Music festival gets top acts

Bures Music Festival 2015 Marcus Bonfanti is to perform ANL-150806-132729001
Bures Music Festival 2015 Marcus Bonfanti is to perform ANL-150806-132729001

The five-day Bures Music Festival kicks off next month with two award-winning acts booked for its Friday night blues night.

The festival, which has raised £170,000 for local charities since it began in 1997, runs from July 8 to 12 and is now in its 19th year. It covers all genres of music from choral and jazz to blues and rock.

There’s a double helping of blues on July 10 with Jo Harman, who won the 2014 British Blues Awards’ female vocalist of the year. She is supported by Marcus Bonfanti, winner of the awards’ best acoustic act accolade and a finalist for best British male vocalist in this year’s British Blues Awards.

Local hill-country blues act Space Eagle completes the blues night line-up.

Festival organiser Alice Butler said: “Since releasing his first full album in 2008, Marcus has toured with or opened shows for Robert Cray, Chuck Berry, Jack Bruce and many others.

“He fronts Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion and legendary British rock-and-roll band Ten Years After. His 2013 album, Shake the Walls, received critical acclaim.”

A choral evening with the Kelvedon Singers and a jazz night, featuring vocalist Tina May, will be held in St Mary’s Church.

Ska group The Kubricks and Bee Gees tribute band Jive Talkin’ are part of the rock and pop groups taking over the big top at the weekend.

As well as award-winning music acts, festival organisers have brought in food from Benson Blakes restaurant in Bury St Edmunds which is providing street food, including its award-wining burgers, paella and flatbread pizzas. And another new addition for this year is a champagne and Pimm’s tent.

Tickets for all events are available from Waitrose in Sudbury during June, as well as Compact Music in North Street and from Bures Post Office and Eight Bells Pub, or online at buresmusicfestival.com