Comedian joins bill of Reepham's summer festival

Elaine MaslinReepham's summer music and arts festival is to preview the Edinburgh Festival fringe act of Irish-Iranian comedian Patrick Monahan. The coup for the organisers comes in what is just the second year of the event.Elaine Maslin

Reepham's summer music and arts festival is to preview the Edinburgh Festival fringe act of Irish-Iranian comedian Patrick Monahan.

The coup for the organisers comes in what is just the second year of the event.

Mr Monahan has also been a warm-up act for BBC's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross show.

Alongside Monahan, organisers have lined up more than 20 acts.


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And the music will range from rock, folk, soul and indie to classical, world music, jazz and more.

Venues will open all round the

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town and in the open air in Market Place until late on Saturday,

August 1.

Headlining the live acts will be Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, known as one of the most enduring British prog-rock acts. Other acts confirmed include The Soul Traders, Sam and Daisy, James Bisgood, Marina Florance Band and KTP.

All paid-for venues will be covered by a single �10 ticket for the full day. But free venues will including Market Place and other areas around the square, which will play host to a wealth of artists and craftsmen.

Stalls and stands will be run by charity and food sellers, and there will be street entertainers and music workshops.

In the evening, Market Place will be transformed into an outdoor musical party, with bands performing to round off the day.

Tickets are available from the Norwich Arts Centre ticket line on 01603 660252 and Very Nice Things in Reepham from this Thursday.

Updated information will be posted at the website, www.reephamfestival.co.uk. If you would like to take part, help on the day or sponsor the event, email info@reephamfestival.co.uk.

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