Music galore at city venue’s beer festival

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The Derby CAMRA City Charter Beer Festival is at the Assembly Rooms in the city centre from July 10-14.

The event is now in its 36th year and as usual a huge amount of different ales from both near and far will be showcased at the festival, including the first ever ‘City Bar’, which will feature all of the microbreweries that Derby boasts.

A vast range of ciders, meads and continental drinks will also be showcased and stalls will include Pipers Crisps and Merry Beer Chocolates along with official CAMRA merchandise.

In addition, Derby CAMRA City Charter Beer Festival hosts the usual variety of entertainment this year both on the

marquee stage and the Darwin Bar area.

Wednesday’s opening session features Liquid Brass. The Ripley Morris Men will also be performing their usual brand of Cotswold dances.

On Thursday evening, The Herron Brothers (guitar/vocal duo) take the marquee stage at 8pm to perform a series of popular sing-a-long songs from their vast repertoire (they will also be opening up Friday evening session). Radio Mary have their own sound which has a blend of

musical influences, a contagious cocktail of folk based catchy tunes. To add to this the Black Pig Border Morris will make an evening not to be missed.

On Thursday afternoon, you can see Martin Atterbury at the theatre organ, giving you time to relax, reflect and enjoy all the old songs of yesteryear.

On Friday, you can see Shamus O’Blivion and the Megadeath Morris Men who are highly accomplished musicians and as a band have been steadily earning a reputation for playing rock influenced Celtic music in a hard-edged fast and cheeky style.

Meanwhile on the Darwin stage, Reverb The Band – a premier five piece covers band based in the East Midlands will be performing the hits you know from the 50s up to the present day.

On Friday afternoon, The Bill Bailey Jazz Band will be back once again for a session of New Orleans blues and foot tapping jazz.

Saturday evening features Joint Honours, a university-formed band from Derby formerly known as Fires & Fireplaces. Their sound is an amalgamation of several different genres, from The Streets right through to the Beach Boys. The Legendary Steaming Isaacs open the evening with a rhythm and brass section playing a

variety of rock, funk & soul.

Backline Blues play the Darwin stage from 9pm with their own style of blues, funk and rock.

On Saturday afternoon, there’s 3 Eyed Fox a young local band with an ever-growing following, while on the Darwin stage Rip it Up will be having a rock and roll party from the pre-Beatles and Stones era.

On Sunday afternoon, Blues Town will play out the last session of rock and blues with the help of a few guests.

FOr more information on the festival, see