Therapy? (Acoustic) Plus Support

Since first emerging from Northern Ireland at the start of the 90s and almost single-handedly coining the phrase 'alternative rock', Therapy? have blazed a unique trail across the UK. Support slots with Teenage Fanclub, Hole and Babes In Toyland saw the band's reputation burgeoning through 1991, and their first Top 40 album "Nurse" was quickly followed by the Mercury Prize nominated, Kerrang! Award winning "Troublegum" album, one of a string of chart albums and EPs. Through many stylistic detours and line-up changes the band's devoted core following have kept them a major live draw, and their acoustic shows, developed in recent years, give an army of fans, plus newer listeners, a chance to rediscover the songs in smaller venues, with the band's passion and uncompromising stance undimmed.




Tom Robinson & Band

Into the 1977 maelstrom of UK punk and new wave strode Tom Robinson with his album "Power In The Darkness", a bag of great songs and a huge socio-political conscience. Most resonant of all was "Glad To Be Gay" the bold, ground shifting anthem, which sent shock waves around the inherently sexist and judgemental rock 'n' roll landscape of the time. Massive hits like "2 4 6 8 Motorway", "Martin" and "War Baby" followed as Tom extended his musical palette, collaborating in subsequent years with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of his arrival on the scene, Robinson - now a revered presenter of new music on BBC 6 Music - is performing the whole of the "Power In The Darkness" album, still resonating with passion and relevance to 2017. A unique celebration of one of UK rock's great careers.

Nantwich Civic Hall, Saturday, October 14th

Doors open 1:30 pm, Tickets £20.00


Carol Ann Duffy DBE

Carol Ann Duffy DBE is Britain's first female poet laureate, appointed in 2009. Born in Glasgow, educated in Stafford, she wrote her first poem at age 11, and after re-locating to Liverpool she met, and was greatly influenced by, Adrian Henri and the Liverpool poets. Her rise to national and international recognition accelerated in the 80's and was cemented by acclaimed collections such as "Standing Female Nude" and "The World's Wife". She received a Somerset Maugham Award in 1987, The Lannan Literary Award in 1995 and the EM Forster Award in 2000. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender and violence in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools.

Nantwich Players Theatre, Saturday, October 14th

Doors Open 2:00 pm, Tickets £17.50


Thea Gilmore Plus Support

With "The Counterweight", her first album of original material in four years, receiving rave reviews, Thea is back for her ever-anticipated homecoming gig. The new album has already been described as Thea's reaction to the turbulent events of 2016 and as a return to the spirit of her breakthrough album "Avalanche". Whether hurling lyrical scepticism at the political landscape, crooning a tender love song or throwing a curveball with one of her unlikely cover versions, Thea's exquisite voice never fails to beguile. The Nantwich resident and Words & Music co-organiser promises to grace the 10th festival with a show that will include a few surprises.

Nantwich Civic Hall, Saturday, October 14th

Doors open 7:30 pm, £17.50


Seth Lakeman Plus Support


The ground-breaking, multi award-winning folk superstar finally makes it to Words & Music to perform a special concert in the beautiful St Mary's Church. Since emerging in the 90s as part of young folk supergroup, The Equation, Seth has powered ahead in his solo career with his album "Kitty Jay"; nominated for the Mercury Prize, his fame consolidated by support tours with Billy Bragg and The Levellers, and his albums consistently charting. A virtuoso on fiddle, tenor guitar and viola, and a masterly story teller in song, Seth will bring the myths and legends inherent to his music into a special intimate performance for Nantwich.

Nantwich Civic Hall, Thursday, October 19th

Doors open 7:30 pm, Tickets £20.00


Roger McGough OBE

England's most famous living poet and the presenter of BBC Radio 4's "Poetry Please", Roger McGough celebrates many milestones this year with the 50th anniversary of "Penguin Modern Poets 10: The Mersey Sound".  Roger also has a significant birthday in November when his "New and Selected Poems" is published. The beat goes on with a selection of vintage, tough and surprising poems.

Please note: This is a partially seated performance. Any seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Wednesday, October 11th

Doors Open 7:00 pm, Tickets £17.50


Little Comets Plus Support

Hailing from Jarrow, Little Comets are a brilliant indie rock trio who broke into the Top 40 in 2015 with their 3rd album "Hope Is Just A State Of Mind". Their infectiously breezy songs, often with anthemic choruses, have drawn comparisons to The 1975 and Vampire Weekend, but their style is truthfully all their own and keynote tracks such as "Jennifer" and "Dancing Song" have received extensive BBC Radio 1 airplay. Little Comets have always been famed for gigging in unlikely places – in their early pre-record contract days they played spontaneously in lecture halls, on buses and trams, and only last year they became the first band to complete a gig around the Great North Run. We're delighted they've chosen to play Words & Music, and their brand of "kitchen sink indie" (their words!) is set to give the festival a huge, inspiring and energetic start.

The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Monday, October 9th

Doors  Open 7:30 pm, Tickets £15.00


Beth Rowley Plus Support

Bristol based Beth Rowley is one of the great UK singers to emerge in the 21st century. With influences ranging from gospel and blues to contemporary pop, Beth first charted in 2008 when her album "Little Dreamer" hit the Top 10. She is now a regular vocalist of choice for Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n' Blues Orchestra and has shared stages with Adele, Katie Melua and Jamie Cullen. She has a new album ready for September 2017 and we are privileged to welcome her mellow tones and wonderful backing musicians to the festival.

The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Sunday, October 15th

Doors open 2:00 pm, Tickets £13.50


Mark Radcliffe's Galleon Blast

From the twin harbour cities of Chester and Knutsford come the Middle England Buccaneers of Galleon Blast. Featuring banjo, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, whistle, guitar, bass and drums, these sea dogs from round the Cheshire Horn play rollicking original songs, nautically-flavoured covers and grog-infused traditional tunes. With BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music’s Cap’n Mark Radcliffe at the helm, Mistress Fluff, Christy, Rusty, Bilbo, Charlie and Wools form a formidable crew you’ll be only too happy to welcome alongside as they’re only pretending to be pirates (they're all quite nice actually).

The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Sunday, October 15th

Doors open 7:30 pm, Tickets £12.00


Nigel Stonier

Collaborator/producer to artists including Thea Gilmore, The Waterboys, Robert Plant and Martha Wainwright, Nigel Stonier’s stock as a solo artist rose hugely when his 2014 hit “I Hope I Always” was described as a song of the year by BBC Radio 2. His new album “Love And Work” has received further national airplay and a rave review in Mojo magazine. He plays a solo set to lead the festival’s 10th anniversary celebrations along with some special guests.

The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Thursday, October 12th

Doors open 8:45 pm, Tickets £10.00

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