Midsummer Music to hit the high notes for the 11th year

Towcester Rock School perform during the Towester Midsummer Music Festival
Towcester Rock School perform during the Towester Midsummer Music Festival

A firework finale and stars from the legendary glam rock band Mud, are just two of the highlights of Towcester’s 11th Midsummer Music Festival this weekend.

The Rotary, Centurions and Lions clubs of Towcester have once again teamed up with town businesses to put on a two night festival starting Friday, June 21, which caters for a wide range of musical tastes, and is spread over 10 venues.

While the Plough Inn is set to host The Montanas, featuring stars from the Mud on Saturday night, home grown talent will be at the forefront with the Towcester Rock School kicking off proceedings in Towcester Town Hall on the Friday, June 21.

The Plough also has a licence for bars in the Market Square where the festival will be officially opened by Mayor Jim Lynch on Saturday at 7.15pm following a 15 minute taster from the Giocoso Concert Band.

The concert band, from Swanbourne, will perform twice at St Lawrence Church on the Saturday night at 7.30pm and 9.15pm.

Other highlights include; The Rambling Boys four piece acoustic band at The Conservative Club from 7.30pm, The Asha Ceilidh Band at the town hall from 7.30pm, Neil Diamond tribute Jonny Rikard at the Bull from 7.30pm, and Abba Mia in the Saracen’s Head Hotel coaching yard from 7.30pm.

Saturday night will climax withe a Firework Finale from the top of Bury Mount.

Admission to venues comes with the purchase of a programme which costs £18 for a family, £7 for an adult, £5 concessions, and are available throughout the town.

Midsummer Music timetable of events

Bury Mount

Firework Finale

Saturday, June 22

10.30pm – 11pm

The 2013 Midsummer Music Festival climaxes with a Firework spectacular from the top of Bury Mount.

Towcester Town Hall

Towcester Rock School

Friday, June 21

7.30pm until 10.30pm

David Taylor’s renowned Rock School will again provide a feast of talent with a variety of young singers and musicians combining to rock the night away. Come and see for yourself what fantastic young musicians they are and what a great sound they produce.

Look out for the new Adele, a future Clapton or, maybe, an-up-and coming Coldplay

NB this performance is the only performance on Friday; all other performances are on Saturday.

Market Square

Giocoso Concert Band

Saturday, June 22

7.00pm – 7.15am

The entertainment begins in the Market Square with a taster from Giocoso before their performance in St Lawrence. At 7.15 the Mayor will declare the festival open and the full programme will begin at our 10 venues.

Chantry House

Readers and Writers

Rhymetimers 4pm-4.30pm and 4.30-5.00pm.

A free Rhymetime for Under 8’s and their parents and carers. This fun activity uses musical instruments, scarves and puppets. Delivered by an experienced member of Towcester library staff, see how many rhymes you can remember! Come and join in the fun!

Writers 5pm-6.30pm

Towcester Writers group has held a competition with music as the theme. The winners’ work will be read out for all to enjoy. The group was set up to show case local writers’ work and this is a perfect opportunity to do just that.

The Plough Inn

Live Music & Pig Roasts

Friday, June 21

8pm – 10pm

Fully licensed bar and Pig Roast in the Garden

Herms. This local band will play covers from the likes of Tina Turner, Blondie, The Clash, Madonna, Jimmy Somerville, Tiffany, White Stripes, Lily Allen.

Saturday, June 22

5pm - 12.30am

Fully licensed bar and Pig Roast on the Market Square

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tommy Kavanagh.

Local guitarist Tommy Kavanagh plays the best of the 60’s to 80’s

9.00 – 12.00 The Montanas. This rock and roll band specialises in classics from the 70’s and features stars from the legendary glam rock band, Mud.

Towcester Conservative Club

The Rambling ‘Boys’

7.30pm until 10pm

Fully licensed bar

They’re back by popular request! The Rambling ‘Boys’, a four piece acoustic band originally formed in Nottingham, have been rambling since 1967 and have a wide repertoire of English, Scottish, Irish and American songs, both traditional and contemporary.

They will entertain and amuse you with a variety of songs, from close harmony to singalong, and will be joined by local guest Ed Bloomfield.

Towcester Town Hall

Asha Ceilidh Band

Fully sponsored by South Northants Homes

7.30pm until 10pm

Fully licensed bar available

This exciting five-piece multi-instrumental ceilidh band was launched at Milton Keynes’ own prestigious Stables Theatre in 2002 and have since appeared at numerous folk and world music events, around the country, including the prestigious Cambridge, Sidmouth, Chippenham, Bromyard and Towersey festivals.

Asha’s CD releases and live shows have received great reviews and you will enjoy their high-energy performance.

The Bull

Jonny Rikard

Appearing in the Gardens

7.30pm until 11pm (with breaks)

Fully licensed bar and barbecue available

Johnny Rickard’s tribute to one of pop’s best-loved icons, Neil Diamond, includes stunningly accurate productions of 70s and 80s hits such as Sweet Caroline and Love on the Rocks.

With specially hand-crafted garments to add authenticity, his vocal similarity and sex appeal make for a sensational stage show to keep you entertained Until It’s Time For You To Go.

If you want to enjoy a Beautiful Noise and Red, Red Wine this Neil Diamond tribute is Just For You, If You Know What I Mean.

Dolphin Café

Craig Live

Fully sponsored by PRP Optoelectronics

7.30pm until 10pm (with breaks)

Licensed bar with food available

“He sings and plays guitar”. Craig returns to the Dolphin by popular request and we are sure that you will enjoy his music.

You will hear music from the 60s, 70s and 80s and he is not afraid to mix Queen, the Beatles Carly Simon and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band with some of his own comedy,

Irish and originals!

Towcester Tea Rooms

Karina Bell

7.30pm until 10pm (with breaks)

Licensed bar with food available

It’s easy to understand why so many people consider the harp one of the most beautiful

instruments, both to listen to and to look at.

Karina is back in response to the many requests for her to return and play, and the Tea Rooms are the perfect setting for the melodious sounds she creates.

Saracen’s Head Hotel

Lincoln Noel Trio

Appearing in the Pickwick Room

7.30pm until 11pm (with breaks)

Fully licensed bar available

We are very pleased to welcome back Northampton’s Lincoln Noel, one of the mainstays of the festival for many years. Lincoln will be performing with his jazz trio in the Saracen’s Head. Be ready for instrumentals and vocals taking in everything from Basie to Bach.

Saracen’s Head Hotel

Abba Mia

Fully sponsored by The Saracen’s Head

Appearing in the Coaching Yard

7.30pm until 11pm (with breaks)

Fully licensed bar available

Back by popular request, Abba Mia bring all the class and magic of Abba, with their sensational vocal harmonies, custom made costumes and authentic Abba choreography. They will sing non-stop hits such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Thank You For the Music and many more.

Sponne School

Sponne School Musicians

Fully sponsored by Towcester Business Club

7.30pm until 8.30pm

Music has a very high profile at Sponne, locally, nationally, through its involvement in prestigious events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth, and even internationally, through the bi-annual tours overseas. Wind, brass, strings, jazz, choral ... you name it, Sponne School can deliver it and will be giving us a sample of their skills at Midsummer Music.

Sponne School

Towcester Studio Band

Fully sponsored by Chancery

8.30pm until 10pm

Our very own Towcester Studio Band will be entertaining us in Sponne School. One of the Region’s top brass bands, they will be playing selections from the world of brass, favourite classics and hits from the shows and the charts.