May 2014 sees the 17th year of the fantastic Dartmouth Music Festival and this year looks set to be another successful celebration. Whether you like flamenco guitar, heavy rock, reggae, skiffle and 40’s jive, or prefer classical music from baroque to 20th Century alternatively modern A Capella choral performances, there is set to be something to suit all tastes over the 3 day event.
The majority of the events are free which means your donations are greatly welcomed; you can also purchase a programme online or in local retailers which contributes to the cost of running the festival. During the festival make sure you wander round the local venues to catch hidden gigs that are too good to miss. Here’s our selection of must see acts playing the festival this year.
Gaz Brookfield an acoustic solo musician from Bristol is a firm favourite with the Coast & Country Cottages team, his story telling songs of everyday life and love make for both humorous and emotional performances. See Gaz Sunday 18th May, 12.30-1.30pm at The Old Market Square.
Ben Carr is pairing up with Sy Lane, both regulars on the local music circuit to entertain with foot stomping blues and slide guitar. Watch the masters of harmonica and acoustic guitar on Saturday 17th May, 8.30pm at Bellinis.
The excellent music facilities and teachers in South Devon means we see younger talent each year. The fantastic Pupils of Dartmouth Academy will be playing a wide variety of music from the must see Steel Band, The Junk Band, The Guitar Ensemble, Drum Line and The Dartmouth Academy Rock. Prepare to be impressed Friday 16th May 4.00-5.30pm at The Bandstand.
For something a little different enjoy the uplifting tones of The Vocal Works Gospel Choir listen to this professional choir sing popular songs from soul, Motown to RnB. Enjoy this special performance Saturday 17th May 7.30-10.00pm at St Saviours Church, seats are limited, arrive early to avoid disappointment.
During the weekend if you feel inspired to make some of your own music there are a range of workshops to get involved in. For younger festival goers try Music with Mummy a lively session full of lots of singing, jumping, shaking and drumming designed for toddlers and children up to 5, Saturday 10-10.45am at The Flavel.
For the aspiring rock stars join Ash Mandrake for the Loop Machine workshop, a popular device used by modern artists to create a layered experimental sound. Ash will guide you to use your voice, sing in rounds and use a microphone to create different effects. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Sunday 3.30-4.30pm at The Clifton Room, The Guildhall.
Alternatively join Uke Can Rock and learn some rock classics from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple. Start with basic chords and rhythms before taking on the songs as a group. Ukuleles supplied but limited, those attending the workshop are encouraged to bring their own. Sunday 1.30-2.30pm at The Clifton Room, The Guildhall.
For more workshops and performances visit the Dartmouth Music Festival Website. Coast & Country Cottages are delighted to sponsor the Dartmouth Music Festival.
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