From folk to jazz music at Devizes festival

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Zoe Rahman, the 2012 MOBO jazz award winner, performs on June 17 Zoe Rahman, the 2012 MOBO jazz award winner, performs on June 17

Devizes Festival is nothing if not eclectic and there is music on the programme for every taste.

They have achieved quite a coup in getting the Henry Girls, fast becoming one of the most talked about folk/roots acts to come out of Ireland in the last decade.

In the space of a few years they have developed a growing international profile in Europe.

They are on stage in the Merchants Suite at the Corn Exchange on June 6.

The following night Sarah Savoy and the Francadians, who performed at Womad in 2008 and 2009, will perform their wonderful Cajun music in the Merchants Suite.

Kate Dimbleby never has to trade on her famous name as she has established herself as one of the country’s foremost jazz singers without any help from her well-known dad.

Accompanied by Nadia Sheriff, she dips into her repertoire of blues, jazz and country music to entertain in the Merchants Suite on June 12.

It is local talent that will be on show in the Corn Exchange on June 14 when the festival joins forces with Sheer Music to present Devizes Showcase – formerly the Battle of the Bands – when local acts, chosen at a number of auditions, vie for the top prize. Beans on Toast has been replaced by an, as yet, unnamed headline act.

Zoe Rahman is the winner of the 2012 MOBO jazz award and will be showing her skill at the town hall on June 17.

As the festival draws to a close, New Model Army are due to fill the Ceres Hall at the Corn Exchange with their potent blend of post-punk politico-rock on June 21. They are supported by Gaz Brookfield.

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