A deceivingly good time at GuilFestBy Guy Martin
July 11, 2012
PEOPLE who see The True Deceivers at one of two GuilFest stages should be left with a smile on their faces, their lead singer has said.
Those who miss their Saturday showing can see them the next day, but Graham Firth, vocalist and guitarist, said fans could happily watch both.
“It’s great to play the second stage because it’s a great stage and the acoustic lounge is more intimate and has a different atmosphere,” he said. The folk rock act, whose members are based in the Guildford area, are no strangers to GuilFest having appeared there and at Weyfest and other nearby festivals on countless occasions.
But Graham promised regulars there would be new material from an album, Hell or High Water, to be released in September.
Their previous album, Lies We Have Told, came out in 2007 when Mark Mitchell played fiddle. He died suddenly at the age of 51, after which Graham said the four other members ‘did not feel comfortable’ having someone else on the instrument, so much did they miss their bandmate. It led them to develop a more acoustic sound but for the new album they have brought back a more electric sound with fiddle player Rupert Lewis. Rupert will also join the band at GuilFest, which Graham said was a wonderful event to be part of.
“I don’t think people will hear anyone who sounds like us at GuilFest,” Graham said. “It’s upbeat, it gets people dancing, it puts a smile on their faces and it seems to suit the outdoors.”