Following the massive success of Over the Hill 2019, which had a capacity audience bathed in glorious sunshine for the day, the event, set in the stunning surroundings of Cogges Manor Farm (a location for Downton Abbey) in the heart of the Oxfordshire Countryside is back, bringing the very best UK based (and this year American) Americana, Country, Roots and Blues acts to the 2 beautiful stone barns that house the Nashville & Austin stages.
Confirmed acts so far include…
Danny George Wilson (Danny and the Champions of the World, Grand Drive) and Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Goldrush, Saint Etienne) join forces with Tony Poole (Starry Eyed and Laughing), producer extraordinaire and king of the electric twelve-string Rickenbacker, their voices, guitars, and song writing combining to marvellous effect in a collection of songs that began as uplifting acoustic music and grew into something far more wide-ranging and transcendent.
Pulling on influences from the 60s pop of The Byrds, The Beatles and The Beach Boys, through to the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, with dashes of Petty and Springsteen thrown in for good measure, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that what shines through all of this is the quality and originality of the song writing.
Winner of Song of the Year at this years AMA UK Awards this Bristol based artist seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge and her trademark smoky vocals taking the lead. With headlining tours of the UK and Europe under her belt and the release of the acclaimed album Road I Call Home in 2019 she’s primed to take the next step to much wider recognition.
Kaitlyn Baker has been called a new coal miners daughter. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter has been making waves in Nashville, since the release of her ballad Coal Train, which was chosen by the Academy of Country Music as part of the star-studded 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak album and The Huffington Post included her among Top 10 Country Artists to Watch.
Demi has already graced many a great stage across the UK, Europe and USA, including performances at Americana Fest Nashville, Americana Fest UK, Wilderness Festival, Wychwood Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. She’s also been invited to perform alongside acts like Rufus Wainwright, Sam Outlaw, The Wandering Hearts, Beth Neilson-Chapman, Wildwood Kin and Ferris & Sylvester. She and her band will be the opening act on The Nashville Stage.
One of most hard-working names on the international roots and blues circuit. His unique song writing is a late night cocktail of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac; with voice that is a cross between John Martyn and Van Morrison and a guitar style that sounds like an acoustic Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming with JJ Cale. ”Articulate, compelling … brilliant” Mojo Magazine
Bristolian Singer-songstress Lady Nade has a tender, powerful, velveteen voice, and a knack for creating memorable melodies, using authentic and powerful narratives. Having earned plaudits on BBC2, BBC6 and a host of other shows as well as supporting the likes of Grammy nominated YOLA, her evocative voice and songs nourish both the body and soul.
Add to this first class catering from Burn Out BBQ (***** The Oxford Mail) and The Edge Eatery, the charming 2 The Moon Gin & Prosecco Horsebox and bars stocked with moreish ales, lagers and ciders theres plenty to keep festival goers fed and watered and this year there will various stalls to keep people occupied in between the music.
From last year’s reviews…
Looks like being a regular fixture on the festival circuit. And not a corporate sponsor in sight. Rock n Reel
An intimate and family friendly gathering of the best of what UK Americana and Roots has to offer. Here’s hoping Over the Hill lives to see a second year. Americana UK
Is there room for another roots based Americana festival? The public resoundingly answered that question in the affirmative. Three Chords & the Truth
A little Maverick. 2019 festival goer
The idyllic setting couldn’t have been better and as for the programming its satisfaction guaranteed. Rhythm & Booze Music Blog