Surrey-band The True Deceivers will playing twice at next weekend's Guilfest. They are playing the 2nd Stage (The Good Time Guide Stage) at 1.20pm on Saturday, and The Acoustic Stage at 4.30pm on the Sunday. Rupert Lewis will be joining them on fiddle for both sets. Frontman Graham Firth is also compering the open mic on The Acoustic Stage from 12pm on Friday.
The True Deceivers were formed in 2003 from the ashes of The Blazing Homesteads. Comprising Homesteaders Nick Bliss (guitar and vocals), Mark Mitchell (fiddle and vocals) and Dee Coley (bass) they joined up with former Plenty frontman Graham Firth (lead vocals and guitar) and Jamie Legg (Eat The Sofa) on drums. They soon made a name for themselves on the live scene with their rootsy folk rock sound punctuated by Mark’s stunning fiddle playing and Nick’s punchy guitar work. Their influences range from Steve Earle to Bob Dylan, The Waterboys and Tom Petty. Following Mark’s sudden death in March 2009 the band reverted to a more acoustic sound with Dee picking up his acoustic bass and Nick swapping his Telecaster for an acoustic guitar and mandolin. The result is a more stripped down sound whilst still retaining the band’s ear for a melody and losing none of the power of the original line up.