Bailey Tomkinson, the St Ives singer-songwriter described by country music legend Brad Paisley as “Britain’s answer to Taylor Swift,” is also part of the St Ia line-up which includes Cornwall-born singer-songwriter Winter Mountain, Will Keating and John Dowling, Suzie Mac, Twin Harmony, Claude Bourbon, Bryher’s Boys shanty singers, Four Lanes Male Voice Choir, Cornish Roots Big Band, Cornwall Concert Orchestra and others before Helston Town Band’ Last Night of the Proms provides another flag-waving finale on Saturday September 24.
There are events at other venues across town including the return to St Ives Theatre of John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, more than 40 years after they first appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test, with Cornish band Du Glas, appearing at Cohort for a second year.
Contemporary composer and pianist Rebecca Hunt is bringing her world premiere of Waveforms – Piano Compositions Inspired by The Art of Dame Barbara Hepworth – to the Penwith Gallery on Thursday, September 15.
Inspired by the return of Barbara Hepworth’s restored Magic Stone to the Gallery in August 2020, each composition has been inspired by a piece of art and has been selected by the Penwith Gallery, one-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy and Rebecca herself.
Festival favourites Spot the Artist – the charity sale of donated paintings organised by St Ives Rotary and Open Studios, which saw 40 artists open their studio doors to visitors last year, will also be taking place once again.
Two vibrant Saturday afternoons of street entertainment – one to launch the Festival on September 10 with a second a week later on the middle Saturday – sponsored by Aspects Holidays who have linked up with the Festival for 2022.
Aspects have joined the sponsorship roster which already included Tregenna Castle Hotel and Resort, Millerson estate agents, Greenwood Wilson accountants and A1 Cars.
The Festival, which is also supported by grants from St Ives BID, the Town Council and St Ives Rotary, is more than happy to welcome and promote new sponsors and any businesses or individuals interested in backing the Festival should email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to them to explain the options and benefits.
All the latest Festival information and ticket booking are online at www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk