Arts Review and What’s Going On September 2012 Hilary Cartmel We’ve enjoyed a range of music festivals this summer. The kids (I use the term loosely) have been off to several including the Sheffield free festival ‘Tramlines’ 20 to 22 July which had music in every venue possible in the City, now in its third year and with a huge range on offer. Global Gathering where the dance music went on until 4 in the morning ( dance = not waltz or foxtrot) and Leeds Fest at Braham Park - always a fixture for our ‘kids’ will have come and gone by the time Today goes to print. Doncaster had its own free festival called MAP (Music and People) on 4th August. The local pubs in Harworth (Blacksmiths) and Scaftworth (King Willliam) have done one day festivals. We – the oldies in the family went off for a weekend of Folk at Cambridge at the end of July. I did think we would fit in invisibly amongst the grey bearded sandal wearers – but this was not so. The age range was total and there were some brilliant young performers busking around the site and playing on the smaller and intimate stages. One, called the Front Room, was barely bigger than a family sized tent and complete with sofas and seating for about ten within its canvas walls, but with plenty of space on the grass outside. It’s a broad church, folk music, there was none of the stereotype finger-in-the-ear (and what’s wrong with several voices performing in tight harmony?) All performers wear earpieces and have wires coming out the backs of their heads now. We saw from one extreme to the other: virtuoso performances of electrified Irish and Scottish developments of slip-jigs and reels with almost 20 musicians on stage including electrified Northumbrian Pipes and bodhran to Billy Bragg celebrating the life and work of Woody Guthrie who believed that being able to play more than 2 chords on the guitar was showing off. A great atmosphere and good beer all added to the weekend and in Cambridge we were blessed with sunshine. Very little beats live music or live performance. There will be plenty of live and local performances in the neighbourhood over the next few months, brought to you by TMS, The Rock, Village Ventures, Letwell Gigs and many more besides. The Rock – every Friday evening at the Wesley centre in Maltby Kicks off the Autumn season on 7th September with Vin Garbutt. www.therock.org.uk Tickhill Music Society concerts in St Mary’s school hall begin their Autumn season on 21 September with Erato Piano Trio playing Haydn, Beethoven and Faure.
Letwell Gigs at Letwell Village Hall have Anna Coogan and Daniele Fiaschi on Saturday 22 September email: Stephanie@varah.plus.com Village Ventures the rural touring program brought to you by Notts County Council with funding from Arts Council England (which means subsidised ticket prices) begins the 2012/13 season locally at Bircotes Town Hall with the ever popular and ever brilliant Northumberland Theatre Company. Their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – bringing the Shakespeare Season to our doorstep. Friday 28 September. www.villageventures.org.uk tickets 01302 752515 / 752642 36| Tickhill Today
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