Milos Karadaglic in festival line-up
AN award-winning classical guitarist will headline the Bradfield Festival of Music.
The internationally acclaimed Miloš Karadaglic will be joined by accordionist Ksenija Siderova for the opening night concert at St Nicholas’ Church on June 21.
The festival itself runs until June 28 and to celebrate the arrival of the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, the programme will conclude with Vive la France, a celebration of French music and song.
For the full line-up and to book tickets visit bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk THE RUTLES have probably had more comebacks than the great Frank Sinatra, although according to the band this really is it. “Last time was just the last time. This time it really is the last time.”
For the uninitiated (where you have been all this time?), The Rutles are an affectionate, and at times hilarious, pastiche of The Beatles conceived by Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes for Idle’s comedy series Rutland Weekend Television during the mid-1970s.
What started life as a one-off sketch turned into an hourlong TV special, All You Need Is Cash, and spawned two albums as well as a touring schedule that’s still going strong today. Charting the career of Ron, Dirk, Stig and Barry (Innes, Idle, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey) the 1978 “rockumentary” featured cameos by luminaries like Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Paul Simon.
All You Need Is Cash predated This Is Spinal Tap and paved the way for the torrent of tribute bands that have flooded the music scene in recent years. It also made The Rutles overnight stars and next month they embark on their latest UK tour which takes in Fibbers in York and Leeds City Varieties.
The line-up has changed over the years, only Innes and Halsey are still involved, but the band still has a loyal following. “We did a farewell gig in Glastonbury about five or six years ago and I never thought we would do it again but here we are. It’s not a career move, it’s just a lot of fun and we like doing it,” says Innes.
“It wasn’t planned, it just happened, but I still get young people coming up to me today and saying they got into The Beatles because of The Rutles.”
It all started in 1975 when Eric Idle persuaded Innes to join him in a comedy series for BBC 2 about a spoof TV station churning out cheap programmes on a shoestring. “I thought it would be fun to do a spoof of A Hard Day’s Night speeded up like a Benny Hill kind of thing, where we’d put on wigs and tight trousers and run around in a field. Eric liked that and he said he had a sketch about a man making a documentary who’s so dull the camera runs away from him.”
But what started out as an irreverent bit of fun soon took on a life of its own. The Beatles had split up five years earlier and already there was mounting pressure for the band to reform (given the fact the Bay City Rollers had the biggest selling UK single that year it’s perhaps not surprising).
But it wasn’t until the following year when the clip was shown in the US on the hugely popular Saturday Night Live show that they realised they’d tapped into something.