Live Music at the Festival

Over the years, Lincoln Beer Festival has built a reputation for the quality of the live music programme. In the intimate atmosphere of the Drill Hall café, local performers are showcased and bigger names provide a treat for music fans.

Thursday Evening

Relax and chill out as festival regular, Dave Mallett, takes to the piano. Dave is a man of many talents, being a solo pianist, keyboards player with a number of groups and musical director of many notable productions.

Friday Evening

The Rye Sisters are an Americana and folk-country duo who perform in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle. They sing original songs and covers and are known for beautifully-blended harmonies and a winning balance of bouncy numbers and gentle ballads. Much-loved locally, playing in pubs and venues around Lincoln, they have also begun to emerge onto the festival scene performing at Gate to Southwell, Gower and, this year, Bristol, Tamworth and Crossover. Last year, they released their debut album “Brave Unbeaten Paths” containing Song for Lincolnshire 2016 winner “White Mercury”.

Stone Mountain Sinners are a 5-piece, country rock/Americana band from Worcester. Their debut album, “Tones of Home”, was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer Paul Cobbold (The Waterboys, The Pogues) and went straight in a number 5 on the iTunes UK country chart in its first week of release. The band were described by No Depression magazine as “having the American Heartland running through their veins”. Influences include Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton.

Lincoln Beer Festival is one of only a handful of live gigs for the band this year as they ready their next album due to be recorded in the summer of 2019.

Saturday Lunch

Having been in numerous bands, Keith Luckey now plays regular solo gigs in pubs, cafés and at private events. He has also built up a reputation as an acoustic street musician who has performed regularly at Cambridge and Lincoln Busking festivals. Keith plays a selection of Americana, country-blues, skiffle, a few 50s and 60s favourites, as well as a couple of sad country songs – collective noun “Lo-Fi-Punkabilly”.

Saturday Afternoon

No Eye Deer – The 1970s rockers are back for a second time around. The four-piece band play hits from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Free and Deep Purple.

Simcha – Simcha play Klezmer, a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. “Simcha” means celebration and, while some tunes are wild and others are mellow, all are in celebration. Whether you’re holding a beer or holding your partner, you’ll be tapping your feet in no time.

Saturday Evening

Relentless have been described as one of the most exciting live bands in the country. Guaranteed to please, with songs from Elvis to T Rex , Eddie Cochran to ELO, and the Stray Cats to the Kings of Leon. With their own original songs put into the mix and great banter between the band and audience, they are not to be missed.

Details of the music programme may be subject to change.