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Milverton Music Club hits back at Mumford and Sons claim
A MUSIC club has hit back at claims they turned down folk rock band Mumford and Sons when they asked to perform in their village.
The County Gazette reported last month about Taunton Deane councillor Eddie Gaines's concerns regarding up-and-coming artists which were being lost because there were no venues for them to perform at.
He said the then unknown quartet of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall asked to perform for free at The Victoria Rooms in Milverton, home of Milverton Music Club, five years ago but said they were knocked back.
But Bev Blackmore, founding member of the music club, reacted angrily to the claims, saying they have run a successful group for the last 17 years and host some of the best acoustic acts in the UK.
He said: “We emailed them [Mumford and Sons] at least six times offering them a paid gig and they did not reply and by the next year when they were famous, we could not afford them.
“We heard about them in the music circles and would have loved for them to come but once they were recognised it would have cost around £20,000.
“Our aim has always been to provide a stage for new and up and coming young talent and as an adjunct to this, some ten years ago we launched the club stage at the Trowbridge Folk Festival.
“This year we took another bunch of talented young performers, one as young as 13, giving them the opportunity to play in front of up to 200 people on a professional stage.
“We have always supported young musicians, without them music would die.”
The group, formed by the four members of Silver Street Band, run 11 open mic sessions a year on the first Friday of each month along with five guest nights where performers from across the country.
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