LOCAL Irish folk band Finnegan’s Wake will be returning to Westbury this month, to play the Laverton for the sixth time.
The band, who were formed in early 2008, will be performing on Saturday 27th September as part of the Westbury Music & Arts Festival, which will run for two weeks in September and October. They perform a variety of traditional folk songs and covers.
Finnegan’s Wake was begun by Westbury residents Frank Hackett, a vocalist and accordionist, and guitarist and vocalist Mick Franks. They are joined by local musicians Clive Cunningham on the fiddle, and Pete Minky on the guitar, banjo, and tin whistle. Frank said, “We’re really looking forward to playing Westbury again – we always sell out and get a great reception. The local people seem to love this sort of music, and have a great affiliation with the songs.
“We’ve had a busy year and been playing in Ireland and Holland recently, as well as local pubs in the area. We try to keep our repertoire varied, and have added some new songs into the set.
“I’m excited; it’s always a good night when we play in Westbury, and the enjoyment is what it’s all about.”
The band will also be playing at Melksham Conservative Club on Saturday 18th October as a fundraiser for the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.
To book tickets to Finnegan’s Wake’s show at the Laverton on Saturday 27th September, go to www.wmafestival.co.uk. Tickets are also on sale Thursday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.00pm outside Country Wide on Westbury High Street. The show starts at 7.00pm. Tickets are £15 each and include a serving of traditional Irish stew.