Festival Fridays

5 July 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is hosting a series of live music performances on Friday evenings throughout the summer months.

The RSC's 'Festival Fridays' take place in the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar every Friday from 13 July to 7 September 2012 and feature some of the region's finest acoustic acts.

The Friday night music sessions offer a diverse selection of acts. From the Stroh Trio – comprising members of the current RSC ensemble – to Dan Sealey and Andy Bennett from Ocean Colour Scene and the soul-funk-folk sounds of Emily Browne, there's something for everyone.

The Festival Friday music sessions at the Rooftop Restaurant are open to diners and non-diners alike and entrance is free. Sessions follow productions in the theatre from 9.45pm onwards.

The following acts make up the programme (there is no session on Friday 27 July due to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games which is being screened in the Bancroft Gardens):

Friday 13 July 2012
The TG Collective
Featuring the two guitars of Jamie Fekete and Sam Slater, alongside the double bass and trumpet of Percy Pursglove, the trio is an off-shoot from the larger TG Collective - an eclectic mix of flamenco, gypsy jazz and contemporary classical originals and arrangements. The trio will be performing material from TG Collective's exciting new album Release The Penguins.
www.tgcollective.com

Friday 20 July and Friday 3 August
Stroh Trio
Having discovered a shared passion for folk music, three members of the current RSC ensemble have joined forces to become the Stroh Trio. The band performs a varied repertoire of Celtic, Balkan and klezmer music on several instruments including guitar, accordion, clarinet and Stroh violin.

Friday 10 August
Dan Sealey and Andy Bennett
Playing bass and rhythm guitar respectively, Dan and Andy have been touring and recording with leading lights of the Brit Pop movement, Birmingham based Ocean Colour Scene, for eight years. They now also perform as an acoustic duo playing classic and contemporary covers plus some of the songs they have penned for OCS.
www.oceancolourscene.com

Friday 17 August
Bluebell Would
Bluebell Would are Miranda Floy (vocals and tambourine) and Andy Holt (guitar and vocals), a song-writing partnership whose acoustic music draws from a rich heritage of blues, folk-rock and country. The result is a modern sound with a bygone vibe, underpinned by sweet harmonies and eclectic beats.
www.bluebellwould.com

Friday 24 August
Emily Browne
Influenced by artists such as Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega and Gomez, Emily Browne is an acoustic, folk, funk singer-songwriter who combines a powerful stage presence and heartfelt vocals with saucy guitar licks. Emily is currently promoting the release of her three track debut EP Brownian Motion.
www.emilybrowne.co.uk

Friday 31 August
Members of The Old Dance School
Championed by legendary BBC Radio 2 DJ, 'Whispering' Bob Harris, and heralded by a wide cross-section of press, The Old Dance School play a genre-busting brand of folk music that is rip-roaring one minute, then beautifully delicate the next. The Old Dance School are creating a storm on the festival circuit this year, thrilling audiences with their dynamic live show, and this performance sees three members of the band playing material from the new album Chasing The Light.
www.theolddanceschool.com

Friday 7 September
Dan Sealey and Adam Berry
Ocean Colour Scene bassist Dan also plays guitar in folk band Merrymouth which features award winning musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting. Adam plays keys for Merrymouth, having previously done so for popular Americana group The Misers. Together, Dan and Adam perform classic and contemporary covers plus some of the Merrymouth repertoire.
www.merrymouth.com

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Further press information
For further information please contact Mark Farnan in the RSC press office on 01789 272438 or via email: mark.farnan@rsc.org.uk.

About the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar
Sitting on the third floor of the Royal Shakespeare Company's recently transformed theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Rooftop Restaurant and Bar supports and promotes British cooking and produce from Warwickshire, the West Midlands and around the country. The Rooftop Restaurant appears in the new entry listings in the 2012 Good Food and Michelin Guides.
Bookings can be made on 01789 403449, online or by email at rooftop@rsc.org.uk.

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