It’s about time that we updated our blog. So much has happened in recent weeks/months that keeping-up has been a challenge:
Collaborating with brewers and artists; Tasting/testing beers; Creating Festivals; Meeting charities; Booking musicians; Sam Carter & Charlie Dore; Attending leaving do’s; Building a bar; Setting-up at Ipswich Museum; Cake & Revolution WI; Networking; Booking weddings; Meeting the mayor; Creating new beers; Folk Tales; Suffolk Food Hall; Kesgrave; HMRC; Social Media; New friends. Phew!
If I had to pick a couple stand-outs they would have to be: The ‘night at the museum’ and ‘Booking Sam Carter + Charlie Dore’ for our forthcoming Beer & Folk Fest.
The Museum gig was orchestrated superbly by the Cake & Revolution Women’s Institute + Ipswich Museum teams. Over 300 visitors enjoyed a fab night of posh frocks, fantastic entertainment and lots…and lots of cake! Beer&Co set-up two bars in different areas of the museum for the WI because drinks were not allowed in the gallery between these spaces. Craft beer aplenty + ahead4wine on hand to ensure that the wine selection was spot on. It did set a real challenge for us (not least in the number of glasses and fridges required) but the the Museum team were awesome throughout and really helped things run smoothly. It truly was a ‘unique’ gig, with DJ Tallulah Goodtimes (she will be at a couple of our Festivals this year) + belly dancers and burlesque performers entertaining in-and-among the animals and other collections at the Museum. So thank you to Miranda Acres, Lady Norfolk and Amanda Glasper + the many others that made it special!
We have Stephen Foster to thank for the coup of securing Sam and Charlie for Saints Beer & Folk Fest on 28/29th April. Foz really has brought an extra dimension to our gigs and he obviously has a wealth of contacts. We know that we need to keep raising the bar for our Festival events and are sure that these two amazing and respected performers will achieve this…and it has also helped us bring in many other fantastic performers for the two-day event of course. Charlie Dore is performing alongside long-time collaborator and Steeleye Span guitarist Julian Littman, while Suffolk’s own…and fabulously entertaining Waxies Dargle and Silbury Hill will be ensuring that the Saturday Night Folk session goes down a storm. And not only is David Stainer performing with Silbury Hill on the Saturday but he has created a brilliant local line-up for Friday Folk Night, which will be headlined by Honey & The Bear and include the fabulous Lou Myhill, Ellie Tree Trio and Holly Johnston.
This really is proving the value of partnership working and collaboration, which Beer&Co has this at the core of our business. And it doesn’t stop there – we also have GrapevineLIVE, Colourplan and West End Music (among many others) to thank for our successful Festivals to date….with lot’s more to come!