Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Thursday, July 5, 2012
THIS weekend Weston’s Grand Pier will host two days of cider and toe-tapping tunes.
The Grand Pier Cider Festival, sponsored by Thatchers, of Sandford, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and will feature four bands and lots of tasty tipples.
Kicking off proceedings on Saturday are The Ten Pound Suit Band.
Since 2008 the band have been working their way across the South West introducing unsuspecting members of the public to their unique swingabilly jazz rock shuffle music.
They will bulldoze through an eclectic mix of tunes which may be familiar but will be played in an entirely new way.
Also on Saturday, Silver Train, formerly known as the Tonemasters, will bring their blues, ska, rock and pop-orientated repertoire to the party.
The event is free and will feature a range of cider-themed culinary delights, and there will also be a hog roast.
On Sunday, local singer Sarah Eden Winn and the band Black Jacks will provide a lively concoction of covers to keep audiences on the pier’s south deck entertained.
And finally, bringing their unmistakeable fusion of jazz, blues, Irish, country and bluegrass music to the pier will be The Fallen Apples. With their eclectic set having a distinctly West Country twang to it, the band are the ideal choice to round off the weekend.
Throughout the free two-day event – which will be open noon to 7pm daily – Thatchers will be supplying a range of nine ciders.