Cambridgeshire-based performers launch the Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Steve Bingham and wordsmith Jeremy Harmer

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INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED PERFORMERS OPEN ISLE OF ELY ARTS FESTIVAL WITH AN EMOTIONAL BLEND OF MUSIC, SONG AND POETRY

Haddenham Galleries, Friday 8th June, 7.30pm

International performers Steve Bingham (violin virtuoso) and Jeremy Harmer (singer-songwriter) open the Isle of Ely Arts Festival at 7:30 on Friday June 8th at Haddenham Galleries Craft Centre with their exquisite show of music and poetry, Touchable Dreams.  They will also be performing again during the Festival in two very different shows, Folk in the Fens, at The Beeches, Isleham, on Friday 15th June and Shakespeare and Other Folk, at the Haddenham Arts Centre on Friday 29th June at 7.30 pm.

Touchable Dreams is a blend of words and music on the theme of love – sometimes ecstatic, often rueful, occasionally sad, even tragic, and frequently hilarious.  Steve and Jeremy have performed the show all over the world, including the UK, Europe, Latin America and elsewhere. Audiences have responded with warmth and emotion to the rapport that the performers create between themselves and with the public.

Sometimes, in Touchable Dreams, words follow the music, echoing its plangent harmonies; at other times music follows the words, transforming their individual power into raw emotion, and sometimes words and music blend together magically to create something very special.

Jeremy also headlines Folk in the Fens, an extravaganza of ‘people’s’ music which takes place at The Beeches, Isleham, on Friday June 15th. The evening includes string music from the Ad Hoc strings with Steve Bingham, traditional Morris tunes from concertina virtuoso David Savage, hearty sea shanties from Capstan Full Strength, and the sheer exuberances of folk band The Boxwood Chessmen. Jeremy will be singing with accompaniment from the Ad Hoc String Ensemble in a sublime mixture of thoughtful songs, guitar and strings.

For his third appearance, Jeremy will offer his solo show Shakespeare and Other Folk in which he tells stories from the bard’s great plays and sings his own folk-inspired settings of the songs that are dotted throughout those plays.  Mixing his ‘Shakespeariana’ with other folk music settings, the evening is a fabulous blend of music, fabulous lyrics, humour and pathos.

Touchable Dreams will be held on Friday 8th June at 7.30 pm at the Haddenham Galleries Craft Centre, 20 High Street, Haddenham CB6 3XA. For enquiries, please call 01353 749188 or email haddenhamgalleries@gmail.com

Folk in the Fens takes place on Friday 15th June at 7.30pm at The Beeches, Isleham, Ely CB7 5RY. For enquiries, please call 01638 780097 or email louise@thebeechesisleham.co.uk

Shakespeare and Other Folk is on Friday 29th June at 7.30 pm, at Haddenham Galleries Craft Centre, 20 High Street Haddenham CB6 3XA.  For enquiries, please call 1353 749188 or email haddenhamgalleries@gmail.com

Tickets for all these events cost £10 on the door or are available online from www.music.stevebingham.co.uk/merch.  

There will be a licensed bar at all events.

All three events are part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival, which is launched with Touchable Dreams on 8th June and runs until Saturday 7th July.  The Festival includes music, art, poetry, dance and drama all over the East Cambridgeshire area and is overseen by Babylon Arts.  

Further information can be found at www.isleofelyartsfestival.org.uk.


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