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.

Playing at Woking Party in the Park 2015

Through my involvement with the Phoenix Cultural Centre in Woking, I was given the opportunity to do some busking in Woking Park during the annual Party in the Park event.

Along with other musicians I played at two different locations within the park, the best being on the way towards the leisure centre, by the duck pond.

Woking crowds aren’t as used to live music as they would be in Guildford, but it was great to see a positive reaction fro people walking past.

Here are a couple of videos from the day.

Release at Vic’s Buskers Guildford – June 2015

On June 2nd 2015 I played some songs at Vic’s Buskers Open Mic night at the Rowbarge in Guildford.

These nights are organised by Vic Cracknell – a guitarist, pianist and songwriter from Surrey. He organises a number of open mic nights at pubs in the Surrey/Hampshire borders area. The Rowbarge in Guildford is a regular event of his and takes place on the first Tuesday of every month.

I videoed one of my songs – this one is Release.