Stogumber Festival returns from 7 to 9 September 2018!
We are busy creating a fantastic programme for you with the usual mix of classical, folk and acoustic music with a mix of well established performers and those just starting out in their musical careers. We also have some fantastic workshops lined up!
We look forward to starting to share the line up with you very soon!...
If you love all music then the whole weekend will have something for you, but instead of mixing musical genres throughout the weekend, this year the festival will see days with distinct flavours:
Friday 7th: Performances by local children in the Village Square
Festival Reception and opening concert in the Church
Saturday 8th: Folk and Acoustic Music Day
Sunday 9th: Classical Music Day
You may like to put the dates in your diaries now 🎶🎶🎶
Wishing all Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties and anyone else in that role Happy Mothering Sunday! Here is Gwyneth Herbert with Grandma's Hands from her performance at Stogumber Festival a few years ago ☺
The temperature has risen and the snow is starting to melt at last. Here is our musical theme for the day 🎶❄❄🎶🎶
Well, we have survived the red weather alert and come out the other side, but we are "Snowgumber" today! The community spirit is at its best at this time as people in the village go and check on vulnerable neighbours or, due to being stuck in the village, get together for an impromptu coffee morning or soup/stew lunch with friends and neighbours! No school today, so the happy sounds of sledging can be heard and quite a number of new community members made of snow are spotted around the place ❄️☃️❄️☃️
Greetings from a very snowy Stogumber! Here is something astonishing to look at if, like us, you are snowbound today! Keep warm out there. ...... 🎶🎶❄❄
Kitty Macfarlane is a young singer-songwriter who first performed for us in 2014 and has gone on to become a popular performer at clubs and festivals around the country! Kitty is currently on tour ☺
Off to play in some lovely places this Spring - please share! Here's where you'll find me:
21st Feb - Kirkham, Lancashire, Willows Folk Club
23rd Feb - Bromsgrove, The Artrix
1st Mar - Weston-Super-Mare, Orange Corner
6th Mar - Windlesham, Bracknell Folk Club
7th Mar - Milton Keynes, The Stables
11th Mar - Oxford, Holywell Music Rooms
12th Mar - Colchester Arts Centre
21st - 22nd Apr - Isle of Man Cyclefest
2nd May - Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
3rd May - York, Black Swan Folk Club
4th May - Coventry, Big Comfy Bookshop
5th May - London, Slaughtered Lamb
6th May - Walton On Thames, Walton Folk Festival
25th May - Plymouth, B-Bar
26th - 27th May - Bude Folk Festival
27th May - Exeter, Twigg's Gigs
9th June - Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
24th June - Shropshire, Beardy Folk Festival
28th June - Evesham Arts Centre
Thanks Chris Emmerson for the photo x
A fantastic opportunity to see our most local of high - flying, award-winning folk musicians, Ange Hardy, locally!
Somerset & Local Friends... we are down to the last handful of tickets for this event so please be sure to book ASAP if you are hoping to join us: https://www.angehardy.com/…/wiveliscombe-silver-street-sess…
REALLY looking forward to this one 🎵🎶
Message from our lovely friend Lada Valesova ! Here is the link to cast your vote http://awards.classical-music.com/
"Fabulous Nicky Spence and I made this little fun video asking you to vote for our CD Fata Morgana. The votes close on Monday 19th. Enjoy watching and do click on that link. Thank you!"
There is no Gumbeerfest this year as the organisers take a well earned break!
Hi all, just to let everyone know that unfortunately Gumbeerfest will be having a fallow year in 2018. We will be back in 2019 and will have plenty of time to m...ake it the best festival to date!!
Make sure you don’t miss all the other amazing festival in the area WellyStock, Watchet music festival and North Newt! We will certainly be enjoying them....
Thanks Gumbeerfest team
Congratulations to Alex and Ford, aka the Drystones (and Thirsty Jenny band leaders) on their nomination in the BBC Folk Awards in the Young musicians category!
Great news! Announced today on the Mark Radcliffe Radio 2 Folk Show we have been nominated for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award!
Cheers Radio 2!
Congratulations to Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys for their nomination for Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards!
We're extremely proud to announce that we've been nominated for 'Best Group' in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018! The awards will take place in Belfast on the 4...th of April, and you're able to get tickets for the event now.
We've had an absolutely incredible year, and now's probably a better time than ever to thank you all for your support. This job wouldn't be quite as much fun without people to play to, so we appreciate each and every one of you! Unless you've never been to one of our gigs or bought our album. Shameful.
SK + the LB x
We are sad that the joint headliner show featuring Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson on Friday 2 February at Stogumber had to be cancelled when Amy Wadge pulled out of the tour because she is unwell.
We are very sorry to report that Amy Wadge is having to pull out of the tour with Luke Jackson, and the the double headline gig in Stogumber on Friday 2nd February has therefore had to be CANCELLED!
If you bought your tickets on line, we will be contacting you to give a full refund.
If you got your tickets from Central Stores, Stogumber please bring the tickets back for a full refund.
I am so sad to say that I am having to withdraw from the tour with Luke Jackson that was due to start this week. While I was away in the US I was taken ill an...d ended up needing treatment in hospital. I am now under strict medical orders to rest for at least a month which sadly means I can’t fulfil my commitments to the tour.
I am so sorry to all of those that have bought tickets - Luke will still be playing at the majority of the shows so please do check all the listings.
I promise I will be back out to do some shows again soon.
Again massive apologies to everyone I hope to see you all again soon xxx
After having to cancel the gig with Luke Jackson at Stogumber on Friday 2 February because of being taken ill, a number of people have asked how Amy Wadge is now. Here is her latest message.
I’m absolutely overwhelmed by all the messages from everyone thanks you so so much I am on the mend and putting my feet up for a bit but will be back soon I promise. I feel very touched that so many people have been in touch to wish me well masses of love x
Message from our pianist friend Lada Valesova!
I am thrilled to announce that our CD Fata Morgana with music by Pavel Haas is a BBC Music Magazine Award 2018 Vocal Nominee. Congratulations to our wonderful team: Adam Binks and Resonus Classics, Anita Watson, Nicky Bewley, James Brian Platt, Anna Starushkevych and Navarra Quartet. We are very grateful to all our supporters and sponsors. Please cast a vote for our recording and help us to share the beautiful music of Pavel Haas..., and to uphold his legacy.
Vote here and be in with a chance of winning all the nominated CDs:
Our friends at the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton have an open day coming up on 3 February, a great opportunity to see what they do!
The young musicians from the Centre will once again be showcasing their talents at Stogumber Festival 2018!
Did you know? Centre for Young Musicians is a division of the Guildhall School.
CYM Taunton provides high quality sustainable musical training for young people ...on Saturdays in term time.
Next event: Open Day on Saturday 3 February at 9am.
Please contact the CYMT office for more info: email@example.com 07754217993.
Also - Bursaries available now for young musicians
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London has generously allocated bursaries to Centre for Young Musicians Taunton for this academic year. Students can start straight away; no auditions. The bursaries are assisted places provided under the Guildhall School’s Access Agreement, intended for secondary aged students from families who would otherwise be unable to afford the CYMT fees and access the excellent coaching at CYMT. Bursaries for students aged 5 - 18 are available thanks to Sound Foundation Somerset with Arts Council England funding.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07754 217993 for more information.
Image: © Craig Stone Photography