Taking part in Uckfield Festival Club will be, top, from left: Jane Pritchett Trio, Stuart Bligh, and Lewis & Clark. Bottom, from left, are Cantando Ensemble, and Red, Green, and Blue.

Festival club brings free entertainment to Uckfield Civic Centre

Uckfield Festival Club launches tonight bringing free entertainment every evening this week to the Luxford Lounge at the Civic Centre.

Those taking part include:

Tonight: Crazy Jane Trio singing well-known songs from 1940s to the present day while giving the audience the opportunity to join in with many numbers. The trio are Jane, Steve and Dave who will play guitar, mandolin, and cajon drum box.

Tomorrow: Stuart Bligh Solo Acoustic. Stuart, often seen fronting his blues band, The Big Blue, will play the blues and a variety of songs by Elvis, Glen Campbell, Chris Isaak, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and more.

Wednesday: Lewis and Clark Jazz Duo who will draw mainly on the music of the 1920s-1940s with a particular emphasis on New Orleans jazz. There will be tunes popularised by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. Lewis and Clark will share some repertoire with traditional jazz but they favour a distinctive blues feel. There will be musical anecdotes and old school swing guitar from Piers Clark and piano playing from Lou Glandfield.

Thursday: Cantando Ensemble. This group brings together women sharing a passion and ability for singing a cappella who aim to inspire, uplift and transform the audience.

Friday: Red, Green, and Blue, a multi-instrumental acoustic male/female folk/pop duo who weave together original songs, traditional folk tuns and ear-catching covers.

Other festival events taking place this week include a magic lantern show tonight and  Tom Ridout’s Handel on Jazz Ensemble tomorrow.

celebration of youth volunteering will take place on Thursday evening, and the same night there will be country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20s and 30s with Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi.

Look out for Morris dancing and music outside the Alma Arms on Friday and the family kite day on Saturday, July 13.


picnic and proms firework concert  takes place at Uckfield Rugby Club on Saturday evening, July 13.

The next day Uckfield Kit Car Grand Prix gets underway on the Bellbrook Estate while Sunday Funday takes place on the Luxford Field with attractions include Bouncy Castle, Human Fruit Machine, Coconut Shy, Angry Birds and Giant Bubbles.

The festival is rounded off that evening with All Things Must Pass, a celebration of the music of master guitarist, George Harrison, the “quiet Beatle”.

For full details see the Uckfield Festival website.

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