Dojo formed in 2014 when punk Hammond Organist for hire, Ben Cormack recruited Robin Porter, winner of the George Murphy Trophy for Jazz Saxophone, and V-Drum World Championship finalist Conor Bailey to produce the critically acclaimed debut EP, Descry, which built the nuanced melodies of jazz and soul on a bedrock of roots reggae and afrobeat.
Dojo’s music is a celebration of the rich heritage of African, European, and American music. Lyrical content featuring up-to-the-minute political and philosophical observations comes from a combined Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Atheist viewpoint. Explorations of joy, despair, human nature, and the reality of living on the breadline in a world city, are underpinned by an overriding theme of harmony and spiritual connection between all living things.
Dojo’s live shows, which showcase the band’s heightened sense of showmanship and remarkable musicianship, have received widespread critical acclaim.
Dojo’s debut album, Gaia, is due for release in Spring 2016.
Staycation Live are happy to announce that the awesome Mike Dennis will be performing at this years festival. Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he refers to as Violinica.
“Violin in hand and a multitude of effects and loop pedals at his feet, he builds up to a string and percussion crescendo before opening his mouth and… wow! This guy doesn’t just spit rhymes, they just cascade out at a speed that is as ferocious as his lyrics.” – Wake The Deaf (Ben Gallivan)
Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation.
You won’t have seen an artist like this before.
In 2016, Mike released “Smiles & Cries” on his own label, D-Funk Records. The single, “Stuff” was picked up as Tom Robinsons 6music
Recommends track in March 2016.
2017 will see the release of two EPs. “Junction 19” in May and “Junction 29” in October. Mike is touring the first of these releases in the UK in May.
“That shit you was doing…took me to different dimensions, man” (Vordal Mega of Cannibal Ox)
“How many brains do you have?!”
This year we’ve got more going on outside of the park than ever! Check out the following to see what’s on, and where, from Friday night through to Sunday.
Opening Party – The Red Lion
8pm – Late
Our opening party sees the Emanuele Fizzotti Blues Trio doing their best to get everyone on the opening night jumping. We don’t think it will take too much!
The Red Lion
8pm – Late
Gentleman Tim and The Contenders band are deeply rooted in early 50’s style Swing, West Coast and Chicago Blues and deliver high energy authentic Rhythm & Blues.
8pm – Late
One of our favourite pubs will have some of our favourite musicians running an open mic/jam session, so get down early to find yourself a spot and a slot!
8pm – 2:30am
Kane FM return to the Lounge with some of the DJs that smashed the place a couple of years ago. They’ll be keeping the place jumping until the early hours.
8pm – 1:30am
The evening’s split at Staycation Live newcomer, Corretto. From 8pm we have some local folk rock from Coyote, and then the Trust No One boys will be playing funk, soul and house until late.
Nick and Rob, who first played in bands together when they were still at school, formed The Bluescasters in 2014 over forty years later to share their desire to play the blues once again!
Jessebelle’s Jewels return to the Wharf for something cheeky! You can enjoy one of the venue’s amazing currys while feasting your eyes and your ears on some amazing cabaret and Burlesque.
Reggae All Dayer and Closing Party – The Red Lion
One of our favourite selectors and his crew will be keeping the bass pumping and the vibes blessed at the Red Lion on Sunday. Tufty G and the Late Night Blues Show will be keeping it irie and close off the festival with the help of our friends, Soundation!