Live Music Stage

A wonderful celebration of music with an eclectic lineup spanning eras and genres. Expect a unique blend of blues, rock, pop, reggae, beats, folk and soul.

The schedule may be subject to change.


Bootlegger are four devoted fans of classic rock who came together nine years ago to play music from the great rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s. Bootlegger pay close attention to recreating the feel and sound of classic rock, from AC/DC to Zeppelin, with the occasional more contemporary pieces thrown in.

Bootlegger are based in Oxfordshire and perform at pubs, clubs and festivals in the South of England, including the Ace Café London, Chinnor Bike Dayz, Music in the Park Thame, Haddenham Beer Festival and the Dirty Donkey.

Bootlegger are:

  • John “the keys” – Lead vocals, guitar. Believes in the power of Rock. Once got lost back stage looking for a bargain.
  • Rob “the Stick”- Drums, backing vocals. Believes in big boy’s toys and can load up his gear faster than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.
  • Paul “Fingers” – Bass. Near-expert level at guitars, amps and pedal trivia. Currently saving up all his change to buy a time machine for those authentic 70’s sounds.
  • Stevie “Ray”- Lead guitar awesomeness. Can manoeuvre a van in reverse faster than Jason Bourne on a Parisian side street. Wishes he lived in the 1960’s so he could find a pre-CBS Strat and support Hendrix on tour.


If you would like to hear the sounds of Bootlegger, please contact us.


Emellia is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from the Isle of Wight, bringing a new taste of electronic pop to the new era of the music industry. An honest, relatable approach is driven into the songwriting of Emellia, alongside dreamy, hypnotic waves for her overall produced sound.

Following a successful year in 2019 of launching herself as a solo artist, self producing and releasing two singles alongside her debut music video, collaborating with several artists, an Isle of Wight Festival performance, an Amsterdam tour and playing over 60 gigs at multiple venues over the past two years… Emellia has been planning on further opportunities.

After networking and working in multiple studios, Emellia has now been signed by Oxford label BFS Records, ready for the release of her brand new sound and material for 2022, turning darker and much more mysterious – but still relatable in her lyricism. Join her journey – you won’t want to miss this!



Asphyxia Is a 3-piece band from Oxford, formed in 2022. Its members are Tom (Vocals,Bass), Jonny (Guitar) and Oscar (Drums), who all attend local sixth forms. The band plays a mix of original hard-rock and grunge influenced music.

Megan Lawrence

Bio and details coming soon.

Thame Music Academy

Thame Music Academy is excited to be part of Thame Food Festival 2022! They will be providing a wide array of fantastic musical entertainment from both their tutors and some of their talented students! They will be showcasing some of the best local live music talent in the area which isn’t to be missed!

As well as taking part in a variety of local events the Music Academy provides professional, creative and innovative tuition in a large array of instruments including: Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele, Singing, Bass Guitar, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Drums and Percussion. They are based in the heart of Thame and boast a professional teaching facility including 3 large and well equipped teaching rooms, a waiting area and the usual amenities. Situated in the town centre this vibrant music hub has been providing Thame and the surrounding areas with musical education since 2015!

For more information about the academy and to make a booking please contact TMA via:
Tel: 07743 032292
Facebook: ‘Thame Music Academy’.

Restless Oceans

Restless Oceans is 3-piece acoustic act from Oxfordshire and Bucks, playing upbeat rock/folk-inspired originals.

The group thrives on bringing together their voices, guitars and violin to create a unique blend of catchy riffs and intricate vocal and instrumental harmonies.

The Band With No Name

Popular, good looking, and modern rock covers band. 100% local too (apart from one, maybe two of us).

Covered artists include Kings of Leon, Killers, Black Keys, Foo Fighters – plus some oldies, not that we’re old.

Hugh Anderson

Hugh is a creative and versatile pianist, songwriter and music therapist. He grew up in Nottinghamshire and studied classical piano, before moving to Durham University where he formed his first band inspired by Ben Folds Five and E.S.T. This later morphed into the alt-pop band Towma, an upbeat piano-led trio with original songs and rich harmonies. He has since worked with artists such as Phoebe Katis, Aaron Spiers (RavenEye) and Georgia Van Etten. He completed his training as a music therapist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016 and currently runs the music and art therapy team for the charity Resources for Autism.

He is also available for music therapy lessons through Thame Music Academy.

Hiway 51 - Rockability

Hiway 51 formed in 2012 with a desire to recreate a stripped down ‘country roots’ 1950’s era music.

The line-up comprises upright bass player Ingma Paul, Paul Barker on vocals & guitar, and Phil Carwardine on guitar.

Phil owns Vintage & Modern guitars, and we are very grateful for his help & support of the music stage this weekend.

You can find more about the band here:

The Broadband

The Broadband are:

Merlin Milner – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Johnson Smith – Lead Guitar
Mark Fellowes – Drums
Willie Carson – Bass Guitar, Vocals

Merlin, Bill & Mark have played in bands together since the 1980’s, and Willie joined the band in 2018.

They play a set of original songs of various styles, from funky rock, to pop and dance. If you like a mix of American Rock’n’Roll and white man’s funk, you will enjoy this!

They have been working on their debut album since 1985!

Paul Chapman

Paul is a singer songwriter from Chinnor who plays finger picking style guitar. He has been around the open mic and Festival scene in this area for many years and has played mainly in a duo as well as solo. As well as his own music, Paul takes acoustic style covers and gives them his own twist.

The Time Travellers

The Time Travellers will take you back to a time when music was fun. Steering clear of the norm they will entertain you with renditions from Cash, Presley, Orbison, Everly’s, Beatles, to name but a few. A mix of real rock and roll, rockabilly and country delivered in their own unique acoustic style with vocal harmonies makes them a huge hit wherever they go.

Hemley Hillbillies

Not only can you shop til you drop in our Artisan Food Market – and fill you bags and tummies with delicious food. You can also sit back and listen to the fabulous Hemley Hillbillies as they sing and play. They add a wonderful touch to the market and they’ll be playing all weekend. Drop by and have a listen. Pull up a straw bale and relax.

And if you can pop a few coins into their buckets, you’ll be helping them raise money for Parkinsons too.

Hemley Hillbillies in the artisan food market at thame food festival
Hemley Hillbillies at thame food festival
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Sound & Lighting Equipment provided by Fellowes Productions & Thame Sound & Lighting Hire

We are very pleased to be involved with the Thame Food Festival. We are a local company that provides audio visual equipment & event management.