Tickets available for 16th Traditional Music Day at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
- Credit: EAST ANGLIAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC TRUST
An eclectic array of guests who are at the forefront of traditional folk music and song will perform during a special day at Stowmarket’s Museum of East Anglian Life.
The Traditional Music Day will take place on Saturday, September 2, with performers from across the British Isles and there will be plenty for visitors to get involved in.
The line-up of musicians includes Irish songwriter Jimmy Crowley, fiddlers Carol Anderson from Scotland and Jackie Oates from England, who is also an award-winning singer, Pigeon Swing with toe-tapping Canadian music, Lynette and Jim Eldon with their own brand of “charmingly down-home east coast entertainment” and Racker Donnelly, who will be spinning tall tales and unlikely poems.
Joining them will be iconic singers Peta Webb and Ken Hall and some previous guests who are returning this year: Will Noble, Barbara and Peter Snape and Julie and Gavin Atkin.
Special themed events include ‘Sound Sisters’, ‘His’n’Hers’, ‘A Feast of Fiddles’, ‘A Song, A Step and A Story’.
Another special event this year is an exhibition of original artworks by Karen Cater - well known under her trading name as Hedingham Fair. For this one-day-only exhibition she has taken traditional music as her theme and the display will include sketches, lithographs and mixed media works.
A spokeswoman for the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT) said: “Traditional Music Day really has a distinctive character all of its own, with local traditions at the heart of it.
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“Legendary singer Shirley Collins, who is also president of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, describes the day as: ‘A really special, lovely festival. Quite simply, the best time I’ve had for ages!’ There is plenty for all the family to get involved in: trying out instruments, joining in the singing and dancing, listening to stories and songs - or you can just sit back and soak in the atmosphere - and of course, there are all the wonderful delights of the museum’s permanent collection.”
In the evening, Traditional Night Out in the Tithe Barn is an acoustic event featuring all the main guests.
For more information and tickets, which are available until August 31, call EATMT on 01449 771090 or go to www.eatmt.org.uk