Doors 7.30pm. Start 8pm. Adv tickets £10. OTD ticket £12.
Street bands are one of the musical wonders of the world, making a joyful noise from the Balkans to New Orleans and from Durham to Delhi, making music that is accessible and life affirming.
On this night, CICCIC are hosting a benefit for the festival with music by Tongues of Fire and Vincent Touret, an incredible French street musician and trombonist.
Tongues of Fire are run by veteran street musician Tim Hill and blow up a musical storm of brass, reeds and percussion, their joyful noise includes modern New Orleans street music, English folk, circus music, original material and popular songs. The result is a rich, wild and unique sound, both very English and international.
Leading jazz trumpet player Stuart Henderson and local trumpet legend Joe Porter feature in the band with Taunton’s own Sousaphone powerhouse Tom Francombe. Driving the band is young jazz drummer Jo Meikle.
“Referencing the collective shamanic voodoo of Sun Ra and Albert Ayler’s mystical shrieks and shronks, they fire up an unholy modal roustabout of a party. Blindingly good. 5/5” International DJ Magazine.
The Sound of the Streets brings Taunton’s streets and public spaces to life with a three-day festival of this vibrant music in July 2022. The festival features some of the UK’s leading bands like The Bollywood Brass Band and the Riot Jazz Brass Band plus a wide variety of local bands and community bands from around the country.
Central to ‘the festival is the idea of communal celebration, of giving people opportunities to enjoy live music, to dance, make music themselves and sing. Free and accessible, the Sound of the Street’ this year has a focus on education and young people.
The Sound of the Streets has been made possible by a Grants for the Arts award from the Arts Council, but the festival needs to raise more support to ensure the festival happens. The festival is being organised by locally based Tim Hill and The Sound of the Streets organisation that includes many local street music lovers.
You can see a short film about last years festival here, with music with Tongues of Fire
Sound of the Streets Benefit Concert - Fri 6th May
May 6, 2022
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm