Stamford will sing to sounds of new music festival

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Stamford will play host to a week of gigs and concerts as part of a new event designed to run along the town’s annual festival.

The Stamford Music Festival will run from June 20 to 29 at a range of venues throughout the town.

It will come under the Stamford Festival banner and will add an extra aspect to the popular celebration.

Penny Stevens, of folk trio Pennyless, is helping to co-ordinate the music. She said the new festival would feature “the cream of local talent and acts from further afield”.

She said: “Catering for all tastes, the festival includes dance nights through to quiet acoustic performances of classical and light jazz; pub-based heavy metal gigs through to classic rock; world and early music, a cappella folk, gypsy swing and youth events with open mic stages.

“A grand final barbecue on Sunday, June 29 will finish off the week and give opportunity for open stage performances.”

A wide range of acts have already been confirmed for the festival. Liam Robinson Dance Band will get people moving at the United Reform Church on June 21.

The three highly-skilled musicians understand what it takes to play traditional dance tunes. Dance caller Liam Robinson has performed across Europe and North America at events from small house dances to large festivals.

Petrology will take people back to the peak of classic rock with a Seventies Solstice Spectacular at The Green Man on June 21. The band specialise in music inspired bythe golden era of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

Those looking for a calmer scene can head to Stamford Arts Centre on June 23, where due Caprice will play a set of European cafe music. The set will include tangos, musette waltzes, folk dances, gypsy music and cafe favourites from around Europe and beyond.

An unusual combination of poetry, harp and birdsong will come from Nick Penny and David Garrett at the arts centre on June 24. Nick lives in Oundle and makes music inspired by the landscape and birdsong of the Nene Valley.

David lives in Kettering and spent much of his working life as a cowman and gardener. He writes nature poetry of genuine warmth and insight.

Stamford band The Tin Pigeons will bring their modern take on folk to the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s on June 28. The young group comprises George on vocals and banjo, Fraser on vocals, guitar and the occasional harmonica, Douglas on baritone vocals and mandolin.

Many more acts will be announced over the coming weeks. Visit