Bedingfield to Burnett
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Date: 18 July, 2006


 

'Part cosmic transformation, and part social activism assembly, all rolled into one sweaty, sexy, raucous good time.'


A preview of the music line-up for Greenbelt 2006, which takes place on 25 – 28 August, 2006

Daniel Bedingfield and T Bone Burnett are just two of the great artists on Greenbelt’s music bill that stand to represent its strength, variety and depth.

T Bone Burnett is the man behind the music in the phenomenally successful film O Brother Where Art Thou?, and the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.

He toured with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review tour in the 70s, is the producer of numerous world-renowned acts including Bruce Cockburn, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer in his own right.

Now he’s back with The True False Identity, his first album of new original songs since 1992, and Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett, a 40-song retrospective spanning an entire career of music-making. Greenbelt will see his first live shows on British soil for many, may years.

And, in Daniel Bedingfield, Greenbelt has a Saturday night headliner with two chart-topping albums under his belt, a handful of number-one singles and millions of record sales worldwide.

He has managed to achieve what so many artists strive for: a universal appeal that crosses the boundaries of age, gender, race, fashion, musical genre and – that mythical barrier for aspiring musicians – the Atlantic Ocean. Bedingfield returns to headline the festival he played so often in his youth, with his sister Natasha.

In addition, the festival also sees mainstage performances from: Maria Mckee – back with her sixth solo album Peddlin’ Dreams; the s weet-heart of soul and veteran of both the gospel and the disco scene Candi Staton ; Michael Franti and Spearhead – Franti facing the demons of racism, militarism and globalization head on, while Spearhead offer up “part booty-shaking funk jam session, part soul deliverance, part cosmic transformation, and part social activism assembly, all rolled into one sweaty, sexy, raucous good time.”

Also, the exquisite, crystalline vocals of Cara Dillon ; the c lassically-trained Lleuwen Steffan who grew up on a diet of hymnology and Billie Holiday; The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.

Also, t he funky, soulful and melodic Terri Walker; Nizlopi – whose JCB song went straight into the UK singles chart – and everyone’s heart – at Number One; the unofficial cultural ambassador for the art and poetry of Palestine, Reem Kelani ; the passionate and engaged singer-songwriter, Martyn Jospeh ; and founder of the fiercely independent Fence label, King Creosote.

All this as well as big names from the Contemporary Christian music scene Kevin Max, All Star United, and Blindside.

Programme Manager, Oliver Carruthers, said: “This is one of the strongest music bills we’ve assembled in Greenbelt’s long history and it represents an exciting mix of all that is so special about the Festival – from the strident campaigning, cultural engagement, and musical artistry to out-and-out, good-time gospel celebration.

“With live music spread across five stages over three-and-half days, the bill represents a feast of musical entertainment. And we’ve only mentioned a few names here!”

Tickets for the festival are selling fast and can be purchased at as much as 10% off onsite prices before July 31st online at http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/tickets or by calling the ticket line on 020 7374 2760