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Entertainment at Bexhill Festival of the Sea

Saturday 2nd – Arena Stage

  • 12noon  Mick Knight – ragtime blues
  • 1pm       Cut the Mustard – a three piece band for Hastings, country blues to reggae.
  • 2pm       Now & Then – four part a cappella vocal harmony group.  They draw on a wide range of sources from Georgian harmony singing, through traditional British folk and American gospel, to west coast rock.
  • 3pm       The Moorish Trio – this band plays traditional instrumental music mainly from the Balkans, Greece, Spain and Eastern Europe.
  • 4pm       Ballyregan Boys – Garry Blakeley & Edd Blakeley renowned to be exceptional musicians and entertainers, playing a wide range of music including many favourite Irish songs and tunes.   In this line up they are joined by Bruce Hunter, a multi-instrumentalist and Steve (Paddy) Payne adding extra percussion.

Sunday 3rd – Arena Stage

  • 12 noon The Sturdy Beggars – Close harmony singers who perform country, blues, folk, comedy, Irish, ballads accompanied on guitar and mandolin.
  • 1pm       The Last Stand String Band – Jules and Jake from Wakin’ Snakes Martin from Cut the Mustard and Local Heroes have joined forces to form this string-driven trio.  These guys are masters at guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tenor and slide guitar so expect a lot of strings twanging in harmony.
  • 2pm       Jiggery Pokery -  the band have more than 120 years of musical experience between them but insist they are doing their level best not to look, sound or feel quite that old yet.  Their diverse musical background incorporates elements of jazz, blues, folk, pop and country.
  • 3pm       Turpin Hubbard Duo – Roger Hubbard’s slide guitar is legendary and he intersperses this with mandolin.  Louis Turpin performs lead vocals and adds his own style of driving rhythm guitar to create a sound of blues with jazz and New Orleans influences.

Special Closing Concert –  Gigspanner, Liane Carroll and guests - 3 September at the De La Warr Pavilion

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner will headline the closing concert of the festival. His departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span has enabled fiddle player Peter Knight to turn his full attention to his trio, Gigspanner, and in the process they have established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene.

The fabulous Liane Carroll and her husband bassist Roger Carey, will be a very special treat as the main support act for the closing concert.

Liane has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years. Born in London and raised in Hastings; she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE, Joe Stilgoe and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.

This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased via De La Warr Pavilion

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