Wynterfest 2022 Match Report

As you may have seen from my previous post, I was invited to play a half hour set at Wynterfest 2022.

The event happened on 12th February 2022 at the Star Inn in Guildford, Surrey. It was a great evening and the first time I’d been to that venue.

This post briefly covers what happened on the evening.

My set

I was on first at about 7:30pm, so it was a quick soundcheck with the sound engineer Will and then I was onstage.

Graham Armfield at Wynterfest 2022 in Guildford.
Graham Armfield at Wynterfest 2022 in Guildford.

These days I’m mostly playing at open mic nights where you get to play 2 or 3 songs, so it was a real pleasure to be able to play a fuller set. After some thought on the setlist, these are the songs that I did:

  1. Here By My Side
  2. Take Your Chance
  3. I Feel Alive
  4. Hourglass
  5. Finding Out
  6. How Did You Know?
  7. Release
  8. Since You’ve Been In My Life

As far as I know the songs went down well – there was certainly some applause and cheers and the end of each song. The sound onstage was great, and it apparently sounded good out front as well. So thanks to Will for doing a good job there.

I videoed my set and some of the songs will be uploaded to my YouTube channel. The first, a new song called I Feel Alive is here.

True Deceivers


True Deceivers were on second. There were three of them playing a variety of acoustic instruments – guitars, mandolins, violins. Their music was lively with some folk strands and also touching on Americana.

I really enjoyed their set and will be checking out their albums.

True Deceivers website.


Bemis onstage at Wynterfest 2022 in Guildford.
Bemis onstage at Wynterfest 2022 in Guildford.

Normally Bemis are a 4 or 5 piece, but at Wynterfest it was just Gareth and Louis. They brought us a sparser acoustic set – which was some originals and some covers.

I really enjoyed their energy.

Bemis on Facebook.

Laissez Faire

Last on were Laissez Faire.

Sadly I wasn’t able to stay for their set, but speaking to friends afterwards I heard they went down very well.

I believe they are playing at Shynefest in the summer, so I will look forward to seeing them then.

Did you go?

If you went to Wynterfest as well, what did you think? Let me know in the comments section below.

I’m Playing at Wynterfest 2022

Some of you may have heard about a summer festival called Shynefest. It’s been running for a few years now, and although it’s been held at a number of different venues, it’s always in the south-west London/Surrey area. It’s a great festival, and I recommend it.

Well now they’re holding another one in winter months, and it’s called Wynterfest. And once again they’ve invited me to play a set – which of course I’m looking forward to doing.

Wynterfest 2022 details

This year’s Wynterfest will be held at The Star Inn, in Guildford in Surrey on Saturday 12th February 2022.

The address of the pub is: 2 Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3TY, and if you need to phone the pub, dial 01483 532887.

Wynterfest 2022 will be starting at 7pm, and admission is just £5 plus a booking fee. You can book your tickets via Eventbrite here – Wynterfest 2022 at Eventbrite

Wynterfest 2022 finishes at 1am.

Who is playing?

Well as you can probably tell from the title of this blog post, I’m playing! I’ll be on first followed by a great selection of other bands.

Currently the full line up is as follows:

  • Graham Armfield
  • Laissez Faire
  • True Deceivers
  • Bemis

Here’s the most recent promo leaflet.

Promotional flyer for Wynterfest 2022

About the pub

The Star Inn is a very old pub (16th century apparently), right in the centre of Guildford just off the High Street.

It has been a music venue for many, many years, and was apparently where punk band The Stranglers played their first gig. The Back Room is where all the music happens.

Star Inn, Guildford
The Star Inn, Guildford

If you’re coming to Guildford, there are plenty of car parks in and around the centre.

What are you waiting for?

So don’t forget to get your ticket, and I will see you there!

Wynterfest 2022 at Eventbrite



Wynterfest 2022 logo


Return to Open Mic Nights

As you probably know, due to the Covid pandemic all forms of live music have taken a real hit since March 2020. And attending open mic nights in the Woking and Guildford area was one of my favourite activities. I used to try and go a couple of times each month.

Music reappearing

Rowbarge pub signFortunately things started to relax again in the autumn of 2021, and some venues started putting on open mic evenings again. One that did was the Rowbarge pub by the River Wey just north of Guildford – a regular favourite of mine before the lockdowns.

Perhaps conscious of the pandemic conditions, the open mic evenings never seem to be as crowded as they sometimes were in the past. But it’s great to be able to get back out there and play some of my songs again – including some new ones. And even if there aren’t as many people, there’s a good vibe from those that are there.

Graham Armfield playing at The Rowbarge, GuildfordSo I attended 4 or 5 open mic evenings during the autumn in 2021, and so far I’ve been to one at The Rowbarge in January 2022. I’ll be aiming to keep going regularly from now on. It’s so good to be meeting up with musician friends again and hear what they’ve been up to.

Those who keep the open mic nights running

It’s good to support the people who do run the evenings at the Rowbarge, and other places. I particularly want to mention Vic Cracknell, and also Lauren Crystal Mason and Chris Hardy who organise the evenings at the Rowbarge in Guildford. They provide great opportunities for anyone to get out there and hear some live music, and to make some music too if they want.

Vic Cracknell at The Rowbarge
Vic Cracknell at The Rowbarge
Lauren Crystal Mason and Chris Hardy at Rowbarge, Guildford in January 2022
Lauren Crystal Mason and Chris Hardy at Rowbarge, Guildford in January 2022

Fancy an open mic night?

So I urge you all to get out there and attend open mic nights in your area. Let me know in the comments below which ones you go to and what they’re like. Can you recommend them?