Down on the Farm!
August has been a full action packed month. Last weekend Paul and I had the pleasure of playing in Leicestershire at Stonehurst Farm and Motor Museum in the town of Mountsorrel. We had a quick turn around as the previous weekend we were singing in Newark at the Air Museum, and since returning I’ve been out everyday performing the “Swinging 1950s and 60s” along with a few “Song for Summer” shows to tie in with the August summer season.
If you caught my Facebook pages you will know Paul and I were able to catch some wonderful images of our time at Stonehurst Farm as we
Meeting the Animals!
went back to the 1940s for the farms War Time event. So thank-you to every-one who came along to support us and to Tom Duffin and family who made us all so very welcome. Paul and I perform at many events but Stonehurst Farm offers something very different so we were delighted to pull out all the stops and perform eight forty five minute sets which included seven costume changes over the course of the weekend.
Stonehurst Farm is a family run business where every member of the family has an important job to do. First established in 1951 it’s a working farm where you can meet and feed the animals, enjoy
Paul Enjoying the Farm!
tractor and pony rides plus it has a fantastic motor museum, shop and a delightful cafe which serves the most delicious home made cakes and hot lunches. I especially enjoyed the home made cheese scones – Mmmm my favourite! This Farm has something for every-one and Paul and I particularly enjoyed looking around the motor museum which has an impressive display of vehicles all owned by members of the family dating right back to the 1920s & 30s
This was Stonehurst’s 1st combined 40s event as last year the show only consisted of an
Inside the Shop!
encampment. It was such a success that the farm were keen to get more involved and to attract many more of it’s regular family visitors it take part in the Living History experience. I had been engaged to perform 3 x 45 minute sets daily in the barn by the motor museum and cafe and all through the day we had a steady flow of visitors as the event stretched out through the farm and onto the filed where the re-anactors performed a battle.
A great deal of thought goes into my show plans and after performing in Newark last weekend I wanted to include some variations. I didn’t want
On Stage and Ready to Roll!
to sing the same repertoire combination as before so I added in a big band and swing set on the Sunday which went down very well with the audience. You can’t beat the 40s for glamour! Paul and I also performed 2 x 45 minute sets on Saturday evening as the farm served a hog roast which was delicious!
A really fabulous event and Paul and I are looking forward very much to returning next year.
In the meantime I shall be away tomorrow as I head off to Totnes for 8 days and when I return I’m booked to perform at Chelsea Hospital on the
Meeting up with Re-anactor Eddy Marsh!
1st September for the Pensioners in London. I’m then fully booked for September with “Battle of Britain” shows to tie in with the RAF centenary year and on the 8th September I shall be singing in Dunstable, Prory Park for “Proms in the Park”. You can catch me at Hughingdon Manor, High Wycombe on the 15th & 16th September singing & compering for the National Trust’s 1940s event but I shall tell you more about these events in more detail a little closer to the time when I return.
I look forward to catching up with you all when I get back from Totnes on the 31st. Keep Watching and Toodle Pip! 😉
A Working Vintage Vehicle!