Motor Show Music Festival

By popular demand ‘The Noel McCalla / Derek Nash Band’ returns, presenting ‘Some Kinda Wonderful’, plus support from ‘Don’t Ask’, ‘The Victorious River Band’, and of course, our ‘Edenbridge Town Band with the Forge Singers’ who will perform on the Paul Dashwood stage as a tribute to Paul Dashwood, ‘Don’t Ask’ guitarist, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The Noel McCalla / Derek Nash Band presents
Some Kinda Wonderful

The Noel McCalla / Derek Nash Band are appearing at the Edenbridge Motor Show and Music Festival

Celebrating the genius of Stevie Wonder throughout his entire career, the mesmeric vocalist, Noel McCalla, and award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash, have put together a band of top musicians to play a wide-ranging back-catalogue of classic hits, from 1970’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered through to hits from Talking Book, Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter than July. Playing hit after hit, from the dance floor classics I Wish and Superstition to beautiful arrangements of My Cherie Amour and Overjoyed, the set will also include compositions by Stevie that others have had massive hits with.

Noel McCalla’s long association with the brilliant Morrisey Mullen Band earned him acclaim as “one of Britain’s best Soul Singers” (Blues and Soul Magazine) and, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s ‘Earth Band’. He also provided vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album, Smallcreep’s Day, and is often featured with jazz funk band, Mezzoforte.

Derek Nash has played in Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. He has won several British Jazz Awards throughout his career fronting Sax Appeal, his Acoustic Quartet and the funk band, Protect the Beat. Derek has performed live, on record and on television with Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse and many, many more. At the forefront of the British jazz movement, Derek Nash is “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian).

Don’t Ask

Don’t Ask’s extensive repertoire spans several different styles and genres including Rock, R&B, Blues, Funk with a hint of Jazz.

Formed in 1992, Don’t Ask perform at weddings, corporate functions, awards dinners, private parties and several pubs in the South East. Their varied set list includes songs by artists such as Kings of Leon, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers, Santana, Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Pretenders and Kylie as well as classics by The Beatles and Rolling Stones. The band have 2 CD releases, “Trouble and Strife” and the double CD “Uncovered”.

Don’t Ask comprise of Maxine Wood (Vocals), Martin Harbridge (Rhythm Guitar/BV’s), Rob Groves (Lead Guitar/BV’s), Steve Barnes (Keyboards/BV’s), Jez Groves (Bass/BV’s) and Charlie Marriott (Drums/Percussion).

We miss our dear friend Paul, pictured here at his last gig playing his heart out, how he managed it we do not know, we are privileged to play on the stage dedicated to his memory.

The Victorious River Band

The Victorious River Band (VRB) are first and foremost great friends from the Edenbridge area who come together to form a unique 8 piece Covers band. We cover songs that everybody loves from the 60s to the 00ies! Whether making a party rock or playing a more chilled set (or both!), we are just happy to be playing together and entertaining people.

We have a terrific local lineup with Pedro Moore on vocals and guitar, Jane Werry on vocals, trumpet and sax, Marc Fraser on drums, David Sayell on lead Guitar, Stevie Deans on lead and rhythm guitar, and Si Hurst on bass. With the unusual addition of a banjo player (Ben Brownless), and violinist (Sara Young), we are proud to offer something that is a little bit different!

In the last year we have been delighted to support the Edenbridge Applefest and Edenbridge Christmas lights ‘switch on’, and to put on a charity night at the Bridges Centre to support Edenbridge’s Parish nurse. We have also played for weddings, private parties, fairs, dinner dances, pub gigs and other charity events, and we enjoyed a promotional spot on Meridian Radio in January.

We work primarily in the Eden Valley but are happy to travel across Kent and beyond. We have a core of fab loyal fans who make our public gigs rock, and we hope to present a high quality, fun and varied set, catering for a wide range of musical tastes.

Check out our Facebook page VictoriousRiverBand to hear a demo disc of our songs or scroll down to hear full versions. For bookings contact us via mobile 07769 351589 or email

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Edenbridge Town Band with the Forge Singers

Edenbridge Town Band Forge Singers Amateur Dramatics Appearing With Edenbridge Town Band

Edenbridge Town Band are a community brass band, first documented when the first member of the Wallis family became conductor in 1866. They currently have around 28 members of amateur musicians ranging from teenagers to retirees. They perform at many events throughout the year including local fetes, flower shows, carols, concerts and parades including Remembrance Sunday and the annual Edenbridge Bonfire Society’s procession. Christmas sees the band out in the streets again playing carols.

The Forge Singers were formed over 50 years ago by a small group to sing Christmas carols, calling on Winston Churchill and his family, by invitation, at Chartwell on Christmas Day 1955 and regularly entertaining Lord Astor and his guests at Hever Castle. They rehearsed at Forge Cottage in the High Street, Edenbridge – hence their name.

Their first public performance was a concert in aid of the N.S.P.C.C. on the 2nd October 1954, and the first musical show, ‘Me and My Girl’, followed two years later. They continue to entertain Edenbridge audiences with musical comedies, revues and pantomimes.