New initiative brings arts and entertainment to rural East Yorkshire

NorthWolds Arts and Music is a new enterprise set up by former professional musician Al Best, to bring top class arts and music to small village halls and churches across the rural areas of East Yorkshire’s North Wolds.

Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, 10:53 am
bob fox
bob fox

The aim is to create performing arts experiences, not normally available to smaller communities, in the settings of village halls, churches and other small venues. On offer will be interactive hands on experiences, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and other events designed to enrich rural life. The first of what is hoped to be many of such events, sees eminent singer and guitarist Bob Fox in concert at Burton Fleming Village Hall.

“Our first concert is on October 5 and we have cherry-picked an artist who was the ‘Songman’ in the National Theatre’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Warhorse’ in the West End” explained Al Best, “He has also been nominated twice as ‘Best Folk Singer’ in the BBC Folk Awards and I know he will put on an excellent show.”

Al added: “This first event is a toe in the water to see what response we get and if all goes well we will be forging ahead with our 2015 programme much of which is already pencilled in.”

Bob Fox is in Concert Oct 5th at Burton Fleming Village Hall, South Street, Burton Fleming, YO25 3NZ

Bob Fox is one of the country’s top folk singers and guitarists. He was the Songman for the National Theatre’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Warhorse’ in the West End 2011/12 and is currently with the touring production. Bob was nominated ‘Best Folk Singer’ in the BBC Folk Awards 2003 and again in 2004. He tours extensively and internationally and performs regularly at most of the UK’s folk clubs and major festivals including Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Cambridge.

Al Best was a fully professional musician for 25 years, touring internationally and appearing on TV & Radio. He has been a partner in both an entertainment agency and an events management company and part of a management team running a successful festival in Gloucestershire. He moved to East Yorkshire in 2007 and now runs EntsWeb, an online directory for entertainment and event organisers.

NorthWolds Arts & Music (NWAM) is a new, not for profit, project set up this year with plans to put on events in churches and small village halls in the East Riding. These will range from concerts to guitar workshops and exhibitions to smaller things such as a class on how to make Christmas wreaths. NWAM is currently in an experiment phase to gauge reaction and test ideas for a sustainable programme of activities. If all goes well the project will extend to other areas.