Howies (they help make our t-shirts
and stuff) are a grand twelve years old this month. An older friend
to our youthful
eight. And well done to Ade
on winning the pallet truck race. Glad to see you're keeping
yourselves busy down there. *we don't
expect that you have a pallet truck at your place, but if you do,
please don't try this at home.
I've just taken a quick afternoon stroll around Fruit Towers
armed with a camera. Here's what I found.. Jonathan's desktop
horticulture, as already
featured here on howies blog. (Sorry we missed this story and
another blog got to you first Jonathan). Also featured above is
Craggy's Beckenham beckoning cat. Two tennis balls from
last year's Wimbledon in little Damien Hirst like tanks, signed by
one of the Williams sisters and Billy Jean King
. A strange little garden. Not
as natural as Jonathan's but nice all the same. The original set from our
2004 fruitstock video invite.
A picture of probably the
company headquarters in the world and the lingering remains of
Scandinavia day. I'll try and do another stroll again soon. Is
there anything in particular you'd be interested in seeing?
Our village fete committee has been working away tirelessly
behind the scenes for some time now, living on a diet of tea, cakes
and piles and piles of paper. So we're very glad to now formally
announce the full line up
of acts to you. Here's a little guide to the some of our
Ademplaying on the
Bandstand on Saturday and the Acoustic Stage on Sunday
We wrote a little
introduction to Adem last week. We're very excited to have him
play on Saturday on the Acoustic Bandstand. Sit near the front,
he'll be good.
Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band had two of the biggest
selling UK albums of the sixties. It's now 2007, it's the innocent
villlage fete and as the title of their latest album puts it, it's
'The Return Of The G'.
Little Barrie are named after their guitarist, singer and
songwriter Barrie Cadogan. We don't actually know how tall he is.
Little Barrie's debut LP 'We Are Little Barrie' was released to
rave reviews in 2005. Since then, Barrie has been playing with
Primal Scream, but is now ready for our fete. Bring it on
Savorettiplaying on the Acoustic Stage stage on
Saturday & Sunday
Jack Savoretti is a bit special. Just 22 years old, strikingly
handsome, with soulful Latin good looks, his sinuous, husky,
emotive voice synthesizes with his fluid, inventive guitar playing
so you can hardly tell where one begins and the other ends. One for
Founded in 1937, The Fairey Band are undoubtedly one of the
world's leading brass bands. The 32-piece outfit from Stockport are
sixteen times British Open Champions (brass bands open not tennis)
and nine times winners of the title 'National Champion Band of
Great Britain'. Past winners of the BBC's 'Best of Brass' and twice
holders of the 'Granada Band of the Year'. They look very smart in
their blue jackets and will hopefully add an air of bygone class to
Saturday afternoon, as well as hopefully playing some of their
patented acid house classics (they do you know - they do brass
versions of old acid house tunes - we are excited about this).
Earl Okinplaying on the Bandstand stage on Saturday &
Earl Okin is one of those rare performers - a true original. His
one man show has made his name a legend at the Edinburgh
International Festival and venues around the world. You'll laugh,
you'll cry, you'll shout 'do that one again, Earl'.
The Epsteinplaying in the Entertainment Tent on Saturday &
Oxford’s loveable alt-country favourites The Epstein are au
fait with a myriad of instruments including the banjo, mandolin,
sitar, bouzouki, sitar, glockenspiel and many more. The Epstein's
debut album 'The Last of the Charangistas’ is forthcoming and the
band just received the impressive accolade of runners up in the
'Glastonbury Emerging Act' competition. One to watch out for.
This brother and sister trio are so talented it's almost not
funny, rattling through a rockabilly set like mini-me versions of
Elvis, Billie Holiday and Johnny Cash. Constantly swapping
instruments, the prodigiously talented youngsters win over crowds
who more often than not yelp, jostle and jive in appreciation. So
good even Blue Peter had to have them on.
The UK's biggest and longest running swing dance club. Please
feel free to join in.
And it’s not just the music. On both days we will have amazing
stage comedy from two of Edinburgh Festival's most renowned acts
– DotComedy and the
both performing their absurd brand of street theatre on the
bandstand in between acts.