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Katherine Priddy

Global Sounds For Summer Family Festival…

International folk, roots and acoustic artists from the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia will grace the stages of this summer’s 15th Gate To Southwell Festival in Nottinghamshire (from Thursday July 14 to Sunday July 17).

Katherine Priddy, one of the rising stars of the thriving British folk music scene, is among the latest names added to this year’s line-up in July, alongside two of the best bands currently on the live circuit – eight-strong folk rockers Merry Hell and Celtic punkers Black Water County.  They’ll join headliners including the celebrated West Coast Scots trio, Peat & Diesel, Irish legends Dervish, top bluesman Ian Siegal and Australian vocal tour-de-force The Spooky Men’s Chorale.

Also signed up for the Midlands premier international roots music festival there’s the much loved singer-songwriter partnership of Chris While and Julie Mathews, the new line-up of highly danceable folk rockers Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Birmingham’s youthful folk supergroup Filkin’s Drift Ensemble featuring Ellie Gowers and the Field & Dyke project with BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Danny Pedlar. 

Building on last year’s success, there’ll be four live music stages presenting acts from diverse genres such as folk, blues, world, Americana, country, ska, punk, jazz…  Plus on-site camping, glamping, street theatre, poetry, comedy, artisan food, great traders, cask ales, campfire sessions, morris dancing and ceilidhs. 

As always, the Gate To Southwell Festival promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family with advanced plans for a fun-packed Kids Area featuring Storytelling, White Post Farm, Forest School, Kids Crafts, Toddle Bops, Baby Bops, Out of the Chicken Shed, Circus Skills, Face Painting, Soul Sensory, Giant Bubbles and much more! 

Set in beautiful rural countryside at Kirklington near Southwell (NG22 8NX) – just off the A617 linking the A1 and M1 from Newark to Mansfield – day and weekend tickets for this much acclaimed “little festival with the big heart” are available now from


Some days I feel life’s magic
And see the golden sun.
I smell the laden lilacs
And feel the river run.
The communication that I have
With everyone is clear,
So confident I have become,
All people want me near.
And then the day the rain falls
And I am falling too.
I cannot see the sunshine,
The skies no longer blue.
The people that adored me
Have found another love.
How can I carry on like this
I need help from above!
No longer can I smell the scents
Or feel blood rush through my veins.
I think my life is frozen here,
How long will this remain?
Jean K Cave

Ukulele for Beginners

The ukulele is very popular as an easy to learn instrument. With only 4 strings, chords are easier to play than on its larger cousin, the six stringed guitar. It is also smaller, cheaper and has a friendly sound that is popular with players of all ages.

Mastering just a few chords (3 – 4) is easy and enables you to play quite a lot of songs. You’ll be expected to sing along with your playing, but you don’t need to be a great singer, just be willing to have a go along with the rest of us! You’ll be surprised just how happy singing along to your ukulele will make you!

We meet at The Institute, Roe Lane, Woodborough (opposite the top end of the Four Bells pub car park) every 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoon, 2.00pm – 4.00pm. £2.00 per session including refreshments.

Both complete beginners and more experienced players are welcome. A short term loan ukulele is available by arrangement.

Interested? Call Michael on 0115 9652376 for a chat.

The group is part of Calverton & District U3A