GRETTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
Now in its seventh year, and sponsored by Seaton's Solicitors, the organizers are delighted to announce that this year's headline act is The Top Banana Band.
Last year they wowed the crowd at the Open Mic session at The Hatton Arms, and this year they are back to play their mix of funk, soul and blues covers, guaranteed to get you on your feet and shaking your tailfeathers!
Performing at Gretton Village Hall on Sunday 28th August, tickets cost just £10 per person and are available from Gretton Post Office and Stores. Please bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. All proceeds from this event will go to The Travers Foundation, a local charity supporting 13-30 year olds improve their skills in sports, the creative arts and the performing arts.
The following fabulous acts have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gretton Music Festival:
Nice N Easy - Friday 26th August, 8pm The Bluebell Inn, High Street - FREE admission.
Opening the festival as always, The Bluebell are hosting this trio of vocalists who are definitely not a tribute act. There will be three 45 minute sets featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Bobby Darin etc. If you like the Rat Pack, make sure you're in this audience!
Swedish Delight - Friday 26th August, 9pm The Talbot, High Street - FREE admission.
This delightful Scandi-style trio play country, folk, pop and chilled acoustic tunes with a twist, mixing guitar, dobro and ukulele with a sweet pinch of vocal harmonies. Relax and enjoy.
Market Harborough Ukulele Group (MHUG) - Saturday 27th August, 11am, Lydia's Coffee Shop, High Street - FREE admission
The spirit of George Formby lives on with this fun group, playing a mixture of favourites old and new. Formed by a small group of friends in 2011 who'd been given the instruments but never learned how to play them, they now boast a membership of 90, although not all of them will be playing on the day as the coffee shop isn't the same size as the Royal Albert Hall!
Martin McEvoy's Magnificent Musical Marquee - Saturday 27th August, 2pm to 5.30pm at Gretton Sports and Social Club, off Kirby Road - FREE admission.
This will feature an unrivalled selection of local musical talent performing in a marquee in the recreation ground. Acts include Mark Thompson with his shades of Sinatra; Blaize Jones, Sam Powell and Vic Copperthwaite performing acoustic songs and ballads; Andy Royle with his unique laid-back blend of guitar-based tunes; Kara Hamer, a young musical theatre singer, bringing the best of the West End to Gretton; and the Liberty Drum Corp, providing a grand finale - expect American razzmatazz, drums, brass, marching and dancing.
Big Bopper Disco Entertainment - Saturday 27th August, 6pm to 8.30pm, Gretton Sports and Social Club - FREE admission.
With a vast library of music, Big Bopper really are the party experts. Complete with their state-of-the-art lighting, they create amazing lightshows ranging from subtle to dynamic.
The Andy Warrington Experience - Saturday 27th August, 7.30pm, Gretton Village Hall.
This Peterborough-based band perform an eclectic mix of avant-garde pop and rock classics with an edge. Tickets cost £10 per person and are available from Gretton Post Office and Stores, with profits donated to the Gretton Pensioners' Christmas Party.
Just Handsome - Saturday 27th August, 8.30pm, Gretton Sports and Social Club - FREE admission.
This three-piece acoustic act cover multiple musical genres and have been part of the county's open mic scene for the past two years - now they're deservedly securing gigs in their own right.
Viva Verdi & Viva Vino! - Sunday 28th August, 2pm to 4pm, The Yews - £10 per ticket, space is limited, so please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Hosted by impresario Martin McEvoy there will be the chance to hear and see some of the greatest scenes from Verdi with excerpts from La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida and Don Carlos, performed at the world's greatest opera houses including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Metropolitan in New York and La Scala, Milan. Ticket price includes wine and Italian bites.
Tom Hall, plus the great sausage and cider fest - Sunday 28th August, The Talbot, High Street - FREE admission.
Tom will be performing between 1pm and 3pm, and 8pm to 10pm. The sausages and cider will be available until they're sold out. Don't miss out on any of this!
Open Mic Session - Monday 29th August, from 2pm, The Hatton Arms - FREE admission.
Grab a mic and showcase your talent - all ages, abilities, groups or solo artistes welcome.