Music at the Museum: an evening of entertainment at Avoncroft

Enjoy a very special evening of folk music and dance at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings on Friday, 6th September from 6.30pm.  As evening falls, more than a dozen of the region’s best-loved artists will be performing in and around our historic buildings. Avoncroft is proud to host “An Evening of Summer Entertainment”, a one night folk music and dance festival in the buildings and grounds of the Museum.  Proceeds from the evening will be split between Avoncroft Museum and Worcestershire Special Olympics.Gates open at 6.30pm and performances start from 7pm.  Attractions include Cuckoo’s Nest ceilidh and barn dance band, whose high energy traditional dances will get the evening off to a flying start in Guesten Hall.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the steps, a caller will be on hand to ensure you don’t put a foot wrong.

For the less energetic, singers and songwriters will be swapping songs in Avoncroft’s Mission Church under the guidance and inspiration of Dan Greenaway; or visitors can make their way to the Cockpit to watch the ever-popular Moseley Village Band.

As you walk round the Museum site, you may bump into our wandering minstrels, A Merrie Noyse, and watch Asam Gras, Worcestershire’s finest molly dancing side, who are keeping alive a seldom-seen form of morris dancing that was traditionally performed by out of work ploughboys during the winter months.

The highlight of the evening is a performance by BarkerBartlett in Guesten Hall.  Acclaimed as some of the brightest talents on the folk scene, accordionist Harriet Bartlett and singer/guitarist Charlie Barker, will dazzle with a range of Celtic and Americana inspired songs.

The Edwardian Tearoom will be serving light refreshments throughout the evening and a barbecue will also be available.

Proceeds from the evening will be split between Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, which is an independent museum and receives no regular public funding, and Special Olympics Worcestershire (SOW) which is part of the worldwide Special Olympics movement.

Tickets cost £15.00 and are available from Avoncroft Museum Shop.  For further details, please contact Terry O’Brien 07930 558493.

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