Our Big Gig as bongos, swing and rock ’n’ roll

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Our Big Gig – a community music celebration – is one of the events organised by Scarborough Amnesty International Group for this month.

The big gig is a nationwide event and the Scarborough session will take place innthe gardens of Woodend in the Crescent on Sunday July 14 from 1pm to 6pm.

On the bill are Bongoman and the Bongo Maniacs playing their African, reggae, hiphop, latin, funk and soul music.

Funky Choir, led by Mark Gordon, will present a set, and band Ishka will play classic and modern Irish and country songs and some old-time rock ‘n’ roll.

There will be swinging jazz from trumpeter Ian Chalk, reeds player Steve Whitehead and the Mike Gordon Trio with various sitters-in. And DJ Mister Toole will be in residence.

Amnesty’s chairman Mike Gordon said the organisers want this to be a real community and family affair.

“We want people to have a fun afternoon and bring picnics and drinks and folding chairs if they have them. We’ve booked fine weather but just in case an umbrella may be handy.”

The group has also organised a poetry evening at Café Venus, Ramshill, onFriday July 12. Local poets Felix Hodcroft and Tony Howson will be reciting poetry some of which they have specially written for Amnesty.

Tickets can be bought from Café Venus or Bookshelf, Victoria Road. Corkage is £1 and will go toAmnesty.