On Sunday 28th August, Maui Waui is proud to present a celebration of Americana Music with some of the best Bluegrass, Country, American Folk and Blues artists and bands, mostly on the Jeremiah Marques Stage.


Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra    (Main Stage)                                                               

This Newcastle band play their own ‘Northern’ version of western swing, country blues and ragtime hokum. They are so well loved and well-known in the British Americana scene, having already played at festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Cambridge Folk Festival and have recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting The Dead South.


Rob draws on many musical influences such as Bob Wills, George Jones and Tom Waits and is prolific at songwriting with four albums “Money Isn’t Everything”, 2014’s “Talk About The Weather”, 2016’s “Something Blue” and the brand new “Soul Of My City”.

I have been listening to this wonderful band for many years and am delighted to have them play at our Americana Day, performing on the main stage.


Eddy Smith & the 507   (Flavour Parlour and Jeremiah Marques Stage) 

Captivating audiences with his unique, husky voice and tasteful piano accompaniment, Eddy Smith has been making his mark on the UK’s growing Americana scene. Widely recognised as one of the major male vocalists on the Country and Blues circuit, his soulful melodies and infectious song-writing has drawn comparisons to the likes of Joe Cocker, JJ Grey and Marcus King to name a few. 
Backed by his long-time friends, they form the multinational five-piece, Eddy Smith & The 507. Their music, engulfed by rich vocal harmonies and gospel-like organ is reminiscent of a sound from way before their time. With an irresistible blend of various Americana styles, such as Blues, Folk, Country and Rock, the quintet take a leaf from the books of Nathaniel Rateliff, The Rolling Stones, Eagles and countless other pioneers of their Genres. 


Fat 'n' Furious                                                                 

Fat ‘n’ Furious is a 1950’s rockabilly, blues, country, psychobilly (pie &) mashup from Norfolk. Expect high-energy musical madness and a rockin’ good time!

Regulars at Maui, we are delighted they will be headlining the evening on the Americana Stage so get your dancing shoes ready for some F and F Fun!



Kate Ellis Trio

Kate’s southern country-folk roots come from her father who once played guitar with Hank Williams on the famous Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis and Johnny Cash started out. There is a timeless quality to her sound, reflecting a love of classic singer/songwriters, from Gram Parsons and Gillian Welch to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leonard Cohen and Nanci Griffith. A journalist for the Observer described "hauntingly beautiful songs," while Talk Radio said: "Hits you straight in the heart. One of those artists that on first listen, you just know you’re going to love." 

"Wryly reflective, sweetly melodic, touchingly compassionate, warm-hearted."  MAVERICK ★★★★

"Delicate, melodic music with the ring of truth to her words - and that most elusive quality, soul. Highly recommended." R2 MAGAZINE ★★★★

"Quite simply a superb debut album and one that announces the arrival of a genuine talent."  AMERICANA UK 8/10


Forty Elephant Gang

Forty Elephant Gang are a rousing, engaging, and intensely innovative three-piece from East London who blend Folk, Americana and American Blues, with truly classic songwriting. The band features Andrew White, Sean Mannion and James Bachmann. Since their formation they’ve taken their unique sound to large and varied audiences throughout London and the UK. The band received support from Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 show as well as BBC Essex and independent stations such as Resonance FM.


"Forty Elephant Gang’s 'Next Time Round' is an album brimming with great tracks"

Bob Fish, FolkRadio

“Forty Elephant Gang are the next big thing” Maverick Magazine


The Journeymen

The Journeymen deliver tightly-knit traditional blues with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. 


Dave Thomas fronts the band on guitar and vocals, supported by Gareth Tucker on harmonica, Mark Howes on guitar, Malcolm Jackson on bass and Terry Anderson on drums.


The Bapchilds

The Bapchilds play Honky Tonk, the music played for dancing in Honky Tonk joints. The music is 'feel good' and gets inspiration from Classic Country stars like Hank Williams or Western Swing Stars like Bob Wills . This is the music Elvis Presley grew up listening to. They are a 4 piece from Sheffield with fiery fiddle, luscious lap steel, dynamic double bass and gorgeous guitar, topped with barn-storming backing vocals behind the voice of an angel.


They have recently been discovered by Andy Kershaw and appeared live on his podcast 'Andy Kershaw Plays Some Bloody Good Records' - check it out!


The HogRanch from the west country play a range of Bluegrass and Americana with self penned numbers forming a significant part of what they are about.


They have been together for about 10 years and have performed at most of the UK’s Bluegrass festivals in their time. The band visited the USA together where they got to play in the Rockygrass band competition.


They currently have a CD called ‘Riden Hard and Put Away Wet’ containing mostly original material written by the band who consist of:

Keith Howard – Guitar, Vocals, song writing, Sean Hogan – Banjo, vocals, guitar, Bob ‘chilli’ Pepper – Mandolin, Vocals, song writing and Deb Howard – Double bass, vocals.


Owl and Wolves

A fabulous upbeat young band from Suffolk who play old school blues, New Orleans style jazz, bluegrass and swing with an infectious beat and toe-tapping rhythms.


Don’t expect to sit still for long when you come and watch Owl and Wolves, these guys really know how to have fun and entertain!

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