These are the bands and musicians who performed at our 2008 festival. Our 2010 acts are listed on the 2010 bands page.

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are eight great musicians and singers dedicated to the life and music of the late, great Bob Marley. Expect to hear the very best of Marley's timeless classics, played by musicians who have worked with reggae greats such as Desmond Dekker and Apache Indian.

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Groove Cartel

played for us on Saturday last year, but unless you got there early you will have missed hearing their smooth soul/funk sound (and their occasional rock-outs). We thought they would be just the band to start our Friday night session off with a bang.

The Dead Rabbits

Dead Rabbits

the UK's finest Pogues tribute band headlined last years festival with a lineup including Andrew Ranken and Spider Stacy - both members of the original Pogues. This year they are opening up our Saturday lineup so that they can relax and enjoy the rest of the day afterwards.

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Richard Hall Band

Richard Hall is a familiar face at the Glass Onion and at Muddy Promotions events, and is also known for being the voice behind Voodoo. We are delighted he and his band are taking time off from finishing their album to appear at this years Randal Rootz festival.



Angry Man opened last years festival at our Brewery Tap gig last year (and so were the first ever band to play at Randall Rootz!). Now with two new members and rebranded as angryman, and perhaps a harder sound, they were recently voted Hereward FM's first ever band of the month. In a change to our original bill they have been added to our afternoon Saturday lineup.

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Sam Beer

Follow the links to Sam's web site to find out more about this critically acclaimed London based acoustic/folk singer, who has been compared to Nick Drake, and Ray LaMontagne.

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Tres Cojones

are a Peterbrough based three piece flamenco/jazz group with a wide range of influences, who promise to dazzle us with guitar work that combines awe-inspiring speed and impressive melodic improvisation.

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No, not the world famous annual Whittlesey excuse for a pub crawl folk festival, but, according to their website, an Alternative/Pop Punk/Fok band from Ely, with a signature song "Russia" that is not to be missed.

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Derrin Nauendorf

has played in Charters many times, but first played in Peterborough on one of Mark Randall's folk/jazz nights at the Park. In one of Mark's more unusual promotions Derrin also played at Westgate Church a few years ago. But with over a thousand gigs under his guitar strap Derrin must have found time to play elsewhere a few times, and has also recently released an album "The Rattling Wheel" which has won high praise from Radio 2's Bob Harris.

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are a 10 piece ska/reggae band (we couldn't find a picture that fitted them all in!) who have been performing since 1994. They played at the "Thorpe Hall Presents" CD launch at Radius in February 2008, and we liked them so much we though that we would get them back to play our final "Outside" slot on Saturday. Don't stand to close to their horn section!

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The Psych-O-Bombs

are a local 5 piece band into "60's garage psych" and with a psychedelic MySpace page. They will be our first indoor band at Charters on Saturday night, and their explosive sound should keep the dance floor full so that the queue at the bar doesn't get too long.

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The Houndogs

are an exciting 3 piece rock 'n' roll / Rockabilly band with a strong local and regional following. Featuring the world's second most famous trio of musical Wilson brothers, the band plays a mix of 50's classics, and modern tracks that recapture the freshness of early Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, et al.

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Lisa Ambrose

This 18 year old Bungay High School pupil only began performing in public in January 2008, but has already attracted a lot of attention. She has an amazing voice, and we expect her to wow our Sunday audience.

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Matthew Zilch

Follow the links to Matt's web site to find out more about this Stamford based musician, who promises to play us an energetic guitar solo set. Matt has previously sessioned for Busted's Matt Willis!

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who is almost certainly the only artist here whose music has featured on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs (chosen by Tony Blair no less) has a long association with Peterborough, though he is now Cambridge based. One of his best known songs "Saxon Street" is actually about Saxon Road in Peterborough, where he grew up.