A REMOTE Powys pub will be the venue for a new festival taking place next month – one that will feature a wide range of music, from big bands and male voice choirs, to indie pop, folk and blues.

‘May Fest at the Shoemakers’ will showcase local performers, local crafts, local ales and fun for all the family – with US pop-rock duo Telephone Tag also jetting in to perform.

Hosted by the Shoemakers Arms, in the tiny south Powys village of Pentre-Bach, between Brecon and Llandovery, the free two-day festival will take place over the late May bank holiday weekend, May 25-26.


Llandovery Male Voice Choir and Brecon Town Concert Band will get the event going in style - the band kicking off on Saturday, the choir on Sunday.

Sicknote Steve, Cardiff’s answer to international star Seasick Steve, will perform his raw, energetic blues, with rocky, funky, bluesy bands Anna Davies and the Sinnermen and Skinny Cat Blues Band closing the two nights.

County Times:  Cardiff's Sicknote Steve. Cardiff's Sicknote Steve. (Image: Supplied)

Festival organiser and Shoemaker’s landlord Ryan Humphrey is aiming to offer something for everyone over the weekend, and the widest mix of music for all tastes.

“It’s the first time we’ve organised anything like this and we’re keen to make sure the whole community from near and far can enjoy themselves,” said Ryan.

“It’s not just music either. There will be kids crafts and face painting, a rolling barbeque, Pimms jugs and plenty of special local beers.”

The line-up of performers arose from people contacting the organisers via a post on the Brecon Music Scene Facebook page. The aim was to have a strong focus on local acts – but there were some surprises.

“When we were contacted by touring American band Telephone Tag, it was a little unexpected,” said Jol Rose, who put up the original Facebook post.

“All the way from Buffalo, New York, to Pentre-bach, Powys – it could be interesting.”

County Times:  Festival organiser and Shoemaker’s landlord Ryan Humphrey. Festival organiser and Shoemaker’s landlord Ryan Humphrey. (Image: Supplied)

Another outsider coming to play is Hippy Man, bringing messages of peace and love, as well as a repertoire of songs from the 60s to sing along with.

Although the festival is free to attend, there will be collection buckets coming round, with all proceeds to be shared between St David’s Hospice in Newport and performers’ travel expenses.

“We’re a community pub and want to put on an event that brings people together and also supports a good local cause,” added Ryan.

“We’re hoping for sunshine but we’ve got a marquee big enough for the whole beer garden so we’re covered in any case.”

For a full line-up of performers and regular updates, go to the May Fest at the Shoemakers Facebook page.