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Hatherleigh Festival
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 7, 2011: Hatherleigh is playing host to its annual music and arts festival over 4 days from 28 th to 31 st July. The Festival is now in its 16 th year and prides itself in bringing new music and art to this beautiful little town in the heart of Devon.
Art Exhibitions will be running over the 4 days at venues all over the town. Tea Rooms – Café Characters, Old Schools – Celebration of Devon's Wildlife and Countryside, Commerce House House of Glass, The Pottery – Ceramic and Stone, The Vine – Festival Print Shop, Community Centre – Hatherleigh Art Group, Crafty Angels – Knit and Natter and the Salar Gallery – Foot and Mouth 10 years on.
Thursday sees Festival off to a fun start with a Circus Workshop hosted by Circus Allsorts in the Community Centre. The participants of the Workshop will then be invited to join in our Opening Parade led by Ros Chard, Town Crier and the fabulous Hatherleigh Silver Band. The band will then play a set in the square and will be joined by the circus entertainers of Circus Allsorts. Later in the evening we have invited a local group and singer to play in the public houses of Hatherleigh, they are Ed Lane, who is an amazing acoustic vocalist hailing from Tavistock and Mariners Away, the South Zeal based shanty singers who will uplift your Thursday evening.
Friday combines creative learning and music. During the day we will have workshops for Children and Adults these include : A Messy Play session hosted by Hatherleigh Children's Centre, A two hour Animation Workshop facilitated by West Devon Family, Patchwork and Pin Cushion making hosted by Jane Austin and OCRA who will be holding a Fencing workshop and Orienteering .
In the evening sees our Music Festival start in ernest. Take That are currently THE most popular band in the UK and it is with great pleasure that we annouce that we have the UK's premier tribute act to Take That playing at our Festival. The Take That Experience recreate the true experience of Take That with replica costumes, extremely energetic choreography and of course the music that everybody loves. So if you were unable to get tickets to Take That's tour, or you did and want to re-live it, then come along to the Community Centre of Friday 29 th July. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Hatherleigh Pottery or Hatherleigh Papershop or call the box office on 01837 810624.
There will also be 3 artists playing in the square : Zuby – In the world of hip hop, Zuby is an anomaly. England born, Saudi Arabia-bred and Oxford educated – he refuses to fit into the ‘generic rapper' category. ‘I am in Love' . The group has been influenced by the music of their heroes: Prince, Bowie, Adam Ant, Freddie Mercury and bands like The Cure, Bloc Party, OMD and Foals. Killamonjambo they play a fusion of ska , dub, dancey , knees up style with catchy vocal hooks and powerful ska lines. Donations for the festival for the music in the square is appreciated there will be stewards around the square at all times with collection buckets.
Also on Friday sees Roger Cleverdon presenting a celebration of the music of Flanders and Swann .
Saturday sees activities and events all day long. We have Workshops running at various locations throughout the town these include: Musical Instrument Workshop facilitated by West Devon Learning, Torrington based Streetz Dance Crew, Japanese Folded Patchwork and Redwork Embroidery workshops hosted by Marilyn Hornby, drop in printing workshop in the Vine and stool making with Ben Mays.
There will be a Street Market and food starting at 12 noon in the Market Square. The entertainment starts at 2pm with lots a fantastic artists : The Hog Ranch who play a range of Bluegrass Americana music, Dan The Hat – Juggling skills and comic talent, Rob Dave and Izzy – local group who are a major part of all Hatherleigh's Festivals, Josie Lloyd – local blues and rag time musician, The Ten Five Sixty – bringing a powerful and haunting sound to your Saturday night, and headlining Saturday evening is Black Friday – they fuse Irish and Celtic tunes with high energy punk rock.
Sunday mellows out a bit. It all starts in the Town Square at 11am with a Combined Church Service lead this year by Rev Ruth Hansford. We have invited along the St Thomas Gospel Choir who will accompany the service and also play for a while after. In the Community Centre in the afternoon the Hatherleigh Young Players will perform “Winnie the Pooh and Friends” with cake and candles, songs, dance and merriment.
Roger Cleverdon's Organ Recital this year will see Roger perform works from the recent Royal Wedding Service.
On Sunday evening we have a fantastic one man show “Two Halves of Guinness” a play about Alec Guinness which is funny, touching and brimming with insights into the film star and the man. Trevor Littledale gives an uncanny portrayal of one of the world's best-loved actors through his life-long marriage, good war and the golden age of British film and theatre. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Hatherleigh Pottery or Hatherleigh Papershop or call the box office on 01837 810624.
For bookings and for more details of the Festival, please go to our website www.hatherleighfestival.co.uk .

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