Traditional music day to be held at Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket

The Traditional Night Out in the Tithe Barn

The Traditional Night Out in the Tithe Barn - Credit: Archant

Some of the best traditional singers and musicians from across Britain will be coming to a Suffolk museum later this year.

On Saturday, September 5, the Traditional Music Day, which is organised by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, comes to the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.

Featuring at the event this year are Glasgow-residing duo Kevin and Ellen Mitchell, and Les Barker.

Barker, whose pieces include parodies of well known folk songs, is described as a cult figure among folk club and festival goers, and has also had a series on BBC Radio Two.

Irish trio, Darren Breslin, Orlaith and Brogan McAuliffe, will also be performing at the music day.


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The three, who have been playing since they were young children, have won more than 20 All-Ireland competitions on their respective instruments.

Lancashire duo, Peter and Barbara Snape, will be singing at the music day, with a varied repertoire of songs, including many from the north west.

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Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Matt Quinn, will also be present at the day. Mr Quinn is a graduate of the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music course.

Also on the list of guests scheduled to perform this year are Proper English, made up of Rob Neal (concertina, piano and cello), Ed Caines (fiddle) and Derek Simpson (melodeon).

The trio will be playing lively English dance tunes for the ceilidh and also presenting some of their repertoire of music and songs during the day.

Also this year, there will be a children’s music trail, from 11am to 4.30pm, with a number of family-friendly activities including craft and music activities, dancing and storytelling. The trail is free when a museum entrance ticket is purchased.

Tickets for the day are available in advance only from the music trust, which give access to the museum between 10am and 6pm, and to all events, space permitting.

Earlybird discounts are available on tickets bought before August 1, with advance booking closing on September 3 at 4pm.

In the evening, there is one event, the Traditional Night Out in the Tithe Barn, with tickets sold separately.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.eatmt.org.uk or call 01449 771090

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