The next free concert is on Sunday 26 June 2022 at 3 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP with Rough Round The Edges.

Rough Round The Edges is a group of friends who have a shared love of music, this ranges from folk songs and tunes to classics like My Old Man’s a Dustman. The group performs with banjo, mandola, whistles, guitar, recorder, flute and percussion.

Rough Round the Edges has taken part in the Glastonbury Fringe, Night at the Abbey and the Lavender Fields, Axbridge. It has also played for Barn Dances and in a range of places including tents, a cow shed and even an inglenook fireplace.

Rough Round the Edges comprises: Andy Savage on 12-string guitar, vocals, 5-string banjo and harmonica; John Herbert- mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo flute, whistle and vocals; Kitty Herbert- fiddles; Suzie Williams- flute, whistles and keyboard; Louise Savage- percussion and descant recorder.

The multi-talented group draws on many traditions and experiences. Andy, the main vocalist and lead guitar, has a deep love of traditional folk songs and has written several beautiful songs in his own gentle style. John is a veteran of the Irish traditional music since the 60s and respects the style of The Dubliners and The Chieftains. A former teacher, Kitty is a dedicated musician taking inspiration from hearing Boys of Lough in 1998. Suzie, pleased to be back playing live music again, adds flute and whistles to her keyboard skills. In addition to providing percussion and sound effects, Louise renders beautiful melodies on her recorder.

Andy comments:  ‘We are very happy to have been asked to play in Westonzoyland and are looking forward to being part of Music on the Levels.’

Arrangements for this concert

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid. However, In accordance with the government guidance that the pandemic is not yet over, Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system and requests that audiences observe sensible precautions as a courtesy to each other and to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to Rough Round The Edges are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can limit numbers if necessary.

. . . and a reminder of our last concert by Sarah and the String Syndicate

Penny Swings (aka Sarah and the String Syndicate): Sunday 29 May 2022 at 3 pm- refreshments from 2.15.

Seasoned musicians, Sebastian Tesouro, Benjamin Modley and James Rintoul, familiar to Westonzoyland audiences from past appearances, are joined by esteemed jazz singer Sarah Griffiths.

‘The concert will feature arrangements of the finest classic show tunes from the 20s and 30s,’ says Modley, ‘by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many more of the greatest composers of the era.

‘Sarah has been singing Jazz and her own songs for 10 years, playing with some of the South West’s top musicians.’

Her background is in theatre and acting; she was in London’s West-End in various shows including Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Apollo and Duchess theatres.

‘Sarah loves to find the story behind the song and bring a little theatre to the stage,’ he says.

The line-up: Sarah Griffiths vocals, Sebastian Tesouro violin, Benjamin Modley Guitar, James Rintoul Bass.

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid. However, In accordance with the government guidance that the pandemic is not yet over, Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system and requests that audiences observe sensible precautions as a courtesy to each other and to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to the Penny Swings are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can limit numbers if necessary.

. . . and a reminder of our April concert

Sally Jenkins enchanted the audience with compositions from women from the 18th century to the present day.

This time Sally plays compositions by women

Sally Jenkins playing at Westonzoyland in 2018

The next Music on the Levels free concert is on Sunday 24 April 2022 at 3 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP with a welcome return of renowned harpist, Sally Jenkins.

‘I’ll be presenting a concert of music written by female harpist-composers from the 19th century to the present day’, says Sally. ‘There will be a mix of different styles from folk, classical and jazz idioms.

‘I will bring just one harp this time so it’ll all be pedal harp music but I will talk a little bit about the pieces I’m going to play because the composers probably will be unknown to the audience.’

Asked about how she fared over the last two years, Sally thinks she has been very lucky because she was able to teach her students online.

‘In fact, it’s been really beneficial for many of my students, who have found having more time to focus on music during the lockdowns really therapeutic- and has given parents something for their children to get on with whilst they are desperately trying to juggle work with home schooling!’

However she is pleased that the performances have now started up again. ‘Such a relief to be back playing again.’

Sally has appeared in many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

She is an experienced pedal and early triple harpist, and has also presented lecture-recitals on the history of the instrument including to the Royal Musicological Society. In developing her musical skills she has worked with some of the UK’s preeminent harpists from the Royal Ballet Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

As for arrangements regarding the Covid pandemic, there are currently, there are no statutory requirements with regard to Covid. However, In accordance with the government guidance that the pandemic is not yet over, Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system and requests that audiences observe sensible precautions as a courtesy to each other and to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to the Sally Jenkins concert are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can limit numbers if necessary.

. . . . and a reminder of the previous concert

Jayne Freeman and Adam Piggott (Wildwood Jack) on 20 March

Wildwood Jack begin their European tour at Westonzoyland.

The next free concert is on Sunday 20 March 2022 at 3 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP with a welcome return of Wildwood Jack.

At Westonzoyland in October 2019

Wildwood Jack are a unique acoustic guitar and ukulele folk duo from Kent. With outstanding musicianship Jayne Freeman and Adam Piggott take their audiences on a musical journey filled with songs inspired by their ‘on the road’ adventures. The name Wildwood Jack was chosen to indicate the independent spirit of music that knows no boundaries and their troubadour lifestyle – they spend large parts of the year touring across the UK, Europe and New Zealand. 

Over the years the duo has gathered many favourable reviews, including:

‘This is an accomplished duo. Not only is the musicianship excellent, the vocal delivery is spot on’

Inventive Acoustic Folk & Roots

‘Stylish road stories from some true wandering minstrels. An amazing Thornsett Road House Concert from Wildwood Jack’

Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales

‘Engaging, uplifting, filled with memorable melodies

and clever hooks’

 R2 Magazine

This will be the forth time they have performed at Music on the Levels. The last time, in October 2019, they had been performing in Italy and travelling the length and breadth of the UK to perform at over 40 venues. 

But not this time. ‘For most of the lockdown we were holed up in a small barn on the Lincolnshire/Leicestershire border,’ says Jayne.  ‘Our days were spent writing new songs including a song called Unfinished Song! They’re all finished now but not yet recorded, as we couldn’t get into our usual recording studio during lockdown – it’s in the Welsh Valleys!

‘Adam also wrote a novel about our first 2 years on the road so we kept ourselves busy with creative projects.’

Having made it through the last two years and determined to keep the music alive, these well travelled troubadours are now back out on the road again. They’re beginning their tour at Westonzoyland before they head off across England and Scotland with dates in Germany and Italy later this year, promoting their latest album Many More Ways Than One.

The latest arrangements regarding the Covid pandemic.

Currently, there are no statutory requirements with regard to Covid. However, In accordance with the government guidance that the pandemic is not yet over, we are retaining the informal booking system and request that audiences observe sensible precautions as a courtesy to each other and to help us provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. And it also enables us to estimate the number of cakes to bake!

Refreshments (tea, coffee, choice of cakes) are available at a modest charge from 2.15 pm until the start of the concert.

In order to help with the artists’ and other costs a raffle is held. In addition donations are encouraged. It costs an average of £300 to put on a concert.’

Those wishing to go to the Wildwood Jack concert are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can limit numbers if necessary.

. . and a reminder of our last concert

Frome Baroque Consort