Chasing away the winter blues!

Poetry and punk make for a WinterFest highlight

Poetry and punk music will be coming to The Railway Tavern in Brightlingsea on Saturday, March 19, in one of the highlights of the town’s WinterFest.

Legendary Essex-based poet, singer-songwriter and author Martin Newell, supported by upcoming poet Leon Helsby, will be providing an afternoon of unique entertainment, from 2pm to 4pm.

Popular local punk band EEEM, supported by an original pop punk band, See You Next Sunday, will be taking to the stage at 9pm.

Poet Martin Newell has been an enthusiastic supporter of WinterFest for several years and said he is looking forward to returning to the annual festival of music, arts and spoken word.

“I will be doing mainly poems and dodgy yarns and I might do the odd song or two as well,” said Martin, who describes himself as “one of England’s best-loved shipwrecks.”

Colchester-based poet Leon Helsby said: “I am delighted to be opening for the legendary Martin Newell and performing spoken word at this year’s WinterFest.”

Brightlingsea’s blues stars When Rivers Meet will be giving another boost to WinterFest with an online livestreamed concert on Thursday, March 24 at 8pm.

WinterFest’s final events for 2022 will serve up a weekend of live music on Saturday March 26 at Ye Olde Swan in Brightlingsea from 8pm and on Sunday, March 27, from 2pm until 11.30pm at Brightlingsea British Legion.

Donations made during WinterFest will go to the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, to support local people throughout the year. A proportion of the money will also go to the mental health charity, Mid and North East Essex Mind and the Disasters Emergency Committee, to help people in Ukraine.

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