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Never miss another 'Rick Townend' show
The second half of the show includes a barn dance, when Rick will invite members of the audience up on stage to have a go, to the accompaniment of fiddle and guitar.
Throughout, Fairtrade coffee & tea, and home-made cakes, will be on sale in the UGT coffee bar – which will stay open until 4pm, for a final viewing of Rupert Denyer’s paintings in the foyer.
Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Rick Townend prides himself on having started the UK's first school bluegrass band The Echo Mountain Boys in 1962. He is a master of the banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, steel guitar and autoharp, and has played with many bands – including Sussex-based Grassroots and the tribute band, The Kent Carters. Expect a selection of music of the US southern states over the years: songs of love, life, death, war and the daily struggle to survive, as well as comic and political songs, songs of whisky, prisons and railroads, the blues, and more. The aim is to recreate the rich tapestry of the Appalachian mountain sound: traditional dances, fast banjo breakdowns, airs and laments, and the music people made sitting on the back-porch, inspired by the wailing wind in the pines, the crying of animals and birds, and the rippling of mountain streams.
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Venue: Under Ground Theatre
BN21 4TL 50.768677, 0.279270
Enquiries: 01323 430077
→ Eastbourne 2 min walk