GREAT live music is always one of the biggest attractions at the Garlic Festival — and this year is no exception.
Revellers will be dancing through the decades when a number of top acts from yesteryear take to the main stage.
Jim Diamond, the Scottish-born singer-songwriter, is headlining on Saturday. He is best loved for I Won’t Let You Down (1982), I Should Have Known Better (1984) and Hi Ho Silver (1986).
Born in Glasgow’s East End, Jim joined his first band at 14. Moving to London, he came to the attention of the godfather of British blues, Alexis Korner, who invited Jim to work with him.
Jim worked in Los Angeles with legendary producer Eddie Kramer, returning to London to form PhD with Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips. The first single from PhD The Album, I Won’t Let You Down, went on to sell millions.
I Should Have Known Better and Hi Ho Silver were from solo albums after PhD went their separate ways.
In 2011, Jim released a soul covers project, City of Soul, featuring the cream of Scottish musicians, with proceeds benefiting a children’s charity.
Sunday’s headliner is Kiki Dee, one of the great British singers of all time.
Last year, the Bradford-born singer celebrated an astonishing 50 years in music. She has released 40 singles, three EPs and 12 albums.
Everyone remembers Kiki Dee for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, the 1976 world-wide smash hit with Elton John.
Her latest single, Sidesteppin’ With A Soul Man, was released in October last year.
Kiki Dee (born Pauline Matthews) began her incredible musical journey singing with local dance bands in Bradford, before she was spotted by a record company scout.
Her varied career has included performing at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium.
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Judie Tzuke, Saturday’s supporting act, is one of the UK’s best and most unique singer-songwriters, known for her 1979 hit, Stay With Me Till Dawn.
Sunday’s supporting act is Vanity Fare, with Eddie Wheeler, Mark Ellen and Bernie Hagley, whose vocal harmony style produced a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s. Their stage show reflects their 42-year history, featuring their own hits, plus their takes from bands who have influenced them.
Also playing on both Saturday and Sunday are Lucid, Starmen, Loser Token and Graham Fenton.
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