The nationally acclaimed local community music and education charity More Music and Live at LICA are bringing a mini festival to Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre later this month
Frontierland - the name inspired by Morecambe's former western-themed attraction - offers a lively, raucous, fun-time band on the street. Horns and drums will play original tunes mixed with popular melodies and ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.
Dancers waving massive coloured flags illustrating the landscape of Morecambe Bay will surround the band - the musical circus is coming to town.
Frontierland is produced by More Music, and co-commissioned by Live at LICA. The show is billed as ‘ Songs and tales from the edge’, representing the community’s diversity in a mini festival with a grand finale including:
- Jazz Club: Hosted by virtuoso jazz clarinettist Matt Robinson and featuring the 45 players from local jazz bands Orbit and Off the Rails.
- Stages Live: Hard hitting songs, beat box sounds, guitar rock and solo singing with Ash Murphy and young people who play at the Stages and Friday Night Project sessions at the Hothouse in Morecambe.
- Chinese Ceilidh: Dance to a combination of sounds featuring the Long Walk Chinese Orchestra and the Hothouse Folk group with stories from Hong Kong performer Eric Ng. Special Guest on the magical Sheng (Chinese mouth organ) Yin Ng – Hong Kong Musician of the Year 2013.
- The Big Sing: Artistic Director Pete Moser sings a set of songs from the More Music back catalogue with a sweet sounding chorus of singer - songs about Human Rights, the birds of Morecambe Bay and the Long Walk. The Musical Director is Pete Moser and the Dramaturg is Mark Whitelaw.
More Music is a community music and education charity based at the Hothouse in the West End of Morecambe. The organisation delivers workshops training, performances and festivals both in the UK and abroad.
“There are a number of journeys and threads in the show that develop throughout the evening," Pete Moser expalins, "and a sense of respect for humanity, of community joining together, of political justice and equality are mirrored by the score. The finale builds up to the orchestra and chorus telling the story of people working in the bay with aspirations for the future.
"The overall performance is a circus of music with its magical tricks and wonderful performers. Week by week we have been building up to this show - bringing together musicians and imagining the sounds we can make together.
"This is our community and we are now so excited to share the great music we can make with an audience. Come and join the party!”
• Frontierland, Songs and tales from a town on the edge of the Bay, 8.00pm Friday 28th February 28th and Saturday 1st March 2014.For more information, visit the website at www.moremusic.org.uk/frontierland email Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01524 831 997.