Black Deer Festival
A mission to bring the Americana way of life to the UK – a feat it has certainly achieved this year with an eclectic line-up that showcases all aspects and sub-genres of this incredible community. Now, Europe’s premier, award-winning Americana festival is excited to share the additional artists joining Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Pretenders, Bear’s Den, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle (Alone Again Solo & Acoustic), Far From Saints and many more at Eridge Park.
Richard Hawley is a songwriter whose elegant, timeless work ranges from neo-psychedelic indie rock to vintage roots rock, lushly orchestrated ballads, and highly styled romantic pop. With eight solo albums under his belt and countless collaborations with Pulp, Arctic Monkeys and more recently Acid Klaus, Hawley also took the musical world by storm with his show Standing At The Sky’s Edge, further cementing his status as a national treasure.
Last week, Damian Lewis announced himself to the world as a musician, releasing his debut single ‘Down on the Bowery’ (and even letting slip about his forthcoming Black Deer performance). The esteemed actor’s debut album Mission Creep, described as a “thoughtful collection of rootsy, rock and jazz-tinged songs”, will be released on the exact same day he takes to the stage in Eridge Park, in what will be an unmissable and memorable spectacle.
Patty Griffin is among the most consequential voices of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. The Grammy Award winner returns to the UK for the first time in four years and for the first time since her 2022 album TAPE was released, a collection of rare demos and home recordings from across her career.
Another legend joining the bill is Brandy Clark. Described as a “storyteller of the highest order” by NPR, the 11x Grammy nominated musician recently shared the first single “Buried” from her highly anticipated self-titled album that drops in May 2023.
Black Deer is also thrilled to welcome Demi Marriner, Motel Sundown, Anna Howie, and Samuel Ashton, winners of the Black Deer Emerging 2023 programme – beating out 700+ artists who applied after being voted the deserved winners from the Black Deer community. Co-Founder Deb Shilling says, “Each of these winning artists will bring something all of their own to our Americana playground and we can’t wait to welcome them to the deer park.”
Away from the main stages, Black Deer will also bring the authentic Americana way of life to the UK through incredible food, music and storytelling. Plus news on the festival’s much-loved artisan street-food & drink. The Young Folk area will also return with a whole host of fun activities for all the family.
The Teskey Brothers
Founders of the Black Deer Festival, Gill Tee and Debs Shilling, add, “Black Deer is about experiencing the unique cultural richness that surrounds the Americana lifestyle. The natural ingredients that complete this melting pot can all be found at Black Deer – from authentic smokehouse BBQ cooking and a righteous Sunday gospel brunch to the thrill of custom motorcycle culture and a connection with nature to inspire the young folk.”
As well as the above-mentioned, the following artists will also be joining the weekend’s incredible lineup: Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, NoGood Boyo, Maz O’Connor, Liam Cromby, and the Morning Star Emily Nenni, Brennen Leigh, Stephen Wilson Jr, The Vanguards and the Powerhouse Gospel Choir.