Top picks from festival direc­tor Rosie Turner…

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Bridge Place -

‘I have been a fan of Mary Black since her ca­reer be­gan over 25 years ago. Her pure, soar­ing voice and beau­ti­ful evoca­tive lyrics play havoc with my Celtic emo­tions. When she sings Song for Ire­land, I have to stop my­self pack­ing my bags and run­ning to the air­port – so strong is the pull of home. I’ve waited for years to in­vite her to the festival – so I’ll be in the front row singing along to her ter­rific band like a proper groupie!

Happy Hour is a great fun, dy­namic piece of phys­i­cal theatre which show­cases a hugely tal­ented young cast from Tme­sis Theatre. It’s just the sort of show that I love – clever, ironic, funny and thought­pro­vok­ing. Who says theatre has to be hard work? This will be a blast! The Alex Mend­ham En­sem­ble is a pe­riod dance or­ches­tra that plays all my favourite mu­sic – Gersh­win, Cole Porter, Elling­ton and Irvine Ber­lin. Slick, classy and au­then­tic down to their hair po­made, the band recre­ates the swinging, gor­geous tunes of the Fred and Gin­ger era with style and panache.’

Mary Black

Alex Mend­ham

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