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Acoustic cafe to see the year out in superb style

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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It has been an interesting year for the Nunney Acoustic Cafe, now in its sixth year and firmly established as one of the area's most original and popular live music venues.

Its monthly mixture of class acts, new discoveries and open mic performers of all abilities and genres makes it a constant delight – and the home made food has created a reputation all of its own.

The unusual timing on Sunday afternoons with cheerful décor, free newspapers and art activities for children have generated a loyal following and a uniquely friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

This year the organisers, Keren and Francis Hayden, decided that the whole thing was too successful to be restricted to once a month in Nunney Village Hall so they bought and borrowed a couple of marquees and took it out 'on tour'.

Starting in the rain and wind of this year's Mells Daffodil Festival it was an immediate success – with a full roster of local performers, finishing with Baku Dan who filled the place with vibrant African music and dancing bodies.

Four festivals later and the Nunney Acoustic Café on Tour, with its original concept of good food, local beers and ciders and live music, seems to appeal to audiences and performers every bit as much in the middle of a field as it does in the comfort of a village hall.

And the year ends with an early Christmas party and a truly spectacular treat on Sunday.

Jim Blair, front man of Hip Route, is the kind of guitarists' guitarist who makes 'usedtobes' want to run home and drag their axe down from the attic and 'wannabes' want to rush straight out and buy one. And he sings as well.

And then there are the Black Feathers. Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes got such a fantastic reception last time for their captivating contemporary folk songs and wonderful harmonies that they are taking time out from their successful campaign for world domination to wander over from Cirencester and do another set.

Simon Allen is a regular patron and has featured several times already as the main performer. His romantic and idiosyncratic songs and his beautiful interpretations of covers have made him a constant favourite and he is back for another extended set by popular demand.

And as if that wasn't enough there is Gaz Brookfield. This will be the first time he has played the cafe, and he comes fresh from supporting the Levellers on their UK tour and just in time to plug his Christmas single, Diet of Banality.

The few open mic slots that can be fitted in are already booked up by the fantastic Emma Shoosmith, Ian O'Regan, Jenny Bowen & Alex Morgan and Beth Monk & Francis Hayden so it will be an afternoon of sheer enjoyment with some of the best unsigned music you are ever likely to hear.

Of course there will be all the traditional and cheesy bits and bobs redolent of a Christmas 'do'.

Doors open at 2pm at Nunney Village Hall.

Admission is £5 for adults and still free for under-16s and performers.

For further information call 01373 836315.

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