Wealth of musical styles
The 10th anniversary of the Wookey Hole Music Festival is being celebrated with an exciting line-up of local acts designed to please all tastes, from tomorrow to Sunday.
Friday night starts proceedings with the young local folk act The Drystones at 8pm who played at Glastonbury this year, followed by the psychedelic roots/Latin band The Bag of Rats.
The popular local musicians' showcase on Saturday from 3pm includes Mrs Price's Parlour covering local Cecil Sharpe-collected songs, Andrew Bazeley, a well accomplished blues soloist, and Glastonbury Jazz duo Richard and Sarah.
Saturday evening starts in the bar with the contemporary original rock band Shake The Tree and finishes with well known Celtic-Eastern fusion band Dragonsfly who headline the festival.
Sunday afternoon continues from 2.30pm with an open mic session which is finished at 6pm by Balkan beat band Ushti Baba who played a blistering set at the recent Priddy Folk Festival.
This year Event Horizon, who cater for festivals and run the Nunney Acoustic Café are providing home-cooked food on Saturday and Sunday.
Entrance is free to all events apart from Dragonsfly which costs £10 per ticket.
The music festival grew from a seed that was sown 10 years ago after a conversation between club treasurer Dave Hudsmith, and Andy Collins and Jacqui Haigh (of Pensford-based band Fastest To Canada who had performed at the club) about the desire to make more use of the wonderful Victorian building as a venue for good music.
Since then, a team of enthusiastic and committed local volunteers has worked together to grow the festival, including raising money for PA and staging equipment, and building the reputation of the Wookey Hole Festival as a hub for some of the best local music around.
More details about all the performers can be found at www.wookeyholemusic.co.uk, and tickets for Dragonsfly are available from the club on 01749 672389.