As the summer gets going the Melon Ground’s historic walls provide a warm embrace for this week’s musical guests. Katie and Sam join resident guitarist Vo to add a world and jazz slant to tonight’s set.
Come for the atmosphere, the music, the conviviality. Picnics welcome, but we also have a small cafe-bar for snacks and liquid refreshments.
Gates open from 7pm if you’d like to explore our gorgeous gardens before the music starts around 7.45pm
Tickets available in advance and on the door up until 7:30pm
Remember- we are totally outdoors with nature – Cardies, hats and blankets might keep your body comfy while the warmth of the music warms your soul.
More info about tonight’s musicians
This week’s music is, as ever, hosted and curated by John Mostyn.
Katie Stevens Katie is a multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham UK. After her classical training at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Katie followed her interest of instrumental folk music traditions through seminars, self study, private lessons and travel. She now plays in many bands and ensembles in the Midlands and South West which span a divergent range of styles such as balkan, Bulgarian, Klezmer, Irish, Brazilian and Arabic. As well as the clarinet, saxophone and flute, Katie also plays Irish whistle and flute, Bulgarian kaval and Arabic ney. She regularly tours the UK with a large range of different acts playing at arts centres, on the festival circuit and a number of rural touring schemes. Sam Slater Sam is a musician, composer and producer, playing guitars and the Arabic Oud for a number of eclectic jazz, world and roots music projects, alongside long-standing touring and writing with the critically acclaimed gypsy jazz, flamenco and contemporary classical instrumental band TG Collective, and Anglo-Polish singer songwriter Katy Carr. He has performed worldwide, from the mountains of Bulgaria and castles of Spain, to the many festivals and concert halls of the UK, and car parks of southern Serbia!Sam also directs the jazz-inspired Birmingham record label and artist development indie, Stoney Lane Records, and live producers/programmers Mubu Music.He has played on live sessions from BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends to Poland’s Trójka Radio, with his music featured on television from NBC and ESPN to the BBC, ITV and CBeebies! In 2020, he won Best Crime/Investigative Track from the American PMA Mark Awards for his co-composed string quartet, A Curious Voyage.
Vo Fletcher – resident musician In a long and varied career Vocalist/Guitarist Vo Fletcher has played, recorded and toured with: Nigel Kennedy, Fairport Convention, the Ric Sanders Group, Rik Mayall, Tuxedo Bay, Touch & Go, The Albion Morris Band, Catherine Howe and Brent Ford & The Nylons to name but a few. He used to be a presenter on Channel 5 but he’s alright now.