Topping the bill this year (and appearing in mid-afternoon) is Paul's very special guest “The Mbira Queen” Stella Chiweshe from Zimbabwe. The Mbira is the East African thumb piano. Its sound is the signature and blueprint at the heart of much of the great music that has come out of Zimbabwe in the past 40 years and Stella is widely regarded as it’s very finest exponent. She’s a commanding and mesmeric performer who wears her big heart on her sleeve and we’re truly thrilled that she’ll be joining us at Rhythmtree.
Also appearing (and not able to be seen anywhere else in the UK this year) is the fantastic young Italian guitar player and guitar maker Giulio Cantore. This really is acoustic guitar playing of the finest kind coupled with a terrific vocal style and great songs which we’re sure will both soothe and thrill in equal measure.
Also appearing during the afternoon and through to the early evening Paul has Charlie O'Riain and Butterfly Culture, the wonderful choral charms of the Camerata Chamber Choir, Paul Lovelock, Cat Skellington and , making a very welcome return to Rhythmtree after an unexplainable 3 year absence, the very wonderful and somewhat bonkers Weatherkings.
Whether you choose to settle in for the duration or pop in and out throughout the day the Sunday Shhh is always something special with it’s own distinct atmosphere and moments of magic.
No matter which way you like to shake your butt, Friday at Rhythmtree is guaranteed to get you twirling your best steps and throwing your favourite shapes. We’ll be getting our grooves into gear early in the evening with the not-to-be-missed steaming afro-funk of Togo’s Vaudou Game followed by the club-world mash up of the transformational Transglobal Underground and then the legendary Stereo MC’s really get things connected as they grace the mainstage and take us on a trip through their ecstatic club, hip-hop and chart classics.
Rhythmtree Festival is held at Three Gates Farm . The farm was owned by Jill.
Jill loved her farm more than words can say, mostly she loved seeing her friends and family enjoy it as much as she did. Always one for a party (especially one with live music), Jill was over the moon when the boys from Widget Productions first visited her in 2011 and suggested bringing this beautiful, family festival to her fields. Rhythmtree gave Jill the chance to see families relax and soak up the Rhythmtree vibe within the environment she most cherished.
Yesterday, 29th June, marked one year since Jill lost her brave battle with cancer. So if you're coming this year, please sit in her woods and raise a glass (plastic please!) to a lady who worked tirelessly her whole life to achieve a place where people loved to be.