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By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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Hank Wangford has joined up with his musical buddy Brad Breath, aka guitar legend and king of twang Andy Roberts, to bring songs of love and loss, pain and despair to the smaller halls and venues around the country – and now the trail leads to Frome.

Together they know that laughter, tears and music are the greatest healers we have – which is why they love country music.

Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for 28 years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, The The, The Alabama Three and many other alt.country musicians.

This messianic derailment on to the path of country music came from befriending and playing with Gram Parsons – at a time when Hank, as Dr Sam Hutt, was a rock 'n' roll doctor to the likes of The Who and the Rolling Stones.

Apart from the ground breaking Liverpool Scene, Plainsong, and an extremely productive solo career writing stage musicals and scores for TV and film, Andy has played with The Scaffold, Roy Harper, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens, Kevin Ayers and Kirsty MacColl among many and done countless sessions for artists such as Richard Thompson and Maddy Prior.

Andy is no stranger to Frome Festival, appearing last year at The Cheese and Grain as special guest guitarist with the remaining original members of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

Catch the duo at Rook Lane Chapel in Frome on Tuesday, July 10, from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £15.

Talented singer/songwriter and musician Brian Madigan will be making a special Frome Festival appearance at the Garden Cafe on Thursday, July 12 to share his witty observations of society and life.

Playing solo as A Band Named Brian, he has been likened to Billy Bragg, Johnny Cash, Neil Innes, Tom Lehrer and Jake Thackray, 'with the Levellers shouting abuse from the wings.'

But Brian's eclectic style is essentially unique: he intersperses his music with stories and anecdotes, and his songs will capture your imagination, make you laugh, and make you think.

Admission costs £5 on the door and starts at 7.30pm.

The fabulous, swinging and saucy band Flap! visit The Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, on Sunday, July 15.

Their special blend of jazz, honk and skiffle guarantees a great night and a superb way to round off the festival.

Tickets cost £12.

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