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Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

38th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival



Photo courtesy of Graham Whitmore Photography



Press release from Terry Morton Entertainment Manager;


THE OCKBROOK BIG BAND are renowned as the most entertaining big band in the midlands. The lucky crowd will enjoy the best swing music from the 1920s, some modern jazz and the unique sound of dance bands in the 30s & 40s.

To add to the visual presentation the band will be dressed in US air force military uniforms in the style of the great Glen Miller orchestra "not to be missed".

THE RIPLEY MORRIS MEN will also be strutting their stuff with a colourful display of Cotswold stick whacking dances.


AISTAGUCA (eyes-ta-gucha) bring a totally different sound to the festival tonight. This 6 piece outfit play Balkan music based around gypsy wedding style, this is highly interactive and is performed as a show on every level with songs like Hava nagila remember the film Borat? Much of the music is included in the session sets. Trubaci music incorporates high energy rhythms. AISTAGUCA is now well and truly on the folk dance underground throughout the UK.

HARRIET at only 20 years old singer song writer Harriet McDonald captured the attention of the music world. With an acoustic guitar, her confident stage presence, powerful & meaningful delivery of both cover and her own arrangement's you see her talent shine through. Rarely does a solo artist make it to appear at the City Charter beer festival this one is not to be missed. Starting at 8pm.


THE MODERN AFFAIR this handpicked band of musicians come smartly turned out and business like, they boast over a 100 years collectively of gigging in the Midlands. The music takes you back to the mod culture days of scooter's, and the Quadraphenia days of Brighton's swinging 60s. Songs from Spencer Davis, Small Faces, early Beatles and Stones among many more. Get ready for a high octane night of entertainment.

THE INCREDIBLE SKANK BROTHERS are a 6 piece playing the best of Ska music (developed from Calypso and Reggae) the accent on the upbeat gives rise to the Skank dance would be skankers can learn from keeping an eye on lead vocalist Andy. This rather infectious music will soon get the audience bouncing. Plenty of titles from Bad Manners and of course Madness!


UK CHICAGO BLUES This band a tribute to the Blues Brothers are on a mission and never fails to please an audience. An all singing all dancing show with all the songs from the Blues Brothers film Everybody needs somebody, Gimme some loving, Rawhide, Minnie the moocha so join in and enjoy.

3Eyed Fox kick off the evening at 8pm this folk fiddle band are very popular throughout the East Midlands the genre is folk rock with influences from the Ukraine's, Flogging Molly and the Levellers.



Plans for the Derby CAMRA City Charter Beer Festival are going well. The venue is still intended to be the Market Place in a giant marquee. Due to the popularity of this location last year excitement across the city is growing. On St Patrick's Day the festival committee presented the Mayor of Derby with a generous donation towards his chosen charities. These are; The British Heart Foundation, Dementia Care & The Midland Doctors Association. As the festival holds 'City Charter' status they are very proud to support these causes. Naturally there was beer on hand and a generous turn out of volunteers to greet the Mayor. Over the coming months planning for the event will continue. Beer and announcements will be made when confirmed so watch this space!

The festival will be open from 8th-12th July 2015. Cheers!


As with all CAMRA Beer Festivals, the Derby Summer Beer Festival is staffed entirely by volunteers who come along to promote real ale in the City of Derby. If you would like to take part your help will be gratefully received no matter how big or small your commitment. To volunteer, please complete a staffing form by following the link below:


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Wednesday 8th July Ockbrook Big Band 
Thursday 9th July Aistaguca 
Friday 10th July The Modern Affair 
Saturday 11th July The UK Chicago Blues 


For further information contact the Chairman, Russ Gilbert  on 07909 967142 or email


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