Stone Town Council have recognised the disappointment of its residents at the sad demise of previous music festivals held in the town, and is taking the opportunity to stage a Free Festival on 16 July.
And this will be a truly family festival for one and all with the emphasis strictly on music, music and music! The help of volunteers Tony Hollinshead and Ben Owen was enlisted to help bring the festival to fruition. The two are founders of The Young Musicians Collective, whose young musicians perform at Stone’s Costa coffee shop on the first Sunday of each month. By playing there this bridges the gap between school and playing at ‘Open Mic Nights’ in pubs, providing the youngsters with another level to perform at. A number of these very talented local young musicians will be performing some covers and a lot of their own original material between 10.30am and 5.00pm in the Market Square.
Once the Young Musicians Collective have completed their sets, the stage is set for the “big boys” From 5.30pm to 6.30pm Stone’s firm favourites, Murphy’s Marbles, who will roll out their unique blend of Celtic and contemporary sounds.
Next up – Paul Walker and Karen Pfeifer between 6.45pm and 7.15pm with an eclectic selection of acoustic music drawn from the catalogues of British and American folk music plus their self penned work. And to send everyone home with a song in their hearts, the finale is The Formula from 7.45pm to 9.00pm – with a blend of crowdpleasers from the last 40 years of rock and funk. All this local talent will perform on a brand new stage set in the town’s Market Square, which will be provided by local man Oliver Hadley and Stone Radio will be on stage making sure the whole event runs as smoothly as possible.
Councillor Jill Hood, Chairman of the Council’s Tourism and Town Promotion Sub-Committee said:
“The Stone Music Festival is free, bring your own seats and sit back and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic time on Saturday July 16th beginning at 10.30 am! During the day and into the evening there will also be a Craft Market in the High street selling unique and diverse handmade products, so take time to browse what’s on offer in the town with many independent shops and eateries you won’t find anywhere else.”
So for a Stone Saturday to remember, come on down!