Guide to the Fete de la Musique in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 14:01 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:01 18 June 2015

SWS 25 Fete Pure Sax

SWS 25 Fete Pure Sax


The final countdown is on until the streets of Saffron Walden are turned into one big dance floor. ANGELA SINGER rounds up more acts performing in the town’s largest music festival.

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There are now 72 bands who have stepped forward to play at Saffron Walden’s Fete de la Musique, the free festival of music to take place all over the town on Sunday, June 21.

The festival will coincide with similar festivals in more than 100 countries on summer’s longest day. The first fete was launched in 1981 by the French Ministry for Culture.

Saffron Walden’s has been organised by the Saffron Walden Arts Trust, by three women on the committee, all musicians themselves: Pat Lodge, Louise Turner and Isabella Warren. Like the 2012 Olympics, the day will be run by volunteers including teams acting as stewards and sound technicians.

Musicians from Saffron Walden County High School will be well represented as individuals and ensembles. Band Friday is a 20-piece big band which meets after school on Fridays.

Your guide to who is playing where and when

The Market Square

Noon: Haverhill Flute Group. 12.30pm: Jay Plent as Too Cool Kid acoustic alt rock. 1.10pm: Matt Richardson jazz sax/singer. 2pm: Malcolm Talbot’s Big Brass. 2.50pm: Mawson Road Community Orchestra and Choir. 4pm: Viva Violas viola ensemble. 4.30pm: Cavell Community Choir. 5.50pm: Cara Winter, singer/songwriter. 6.20pm: The Hooligans, traditional Irish band, also klezma and bluegrass. 7pm: The Reavey Brothers Band, dancing to a mix of soul, funk, disco, boogie-woogie and ska.

The Town Hall

Noon: Tom Roddis singer/songwriter. 12.30pm: Matt Richardson, jazz sax and song. 1pm: George Harliono solo piano. 1.30pm: Ted Jeavons singer/songwriter. 2pm: Joanna Eden’s Thursday Night Singers. 2.30pm: Joanna Eden jazz singer. 3.10pm: Rcubed, jazz, blues quintet. 3.50pm: Sara Shaw singer and piano. 4.30pm: Huguette French chanson. 5.20pm: Alice Walker singer/songwriter. 6pm: Foreign Fiddlers violin and bass.

Saffron Walden Museum


Noon: Woodwind of Dunmow. 12.40pm: Saffron Walden Capoeira dance and martial art. 1.10pm: Mr Coverman accoustic covers. 1.40pm: Jay Plent as Too Cool Kid acoustic alt rock. 2.20pm: Driving Sideways blues and rock band. 3.10pm: Hope Brothers rock and skiffle. 3.50pm Band Friday, Saffron Walden County High School jazz band. 4.30pm: St Mary’s Brass.


12.30 amd 3pm: Saffron Recorder Consort. 1.10pm and 2.10pm: Quendon Recorder Group.

The Courtyard Café,

Rose and Crown Walk

Noon: Stephanie Ward harp. 12.30pm: William Roddis cello and keyboard. 1pm: Tony White and Pete Hill jazz guitar and bass. 1.40pm: Callum, Lizzie and Betsy, vocals and guitar. 2.10: Elliot Porter singer/songwriter. 2.50: Richard and Maria melodeon and clarinet. 3.30pm: The Nightingale Trio, violin, cello and piano.

Adnams Cellar (Off the Market Square)

Noon: Isla Osborne singer/songwriter. 12.20pm: Richard Allen singer/sax. 1pm: Stephanie Ward harp. 1.30pm Harliono Trio violin, cello and keyboard. 2pm: Clarinet Caprice, clarinet quartet. 2.40pm: Joanna Eden’s Thursday Night Solo Singers. 3.30pm: Threeo flute clarinet and keyboard. 4pm: Elliot Porter singer/songwriter. 4.40pm: Matt Swainsbury accoustic covers.

Outside Phase Eight dress shop

(King Street)

Noon: George and Albert brothers rock and pop. 12.30pm: Matt Swainsbury acoustic covers. 1.10pm: Ben Winfield acoustic singer. 1.50pm: Hollie Haines singer/songwriter. 2.20pm: Ted Jevans acoustic folk/rock/blues. 3pm: Dave Vant acoustic covers. 3.30pm: Claudia Kate acoustic folk, indie. 4.10pm: Eclipse Brass ensemble.

Cross Keys, Outside

Noon: Miranda Pender singer/songwriter. 12.40pm: Clarinetti Cantable clarinet trio. 1.10pm: Hollie Haines singer/songwriter. 1.50pm: Richard Allen sax/singer. 2.30pm: FivegoLive Latin and soul. 3.20pm: Rob Groves American roots singer.


4.10pm: Dave Vant singer covers and own compositions. 5.50pm Stephanie Ward harp. 5.20pm: Elliot Porter singer/songwriter.

Jubilee Gardens

Noon: Saffron Dance Band swing. 12.40pm: Pure Sax sax quartet. 1.10pm: Honeywitch folk/electric. 1.50pm: Sheri Kershaw blues folk original compositions. 2.30pm: Walden Ensemble wind band. 3pm: Pete Yelding and Stewart Fenwick sitar and tabla. 3.40pm: Shaun Colwill funk pop indie. 4.40pm: Flightplan prog rock band. 5.30pm: Mortal Tides indie folk. 6.20pm: Parkside alt rock band.

Fairycroft House (The Croft, on the corner of Audley Road and Fairycroft Road)

1.30pm: Th_ (Thunderscore) 2.30pm: Blackjack, classic rock. 3.30pm: Jiff Godfrey, solo accoustic. 4.30pm: A Few Too Many pop punk. 5.30: Angel Underground, all original punk-influenced rock.

Skate Park (Lord Butler Leisure Centre)

Noon: Joe Tofts covers/acoustic. 1pm: Dan Ketteridge & Co acoustic pop/rock. 2pm: Tom Roddis singer/songwriter. 2.50pm: Joe Richardson accoustic pop punk. 3.30pm: Room C indie rock. 4.30pm: Oak electronic indie dance. 5pm: No Exit garage rock. 6pm: Broadside rock and soul.

Aged from 12 to 18, they play funky, up-tempo music. The school also has Pure Sax, a saxophone quartet with pupils Adrian Ramirez-Valdes, George Withers, Sasha Molloy and Oscar Wilson-Toy.

At the Fete expect from them such numbers as Greased Lightning, Putting on the Ritz and It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing). The quartet will also play theme tunes from The Muppets and Benny Hill, otherwise known as Yakety Sax.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t 
got some strings. Viva Violas is the six-piece viola section of Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra. They will play a mix of classical and jazz including Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, a jokey version of Pastime and Good Company written for the court of King Henry VIII. These will be interlaced with numbers including Blue Moon, Chattanooga Choo Choo and Hoagy Carmichael’s Starlight.

A Few Too Many are a pop/punk band based on the rural outskirts of Saffron Walden. They were founded in 2009 during The Croft’s Youth Music project by rhythm guitarist, vocalist and writer Danny Freeman, lead vocalist Michael Achilles and drummer and vocalist Sam Howell.

Their singles Potential and I Always Knew have been played on radio in Cambridge and London.

The programme for who is playing where and when has been drawn up. Each venue will have a timetable on display on the day. The music runs from noon to 8pm. From 7pm, it will all be in the Market Square, ending with dancing to The Reavey Brothers Band.

On the day, there will be an information point in the Market Square with programmes available for 50p. 
The programme is also available to download free at

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