Sunday 3rd September
Main Stage – Kinecroft
Doris Brendel is one of the most accomplished and exciting live singers on the scene. Apart from first-class musicianship, she puts on incredibly visual shows, with outlandish steam-punk costumes and laser gloves.
A singer of rare talent and pedigree, her latest band album, Mass Hysteria, was released on Sky-rocket in September 2020. The daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour, who were signed to Sony when they released their now revered, classic album The Fire Sermon in 1991.
Various projects followed: a collection of recordings with The Violet Hour producer Pete Brown; an acoustic project featuring a collection of female singers including Sam Brown; a rock project called Holy Cow funded by Polygram; a song writing project with producer Dave Beeson; and even some dance records signed by Virgin and London Records respectively. Alongside these projects came a number of sessions and show band engagements.
In 2010 Doris made time for a dedicated album project, which resulted in the exceptional The Last Adventure. This coincided with the re-release of the Fire Sermon along with her back catalogue, and was closely followed by the highly acclaimed Not Utopia released in 2012, the first project with multi‑instrumentalist and producer Lee Dunham, followed by Upside Down World in 2015 and Eclectica in 2018.
Doris and Lee are currently recording their fifth studio album together Pigs Might Fly, but Doris has an incredible seventeen albums to her name. She has worked with some notable people over the years, including Alvin Lee, Gary Moore, Sam Brown, Joe Brown and Herbie Flowers, and has toured extensively with Marillion as well as Nils Lofgren, John Farnham and Steve Marriott. Recently she has sung BVs on Fish’s acclaimed album Weltschmerz and has toured with him extensively.