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Mayfly Festival Square Tower Portsmouth - Monday


Dave Jordan asked The Spider to ask me to send this our mailing list.

So here goes:

 
The Mayfly Festival is a free, one-day, pop-up festival of arts and music in
the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 May.  
 
Around a dozen artists will be providing the colourful backdrop to a full
programme of acoustic music and a good helping of poetry.
 
The free arts and music extravaganza is the brainchild of Portsmouth artists
Jon Everitt and Simon Whitcomb. 
 
They explained: "We had always thought that art galleries and exhibitions
are just too quiet. As we are both musicians as well as artists, it wasn't
a huge step to come up with the idea of an art exhibition with live music."

 
Mayfly -- because it lasts but one day -- will run from midday to 8pm.
Artwork will include paintings in oils and acrylics, photographs, woodcuts
and linocuts.
 
In between the music will be readings from the Portsmouth-based poets of
Tongues and Grooves, including the 2014 Ted Hughes Award winner Maggie
Sawkins. 
 
The music includes Americana, folk, bluegrass and jazz fusion and we've even
managed to secure a set from the No1 Ladies English Accordion Orchestra. 
Other acts include The News Guide awards finalist Jerry Williams, Wood Wire
and Words, Panhandle Conspiracy and the Polite Mechanicals.
 
"The Square Tower is a wonderful venue for live music.  Apart from being a
beautiful and historic building, it has marvellous acoustics so there is
little need for amplification.
 
"We're hoping that people will take a bank holiday stroll on the waterfront
and the music will draw them inside to see what's going on. They can sit
down, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake or even a cheeky half of real
ale.
 
"With the combination of stunning art work, foot-tapping music and
jaw-dropping spoken word material on offer I dare anyone to be
disappointed!"
 
The free event will see original paintings and more affordable prints on
sale. While there is no admission charge, visitors will be encouraged to
make a contribution to the musicians on a busking-style basis.