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Festival Marks 100 Year Anniversary

Womens Chainmakers Group

18 September 2010

The Women Chainmakers' Festival Centenary Celebration  Saturday 18 September, 2010

The award-winning Women Chainmakers’ Festival returns to the Black Country Living Museum for a special centenary celebration on Saturday 18th September, 2010.  The festival, which won the prestigious Black Country Tourism Award for Best Festival in 2007, promises a sensational line-up of live music, street theatre, poetry and performance and will shine the spotlight on womens’ working rights.  

Headline act, The Unthanks - Northumbrian singing sensations, sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank , have forged links between folk worlds old and new and have blown a bracing north-easterly gale through traditional English song, casting it in an inventive and playful new mould.  

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Stacey Blythe, who is a regular contributor to the Women Chainmakers festival, will perform the Chainmakers' Song which she wrote for the first festival in 2005.  Many will recall her duet with Billy Bragg at the 2007 festival. Classically trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Stacey plays a wide variety of instruments. 

Sons of Oldbury - self-proclaimed 'Bard of the Black Country', dialect poet Billy  Spakemon and singer songwriter Lozz Hipkiss, will play acoustic music with a Black Country flavour.   Festival goers can look forward to a medley of musical entertainment from veteran of the Midland's folk scene, Stourbridge singer-songwriter Pete Boddis.  A country style performer of astounding ability, Pete is accompanied by drummer Rob Franklyn.   The Laners will sing traditional folk songs and the Nottingham Clarion Choir will rouse the crowds with songs of protest and celebration.

Speakers include former Cabinet Minister, the Right Honourable Tony Benn; Frances O’Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary; Mary Turner, President of the GMB; Sylvia Heal, Festival Patron and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Eleanor Smith, Unison Vice President and Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union.

The Museum village will close at 6.30pm when headline act – The Unthanks will begin their performance. The Festival closes at 8pm.  Tickets are available through the Museum’s Booking Office on Tel: 0121 520 8054.  Booking Office opening times are Monday - Friday 10am until 4.00pm. Online booking is available at www.bclm.co.uk  For online bookings please choose ‘Day Visit’ ticket.  Tickets cost: £13.20 adults, £10.70 Senior Citizens, £7.00 Young People.

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