Our November concert

Music on the Levels is included in the UK tour by singer, songwriter and recording artist, Chris Cleverly.

Music on the Levels announces the appearance of Chris Cleverley at the free concert on Sunday 27 November 2022 at 3.00 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP.

Hailed by Folk Radio UK as ‘one of the most vital voices of today’s folk generation’, Chris’s songs tackle themes of climate/nuclear emergency, pervasive artificial intelligence, racism and mass displacement of people.

This tour takes in ten towns and cities including Glasgow, Hull, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Colchester and coincides with the release on 4 November of Chris Cleverley’s new album Broadcast The Secret Verse in which he moves away from the British Folk Scene that inspired his earlier sound, toward the American indie music which has characterised his more recent influences. 

‘Expect the Broadcast The Secret Verse Tour to show his most positive and expressive work to date’, says promoter Matt Rochford. ‘Visceral and unflinching, he owes much to the music of Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Anais Mitchell and Bright Eyes.’

‘The last few years have seen Chris’s musical and artistic identity grow and mature’, he adds. ‘He has gigged and recorded extensively across the UK, working with artists such Dan Whitehouse (Reveal Records), Eliza Marshall (Peter Gabriel), John Elliot (The Little Unsaid).’

Described as ‘impressive’ by the Daily Telegraph and ‘haunting’ by The Sunday Times), Cleverley was voted Male Artist Of The Year in 2019 by FATEA folk magazine.

Arrangements for the concert in Westonzoyland

There are currently no statutory requirements with regard to Covid and we are being a little more relaxed about numbers but Music on the Levels is retaining the informal booking system to help provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone and give an indication of how many cakes to bake! However, if you have not booked by the time of the concert, there may still be room for you.

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 over £350 to put on a concert.

Those wishing to go to the Chris Claverley concert are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  .

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Our October concert

Voce is a new 16 piece auditioned choir led by Joe Beckhelling. We started in November 2021 and members come from a variety of backgrounds including music graduates, and others for whom singing in such a small choir is a new venture.  There is a wide age range, with our youngest member 16 years of age, and  the oldest ‘in their sixties’.
‘Our repertoire includes sacred and contemporary choral music, English madrigals, arrangements of popular music’, says Joe Beckhelling, ‘as well as new compositions/arrangements written by members of the choir.’

The next free concert is on Sunday 25 September with a welcome return of Somerset’s own troubadour Reg Meuross.

Reg performing for Music on the Levels in February 2020

Reg is now is touring with latest album RAW, and other songs of history, protest, love, loss, and legend from 13 previous releases as well as new songs from two forthcoming projects – Fire & Dust (songs about the life of Woody Guthrie) and Stolen From God (unfolding the history of the Transatlatic slave trade in the SW).

The breadth and depth of Reg Meuross’s material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage.


Someone said: ‘If something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it!’ And this proved to be the case when Reg performed here in February 2020 with a especially composed song about Westonzoyland. Challenged by a resident in 2010 to write a song about the village, the composition became a moving tribute to the many who fought and died in the Battle of Weston in 1685, and travesty of justice that followed.


Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

“I’m happy to be returning to sing in this beautiful church, to a wonderful audience and community,” says Reg.

Masterfully accompanying himself on his  ‘44 Martin six-string guitar, harmonica, tenor guitar, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

“…assured a place in the pantheon of great folk songwriters.” David Kidman, The Living Tradition

“Classic, with echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen” The Guardian


“The remarkable singer-songwriter that is Reg Meuross” Sean Rafferty, Radio 3


“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy

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 Reg Meuross 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.