The Linda Campbell Band

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The Lower Boathouse is a spectacular riverside venue, intimate and atmospheric, set alongside the River Cherwell in Oxford. In this context it lends itself readily to summertime music and theatre art events.

For this years 5th cool riverside music event of the summer, we are pleased to welcome back The Linda Campbell Band!



Since her last appearance here Linda has released her latest album and it features some well known and talented musicians.

“My Geography” is the new album consisting of twelve new original songs. Utilising modern technology, the album has musical contributions spanning three continents from guitar legends Albert Lee and Jerry Donahue, Merseybeat veteran Brian Saxophone Jones and renowned Bansuri flute player Baqir Abbas – who joined many of Linda’s musician friends in putting their time, faith and talent into the creation of this album.

This album project started life in Linda’s small attic studio in Preston (believe me, its small!!), then moved to a converted shed in Padiham, was then sent across three continents to have world class musicians add their parts to it before finally returning home to be mixed by Allan Crookes at Hound Dog Studios in Liverpool. Its final journey was to Nashville to be mastered by Tommy Wiggins who was recommended by Linda’s friend Christopher Huston, a man who has 80+ gold discs for his production and engineering career, working for the likes of James Brown, Led Zeppelin and The Who.

Quite an impressive collaboration of people for an unsigned, unpublished artist. But when you add that Linda is a working mother of two boys with a pitiful budget and no management, it’s a major achievement and a testament to the wonderful people who have pulled out all the stops to get these songs out into the world. It’s about the spirit of musicians, the talent, the generosity, modern technology and what people can achieve when they’re all working towards one common goal.

Linda Campbell has been working as a vocalist since the age of sixteen. Subsequently adding song writing, guitar playing and sound production by the time she reached eighteen.

Since then Linda has developed into a formidable force, both live and in the studio, writing potent songs with lyrical mastery and using her 3 octave range to full advantage. Her unmistakable voice combined with her heartfelt, vulnerable and deeply personal song writing means no audience is left unmoved.

Linda has succeeded in consistently working as both a live and studio performer for many years. Gigging extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA and doing session work in London, Sheffield and the North West with projects for London based songwriter Martin Francis, sessions at ‘Sun Studios’ in London owned by Gordon Hulbert, ‘Blank Tape’ studios in Sheffield co-owned by songwriters Tom Chester and Elliot Kennedy (of Spice Girls fame amongst a long line of others), jingles for Costa Coffee, backing vocalist for the house band at London showcase venue ‘West One Four and support artist for soul legend Edwin Starr.

Most recently Linda has been the support artist for American rocker Dan Reed, Francis Dunnery of ‘It Bites’, has played the last four years at the Mold Festival in Wales and has performed regularly on BBC Radio Lancashire as the featured artist. Other radio appearances include Radio Merseyside and Radio Oxford.

Linda also worked for four years at the ‘Charter Theatre’ in Preston in varying capacities including sound technician/operator, have worked with many cool people such as country star Kenny Rodgers, Belinda Carlisle, Elkie Brookes, Bill Bailey, Jim Tavare, Lee Mac and the wonderful late Ken Dodd.

Line up:

Linda Campbell – guitar and lead vocals

Mark Fleming – backing vocals

Matt McGrory – lead guitar-keys

Phil Escott – Drums

Gary Ferguson – Bass

You are welcome to dance to this band. Whether it’s to ‘smooch’ or just ‘rock & groove’ to their smooth music…


Ray Baldwin & Joe Oliver Cherwell Boathouse

Event inquiries:

Email: info@cherwellboathouse.co.uk

Tel: 01865 552746

Event tickets in advance – £17.50 BOOK NOW


FOOD IS EXTRA and can be ordered on the night to be served in the interval

The bar will be open throughout for drinks


Thursday 30th August 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm