Witchkraft were formed in 1995 by guitarist Malcolm Midwood. They perform songs by a number of classic rock bands, but specialise in performing the music of Richie Blackmore. Well over half the set are classic songs from Deep Purple and Rainbow, including Black Night, Stormbringer, Highway Star, Long Live Rock and Roll, Stargazer and many more.

As well as accurately performing the songs, the band strive to bring the showmanship of the band to venues around the North of England.

The current lineup consists of:

  • Malcolm Midwood: Guitar

    Mal has dedicated his musical career to recreating the sound and stage presence of Ritchie Blackmore. He has Blackmore blood in his veins, quite literally thanks to his maternal ancestry! Mal founded Witchkraft in 1995. Mal uses Fender guitars; Marshall amplification & Picato strings.

  • Tony Liddle: Vocals

    Tony joined Witchkraft in June 2019. Tony has fronted many bands and has travelled the globe with legendary musicians, including The Animals; Oliver Dawson's Saxon; Strangeways; Billy Rush & Pat Thrall.

  • Grahame Waters: Bass

    Grahame joined Witchkraft in March 2018.

  • Keith Moore: Drums

    Keith has beem drumming with Witchkraft regularly since January 2016.