- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:48
- Written by Wez
This years Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival was a roaring success, not only from the public’s point of view but for Bridgnorth business’s. People flooded the streets again to enjoy the free entertainment and art displays all around Bridgnorth over the 10 days of the festival.
Festival organiser Jennifer Bone said “We are so happy that so many people came out to enjoy the events. It was tough this year with money, but thanks to our sponsors we once again managed to keep everything free so no matter if your into Rock music, gentle acoustic music or like running around to claim hidden art, there is something for everyone”.
This years events also featured ‘StreeArtDrop’ for the first time. Abstract artist Street Art Drop Letts hid his artwork around the town and left clues to their whereabouts on Facebook. The first to find it, got to keep it!
Jennifer Bone said “We were so lucky that StreeArtDrop came to town, it was great fun to watch online as people were finding their free art”.
Steve Gibbons headlined the high street stage with a great set that had the whole high street cheering and whooping.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or would like to donate to help keep this festival going please contact us via our website, Facebook www.facebook.com/bridgnorthmusicandartsfestival, Twitter @bnorthfestival or phone 07401 348797.
- Published on Saturday, 07 September 2013 16:29
- Written by Simon Golding
I was really looking forward to the 3rd annual Comedy Extravaganza at the Castle Hall, always a popular event for the Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival. On previous years I have introduced new talent and ran comedy workshops. They were a big success with many who came through the workshops now key players on the Midlands comedy circuit. In celebration of this I decided to have a showcase of talent, carefully selected by former workshop graduate – stand-up comedian, Matt Richards.
Everyone who took to the stage received big laughs from a very appreciative audience. The show was deftly steered by a great hairy shouty man in the shape of compére; Al Grant. Al was terrific and as funny on stage as he was off. The acts were stunning and the line up included Dave Pollard, Dave Dinsdale (Rupert Knutt), Lu Lo, Flames Snakey, Jim Kelly, Jane Huxely, Neil Irving and Roger Swift. We also had an extra treat during intervals – with a comedy musical guest appearance from the festival’s own; Linda Tilley.
I would like to thank everyone who helped put the show together and Grace Bailey for running the raffle. It was a big success and we look forward to seeing another wonderful Bridgnorth audience next year.
- Published on Friday, 06 September 2013 09:18
- Written by Westley Bone
This year the Majestic Cinema hosted Bridgnorth Music and Arts festival's first short film festival. The star of the main feature 'Fanatic', George Appleby attended the event and had just returned from weapons training for his next role in 'Game of Thrones'. Festival organisers along with James Fizzel from the Majestic Cinema were delighted to see so much local talent shown on the big screen.
All of the films shown are also availabe to view for free on either Youtube or Vimeo. Here are the links below for each film incase you missed the full screen showings at the Majestic during the festival, if you want to watch them again, or if you'd like to follow future productions by the film makers.
Leu Doc - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k0gdIQQo2c
Achiever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f84ZbZDJgQ
Letting You Go - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hphEVZ2YgmM
Pablo Picasso - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ETy71N93g
Lost & Found - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipeFv_DgN5I
6 Seconds to Die - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AogL_dEJl3A
Working Lunge - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnnLkqYntk4
Deserters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV2weAOwqvQ
Tibs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9qwNCIu_Mc
The Big Idea - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03VTVANdKug
Sight Systems - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK_cdkpazjI
Smokey Saloon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHgLe9_Vy6E
The Runner - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mnZQK9qdn8
The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains
Please note that ‘Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival’ or ‘Reel Cinemas’ have no control over any of the links provided. This document is designed as a guide only and we do not take responsibility for any adverse outcomes from using the links. Viewer discretion is advised.
- Published on Monday, 12 August 2013 15:45
- Written by Jen Bone
Huw Parsons was born in 1954 in a village called Llyswen in the Wye valley near Hay on Wye. He turned to writing and performing poetry just five years ago after spending most of his life as a very successful photograher and painter. He now has about a hundred poems written and a fast growing reputation for lively, quirky verse and punchy performance, often with musical accompaniment. He's told me that people who like poetry don't like his work because it doesn't fit in with their expectations, but people who don't like poetry love his stuff because they come with no preconceived ideas. His poems are often either based on song lyrics or have a song-like quality about them.
Here's the shortest one he's written -
Fifteen Second Poem
So here they are in black and white
Those clever words that came last night.
Do they harbour the self delusion
That keeps at bay my sanity?
Or are they signs of greatness
That panda to my vanity?
Sting has said about his work "Delightful and poignant. Isn't it awful when rhymes don't work and funny when they almost do? Keep versifying Huw!!!"
While Geoffrey Marshall, the Dean of Brecon Cathedral, said about a recent lunchtime event "Huw's reading in the Cathedral was a meticulously crafted event and a great success. His poems, so moving on the page, come even more alive when he and his friends perform them. Brilliant!"
Huw will be performing at a poetry evening at the Black Boy on Friday 23rd August, which also includes an open mic session and a performance by Derrick D and the Backbones.