With over 60 acts confirmed for the week-end of the 20-22 July the Rhythmtree is all set for its third year as one of the best loved small Headlining artists with real world music pedigree such as Afrik Bawantu, Krar Collective, Diabel Cissokho, Harare, Kadialy Kouyate, Grupo Lokito and Congo Di Ntotila the organisers believe this little event is already becoming a real gem in the UK’s world music festival calendar.
Mixing in Cajun, Zydeco and Blues from Eugene Bridges, Elvis Fontenot, Acadian Driftwood, Aaron Keylock, Phil Henry and Whiskey River, featuring master percussionists Pete Lockett and Kagemusha Taiko, then adding two of the best big brass section Afrobeat bands on the circuit Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra and Yaaba Funk the main Rhythmtree stage will provide unbelievable value for a £75 adult week-end ticket.
The Rhythmtree has maintained a philosophy of including unfamiliar sounds for its growing, always enthusiastic, and loyal audience who seem to revel in experimenting with their own musical tastes. The event therefore hosts such artists as didgeridoo, jaw harp and beatbox trio AIRTist, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band with their one-legged saw player, overtone singer and multi world instrumentalist Jonny Cope, ukulele rap from the Ouse Valley Singles Club and the TLA steel band.
A recent poll of past and potential attendees confirmed that part of the Rhythmtree’s attraction is its small size and very safe friendly environment but this doesn’t mean there hasn’t been room for expansion in 2012. The Didge Cafe ( a throw back to when the event was a didgeridoo festival) has increased in size to accommodate both soloists and medium size bands. The RhumbaRumBar will host both instrument and dance workshops in the afternoons and world music DJs until late in the evening and there will be an increased number of other off-stage entertainment and attractions.
Visit the festival website at www.rhythmtree.info for full line-up and online-ticket sales.