Music in the Parks showcases local talent at Clarence Park



The Music in the Parks season comes to Clarence Park, St Albans on Sunday, 29 July with a line-up of some of the finest local acoustic talent.

This free concert will provide a platform for local performers David Hoare, ‘The 45’s’, Alex Lilly, and The Vaulted Skies to show off their musical talent.

Music in the Parks events are provided throughout the summer by St Albans City and District Council at Verulamium Park, Clarence Park, Rothamsted Park and Redbourn Common. The concerts feature an eclectic line-up of talented local artists and are managed by the Arts Team at St Albans Arts, Sport and Health (SAASH) – the development arm of Leisure Connection.

Councillor Mike Wakely, Portfolio Holder for Sports Leisure and Heritage for St Albans City and District Council, said: “This free concert offers a great opportunity to enjoy original and exciting music from a host of local artists.”

David Hoare is a regular performer on the local scene and a number of his quirky ditties can be seen on YouTube, such as ‘Pizza Hut Song’, ‘Cheese Song’ and ‘The Greebo Song’. Last year David embarked on a project to upload 30 songs to YouTube in 30 days.

St Albans band ‘The 45’s’ have spent the last few months developing new material while taking a break from performing live. The band has an original and soulful sound influenced by the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Buffalo Springfield. The band is fronted by local stalwart, Patrick Halton.

Alex Lilly is an up and coming singer-songwriter based in St Albans. Currently working on her first EP with her new band, she plans to embark on a small tour of appearances around the UK this year. Backed by guitarist Gavin Beale, Alex puts everything into her singing when she performs.. Once affectionately called the female Jeff Buckley, Alex’s voice is distinctive, deceptively powerful and one you won’t forget.

Joanna and James from popular local band ‘The Sunflies’ have put together a new more acoustic project called ‘The Vaulted Skies’. Their music is atmospheric with gothic overtones and haunting vocals.

The concert will also feature a number of floor-spots from regular performers at popular local acoustic night-spot ‘The Blue Angel Acoustic Café’. The Café is held every Sunday at The Horn, compared by Blue Angel organiser Bill Johnson.

This Music in the Parks event takes place from 2pm to 6pm, Sunday July 29, at The Bandstand in Clarence Park, Hatfield Road, St Albans.

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