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This summer the outdoor live music scene in Leamington and Warwick has been pretty much non-stop with it seems events most weekends and last weekend it was the turn of Art In The Park to dish out some musical delights to go with the outstanding artistic talent on display in the Jephson Gardens.
On the Saturday my visit was an early one catching the first three acts, ladies choir Venus Voices got things underway with a set of pop and stage classics with the Cats number ‘Memory' particularly impressive followed by three piece acoustic band The Record Covers (love the name!) who impressed with stripped down versions of amongst others Stereophonics anthem ‘Dakota'.
Finally on Saturday for me one of my favourite local singer/songwriters Taylor-Louise took the stage with her top backing band for a set mixing Taylor's quality original compositions with her interpretations of classic numbers and what a good choice with the hot weather to include a crowd pleasing ‘Walking On Sunshine' and I also really enjoyed her very own take on ‘Hey Now'.
A more lengthy visit on the Sunday which included an amazing mix of musical styles including the always fun set of ukulele magic by The Spa Strummers and a touch of the classics with the huge line up of the Heart of England Co-op Concert Orchestra.
The Miss Song Bird Duo were just the ticket for a hot Sunday afternoon and with Claire's wonderful vocals and Paul's well crafted guitar work the laid back delights of ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me' and Dylan's ‘Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' and more were just perfect.
Song-Bird Gebby next and her beautiful vocals were a joy to behold while her version of Elton John classic ‘Your Song' was one of my numbers of the day and to close with a real change in style and tempo it was a set of indie rock by top local outfit The Ellipsis, full of energy and attitude and a perfect way to close a weekend of fine music (and art of course!!)
A great event, my first year there and could not believe how big the whole thing was, also on a personal note I met so many people I knew from the local music scene and friends I had not seen for a while and if you are reading this was fab to meet up with you all and maybe see you at Art In The Park 2019.

Andrew Lock


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