mjf @ First Street: Wizards of Twiddly and Yemi Bolatiwa

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

First Street, Main Stage

5pm – 5.30pm & 6.30pm – 7.15pm / Wizards of Twiddly
8.30pm – 9.45pm / Yemi Bolatiwa

Tickets: FREE entry to all events

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Wizards of Twiddly

Andy Frizell vocals, bass guitar, alto sax, trombone / Martin Smith trumpet, flugelhorn, strangehorn / Simon James vocals, tenor sax, flute / Carl Bowry guitar & backing vocals / Andy Delamere drums & backing vocals  

Celebrating their 35th year, Wizards of Twiddly blast open mjf2023 with their trademark combination of hi-energy eccentricity and virtuosity – and still know how to pack a punch. 

Formed in Liverpool 1988, the Wizards of Twiddly stuck out like a sore thumb! Creating wildly ambitious music from a vast and colourful palette with large chunks of humour and theatricality. On their own Fracture for Pleasure label they produced two idiosyncratic albums independent legs (1992) and man made self (1994). Largely ignored by the mainstream music press (‘Scouse Gets’ NME 1993) they managed to attract a collection of committed supporters including Cardiacs’ Tim Smith, Radio One’s Mark and Lard and the late, great Vivian Stanshall. 

In 1994 the Wizards of Twiddly embarked on a year-long collaboration with the very legendary Kevin Ayers. In 2000 Market Square records released the live Turn the Lights Down – Live in London 1995 with the band accompanying Kevin on some of his tunes. 

Yemi Bolatiwa

Yemi Bolatiwa voice / James Vezer guitar / Oliver Lamb keyboards / Bradley Ingham bass guitar / Miles Pillinger drums / TBC violins / Sophia Dignam viola, arrangements / TBC cello 

Yemi Bolatiwa is a multi-faceted vocal artist who has worked on numerous releases with electronic music labels across the UK & EU. As a live act she writes and performs tracks with RnB melodies, deep soulful vox over Hip-Hop, DnB & Garage inspired grooves and she’s taken her original live shows across the country and even across the EU.

Date: friday 19 may

Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: Free

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