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20 MAY 2010

Pre-Folk Week Jazz and Comedy at the Ham Concert Marquee

Two pre-festival events were announced this week as a warm-up to Sidmouth FolkWeek.

On Thursday evening, 29 July, John Shuttleworth, star of the popular BBC Radio 4 series The Shuttleworths and BBC TV’s 500 Bus Stops, will bring his hilarious songs and deadpan wisdom to the Ham Concert Marquee.

John Shuttleworth has achieved a devout following with such songs as Pigeons in Flight, I Can’t Go Back to Savoury Now and Eggs and Gammon. Accompanying himself on his legendary (and sometimes hilariously temperamental) Yamaha keyboard, John will be certain to have the Ham Marquee audience rolling in the aisles!

On Friday 30 July at 2pm, The Temperance Seven will fill the Ham Marquee with their famous syncopated jazz rhythms and legendary humour.

The Temperance Seven achieved international fame with such hit singles as Home In Pasadena and You, You’re Driving me Crazy. An afternoon of good-time jazz as it used to be – musical skill with a great sense of fun.

Joan Crump, Artistic Director of Sidmouth FolkWeek which is promoting the two concerts, said this week: “These two concerts will attract a wide cross section of residents in East Devon and beyond, as well as visitors and holiday-makers before FolkWeek itself gets off the ground. With Pam Ayres in 2009, we really tried to cater for a local audience, and these two events are just the same. As with Pam, we are anticipating bumper audiences. Both John Shuttleworth and The Temperance Seven are seasoned and well-loved performers who always deliver a great show.”

Tickets for both concerts will be available from Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre on Ham Lane from Tuesday 1 June. Tickets can be booked by phone on 01395 578627, or bought online through the website, www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk Discount ticket prices (£15 for John Shuttleworth and £12 for The Temperance Seven) are available until 25 July. (These events are separate from the Festival, and are not included in the FolkWeek season tickets.)