Words and Music Festival 7-10th October 2010

Hello! We've got a fantastic line-up for this, the third Words and Music Festival, Nantwich.  See below for the full schedule.

WORDS AND MUSIC NANTWICH in conjunction with Scrumptillious Cakes and Catering present the legendary radio and TV presenter/writer/musician MARK RADCLIFFE in an all new show.

"Cupcakes And Outtakes" at the Crown Ballroom, will open Words And Music 2010, and is very definitely set to be a show of two halves.

Mark will open proceedings with a world preview of sections from his forthcoming book "Reeling In The Years", which is to be published in Spring 2011.  During and immediately after the reading, locally based company Scrumptillious Cupcakes will be on hand to enhance the proceedings with the uniquely delicious ware for which their fame is rapidly spreading!

Then after cupcakes have been duly savoured by all, a brief interval been taken - and, one anticipates, beer been consumed - Mark will take to the stage for the second half of the show, "Blues and Booze" with his new band The Big Figures, who promise to rock the proverbial joint with a bracing blast of bluesy rock, described as being in the manner of Dr Feelgood (from whose erstwhile drummer they take their name).

Truly a unique opening for this year's festival. Book early to avoid disappointment.

7.30 pm
Thursday 7th October
The Crown Hotel
Tickets £10 - Buy here
See Mark Radcliffe's biography


Fyfe Dangerfield

Words and Music Festival Nantwich is proud to present FYFE DANGERFIELD, whose debut solo album "Fly Yellow Moon" shot into the top 10 this year on the back of the runaway success of his cover of Billy Joel's "She's
Always A Woman", as featured on the successful John Lewis TV advertising campaign.

Born in the Midlands, a hugely versatile and original musician with a classical music background, Fyfe first came to international attention as singer and songwriter with indie rock band The
Guillemots. He will be performing a special Words And Music Festival
set at the Crown Ballroom on Friday 8th October.

7.30 pm
Friday 8th October
The Crown Hotel
Tickets £12.50 - Buy here
See Fyfe Dangerfield's biography

Poets at the Players Theatre with
Paul Farley, Danny Chivers and Tracey Browne

Words and Music Festival Nantwich presents a trio of poets to entertain and delight.

PAUL FARLEY is an award winning English poet, who has been a significant presence in UK writing since his debut collection "The Boy From The Chemist Is Here To See You' was nominated for a Whitbread prize in 1998. The collection also gained him the coveted Somerset Maugham Award.

In 1999 he won the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year award, and his second collection "The Ice Age" won the Whitbread Prize in 2002.  His latest collection "Tramp In Flames" was published in 2006, and he was recently named as one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets.

DANNY CHIVERS is a fast rising eco-themed performance poet from Oxford with a razor wit and an impassioned yet self deprecating mode of delivery.  His roof-raising appearances at the first Words And Music Festival in 2008 have ensured regular requests for a return visit and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the Words And Music Festival.

TRACEY BROWNE is an emerging Cambridge born singer/songwriter who has been gigging constantly throughout Europe and the UK this summer and is currently recording her debut album.

2.30pm
Saturday 9th October
Nantwich Players Theatre
Tickets £7.50 - Buy here
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Martin Simpson
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MARTIN SIMPSON, one of folk music's most accomplished and acclaimed guitarists, will be performing a solo show at Malbank Studio Theatre on Saturday 9th October.

Martin has twice won the Artist of The Year award at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards, and is known both for his enduring solo work (vocal and instrumental) and for many ground-breaking collaborations, which range from famous recordings with folk singer June Tabor to innovative instrumental music made collaboration with musicians from all across the globe.

Be prepared to be dazzled by a a simply amazing musician whose eclectic approach and vision transcends genres.
7.30 pm
Saturday 9th October
Malbank Studio Theatre
Tickets £12.50 - Buy here
See Martin Simpson's biography


An Afternoon with Joolz

Co-Promotion by Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
and Words & Music Festival Nantwich

Acclaimed performance poet and novelist JOOLZ DENBY, with acoustic guitar accompaniments by Mik Davis, performing and in discussion with the audience

2.00 pm
Sunday 10th
The Crown Hotel
Tickets £7.50
Buy here
See Joolz Denby's biography


Thea Gilmore
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Sponsored by Whole Earth Foods,
THEA GILMORE, one of the UK's most talented and revered singer/songwriters - not to mention a Nantwich resident and a co-organiser of Words And Music Fest - will play the closing set of the festival on Sunday night at the Crown Ballroom.

Thea's tenth album 'Murphy's Heart" will be released in September and she will break off a major UK tour to be around town for festival weekend and to close proceedings on what is sure to be highly charged note.

More details of the show to follow.

7.30 pm
Sunday 10th October
The Crown Hotel
Tickets £12.50 - Buy here
See Thea Gilmore's biography

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