Something for everyone at new village music and drama festival

Rick Guard, who will be perfoming at Ribfest.
Rick Guard, who will be perfoming at Ribfest.
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Bursting with something for everyone, Ribcaged Productions has launched their line-up for the new music and drama festival RIBFEST to be held in Ribchester from July 18-24.

Ribcaged artistic director and founder member, Owen Phillips says there is an emphasis on youth from the locality, as well as nationally and internationally known singing talent and a broad range of music and drama styles to suit all tastes.

Copies of the full week’s programme should, by now, have been delivered to households and businesses in the Ribchester area for the festival which kicks off on the Monday evening with Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society’s take on Watership Down, “The Rabbits of Sandleford Warren.”

This is the usual promenade performance, which has proved so popular for many years and if you miss it on the Monday, is also being performed on the Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and promises one not to be missed.

Later on Monday the 18th at 8.30pm the regular Black Bull Quiz gets into festival mood with a “Local knowledge and Music” quiz.

Tuesday sees an early “Music History” show at the village’s St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School and then in the village Hall at 7.30pm Ribcaged are staging “A Night at the Theatre” with scenes and sketches from a wide range of British drama, all newly performed and including some older and familiar faces along with a wealth of young talent from Ribcaged’s “Young Professional” group.

Entertainment on the Tuesday closes with “Almost Blue Jazz Trio,” also in the village hall.

Wednesday sees award winning folk duo “Gilmore and Roberts” performing in the village hall; the school disco for the children of St Wilfrid’s and “Tales from the North Country” at Potters Barn.

On Thursday, July 21 the classical music duo ”Polaris” will be appearing in the village Hall and this promises to be a fascinating combination of saxophone and harp.

Friday is another busy day with a talk and musical extracts on opera in St Peter and Paul’s parish centre, and make sure you don’t miss getting tickets for local sensation Ella Shaw, who will be performing in the village hall at 7.30pm.

Ella is said to have gone from strength to strength during the past 12 months, including playing and singing her own music on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

The evening comes to a rousing finale back in the parish centre with “The Beloose Brothers - a Blues Brothers tribute act” - those who saw the first performances of “Stop the Train“ will welcome back Gaz Jenkins, lead in the train and his partner Kieran Sims.

Talking of “Stopping the Train,” the main feature on Saturday night in the village hall will be Rick Guard with colleague Phil Rice,

the writers of “The Train.”

“We are lucky to get these boys in what is a packed year for them including a run of ‘the train’ at Edinburgh Festival in August and then shows in London in the autumn. Good Luck fellas,” says Ribcaged director Keith Flood.

“But before that on Saturday, you can have a trip up St Wilfrid’s Church tower, have a tea party at the parish centre with ‘The Sparkle Sisters’ and help the football club raise much needed funds for a new pavilion with an afternoon “Rock on the Rec.”

And Sunday is just as busy. There is a family fun day with music at the parish centre in the afternoon, more classical music with the “Diverso String Quartet” in the village hall and to round off a packed and varied week, get down to the sports and social club for a wonderful Abba tribute group, ”The Abbarettes.”

Tickets for all shows are available from The Ribchester Arms, The Whalley Wine Shop, Ribcaged in Clitheroe and by telephoning Keith on 01254 878479 who says Ribcaged is very grateful for all the sponsorship already provided and to all those supporters who have already backed them by becoming ‘friends’ of Ribfest.

RIBFEST has risen from the ashes of the former Ribchester Festival of Music and Art and is sponsored by Workhouse Creative marketing and you can help support it by sponsorship or by becoming a ‘friend’ and/or volunteering to help out at the shows themselves.

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