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Priston prepares for music extravaganza

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: August 30, 2012

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The fifth Priston Festival will take place between September 14 and 16, promising a great time for the whole family

There will be a wide range of free live music and activities to enjoy around Priston village green throughout this year's Priston Festival.

Concerts will also be staged in the village hall and ancient parish church.

This year's line-up features some exciting performers who are established hits on the festival circuit.

Local blues legend Kevin Brown and his new group the Shackdusters will be kicking off the festival with a gig in the village hall on Friday evening.

Reg Meuross, well-known for his song And Jesus Wept based on the true story of a First World War shell-shock victim shot for cowardice, will be playing on the free open-air stage on Saturday afternoon.

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who wowed the Priston crowd in 2011 with Phillip's phenomenal harmonica and slide-guitar and Hannah's outstanding vocals, fiddle and banjo, will be playing on the free stage on the Sunday.

The festival will begin on Friday evening with a concert in the village hall from Kevin Brown and the Shackdusters.

On Saturday, the village green will see performances on the free stage from Callum Martin & Matty Mordak (rhythm and blues), Foreign Affairs (folk-rock), Reg Meuross (traditional), Ponchartrain (cajun and country), Los Yanquis (country blues), the Honey Badgers (blues and rock) and World Government (funk and world).

In the village hall on Saturday there will be a chance to hear local author Sarah Fisher talk about her world-renowned work on animal health and behaviour therapy. This will be followed by the street-dance workshop for kids.

The Curfew Crew will show off their unique blend of electro-acoustic country blues, followed by the Elderly Brothers, who will be ramping up the rock 'n' roll volume for the Saturday evening gig in the village hall.

In the evening the church will host a performance of poetry, images and music entitled Bodies of Water - evocations of water, flooding and landscape.

Sunday morning will start with a concert in the church by the Harbour Winds wind quintet.

The afternoon will see morris dancing around the village green from noon, a singing workshop led by Jo Sercombe and a music workshop from the Old Somerset Russet Band.

The village green stage will again be the setting for free music, this time from Phillip Henry (harmonica and slide-guitar) and Hannah Martin (fiddle and banjo), Joff Lowson and the Fifi Fiddle Band (country and western), Brejeiro (latin and jazz) and Horizonto (traditional and klezmer).

Talented classical guitarist Adam Purnell will be making a second visit to Priston to perform in the church on Sunday evening. The festival will conclude with an evening supper in the village hall with music from Benji Bartlett.

Tickets are needed only for the church concerts and the evening events in the village hall.

Full programme and ticket information can be found at www.priston.org. uk/festival.

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