Raise your glasses for a charity folk festival at pub

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THERE will be a weekend of music at a village pub starting over the weekend when it hosts a charity music festival.

The Bridge in Southam Road, Napton is putting on a Winter Charity Folk Festival with a number of different performers.

The festival runs both tomorrow and Saturday and will see music from some of the biggest names from the world of folk.

The headline act will be Charlie Barker, who has recorded the album Sleeping at the Station and was a semi-finalist at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Graham Phillips, the festival’s organiser, said: “Many acts get very busy and booked up over the summer so it gives us the opportunity to invite the likes of Charlie Barker to Napton when she is a little less in demand.

“However the line-up has something for everybody from Bennet Ledner who is an up and coming singer/songwriter, The Fallows; a fantastic three piece from Coventry who are set to make it big in the not too distant future.”

The festival starts on Friday with food served from 5.30pm onwards. From 7pm to midnight, there will be music from Maria Barham, Harvey, Scarecrow, The Fallows, Something Nasty In The Woodshed.

Saturday will see an open mic session for any talented folk musicians who fancy having a go. This will run from noon to 2.45pm. There will be performances from Maggie Coleman at 3pm while Bennet Ledner appears from 7pm. The headline act, Charlie Barker, will be performing from 8pm to 8.50pm. Other acts entertaining include Hobson’s Choice and The Red Hills.

Graham added: “There is something for everybody from solo artists, duos, bands, traditional folk to rip-roaring folk rock at extremely good value for money.

“We now have 15 performances over the two days and a free three-hour open mic session from midday on Saturday. If you would like to play just turn up and we will do our best to fit you in.

“You will have the opportunity to play on the stage with professional sound equipment and lighting. This could be your big chance to break into the folk music scene.”

The festival will also be raising money for JJ’s Memorial Fund, a local charity which raises money to help out injured paratroopers and their families.

Graham added: “During this current deployment there have already been some fatalities within the regiment and numerous casualties making it more important to raise much-needed funds to help with their recuperation.”

Entrance costs £10 on Friday and £15 on Saturday. For more information, visit www.wff.me.uk.