26th Oct, 2016

Folk weekend first for Almonry

Evesham Editorial 20th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’s historic Almonry will play host to the inaugural Great Big Almonry Folk weekend, it has been revealed.

Some of the brightest stars on the contemporary folk circuit will head to Evesham in April, to take part in the event.

This indoor mini-festival is being organised in aid of the Great Big Almonry Project, which is raising funds to carry out essential repairs to the town’s medieval heritage centre.

And the weekend – on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 – will feature a headline evening concert at Evesham Arts Centre.

Afternoon performances on the Saturday and Sunday will be held in the intimate medieval hall at the Almonry itself, with music from traditional folk to American roots, from contemporary original acoustic songs to folk-rock.

The evening concert at Evesham Arts Centre on April 18 at 7.30pm will feature BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo 2012 Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award nominee Ange Hardy and the multi-talented singer/songwriter Lisbee Stainton.

One of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians, Patsy Reid, will headline at the Almonry on the Sunday.

There will be performances from Kent-based folk-rock band, Green Diesel, Emi McDade, an up and coming singer and musician from Gloucester, Bristol folk quarter Road Not Taken and the hard-working acoustic duo from Cirencester, Ethemia.

The Wanted Men, Noey McElwee and Wychavon based singer/songwriter Mike Weaver complete the line up.

Tickets are now available online for Saturday’s headline concert feature Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Ange Hardy and Lisbee Stainton at Evesham Arts Centre, priced £15 each.

The performance starts at 7.30pm and doors open 6.45pm.

Visit www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk/almonry_folk for more information.

Saturday and Sunday afternoon concert tickets are £10 per day while full weekend tickets for both the afternoon and evening are £25 each, but numbers are limited.

All tickets can be purchased from the Almonry Heritage Centre at Abbey Gate in Evesham.

Call 01386 446944 or visit www.almonryfolk.com for more information.

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. (s)

Ange Hardy. (s)

Lisbee Stainton. (s)