Bewdley Festival 2022 takes place between Friday October 7th and Saturday October 15th with events in four different venues, including Tree Tops Pavilion at West Midlands Safari Park.
As usual for all the last 35 years of performances, the programme features a wide range of events and subjects across a full multi-arts spectrum.
The evening programme opens on Friday October 7th at St Georges Hall where the truly talented Danny George Wilson and Band will be featuring numbers from Danny’s much-acclaimed new album “Another Place”, a solo album that builds upon his great work with award winning bands Danny and The Champions and Bennett, Wilson, Poole. Danny is supported by one-time Bewdley resident Katy Rose Bennett.
The Saturday evening event brings to Tree Tops “An Evening with Chris Difford”, the legendary Squeeze songwriter and singer. Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years.
Sunday 9th at Tree Tops brings one of the top UK jazz bands to Bewdley – The James Taylor Jazz Quarter (JTQ), is a four-piece jazz funk band renowned for their funky acid-jazz sound and thrilling live performances. A truly special night in prospect.
The evening of Monday 10th features “An Evening with Jess Phillips MP”.
Jess Phillips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. She is also a Sunday Times bestselling author.
Jess joins us with interviewer Adrian Goldberg to talk about her fascinating latest book – ‘The Life of an M.P – Everything You Need To Know About Politics’.
With her trademark humour and honesty, she lifts the lid on what a career in politics is really like and why it matters to all of us. This is the inside story of what’s really going on in the corridors of power, and why it’s more important than ever.
Our Tuesday guest is Susie Boniface, aka ‘The Fleet Street Fox”, who has been an award-winning news reporter for nearly 30 years. Her subject is “The Dirt and Honour of Fleet Street”. With three books published, regular appearances on television and radio, university lecturer on journalism, the evening promises to be an amusing and insightful exploration of the intricacies of the media. Susie promises to reveal why the worst people do the best things!
The Wednesday evening sees us at Tree Tops with a stand-up comedy set from Rich Hall, one of Britain’s best-loved American imports whose comedy, musicianship and documentary-making skills have brought him to an international audience.
Regular TV appearances, including “QI”, (25 times!!), “Have I Got News For You” and “Live At The Apollo”, allowed him to bring his unique brand of laconic yet insightful and witty comedy to the British public who took him to their hearts.
Thursday evening brings James O’Brien to St. George’s Hall; James, as well as being a no holds barred radio host, is a life-long Kidderminster Harriers fan.
“An Evening with James O’Brien” is the invitation to join one of LBC Talk Radio’s leading current affairs hosts. Since 2004 his brand of direct questioning shows no fear of politicians of all parties.
Formerly a journalist, editor, and presenter of Newsnight, his show dissects the views and opinions of phone-in guests, politicians, commentators, and celebrities often with startling results.
On Friday 14th we present Guy Chambers whois simply one of the UK’s most successful songwriters having worked with artists as diverse as: Mark Ronson, Kylie Minogue and Diana Ross.
However, Guy is perhaps best known for his work with Robbie Williams producing iconic hits such as: ‘Angels’, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and ‘Millennium’.
The audience will be treated to the stories behind the songs as Guy takes us through his career highlights, playing some of his classics along the way. A fantastic and unique opportunity to find out how the musical soundtrack to our lives is created!
The final event of the main week of this year’s Festival is likely to be a very lively affair. The Peatbog Faeries are shorthand for…a great night out!
Originally from the beautiful Isle of Skye, these Scottish musical pioneers and festival stalwarts have created an intoxicating mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves that defy definition.
Drawing upon influences from jigs and reels through Dance Music, Jazz, African, and more, they have created a new hybrid Scottish sound for audiences around the world to dance the night away at Tree Tops.