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Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival 2012

This years Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival 2012 is taking place from Friday August 24th until Sunday September 2nd. The Festival first came about In 2006 after the former Bridgnorth Folk Festival grew too large for the venues and moved to Shrewsbury leaving a void that was filled by three guys from Highley who wanted to continue with a festival over the August Bank Holiday, and organised a series of great free events including a Music and Food festival in the High Street and events at venues all around the Bridgnorth District

The aim of the Festival is To grow and diversify year on year, To support, enable and encourage participation the arts, to create a platform for local, national and international artists and to raise funds for one local and one national charity each year, and This year Don’t Touch The Walls and Flat Stanley are among the High Street bands performing this year. The Whiskey Syndicate are playing on the Edgar Davis Ground at the Festival on Saturday August 25th and Middleman will be back at the New Inn again this year along with many others over the course of the week.

Friday, 24 August
19:30 Youth Café / Music / DJ Hero competition @ The Bridge, Whitburn St, Bridgnorth
19:30 The Music of Pink Floyd by Mike Holloway and Friends @ St Mary’s Church
20:00 Karaoke @ The New Inn
21:00 Thomson Oldeman @ The Bell and Talbot
21:00 Rattlesnake Jake @ The George
21:00 SwinnerTones @ Gabrielle’s Wine Bar

Saturday, 25 August
Animation Extravaganza 10:00 Cafe / Music / DJ Hero competition @ The Bridge, Whitburn St, Bridgnorth

Edgar Davis Stage Rock Concert @Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival ,from 12:00 until 6pm
Edgar Davies Rugby Ground, Bandon Lane, Low Town, Bridgnorth, Featuring

Sunday 26th August
12:30 Lunchtime Jazz @ Gabrielle’s Wine Bar
21:00 M.A.D.I.S.O.N @ The Bell and Talbot
21:00 Moonshine Runners @ The George
21:00 Under The Fridge @ The Bear
21:00 David Busby @ Gabrielle’s Wine Bar

Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival High Street Concert

This takes place on Sun, 26 August, from 12:00 – 18:00 on the High Street Stage, Bridgnorth along with the Food Fayre and Children’s Festival. Among the musical acts performing on The High Street Stage this year are:

12noon Don’t Touch The Walls
1pm Guns For Girls
2pm Flat Stanley
3pm The Formula
4pm Selfish Lovers
5pm Bird
12:00 Family Funday @ The New Inn
17:00 The Dockers @ The Hen & Chickens
18:30 Thomson Oldeman & Friends in The Beer Garden @ The Old Castle
21:00 TBA @ The Bell and Talbot
21:00 Oaken Lee @ The George
21:00 Booyaka @ The Bear

Monday, 27 August
11:00 Organ Recital by William Nicholson @ St Mary’s Church

Quayside Stage @ Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival From 12pm
Mon, 27 August, 12:00 – 18:00 – Quayside, Underhill St, Bridgnorth Set against the stunning backdrop of the River Severn

12:00 Rhi Moore
12:30 The Moonshine Runners
13:00 The Hair Thieves
13:30 Num Nums
14:00 Claire Diamond
14:30 Midset Buka
15:10 Matt Barker
15:40 Thomson Oldeman
16:30 ToyPOP
17:20 The State of Things

14:00 Moonshine Runners @ The Bear
17:00 Mike Holloway/HMV Band at Bassa Villa
18:00 Simon Davies & Rob Cooper @ Gabrielle’s Wine Bar
21:00 HMV Band @ The George

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2012

Not surprisingly This years Shrewsbury Festival, which takes place on 24th-25th-26th-27th August 2012 has sold out again. This year Richard Thompson and. KT Tunstall are back and she will be ending the festival in the main marquee on Monday. Show of Hands will also recreate their spectacular Royal Albert Hall gig complete with orchestra and Blowzabella have a marathon ceilidh lined up. The Sweetback Sisters return from New York to give us their slant on country music and there are surprises in the form of Madison Violet and Old Man Luedecke (pronounced Loo-da-ka) from Canada, Jonathan Byrd from the US and Anxo Lorenzo from Spain. And brace yourselves for our new Global Dance spectacular on main stage one. Don’t worry if you couldn’t get tickets, the whole event is also being streamed live at the OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Other bands performing this year include The Sweetback Sisters, Abigail Morris, The Wilson Family, Faustus, Frumptarn Guggenband, Florida, Monty’s Maggot. No Fixed Abode, Spank the Planks, Ghosts of December, All Blacked Up, Jaywalkers, Luke Jackson, Kathryn Roberts and Caroline Herring, Kimber’s Men, Pete Morton, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Karine Polwart, Blackbeards Tea Party, Gloworms, Americano, Lau, Two Coats Colder, Baskery, Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, Treacherous Orchestra, Dervish, Plainsong, Blowzabella, Johnathan Byrd, Anxo Lorenzo, Vin Garbutt, City Clickers, Corncrow, Jim Moray This Way up and Vamm plus many more

There will also be plenty of Morris Dance teams at the event including the Windsor Morris, Iron Men and Severn Gilders, Mortimer’s Morris, Flag and Bone Gang Team, Hammersmith Morris Men, Berkshire Bedlam, Sheffield City Morris, Flash Company and the Three Spires Morris Team.

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100th Anniversary Tribute to Gene Kelly

American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer “Gene” Kelly was born this date August 23, in 1912. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen.

Born in Pittsburgh.Kelly started dancing At the age of eight after he was enrolled by his mother in dance classes, along with his elder brother James. They both rebelled, and, according to Kelly: “We didn’t like it much and were continually involved in fistfights with the neighborhood boys who called us sissies…I didn’t dance again until I was fifteen.” He thought it would be a good way to get girls. Kelly returned to dance on his own initiative and by then was an accomplished sportsman and well able to take care of himself. He attended St. Raphael Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1929 at the age of sixteen. He enrolled in Pennsylvania State College to study journalism but the economic crash obliged him to seek employment to help with the family’s finances. At this time, he worked up dance routines with his younger brother Fred in order to earn prize money in local talent contests, and they also performed in local nightclubs.

In 1931, Kelly enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to study economics. While at Pitt, Kelly became involved in the university’s Cap and Gown Club, which staged original, comedic musical productions. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with his graduation from Pitt in 1933, he remained active with the Cap and Gown Club, serving as its director from 1934 to 1938, while at the same time enrolling in the University of Pittsburgh Law School Also during this period, Kelly’s family started a dance studio on Munhall Road in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In 1932, the dance studio was renamed The Gene Kelly Studio of the Dance. A second location was opened in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1933. Kelly served as a teacher at the studio during both his undergraduate and law student years at Pitt.

Eventually, though, he decided to pursue his career as a dance teacher and full-time entertainer, so Kelly dropped out of law school after two months. He began to increasingly focus on performing. , having successfully managed and developed the family’s dance school business, he moved to New York City In 1937 in search of work as a choreographer, but returned to Pittsburgh, to his first position as a choreographer with the Charles Gaynor musical revue Hold Your Hats at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in April, 1938. His first Broadway assignment, in November 1938, was as a dancer in Cole Porter’s Leave It to Me! as the American ambassador’s secretary who supports Mary Martin while she sings “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. In 1939, he was selected to be part of a musical revue “One for the Money” produced by the actress Katharine Cornell, who was known for finding and hiring talented young actors.

Kelly’s first career breakthrough was in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Time of Your Life, In the same year he received his first assignment as a Broadway choreographer, for Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe and In 1940, he was given the leading role in Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey which propelled him to stardom and Offers from Hollywood soon began to arrive. His first motion picture was “For Me and My Gal” (1942) with Judy Garland. He achieved his breakthrough as a dancer when he worked with Rita Hayworth in Cover Girl (1944), his next film Anchors Aweigh (1945) became one of the most successful films of 1945. Upon his return to Hollywood in the spring of 1946, he starred in Living in a Big Way and led to his next picture, a film version of Cole Porter’s The Pirate with Judy Garland in which Kelly plays the eponymous swashbuckler. Later he capitalised on his swashbuckling image as d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers. and also appeared with Vera-Ellen in the Slaughter on Tenth Avenue ballet in Words and Music (1948) fplloewed byWords and Music (1948), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), and On the Town, partnered with Frank Sinatra. In 1949 he took the lead role in the early mafia melodrama: The Black Hand.This was then followed by Summer Stock (1950) in which Kelly performed “You, You Wonderful You”, An American in Paris (1951) and, probably the most popular and admired of all film musicals – Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Kelly, at the very peak of his creative powers, now made what in retrospect is seen as a serious mistake, and went to Europe to make a pet project of his to bring modern ballet to mainstream film audiences. The film Invitation to the Dance It was beset with delays and technical problems, and flopped when finally released in 1956. For his next picture Brigadoon (1954), he starred alongside Cyd Charisse, In his next film Deep in My Heart, He also appeared with his brother Fred in. He made three further pictures for MGM. It’s Always Fair Weather (1956), Les Girls (1957) and The Happy Road.Leaving MGM in 1957, Kelly returned to stage work, although he continued to make some film appearances, such as Hornbeck in the 1960 Hollywood production of Inherit the Wind. Kelly also frequently appeared on television shows during the 1960s, including a role as Father Chuck O’Malley in Going My Way (1962–63). He also appeared in three major TV specials: New York, New York (1966), The Julie Andrews’ Show (1965), and Jack and the Beanstalk (1967) which won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1965, wher he starred the major box-office hit A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and was commissioned to direct Hello, Dolly! (1969), starring Walther Matthau and Barbra Streisand. In 1970, he made another TV special: Gene Kelly and 50 Girls. He also directed veteran actors James Stewart and Henry Fonda in the comedy western The Cheyenne Social Club (1970). Then, in 1974, he appeared as one of many special narrators in the surprise hit of the year That’s Entertainment! and subsequently directed and co-starred with his friend Fred Astaire in the sequel That’s Entertainment, Part II.

Sadly Kelly’s health declined steadily in the late 1980s, and a stroke in July 1994 resulted in a seven week hospital stay. Another stroke in early 1995 left Kelly mostly bedridden in his Beverly Hills, California home. He died in his sleep on February 2, 1996, and his body was subsequently cremated, without any funeral or memorial services

Although he is known today for his performances in Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris, he was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid 1940s until this art form fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences. Kelly sadly passed away on February 2, 1996 but recieved many awards during his career including the Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur from the French Government, an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements, a lifetime achievement awards in the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 1999, the American Film Institute also numbered him 15th in their Greatest Male Stars of All Time list.

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You’re still twisting my melon Man

Shaun Ryder vocalist with The Indie/alternative/dance band Happy Mondays was born 23rd August 1962. Formed in 1980 in  Salford, Greater Manchester, the Happy Monday’s original line-up consisted of Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark “Bez” Berry joined the band onstage later during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta Satchell also  joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s. Some of the Happy Mondays best known songs include Step OnWrote For LuckHallelujah, 24 Hour Party People and Kinky Afro

Along with The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays found fame and success during the  “Madchester” music scene of the late 1980′ and early 1990′s, which developed in Manchester, England. The music that emerged from the scene mixed alternative rock, psychedelic rock and dance music. Other Artists associated with the scene also included New Order, Inspiral Carpets, Northside, 808 State, James, The Charlatans, The Fall, A Guy Called Gerald, and other bands. At that time, the Haçienda nightclub was a major catalyst for the distinctive musical ethos in the city that was called the Second Summer of Love. The Happy Mondays are also currently enjoying something of a Comeback too, after having played various Music Festivals during the summer 2012 including last Weekends V Festival at Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard and Hylands Park, Chelmsford. There may Also be footage of the performance online somewhere.

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Tribute to Keith Moon

The late great Keith Moon, the former drummer with The Who was born this date 23rd August in 1946 (Which is a great excuse for me to post some fantastic songs). The Who were formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend, John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.   The Who rose to fame in the UK with a series of top ten hit singles, boosted in part by pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline, beginning in January 1965 with“I Can’t Explain”. The albums My Generation, A Quick One  and The Who Sell Out followed, with the first two reaching the UK top five. They first hit the US Top 40 in 1967 with “Happy Jack” and hit the top ten later that year with “I Can See for Miles”.

Their fame grew with memorable performances at the Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Isle of Wight music festivals. The 1969 release of Tommy was the first in a series of top ten albums in the US, followed by Live at Leeds, Who’s Next, Quadrophenia, The Who by Numbers, Who Are You, and The Kids Are Alright.  Saldy though Keith Moon tragically died at the age of 32 in 1978, after which the band released two studio albums, the UK and US top five Face Dances and the US top ten It’s Hard, with drummer Kenney Jones, before disbanding in 1983.

They re-formed at events such as Live Aid and for reunion tours such as their 25th anniversary tour and the Quadrophenia tours of 1996 and 1997. In 2000, the three surviving original members discussed recording an album of new material, but their plans temporarily stalled upon Entwistle’s death at the age of 57 in 2002. Townshend and Daltrey continue to perform as The Who, and in 2006 they released the studio album Endless Wire, which reached the top ten in the UK and US.

The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility; the display describes them as “Prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World’s Greatest Rock Band.” Time magazine wrote in 1979 that “No other group has ever pushed rock so far, or asked so much from it.” Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Who complete the holy trinity of British rock.” They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. In 2008 surviving members Townshend and Daltrey were honoured at the 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honours. That same year VH1 Rock Honours paid tribute to The Who and Jack Black of Tenacious D called them “the greatest band of all time. The Two surviving members of the Who also performed towards the end of the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony in London, after much persuasion (Best bit IMHO, I thought They were also brilliant at Glastonbury too..however I digress)