Unusual Japanese instruments feature in Nourish Festival


clive_bell_by_barry_macdonaldPerformances on unusual Japanese musical instruments will be one of the highlights of the Nourish Festival in Bovey Tracey.

Musician Clive Bell played the shakuhachi for some of the Harry Potter film soundtracks. He is one of the leading UK performers on the instrument – a kind of bamboo flute – and will be playing as part of a special event at the start of the Nourish Festival of food, craft and music.

Hibiki Ichikawa is the UK’s only professional performer on the shamisen, a three-stringed instrument which is important in traditional Japanese music. He will be performing with the locally based Kagemusha Taiko drumming ensemble.

The performances inspired by Japanese music coincide with Made In Japan, a ceramics exhibition which runs at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen during Nourish.

Ian Wellens organises the music strand of Nourish. He said:
“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such a high calibre of musicians coming to our small town on the edge of Dartmoor. As well as the Japanese performers, we have Calefax who I saw perform ten years ago and their music has stuck in my mind ever since. The Brodsky Quartet is known all over the world and it’s amazing that they come to perform in our small church in Bovey.”

Paul Cassidy, the Brodsky Quartet’s Quartet’s viola player said:
“This quartet has an amazing history with this area because we came to Dartington fifteen years on the trot. We know this area very well and love it. It feels like coming home in a way.”

The Festival features the Westcountry debut of the Dutch group Calefax who created their own genre by bringing together an unusual grouping of wind instruments and commissioning new music for the ensemble.

There will be live street music on Saturday 3 September during Nourish’s food and craft fairs.

The Nourish Food Fair will fill Bovey’s high street with some of the best producers from the South West with stalls selling a huge variety of locally produced food including artisan cheeses, preserves, handmade chocolates, oils, pies and speciality mushrooms. A selection of street food will offer Caribbean, Spanish, Moroccan, wood fired Italian pizza, French crepes, Mexican, local seafood and the good old British Banger.

This year, Nourish Festival launches The Devon Street Food Awards in association with Devon Life, a lively competition to decide who is the Best Street producer in Devon. Devon is packed full of inspirational and exciting street food producers and Nourish celebrates our Food Heroes.

The Bovey Bake Off and Junior Bovey Bake Off will get the community reaching for their mixing bowls. The competition will be judged by Bovey’s own Queen of Cakes, Pauline Woodward.

The Nourish Contemporary Craft Fair will be hosted in the Methodist Church Hall, showcasing beautiful handmade craft from across the South West with craft demonstrations and other events taking place at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Exceptional makers from across the South West will present an inspirational selection of jewellery, pottery, glass, textiles and wood.

Nourish Festival is a community initiative led by The Contemporary Craft Festival, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the Cheese Shed.

The Food & Craft Fair on Sat 3 Sept are free. Concerts on 1, 2 & 3 September will be ticketed. Full details and ticket information can be found at www.nourishfestival.org.



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