create a new dimension to the covers band genre. Four years ago, Marchant took to the stage here and delivered an exciting and dynamic set featuring some of the best rock and pop from the last four decades.
Aquadrome Beer Tent Stage
14:20 Dom Prag - Folk singer-songwriter
Dom Prag is from Southampton, currently playing at every folk club he can find - he has secured himself a few gigs so far supporting the likes of Ninebarrow, Chris Cleverley, The Liberty To Choose, James Hickman & Dan Cassidy, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, and Kadia, and he's set to play at Wickham Festival in August this year. He brought out his debut EP 'Talitha and Other Songs' in 2015 (on sale) and is currently working on his first album.
15:10 Some more from Dom Prag
16:20 Matthew Shepherd - Singer-Songwriter
Matthew Shepherd is a 23 year-old singer-songwriter from Essex. His debut studio album ‘Top of the tree’ was released in June 2015 and only took a day for the album to break into the iTunes Top 100 Singer/Songwriter Album Chart.
In 2016, Matthew released an Acoustic EP entitled ‘The Sea’, which reached the Acoustic Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Music of September 2016.
With club and concert performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew is currently recording his second full-length Album, due for release in Spring 2018, and will be previewing new material on Tour this year.
“A rising Star…and a really lovely guy too! The crowd were mesmerised”
– Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales
17:10 More from Matthew Shepherd
18:20 The Anti-Poet and Friends - Comedy meets poetry with a triangle and a doublebass
Festival favourites return to host their own evening in the Beer Tent. Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman are The Antipoet and are together the world’s finest exponents of beatrantin’ rhythm ‘n views! Having played Glastonbury for the past 5 years running, as well as many other festivals including The Edinburgh Fringe, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree and Ledbury, they return to home ground and a night of fun in the Rickmansworth Canal Festival beer tent with a few chums.
19:20 The Anti-Poet & Friends … some more
20:20 The Anti-Poet & Friends … and a little bit more
21:20 The Anti-Poet & Friends …and the final bit - with a PG (Parental Guidance) notice
Sunday 20th May 2018
Aquadrome Main Stage - Sponsored by Hetheringtons
11:00 Rise Studios
Performing Arts school
11:40 Collective Dance and Drama
Established for over 28 years, Collective are a Performing Arts School whose main Studio is in Rectory Lane Rickmansworth; they also run classes at St Mary's in Rickmansworth and St John's in Northwood.
Pupils can start from 2 years of age up to advance levels and collective also offer Adult Dance & Fitness sessions daytime and evenings.
Collective will have a stall at the festival too, so pop along and see what they have to offer, have a chat, they are very friendly!
12:20 Lauren Rich
Hertfordshire based singer/songwriter.
Lauren who has an album and an EP securely under her belt will be recording some new music later this year. Join her mailing list at laurenrichmusic.co.uk, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Spotify!
13:20 Hubcap Moon
HUBCAP MOON are a 5 piece band from Harpenden, Hertfordshire who formed sometime across the year of 2011. Armed with mandolins, accordions, guitars and drums, they deliver their own scrapyard collision of infectious, good time, boot stompin', beer swillin', Bluegrass, Cajun, country, rock-a-billy, skiffle-punk, guaranteed to bring a smile to the sullenest of faces and draw out that little touch of trailer trash in your soul. Although taking their main musical influences from familiar Americana country sounds Hubcap Moon also borrow from the British folk tradition, adding another roots element to their unpolished charm; making them more M6 than Route 66. More transport caff than truck stop. More BSA Bantam than Harley Davidson. More Booths Gin soaked than Bourbon Whiskey raddled in their merry musical ways...Hubcap Moon provide a tonic, a magic potion, a cheeky slug of chrome clear musical Moonshine to take away the blues, touch your heart and make you smile.
14:30 Lou’s Sextet
Swing, Sinatra, jazz, latin 8 piece band.
A lively band playing an eclectic mix of mainstream jazz, swing, latin grooves, blues and some funk. We have been together for 13 years, and are well known around our area, playing festivals, pubs, private functions....always swinging and always putting on a show.
Our great vocalist is about to take his lovely voice back to his native Portugal.
We are: Peter-keys, Roger- bass, Jonathan-guitar, Brian-drums,
Richard-harmonica,vocals and percussion, Lou-saxes, Joan-saxes,and of course, Miguel- vocals
15:50 Electric Umbrella
Electric Umbrella are a musical force to be reckoned with. Including musicians who have played alongside some of the biggest names in the world, they have played all over the country, including festivals, theatres pubs clubs and automobiles. They are here to remind us that it’s good to be different, that togetherness is everything and that joy is the only currency.
16:50 Tiny Tina Rock and Blues Band
A high energy five piece band playing all the popular Tina Turner songs as well as a few other favourites along the way! Steamy Windows, We Don't Need Another Hero, What's Love got to do with it, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, Simply the Best, Love Thing, Private Dancer, Fool in Love, Darling you know I Love you... and other songs include Out of Time, Good Golly Miss Molly, Saw Her Standing There and many more!!!