WinterFest is on crest of a wave!

When Rivers Meet - picture by Rob Blackham.

Brightlingsea WinterFest is on the crest of a wave with the renowned blues rock duo When Rivers Meet and the much-loved Essex poet and musician Martin Newell lined up for the festival's forthcoming events.

The eagerly-awaited online concert by When Rivers Meet, husband and wife duo Grace and Aaron Bond who live in Brightlingsea, is happening on Friday, February 19 at 8pm and will be going out live on the WinterFest Facebook page and YouTube. "We are very proud to be supporting WinterFest, Brightlingsea is an incredible town to which we are deeply rooted," said the couple.

The entertaining afternoon with Martin Newell will be taking place on Saturday, February 20, starting at 2.30pm.

The events are among the highlights of a packed programme of online attractions for this year's WinterFest, taking place throughout February. The music and arts festival is now in its seventh year and aims to lift spirits and promote community spirit.

The concert by When Rivers Meet comes at a time when the duo are rising to the top, having recently been nominated in four categories at the UK Blues Awards. Their debut album, We Fly Free, was released in November last year to huge critical acclaim and they are due to release a new single this month. Their weekly live streamed Facebook gigs regularly attract more than half a million views from over 100 different countries.

Alix Sheppard, co-founder of Brightlingsea WinterFest said: “We are delighted that our friends Grace and Aaron have offered to support WinterFest again, as they have done so brilliantly before. They now have a worldwide following and we are so looking forward to their concert and giving their followers a big Brightlingsea welcome.”

Essex poet Martin Newell, pictured left, who describes himself as “internationally quite well known,” is also returning to WinterFest by popular demand. His concert will be available through the WinterFest website.

Mike Mathieson, who organises the spoken word events for Brightlingsea WinterFest, said :”Martin will be giving us his highly entertaining mix of stories and poems, plus a question and answer session. He has had a busy couple of years, with the publication of his memoir and a documentary film about his life,so there is plenty to ask this local hero.”

Visit our events page to find out more events visit, also see the Brightlingsea WinterFest Facebook page and events on YouTube.

Any donations made will be shared between WinterFest's Wellbeing Fund, which helps people in Brightlingsea and the mental health charity Mid and North East Essex Mind.

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