An eclectic mix heralds a new season of shows

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Two local enterprises have teamed up to put on an eclectic series of concerts featuring top international musicians.

The collaboration between Wemsfest and Tuppeny Barn follows the success of recent concerts at the venue featuring guitarist Chris (brother of Rolling Stone Mick) Jagger, Russia’s Estas Tonne, a modern day troubadour; and American blues musician Guy Davis.

Mark Ringwood, Wemsfest artistic director, says: ‘Our aspirations are the same. Tuppenny Barn has planned a series of inspirational educational and community events in 2015 and we intend to present motivational music of the highest quality and diversity.

‘We hope that this combination will prove attractive to our respective audiences in a venue which has a unique ambience that people will really enjoy.’

Three concerts have so far been confirmed for the 130 capacity venue near Emsworth, and more are to follow.

Maggie Haynes, Tuppenny Barn’s director, adds: ‘We want to create a diverse and worthwhile programme including educational activities, music, the arts, entertainment and community events. These concerts have been extremely popular so far and was we intend to build on this success.’

The Wemsfest/Tuppenny Barn concerts confirmed so far for 2015 feature an east/west fusion of UK blues slide guitarist Michael Messer with Hindustani slide guitarist Manish Pingle, and tabla player Gurdian Rayatt on April 4, Australian/Irish blues duo Hat Fitz & Cara on April 24, and the much vaunted Zambian/Scottish musician Namvula, on July 3.

For more information go to wemsfest.com