6:00pm Sunday 7th April 2013
Seven events make up this year’s Devizes Festival’s Fringe programme – and the audience can enjoy them free.
On Saturday, June 15, sees a day of events, sponsored by Devizes Insurance Brokers, at various venues, starting with Jam Busters at the Bear Hotel. This illustrated talk by Julie Summers pays tribute to the Women’s Institute in the Second World War when WIs ran canteens for troops, baked pies for farm workers, and collected rosehips and herbs for the pharmaceutical industry.
Music dominates the evening programme, with the Dave Betts Quintet at Pizza Express. It comprises some of the finest jazz musicians in the West Country. Dave is a drummer, percussionist and composer, with his music spanning the world of Jazz, Latin and Funk.
At the Lamb Inn, singer, musician, artist and songwriter Alex Lowe, who has acoustic Americana folk in his blood, performs alongside Phil Cooper and Jimmy Moore.
The Southgate Inn hosts a gig by singer-songwriter Nick Harper, son of UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper. Nick has played the guitar from the age of ten surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour.
The first fringe event this year takes place on Friday, June 7, at the Literary Institute when Tim Moorey, takes a light-hearted look at The Joys of English.
The following night, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams is at the Bear Hotel Cellar Bar; also the venue for the final event on Friday, June 21, for Cumbrian-based folk band Hadrian’s Union.
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