One or two dreamy smiling faces around the venue this afternoon.

Rising above the nearby site of the famous Battle of Sedgemoor, St Mary the Virgin at Westonzoyland offers a sanctuary very different now from that experienced by 500 rebels imprisoned therein and tremulously awaiting their fate in July 1685. Indeed, because this same church offers a monthly programme of live music with afternoon tea. musiconthelevels.com

On 26 January, under the wings of angels in this most ‘splendid of Somerset’s perpendicular gothic architecture’ *, it was the turn of Swing Fever to entertain an audience of 150+. Many were already fans; this six-piece band has been around for many years and has travelled the world. One of its most prestigious gigs was Ned Kelly’s famous jazz club in Hong Kong. In recent years the band has stayed closer to home playing at many venues in and around Weston-super- Mare. Band leader and trumpet player Mac Kirby promised ‘Something for everyone’.

Their programme was varied: jazz (Duke Ellington, Kenny Ball, Johnny Dankworth and Acker Bilk); rhythm ‘n blues (Humphrey Littleton, a James Bond Pink Panther medley, Glen Miller’s Pennsylvania 6-5000/String of Pearls/Chattanooga Choo Choo) and some 60s pop – Billy Joel’s I (We) Love You Just the Way you Are. A 1930s-40s favourite too, It’s Only a Paper Moon. Anyone for a Strictly Quick Step?

Write-up courtesy Patsy & Robert Atkins (Polden Post editorial team & archive)

 . . . and a comment from Jenny McCubbin: The music sat surprisingly well in the church setting and the performers had an easy and unassuming style about them. A performance which had wide appeal judging by the full house, and clearly stirred some happy memories of dance hall days, looking at one or two dreamy smiling faces around the venue this afternoon.

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Line up: clarinet and sax, Paul Kenward; trombone, Ian Hammond; piano, Colin Frechner; bass, Jim Pullen, drums; Dave Joyce; trumpet/leader, Mac Kirby.

More about Reg Meuross – 23 February 3.30 pm

Folking.com soloist of the year 2019 brings songs from his new album RAW along with old favourites, and he might even sing his as yet unreleased ‘Sing a song of Westonzoyland’ which he wrote in 2010 in response to a challenge from an audience member at the village hall.

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; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it. 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 BBC Radio 3

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Photo: Rachel Snowdon

Admission to the concert is free thanks to a grant from Westonzoyland Parish Council and the generous donations from members of the audiences.

Teas are available at a modest charge to enjoy before and during the concert and are served from around 3.00 pm.

The church is open all day and features an interactive exhibition about the Monmouth Rebellion and the Battle of Sedgemoor, 1685.

There is no need to book; just turn up at the church in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Contact Frank on 01278 699071 or e-mail onthelevels@outlook.com for more information.

Wonderful sound from Wallscourt Brass and John Bodily

From the haunting arrangement of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child to the rumbustious Swiss marches arranged by Elgar Howarth, the Wallscourt Brass Quintet gave a memorable concert yesterday afternoon. If that wasn’t enough, John Bodily brought to life the newly-restored organ in two ‘sets’ with pieces ranging from Bach’s fugue, entitled The Giant, to Louis Vierne’s delicate Berceuse.

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Stephen Bodily, David Gee, John Bodily, Philip Chidgey (partly obscured by his tuba!), Alice Bodily and Ailsa Bailey pictured after the concert in St Mary’s Church, Westonzoyland.

Swing Fever- 26 January 2020 3.30 pm

Swing Fever

Swing fever is a six-piece band playing a mixture of jazz styles and popular music. The band has been around for many years and has travelled extensively all around the world; one of the most prestigious gigs was in Ned Kelly’s famous jazz club in Hong Kong.

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In recent years the band has stayed closer to home playing at many venues in and around Weston-super-Mare. The band is led by trumpet player Mac Kirby.

Admission to the concert is free thanks to a grant from Westonzoyland Parish Council and the generous donations from members of the audiences.

Teas are available at a modest charge to enjoy before and during the concert and are served from around 3.00 pm.

The church is open all day and features an interactive exhibition about the Monmouth Rebellion and the Battle of Sedgemoor, 1685.

There is no need to book; just turn up at the church in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Contact Frank on 01278 699071 or e-mail onthelevels@outlook.com for more information.

Wallscourt Brass reveals details of music for concert on 24 November

The music being played by the Wallscourt Bass Quintet plus John Bodily on organ at the next Music on the Levels concert  has just been confirmed.

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Postludium by Bruckner  – arr. Klaus Winkler

Concerto St. Marc by Albinoni – arr. D. Calucaerts

– Grace

– Allegro

– Andante

– Allegro

 

Organ

J.S.Bach  (1685 – 1750)  Fugue in D minor BWV 680  “The Giant”

Berceuse    Louis Vierne   (1870 – 1937)

 

Quintet

Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child. Traditional – arr D. Marlatt

Four Swiss Tunes – arr. Edgar Howarth

– Basle March

– The Cuckoo

– The Old Castle

– Zurich March

 

Organ

Toccatina    Hubert Bath   (1883 – 1945)

Toccatina    Pietro Yon     (1886 – 1943)