Live from the Lawn returns to Tyntesfield for its third year with two top headliners from the world of Ska and Folk.
Dispelling the stereotype of a quintessential National Trust property, Tyntesfield is constantly challenging perceptions with its events program and this August is no exception. After the success of last year’s event the property, near Bristol, will be hosting 2 Tone legends The Beat, and Radio 2 award winning folk artists Show of Hands for two night time open-air concerts in a beautiful setting.
On Saturday 27 August The Beat will be performing on Tyntesfield’s croquet lawn, a setting which is a world apart from their West Midland roots. They formed in Birmingham in 1978, and were part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers. They shot to stardom with their first single, which was a unique take on Smokey Robinson’s ‘Tears Of A Clown’, which reached the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops in that year.
The Beat are now known the world over for a string of hit singles, including ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’, ‘Too Nice To Talk To’, and ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’. Their dynamic live shows fuse ska, pop, reggae and punk rock with a message of peace, love and unity. The band recently announced they will be releasing a new album in September called BOUNCE, their first in over 30 years.
On Sunday 28 August the sound switches from West Midlands to the West Country with genre defying favourites; Show of Hands. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic duos in England with their unique mix of rock, roots, blues, country and trad. They have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headline major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and playing all over the world, from Europe to America, Australia and India. They were also voted Best Live Act by the public at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and during the same awards in 2010 they were named ‘Best Duo’ and also clinched the ‘Best Original Song’ award for ‘Arrogance Ignorance and Greed’.
Their Tyntesfield show is part of the Walk with Me – The Big Autumn Tour, which will see the duo perform alongside double bassist Miranda Sykes and special guest vocalist Megan Henwood. This tour will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert.
Hugh Harris, Events Officer said, “we can’t wait to see the lawn transformed into a dance floor. Music and theatre was a big part of Victorian life here at Tyntesfield, so we’re really happy to be following tradition, albeit in a fairly non-traditional way.”
During the daytimes of Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August, Live from the Lawn will take a turn into a family-friendly mini music festival, showcasing over 20 upcoming artists from Bristol and further afield. There is a wide range of music planned with everything from Samba and Ukulele to Indie Rock and Brass.
For tickets and more information please call 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield