More musicians sign up for Saffron Walden’s free music festival on Midsummer Day, June 24 - The Fete de la Musique

PUBLISHED: 13:58 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:58 27 April 2018

Twisted Funk

Twisted Funk


A wide range of musicians have signed up to play at Saffron Walden’s free musical event, the Fete de la Musique on Sunday, June 24, where over 350 musicians will play at 10 venues across the town, celebrating Midsummer Day.


Saffron Walden Band, Djuology, will be playing as a three-piece playing classic swing and Gypsy jazz, as they say, “from the Duke to Django and beyond.”

They are Tony White and Dave Perrett on guitar and Janet McCallum on violin.

Tony played jazz guitar at the town’s first Fete de la Musique in 2015 where he and Dave met after his set.

Both experienced jazz and blues guitarists, they formed Djuology and debuted at the Saffron Walden Maze Festival in 2016, playing in the hedge maze and now include include bass and violin, appearing also at the Saffron Walden Buskers day in 2017 with Robin Ireland on bass, and subsequently at festivals, fetes and private parties as a four piece.

Country duo Tennessee Twin, are an acoustic duo, Victoria and Geoff from Cambridge, who play modern country, hits from Nashville and their own compositions.

The duo’s original song Wings of Red, White and Blue won the Nashville Music City/British Airways song writing competition in March and the single is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and Google Play.

Twisted Funk are a collective of five young musicians who share a passion for music incorporating styles such as jazz, funk, ska and reggae. They met at Saffron Walden County High School, playing in bands including the SWCHS Jazz Band.

They are Jackson Priest, drums and percussion, Finbar Tilley, guitar, Hal Kearton, bass, James Marsh, trombone, Finnbar Leckey, trumpet.

Also playing at the festival, which joins similar events across the world, on or near summer’s longest day, will be The Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir, which began at a workshop at Cambridge Jazz Festival in 2016 and sings jazz, soul and gospel and is described as “infectiously groovy”.

The workshop was run by Pete Churchill, of the London Vocal Project who believes that it is only in the past 200 years that music has been for the elite. Previously it belonged to everyone and he is trying to claim it back.

This street party celebrating music, runs from noon to 8.30pm.

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