2017 Summer Festival - First Headline Artists Confirmed

Make a date in Rye for the end of August as we announce the first of our exciting festival headline concerts. We will be announcing additional artists in the near future, but to wet your appetites and so that many of you can plan ahead, we are delighted to confirm the following five headline concerts taking place over the August Bank holiday weekend in the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church in Rye.

Hue & Cry, brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane will be performing a very special ‘Stripped Back’ concert on Friday 25th August.

This special performance will include an eclectic programme of their classic hits, material from their awaited new album ‘Pocketful of Stones’ and contemporary repertoire performed in their own distinctive style with beautiful arrangements. To date, Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide, and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’.

On Saturday 26th August, we welcome the immensely talented American singer, pianist and composer Kandace Springs who will be performing songs from her new album Soul Eyes with her her gifted Trio.

There’s an increasingly loud buzz around Kandace Springs, the 27-year-old Nashville-based singer-pianist who combines old-soul jazz sophistication with a tasteful touch of R&B and pop.

Eric Bibb, Blues power house, headlines the St Mary’s stage on Sunday 27th August.

Blues meets gospel and soul when Eric Bibb sings from a beautifully realised repertoire of soulful, gospel-infused folk and blues; a melding of traditional rootsy American style with a subtle contemporary sensibility.

Monday 28th August, we have two fantastic artists for you! The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman, graces the stage at St Mary’s to perform an intimate unplugged solo concert.

At 3pm The Ronnie Scott’s All Star’s show will take you on musical journey of amazing music, providing you with an insight into the heritage of the world’s most famous and iconic jazz clubs.

Later that evening, Seth will be performing songs from the new album and other live favourites from his back catalogue. Seth’s eighth studio album Ballads of the Broken Few is a stunning combination of his dynamic song writing and playing, produced by Ethan Johns and the sublime harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin.

This year’s exciting festival programme will include additional headline concerts and a wonderful array of free music events which will take place at the dedicated outdoor Kino music stage, Butter Market and at many local fringe venues.

For more information and announcements please do keep checking the website.

We look forward to seeing you in Rye at the end of August!

Hue & Cry Kandace Springs Seth Lakeman

Posted on 09/05/2017 by Ian Bowden

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