The Summer Busk, bringing a day of music for charity to Worthing town centre, continues to expand and experiment.
Run in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, this annual event is in its 17th year and this is the third year in a row to feature more than two venues, operating simultaneously.
On Saturday, the bands and dancers will be in Montague Place, Montague Quarter will feature acoustic ensembles and singers, and South Street Square has some smaller ensembles.
Organiser Richard Amey said the Summer Busk had led the town centre’s open-air volunteer music-making for charity, with the area’s musicians, singers and dancers making a statement of support for the homeless in the area.
“The Summer Busk cannot be accused of standing still,” he said.
“Its current era is of broadening and experiment. This year, it will introduce the Montague Quarter mall as one of its performing venues. This will spotlight a variety of entirely acoustic ensembles and singers producing a wide range of sound, art, style and surprise.
“Gennaro Fiondella and Dan Gilmore will make the arcade feel like a succession of different places around the world. Secret Shore Singers have their own researched repertoire of ribald and reflective Sussex sea shanties and the recently-formed Seven Singers’ offering includes renaissance madrigals. There will be fun from The Featherstone Jazzmen and The Smiley Boys and wide-ranging popular song nostalgia from Ken Pumphrey.”
The bands and dancers will perform in Montague Place, including the Shoreham Allstars’ mobile stage making its Summer Busk debut.
The third venue, South Street Square, will launch at midday with Peter Hammerton making his first Summer Busk appearance, a keenly-anticipated tour de force followed by a sequence of small ensembles.
St Paul’s, which made its first appearance in the Summer Busk programme last year, will host a separate event for Worthing Churches Homeless Projects this year, in its cafe on July 21.
Summer Busk, Saturday, June 16, 2018
10.30am Northbrook Met Theatre Dance
11.15am to 12pm Shoreham Allstars, young musicians
12pm to 12.30pm Host Recordings, three solo artistes
12.30pm to 1.30pm Junkyard Sons, six-piece, all original blues-rock
1.30pm to 2pm Jean Butterworth School of Dancing
2pm to 3.15pm 168 No Sleep, four-piece, favourite pop, R&B, rock
3.15pm to 3.45pm Northbrook Met Theatre Dance
3.45pm to 5pm RG Winfield Blues Band, four-piece, classic blues and rock
10am Gennaro Fiondella and Dan Gilmore, international music on accordion and trumpet
11am Seven Singers, a capella folk, pop and madrigal
11.30am The Featherstone Jazzmen, trad jazz
12.30pm Secret Shore Singers, authentic sea shanties
1.30pm The Smiley Boys, utopia of ukeleles
2.30pm Ken Pumphrey, voice, guitar and harmonica
South Street Square
12pm Peter Hammerton, nostalgic pop and rock
1pm Celtic Shore, Irish heritage folk trio
2pm Shoreham Allstars, young artistes
3pm Off the Rails, easy-listening duo
4pm Mostly Jazz – Jax Perry’s chilled vocals