Fundraising party brings music festival to a close

The Western Valley Hotclub who will play at the fundraising party which will close this year's Ribble Valley Music Festival. (s)
The Western Valley Hotclub who will play at the fundraising party which will close this year's Ribble Valley Music Festival. (s)

The successful first year of the Ribble Valley Music Festival is brought to a close with a fundraising party at St Mary’s Centre in Clitheroe.

The Western Valley Hotclub will be performing a foot tapping combination of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Country and Western, Bluegrass and Rock and Roll fused together with harmonies and instrument changes along with polished and musical virtuosity.

The musicians are all ex-members of the Swing Commanders and two of the group have individually been awarded British Country Musicians of the Year.

The group includes the effervescent and multi-instrumentalist Gaynor Sutcliffe on vocals, violin, piano and accordion, Simon Brady on vocals, guitar, mandolin and lap steel and Ray Walmsley on double bass.

They use their vibrant and entertaining personalities to create a memorable occasion. There will be opportunity to dance the night away or simply enjoy the “feel good factor” that guarantees to leave audiences on a high every time.

Clive Greenwood, chairman of the organisers Ribble Valley Music, commented: “We are absolutely delighted and grateful for the increasing support there has been for the festival, and this has resulted in a greater amount of money being raised for several churches and Whalley Abbey and lots of fun in the process.

“It is great that an additional music festival, the Summer Days Festival, is now to take place next year bringing top artists to the Ribble Valley in addition to the other existing weekend music festivals.

“We are currently planning our 2016 Ribble Valley Music Festival which will run from spring until autumn and all of these festivals place the Ribble Valley firmly on the map as a centre for quality live music.”

The closing party of this year’s festival event takes place at St Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe, at 7-30 pm on Friday November 13th. Tickets (£10) are available from St Mary’s Centre each weekday morning or by calling 01200 422828 or 01254 384893. All proceeds will be donated to St Mary’s Church. There will be a pay bar.

The Western Valley Hotclub. (s)