The popular grills & guitars evenings are returning for a summer of fantastic live music every Friday night throughout July and August. With some of the best local talent performing and delicious food available straight from the barbecue, these evenings are the best way to start your weekend. Read below to see the line-up of musicians coming to the Maltings this season.

Fri 01 July: Cardboard Carousel 

First to take to the stage is country-folk duo Cardboard Carousel. Comprising of Richard and Calliopi Dawson, their unique take on the contemporary/folk scene includes haunting melodies and smooth harmonies, influenced by a wide variety of genres. The last few years have been spent playing extensively around South East England, releasing an EP and full-length album and touring South Africa early this year. Their passion for music and storytelling makes their live sets a captivating and emotional listen.

Fri 08 July: Grizzly & the Grasshoppers

Foot-tapping, head-nodding, bluesy roots groove band Grizzly & the Grasshoppers have built a loyal following across the south of England due to their energy and original playing style. In a short time, the band have showcased their sound alongside the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, Toploader and 10cc, and have played scores of festivals of the last two summers. Check out their YouTube channel for some of their fantastic covers, including No Diggity, and more original material.

Fri 15 July: The Espadrilles

Two Englishmen, a Scotsman and a Welshman decided to form a band based around their shared love of live music, and comfortable footwear. Playing summery, upbeat, folky-acoustic rock, The Espadrilles specialise in contemporary covers with a kazoo-kulele twist, never before attempted (to their knowledge). With a modern feel and fresh harmonies, what will The Espadrilles have in store for a balmy July evening?

Fri 22 July: Betsa Collins

Eighteen-year-old Betsa Collins’ song Missing You was played on BBC Introducing and went onto be named ‘Track of the Day’  as well as ‘The Best of BBC Introducing’ on the ‘The Mark Forrest Show’ and ‘Song of the South’. Betsa is part of the ‘Famous in Farnham’ group of artists and regularly performs locally across the county. Her brand new video is a stunning visual feast for the eyes featuring her atmospheric song ‘The Pretender’, as seen above.

Fri 29 July: Little Iris

The last weekend of July welcomes local duo Little Iris to the stage. Little Iris is the music of sisters Rachel and Helen Palmer. Both married to two lovely ginger boys, the sisters send them off to the pub & stay in writing music. They are joined by guitarist Bryan Robinson and Saxophonist Pete Effamy for their performance.

Fri 12 August: Days Are Done

After going down a storm as the support for Sound of the Sirens at the Maltings in May, Days Are Done return with their folky-americana songs to get your feet stomping. Helming from Kingston-upon-Thames, duo Emmy and Adam released an EP of two halves ‘Live at Hands Coffee’ in January and March of this year which is available to listen to via SoundCloud. We look forward to welcoming them back to the Maltings this August.

Fri 19 August: Emilie Cheshire

Describing her music as a mixture of folk, blues and nineties nostaglia, Emilie’s knowledge and passion for music began as a small child, with a love for classics for the likes of the Eagles, Queen, Mamma Cass and Fleetwood Mac. Since then, this passion and knowledge has grown as she has expanded her musical character and style. This mellow, upbeat and tuneful set is sure to get your foot tapping.

Admission for these events are free, but a ticket is required. BBQ and ticket is £8. Acts for the 05 and 26 August performances will be announced shortly. 

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