MAY 2022 UPDATE
From November 2021 we jointly presented some on-line live-streamed monthly sessions of Best of the Music Fest, the 'Cranbrook Sessions', with several musical acts performing in front of a small audience at the RML Clubhouse, The Cranbrook Centre in Valentines Park broadcast live to YouTube and Facebook, thanks to volunteers and hospitality from Redbridge Music Lounge. Our final session took place on Sunday 13 March, and all the sessions from November, December, January, February and March are still available to view on YouTube and you can find the links to these from www.bestofthefest.uk or from www.rmluk.org
Check these websites also to catch up with a multitude of additional performances from the Walled Garden in 2020-21, as well as the virtual live-streamed programme of Best of the Fest during Spring 2021, and other recordings from the Green Fair Music Club before and since the suspension of the club during the pandemic lockdown
Our 2022 season of live music once a month in the Walled Garden at Valentines Mansion in Valentines Park Ilford commenced on Sunday 10 April this year. (We are awaiting the outcome of the local area Tesco 'Bags of Help' initiative, utilising the income from the sale of plastic shopping bags, which could make all the difference to the number of sessions we can afford to put on in the Walled Garden this year)
Best of the Music Fest 2022
Redbridge Music Lounge and the Green Fair Music Club present
Our tenth season of FREE and diverse live music in
The Walled Garden, Valentines Mansion and Gardens, Valentines Park
Emerson Road Ilford IG1 4XA
Sunday 8 May 2022 11am to 4.15pm - this month's event features seven diverse musical acts:
* Ian Hollyer - Popular songs from past decades
* House of La Touche - Jenny La Touche and gospel-style choir
* Sam Castell-Ward - songwriter/poet with raw original material
* Crescendo - classic and quirky pop song covers
* Phil Ericson & Ali Rose - acoustic folk & blues originals & covers
* Jane & Richard with Steve Rushton - Americana and folk music
* Sue Holliday with Gabriel Keen (keyboard), Alex Keen (double bass) &
Ienne Hunter (guitar) - jazz standards and originals
Future events planned:
2nd Sunday each month June - October 2022 (subject to funding)
Today’s event supported by LB Redbridge, Vision RCL & the Gardeners Cottage Cafe
All welcome – bring your chairs or picnic blanket! Some socially distanced seating provided
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Best of the Music Fest - Our first winter season of FREE and diverse live music!
Redbridge Music Lounge and the Green Fair Music Club also presented:
The Cranbrook Sessions
Live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube in front of a small invited audience at the Redbridge Music Lounge clubhouse, The Cranbrook Centre, Valentines Park, (close to Melbourne Road entrance) Ilford IG1 4SB
All performances available to watch again on YouTube via www.bestofthefest.uk at your leisure!
Session 1: Sunday 14 November 2021
Acts included: John Drummond, Afia Lorraine, Sam Castell-Ward, Ayo Bamidele,
The Dog Jammers and Moorby Jones.
Session 2: Sunday 12 December 2021
Acts included: Letsb'avinyouBand, Al Neville, Marilyn Joy, Ian Hollyer, Bob Gilbert and Michael Ossei
Session 3: Sunday 9 January 2022
Acts included: Paul Lejeune, Anything Goes, Sally Vinson, Storm in a Teacup,
Sue Holliday & Gabriel Keen and Playing Rapunzel
Session 4: Sunday 13 February 2022
Acts included: Hard 2 Please, Robin Dudley, Nomad, Jane Lowery & Richard Johnson and Anna Wells
Session 5: Sunday 13 March 2022
Acts included: Honky Tonk Feet, DarkLights, Deja Vu, Jacqueline Pert & Ienne Hunter,
Phil Ericson and Ellis Berry
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Best of the Music Fest outdoors now returns to the Walled Garden at Valentines Mansion, Valentines Park, Ilford 10 April 2022. See above for details of our fantastic performers!
Redbridge Green Fair Live Music Club
(During the Covid 19 lockdown in 2020/21 Chris Wyatt from Redbridge Music Lounge spent time sorting the video archives of the Green Fair Music Club in order to bring you a selection of live recordings from the Music Club shows in recent years, (and from elsewhere), particularly from some of the acts who otherwise would have performed at Best of the Music Fest or at the Midsummer Music Fest before the Pandemic restrictions were lifted)
Check out the links on the Music Lounge website:
(The pandemic also resulted in the cancellation of Redbridge Midsummer Music Fest in 2020 and 2021, traditionally run in partnership with Redbridge Music Lounge www.rmluk.org since 2003, as well as the Fairlop Fair in July 2020, where many of our varied acts have also provided a wealth of great live music performance every year since 2011...and again in July 2021!). We are very hopeful of providing more wonderful live music at both these events in 2022!
Redbridge Green Fair Live Music Club 2022
Events normally take place twice monthly on Friday evenings at the Cranbrook Castle Tennis Club 65 St.George's Road, (entrance in Pavilion Road) Ilford IG1 3PG (10 minutes walk from Gants Hill station down Cranbrook Road (towards Ilford), turn right along Cranbrook Rise, take second left into St George's Road; Buses 145 and 366 pass the other end of St George's Road as they travel along The Drive)
More information from Steve Collins: email@example.com 07306 729555 www.rgf.org.uk
We are delighted to continue a new season of the Green Fair Music Club in this great venue with feel-good evenings featuring more very talented acts from the diverse realms of largely local live music - Full details below as and when confirmed, (following an 18 month enforced absence due to the Covid 19 Pandemic in 2020/21)
REDBRIDGE GREEN FAIR MUSIC CLUB MAY 2022 SESSIONS
at 8pm (doors open 7.45pm)
Admission only £5 (Under 18’s £3, under 12’s free) cash only
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org 07306 729555 www.rgf.org.uk
Licensed Bar (cash only) No membership required Everyone welcome
(Watch this space for details of future programme:
Our sessions usually run on two Fridays each month, except August and December. Every session normally features two or three diverse and entertaining acts in a friendly and intimate atmosphere)
FRIDAY 6 MAY 2022 ACOUSTIC MUSIC NIGHT
Classy guitar and violin duo, Glyn & Rachel, covering romantic songs and tunes across the decades and tonight launching their recently released CD ‘Moving On’!
(+ special guests Ian Montague & Steve Moorby)
Versatile singer, musician and songwriter performing traditional folk, bluegrass & beautiful original songs on guitar, mandolin or acapella
Danny Neville (vocals) & Georgia Goodfellow (piano) perform a variety of jazz, swing & show songs, including lots of songs you’ll know and love!
FRIDAY 20 MAY JAZZ NIGHT SPECIAL!
Playing cool jazz grooves and fusion funk with a liberal sprinkling of world music rhythms, the band formed in 2017 and now comprises Dave Lee (keyboard instruments), Rick Wills (percussive instruments), Steve Duke (stringed instruments). Featuring their own versions of some well-known jazz standards, but also proud that the vast majority of their music is written by the band. Tonight, they launch their album titled ‘Turning Point’ https://www.nomadjazz.co.uk/Listen
Bernice & her trio play mellow jazz: swing, Latin, American Songbook, blues, tonight featuring Gabriel Keen (keyboard), Alex Keen (double bass), Geoff Seeff (tenor sax)
Don't miss it!
REDBRIDGE GREEN FAIR MUSIC CLUB
Our Green Fair Music Club showcase sessions are currently running usually one or two Fridays each month. The format normally varies from month to month featuring some return appearances by popular previous acts as main guests, opportunities for young performers, debut appearances by acts new to us, and occasional themed nights. The programme always provides a host of class acts and fine live music as well as offering a platform for some of the brightest and best new talent, especially from the local area.
Expect the best of local rock, jazz, folk, blues, country & Americana artists plus a diverse range of excellent support acts - watch this space for news of our future programme!
Future programmes will continue to be open for new performers - please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in future. All musical genres welcome - solo acts, groups, ensembles
More information: Steve Collins 07306 729555.
Young people aged 16 to 25 years will always be welcome following our previous joint initiative with the Young People's Live Music Connections Project led by Redbridge Music Lounge which offered practice, support and performance opportunities for the borough's young musicians so please get in touch if you are interested
BEST OF THE MUSIC FEST - the story so far....
Best of the Music Fest in the Walled Garden at Valentines Mansion began in 2013 but was unable to commence its 8th season of Sunday lunchtime & afternoon concerts in April 2020 due to the Covid 19 Pandemic - our annual season has previously run on one Sunday of every month from April until October from 11am to 4.30pm, providing free entertainment with a host of diverse live music, and normally features about 50 different acts over seven events in each year! In 2020 we eventually managed two events in August & September, and in 2021 we were pleased to be able to hold six events from May to October, bringing our total number of different live music acts featured since April 2013 to 150! Thanks are due to all those amazing and generous performers, and to our enthusiastic and appreciative loyal and ever-growing audience, and of course to our Redbridge Music Lounge volunteers who helped to ensure our events continued Covid-safe
Thanks very much for your continued interest in our events programmes. Thankfully it is now possible at last to offer more live music entertainment in Redbridge again. Please take care of yourselves and our very best wishes to you. Please keep in touch, and, if you wish to be added to my e-mail group, just let me know by email or text message.
We will continue to help promote all our supporting musicians and music acts whenever and however possible.
Steve Collins & Chris Wyatt
(Redbridge Music Lounge & Redbridge Green Fair Music Club)
(07306 729555 Steve, firstname.lastname@example.org )