Local singer at ladies’ night and cider festival

Luke Girvan. Image by Paul Michael Hughes
Luke Girvan. Image by Paul Michael Hughes

Up-and-coming singer songwriter Luke Girvan will play at the Ladies’ Evening and Cider Festival at Towcester Racecourse on Friday, May 24.

Northampton-born Mr Girvan, aged 25, taught himself to read music and took GCSE music four years early.

He played his original songs at the Albert Hall at the age of 18, has just released his first album and embarks on a tour of the UK this summer.

Mr Girvan will be playing a chilled-out acoustic set at Towcester Racecourse while the crowds enjoy an evening of racing.

He said: “I have been known to have the odd flutter on the horses at Towcester and I love the racecourse. I did a photoshoot there for my album and I’m really looking forward to going back to play.”

Mr Girvan, whose great uncle John Martin was a founding member of Dr Feelgood, is attracting interest from big names in the music industry.

And there’s another famous name in the family. Mr Girvan’s father, Martin, competed in the hammer throw in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and held the commonwealth record for 13 years.

Mr Girvan will be on stage on the Cider Festival lawn at Towcester Racecourse between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

Rhythm and blues band Spank will take to the stage at 9pm and play through until the event closes at 11pm.

As well as an evening of racing and live music, there will be 30 real ciders, a cocktail bar and a Pimm’s tent at the Ladies’ Evening and Cider Festival.

Gates open at 4pm and the first race takes place at 5.55pm. The festival bar closes at 11pm.

Entry is £10.

Further detail are available at www.facebook.com/LadiesEveningAndCiderFestival

Or follow the event on Twitter @frocksandhorses

You can listen to Mr Girvan’s music at www.lukegirvan.com