Enjoy songs with a swing at Fringe40

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 21st 2019

With over 50 events to choose from, music lovers are spoilt for choice at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe.

For those drawn to folk, blues and jazz there are some especially rich pickings. Amongst those returning is Annette Gregory with her band. Annette’s smooth vocal style and her selection from the Great American Songbook has won her many friends up-and-down the country. In a similar vein is Basin Street Jazz & Blues - though expect a few originals as well as a mix of standards from the past 100 years. Meanwhile the 16-piece High Peak Swing Band will be providing entertainment at the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand.

Blues lovers will want to head for Buxton station when the Blues Train pulls in. Otherwise American visitors Sweet Suzi and Mark Allen will be joining local musicians Peter Buxton and the Herding Catz Blues Band for free entertainment at RedWillow.

At the folkier end of the spectrum, Ian Bowns will be drawing on the established traditional repertoire and the Occasional Band will focus on Irish and American songs and music. Sam Dunkley first played the Fringe more than 10 years ago and his return is always welcome. Sam has a friendly, relaxed style: expect a mix of traditional songs and originals that sound as if they have been around for years. The firmly established Club Acoustic night at the Old Clubhouse is also bound to deliver a good mix of standards and original songs. The Raintown Seers have become Buxton regulars and their songs based on Peak District legends and events are well worth hearing.

A number of singers are bringing new and original programmes to Fringe40. Egriega is back for the fourth year with a love story that is his most ambitious work yet. Paul Cromford has written a song-cycle about our planet’s relationship with its moon. Johnny Dysfunctional and his band celebrate Christmas - whether they are early or late is uncertain but audiences are sure to enjoy it.

Cathy Rimer writes songs that are tender and wise; she has a voice and personality to match. Similar - but also very different - is Hattie Hatstar whose comic songs touch on some of the less obvious subjects. She is self-accompanied on the accordion.

Some shows probably would never see the light of day if it was not for the Fringe. Sam Slide’s Trombone Tunes, Trombone Talk is one such. Sam has been playing the ‘bone since his school days. It is an important part of his life. Hear a bit about that life set to music.

A host of other music is available at Fringe40. For further information see the printed programme, www.buxtonfringe.org.uk or the new Buxton Fringe App.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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