What's happening at Uttoxeter


Tue, Nov 22, 2011

More acts have been announced for next year's Acoustic Festival of Britain.

The event, which has become a regular feature in the Uttoxeter calendar, will take place at the town's racecourse on May 25, 26 and 27.

One of the headline acts will be on Saturday, May 26, when female artist Joan Armatrading performs.

Armatrading, who is described as having a rich, distinctive voice and passionate yet tender blend of pop jazz, folk and blues music has earned her a place in British music history.

As a pioneering and hugely influential songwriter and singer, along with Grammy and Brit nominations Joan has received an Ivor Novello award for her outstanding collection of contemporary songs.

In 2007 she became the first UK female artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart with her CD into The Blues.

Gordon Giltrap, one of Britain's most respected guitarists, who has worked with artists from Brian May to Midge Ure and John Entwistle, will also be performing, as will Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook.

David MacDonald, Executive Director at Uttoxeter Racecourse, said "Once again Mike Stevens has delivered a fantastic line up of artists for the 2012 event and it can only be good for the town to see artists such as Glenn Tilbrook, Mike Peters and Joan Armatrading.

"I hope that the community will really get behind the event and that parents will bring their children and introduce them to the music of some real legends.

"I would stress that this is probably one of the most family friendly festivals I have ever seen. One of my staff brought her nine-year old daughter to see Fish last year and her daughter is still talking about it.

"It is not all about the music though. There are craft stalls, juggling schools, pixies, dragons, belly dancers, morris dancers, face painters and stilt walkers so it is a real family event.

Other artists to be confirmed at next year's event include Celtic pop rock band Quill, Mike Peters, Tir Na Nog, The Animals, Robin and Bina Williamson, and Rodney Branigan - who can play two guitars at once.

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Sally-Anne Thorley