Festival: three legs are better than one
THE annual Isle of Man GuitarFest, first held in 2008, will this year transform into a new concept called the Three Legs Festival.
The new festival, the brainchild of Jonno Promotions’ Jonno Gollow, will be based in the Villa Marina Arcade, with two concerts at Peel Centenary Centre, and brings together spoken word performers and singer-songwriter musicians.
Moving from GuitarFest’s August slot to a six-day run between October 28 and November 2, the new format has room for daytime workshops, free lunchtime performances and ticketed evening concerts, Hop tu Naa events and a special free daytime show for the very young.
Manx musicians will be involved throughout the week, supporting visiting acts, offering workshops and performing in songwriters’ circles, sing-a-rounds and late night sessions.
The full programme, supported by the IOM Arts Council and in association with Peter Norris Music, is yet to be announced (checkout www.threelegsfestival.com for announcements), but details are out for three of the concerts.
On Sunday, October 28, BBC Radio 2 folk award winners LAU will play their inventive folk at the Centenary Centre.
LAU’s complex, yet accessible sound, comes from Kris Drever on guitar and vocals, Martin Green on accordion and piano and fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke.
Support comes from talented island harpist Erika Kelly and local guitarist Malcolm Stitt.
Then on Monday, October 29, the Villa Marina Arcade will host a candid evening with The Waterboys’ frontman Mike Scott, marking the launch of his memoir Adventures Of A Waterboy with readings from the book, followed by a short acoustic set with his colleague, fiddler Steve Wickham.
The book is devastatingly honest and beautifully crafted. It is serious, funny, profound, whimsical, revealing and enigmatic, following his path through teenage punk bands, the success of The Waterboys and subsequent experiences in New York, Scotland’s Findhorn community and beyond.
And finally, a concert will be performed on Friday, November 2, by O’Hooley and Tidow at the Centenary Centre in Peel.
In 2007, pianist, composer, songwriter and interpreter Belinda O’Hooley left the Northumbrian band Rachel Unthank and the Winterset after writing two of the songs on their Mercury-nominated album The Bairns.
‘The weekend’s best band’ at the recent Cambridge Folk Festival according to The Guardian, the duo’s beautifully unusual songs touch on everything from dark folk tales, ecology and cross-dressing historical figures through to the invisibility of the elderly and the global economy.
Tickets for the Douglas events are available from the Villa Marina reception, Sea Terminal Welcome Centre, online at www.villagaiety.com and by calling 600555.
Tickets for the Peel concerts will be available soon from Celtic Gold in Peel and Peter Norris Music in Douglas.
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