Town’s musical fortnight starts this weekend

Brackley Music Festival.Music in the Piazza.Darrell Mitchell. 080628M-C089
Brackley Music Festival.Music in the Piazza.Darrell Mitchell. 080628M-C089
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There will be something for everyone from brass bands to a fusion of past and present during the 19th Brackley Music Festival.

When first envisaged in 1995 it was thought the festival would take place over one weekend, every other year.

Since then it has grown and this year features 17 diary dates spread over two weeks.

It all kicks off tonight, Friday, June 28 with performance by the Brackley and District Band at St John’s Chapel at 8pm, tickets cost £6

The last few years has also seen Brackley Park taken over for a day of outdoor music, but this year the Red Lion pub will host a whole day of music in the pub and Market Square tomorrow Saturday, June 29.

Another highlight will be the Lunatrix at Brackley Football Club on Tuesday, July 2, at 8pm - tickets £8. They are described as having taken acoustic elements from the past and combined them with contemporary electro-swing, live drums and electric guitars.

Blake Stimpson, chairman of the organising committee said the had worked hard to put together a varied programme.

He added: “I’m looking forward to the London Tango Quintet, and I’m also looking forward to the Brackley Band kicking it off.

“Brackley Wind Ensemble is always a delight, and I’m curious about the Moon Dogs because I don’t know them at all.”

He added: “It really puts Brackley on the music scene very much indeed, there’s nowhere else in the Midlands that’s doing this kind of thing.

“But it’s not a competition, it is about the sheer enjoyment of putting on a programme of music that entertains people.”

This weekend’s festival highlights concludes with Folk in the Park on Sunday, June 30, from 2pm to 9pm.

Then singer/song writer and raconteur Kevin O’Regan will be welcomed back to Brackley Town Hall at 2.30pm on Monday, July 1 - tickets £3.

His performance is described as a heady cocktail of folk with a hint of blues, a dash of country, a splash of rock, washed down with a large measure of his characteristic exuberance.

The Brackley Wind Ensemble perform a St John’s Chapel at 8pm on Wednesday, July 3 - tickets £5.

On Thursday, July 3, 70’s and 80’s pop rocker Syd Twynham will perform with the Moon Dogs at Brackley Football Club at 8pm - tickets £10.

The London Tango Quintet, which includes David Juritz who has performed with The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, and Grammy nominated guitar virtuoso Craig Ogden , will perform at St Peter’s Church at 8pm, tickets £15.

For a full list of events click on this link the Brackley Music Festival website.