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Sep
22
Fri
Opening Night @ The Laverton
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As usual our festival will start with a variety of acts, some local, some old friends, some new, some young, some old and we hope something for everyone.

We welcome a performance from international soloist Graham Dalby who, among his many talents, is the Director at the London Swing Orchestra.  We are also delighted with the return of Nicole Micheli and Vincent Ling who thrilled us alllast year with their performances on saxophone and piano.

Young performers fromMatravers School’ will performing some selections from their upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:junior

Madeline Hewitt (Belle) – “Home”
Nathan Chadwick (Gaston) & Cameron Sinden (Le Fou) – “Gaston”
Joe Medway (Beast) – “If I Can’t Love Her”
Mollie Green (Mrs Potts) – “Beauty and the Beast”

And totally unrelated but back by “popular demand”:
Tom Bond – “Feeling Good”

New to the Festival this year is Emma Webb.  Known to us locally as the leader of Westbury’s Rock Choir, Emma will be performing solo with a mix of musical theatre and acoustic pieces with her guitar and also some of her own songs.

More info to come!

 


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Sep
23
Sat
Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club @ The Laverton
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:15 pm

Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club brings together the lively genres of jazz & swing from the 1930s & 40s, with original and traditional fiddle tunes.  It’s all very jolly and guaranteed to keep everyone on their toes.

The band consists of Simon Taylor – guitar and vocals, Mike Fossett – fiddle and vocals and Ralf Dorrell – double bass. With a combined performance record of greater than 100 years, there is no lack of experience!

Simon and Mike go back a long way, having grown up together in the swamps of Filton, Bristol. Both play together in the well-established pub and ceilidh band The Electric Lobsters. The Lobsters have been together for nearly 30 years and are still banging it out! Mike also plays in the Prog/Rock outfit, Bluedog.

Ralf is very active on the South West music scene as a composer, performer (double bass, bass guitar and trombone), bandleader, ensemble director, lecturer, teacher and workshop tutor. He has been leading workshops on improvisation, composition and jazz since 1984. His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at venues including the Purcell Rooms, South Bank, London and St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol. As a performer he has played at music festivals both in the UK ( including Glastonbury and Edinburgh ) and abroad ( Le Mans Jazz Festival ), and has performed on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 as well as on BBC 1 and Channel 4 television.

Zebo’s site

 

The band have just released a new album, Painting the Clouds

it will be on sale on the night.

 

Sponsored by: Haine and Smith – 19 High Street Westbury BA13 3BN

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Painting the Clouds

The whole point of Dr Zebo’s music is to put a new spin on older material and to mix this with original tunes. Our set consists of quirky juxtapositions of material from a wide variety of sources within a single piece. Elements of the mix include 1920’s jazz songs sung in close harmony, original folky tunes by members of the band and quotes from well-known TV and film music: the theme music of Tom and Jerry might turn into a 16th century dance tune followed by a Tom Waits song. Even when we perform a complete piece by someone else (such as Steely Dan or Nat King Cole) it will become “Zebo-ised” by the fact that we play it on acoustic folk instruments or we will change the rhythm to something bizarre like a tango or with a reggae-feel, and often play it in a tongue-in-cheek way.

 Overall, this bizarre, funny and quirky kaleidoscope of music is very difficult to get across in a 20 sec video or audio clip. You have to experience it in the flesh!

 The gig should coincide with the launch of our first CD “Painting the Clouds”.

Dr Zebo’s

Sep
27
Wed
Westbury Leigh – from the archives @ The Hollies Inn
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Westbury Leigh

County archivist and Westbury rResident, Steve Hobbs revisits Westbury Leigh. Last time he covered this subject he led a popular walk around the village. Many people said they would have liked to have heard more and not everyone was able to join a walk – also Steve ran out of time before covering all that he researched. So Steve will return to Westbury Leigh and this time you can sit down!

Not only can you sit down but you can have a drink or a meal from the Hollies’ extensive menu.

If you want to eat, we strongly recommend you book your table direct with the Hollies to avoid disappointment.  Tel. 01373 864493

 

Sep
29
Fri
The Tone Takers – featuring BBC Antiques Roadshow’s Marc Allum @ The Hollies Inn
Sep 29 @ 9:00 pm – 10:45 pm

The Tone Takers will be landing at the Hollies Inn.

They play mostly blues ranging from Doc Watson to Chuck Berry plus some more laid back psychedelic songs!

The band’s experienced musicians are Marc Allum (Bass), Gerry Tinson (drums), Tony Seeger (slide guitar and mandolin), Robb Ladd (keyboards), Fred Guscott (guitar and bouzouki).

As you can see from the photo they are based in Chippenham.

We are delighted that the Hollies Inn are again supporting the Westbury Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

Many of you might think you recognise the bassist Marc Allum and perhaps wonder with which 80s SuperGroup he played?  But (although for all we know he may have played with a 80s SuperGroup ), we suspect that you actually recognise him for being one of the regular experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow covering miscellaneous items since 1998!

But when not looking for finds with the roadshow, his other passion is his music and when he visited the Festival last year in his role as an antique expert he told us he was keen to return with his band.

Please note: Marc will not be appraising antiques – unless you happen to have 1930s Slingerland guitar in which case he might tell you about it if you let him play it!

This event is free thanks to generous support of the Hollies Inn.

 

Oct
4
Wed
Ghostly Film Night @ Westbury Alley Film Club
Oct 4 @ 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm

End a delightfully ghoulish evening watching Noel Coward’s sprightly supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit.

This David Lean 1945 classic will raise a few spirits as novelist Rex Harrison cheekily invites a medium to his house to conduct a seance hoping it will inspire a book he’s working on. Things go decidedly awry when she summons the spirit of his dead first wife much to the dismay of his current one.

Tickets are limited for both this event and the ghost walk so book early. Hosted by Westbury’s Alley Film Club at the Horse & Groom.


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Oct
6
Fri
Con & Dec The Bachelors @ The Laverton
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Con and Dec Cluskey are the original frontline voices and personalities who appeared on every hit record, TV pop programme, radio etc.

This year, they are embarking on a remarkable 50th anniversary tour following their recent “Greatest Hits ” album which reached number 2 in the album charts.

The Bachelors

You may remember that in the early 60s The Bachelors outsold the Beatles and they had more chart hits in that decade than the Rolling Stones!  Hits included Diane, I Believe and Ramona.

But if you are too young to remember this – come along and find out what all the fuss was about.

Bar available.

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Oct
7
Sat
Comedy with a Bang(er) @ The Laverton
Oct 7 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

We are finishing off the Festival with a bang! Or a banger (or three), with mash that is.

Come and laugh your socks off at an evening of fun and laughter hosted by the Submarine Comedy Club and enjoy a rib-tickling meal of bangers and mash to go with it – bar open.

The evening will feature a full card of comedians  with an MC trying to keep them under control.

There will be the most excellent “real” sausages from Elliotts of Westbury  (none of your cheapy supermarket ones here!) and silky smooth handmade mash, butter and creamed to within an inch of its life.  All topped, if you like it that way, with a delicious onion gravy.

Naturally, a vegetarian option will be available and there will even be a pudding too!

8:00 – food

8.30 to 8.40 – MC Wayne Beese

8.40 – 9.00 Chris Purchase

9.00 to 9.15 – first break

9.15 to 9.45 – middle section – MC, Alf and Tim O’Connor

9.45 to 10.00 – 2nd break

10.00 – 10.30 – Nick Page

We are delighted that Nick Page, who was runner up in the 2016 English Comedian of the Year will be the Headliner for this show.

If you want a preview of Nick, he will be performing at the finals of the English Comedian of the Year 2017 at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank.  [5th of September. Tickets still available £19.50 -£26.00 – but without a meal].

Too late to see him at this event – shame because you would have seen him win! Nick Page was crowned English Comedian of the Year 2017

As he was runner up last year and is already in the last 10 from over 300 entrants this year, you are guaranteed some crackling comedy. And of course, we’d suggest you wait until he gets to Westbury.

[And yes, if you think you recognise him from somewhere else, he was the presenter for several series of the BBC’s Escape to Country a few years back.]

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Sep
28
Fri
Rock @ the Hollies @ The Hollies Inn
Sep 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

For the past few years Charlie at the Hollies Inn in Westbury Leigh has supported the Festival by putting on a quality band for free for festival goers.

This year will be no different!  Come along and enjoy a rocking-good evening with Jules, Tash & the Oddmen

 

If you wish to have a meal beforehand, booking is recommended 01373 864493

 

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