Music matters at arts festival

Russian Soul

The 50th anniversary Rye Arts Festival, which this year will run from 10 to 26 September, has announced selected ‘Early Bird’ ticket releases on eight selected events, which are on sale now.

The music programme for the festival covers everything from folk to classical, as the organisers aim to offer something for everyone and events to suit all tastes and preferences.

For folk music fans, there is the attraction of ‘Crooked Weather’ at 8pm in Rye Community Centre on Friday, 17 September.

The rock-infused, alt-folk band have explained that they have undergone an exciting transformation and will be performing a more acoustic set at this year’s festival than at gigs in recent years – a kind of 1960s Bob Dylan in reverse.

‘Crooked Weather’ have been compared to John Martyn and Pentangle, while the Daily Telegraph has described the band’s music as “a melting pot of indie, rock, world music and folk”.

After a year with very little live music to enjoy, this tight band, bursting with musical talent, is not to be missed! Perhaps a little tongue in cheek, the self-effacing band have said of themselves: “The Weather is definitely improving.” Come out and enjoy these changing climes!

Moving to classical music, the festival offers an evening called ‘Russian Soul: the Story of Rachmaninov in Song’ on Friday, September 10 at the Rye Creative Centre, across the Monkbretton Bridge.

Of course, Rachmaninov is a familiar name way beyond the world of classical music. What makes his subject matter, where, and how that was inspired, is not.

Featuring the Russian soprano Ilona Domnich, accompanied by the British pianist Sholto Kynoch, this evening of songs, written in Russian, has critic and broadcaster Michael White adding narration. The audience will be given insight into the composer whose life started in Imperial Russia but ended in self-imposed exile in the USA.

For details of these events and the other ‘Early Bird’ offers, and to buy tickets, go to

Image Credits: Rye Arts Festival .


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