Fabulous Pre-Festival Events lined up for 2018:
ROGER McGOUGH + LiTTLe MACHiNe
Thursday 2nd Aug 2.30pm (Ham Marquee)
Roger McGough’s new show with Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough’s characteristic wit and wordplay too.
‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times
LiTTLe MACHiNe are the ‘must have’ act at Literary Festivals from York to Dubai. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry, they set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul!
Advisory : For adults and young people. Not appropriate for little ones.
Thursday 2nd Aug 8.00pm (Ham Marquee)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, they retain a passion for live performance. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.
“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue… (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.” The Guardian
THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
Friday 3rd Aug 3.00pm (Ham Marquee)
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. A concert by the ensemble is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies.
“Wonderfully clever!” David Bowie