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Weekend Larks (Oct 21-23)

When is a jumble sale a vintage fashion fair? Plus rousing Celt music, banjos and a big load of beer

Written by . Published on October 20th 2011.

Weekend Larks (Oct 21-23)

LIVERPOOL'S real ale lovers will be over a barrel this weekend as St Anthony’s Church on Scotland Road hosts its fifth annual beer festival.  

The three-day event, which gets going tonight (Thursday) will see some 35 beers available in the unique setting of the church’s stunning crypt. 

L-R Father Graeme Dunne And Paul Batho of sponsors St ModwenFather Graeme Dunne and
Paul Batho of sponsors St Modwen
Parish priest Graeme Dunne launched the festival in 2007 to fund the creation of a memorial to the thousands who died locally of typhus after fleeing the Irish potato famine, many of whom have been re-interred in St. Anthony’s crypt. The completed memorial, sculpted by Crosby Memorials, will be unveiled to the public at the festival. 

Father Graeme Dunne said: “The festival gets more popular every year. We’ve got a great range of seasonal beers from small breweries this year and as usual we’re expecting St Anthony’s Monastic Ale, which has such an important place in our festival, to be popular.”

Local suppliers involved in the festival include the Liverpool Craft Beer Company micro-brewery from within the parish, and Cambinus Brewery in Knowsley, brewers of St Anthony’s Monastic Ale which is being supplied by sponsor St Mowden.

*St Anthony's Beer Festival, St Anthony's Church, Scotland Road, Liverpool, L3, Thursday-Saturday 20-22 Oct. Tickets can be arranged by calling 0151 207 0177. Some tickets will be available at the door.

 Kit off
“You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong , pal.”

Just to prove how very wrong, head down to Mello Mello this Saturday when This Is the Kit will be delivering some seriously fused tunes, the intro of this item being the title of one of them.

This Is The KitThis Is The KitThis Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables, who sings and plays banjo and guitar, sometimes on her own, and other times with a bunch of people, such as long-time collaborator Jesse D Vernon on violin and percussion.

Watch and listen as Kate rips forward with a hypnotic twangy pattern and a voice of rare unaffected beauty. Accompanied by a backing-band of minimal psychedelia, This is the Kit will transport you to a warm bath in the middle of a forest.

This is the Kit, Saturday 22nd October, Mello Mello, Slater Street, from 8pm, tickets from £4

One man's jumble sale....
...IS another's vintage fashion fair.

If you need clothes this weekend, you might want to give the usual guff a miss and head down to the Crowne Plaza to bag some second hand items. Sorry, vintage fashion. 

Gok_WanGok WanFor those a bit unsure of the difference, the term vintage is used to describe clothing at least a few decades old, clearly representing the era in which it was produced. If you listen to Gok Wan, vintage is the big hit this season. You can't imagine him inviting you to go off the rails for a quick rummage, can you? 

Decorative Fairs, the organisers of this weekend’s sale have been in this game since the early 1990s.

So shimmy into a bargain, or just toglance over the models as they parade around in fancy dresses from days gone by. Ooer.

*Vintage Fashion Fair, Crown Plaza Liverpool, Sunday 23rd October, admission £5

Up your pipes
TIRED of the Irish shenanigans? Need a different branch of Celt? Why not investigate some Scottish and Welsh ones instead.

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Swap your Sunday roast for a chance to catch the standard-bearers of Scottish and Welsh music in one compelling concert. Breabach, one of the most celebrated and successful Scottish folk bands of recent times command the stage with flair, charisma and a sound that is as expansive as it is distinct.

Powered by double bagpipes, flute and fiddle, this uncompromising force is further fuelled by the tight groove of double bass, guitar and step-dance.

The band have certainly accomplished much in their short career, like the best band in both the Scottish Traditional Music Awards and Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Meanwhile, Calan have taken Welsh traditional music and performed the musical equivalent of CPR.

The Raiding Party - Breabach & Calan, St George's Hall Concert, Sunday 23rd October, from 7,30pm, tickets £17.50 from the Philharmonic Hall box office.


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