Since 2015 a charitable organisation dedicated to supporting musicians and promoting live music and performing arts in Calne and beyond has aimed for funding to obtain a practise and performance arts and media space in the town, hoping for training, recording and broadcasting facilities.
Members of the group, Calne in Tune, are musicians, artists, promoters and others with a love of live music and performance arts, headed by town councillor and musician himself, Terry Couchman.
In aid of this venture their ‘Calne Music, Arts & Media Community Resource’ is organising a jamboree of local talent, which will rock the town hall on Saturday May 12th.
It’s a free event filling the town hall with colour and music from midday to midnight, Terry will perform “in between the gaps.” with open mic sessions still available, there’s a massive wealth of talent assembling for the event.
With acoustic folk Americana by Rob Green, and Tess Ryan, alternative rock and funk-rock with Novus Actus, Calne’s jazz princess Lauree, Santana tribute In The Shadows of Santana, The Stray Dogs, Luke Clements-Mitchell, The Ukey D’ukes, alternative country with Beautiful Mess, choral group The Calne Singers, young dancers Jessica Williams, Lauren Elkins & Becca Durham will perform their Song & Dance routines, and even Devizes is represented by our very own poet Gail Foster, artist David Foster exhibits and Sonia Hill is exhibiting her Nature & Landscape Photographs & Painting Image of the Calne area, as well as many arts and craft stalls, it’s a wonder if there will be any “in between gaps” left for Terry!
I’m not even sure if I’ve managed to compile them all here, so, I’m sorry if i missed you out but do let me know!
Guaranteed there’ll be something for all, and if not, there’s the annual community event always enthusiastically supported, where people of Calne line the river in their thousands to cheer on the ducks as they race down the river. Yep, the Calne Lions have a duck race, (not the Calne ducks having a lion race, which I nearly typed) at 10am. The first 3 ducks past the finish line win prize cash. Tickets are a quid £1 and are available online. Funds raised from the 2018 Duck Race will go into the Lion’s charity fund to support local good causes in the coming months.
Terry, who also manages the excellent event guide on Facebook, The Wiltshire Gig Guide, said “let’s show the world what Calne Town can do and what amazing talent there is in Calne and Wiltshire.”
The Ducks only said “Quack!”