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Hat Fitz and Cara to perform in Southwell


By Sharon Hodkin


Two performers who have gone down a storm on previous visits to the town return to Southwell later this month to launch a series of concerts, organised by those behind the Gate To Southwell Festival.

Hat Fitz and Cara will perform in a marquee at Rose Cottage, Normanton Road, on Saturday, July 20, from 7.30pm.

Their musical style is described as a unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues with old time flavourings reminiscent of a time once forgotten.

Hat Fitz and Cara (13364337)
Hat Fitz and Cara (13364337)

Hat Fitz is a veteran wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one that bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.

Cara draws on her soul background and, although blessed with a sensational voice, she was not content to be labelled as just a singer and has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle ­— sometimes all at once.

She has toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and Corinne Bailey-Rae.

Together this pair will take you on a musical journey with ample, boisterous highs, and longing, bluesy lows. From the Australian outback to the Canadian shield, Hat Fitz and Cara put on a show that is guaranteed to energize and invigorate.

They will be supported by Sam Beaton, a Nottingham-based singer songwriter. His debut single reached number 41 in the UK charts and was a record of the week on BBC Radio 1.

There will be a licensed real ale, wine and spirits bar

The music returns on Saturday, October 12, at The Hopbarn, Southwell, with a visit by guitarist Richard Smith.

He started playing at the age of five and has performed with, among others, Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Dave Peacock, Martin Taylor, Brent Mason, Gary Brooker, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Joe Brown, and Ralph McTell.

American bluesman Catfish Keith performs at the Final Whistle pub, Southwell, on October 26.

Finally, Joe Newberry and April Verch perform at The Hopbarn on Saturday, February 15.

Joe Newberry is a top banjoist, guitarist, singer and songwriter, and April Verch is a world-class fiddle player, step dancer and singer

For tickets go to www.gtsf.uk


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