Saffron Walden Blues & Rock Weekender preview: Introducing...Mortal Tides

PUBLISHED: 17:20 05 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:29 05 September 2014

From left, Jed Bevington, 16, George Brigmal, 17, and Noah Bevington, 17.

From left, Jed Bevington, 16, George Brigmal, 17, and Noah Bevington, 17.

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Carrying on the family affair, brothers Noah and Jed Bevington make up half of Mortal Tides, who play at the Blues & Rock Weekender on Saturday night.

The Blues & Rock Weekender - main event

The Blues Brothers Rhythm & Blues Revue Band, ­regulars at Saffron Walden Carnival for the past 26 years, are to entertain hundreds of people this weekend.

Their appearance on Saturday, at Saffron Walden Cricket Club, is part of a two-day event to raise money for the cricket club’s youth academy and the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund.

Kicking off the double-header on the Friday night will be headliners Remus Down Boulevard, featuring former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, Dave Edwards, of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Martin ‘Magic’ Johnson, of Guthrie Govan and The Sweet, and Lol D’ell, of Southside Blues Band and Dirty Lions.

Dennis, who now lives in Saffron Walden, said: “We’ll play a mixture of stuff, from RDB original material to Story covers and a bit of Iron Maiden. The music will range from heavy metal to Eric Clapton.

“A number of us cancelled gigs to play at this concert, because it’s for a great cause, and we hope people will come out and support it.”

Tickets, £10 for Friday night and £20 for Saturday night, are available from the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, either in person or by calling 01799 524002, and Wayletts of Thaxted.

Who are they?

Brothers Noah and Jed Bevington, from Great Chesterford, 17 and 16 respectively, make up half of the band along with George Brigmal, 17, on drums and Fergus Quill, 18, on double bass.

Noah is the lead singer and guitarist and Jed on backing vocals, keyboard and the violinist. All are current or former students of Saffron Walden County High.

How is the harmony in the group having two brothers?

Jed: “It’s got a lot better. We used to have quite a few disagreements.”

Noah: “There were many arguments, almost every time we practised together.”

George: “I was the arbiter for them!”

Which musicians have influenced the band?

Noah: “Jed and I grew up listening to a lot of older folk stuff, music by Neil Young and Bob Dylan mainly.”

George: “There are a few modern bands and acts that have influenced us, too, such as Dry The River and Ben Howard. We’ve merged the various influences into our own sound.”

Has the band recorded any music?

Noah: “We have just recorded an EP called A Break of Blue which we did in Ananda Studios just outside Cambridge. Motorhead recorded there and had been in the studio before us. It was a really amazing experience. We had to record four songs in two days, and Fergus had only joined the band the week before so he had to learn the songs at a studio level in less than a week. It was really hectic but we managed it.”

How many songs have you written as a band?

Noah: “Probably about 25 that we have actually learned and can play in full. I’ve been writing since I was 13 – some of it is pretty dire but I like to write the lyrics first and then we’ll jam, trying this and that to see if we can make ­something out of them.”

What are Mortal Tides’ biggest achievements so far?

Noah: “We’ve played at lots of gigs, including Homegrown Festival, and have done two live radio sessions.”

George: “They were the scariest things ever because if you mess up on live radio you can’t go back.”

Looking ahead to the weekend

Noah: “We love doing gigs so we can’t wait. It’s for a good cause as well. We’re being supported in terms of getting the chance to play so it feels good to support the two charities in return.”

Where can people buy the new EP?

Noah: “It’s available to download on iTunes from October 26.

“We have a Facebook page facebook.com/mortaltides and Twitter account @mortaltides where people can keep up-to-date with what we’re doing. Some of our songs can also be downloaded from SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/mortaltides.”

Mortal Tides will be taking to the stage at 8.10pm on Saturday evening. To get your tickets visit Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, call 01799 524002, or pop into Wayletts of Thaxted. Tickets are also available online from the-trumpet.co.uk.

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