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Terry Allen
Ben Andrews
Gwyn Ashton
Marcus Bancroft
Billy C. Farlow
Eric Bibb
John Beland
Frances Black
Deborah Bonham
Del Bromham
Jim Condie
Country Joe Band
Guy Davis
Kent Duchaine
The Dylan Project
Fairport Convention
Feast Of Fiddles
Perry Foster
Ty Garner
Dick Gaughan
Gary Fletcher
The Greenhil Boys
The Gutter Brothers
Memo Gonzalez
Joe Hollywood
Nick Harper
Pete Harris Band
Hershey And The Twelve Bars
Les Wilson's House Rockers
Chris Jagger
Keith James
Mary Jane
The Jive Aces
Del Bromham
Jucy Lucy
Paul Lamb
Aynsley Lister
Jackie Levin
Little Toby Walker
Shane MacGowan and the Popes
Scott McKeown
Stringy Bark McDowell
Larry Miller
The Muffin Men
Pete Mulvey
Mundy - Turner
Derrin Nauendorf
OX - Mark Browning
The Ian Parker band
Ann Peebles
Dan Phelps
Steve Payne
Kelly Joe Phelps
The Mick Pini Band
Redeye Band
Ronnie & Johnny
Mike Sanchez
Chris Smither
The Amazing Mr Smith
Show Of Hands
Ian Siegal
Dave Specter
Bill Thomas
The Thomas Brothers
Mo Thomas
Guy Tortora
Robin Trower
The Tubes
Dick Wardell
Helen Watson
Andy White


The British hard rock band Budgie were formed in Cardiff in early 1968. At first they were known as Hills Contemporary Grass, but soon changed it to Six Ton Budgie before finally shortening name prior to releasing their self-titled debut album in 1971.

Budgie have been described as a mix between Black Sabbath and Rush, the latter being no doubt due to the similarities in Burke's voice to Geddy Lee, Rush's front man. Budgie split up in mid 1988, reformed again in early 1995, split up in late 1996 and once again reunited in mid 1999.

Metallica, who have almost acknowledged they were heavily influenced by Budgie, covered the Budgie song "Crash Course In Brain Surgery" for their "Garage Days Revisited" EP.

Founder member Burke Shelley still fronts the band, with John Thomas (previously with Edgar Broughton Band and The George Hatcher Band) on guitar and Steve Wiliams (previously with Lone Star and Quest) on drums.

The appearance at the Pier in 2004 was a stunning night, and 2005's this one will be another night to remember, especially as another classic band of the era, Juicy Lucy, are supporting.

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