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Top five things to do this weekend on Gloucestershire

In need of a wind down after an adrenaline-filled week of racing? Check out our top pick of things going on in and around the county this weekend.

1# Listen to the fresh sound of the GypsyFingers at The Prince Albert 

GypsyFingers, a progressive folk-rock band from various parts of the UK, are playing at The Prince Albert in Stroud this Sunday, March 17.

Together they fuse a range of influences including folk, rock, pop, prog, psych, americana and more to create a fresh sound of their own best described as "trip-hop and folk-influenced ethereal pop that delightfully doesn't fit into any existing musical pigeonhole" (RnR Magazine).

After a busy UK and European touring schedule in 2018 and fantastic performances at the Isle of Wight Festival and at Hyde Park BST supporting Michael Bublé and Van Morisson, GypsyFingers hit the road again in 2019 to promote the release of their sophomore album 'Stranger Things', described by Maverick Country Magazine as "a brilliant fusion of pop and folk-rock".

Founding members Victoria Coghlan and Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield) are joined by Patrick Kenneally (Lords of Thyme) and Tali Trow (Gemma Hayes) to form an enchanting and ethereal multi-instrumental quartet.

Tickets are £8 in advance at the pub or online at www.ticketweb.uk/venue/the-prince-albert-stroud/433185  or £10 on the door.

2# Enjoy some 'proper pub music' at Café Rene 

Bart and Ger formed My Tin Monkey to play bawdy pub music in small corners of pokey little pubs throughout the land.

In a curious quirk of fate, Daisy turned up and started playing the most amazing Irish fiddle and the trio was born, playing drinking songs, popular foot-tappers and proper pub music to excited audiences everywhere. The rest (as they say) is history!

You can hear My Tin Monkey play at Café René in Gloucester this Friday evening. Entry is free before 11pm, £3 after.

3# Get a first glimpse of 'The Art of Selling Songs' at The Wilson 

Visitors to The Wilson, Cheltenham's Art Gallery & Museum, will have the first glimpse of a major retrospective of popular music marketing from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.

'The Art of Selling Songs' exhibition goes on a national tour for the first time in 20 years, opening on Saturday (March 16).

This new touring show brings the story right up to date, showcasing 80 iconic objects from the V&A's collections, ranging from one of the first 19th century phonographic music cylinders to record sleeves and ephemera for The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols and The Supremes.

The Art of Selling Songs exhibition will run until June 2. Tickets cost £5 and £3 for concessions.

4# Watch a classic movie at Stroud Film Festival 

Stroud Film Festival 2019 is running at 11 independent venues across the town and beyond, until Sunday, March 24.

Following the success of the previous four festivals, this year will aim to appeal to an even wider range of film tastes.

On the programme are some newly-released films, classic movies, films with a distinct Stroud flavour and more!

The feature film programme this year includes a number of events which involve more than simply a film screening. This year Stroud Brewery will host a film in their new premises in Thrupp.

For further information, trailers and breaking news, visit www.stroudfilmfestival.org.

5# Feel the passion of an Irish singer with a beautiful voice 

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre.

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album Wanderer which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.

Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs.

Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

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