Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Strange Music in July

One of the plusses for entrants being organised and submitting details of their Fringe 2014 shows NOW is that they gets lots of potential audience attention in a pretty uncluttered Fringe environment.
As I type we have just 5 confirmed events Fringe 2014 - which is about what we would expect in early January. That means about 160 more events will be confirmed over the next 15 weeks or so and things get quite frantic the closer we get to our deadline.
Anyway, let's draw your attention to the two most recent entries both of which are 'musts' so far as I am concerned. Local trombonist (and increasingly occasional hockey player) Sam has been promising/threatening to do a Fringe show for years. Anyway after a bit of a try out last year in Sheffield he's convinced that he is ready for Buxton. Let's hope that Buxton is ready for him. You can hear Sam (and friends) playing and perhaps singing at the Old Clubhouse on either 15 or 22 July, 7.30-8.30pm. I reckon it will fascinating and fun.
Two years ago (Fringe 2012) a music award went to John Kilpatrick and the Sheffield Lydian Ensemble for their charmingly bonkers (this is 'bonkers' used in an entirely complimentary fashion) show. John has been doing this sort of thing for quite a long time now and says this year might be his swansong. Whether it is or not "Festive Fancies" - Methodist Church, Saturday 26 July 3.00-4.30pm - is likely to be nonsense of the highest order. Playing and singing of quality is assured and John's "Jumblies Suite" (based on the Lear verses) is part of the programme. This is a rare - maybe last - chance to see and hear this. You won't regret being there!