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SPARC Festival Gala Opening Event - featuring The Wangford Trio

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St Peter's Church (SPARC)

Cowleigh Bank

Malvern

WR14 1QP

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Opening Night Gala with special guest performers The Wangford Trio

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SPARC are delighted to announce that Hank Wangford, Brad Breath and Kevin Foster will be performing their country music heartbreakers and toe-tappers at our Opening Night Gala! Read on to discover more about this amazing duo:

If Daniel O'Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul.

Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty-eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, The The, The Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians.

For this performance, Hank has joined up with his old musical buddies and saddlepals Brad Breath (aka Andy Roberts) and Kevin Foster. Misery and melody, raw emotion and open ribcages continue to be their trademark.

In another life, Hank is a doctor and continues to work in sexual healthcare and contraception. He lectures and trains doctors and nurses around Britain. He has trained doctors and nurses in Georgia and in Bosnia during the war. He regularly visits Transylvania, Romania where he has had a project for women since 1991 and has helped set up two clinics. Hank knows that laughter, tears and music are the greatest healers we have, which is why he loves country music.

Have a listen to one of their performances here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JujjcMaWXU.

Throughout the '90s Hank did several radio series for the BBC including "Nine Pound Hammer" - the history of railroad songs in the USA, "Ghengiz Khan was a Cowboy Too" tracing the development of C&W music from its Mongolian roots and journey west and "Way Out West" about Galway and Connemara, his new-found spiritual home.

His messianic derailment onto the path of country music came from befriending and playing with Gram Parsons, ex-Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, in the seventies. This was at a time when Hank - as Dr Sam Hutt - was a rock 'n roll doctor. Many of his patients were from the world of rock music and the hippie alternative world. The Grateful Dead, the Who and the Rolling Stones were some of his clients.

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