St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland
Music on the Levels
Music on the levels presents
Music on the Levels announces a new programme of concerts for the 2019 season with the return of several groups from previous seasons and some exciting presentations new to Westonzoyland. Later in the season, there is a variety of concerts making full use of the wonderful acoustics of the beautiful historic St Mary’s church, recently re-ordered to provide flexible seating, catering, toilet facilities and (perhaps most importantly) a new heating system.
Sunday 27 January 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland
Mitchel and Vincent
Music on the Levels announces the return of the popular folk duo Mitchell and Vincent for the first free tea-time concert of 2019.
The concert will be held in St Mary’s church on Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP and not in the church hall as previously advertised. This is to accommodate the larger numbers that have been attending the concerts this season. The concert will start at 3.30 pm as usual with the doors opening at 3.00 pm.
West Country-based David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are in great demand throughout the UK and abroad, playing a lively and varied mix of traditional tunes and songs, arranged by them for Fiddle and Classical Guitar. They have been well-received at previous Music on the Levels concerts.
They have performed at a whole variety of festivals, events and concerts around the UK, including three slots at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival, and as far afield as The Netherlands, and have supported Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE, Jackie Oates and Kate Rusby along the way.
Since their last appearance in Westonzoyland, the pair have again been busy performing up and down the country – London, Broadstairs, Winchester and numerous West County places including at the Quayside Festival in Bridgwater this Summer and Dunster by Candlelight.
David plays guitar (one he has made himself) while Graham provides the vocal as well as playing fiddle. In an unusual coincidence they both trained as luthiers after they left school.
‘Yep, both of us wanted to spend our time making guitars’, says Graham, ‘Life, of course, always gets in the way somewhat and by the time our paths crossed we’d both retrained. I’d been designing furniture, then houses, got qualified and started running my own architectural practice. Dave had been to University and trained as a teacher.
‘Once music has a hold of you it doesn’t let go easily and Dave and I found ourselves playing together in a ceilidh band called Fiddlestix.
‘We realised we had very similar musical tastes and both wanted to spend a lot more time playing music, so we started a duo …’
Mitchell and Vincent have been described as:
“At all times, the interplay between David Mitchell’s guitar and Graham Vincent’s fiddle is quite stunning.” (Acoustic magazine)
'A breath of fresh air' as well as giving a concert of 'breath-taking music and performance.' (A. Knutt, Director of the Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Taunton).
They were picked out as the Lyme Folk Weekend 2014 highlight of the festival after, ‘bringing the crowd to tears one moment and to their feet the next.’ (J. Hayes, Festival Director). This year they will be supporting Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones at the festival.
The concert is on Sunday 27 January 2019 is in St Mary’s church, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP on Main Road, and will start at 3.30pm. Doors open at 3.00pm.
As usual, sumptuous home-made teas will be available at a modest charge.
Admission to the concert is free. Music on the Levels is grateful to Sedgemoor District Council and Westonzoyland Parish Council for financial support. Donations for the continuation of the concert programme are welcome.
There is no need to book; just turn up at the chruch in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Doors open at 3.00 pm. Contact Ann Philcox on 01278 691438 email@example.com for more information.
Sunday 24 February 2019, 3.30 pm Church Hall
Trio Paradis:the Latin American Collection
Returning after three years- this time with music from their Lat American collection. Jacquelyn Bevan (piano), Lisa Betteridge (violin) & Linda Stocks (cello) present tangos and other dances including Winter and Spring from Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and some well-known numbers such as La Cumparsita. Fiery music to brighten the darkest of winter days and get your toes tapping.
Sunday 24 March 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary’s Church
Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) and Taunton Preparatory School
Two leading musical establishments combine in this celebration of young musical talent.
Sunday 28 April 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary’s Church
Scythia (pronounced Sky-thee-ah) is a 6 piece Bristol-based band playing an eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues and more. Expect beautiful vocal tones from our singer Shairon Lloyd, a buzzing horn section of trumpet and saxophone, alongside the steady grooving pulse of our rhythm section. You're likely to hear God Bless the Child, Fly Me to the Moon, Mercy Mercy, Sharp Dressed Man, Cold Duck Time and Moanin'.
Sunday 26 May 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary’s Church
Black Cat Jazz
A six-piece band playing in the New Orleans dance hall style, in a varied programme, including popular songs, blues, rags, jazz standards and a liberal sprinkling of spirituals.
Saturday 22 June 2019, 3.30 pm St Mary’s Church
Church Fête Concert- Si Barron
Creative interpretation of traditional West Country songs with beautiful guitar and harmonium playing.
Saturday Afternoon Cafe.
Held in the Church Hall on Saturdays from 2.30 pm to 4.30pm. All profits to support the Church Hall.